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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Finding God in Space: In the movie Gravity

By Lane Jordan:

The movie Gravity reminded me of how God amazingly created earth and space.

earth image from NASA used at Finding God Daily

The earth seen from Apollo 13: Image from NASA

Have you ever wondered where we really are in space?Where is earth compared to all the other stars and planets?  Are we in the right spot or are we just floating around?

Looking out at the stars on a clear night, I have felt so tiny, so alone and isolated. Space is so extremely vast.I remember as a child wondering if there was life “out there”.  I also wondered if there really was a God. 

I just saw the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.They are astronauts, who tumble into deep space after a shuttle mishap. My heart was literally in my throat as they tried to get back together as well as back to the ship.  And again, I felt that we are so insignificant compared to all of space.Could a God really create this beautiful earth and its inhabitants? 

But I was in awe throughout the whole movie.The view of earth from space was so beautiful with all its swirls of blue and white.And it made me realize: all of this had to have been created. And it was created by God.It made me realize how great our God is!He created such beauty as well as such vastness of space and time.  How could anyone go into space without seeing the works of a Creator?

And then, without giving away too much of the movie, I fell in love with the scene when Sandra isn’t alone anymore.God saw her in distress and answered her prayer, even when she didn’t pray.He knew her need and was there for her.Even in the vastness of space.

And the last few scenes, when she starts smiling and is ready to start her life again?Ah, that’s nothing more than someone finding God.It happens every day.Even in space.

@Lane_Jordan.  Lane is a bestselling author, national speaker, singer, certified life coach and contributor to the Finding God Daily blog.  Visit Lane on her web at www.LaneJordanMinistries.com

Curious about the movie Gravity? Here’s the YouTube trailer from Warner Bros.:

Oh, and in case watching this trailer made you feel anxious, here’s something now to relax you!

Kick the Worrying Habit, Live Longer, Find God by Dianne Neal Matthews

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Finding God: Who Gets Credit?

By Janet Perez Eckles:

When your accomplishments get you far, who gets credit? Yourself — or God?

trophy by digitalart freedigitalphotos dot net

I took my two-year-old granddaughter by the hand and headed to the kitchen. “Okay, sweet angel, you and Nana will make pancakes together.”

The process was a bit messy, especially for me, her blind Nana. My granddaughter struggled to open the box of mix and crack the eggs. With a blend of patience and anticipation, I guided her hand as she “helped” me. But…sigh… I couldn’t see just how much mix poured in the bowl, nor did I know how much liquid was spilling on the counter. But we giggled, I praised her, we stirred and had a ball.

In the end she squealed, “I made it myself!”

You and I are the same, aren’t we? We are fooled into thinking we did it all. We go through life, sweating through each task before us. We squirm through tests to clutch that degree that will land the job of all jobs. We try harder and harder to secure that position that will come with benefits of comfort, opulence…or work night and day just to make the mortgage. We even plunge into ministries to prove we can serve God with talents that ooze from us.

No matter what we tackle, in the end we sit tall, with a grin that drips with satisfaction and the thought plays, “I did it myself!”

We do it all the time and so did the Israelites. They probably stared with contentment at the land they conquered, the armies they defeated, and the triumph they carried home.

But maybe one day, when David rested in his royal, red velvet chair, wisdom filtered through. And as he remembered the celebration that left his men dancing in the dirt streets, he might have shaken his head as he thought:

“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; [Lord] it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them” (Psalm 44:3).

Goodness gracious, it’s not us, our efforts, our working late hours or knowledge that makes it happen. It’s God’s power in us, His guidance that is silent yet powerful, His provision, abundant and constant that will ultimately bring results.

Are you breathing a bit of relief? I am—no more fretting about what will turn out or not, what will succeed or fail, or even what will bring prosperity or not. God is the one in control and He’s the one who will orchestrate the steps so we can follow with peace in our hearts, security in our soul and confidence in Him. Why? Because He loves us like He loved those sometimes-proud and sometimes-wild Israelites.

Pray with me:

Father, how reassuring it is to know it’s not my work that will bring about contentment and satisfaction. But it’s you who holds on to me through each stage of life who will bring great outcome. Show me how to let go and rest in your ability to accomplish what I cannot on my own. In Jesus name I pray.

What do you think?

– When do tasks seem too much for you?

– How can you trust more in God’s power and less in your own?

– What happens when you exclude God’s input and guidance in a task you work on?

©Janet Perez Eckles.  Although blind, author and speaker Janet Perez Eckles has been inspiring thousands to see the best in life. Her mission is to ignite in you a passion to overcome and reach success and excellence. Janet’s most recent book is Hola Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word. You can find Janet and her Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channel links at: www.janetperezeckles.com.

See this neat YouTube video on how one athlete gave credit to God:

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