We all have things that come up in our life that put us in a state of temporary anxiety. Any life changing event can send us in to turmoil. We have bills and no money to pay them. We argue with our spouse or significant other. Our teenager gets arrested or our daughter comes home pregnant. Our elderly parent falls breaks a hip. The triggers are not always negative. We get married. Buy a new dream house. Have kids or become grandparents. All if these things can disrupt our lives. These life things can always send us in to a tailspin of what ifs and whys.
We need to remember when life slams us with significant stress that we are blessed. The simple act of listing our blessings out in back and white can ground us and stop the anxiety from taking over. Sometimes it helps just to say, “I can’t handle this alone any more.” and tell some one. Acknowledge that there is this thing happening but here are the blessings despite the thing.
In the vain of practice what you preach. I will share with you that I am in a similar crazy phase in my life right now. I know that God is in control and I know that whatever the outcome it is His will and His chosen path for my life that I will take. The voices in my head, negativity, doubt, anxiety, want me to worry and look to the what could go wrong. To combat that here is my list of blessings.
I have a husband who loves me, a daughter who is successfully raising grandchildren who are little pillars in their community and parents who are proud of me.
This daughter is a strong independent, smart beautiful and compassionate girl.
I have grand parents, aunts, uncles,cousins, nieces and nephews who love me.
I have friends who are there to listen to me whine when life gets tough and celebrate with me when success comes.
I have a roof over my head, food in the kitchen, heat for the cold nights and a reliable car to get me around.
I have a job and a possibility for a better job. Both filled with wonderful people whom I respect and love.
I have an almost complete novel that I could not have written without the grace of God guiding me through it.
I have sweet fur children who love me unconditionally.
I have a church full of family who pray with me and are there when I need them.
I am in good health and improving everyday.
If you have any of the things in the list above you are blessed. If your list looks like mine you are blessed beyond measure. How inconsiderate of us to let the bumps in the road of life to distract us from the truth.
We are loved, blessed and important to God and other humans. Why do we worry?