Do you struggle with anxiety? Maybe you have full-blown panic attacks, maybe you are silently suffering from a racing heart and a cinder block on your chest, maybe you are excellent at saving face and showing the world that you are just fine when inside you are as stiff as a board.
Anxiety looks differently for all of us.
Anxiety holds us all captive in different areas of our lives.
But anxiety has the same effects on us all. It steals our joy, it steals our peace, it steals our health, it steals from our experiences and relationships. Anxiety holds us back from living life to its fullest.
ANxiety not only affects our physical lives but it has a deep impact on our relationship with God. When we are filled with anxiety we aren’t trusting in God, we aren’t letting Him direct our paths, we are second guessing His direction. Anxiety is like that awkward third person on a date. You can’t say what you want, you can’t act yourself, you can’t relax because you are focused on that third wheel.
Anxiety affects are crumbling in our lives.
I’ve felt all of these effects in my life. I’ve panicked in a car going over a bridge, I’ve hyperventilated on a boat, I’ve been too scared to sleep after my 5 week old had a SIDS episode, I’ve focused on the problems, the struggles, the hurt and the pain and all of the what-ifs. I’ve let anxiety steal my joy, my peace, my sleep and it’s had drastic effects in my life.
I’ve panicked, I’ve cried, I’ve been too afraid to do things, I’ve suffered all at the hands-on anxiety.
At the height of my anxiety, I struggled terribly with insomnia. I was trying so many new prescriptions to bring me sleep. Nothing worked. My doctor plainly asked about how anxiety level and what worried me, what keeps me awake. I can’t shut my brain off.
My husband constantly talks with me about letting things go, casting my care upon Him. It sounds easy to do, doesn’t it? But if you are struggling with any type of anxiety, I truly believe once it festers it grows to be out of control taking over more and more of your life, it’s much harder to put it into practice. Easier said than done right?
I knew I needed something else. I knew I needed more help than cast your care on Him lectures. I found the book Calm My Anxious Heart, A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment by Linda Dillon on Amazon after researching books to help me deal with this growing anxiety. I purchased the book and took 8 months to study it all out. It’s only a 12-week study, but I drove in deep. I only took in a small portion at a time, I knew I didn’t want to rush through this. I wanted to let the Biblical wisdom soak in deep.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions if you are sitting there nodding your head in relation to what I’m sharing, if you are struggling with any degree of anxiety in your life then I invite you to join me in this anxiety Bible study over the next few months. We are only going to get real. We are going to learn how to actually break out of the chains of this habit. It’s a journey and I hope you will join me. I’ve seen some significant changes in my life. I no longer need prescription strength sleep pills to give me a couple hours of sleep, I don’t lie awake all night every night worrying (yes, I do still have rough nights, remember I said it’s a journey), I’ve seen changes in my life just through this study alone. I want you to feel that same success because it is possible.
I highly suggest you grab the book, it is so worth the money and will help you so much more than what I will be able to touch on in one blog post. But if you skip the book be sure to join me each Monday as we go through the book.