When Life Gets Crazy // Don't Panic

"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."  - Proverbs 4 : 6-7
For someone like me that has struggled with anxiety for years, it can be particularly challenging when things don't go as planned. I know that God has everything planned and has proven repeatedly to have timing that is nothing short of mind-blowing perfection. Every time. 

Still, I struggle with anxiety.  I have just recently started taking anxiety meds and they really have helped. I never took issue with anyone needing to take meds for anxiety or depression...except myself. I thought I could just pray and I would and should feel better. 

Prayer is so incredibly powerful & helpful, I always stay in prayer and try to remember to start there. Sometimes there is an imbalance that requires the help of doctors. God gave us doctors, too. Don't be ashamed like I was to ask for the help. Just this week I have been less anxious and have been getting sleep. I mean like deep sleep. 

It just hit me that I was so anxious all the time that that was the culprit to me not getting enough nightly sleep. 

We are completely moved out of our awesome condo. We are staying with my sister-in-law for two weeks, then the kids are spending one week out in Nashville, Tennessee with my mother. 

My mom wanted to take all the grandkids to the zoo and a water park. She had some vacation time that she needed to use up, so the timing was perfect. 

During the week that the kids are with their grandmother, I will be out on the road with my husband who is a truck driver. Then we will move into our camper on Topsail Island. We are about three weeks out to Island living. 

In our original plan we thought we would be on the road with Daren for a couple months. We're pretty sure that it will be much sooner than we thought. Several blessings! His paychecks, our rental deposit and my paychecks all are coming at the exact same time! 

That's why it's nonsense to panic. God has it planned. Don't rely on anyone, even family. God only can be trusted and depended upon. 

I went ahead and started a facebook group for our Wild + Free Group : Surf City. I'm so excited to meet everyone! If you're not sure what Wild + Free Groups are and more info on ours, check out this post [Building Your Tribe / Wild + Free] scroll to "Wild + Free Group". 

I'm sure we'll make lots of new friends quickly. We're already getting to know homeschool families that live on or near the island! Right now we are just unschooling. We school year round and in a minimalist way, but for now we are not following our school schedule since things are a bit crazy and scattered. 

We are taking life's adventures as they come, and learning along the way. This was by far the BEST decision we could have ever made for our family. We are finally going to be getting out of debt. We have drastically reduced or eliminated our cost of living and we are excited for this season of life. 

My father-in-law doesn't get it and several friends don't get it. But that's okay. They don't have to get it. It doesn't make me love them any less. The world is full of differing opinions. We all do life differently.

I also really don't care what anyone thinks. Maybe back in my 20s I cared a whole lot, but I am way past that now. I care far more about my childrens' wellbeing and if we are living a life that glorifies God. 

We listen to God only. His plans and His word. We prayed about this decision for months before we made it. Our goal is to live debt free and have financial freedom. If your goals align with God's plans, then it does not matter if anyone else agree. Do what you know is right. 

So if that means drastic changes, unconventional ideas, people we love not "getting" it, moving into a tiny camper and living with less, we are ready for the adventurous life God has called us to. 

The instant we made this decision, we felt a peace wash over us. And that is how we knew. 

Moral of the story : Don't Panic, Pray About it First, Trust God, Dismiss Naysayers [even if they are family], It's Okay to Ask For Help, Live Your Life! 

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3 : 5-6

Aloha, Jane

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