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For the Christian with Anxiety

UPDATE: March 7, 2020

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I have wrestled with my anxiety this year –  as you have.

This morning, while I was looking for answers, God told me:

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

And so, that is what I will do – and this is what I hope you will do too.

The following is a post I wrote a few years ago – and it is still close to my heart, and I pray that if you are a Christian with anxiety, you can be blessed by this today:

Hi, Christian with anxiety.

We’re friends!

Maybe we don’t know each other, but we have the same struggle and the same God watching over us. (So we’re definitely friends.)

Tonight I feel like a hypocrite for sharing this, because my anxiety has been rampant lately.

But that’s the point.

I NEED to share this – and remember it, when my anxiety is rampant.

The Struggle for a Christian with Anxiety

I don’t know if I’ve ever written a post on a topic quite as difficult for me as this one. ‘

Because Christians “aren’t supposed” to have anxiety.

We’ve all heard that the Bible says “fear not” 365 times, once for each day.

While this may not actually be true, there is no getting around the fact that “fear not” IS in there (many times), and God meant it when He said it. He still means it now.

It’s in there right alongside other difficult things like, “If you love me, you will obey my commands” (John 14:15) and “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

My anxiety makes me wonder, If I really believe in God or love God, how can I be anxious? I am disobeying His Command; I am guilty. And where is this peace Jesus promised me? I’d love to not let my heart be troubled. JUST SHOW ME HOW, JESUS!

I couldn’t tell you the number of times I have prayed to be delivered from anxiety. How can He possibly accept me if He is Holy and I am failing so miserably, over and over and over? If He wants me to be successful at “do not fear” why won’t He help me? Doesn’t He know that this is beyond me? Is God not listening? Is He not even real?

There is an ugly, ugly battle between my anxiety and my faith that, on one hand, seems to have no possible solution.

In my sin and my humanness, I blame God for His lack of attention to me and I blame myself for my lack of faith. (I have been told before, by well meaning people, that my anxiety is certainly a lack of faith.)

Or maybe my anxiety is an attack from satan. Maybe he is targeting me this way because he knows that I can’t be useful to the Lord when I am so consumed in my own “stuff”. (Actually, I believe that there is some truth in this sometimes, I’ll come back to that.) But what about all that “resist the devil and he will flee from you” stuff?

Sometimes it feels like I can’t possibly be a Christian, because a “Christian with anxiety” sounds to me like a “vegan with a meat addiction”. Go around all day saying you’re vegan if you want, and buy the t-shirt, but if you eat that steak perhaps you’re not actually vegan. Maybe you just like the idea of it.

Sound familiar?

But on the other hand –

ON THE OTHER HAND.

Perhaps I am human, in a fallen world, with an ever-loving and ever-understanding God. Perhaps I am human, in a fallen world, where nothing will ever be perfect until Jesus comes back and makes it that way.

Perhaps I can’t focus only on the Holiness of God.

Perhaps the reason that Jesus stresses that you, as a Christian, are a work in progress is because you are a work in progress.

(And that includes a Christian with anxiety!)

He actually doesn’t expect perfection from you – because He knows you are incapable.

Even Paul, PAUL, had this problem… In Romans, he wrote “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:18-20

So it sounds sort of bleak. No matter how hard we try, we are going to fail sometimes. But don’t ever quit reading after the depressing verses! He goes on to say:

“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:21-25

 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

When I focus only on the Holiness of God, and leave no room for His Wisdom, Grace, and Mercy to work in my life… then of course it looks bleak. But God is not only Holy, He is also forgiving and loving… and it doesn’t matter that I struggle to reconcile those two sides of God. He delivers us.

There are a few religions out there that DO focus only on the Holiness of God, leaving no room for grace, requiring you to “work” your way to heaven. Well, I wouldn’t be getting there if I had to work my way there… I could try, but I would fail. I have no doubt. (Anxiety is just one of the many aspects of myself that has given me that impression, by the way.) By grace alone, God accepts me, anxiety and all.

I don’t think that this excuses us to dwell in our anxiety, or to paint it as Ok. I think we should be constantly rebuking it, constantly pushing back against it.

Did you read my anti-anxiety “trick” in part 7 of this series – Do Not Feed the Fears? I believe this is one very particular way that God would like us to deal with anxiety. He even says things l like “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 and “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

As long we are moving towards Christ, even in our anxiety, He will stand there with open arms. I am confident of this.

