Running mild or running wild, anxiety levels are all over the board today. How are you doing? I sincerely hope life is going well for you. When moments of anxiety set in, it happens to us all, chase them away. Mind your mind by focusing your thoughts on the positive. Make the choice not to let them lead you down dark and lonely roads.
Are you barely hanging on long enough to make it through the day or next hour? If that’s you, or a friend, please talk to someone. There are people out there who truly care about you and what you’re going through. They are glad to listen. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org 24/7 for calls, text, and online chats.
- It’s going to all be okay. I do believe most things will return to normal. Maybe there will be changes in some areas, for the better. Some will find they like parts of today’s normal and will make intentional life changes for a slower pace. If your previous normal never completely returns, will that be all bad? A ‘new’ normal, once we survive the shock, can bring growth and strength leading to something good and unexpected not imagined before.
- Faith fills you with peace and joy. This is a biggie for me. There have been a couple of times when I felt isolated and the blues set in. I tried to solve the problem myself, to no avail. That was the problem. I was trying to chase them away. As soon as I let go and let God, almost instantly, there was an unquenchable joy and peace that filled me. Not just for a few hours, but for days and weeks. When I lost focus again, I went back to God who lovingly restored my peace. My inspiration comes from Romans 8:5-6. “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.
This week we had an online gathering with the people in our small group from church. It was wonderful to see and talk to everyone. All were doing fine. Everyone, in their own words, expressed how they knew God had this, and that it would be okay. Later that evening, my husband was telling me about a radio program he was listening to. It featured stories of a few unrelated people experiencing high anxiety levels. It jumped out to him how none of these people mentioned having a faith in God. God can make all the difference.