Shoring Up the Body Under Stress

Last Thursday morning, as the panic began to rise for the first time in about 3 years, I gratefully remembered something else I’ve learned.

Someone dear to me who also dealt with panic attacks after her husband died, discovered that our bodies have a gland ‘adrenal gland‘, that helps us deal with stress.  With extended stress, that gland can become fatigued, precipitating the effect of “overloading our circuits”, resulting in anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and other related symptoms.  After a period of supplementation specifically to strengthen this gland, her panic attacks were brought under control.

Since learning this, I have kept Adrenal supplements in my cabinet.  This past Thursday, as I began to feel that horrible “rush”, I realized I hadn’t taken any that morning.  Within about 1/2 hour, my body began to settle down – sweet relief.  (I use a product called “David’s Adrenal Support – from a local health food store called “David’s Natural Market“.  My friend uses a product from Metagenics, called “Adrecet” found on Amazon.)  Someone recently recommended a beverage concoction that tastes like lemon cream and uses somewhat normal healthy ingredients that support a healthy adrenal gland – “Singing Canary“.  I’m still figuring out if this helps, but it is so healthy, it can’t hurt.

I have also learned through the years, of other supplements that help me deal with prolonged periods of stress (such as care giving, moving, death of a loved one, and adjusting to step parenting to name only a few such periods of life).  Vitamin B complex helps with the brain fog and grants me energy. Magnesium (I love the product “Calm”) has a calming effect (but it can also be a laxative, so I can’t overdo it).  I’m also experimenting with Essential Oils from ‘Young Living’, as they are guaranteed to be a therapeutic grade.  (I am a distributor for ‘Young Living’.)

I have also learned, especially under prolonged periods of stress, a high quality vitamin and probiotic are essential.

Lastly, because I’m sharing my experiences with helping the body deal with stress, I want to add – menopause is a huge change for the female body, and can stress our emotions (bringing on feelings of anxiety).  When I went through menopause, my moods shifted quickly and quite unexpectedly at times.  My mom mentioned that when she went through her change, someone recommended she use “progesterone cream”.  I purchased some through a company called ‘Arbonne’, but you can get it at many health food stores.  It was amazing!  Within a few minutes of application, I could literally feel my body and my emotions calm down.  I’ve since recommended it to others who have shared similar results.

Once again, I must stress – I’m no practitioner.  I am only able to share my experiences.  I would never be able to recommend to someone else what they need.  However, I have learned over the years that in order to deal positively with prolonged stress, I must take care of my body.  Our foods no longer provide all we need for our stressful lifestyles.  God has provided help in other areas.  His gift to us.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)

Tomorrow: “The Importance of respite during the stress for my soul”.

Love you, and thank you for joining me –

Robin <3

 

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How to Ride Out the Waves

Day 5 of “Fighting Fear”

First of all, a heartfelt thank you to all who have prayed and given encouragement the last week.  How blessed I am! 🙂  Unfortunately I still have no news!

Last Thursday morning as I sat in my Bible study, knowing that Evan’s doctor’s appointment was only hours away, I suddenly began to feel panic rising within me – and there was nothing I could do to stop it’s ugly head appearing after so long an absence.  I couldn’t stop it’s appearance, but I’ve learned over the years how to more effectively keep it from escalating.

The things I had written all week weren’t theory.  And rehearsing these truths over and over again all week truly strengthened me.  I began to learn the power of the truths I shared last week 8 years ago.

About 6 months before Norman’s death, I began to experience anxiety attacks, unaware at first what was happening.  I was never given the luxury of a warning.  Day or night, I’d sense a sudden rush of adrenaline followed by lightening bolts and fireworks coursing through my body at speeds that made me want to jump out of my skin and run.  The more I fought the rising emotion, the worse it became.  I felt so hopeless!

