...that you may live, and it may be well with you, and your days may be long in the land of your possession." - Deuteronomy 5:33
In the interest of transparency, and because I want this blog to be real, as advertised...I often struggle with feeling overwhelmed, and anxious. This is not the way in which He wants us to walk. However, a huge part of my life consists of talking myself down off of a ledge. 99% of the time it is over something silly. A meeting at work with someone that I know is no big deal. Having to go somewhere when I planned to stay home that day. A phone conversation with a friend. Yes, I literally get anxious about talking to someone I like! If all of this makes me sound a little crazy, I promise, I function pretty well in everyday society. But, I also am probably just a little crazy ;)
Writing is therapy for me. It's how I figure things out. I've heard it said that prayer comes in many different forms, and as it turns out, this is one of mine. Sometimes I have trouble giving things to Him, and writing it out feels like a little conversation that He and I are having about where my life is at. C. S. Lewis says, "First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood, we write in order to understand."
I thought I would just write out a few things I start to do when I get overwhelmed, to help me walk back into trust, and reliance on the Lord's path for me.
1) Write...as you may have gathered from above ;)
2) Write in a different way. As in, a to-do list. Having it all in front of me seems to make it much more manageable. Plus, I love crossing things off. Pretty sure this is leftover from being in charge of crossing off the grocery list as a kid. Actually, I’m still in charge of that, so maybe I’m still a kid.
3) Pray, of course. In whatever form works best for you. I find that the repetitive prayers(such as a quick chaplet,) are the best way to go as they provide a familiar comfort.
4) Last but a huge one for me...work out. Sweat it out. I can’t say enough about how helpful this is for me.
In the end, I know God is in control, and I am incredibly thankful for that, even when I try to mess it up ;) Today's challenge is to work on trusting. Even when the path he lays out isn't the one I want, He is wisdom itself. So let's follow it...follow Him.