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Between Me and Anxiety is Him

I often joke about conquering my laundry piles.

Having four boys makes that nothing to joke about. Outside of practical chores though, ‘conquer’ is not really an action I consider often. In today’s reading from Romans, Saint Paul writes, “In all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). 

While there are some scenarios in this passage I don’t relate to like famine, persecution, and the sword, there are many battles I do struggle through. The spiritual and emotional battles where I feel overwhelmed, daily temptations, feelings of worthlessness, isolating myself because I’ve convinced myself I’m the only one in this situation. I forget often how the love of Christ enables me to conquer my fears, my doubts, my sins.

Thankfully there are people who have bravely spoken truth into my life.

They’ve gently reminded me of the overwhelming love of Christ and of He Who gives us all we need to be conquerors. These friends have stood by me in times of distress, heard me out when I’m overwhelmed and feel like I’m drowning, and they have reminded me time and again that I’m not alone. 

So don’t let the trials of today, the anxieties of the future, the powers of petty lies, the height of that laundry stack, or the depth of your bills separate you from His love. Hand over what’s draining you today, the unknown of tomorrow, the power of unhealthy habits, the height of your sorrows, and the depth of your loneliness.

Lean into that Divine Love and take a step to conquer what scares you, to throw off the chains of temptations and sin, and to know you are loved beyond measure.

Jesus doesn’t want us to get stuck in a place of anguish or distress. Nothing can come between us and His love. If we turn towards Him, He’s always there ready for our return.

The love of Christ enables me to conquer my fears, my doubts, my sins. // Sarah Ortiz Click To Tweet

On this eve of All Souls, let us entrust our soul to our Creator by praying the Act of Faith.

Sarah Ortiz is a Catholic convert, wife, and mother to four boys while living in a 200 year old farmhouse. When not folding laundry, she can be found reading, experimenting in the kitchen, or snagging amazing antique furniture deals. She is a contributing author to our Advent devotional book, All the Generations. You can find out more about her here

6 Comments

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    Amanda Lacombe
    October 31, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Sarah, this is absolutely beautiful and so very powerful! Thank you for these words, for your reflection, and for calling out the lie that is fear.

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      Sarah Ortiz
      October 31, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Amanda- thank you for your comment. I’m glad you were blessed by the reflection, and I will be praying for you!

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    Annastasia Eftink
    October 31, 2019 at 9:13 am

    This was a gift. Thank you. I needed this today.

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    Lauren Sargent
    October 31, 2019 at 9:52 am

    This is exactly what I need to fight and conquer my anxiety. Thanks, Sarah!

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    Sally Olson
    October 31, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    A line that you wrote really resonated with me. Often we say to someone feeling overwhelmed..” God does not give you anything you can not handle”…and for many that is comforting , but for many more…that still says”you have to handle this”. and the emphasis is on “you”… But you wrote “…He Who gives us all we need to be conquerors”. At the root of it all… both lines are saying the same thing, but what really resonated with me today was the “giving ” perspective. God is giving us the tools, the people,… And so for that person in a very delicate fragile state of overwhelmedness, to hear that you are “being given” help can be really powerful. Again, it may just be word semantics… but I think it was significant. Thank you. Great reflection.

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    Taylor
    October 31, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to hear. I have been feeling overwhelmed by such “little things” lately (laundry piles, bills, etc) and I have felt some of the ways this negatively is affecting my relationship with Jesus. This was a great reminder of the fact that none fo these can separate me from His love. Thank you for this!

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