Tales from the Kitchen Table part three
Tales from the kitchen table 3…
Have you ever sat on a high place and looked down…
Felt yourself peering down even against your will…
That’s a bit what its like with anxiety.
You sit balanced on the edge but just never quite know if you are going to fall in or not.
I have had an anxiety disorder for a couple of years now and have walked that fine line of control.
When it first happened to me it took many people by surprise.
Apparently I was not the type, I was outgoing and vivacious and it seemed that it was only supposed to happen to timid quiet people.
But I am living proof that it can happen to anyone given the right sort of circumstances and with all the right buttons pushed.
By now you’re wondering where this is all leading to no doubt.
Well it is possible to have this and still be a wonderful faithful person of god.
This is to encourage anyone who is in this boat to keep on trying and to have faith in our father god to get you through.
At first I was ashamed that I was so weak.
I felt that if I had more faith that this wouldn’t be happening to me so somehow it must be my fault. WRONG.
Mental illness is one of the most common taboos in our society.
It’s as if somehow because it’s in our mind that we should be able to control it and therefore its self inflicted.
How many of us have thought if not said the old line…just think your self better?
How many poor brothers and sisters in Christ suffer alone and silent because they don’t know how to be honest without opening themselves up to criticism.
One of the lessons I have learned on this road is that you can beat it.
It doesn’t have to rule your life.
There is a better tomorrow and that you do what it takes to get through each day
. One of the essentials keys to doing this is that you start to totally depend on god in a way you would never have done so before.
He gets you up in the morning, keeps your feet going in the day and lays you down at night.
It’s trusting him to keep you from spinning out of control.
Scripture keys are good ways to keep you focused on god and not the anxiety.
Anxiety is a selfish little beast that wants all of your attention, it kicks and screams and rages at you for it but with god’s word you can drown out its noise.
I find that to quote it again and again helps to focus you on the truth not the lie.
God’s word. The lord is my stronghold and my fortress…. The lord is my sure foundation, an ever present help in times of need…say it, believe it, act on it.
It is my hope and prayer that if you are reading this and also battle the problem that this has encouraged you.
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your honesty and humility are so refreshing and encouraging, thanks mate for being transparent for the sake of the rest of us who all (if we're honest) have various struggles and most of the time are too afraid to let on. you're an inspiration, and I'm priveleged to know ya and not just read your words on this site! love always, kaz jimmy
Some have a mental anxiety disorder others have a physical anxiety disorder (asthma). God is a healer!
Very good article. There is a stigma within church circles that cause many to keep their problems to themself. Christians do have problems but God will turn them into victories. All things work together toward good. Look to Job to understand the stigma.