So what about all my unanswered prayers?

I did say, earlier, that I couldn’t tell you the number of times I have prayed to be delivered from anxiety. (Or the number of times other people have prayed for me.) So how can I come to a positive conclusion about God if He seemed deaf to my prayers and allowed me to struggle with my fears for over a decade? The Bible is FULL of promises for answered prayer.

“This is the confidence that we have in Him that if we ask anything according to Your will, You will hear us.” I John 5:14

“Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted unto you.” Mark 11: 24

“Ask, and it shall be given to you: seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Matt. 7: 7

“And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked of Him.” I John 5: 15

I suppose there was a time when these verses only made me feel frustrated or desperate, and not reassured. But I suppose now too, that was a time when I knew even less about God than I know now. (Which still seems like not much, in the grand scheme of things to be known about God.) I know now, that sometimes God answers prayers with miracles; the things you ask for in faith are granted instantly and there’s no other explanation except that God answered your prayers.

I also know now that sometimes God answers your prayers slowly. A little bit at a time, almost indistinguishably.

I don’t know, but I suspect, that perhaps God does this on purpose because He sees more benefit to us this way. Take for example, what Paul says again, in Romans 8:18-30. He starts by saying “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us….. (then he says lots more important things regarding our time here on earth. Read it.) He finishes his thoughts by stating “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.” 

The big take away for me there is that we are recognized as suffering and assured that God is working for our good.

The truth is that now, looking back over my life and my experience with anxiety, I can see God at work answering my prayers. Slowly. He taught me how diet can affect anxiety, He taught me about which supplements to take (and provided me the financial ability to have them). He got me to a gym (believe me, this is not something I would have chosen for myself) and taught me how exercise can help with anxiety. He blessed me with an understanding family and an amazing therapist who helped me learn not to feed the fears.

All the while I was dealing with anxiety, the Lord was teaching me and changing me. In ways that, because of who I am, I doubt I would have changed or grown if I had been miraculously healed overnight. First I had to wrestle with whether or not I could believe that God was real.

Then I had to wonder if He is actually a God I wanted to know. Testing the waters of how much I could trust Him took years… and is still a work in progress (I doubt any of us ever get all the way there on this earth).

In fact, I still fail at trusting God daily.

But it’s ok.

Because it’s not about what I can do.

It’s about what He’s already done. 

When I am doubtful of God, He shows me grace and reveals Himself slowly. Over and over my anxiety drives me into the arms of Jesus, in ways that I don’t imagine much else would.

I read lots of books. Books that I would never have read, if not for anxiety, which helped to me gain an understanding of God that I probably wouldn’t have gained otherwise. When I couldn’t understand why God would allow me to have anxiety if He was real, I read The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith. When I couldn’t believe that God was someone I wanted to know I read If God is Good. (Besides the Bible, If you never read any other books in your life, these three are the ones you should read.)

Then I read The Ragamuffin Gospel and How Good is Good Enough and Did You Think to Pray?

I believe the Bible is the only book we need, and that there is nothing further that books written by people can teach us… but there is so much more to the Bible that I want to understand more fully and so many things that are contextual that are beyond my level of understanding. I find that Biblically sound books can help us understand what the Bible is saying, and as long we don’t place greater trust in what any book says that what the Bible says, we should read.

I DO think we should be very careful that the books we read are Biblically sound. I believe all the ones I have mentioned here are, and I respect these authors as men who seek God. If you question whether or not a book is Biblically sound, skip it. Love Wins by Rob Bell comes to my mind. I wouldn’t read that one.

And what about satan? Is he the cause of my anxiety?

Maybe. I don’t know enough to say much about this, so I need to tread carefully here. But I believe in demons, and I believe that as the father of lies, satan certainly would like to see you suffer crippling anxiety. (Anxiety, when the Lord says “do not fear” is a lie. It’s like we are hearing “you can’t trust God”.) I am certain that satan is the cause of some anxiety and that you should not ignore the possibility that your anxiety is from satan.

For years I wondered at the verse in the Bible, “resist the devil and he will flee from you”, because I felt like I was resisting the devil… but he wasn’t fleeing. But that’s not the full verse. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. This is a commandment A and then blessing B verse. I was only focusing on B, wondering what I was doing wrong… when the answer was there all the time. Submit yourself to God. 