The first time I realized Jesus could help, I had just pulled into a Target parking lot, was about to open the door, when wham – “it” began.  As the cycle of panic ramped up, I heard the preacher on the radio calmly begin the story of Jesus fast asleep in a boat, as his disciples fought to keep the boat upright in a fierce storm. In their panic, they awoke Jesus.  “Master, aren’t you concerned we’re going to drown?”  Surprisingly, Jesus chided them for their lack of faith, then spoke peace to the storm, and all became suddenly calm. The preacher then said something I’ll never forget.

“Jesus was in the boat with them, so they didn’t have to fear the storm.  They only needed to ride out the waves.”

jesus_stormThis statement began my training in learning to “ride out the waves” of panic and anxiety. Over the next several years, I learned the things I shared last week, finding greater and greater victory as time elapsed. I have also learned other needed tools to ride out the waves.

We are made up of soul, body, and spirit – and every aspect of our being is greatly effected by stress.  So, this week, as I continue to go “live” in dealing with concerns about Evan’s health and my need to overcome fear, I’ll share how I’m learning to “ride the waves” as I provide what is needed for my physical body and my soul.

Tomorrow, I will share some things I am learning about the effects of excessive stress on the body, and how the Lord used this knowledge to keep those feelings of panic last Thursday from moving into a full blown panic attack.  I am certainly not a medical practitioner, so anything I say is solely from my personal experience.

Please join me.  I would love to hear how you have successfully dealt with anxiety, since we all deal with it throughout life.

With love,

Robin <3

p.s. If you felt last week like I just don’t get where you are in your journey, I’m so sorry. I hope that this week helps!

 

Take Fear Captive!

Today’s Plan to Up End Fear:

Don’t Argue With Fear – Take It Captive.

Rationalizing with fear doesn’t work.  Fear is a foe able to bend kings and mighty warriors to it’s sway.  So, how can I succeed against something so powerful?

The battle with fear begins in my mind, so it must be waged there:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV – emphasis mine)

These verses speak of weapons.  What weapons?

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”  Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)

It says I’m to make every thought obedient to Christ.  What does Jesus say I am to think about?  What am I to do?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)

As I fight with God’s strength to dwell on what is true, noble, right…. I can more easily remember God’s loving, powerful faithfulness to me in the past.

Remembering and dwelling on his past faithfulness strengthens me to come to him fully trusting he can do the same today, in this situation!

 

Let me close this week with “You Are Faithful”, by Carrollton:

This afternoon we head to the specialist.  Thank you for your love, encouragement, and prayers.  They, along with the reminders of the truth, have strengthened me more than I can say! Fear has been kept at bay – and I am so thankful to God, and to you!

With much love and gratitude,

Robin <3

p.s. You may also wish to read:  Caution, Emotions At Play!

 

Pressing In

Today’s plans to up-end fear:

Press in to Jesus.

Seek Him with my whole being.

Promises I hold onto today as I “press in” (above my fear):

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)

If I’m pressing in to Jesus, I can’t be pressing in to other things, including fear.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” I John 4:18 (NIV)

Jesus is perfect love, and so as I press in, fear will flee. (But maybe not without a fight – so I must persevere!)

In this case, fear is a tactic from my enemy to bind me in chains – deal with it as such.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NIV)

I don’t have to press in with my own strength.  I have a powerful, compassionate Ally to defend and protect me, if I choose to take shelter within his walls:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord:  He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.”  Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT)

When I take shelter within his walls, I will find the rest I long for:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

Pressing into Jesus allows me to exchange the backpack of fear for the gift of rest.

The promise is for any who will press in.

Thank you for doing this with me,

Loving you,

Robin <3

 

 

 

Resting In God’s Peace

Good afternoon friends!  No further news at this time, as our appointment with the specialist isn’t until Thursday.

My plan to up-end fear today:

Rest in the peace of God. He has this under his command.

How is this possible?  This song by Jonny Diaz, “Breathe” explains it well.

Care to take a deep breath with me?

 

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Thanks for being here today.  I appreciate it more than you realize.

