In my family anxiety and worry have been significant through several generations, and I am not exempt. I do believe that just as we are all different with different gifts and weaknesses, yet family 'genetic pools' so to speak, often pass on traits we would like to do without. Yet many personality strengths are inherited too. What we do with these weaknesses and strengths is the most important thing. I have to deal with anxiety on a daily basis, yet the Lord has used this very weakness of mine to encourage others who suffer the same way. People tend to think, "If she's the pastor's wife and she has these anxieties, I can't be as sinful as I think I am." They forget that I am just another child of God struggling with human weakness as they are. But God doesn't forget. He knows what I am. "I am but dust". Conversely, He knows what I wish I were. So I take comfort in the fact that I am not what I would like to be even though I may try very hard, yet God knows my frailties and "underneath are the everlasting arms". When I wonder why any one loves me at all, He is my refuge and He assures me that He loves me "just as I am". One day I will be all that He wants me to be and there'll be no more looking back, no more regrets, just me, a sinner made perfect by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.