Thursday, May 30, 2013

Progress Report for Bible Study Group Week 8

Progress Report:

Well I really want/wanted to succeed in this Stressed Less Bible Study and in some ways I have. I love the Bible verses.  They are highlighted in my Bible and are posted around my house.   However in some ways I haven’t.  Just when I have given my health over to the Lord and have accepted it as being what it is BAM! I get slammed in the face with my health once again.
I had the worst panic attack I have ever had early Sunday morning (the 25th).  I ended up calling 911.  Because of the symptoms I was having they thought I was having a stroke so they rushed me to the hospital.  I had a CT scan done that showed some white matter on my brain, so I was admitted.  While waiting for an MRI I had some heart tests done and they showed that my left ventricle is working too hard so I have to follow up with my cardiologist which I was just referred to anyway.  Finally got the MRI done and it showed nothing Thank God!  I came home Wednesday afternoon.

Basically my anxiety is what put me in the hospital.  That is not ok.  Just last week I had on my blog people say that they were praying for my health and someone prayed a beautiful prayer for me; someone else commented on that prayer saying they were praying that prayer for me and themselves.  I have had people praying for me all throughout this study for my health, and here we are at the end and I go in to one of the biggest panic attacks I’ve ever had.  I have got to get my anxiety under control but I don’t know how else to do it.  I think I need to dive deeper into God’s word for one thing.  I don’t read the Bible enough, I really don’t.  And now that I know how to verse map I need to do this more often because it really is a great thing.  God speaks to us through his word and I need to listen but how can I listen if I’m not reading?

7 comments:

  1. Your post really tugged at my heart! I cannot imagine what it must feel like to have such extreme moments of panic and anxiety.

    I like your point at the end- about reading the Bible more. I can speak from my own experience and tell you that when I started setting aside some time each morning to do Bible reading and prayer, my life began to change. I did this about a month and then God led me to this Bible study. That is what has REALLY changed me and my view on my life.

    I pray that you can find the time to delve into God's word more each day and that God can help you find the inner peace and strength that you need to face your anxiety issues.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad that you found that by setting aside time to do Bible reading and prayer that things began to change. That is what I need to do. I keep saying that, then things come up! I've just got to program myself to do it. I guess I need to make a detailed list of my day with that included. Best wishes to you.

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  2. Dear OBS sister, I to am plagued with and by anxiety. I understand "we do not imagine" the extreme overwhelming need to flea life's stresses. I wwill daily pray GOD's healing for you and ask the same in return. When all is said and written, prfayer is still our best answer. In Love, Sondra Ratliff

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    1. Thank you so much for the prayers and yes I will pray for you too. Yes I agree prayer is the best answer.

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  3. Shannan,

    God bless you girl! My husband has suffered from this for four years! He is doing better since he started spending time in God's word daily. He tried everything else. Dr's, breathing techniques, medications, you name it he probably tried it. I asked him to do two things. 1. Read the word and pray daily 2. Read this book with me! I will be praying for you. I also told him this, when those thoughts start to come at you "take them captive" how? By thinking on whatever is good, praiseworthy, noble....you know this one! ;)

    Melissa S OBS Group Leader

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    1. I'm glad your husband is doing better. Yes I am going to make a detailed list of my days every day and include daily Bible reading and prayer on the list. That is the only way I know to make sure it happens until it comes second nature. Thank you for the prayers.

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  4. Shannan, thank you for sharing! I too suffer from anxiety, although my attacks are rather mild compared to others I know, including my sister. I do agree that being in God's Word helps a ton! Sometimes, having a trusted "counselor" to process the anxiety is another help. Great post.

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