Five Minute Friday: StayPosted: November 16, 2012
It’s rare that I want to go to things, like gatherings with friends. Or dinner with friends. Or really any place with anyone who is not Tim, the kids, or our family.
I have struggled with anxiety and the occasional panic attack for over two decades now. Anxiety can keep a person inside, both literally and figuratively. I have stayed inside a lot.
The great thing about God is that He is faithful to meet me whether I stay home or go. And because I know He is with me I can go. I know that not going will keep me from building deeper relationships with women I love, women who make me laugh and women who make me grow in my faith.
And I have found that every single time I step out in faith and step into someone’s house, the anxiety subsides and I am so glad I came. And so I stay, I drink coffee and nibble chocolate. I talk and I pray and I cry and I laugh. I stay past the kids’ bedtime and sometimes past my own.
Staying home is always easier, but staying with friends is so much sweeter.
In an effort to become a better and more frequent writer, I am taking part in Lisa-Jo Baker’s weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. FMF is a weekly exercise in which bloggers sit and write on a topic for five minutes. No worries about perfect editing or anything, just writing.