I am medically diagnosed with a condition called Agoraphobia . The reason for starting my blog post stating my condition is to help you better understand how huge of a victory I feel I had tonight ! Tonight was the annual Halloween Band Carnival for our local high school. My husband and I along with our daughter attended this event . Arriving at the carnival we were immediately engulfed with a wide open space with music , people , and alot of noise . Wide open spaces normally cause me alot of anxiety and panic . I was able to stay composed and focused on my family who was with me ! After passing the large crowd we made our way into the second large wide open space , which was the high school gym. Upon arriving our daughter chose to play on the inflatable slide . I was able to calmly enjoy conversation with my husband , while our daughter played happily on the slide . Normally this large setting would have thrown me into intense panic and anxiety ! Next up was the bounce house . Thankfully my heart wasn’t bouncing along with the jumpers inside it . Extraordinarily this event was very peaceful amidst alot of chaos! After playing a few games our daughter noticed a small haunted house . The line was very long which again normally would have thrown me into a mode of shaky panic ! My daughter and I waited in the line while my husband went to purchase more tickets . I was to be the one to go inside with our daughter . Another awesome thing happened while standing in line, I was able to have a conversation with a few people with the absence of my usual panic and fear . I enjoyed the haunted house again without shaking or being nervous ! After exiting the haunted house activity the mom I had been talking to introduced her self , I was able to shake her hand with calmness and also introduced myself as well. Reflecting on the evening out feels great ! What seems to be a normal event to someone who doesn’t have these anxieties was a huge victory for me . You may be wondering what changed that allowed me to have such success . I have been working on conquering my fears and realizing who I am in Christ ! Jesus doesn’t want us to live in fear of people , places or things . One outing and step of faith at a time I’m realizing who I am in Christ and the shackles of fear are coming unchained!