Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Anxiety.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6) "

Anxious Christians are bad advertisements for the God of all comforts. But 'not being anxious' doesn't come without the sweat of faith . . . Really, prayer and worry are of the same essence. They are both a rehearsing of circumstances, a mulling over, and a kind of mental and emotional chewing. But in worry, there's no connection, no traction, no relational receiver. It's like spinning our wheels. Worrying is like trying to travel in a rocking chair. But when we 'pray', we are 'worrying' to God. We take those anxieties and cast them Godward, taking them to Him, and -- of utmost importance -- handing them over." - Matt Chandler

Amen, right? Anxiety is something that I've struggled with for as long as I can remember. When I saw this shared here this week, it really struck a cord with me. I had a terrible dream last night which I don't often have because I'm pretty protective of my mind. I grew up watching "Unsolved Mysteries" and Lifetime, but as an adult I have tried not to watch anything like that because it creates unnecessary fear. As a mama those thoughts become magnified. This morning shook me to the core. I woke up wanting to delete this entire thing and get off all social media. The world (and people in it) can be frightening, but I truly feel that God wants to use this hobby for His good. I pray that this is the case. With Matilda starting school and a few odd happenings, I've been on high alert with worry.

Some interesting things happened this morning. I've had this feeling that God has wanted me to give up coffee (sigh) and "feeling" doesn't really do this justice. I've actually been completely convicted but have prayed for it not to be so and have continued to drink it (sigh). This morning after literally years of undiagnosed issues with my ears and other skin related problems, I finally have some answers. I also found that one of the things I should be abstaining from is... YOU GUESSED IT. I have a feeling it has been triggering some anxiety as well. I feel like I need a support group for this, but I am so thankful that God led me down a rabbit hole to find these answers. He's so good!

All these rambling, personal thoughts to share that I'm so thankful that God doesn't give up on us. That He continues to pursue us, to give us guides even on earth. It's truly amazing. I'm so thankful and excited to share more of my journey towards health and hope that I can inspire even just one person to join me. You can follow along here!

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18 comments:

  1. Can you do decaf? Or maybe just be obedient to that small voice inside and have a lovely chai latte instead....

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    1. trying to be obedient and just want the real deal but feel confident it's best to listen right now. thanks for the encouragement!!

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  2. That makes my heart hurt about the coffee but I also know how God honors obedience. Have you ever read Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow? Hands down, my fav bible study. I've read and re-read it countless times.

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    1. glad we're friends. can't wait to check it out!

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  3. I hear you about giving up coffee. I've had a voice in my head trying to get me to do the same for similar health reasons. I usually make it coffee-free for two days and then cave. It's such a part of my routine! Thank you for the honesty. It's just the inspiration I needed to make the jump and stay coffee free.

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    1. aww so sorry to mourn with you but glad i could motivate you to make that change. XO

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  4. I gave it up with this detox 3 weeks ago. Wasn't going to but on the 3rd day decided to do it. Went with green tea one day and then decaf the following day. I had a raging headache on the first day w/o it from before I got out of bed until I woke up the next morning and then it was gone and I was fine. Surprisingly, I've been less tired the past 3 weeks than I ever have been. My coffee habit was getting out of control (was having 2-3 cups a day and a few times had the shakes) so I knew I needed to. I have still let myself have decaf just for the ritual and taste. You can do it - maybe wait til a day when Sam is home or you can take a nap if need be.

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    1. you are the sweetest friend. so thankful for you!! i feel like i need to do a detox. thank you for that encouragement. i too was having WAY too much. trying to stay away from the acid too.

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    2. Would that be in decaf as well? I'm guessing so. Need to look into that...

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  5. Such an excellent quote by Matt Chandler, and 100% on time for me today. I, too, have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember, but lately I've been making a real effort to increase the time I spend in prayer each day. I've been feeling great overall, but then days like today, I realize that living anxiously is second nature, and takes an enormous effort to overcome and change my mindset- so crazy. We'll get there mama! xo

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    1. praying for your mind to be at ease and for those words to soak in. love to you!!

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  6. This post resonated with me. I struggle with anxiety so much and have for years. It flares and subsides, and I swear sometimes I don't even see a reason for it. ... Like I will have no obvious triggers and just be insanely anxious anyway! This month has been bad for me as well. I've cut back to only one cup of coffee and water or decaf tea the rest of the day, and I do think it has helped a little.

    Other things that are helping lately: somewhat regular exercise, breathing and very light meditation, and aromatherapy (frankincense oil helps most for me). It's hard with little ones. Our hearts and worries feel so raw all the time. Good luck as you find the right solutions for you. :)

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    1. these are all such good things. i'm actually getting really into oils but could definitely step up my exercise game. thank you so much for sharing. praying for you!

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  7. Such a powerful quote! Worrying has become second nature to me lately- we are wanting to move back to atlanta so comes the anxiety over Heath's job search, wanting the perfect place for Paige to grow up, what to do with the property that we still own in SC. The list goes on and on. This has been quite helpful to read. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. hi friend! isn't it a good one? definitely made me stop in my tracks. praying that all will work out in a wonderful way. paige is the cutest!!

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  8. Holy buckets, going caffeine free made a HUGE impact on my general anxiety and feeling of well being!! It is the one thing I tell people to try before herbs, essential oils or medication. Maybe I am just super sensitive but it has made such a difference.

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  9. I notice that the less I pray, the more I worry. Thank you for this post, I really think God is using your blog for so much good.

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  10. http://teeccino.com/product/1019/Dandelion-Caramel-Nut-Herbal-Coffee-Tee-Bags.html
    This tea has been a replacement for me. I really like it! I steep it for 20+ minutes for a richer flavor.
    Thanks for sharing the quote on anxiety. This really hits home. It's wonderful to read that you are finding answers! God is so faithful! I love that you have been convicted about drinking coffee! Caffeine does some pretty crazy things to me too!

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