I’ve met with many pastors and preachers and prayer warriors over the years to have my anxiety prayed away. Even though I’ve never experienced miraculous “faith healing” I still think that all this praying was crucial to my learning to live well with anxiety and that it was part of the slow process of getting free from it. Each person I met with also brought me a new learning experience about God and taught me things I didn’t know.

A few stand out to me. I had a meeting with a Baptist preacher once, who says he no longer does exorcisms because they are unnecessary. Prayer and the power of the name of Jesus is enough to drive demons away. I read the book The Bondage Breaker on his advice and it was amazing and fascinating. He also advised me to ask forgiveness for some occultic books I had read (that I didn’t realize were occultic).

Someone else suggested to me that when I feel terrible unexplained anxiety I should read the Bible out loud. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12. The Bible is the living word of God, as though He is speaking. Demons are afraid of God and God has power over them.

“I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.”…When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.” Mark 9:18b, 28-29. Even the most difficult demons can be cast out by prayer.

I wish I knew more, and I could say more about this. I think it’s alright that I don’t know, because God does, and that’s what matters. I definitely would encourage you not to forget that satan is real, and he is really here, lying to you and wanting you to live in anxiety. Do not let him win.

At the end of the day, the one thing to remember is this:

If my anxiety is sin, Jesus has paid the price for it. And it will NOT last forever.

And if you’re not a Christian?

I just have to say, if you’re not a Christian, and you’ve read this far… maybe you’re looking for something. Don’t give up!

I believe you need Jesus, and maybe God is using your anxiety to show you that. (I did not say God is giving you anxiety. I said using your anxiety. Different!)

If I had to choose between a life with anxiety that comes with a deeper faith in God and a life without anxiety, as hard as it is, I would still choose a life with anxiety. Because a life with no faith in God is a life going nowhere.

Phew! This was a long post, because I feel like I could write forever about being a Christian with Anxiety… and edit it forever, and it’s time to just hit publish I think, and pray that God will get it where it needs to go.

I know that my anxiety feels like I’ll never win, but I have learned that feelings aren’t what it’s all about, and it has taught me to be confident that “there is more mercy in Christ than sin in us” (- Richard Sibbes). Do not stop praying, do not stop turning to the Lord in your anxiety. He doesn’t get tired of hearing about it.

Read Part 1 of The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety
Read Part 2 – Understanding Anxiety Disorders
Read Part 3 – Understanding Panic Attacks
Read Part 4 – Anxiety and Diet
Read Part 5 – Natural Supplements for Anxiety
Read Part 6 – What can Exercise do for Anxiety?
Read Part 7 – Do Not Feed The Fears
Read Part 8 – Talking About Anxiety
Read Part 9 – For the Christian With Anxiety
Read Part 10 – 3 Things to Remember When You Are Anxious

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41 thoughts on “For the Christian with Anxiety”

  1. Hi! I just wanted to share that I happened upon your blog while exploring work from home ideas. Then I found all of your posts on anxiety and, particularly, this one on being a Christian with anxiety. I really feel that God led me to your blog and I wanted you to know that. You are helping people by sharing your experience and knowledge. Thank you so much!

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    • HI Tina! Thank you for your comment!! You totally made my heart happy – it’s so scary to put yourself on the internet and hope it can do some good but not be sure. I felt lead by God to start this blog, and yet not lead to make it a “faith” blog, so I wasn’t sure what that was about lol. But it seems to be going well, and when I hear that someone feels that God can use this blog in their lives, then it feels like I’m going in the right direction!

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  2. beautifully written.. as a Christian I felt I was doing it wrong , how could I have anxiety & ‘claim’ to put my faith in God ?
    I have come to realize just as you did..
    thanks for sharing.
    I pray it blesses someone else.

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    • HI Lisa! Thank you! I pray that too… I want to be successful with this blog, and I love to blog, but it is empty and meaningless if it can’t be used by God.

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  3. I loved your post! I struggle with all of the things you talked about. Your words were a blessing to me. Thank you so much. (Also, you might want to check your spelling of definitely…I’m a teacher, I can’t help it.)

