We are in crisis and it's time to wake up to reality.
Children who have been intentionally abandoned, ignored, and forgotten are having daily panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. They are living in fear of the unknown and are either running away, fighting for their lives, or are paralyzed obsessing over a multitude of problems looking for solutions.
Parents who are waking up to learn they have limited options are feeling just as fearful. Those who have the money to move are running away to other places looking for safety. Many have lost heart as they obediently acquiesce to the demands of others. Many are praying to be removed from suffering through the rapture and actively are seeking God's salvation. What is everyone afraid of? What makes us fearful? It seems like everything has gone crazy and peace is nowhere to be found.
This is what anxiety does to us. Anxiety is driven by fear. Left out of control, fearful thoughts can increase as negative thoughts create more and more fearful thoughts. When you find your mind spiraling out of control, you can look to what fear is driving the insanity. Often, miscommunication, or a lack of knowledge and understanding, can be the beginning of creating a fearful thought. It's the "what ifs" that drive us crazy. Our imagination takes us on a journey right over a cliff and our emotions support the fearful thoughts by driving us to do something, anything, to escape the anxious fears in our minds. By gaining understanding, seeking the truth in any situation, and by watching for evidence that supports that truth, increasing understanding, then we can stop our anxious fearful thoughts.
It is wise to watch what is happing in your life. Wisdom comes from learning, and you learn by watching. Even Jesus said we are not to be sleeping but are to "watch!" (Mark 13:37) and be awake. I recommend you read all of Mark chapter 13 because Jesus talks about the signs of the end times, the trials and suffering that is to come, and how believers in faith are to conduct themselves. The final message of the chapter is that we are commanded to watch. But it's difficult to watch others who are in pain and suffering. We want to DO something. We pace, get anxious, and feel disheartened, discouraged, and fearful. When we give into the temptation to be afraid, we can lose our balance, become weak, and will not be ready when the time comes to take action. There is no strength in weakness. Courage comes after we are afraid and we decide to take action. Be strong, courageous, and endure the difficulties so you are ready to respond.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."