If we are going to carry Christ's burden, which He promised was easy and light, we are going to have to lay down the burdens and cares of the world. It is when we try to carry around both, that we often find ourselves struggling with stress and anxiety.
Anxiety physically affects people in many different ways. It is usually not the same from one person to the next. Symptoms of anxiety can range from very mild (headaches or nervousness) to very extreme (panic attacks or inability to function in society).
15 years ago, I was involved in a serious car accident that had caused me to have a tremendous fear of driving. For several days, this fear held me captive in my own home.
After that day, I slowly began to get better. Then, one morning I woke up and realized it had been a few days since I had felt the anxiety. Soon the days turned into months.
I'd like to say I walked away from that moment 4 years ago with an answer from God. But no, I did not recieve an answer.
Summer is here! And despite a few minor setbacks due to my reaction to stress (anyone else allergic to stress?) and Gabe's port failing, our family has been able to enjoy the first official week of no school. This week marks the end of phase 1 in Gabe's treatment. Radiation and chemo begins on Monday.... Continue Reading →
I should have seen the warning signs. The increased headaches, sleepless nights, and loss of appetite were all classic signs. But for some reason I ignored the signs and continued on, without thought, with my crazy life. It wasn't until I was sitting in my van yesterday, trying to breathe through severe heart palpitations, that... Continue Reading →
When we find ourselves in a valley it is easy to lose sight on JOY. I remember days when I would weep because I truly believed I would never be happy again. I thought I couldn't experience joy while in the valley. Joy was only if you managed to survive the valley. I am so... Continue Reading →