Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Anxiety, What Does The Bible Say?

Do you struggle with anxiety? Are you struggling through a marriage separation?

~ refreshed 5/17/21 ~

If you have read any of my blog posts, over the past three years, you know that I am someone that struggles with anxiety issues.

Anxiety and the New "Normal "

Now, let's move on to the new "normal". 

Let's talk about life now.

Life as someone with anxiety and depression, someone that is an introvert (btw) and struggling through a marriage separation. 

I have to be honest and admit that it has its moments of stress. I keep trying to put one foot in front of the other. However, if I am honest, most days, I feel like I am just going through the motions.

I try to focus on one minute at a time. Strive to stay afloat for that moment and then when that moment passes, I focus on the next one.

I have had several panic attacks since T left me. I do not handle things well by myself. I do not like making decisions alone. I like to have someone to talk to about things, while I pray through a situation.

So, how do you handle stress like that? How do you calm yourself down from panic attacks?

I grabbed some index cards and pens and tried to recall 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 enough to write it out. Memorizing long passages of scripture has been my "focus" for a while now. So writing these verses out really helps to calm me down and refocus my thoughts.

Anxiety Bible Reading Plan 

I have refreshed the 30 day Bible Reading/Writing Plan on Anxiety. You are more than welcome to pin it. Or you can print it out. Your choice, whatever works best for you.

Devotional: He Can Always Be Found Jeremiah 29:13

Farewell 2018

Missed Loved Ones

God's Grace

Do you struggle with anxiety?
How are you managing life during quarantine?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Devotional: Rest For The Weary

Are you tired today? Do your struggles have you at a breaking point?

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Jeremiah 31:25 NIV

Headaches, Body Aches, No Energy, Oh My

Headaches, body aches, no energy, these are the things that I deal with on a daily basis. Luckily, I have medication that "helps" with the energy enough to keep me going.

My headaches, well, I now take two different medications to try and prevent them from happening. The second med, I have only been taking a few weeks. So far, it causes me stomach issues and I still have bad headaches.

Needless to say, I am tired all of the time. I find myself needing to rest. There have even been moments that my head hurts so much that all I want to do is lay down and "get off of my head". Of course, meaning that I need to stop thinking for a while and I need to stop reading.

Are You Tired?

Are you tired? Do you know that the Lord is waiting there to refresh you? He promises to refresh the weary and to satisfy the faint. All you need to do is believe.

Below are 7 more verses on Rest. I challenge you to spend the next 7 days going through these verses. Pick one verse for day one, look it up, write it down in a journal. Meditate on it throughout the day. Then continue on for the rest of the week.

Matthew 11:28

Psalm 55:6

Psalm 127:2

Mark 6:32

Psalm 4:8

Exodus 33:14

Isaiah 26:3

Let's Pray:

Dear Father, 

Thank You. Thank You for being in control of my life. Whenever things get chaotic and out of control around me, it helps to know that You are still there. Whenever I feel exhausted by all of my struggles, I know that I can trust in You to give me rest and to satisfy me when I am faint. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Devotional: Find Your Joy

Are you struggling today? Are you dealing with depression? Do you feel all alone with your trials?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:2-3 NIV 

This verse always catches me a bit off guard. Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds.

No matter what you are facing at this moment, I want you to stop and just think about those words.

What's The Difference? 

This verse is one that makes you wonder what exactly is the difference between joy and happiness.

The feelings of happiness are something that we seek, desire, and even pursue. We long for happiness to be part of our every day lives.

On the other hand, joy is already a part of who you are. It is an emotion, an attitude of the heart. A breaking forth of the Spirit, once you have accepted Jesus into your heart.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

You might find yourself struggling through a trial right now, but you have the Lord by your side. You can reflect on everything that He has done for you in the past as you cling to Him all the more for His strength to help you endure the trial.

This past week, I have been sick with a cold, that I caught from T. Things were really bad one day and I almost had to go to the hospital. Thinking about it makes me feel panicky.

I could be someone that dwells on, " oh poor pitiful me. I feel horrible. Why can't I just feel better?" However, I have chosen to be thankful for the things that the Lord has blessed me with during this cold.

Take your thoughts off of "self" and place them on the Lord. Give Him thanks always. And you will find your joy. What is even better, others around you will notice your joy in the Lord as well.

Let's Pray:

Dear Father,  

Thank You for being who You are. Thank You for always being with me. Father, I know that no matter what struggles I might face, You are still there with me. Please help me to stop focusing so much on myself and my problems and to give You thanks for all that You have done. Help me to find my joy; in You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV 

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Devotional: Dwell On This Instead

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 NIV 

When you make a mistake, do you instantly go to the worse case scenario in your mind? Does the mistake make you feel like a failure and cause you to give up? Or, are you able to see the learning experience behind the mistake?

Stay Focused On God

So many times, I have to admit that I feel like a failure and just give up. I start listening to the negative thoughts that are bouncing around inside of my head. All of those negative thoughts are from the evil one. His goal is to keep us focused on "self" instead of on God.

Taylor recently had a trip planned to Orlando. He was to catch a flight from Houston and would then spend a few days in Orlando with one of his friends. Everything was all planned out.

He went to the wrong airport in Houston and ended up missing his plane.

I was sick in my stomach when I heard this news because of the money that he had lost. He was able to shake it off.

A Learning Experience 

Can you see the learning experience in all of that? As someone that will be traveling a lot for his job, Taylor just gained experience. He now knows that he needs to check his ticket to make sure he goes to the right airport. He will never make that mistake again.

With today's verse, God gives us clear directions of what we need to do the next time we get bogged down in our negative thoughts.

Feel like a failure because of a mistake that you made? Refocus your thoughts. Instead dwell on what is true and noble, what is right and pure, what is lovely and admirable, what is excellent and praiseworthy.

Let's Pray:

Dear Father, 

Thank You for being with me. Thank You for this list of things that I can focus on instead of feeling negative or depressed. I ask for Your help and guidance in dwelling on what is true and noble, what is right and pure, what is lovely and admirable, what is excellent and praiseworthy. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Devotional: He Can Always Be Found Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 NIV 

Are you struggling today? Do you feel like you are all alone with your struggles? The Lord wants you to know that no matter what you are going through right now, no matter how alone you may feel or how dark your days may seem, He is always there. He can always be found.

There are so many times that I feel alone in my struggles. Struggling with being a "good enough " mom to my children or a "good enough " wife to my husband. I feel like I fail them and God on a daily basis.

However, it is during my alone time that I am truly able to seek out the Lord. He is always available to meet with me, too.

My challenge to you today, when you start to feel all alone, use that time to seek out the Lord. When you draw closer to Him, He draws closer to you. When you seek Him, you will find Him.

Let's Pray:

Dear Father, 

Thank You for always being there. Even when I feel like I am all alone, You are still there. Father, please help me to use those times of feeling alone to draw closer to You. Help me to seek You because I know that when I seek You with all of my heart, I will find You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

James 4:8 ESV 

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Pray and Give Thanks

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