Finding God’s Help in Anxiety Attacks (Panic Attacks)

By Ava Pennington:

Experiencing anxiety attacks? Don’t panic! Seek God and find His help.

 

God trustful merciful

 

I had worked my way up the corporate ladder until I reached the position of Vice President, Human Resources for a financial services company in New York City. My job included responsibility for employees both in and outside the United States. The position required travel to destinations such as Mexico City, London, Caracas, and cities across the United States.

The job was everything I wanted…until the attacks started. My desire to be in constant control, including control of my surroundings, produced bouts of severe anxiety. Alone in unfamiliar hotel rooms, waves of fear engulfed me late at night as I fought to maintain calm.

I tried everything I could think of. I prayed. I read the Bible. I made lists of Scripture verses dealing with the subject of fear. I memorized those verses. Nothing worked. If anything, the anxiety attacks increased in frequency and intensity. I was a Christian – how could this be happening to me? I desperately wanted to be like David when he wrote, “In God I trust and am not afraid” (Psalm 56:4 NIV).

Finally, I asked myself one question. If the God of the universe is trustworthy enough for me to place my eternal soul in His hands, how could I not trust Him for the next five minutes? And the five minutes after that? And then the five minutes after that?

I watched the clock – minute by minute – as I asked myself that question over and over and over again. I reminded myself of God’s attributes of love, mercy, and compassion, as well as His attributes of strength, sovereignty, and trustworthiness. The anxiety attacks diminished, and finally disappeared, as I rested in the realization that the God of creation can be trusted for eternity and for today.

With me, find God as you trust Him, one minute at a time, regardless of your circumstances.

 Ava Pennington teaches a Bible Study Fellowship class. She is also the author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur.

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Find God in the Life of Frances Ridley Havergal

By  Karen O’Connor:

Frances Ridley Havergal

It’s easy to find God in the life of Frances Ridley Havergal, writer of many beloved hymns.

“Frances was a bright but short lived can­dle in Eng­lish hym­no­dy. She was bap­tized by hym­nist John Ca­wood. She was read­ing by age four, and be­gan writ­ing verse at age se­ven. She learned La­tin, Greek and He­brew, and mem­o­rized the Psalms, the book of Isai­ah, and most of the New Test­a­ment.” (From cyberhymnal.org)

Frances’ words and breath were about the love of God and the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. She lived a simple, quiet life, selling all of her jewelry to devote herself to ministry and writing, and taking no apparent interest in anything that was going on in the world except saving souls for Christ.

Her best loved hymns include: “Take My Life and Let it Be,” “Lord, Speak to Me,” and “Who is On the Lord’s Side.”

She is buried next to her father at Astley Church in Astley, England. The inscription on her tomb says it all. “By her writings in prose and verse she being dead yet speaketh.” She also wrote religious tracts and works for children.

Be inspired by this YouTube video of “Take My Life and Let It Be” and you too will surely find God in the life and hymns of Frances Ridley Havergal.

Familiar with a different version? Here’s that one too:

 ©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

 

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