About two years ago, one of my boys started a sleep-walking journey. He would do it about four times a week. It always happened within an hour of him going to bed.
We tried different things: oils, earlier bedtimes, later bedtimes, different snacks before bed, and supplements. Something would work for a short time, but then it would begin again.
It became a bigger deal when he got himself outside one night. We had to do something. We tried therapy, which helped for a while, but then it started back up.Bedtime became a stressful time because he was embarrassed about possibly sleepwalking. It was a vicious cycle, he wasn’t sleeping well– which made his anxiety worse.
Then the school year ended… and so did the sleepwalking.
My “mother’s intuition” says it was anxiety about school.
Here’s the thing, anxiety can’t be quickly fixed. We can take things to lessen the symptoms, but most times we have to accept it as part of our journey.
We might not like it, but we have to walk through it. It’s a painful, frustrating journey.
I Didn’t Want This
The thought of throwing it in the trash feels great, doesn’t it?
The definition of a journey is: to travel from one place to another, usually taking a long time (Source-Merriam-Webster).
A long time is not what we want to hear, right?
We want a quick fix, don’t we? A magic pill, a meditation, or even a supplement that can remove anxiety forever.
What can we learn from traveling the road of anxiety?
- God will use it for your good.
You may be asking how and I understand fully. Remember, God is growing your character. You take your character with you to Heaven someday. I would never have started writing if it wasn’t for my experience with anxiety. I can now give others hope and encouragement.
Anxiety is a journey, but God will use it for a ministry.
- You will cling to God in ways you haven’t before.
When you are hopeless, desperate and at the end of yourself, God becomes your all in all. This might be the hardest period of your life, but God is present. He will get you through this. He will lead you to heal. I promise the foundation of your relationship with God is made solid on this path.
- Anxiety will increase your confidence.
Friend, you have witnessed the fear anxiety brings, but you have mastered it. Nothing else seems as frightening anymore. When you have been in a place with anxiety’s symptoms flailing and have remained: you become stronger. I have gotten up to talk and sing in front of people (which anxiety prompted me to do). I’m still nervous, but I power through it.
- Anxiety begs you to change.
When we struggle, we want life to be different. We look within ourselves, and we begin to change the things we don’t like. Anxiety shoves us into this place to start the change.
An Unexpected Journey
When we begin, it won’t be easy. It will be a forward step and two steps backward.
Can I reassure you that every day you are making progress? Look back a week ago, or look even further back, and you will see change happening.
Can I promise you anxiety will never return? I can’t, but I can tell you it won’t have the hold on you like it did in the past.
Let us take comfort in God’s Word in (2 Corinthians 4:16-17, NLT).
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
The journey through anxiety is creating something worthy of Heaven. It is not in vain, God knows what He’s doing and we can hold tight to His promise.
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