Maybe you're like me in that you spend quite a bit of time focusing on the needs of others over the needs of yourself. I was like this for years and I enjoyed it. I was more naturally attuned to the needs of others than my own needs. Until I wasn't......
I never saw myself as a fearful person, but when I paused and reflected, I saw all kinds of fears brewing underneath the surface as I faced 5 major life changes. Changes I refused to attribute to the anxiety I was experiencing. At first, I did what I knew to do. I called my doctor and went on anxiety medication. But, God had a slightly better plan.
His plan was that I face all my fears as he walked alongside me. I had to face what I was trying so hard not to. What I didn't think mattered anymore. For years, I was the strong one. Until I was anymore... I was functioning at work and falling apart at home. Forget about serving in the church. I could barely drag myself in the doors. I was in a valley in the shadow of a death-like experience. Truthfully, I wasn't sure I would make it to the other side. I know it doesn't sound spiritual but it was my truth.
You may be in one of those valleys now. The good news is that things are happening in your heart, even though it's painful as all get out. Some things gotta die in order for other things to come to life.
God looks at your accumulating circumstance and how they're taking a toll on you and says it's time. It's time I arise to help my child. It's the appointed time. Time for you to take off those rags of shame under layers of false beliefs and unhealthy coping strategies. Time for you to become your authentic self who is comfortable in your own skin.
God says you matter. You matter to him. You matter to your family. You matter!
it's not selfish to focus on yourself. In fact, it's necessary for godly living and good health. If you have anxiety casting them on God can be so hard. You start off casting and have to recast throughout the day and into the night. It's daunting. You feel like you're spinning your wheels without gaining much traction.
Why do we think we have to do it alone?
We don't! We are made to support one another.
As one who has come out the other side, let me walk with you. I know the path can be treacherous and full of land mines. Just when you think you are done looking at your past, something else pops. Even when you think you're all good, God says I have better for you. An ongoing, rich, rewarding relationship that you never knew was possible. So here's the thing you can settle for feeling better or you can embark on a lifestyle of deep connection. healing is your birthright, and so is relationship.
Want to live in peace? Want to have confidence you're hearing from God?
If you're ready to care for your soul and spirit. If you know, you can no longer do it alone email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Pinney is a certified encounter coach and the founder of Pittsburgh Transformation Center. She is an expert in working with hurting people to help them experience healing and emotional wholeness through deep personal encounters with God. She trains others to become resiliency coaches. She is the author of the book DEEPER, Living the Christian Life in the Deep Down. Lisa is the developer of CUT CARDS. A groundbreaking, faith-filled, therapeutic deck of cards based on scriptural principles and cognitive behavior therapy. She is a speaker and conducts DEEPER STILL CONTEMPLATIVE RETREATS.
Her mission and call are to see the message of emotional healing through Christ become as much a part of the regular Christian experience as reading, worship, and prayer are.