“But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
Live one day at a time. Anxiety doesn’t let you live one day at a time. It has me thinking of days, months and even years in the past or in the future. In 12 step recovery programs the advice of taking “one day at a time” is given. I have never been a part of a 12 step recovery program, but I have learned how much value there is in being present with each day and living today for today.
My life overall, has been less anxious than it was a year ago. But then there are some days where anxiety camped out in my mind. My friend started a small support group for those dealing with anxiety. I look forward to it, but ironically I get anxiety going to group. The anxiety is from being vulnerable in front of others and for not overcoming anxiety once and for all.
Last week we met and I was having the hardest time settling in after we started. The leader put on some worship music and wanted us to breathe slowly and think about a place in our body that felt calm. But I couldn’t. I did not like the song. And I felt guilty for not liking a song about Jesus. The song had a fast rhythmic beat which made me antsy. I could feel a surge of panic because I knew I had to be still for the next 5 minutes until this song would be over. There seemed to be no place in my body that was calm and settled.
For some reason, I looked at the palm of my right hand and noticed a vein that would pulse. I began to focus on that and felt my breath slow and relax. The following thought crossed my mind as I observed the pulse. Even though I felt out of control, my body’s physiology was still working. With anxiety, I feel like a floating head, a zero connection with my body. But this time, my mind and body connected and I relaxed.
We went around and shared our experience with the song. I shared my pulse story and the leader congratulated me. It didn’t feel like a big deal to me. But she explained how that was a victory for me and I found something to go to any time I felt anxious. I finally found something to quell the anxious feelings.
Afterward this leader encouraged me to be thankful for the little victories I have won over these past years. She reminded me how much I have improved on relaxing and have less anxiety. I thought of those that deal with addiction to alcohol and drugs (or other things) and how each day is a victory when they don’t succumb to their former vices. Praise the Lord for those good days and continued strength for the daily battle to live in victory and freedom!
Lesson Learned: Little victories won every day, will beat the lifelong battle.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for equipping me with what I need to win the battle everyday. Thank you for the strength you have given me Father God. Remind me what you have carried me through. I thank you for the little victories you have blessed me with in conquering these issues. Praise you and thank you Lord Jesus for the ultimate victory you won when you died for us. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”