There are times we feel stress, but there is the hope of reassurance when we meditate on some Bible verses.
One of my favorite bible characters was someone who seemed to need consistent reassurance when under stress. He was anxious, unsure, and seemed to want to argue with God. I like that because it means he was much like many of us.
Agoraphobia had gripped Patsy Clairmont to the point where all she could manage was to make it to her neighborhood grocery store and safely home again. With grunt work and grace, Patsy discovered recovery.
She shares with us some of her story.
I was a mopey child, a sad teenager, and a depressed young wife and mom. Yet I didn’t realize that these were signs of someone who needed, at the least, a cheerleader and at best a therapist.
My moods became my daily life, and my sadness deepened. I was angry, fearful, and anxious. And still, I didn’t realize I needed help.
I was a natural saleswoman/storyteller, so I hid my oddness behind a curtain of convincing excuses and caustic blame.
Even I believed my behavior was other people’s doings and not in my control, which is a good way to stay stuck.
Underneath the depression of a male is a feeling of being impotent and weightless. The man has lost connection with his potency, and the spirit has been crushed.
‘Have I made a difference’? and ‘Has my life mattered?’ are two questions that sit behind the stage curtain of many men’s lives.
With a velcroed negativity bias, the downward spiraled track, to the pit of depression can become a well-worn path.
It was when he started to recall events of some 30 years ago that I saw the emptiness of soul. He was feeling both impotent and weightless. Sure he had moved and had entered into the crisis, but the results still haunted him.
When God says ‘don’t be anxious’ it’s not a command it’s an invitation to grow closer in trust. We see a small corner of the picture, but God sees the whole.
I was living in the sense of dread. I didn’t know what the next day would bring, and my heart was pounding. Then to add to it, a friend said ‘Don’t worry, God said not to worry and not to be anxious, so stop it.’
I wish they had just said ‘It’s ok, we will get through this together.’
One of the most hideous aspects of life outside of the garden (Garden of Eden) is the sense of being alone. That something separates us from the communal security of God.
When you don’t want to wake up the next morning, pray that God may gently wake you up to the goodness happening all around you. Then soak yourself in it. Take it in and let it mindfully grow throughout your soul.
Last week I was out doing some garden work for an elderly lady. When I arrived, she invited me in for a cup of coffee in her small one bedroom unit.
Like many older people living by themselves, she wanted to talk. She told me all about her family, her children, and some of the tragedies of her life — all in half an hour.
Ever feel like you’re all of a sudden gasping for air? Heartbeat racing out of control? Breaking out in a cold sweat? Or, clenching your teeth so hard you feel like your jaw might lock in place? These can be effects of social anxiety.
More importantly, I have friends, acquaintances, and members of my extended family who have mild to moderate social anxiety.