Describe the last nightmare you remember having.
hankfully, I do not have nightmares often. Actually, I cannot remember the last time I had a nightmare. I used to have horrible ones when I was in college to the point of not even wanting to sleep. I’d fear going to sleep . . . I felt more tired after sleeping because my nightmares would wear me out terribly. My roommates would often wake me up from screaming.
Though I do not have nightmares, I can have “daymares”. I can get myself in such a tizzy worrying about something. Such as when the kids come home late or I cannot get a hold of my husband who forgot to turn on his phone. I can be sitting on the couch looking out the window for them to return, and be picturing the police coming up the driveway and being told of a fatal accident. I can get sucked into such fear that I can barely breath by the time the one I am waiting on gets home (yes . . . those anxiety attacks so many responded to before). It’s remembering to
From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.
Indeed we could go through the loss of another child, or have a serious life-changing injury. But I do know deep down, that if God could get us through what we have already, He can again – He won’t leave me the next time. He won’t tell me, “I showed you before how to get through it, this time you are on your own.” And He keeps whispering to me to not get myself in those modes of the fear wandering in my mind. It helps me to turn on the radio LOUD and let the music take over in my mind of truth through praise songs. I love this verse too . . . letting God take captive my thoughts – thinking upon Him – and letting Him destroy my fears.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ… Phil. 4:8
It’s definitely a work in progress, and I’m thankful God is not finished with me yet!