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Woodworking For Therapy #18: OVERCOMING ANXIETY BY WOODWORKING

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 05-22-2014 02:25 AM 1260 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: A Week Without Woodworking Makes One Weak Part 18 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 19: Back In The Starting Blocks »

Anxiety is something none of us like to admit we have from time to time. That could be because we don’t recognize it or understand it. Sometimes it comes out in the form of an angry outburst and we think, “Where did that come from?” It probably came from something your anxious about and don’t even realize it.

Tomorrow morning I go into the hospital for my second Arterial Chemo Embolization. I had this done just four weeks ago and it was difficult to recover from. Usually this would not be redone in less than a year, but with twenty new (very small) tumors in my liver, we had no choice. I admit, I was getting anxious as the day approached. Being a Christian I know what the Bible tells me to do.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

That’s a lot easier to say than to do. But, when I realized, yesterday, that I was becoming a bit anxious about the procedure I did pray. Funny thing happened, all I could think about was my friend Lloyd, so I prayed for him. I went back to praying about the anxiety and all I could think about was “Box Joints”. Yes, God has a sense of humor. Then it dawned on me, maybe if I do some woodworking it will get my mind off the chemo. “Hey, I’ll make a box for my friend Lloyd!”

The only woodworking I’ve really done since the last procedure was to start learning how to make box joints. So rather than the usual miter joints I’ve been doing I jumped into box joints.

I have no idea where the red line came from except my lack of skill as a photographer.

It took me two days. I had to fix a few problems, but I was happy with the outcome and guess what? I’m no longer anxious. The Joy of the Lord is my strength and I am so thankful for Woodworking and all of you.
I’ll keep you posted on my recovery and how God uses Woodworking as Therapy.
God Bless You All!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!



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RHaynes

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#1 posted 05-22-2014 02:33 AM

You’re in my prayers, Steve – not just for help with the joinery! :-)

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#2 posted 05-22-2014 03:38 AM

God’s blessing on your healing, its always interesting when we are actually still what the spirit can lead us to. Nice box, I’m sure it will be appreciated.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 05-22-2014 05:52 AM

My prayers are with you!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 05-22-2014 03:01 PM

Be encouraged Steve! The same God who created this universe dwells in you and loves you intimately. I can’t grasp your struggles, but I do know His glory will be revealed. His loving kindness is greater than any of our fears, and His healing grace will flow through your faith that He has grown in you for this very time! You are an awesome and mighty man of God!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 12:41 AM

The anxiety and resulting depression can seem worse than the disease at times. But I see that your faith and woodworking diversions are getting you through it. Keep on keepin on my friend. We’re all praying for you.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 06:32 AM

By God’s grace we will be here tomorrow and by His grace He will give us what we need. We may be travelling different roads in our journeys Steve but it is good to see we have been given woodworking to help us carry our loads. You are spot on about wood working, last spring I was in a horrible state, part of the route to healing was the building of my boat 816. He gave me the physical boat to help me heal the tangible pain and the spiritual boat of faith and prayer He gave me to heal my being. Well done on the box.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Steve Kreins

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 10:42 PM

I’m not up to a new blog post yet, but I wanted to let you know, it’s been one week and I’m doing MUCH better than last time! PTL! I appreciate your prayers and thoughts and private messages I’ve received. I also got a Mystery Box in the mail today from an anonymous LJ with a great note of encouragement. I truly am blessed! I’ll let you know when I start making sawdust again. Soon I hope.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 01:09 AM

Keeping you in my prayers Steve. I’m really enjoying your posts.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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