I’ve always been a worrier but after having our second daughter Charlotte I struggled with postpartum anxiety.
Fear had taken over. I vividly remember getting ready for a Target run. I packed the diaper bag, loaded up the girls and started the car but when I made it to the stop sign at the edge of our neighborhood I broke down in tears. All the terrible irrational scenarios ran through my mind and suddenly I had talked myself out of running the errand. I couldn’t do it and just like that I turned the car around and pulled into my driveway. I felt defeated but safe.
I got really good at concealing my anxiety but when it got to the point of me declining invitations to do things I’d normally enjoy I knew something was wrong and I spoke to my doctor. I’m so thankful for the Godly wisdom and support my doctor offered me. I was able to overcome my PPA without medicinal intervention but not everyone is that fortunate.
If you find yourself battling debilitating anxiety, please seek help! Make an appointment with a specialist or reach out to a trusted friend. Don’t suffer in silence. I know it seems so taboo to talk openly about this topic. Like we’re all supposed to have it figured out but if you don’t have it all together just know you’re not alone.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by PRAYER and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
The enemy knows our greatest fears and preys on our weaknesses. Shut him up with truth! Not once does the Bible say, worry about it, stress over it, or figure it out but over and over it clearly states do not fear and TRUST God. When you allow fear and anxiety to speak into your life you’re placing your trust in what the enemy has to say instead of believing Gods word.
Become a prayer WARRIOR not a worrier!
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