weekend recap + how I'm dealing with my anxiety

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weekend recap + how I'm dealing with my anxiety

designer inspired sandals | jeans | nail polish is ‘Liv’ In the Gray by OPI

designer inspired sandals | jeans | nail polish is ‘Liv’ In the Gray by OPI

weekend recap + how I'm dealing with my anxiety

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weekend recap + how I'm dealing with my anxiety

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weekend recap + how I'm dealing with my anxiety

Happy Monday, friends!

How was your weekend? I hope you’re having a great start to your week!

We spent most of the weekend preparing to move this week – packing, getting a storage unit, etc!

I felt really led to share something I haven’t really talked about in the past with you guys today. So, before I start, please know that this is a little different for me. The Lord has given me the opportunity to share these things with you, and I do it prayerfully. I pray that if you relate to this, that it helps in some way. But, I am in no way an expert or professional on this topic, I’m just a girl asking the Lord for help choosing joy each and every day. 

I have felt so anxious over the past several months. I’m telling you, it’s been through the roof.

We’ve been trying to figure out what we’re doing about a house, found one we love, have been going through the buying process, and, overall, things have just been changing in our lives like crazy.

I have been working on my prayer life for a while now, and I shared in this post about the breakthrough I had.

I’ve dealt with anxiety for as long as I can remember. It’s come and gone in waves, and it looks a lot of different ways. I have always felt guilty, to some extent, for my anxiety. It was a burden for me that I continually gave to Jesus.

About two weeks ago, I started journaling again – something I used to do off and on, but never consistently

I started writing true letters and prayers in my journal and talking to God through my writing. 

I leave it all on the page, I write what I’m thankful for, what I’m worried about that I need to lay at His feet, honestly, anything that I need to get off my chest. And finally, I ask Him to help me choose joy.

It’s a simple idea, I know. Just write it down.

For me, it helps me to leave it all in the book. When I think about the things that I’m worried about, I remind myself that I’ve left it, I’ve given it to the Lord, Who can handle all things.

I also have started reading Max Lucado’s new book Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. I’m not very far in, but so far I’ve found it really helpful.

Sometimes I think it’s just helpful to know that you’re not alone in feeling the way you feel.

Even though there is certainly no ‘one-size-fits-all’ anxiety, others out there are going through it, too.

And perhaps that’s why I felt the Lord tugging on my shirttail to share this with you guys.

The honest truth is, I don’t know who of you deals with this. I’m willing to bet you didn’t know I do.

But, if my sharing this can help even one person, if I can be someone to reach out to even just to say ‘hey, I deal with this, too. I’m glad I’m not alone,’ then that is worth opening up like this.

All my love!

xo, chelsea catherine

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