With love,

Robin <3

p.s. I’m making a copy of the Matthew 11:28 available in a pdf format, to use on your phone, for anyone who emails me a request at “email.rlseaton.com”.  I will then add you to my email subscription list for you to receive an invitation to receive emails in your inbox.  I won’t use your email for anything other than for things pertaining to this blog without first getting your permission.

No Fear!

Please Pray!

This week I’m going “live”, in the sense something has come up in life that is a bit frightening, and I’m going to need to remember all God has been teaching me.  This week’s “live” posts are to remind to me that I’m not doing this alone, and that God is fully aware and has already paved the way for his good plan for my family.

We found out yesterday that my son with autism has developed a condition where his platelet count is dropping – two blood tests in a row.  A bit of research last evening showed that some of his hefty daily concoction of meds can have this side effect, by causing his body to see his platelets as an enemy, and fight them as an invader.

I have enough medical background to know that platelets help the blood clot.  If your blood doesn’t clot, you bleed.  Right at this point in life, he can’t live without these meds.  They help him function as normally as possible.  We see a specialist this week, but already my brain and emotions want to go into full “what if” mode, mixed with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

So, I’m asking those of you who follow Jesus to pray for us – for peace, calm, wisdom, and healing.  I want God’s plan, and I don’t want to freak out in the middle.

This morning I read a blog post from Proverbs 31 Ministries, by Katy KcCown, entitled, “When the Road Ahead Feels Uncertain“.  God’s timing is always perfect!  I liked it so much, I decided to subscribe.  As a gift I was sent 4 pages of Bible verses on dealing with fear!  I didn’t even know these would be coming!

 

These verses are excerpted from the list I received entitled:

“Power Promises to Fight Fear & Anxiety”

God, you did not give me a spirit of fear.  You gave me one of power.  ‘For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)”

God, you say I should not fear.  You promise YOU are with me and will help me. ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)”

God, you promise YOU are greater than anything I am dealing with. ‘Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.’ I John 4:4 (KJV)”

(For the full list, you will need to subscribe to Katy’s blog,”Katy KcCown, Laugh. Live. Faith.” .  The list will follow in your email inbox as her gift for subscribing.)

My plans to up-end fear today:  

Choose to dwell on What Is True about God, who stands with me.

Surround myself with prayer warriors who follow Jesus.

 

Thank you friends for doing this with me this week.

With love,

Robin<3

How Is My Standpoint Affecting My Perspective?

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Peggy asked a very cool question about the relationship between perspective and standpoint. “Perspective – the way we look and understand the things around us. Like standpoint, but somehow more active maybe?”

In art, Standpoint is “the position from which someone is able to view a scene or an object.”  If I’m going to be really honest with myself, where I’m standing – the way I spend my time, the things that take the attention of my ears and eyes, the thoughts I give way to, the attitudes that I allow to break free and splatter will all affect my perspective.

Do I like the effect?  If the answer is “yes” – wonderful.  If the answer is “no”, then maybe I need to change my standpoint.  God’s given me freedom to choose where I stand – that is his gift to each of us.  How am I using it?

There is a children’s hymn I learned as a child – that has been reworked by “Casting Crowns”, called “Slow Fade” from the album “Altar and the Door”.

“Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands
As darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattering leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away….

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away…

People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see”

Songwriters: JOHN MARK HALL
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Late last year a Beth Moore Bible Study, ‘Entrusted’ challenged me with the question, “Do you have the guts to ask God to change you in an area that has been you all your life, but you know needs to be changed?”  I was so convicted and challenged by Beth’s question.  Fear was beginning to take more of me than was comfortable, and I longed for freedom.  So I took up the challenge wholeheartedly.

God is answering those prayers in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  He can do the same for you.

How is my standpoint affecting my perspective?

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (NIV version)

“Lord, change me from the inside out.  I don’t want to stand here (name the place) anymore.”  Thank you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Looking forward to tomorrow, and our continued time together.

With much love,

Robin <3