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    • Hahaha Mary – thank you so much, I accidentally added “my” spelling of definitely to my spell check years ago and it’s a been a problem ever since! And thank you for reading, I’m so sorry you are struggling with anxiety – but know that there is hope! And there is so much that we won’t understand while we are on this earth, and that is ok. One day we will understand it all 🙂

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  4. Thank you so much. I am now a senior in highschool, and have been dealing with anxiety- taking a somewhat high dose of medication honestly can leave me feeling guilty. I’ve had those thoughts that you’ve mentioned about wondering if I really had faith in God, since I had to take something in order to calm my mind. People have read to me time and time again about the verses where He commands not to fear. I recently had to leave a Christian camp three days early because I was so anxious and couldn’t sleep, and before I left, one of the (very sweet) nurses decided to write down those familiar verses in order to help. But all it did was make me feel a bit worse- I know she didn’t mean to, of course. Thank you for being really genuine in this post and helping me know I’m not alone. I’ll be visiting this website again! ????

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    • Hi Meg! Thank you so much for sharing! You sound like a very wise woman – able to recognize that the nurse just wanted to help. People who have never had anxiety can’t understand what we’re going through. I’ve left allllll kinds of stuff early in my lifetime – movies, conversations, tours, English class (we were watching a horrible movie)… you name it! Do what you need to do for you, as long as you are actively addressing your anxiety while you do it. I’ll pray for you today – and I trust that as long as you keep turning to Him and waiting on Him, He WILL deliver you from anxiety in time, and He will teach you what He knows you need to learn.

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    • I also have this struggle, but You know this make me get closer to Jesús. There is a phrase that says pray before You overthink and also worship him i know that when we worry it’s very difficult to Focus on him, i’m still learning. Anyway, Many people told me i have no faith. But it doesnt matter, people don’t know what it’s to live with mental issues and still follow jesus ( I also struggle with depression) You need more strenght and faith when You have this trouble Jesus doesn’t heal You and You still are in Gods way. I hope You understand the idea. English is not My first language. Thank You for the blog keep going.

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  5. I have been suffering from anxiety for 4 years now and have recently regained my faith. I have never read an article and felt so understood before. Thank you so much for putting this out there. I really believe God lead me to this post.

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    • HI Darlene! I’m so sorry to hear you are struggling with anxiety – it’s pretty brutal! I will pray for you tonight, and I do absolutely believe God could have lead you to this post. Thank you for your comment 🙂 I hope and pray you will recover from your anxiety quickly.

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  6. Just wanted to leave a quick comment to say thank you. (Especially for the book recommendations!)
    I am a Christian who has suffered from anxiety and (suspected) PTSD symptoms for my entire adult life from a traumatic/abusive childhood, and I’m just starting to look into things that I can be doing to cope. I’m just starting to think about/look into seeing a therapist to start unpacking everything, and I’ve been feeling quite nervous about it all. (And like I’ve failed because I’m struggling more than ever even though I’ve pursued heart healing at our church for the last 3 years.) Your post was just what I needed to read today. Thank you!

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    • HI Brittany! It’s my favorite thing when I hear that this post has encouraged someone, because it is so close to my heart. So thank YOU for taking the time to let me know. I am SO sorry to hear that you are struggling so much – good for you for seeking healing in your Church, but good for you for seeking healing apart from it as well. That doesn’t mean you’re seeking it apart from God! God is in our diets, our therapy, our decision to get better. I will pray that you will feel comfortable to go to therapy and talk with someone… it is the BEST thing. (And remember that it’s ok to go even IF you are nervous – they expect that you might be uncomfortable!!) Try to find a Christian therapist if you can. That has been SO good for me. I’d love to hear how it goes for you 🙂

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  7. Hi Carly,

    For the past year I have been struggling with anxiety. Yet my therapist recently helped me discover that I have been dealing with it for way longer than that. Anyways, your blog spoke directly to me. Day in and day out I struggle with anxious thoughts and fears of the future, health, and much more. Yet you helped remind me that today is just today and God has bigger plans than I could ever imagine. It’s nice to know that someone else out there knows this feeling and has found the good out of it. Thank you and thank the Lord that he lead me to your page.

    God bless 🙂

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    • HI Danielle – I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with anxiety! Boo! But praise God for His grace, and I’m so glad that you can see a therapist and work through some of it that way 🙂 I will pray for peace for you, I absolutely know what it’s like to struggling with the future and health and all the things.

