Maybe you, like me, have experienced those moments. The ones where deep breaths seem illusive. That feeling like something’s wrong – but what? Or anything?
In the world we’re living in maybe it’s not as rare as I think. But it’s not good for us. It’s a stress signal – and stress is not our friend. No solutions here – just a bit of compassion and a few ideas. How about some peace to replace the nerves?
It’s not going to come from ourselves. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be anxious in the first place, right? This is a journey of not only being a disciple of Jesus, but a truster of Him. Do we trust God to be God in our lives? “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
I’m coming off a morning of frustration with health. A morning of deep breaths and deep doubt. Not in God, but in my ability let go of control. To know that I’m a healthy person and though the last few months have had ups and downs, it’s not forever.
That’s when reaching out comes into play. We have to overcome being embarrassed to admit we need a listening ear, a heartfelt prayer, basically some Jesus with skin on. We can be that for each other. The Holy Spirit is in us, we are light in this dark world. Let’s allow the light of a fellow believer to make the darkness recede. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 NLT)
Still, a prayer warrior is not all we need. We need to immerse ourselves in heavenly help. Making the time to stop and search out the Father. ‘God, help’ – may be all we get out, but we’re headed in the right direction.
Making time to not only have regular time in the Word (start if you don’t already do this) – but amid the anxiety attack to have resources at our fingertips that point us to the Bible. Topical or inspirational. Music of praise and worship. Memorized Scripture (ahh, that one is super important).
There’s no quick fix. But I’m all in for relief even in baby steps. How about you? Can we decide to be obedient to the wise words of Jesus and the apostles? Those that say: ‘do not worry – about anything’, ‘seek His kingdom first’, ‘be still and KNOW that I Am God’ – and so many more jewels we need to unearth daily.
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT)
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Renae, you share some great thoughts about anxiety here. When faced with anxiety, we do need to humble ourselves and ask for help, from others, and from God. I loved your reminder that we can be Jesus with skin on for each other. Great thoughts here!
Yes, so true, we can be Jesus with skin on for others – and they can be for us as well (if we let them). So much God wants us to let go of and just trust Him. Blessings in this new year of walking with the Savior!
Wow! Thank you for sharing. As a sister with severe anxiety and panic attacks. I found your words to be insightful and encouraging. Blessings.
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Praying for you right now that those attacks will lessen in frequency and severity and that through God’s strength and power you will find you can count them a thing of the past. A thing that was a training ground for purposes we don’t know now but will as God reveals. Blessings for a New Year of peace and calm in the everlasting presence of Jesus in your heart.
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Thank you so much for your prayer. Blessings.
Thank you for this.
It’s pretty much universal right? Blessings as you immerse yourself daily in the only One who can calm our anxious souls and give us beauty in place of the unsettling feelings.