Oftentimes I get overwhelmed with many thoughts that roam my mind. I am a pro at overthinking, especially about the future. I love to think about where I'll be in three, five, ten years. But it can all be so stressful trying to figure everything out. And it can easily lead to anxiety.

We are meant to live, not to worry or stress about what may or may not come. When we abandon our own ideologies and our own plans, we not only entrust God with our lives but we exchange what we expected for something so much greater.

The enemy wants us to worry, to doubt and question so that anxiety taunts us and we rely more on our weakness than we rely on God's perfect strength.

I believe the most efficient way to defeat anxiety is to take the focus off myself and to place the focus on Christ. When my life revolves around me, my timeline, my plans, my goals, I not only lose focus on God's purpose for me but I end up putting my trust in the wrong things. And misdirected trust always results in worry, stress, and anxiety.

If we set our thoughts on what God deems critical and we become concerned with what God is concerned about, then we relinquish anxiety's power over us.

If we wholeheartedly and earnestly trust God, we will abide in peace and effortlessly live out the magnificent future God has destined for us to live.

Reminds me of Proverbs 3:5-6, which was one of my favorite scriptures growing up because it was also a song we sang in church: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."

The older I get, the more I realize that there's nothing quite as comforting to know than knowing that God has it all figured out and all we're required to do is trust Him.