Good day to ya!
How are ya doing during this virus scare?
Are you working from home?
Have you suddenly found yourself a school teacher?
Are you experiencing various emotions you hadn’t noticed before?
I’m pretty sure it’s normal!
I remember back in 2011 at the time when I was living in Joplin, Missouri when an EF5 tornado ripped through the city how our normal was forever changed. So many people underwent a life change after that! Whew! I know I sure did!
For me, I sought the assistance of a qualified, trauma counselor to help me navigate the changes my life was undergoing. It was hard in the beginning but as time went on I found myself growing stronger! That’s a good thing!
Anytime we walk through a major life-altering situation we will experience change. It stands to reason.
I have begun to hear folks say things like, “Well, I’ll be so glad when everything goes back to normal!”
I’m sorry but I do not believe that will ever happen!
Imagine you’re doing a load of laundry. You accidentally throw in a red shirt into a load of whites. Oh no! Now you have pink towels, undies and so on. You can’t go back and pull out all the red die.
The demolition crew comes out and tears the house down clearing the way for a parking lot. The bad thing is, the read the address incorrectly and tore down the wrong house! You can’t go back to the point in time before the wrecking ball hit that first board!
Once you speak those words, whether good or bad, you can not shove them back in your mouth and in your mind. Once released, they’re gone!
So it is with change!
Once we undergo change our world is forever changed! Now that doesn’t have to mean a bad thing necessarily. It simply means we must all learn how to ebb and flow with changes that life brings our way in a healthy manner!
Because of a very traumatic, violent childhood and domestic violence, I have fought the spirit of fear all my life! I’d say over the past five years or so I am learning more and more how to turn and face said fear!
Now, in the past, I’d begin to fear a situation, person, etc and end up almost paralyzed with fear to the point of not being able to make a rash decision. Fear will cause us to act and think irrationally!
In my mind, I would grow this thing I feared to a giant, extra-large size; a size so large that there was no way I could ever overcome it. Therefore, the spirit of fear had successfully grabbed hold of my mind, my thoughts and my actions. It had me in its clutches!
That is until I began to gain tiny victories in facing said fears and overcoming them!
- Begin with small steps
- If need be, make a list of fears you’d like to overcome
- Write out small steps needed to do so
- Reward yourself when you successfully face each fear
Practice! Don’t become discouraged.
Stay in the moment!
If you’re a Jesus follower, keep your focus on Him for He will never leave you nor forsake you!
And, learn to train your mind to avoid what I call ‘stinkin’ thinkin’! It’s a trap every time.
We’ll delve into that more next time.
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We raise awareness of various forms of abuse and addictions as well as pointing folks to healthy healing options.
Praying many blessings over you this day!