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  • Writer's pictureKristina Riggs

Anxiety Is So Very Real

It has been quite a while since I posted about my anxiety. That is surely not because it is gone. Because it is not. Most of you know that I was at a church retreat last week; so thankfully my anxiety was very much low-key. I was a little bit anxious about the flight and the drive itself. But not really much of anything else. There was literally such a strong Godly presence that my anxiety was not an issue. It was a lot for me to take in simply because I have not been away from my husband the entire 10 years we have been together. So by accomplishing that in itself, I was proud of myself.

When I got back from the retreat I still felt overwhelmingly protected. Now, the reality is setting me back in, and I am back in the confines of work and societal norms. And here I go again feeling anxious. I was extremely anxious yesterday as we were under a huge storm warning and some areas were even under tornado warnings. However, I kept it together the best I could. I came home and closed the blinds to keep out as much of the noise as possible.

I was glad that I looked at this verse last week so that I could continue the mantra as of yesterday. The verse I am referring to is Matthew 28:20 and if you are not familiar with it, you will want to be.

Matthew 28:20 NIV

20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

When I think of this verse I picture in my mind God telling me to be obedient. After all, he is commanding. I always think when I read verses that God is talking directly to me. In this verse, it says that he is always with me. I don't know why it is so difficult for me to understand this or for me to believe this. This is such a struggle that I have on a daily basis! Now, please do not misunderstand me, I love God. I love what I have learned about God through his word and my church family. I just struggle with the fact that he loves me and will protect me unconditionally. I honestly think I struggle with this so badly because I have never had someone love me unconditionally. There have always been conditions, some of them extremely outlandish.

I am continuing to use my anxiety drops. Those do seem to help calm me a little bit more. It does not take the feelings away, but it does help. At this point, I can really do nothing else other than continue to pray and try to put it in God's hands. I am trying to do that, but it is so difficult for me. I am nowhere near perfect and never claimed to be. But this battle that I have with my anxiety seems to get better at times and then 10 times worse.

I am not giving up. I am going to continue to lean on God and his word. But for anyone who reads my blog, please know I welcome your prayers for me and my comfort and healing. Anxiety is very real and very difficult to function with when it is active in my mind.

Until next time.


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