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Anxiety. We can either pray, or we become prey.

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You guys,  the struggle is real.  The anxiety struggle, I mean.  And as we learned last week, it can come from just about anywhere, anytime.

For instance, several years ago (okay, it was 20 years ago…) I was on an airplane.  It was one of those tiny little puddle jumper things with propellers that was supposed to fly me from Chicago to Indianapolis.  Just looking at the thing made me jumpy!

And here’s the thing.  I was a nervous passenger to begin with; I always had been.  But sitting on the runway at O’Hare, looking up at the dark and stormy sky wondering how this tiny little plane was going to fly through it, my anxiety ramped up to all kinds of crazy.

We took off and about 10 minutes into the 45 minute flight, the plane got caught in the thunderstorm storm.  It was struck by lightening (apparently, this isn’t a big deal to airplanes, but I assure you it INDEED was a BIG FAT DEAL to me), the plane dropped about 1000 feet,  and the oxygen masks dropped down.  Yes.  THOSE masks.  The ones you are instructed to put on YOURS  first before helping others.  The only problem was, I couldn’t move because my body was frozen in fear.  And I wasn’t traveling with anyone.  And the flight attendants were busy in the chaos. So…no mask for Wendie.  Luckily, it was some sort of electrical malfunction from getting electrocuted in a tin canister in the sky (!) and we actually didn’t need them.

Anxiety, anyone?

Obviously, since I’m sitting here writing, all turned out well. We turned around mid-flight and landed safely back at O’Hare.  But, OH.  I was SHOOK, sisters.  SHOOK.    I was convinced, actually, that I’d never board another flight in my whole-living-life.  This was going to be problematic, though, because I lived in England at the time and traveled often for my job.  Um, red flag alert.

(I think now is a good time to tell you that I eventually got back on a plane and sort of overcame this weird fear of flying.    How was all this possible, you ask?  Well…I sought hypnosis treatment from a certified hypnotherapist in England who also happened to be a dentist  – I’m totally NOT kidding you so you can now begin to wonder about my healthcare choices.  But that’s SUCH a long story.  Saving that beauty for another day… 😉 I love cliffhangers.)

(Oooooh.  And speaking of in-flight anxiety stories, the next time we’re together, be sure to ask me about flying with a guy whom I affectionately call “Double-Double Mark-Mark” because he needed a double-double adult beverage to make it through a flight from Chicago to Sarasota.  We ended up sharing our iPad with him so he could watch “Gnomeo and Juliet” to calm his nerves.  It was all good until he offered the remainder of his adult beverage to my daughter – who was 11 at the time.  Um, no thank you, kind sir; perhaps it’s time for you to close your eyes for a bit.)

I SWEAR, you guys, I do not make these things up.

But here’s my main point:  my anxiety in those airplane moments was totally rooted in my need to CONTROL things.  Problem is, I’m not a pilot.  Not even close.

That’s the thing, really.  Control.  Well, it’s our need to have control. Which is just a dressed up word we use when we decide we need to manipulate our circumstances instead of letting God take His rightful place at the helm.  Girls, when we grab control, we are essentially saying we don’t trust Him.  And if we don’t trust Him, we are playing right into the hands of our enemy.  (See this post regarding our enemy and his manipulative ways for more info…)

Pray or Become Prey

I love this quote from Beth Moore: “When it comes to anxiety, we can cast it and pray, or we can keep it and become prey. We’re not convinced God is listening.  If we really believed He – the creator of the Universe  who has all things at His fingertips – if we really thought He was there, we would pray.”

So what’s a good Bible study girl to do in the face of such anxious times and circumstances?  Ladies, we need a plan.

Our plan is 100% scripture-based (and therefore TRUTH-based) .  It starts with knowing what anxiety is and how to call it out, and finishes STRONG with declaring Truth over ourselves, our circumstances, and even over others.

If you are interested in attacking anxiety instead of letting it attack you, click here for our girlfriend’s guide to kicking it out of our lives.  Remember from last week, it may not change your circumstance or situation, but it sure can bring you freedom from the freak-out surrounding it.  And that freedom allows us to step out in faith and take action when and where it’s needed.

God is good all the time, sisters.

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Following our She PERSISTED study?  You can click here for our homework for week six!  Can you even believe we are HALF WAY THROUGH this awesome study?!  And for those of you who like all the extras, click here for some great online resources supporting our topics this week!

Smooches and prayers for FEAR-FREE moments this week!

Peace, love, and SO MUCH JOY!

