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

By Ava Pennington:

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

 

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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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Finding God in Mountain-Moving Faith

By  Karen O’Connor:

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Jesus said to his followers:

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 in the Bible).

Of course this doesn’t mean, as my pastor made clear one Sunday, that God will allow us to shift the Sierra Mountain Range around like magic! But it does mean that we can find God in mountain-moving faith—the kind of belief in Him that will not allow any ‘mountain’ to defeat us: no mountain of fear or failure or guilt or worry or sorrow or challenge.

Whatever your mountain, you can remove it when you stand firm and trust God. You don’t have to try harder or stay up longer or work to your utmost to move the mountain—not at all. You simply need to have faith in a mountain-moving God.

The Lord will then answer in the way that he knows is best for you. You can count on that. No doubt God has already moved many mountains in your life—but you may have forgotten some—as I have in my life until I stop and think and then remember them.

He moved:

The mountain of fear of lack by giving me consistent work.

The mountain of unreliable transportation by giving me an affordable car.

The mountain of a toxic relationship by taking that person out of my life.

The mountain of separation from my parents by bringing them closer to me before they died.

When you believe in and serve a mountain-moving God He will empower you.

Jesus said:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these . . .” (John 14:12 in the Bible).

Find God in mountain-moving faith and live the life you’ve always wanted.

Take a look at this inspiring YouTube video on the power of mountain-moving faith.

©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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Finding God in a Very Bad Day

By Heidi McLaughlin:

God is with you . . . even when you are having a very bad day.

After my own very bad day — many, in fact — God encouraged me with a surprise vineyard moment. Later as I prayed and thanked my Lord, I felt moved to write my own doxology to Him.

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Heartbreak seems to come in clusters. When one door is slammed shut, I courageously get over it, get on with life because I know there is something better up ahead. The eternal optimist and believer of good things–that’s me.

But when I continually encounter lost dreams, divorce and sickness in the family, an ailing mother, shut down plans and the occasional vertigo; the energy and zest starts to evaporate. I need something powerful to hang on to when I experience a very bad day.

On Labour Day weekend (2010) in Canada, I was walking through the vineyards with my son when we encountered the most gorgeous, unusual hidden treasure. Tucked away in one of the rows of grapes was a banquet table; complete with fine china, wine glasses, fresh fruit, gorgeous colored napkins and table runners and beautiful orange shawls thrown over the backs of the chairs.

I blinked twice to grasp the enormity of this picturesque scene, and my son and I stopped and stared. It was magnificent. Puzzled and yet with smiles on our faces, we continued our walk.

A few days later I got more bad news. Now I was desperately searching for my long-lost zest and hope for better days. The next day I happened to be reading about the Apostle Paul while he was in prison in Ephesus. Now this man was not only having a bad day. He was having a hard life. Yet at the end of Ephesians Chapter 3 the man bursts into a doxology:

“Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”

I needed God to do something BEYOND my present horrible, no good, very bad day.  I prayed and asked God to give me a doxology. Here is what He whispered to me.

Yea, though I walk through Your glorious vineyards,

My soul is heavy and dark from disrupted plans and an unknown future.

Yet you prepare an orange banqueting table in the presence of my sadness.

You feast my eyes with delight and fill me with surprise.

Though the dark waves of doubt and lies hasten to engulf me,

You place treasures on my path to remind me:

THAT:

You are the ONE and ONLY true God–nothing is too hard for YOU.

You are omnipotent; yet intimate

You are mysterious; yet full of promises.

You are invisible; yet reachable.

You are unpredictable; yet always faithful.

You are far, but always near.

You surprise me; but you are always able;

You point out my selfishness; then fill my cup.

You break me down; then build me up.

You give me desires, but nothing fulfills me like Your love.

You say I am your delight; yet You are the One who brings me delight.

You woo me, love me, put up with me; listen to me, hurt me and then transform me.

You are 3 in 1; yet you are the ONLY ONE.

You are the door to my future

YOU ARE ABLE

Nothing is too hard for You.

I CHOOSE TO TRUST YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD,

As I was writing this doxology, the tears kept soaking my keyboard. The release of pain was so freeing, and it changed my perspective of my very bad day. I shifted my focus and attention to the ONE whose plans for my life are BEYOND my present troubles. There is always a new season BEYOND what I am experiencing right now.

I am hanging on, trusting, praying and hoping.

 © Heidi McLaughlin. For over two decades Heidi has taught women how to become “beautiful from the inside out”, applying God’s powerful truths via bible studies, mentoring, and Heidi’s own poignant stories.  Visit Heidi at www.heartconnection.ca, or  her blog. Follow Heidi on Twitter: @heidiheart

Enjoy this inspiring praise music by Gateway Worship- New Doxology, led by Thomas Miller:

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