Have you been acquainted with anxiety for years? We were recently introduced and I wish we had never met.
I’m learning that if you don’t control anxiety, anxiety will control you.
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Am I okay?
The alarm clock in my chest wakes me at 4 a.m. every morning. My heart rate spikes and I gasp like a guppy out of water for 3 or 4 seconds until I reach enough consciousness to remember why.
My life is no longer upside down; it’s inside out with my guts on the floor.
And no, I’m not okay.
I’ve slipped into an unfamiliar mire of negativity; my stomach is in knots, I thrash through nightmares and lie awake hours before dawn.
Well hello there stranger. So this is anxiety? Why don’t you go back where you came from?
Make it stop. I just want to sit in the middle of it all and cry until my eyes are swollen shut. Then maybe when l open them all of this was a nightmare and time has been turned back to the days when my life followed the script.
Will I be okay?
Right now, no. No, the future I’m facing is worse than my incurable diagnosis. It’s hard knowing the cure is available, yet optional. It’s a bitter pill to swallow and I’m not the one with the capacity to reach out and gulp it.
In case you don’t already know, I
write talk to myself.
God is already there in your tomorrow. He is always faithful. You can trust Him with your life, your family, your health, your eternity and your present. He is the same yesterday, today and forever
Jesus is the same. Anyone besides me need a little same?
Hebrews 13: 8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” NKJV
Is anxiety optional?
I may not be okay today and tomorrow is way off track, but my eternity is secure and life is short. So I choose to be okay. The sooner I choose it, the easier it will be to get unstuck from this deepening mud hole.
Choose to be okay from day one because the way out is shorter. Make a decision now. Turn from sin, despair, depression or anxiety. Choose it before you read the next sentence. But you have to be ready to change. What is your choice?
John 5:8, “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?'” NIV
Do you want to get well?
If you’re stuck knee-deep in a rut of anxious thoughts then choose to stop. Stop the habit of overflowing thoughts which swirl until they spill out as sweat, tears or regrettable words. Quit flooring the accelerator and activating the same destructive path. If you want to get well cry out to God and ask Him to bring the tools.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6, “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” MSG
I believe freedom is possible and trust me, I need it more than anyone. I’m not sure how long this series will last but I’ll keep clawing at the door until it opens. Click here if you missed the introduction to “Prescriptions for Anxiety.” Be sure and enter your email address for the next step in our journey to freedom. Spread the word and let’s do this together.
By the way, I really am okay now, but this is how I got here and I want to you know it wasn’t easy. I want you to see; I know what I’m talking about. It works, I’m living proof.