I Want To Be Real With You
I want to be real with you.
Even though God graciously healed me from the anxiety and depression that I used to suffer from, I still go through occasional bouts of each (lasting anywhere from 3 - 10 days). These bouts can be triggered by a variety of things but more often than not stem from: a hormonal imbalance and negative thoughts. I talk a lot about "peace" around here and I want you to know that you can still have it even while occasionally struggling with these issues. There is an old hymn that goes:
There is peace, there is peace. There is peace in the presence of the Lord. There is peace that's real, not matter how I feel. There is peace in the presence of the Lord.
The song goes on to say the same thing about "joy" and "truth". I love that... As Believers we can simultaneously rest in God's peace and joy and truth while having a "thorn" in our side. The thorn may occasionally distract us but we can still show up and live for God. The key is to keep our eyes focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3) and to not give in to feelings of despair, but rest in Him and ground yourself in truth. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says that God is "the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that we ourselves have received from God." Wow! When I read that a few weeks back it blew my mind. It made me immediately think of James chapter 1 where it talks about embracing suffering, how we are to count it a joy when we go through trials because God is strengthening and maturing us. It made me think about my thorn in completely new light.
While it can be hard in the moment when I find myself going through another period of anxiety and depression, I try my best to count it a blessing. God is taking me through these trials because He loves me - He thinks that I'm worth maturing and using! He's strengthening me during this time as I lean into Him and His word; He's comforting me so that I can now go and comfort others who are dealing with similar issues.
I want to encourage you to try and look at your suffering in the same light. Whatever your going through, embrace it. Keep your eyes focused on Him and His truth. Embrace His comfort so that you can be comforted and in turn go and comfort others.
Photo Credit: Zoe Grant.
Something that I like to do throughout the year but especially during these cold winter months, is to make up and distribute bags of affirmation. These paper bags are filled with snacks, clothes and encouraging words created for and handed out to those who we see standing on the street corner asking for money.
The older we get, the more we tend to value community. However for the longest time it was not a high priority in my life. It wasn’t until I had graduated college, gotten married and moved to a new city that I realized how much I longed for a core group of men and women that I could share life with.
The name "making room for peace" actually came to me during that time of anxiety and questioning. I had had another blog at the time that had experienced some relative success but had started to feel superficial to me. I knew that just as with my spiritual life, I wanted something with more depth, that discussed topics such as decluttering and faith.
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Rebeca Howe is one of those people who when you first meet, you immediately feel at home with. Her warm, bubbly personality lights up every room that she walks into; and her words of affirmation leave you feeling loved and valued.
A block is anything that is in your life that is rooted in fear and that is holding you up from experiencing true freedom and peace. While we may be aware that there is an issue that needs to be addressed, we often have a hard time identifying what that issue, or block really is.
We have only this one sweet and wonderful life to live. Let us not waste it because because we forget who we are. Instead, let's try to remember who God is and what that says about us. And when He calls you or me to be still for a while, let us be unafraid to wait for Him —to watch Him paint the sky.
Even though God graciously healed me from the anxiety and depression that I used to suffer from, I still go through occasional bouts of each (lasting anywhere from 3 - 10 days). These bouts can be triggered by a variety of things but more often than not stem from: a hormonal imbalance and negative thoughts. I talk a lot about "peace" around here and I want you to know that you can still have it even while occasionally struggling with these issues.
Crystal Seay is one of those people that you don’t have to meet in person to feel like you already know. Her encouraging, spirited personality is contagious and can be felt on her and her husband's Instagram page. Wife and mother of 2, Crystal along with her husband Paul just completed the process of downsizing from a 1,300 sq. ft. home to a 400 sq. ft. RV in Jupiter, Florida.
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