Who Else Wants Less Anxiety, Self Doubt, and Fear?
Now that is an interesting question for this blog isn’t it? This is a motivational blog not a psychological one! So what in the world am I thinking starting the week with a post about Less Anxiety, Self Doubt, and Fear? It all has to do with my weekend.
Here are a couple photos of the sunset the night before as I was getting gas in preparation to drive there the following day. It was a breathtaking sunset!
Setting the Stage
The sunset set the stage for what I already knew would be an amazing experience. And to simply say it was amazing would be a gross understatement! The best way I can sum it up is to quote one of the spiritual leaders, “God showed up!” And boy did He!
But in addition to an incredibly uplifting experience, the time together brought something quite unexpected and unsettling to the forefront. It revealed how many woman suffer with anxiety and fear stemming from self doubt. And on many levels. Almost every woman I talked with, no matter what the situation or circumstances, was suffering from questioning something they did, or said, or thought. Many others were struggling with anxiety, self doubt, and fear over something they thought another woman had said.
It was a sad realization that even where we were, in the midst of an incredible Godly time, we were all doubting ourselves over something.
It was so interesting to hear others voicing what, unfortunately, was also going on inside my head!
These women were leaders in the organization, some were leaders in the church, wives, widows, divorced women young and old, even 20 something fresh young girls without a care in the world. We were each living out a different set of circumstances, but each one of us was suffering wondering if we did or said something that hurt someone else.
Why? Why do we all struggle with anxiety, self doubt, and fear? Personally, I think it comes from simply living life. The world beats us up time and time again. All of us.
I love Ann Voskamp’s comment in her blog, A Holy Experience, on September 30, 2013, “It’s either take captive every thought or be taken captive. When you realize life is war, you make prayer a shield, and Christ your general, and the victory is found in grace.”
Faith, prayer, and grace. These carry me though each and every day. Faith, prayer, and God’s Grace.
Do you know that FAITH is the opposite of fear?
What do you rely on to carry you beyond anxiety, self doubts, and fear to forge ahead?
Please share your thoughts and any tips you have. Sharing is healing for you and for other readers!