When Your Anxiety Has Anxiety

Turning the Page

Okay, so I don’t really know if it’s possible for your anxiety to have anxiety, but the point is that sometimes anxiety hits, and it hits hard.  

In the past, I probably wouldn’t have admitted that anxiety is something that I struggle with, partly because I wasn’t fully aware of this struggle, and partly because I can be prideful.  I don’t like to admit that I’m weak, that I need help.  But here I am admitting to you that I am WEAK, that I am in desperate need of the Lord’s help.

Anxiety and fear are rooted in lack of trust.  The anxiety that creeps into my heart, anxiety about different areas of my life, along with the fears that pop up, demonstrate my lack of trust in the Lord, in His plan and purposes that are far greater than any plan and purpose of man.

We are not merely advised

View original post 1,014 more words

As He Speaks to me; May He Speak to you

23

This past week the Lord, knowing all of my struggles – the greatest being the unexpected passing of my mother 7 weeks ago – has been impressing Psalm 23 upon me. Specifically, I have heard the His Spirit speak verse 1 : “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Today, at the encouragement of my husband, Michael, I sat out back sitting in silence. The purpose: to de-clutter my mind and JUST BE WITH GOD.

Thirty minutes into this exercise, He impressed Psalm 23 on me again. This time, I pulled out my bible and read the entire Psalm. He prompted me to write out a more simplified version and to take the words He was giving me and recite them out loud as a reminder of the declarations contained within them. He wanted me claim them; because through Him they are mine to be claimed. So, I did;  and should you wish to claim them too, here they are:

The Lord

cares for me

– provides for me

– guides me

– protects me

I do not want for anything, because [in Him] I do not lack anything.

Rest and Peace are found in Him.

My Spirit and Soul are fed through Him.

He quenches any thirst I have.

Through my obedience, in Jesus’ name, He leads me in the direction I should go.

Even in the most difficult times, when the noise of the world; self; and evil are deafening, I can trust Him fully; and be rid of all fears.

I am invited to His table EVERY DAY – to taste and experience the endless richness of what His grace and mercy serves–

Not only in this life, but for all of eternity.

_____________________

How beautiful of a reminder is that?

May you memorize this and keep it close.

God Bless You All. ❤

 

 

Declare Who You Are

I once heard a message that Andy Stanley gave about comparing ourselves to others. The main point of his message that stuck with me was “There is no win in comparison.” Isn’t that the truth? Still, it can be challenging to not re-visit the comparison carousel; especially in this era of social media where the majority of posts we see would appear as though everyone around us is living a Norman Rockwell or Leave it to Beaver life. For the record: they’re not.

If you find yourself struggling in this area, make a copy of the declaration below. Keep it handy and read it over and over until you have freed yourself of this joy zapping craziness. The Creator of Universe made YOU just as you are for a reason; and He doesn’t make mistakes.

DECLARATION:

I am a person.

I am not a machine, spreadsheet, agenda or résumé.

I have a heartbeat, skin, scars and a soul.

I am a person.

My worth isn’t calculated in efficiencies, results or ladders climbed. I am not the sum of my accomplishments — or the sum of my mistakes. I am not my ambition, energy level, approval rating, mass appeal or worth to the company store. I am not an A-plus or D-minus. I am not a mess or a miscalculation.

I am not a mistake. Rather, I am a miracle. And so are you.

Because I am a person, made of love in the hands of God.

I will be a person today. I will be me. I will resist the urge to believe I’ve got to fight for my piece; God says there’s more than enough to go around.

I will see the best in others and recognize the best in myself.

I will reach for virtue more than trophies, dignity more than stardom. I will choose encouragement over envy. I will rejoice with those who rejoice.

I will stand tall on the inside, even if I’m feeling weak on the outside.

I am a person, a citizen of the Kingdom, where there is unending grace for me. Because I am a person, and I belong to Jesus.

as written by Jennifer Dukes Lee.

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” Galatians 6:4

Don’t Follow Your Heart – Jon Bloom

 An exerpt from the book “Don’t Follow You Heart” by Jon Bloom
(Your Heart)…..Is This the Leader You Want to Follow?
“Until you consider that your heart has sociopathic tendencies. Think about it for a moment. What does your heart tell you? Please don’t answer. Your heart has likely said things today that you would not wish to repeat. I know mine has. My heart tells me that all of reality ought to serve my desires. My heart likes to think the best of me and worst of others, unless those others happen to think
well of me—then they are wonderful people. But if they don’t think well of me, or even if they just disagree with me, well then, something must be wrong with them. And while my heart is pondering my virtues and others’ errors, it can suddenly find some immoral or horribly angry thought very attractive. The “follow your heart” creed certainly isn’t found in the Bible. The Bible actually thinks our hearts have a disease: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Jesus, the great physician, lists the grim symptoms of this disease: “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matt. 15:19). This is not leadership material. The truth is, no one lies to us more than our own hearts. No one. If our hearts are compasses, they are Jack Sparrow compasses.1 They don’t tell us the truth; they just tell us what we want. If our hearts are guides, they are Gothels.2 They are not benevolent; they are pathologically selfish. In fact, if we do what our hearts tell us to do, we will pervert and impoverish every desire, every beauty, every person, every wonder, and every joy. Our hearts want to consume these things for our own self-glory and self-indulgence. No, our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.
1 Jack Sparrow, a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean major motion-picture series, possesses a compass that points to whatever its owner desires most. 2 Mother Gothel is a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film Tangled (2010), who dishonestly and manipulatively “guides” Rapunzel for Gothel’s own narcissistic ends.
This Is the Leader You Want to Follow
Our hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led. Our hearts were never designed to be gods in whom we believe; they were designed to believe in God.”

The Peace Prayer

A beautiful prayer to keep close at hand:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error; the truth;

Where there is doubt; the faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen