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Time with Jesus

Hi, lovely people,

FullSizeRender (17)A friend recently gifted me a daily devotional book titled “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in his Presence” by author Sarah Young.  It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

As part of my daily routine, I read my devotional for the day and the corresponding Bible verses that accompany it.  Then Jesus and I chat.  Well, I chat and Jesus listens.

Most days all I do is thank him…for everything…including the healing, comfort and peace for those on my prayer list as well as my own family and friends.  It is a wonderful way to start my day and each daily reading seems tailored made for my needs for that particular day.

Today’s devotional asked me to see things from Jesus’ perspective not my own.  Boy, how I needed to hear this message.  I loved this reading so  much I wanted to share it with you.

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What really hit home with me is where it says when things don’t go as I hope, to look to Jesus and lightheartedly say “Oh, well.”  By not fretting over the smaller things it frees my emotional energy to deal with the serious problems I and my family are facing.  It also reminds me that even the serious issues are temporary as God does have a plan in the works.  I believe that.  I have to believe that, so I do.

“Jesus Calling” is a wonderful book and one I highly recommend for yourself or as a gift.  It’s available on Amazon and Christianbooks.com.  I thanked my friend for this beautiful gift, but I am not sure she knows exactly how much it means to me and how Jesus called her to send it at exactly the right moment.

As you go about your day today, try what I’m doing just looking up, shrugging my shoulders and saying “oh, well.”  Wishing you all…

Blessings, Peace and Love,

Diane

 

 

Posted in anxiety, authentic self, depression, Emotions, faith, life, Therapeutic Lessons

Anxiety Strikes

I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack! Let me describe what this evil disorder feels like.

My heart is racing…I can her it pounding through my chest…my ears feel full, my head is foggy, my right hand is trembling uncontrollably, my stomach is in knots, I feel like something horrible is about to happen, my breathing is rapid and shallow, I feel dizzy and nauseous, I have an overwhelming desire to run. Just run far, far away from the danger my mind perceives.

I’ve done my 747 breathing technique (seven deep slow breaths in – hold for four seconds – seven slower breaths out, repeat three times), but It’s not helping because this attack came on suddenly without any reason.

I had to take anxiety meds to slow my brain and flight or fight response down and I had to write this post. This post is important to me as it describes an anxiety attack while in the throes of one.

It sucks. Big time sucks. The good news is it will pass soon and then I’ll be exhausted. So most likely I will take a nap to rest my body and mind.

This is my reality today. It’s not fun that’s for certain. Luckily, I have tools to help me through.

If you have untreated anxiety and/or depression I strongly encourage you to speak with your doctor. It is also helpful to turn to professionals like a psychiatrist and therapist who specialize in these conditions.

The one thing I do not want you to do is give up hope. Help is available and there is nothing wrong with seeking help.

Blessings, Peace and Love,

Diane💙