Wendie  xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Note:  I take anxiety, on the clinical level, with extreme seriousness.  Prayer and a relationship with God have been incredible tools in my own toolbox for dealing with it, personally.  Having said that, if anxiety is affecting you in ways that disrupt your sleep, your daily life, your ability to take basic care of yourself, and/or your ability to relate to others, PLEASE reach out to a professional (doctor, therapist, pastor, counselor).  Help from every level is so important in conquering it.  If your anxiety or depression makes you feel like you want to harm yourself or someone else, PLEASE tell someone immediately and call 911.  I’m praying for you.  Relief IS possible, sweet friend.

 

 

 

Rising Up From Between A Rock and A Hard Place

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Do you ever feel like you are stuck between two equally bad situations and just can’t seem to find a way up and out?

Rock and a hard place

Maybe you’re living like a ping pong ball, bouncing back and forth between anxiety and depression, with emotions out of whack and no relief in sight.*

Maybe you’re struggling with addiction and want so badly to get out of the darkness, but life without your particular vice seems impossibly scary.*

Maybe you’re stuck between staying in a job with a terrible boss on one hand, and facing the prospect of quitting & losing your income on the other hand.*

Perhaps you’re in relationship that isn’t good for you, but the thought of living on your own creates its own set of difficulties and troubles.*

Or, maybe you’re generally “okay” but just not “happy” living the life you are in, but you’ve resigned yourself to the belief that “it’s just going to have to be this way”.*

Any of this sounding familiar?

Would it comfort you to know you’re not alone?

Would it comfort you even more to know there’s a way out of your pit?

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

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As we begin our walk through the Psalms of The Ascent, I am immediately struck by the closing verses of Psalm 120. Listen to this:

How I suffer in far-off Meshech.
It pains me to live in distant Kedar.
I am tired of living
among people who hate peace.
I search for peace;
but when I speak of peace, they want war! Psalm 120:5-7, MSG

Meshech and Kedar were two equally bad places to have to live back when this Psalm was penned. But if we look beyond that for a minute, and we replace the names of those places with our own words of our personal “between a rock and hard places”, we can relate, can’t we?

As in: “I hate that I suffer and feel pain living between the choices of a dead-end job and facing a life with no income. I want it to be different, but every time I try to say that, it just makes matters worse.”

Or: “It is excruciating bouncing around between the turmoil of anxiety and addiction. I want relief and peace more than anything but the more I strive for it, the stronger their strangle holds become.”

You see what I mean? Seems like this journey of ours through these Psalms isn’t starting off so well, right?

But hang on a sec with me here! Just as Hezekiah finishes this lament (which God wants to hear, by the way – He wants to hear it all from you, the good, the bad, AND the ugly), he turns it right around in Psalm 121 and reminds us of where our TRUE help comes from – The Lord!

The Lord is your Protector.
The Lord stands by your side, shading and protecting you.
The sun cannot harm you during the day,
and the moon cannot harm you at night.
The Lord will protect you from every danger.
He will protect your soul.
The Lord will protect you as you come and go,
both now and forever! Psalm 121:5-8, ERV

Yes! He is our protector. He is our strength. Our SONG IN THE NIGHT. As we look to Him to pull us out of the mess we’ve found ourselves in, we find comfort in this Psalm because we hear that when we raise our eyes up as far as the top of the tallest mountains looking for help, we are not met with false gods and crumbling monuments erected by those who never truly believed in a god like ours.

Instead, Psalm 121 reminds us that we are comforted by OUR God. Abba. Our sweet, protective, loving papa.

When you were a child and had a bad dream, in all likelihood you called for your mom or dad to come soothe you, right? And if you called them to you, I can almost be sure that they would come into your room and say something like, “It’s okay. I’ll stay here and watch over you. I’m here now! All is as it should be!” Perhaps you are a parent yourself and you have now become the one being called!

Whether you are the comforter or the one in need of comfort, it’s literally a saving grace to know “…from where your help comes”.

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My help comes from the Lord. So does yours. Now and forever more.

I am so glad I’m journeying down this road with you, my beautiful friends.  As we will see in Psalm 122, God want us to do this thing called life together!  Can’t wait to meet you again here next week!

Have a great week and weekend!  Here’s a treasure for you to soak in today – a song based on Psalm 121!  “My Help Comes From the Lord” by The Museum, performed live on K-LOVE!

Thank you for “riding shotgun” on this road trip with me.  I cannot imagine doing this without YOU!!!

Peace, love, and JOY!

Wendie

Up Next Week:  Having a Pooh Bear Attitude While Living in an Eeyore World

* I know I have given this piece of advice before, but please know that if you are struggling with something that requires the addition of medical and/or psychological assistance, I encourage you to reach out and get it. If you do not know where to start, please call your primary care physician or, in event of emergency, call 911.