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  8. I’ve been having a tough time lately with my anxiety. I thought I had it beat, but it has come back recently. I have felt such guilt over being a Christian with anxiety. I feel like God made sure that I read your post so that I could mark that guilt right off my list of things to feel bad about. I do not know where my anxiety comes from, exactly, and it almost always strikes me at night. It means everything to me to find this blog written by someone who is a Christian! I’m also starting back to see a therapist next week, so I’m excited about that. I want to change my thinking and I want to be able to function in this world without falling apart when things don’t go my way. I don’t normally comment on blogs, but I just wanted to say thank you, I appreciate you and for some reason I wanted to let someone know that I am getting help! 🙂

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    • Hi Brooke!! Thank you so much for your comment. This anxiety series – and this post in particular – are close to my heart. I am so happy you feel encouraged by it! I will pray for you and I think getting counselling is the best thing you can possibly be doing. One thing I have learned about anxiety is that I may never “have it beat” but I can almost always have it under control and be diligent about staying on top of having it under control. I couldn’t tell you exactly where my anxiety comes from either, but I have absolutely struggled with night time anxiety (many many seasons) and I know exactly what it’s like! Definitely banish the guilt, our great God understands and forgives us and wants us to live free from guilt AND anxiety.

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  9. Hi,I’d just like to say how helpful you have been and helping me realize that I am not the only one who feels guilt for having axiety i honestly just can’t help it. I do always focus on God whether to apologize and or pray. I was curious which vitamins helped reduce your anxiety? I have been having hypochondria anxiety and I hate it so much but like you said there’s a silver lining because it brings us closer to GOD. And I agree that Satan is behind it because I got mine after taking Prozac for my OCD and he controls the pharmaceutical industry. Anyway I digress. Thank you once again.

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  10. Thank you for your words. I’m not sure how long I’ve had anxiety. I was a normal level of shy in high school. In recent years, I have noticed my mind going to dark places sometimes for no reason, sometimes because of watching/reading stressful news. It’s gotten worse after having kids. Like you said, it’s mostly at night. I have to play on my phone until I’m so tired I pass out, which is fairly quickly because…yah, two toddlers. Our house was broken into 3 weeks ago. We weren’t home but they took everything. The anxiety is understandably worse. My husband is very old school in the way he thinks about anxiety. So, he basically thinks it’s ridiculous. Idk why I’m writing this. I’m tired, but I know I won’t be sleeping for another hour or so. Anyway, thank you again for sharing all of this.

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    • HI! I’m so sorry to hear that you struggle with anxiety. (Reading and watching stressful news is the WORST for me. I totally relate. And I don’t watch the news much anymore.) I can not imagine what you are going through with having your house broken into… that would be SO difficult. I will pray for you! (And it’s so hard for people who have never had anxiety to understand what we are going through… your husband doesn’t mean to be insensitive I’m sure!) You are not alone tho, there are lots of us out here who DO understand.

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  11. One thing Christians have to remember is is that anxiety disorders are NOT always about thinking anxious thoughts or not trusting in God.

    There are physical manifestations that can cause biological changes in the body that “no positive thought” in the world could change. Such as Mercury poisoning, Lyme bacteria, exposure to mycotoxins from toxic molds, head injuries, post traumatic stressful events that effect the subconscious brain, severe hormonal imbalances altering the fight or flight parts of the brain.

    We need to tread lightly when addressing anxiety disorders as it pertains to being a Christian. The obvious of not purposely worrying about things is important but when they are out of our control we need not try to apply “be anxious about nothing” to people who are really suffering from causes that most doctors in today’s society are ignoring.

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    • Hi Jennifer! I TOTALLY AGREE! The rest of this series addresses some of the root causes of anxiety – poor diet, hormone imbalance etc. I would NEVER suggest treating anxiety as a purely mental creature. I will have to do a follow up post about mercury poisoning and Lyme bacteria etc, disease is one aspect of causes of anxiety that I haven’t discussed here! Thank you for your insightful comment 🙂

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  12. Thank you for taking the time to write and share this. I saw a lot of myself in this as I read it in distress in the middle of the night. I’m not very savvy with technology, but I’d like to print this out so I can re read it and make notes for myself. Is there a way I can print out all 9 parts of the series in one document? Thank you again for this, it brought me comfort in the midst of a dark night.

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    • HI Elain! I’m so sorry you’re struggling with anxiety! There really isn’t a way to print 9 posts in one go tho… maybe just bookmark them on your computer for future reference?

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  13. Just wanted to mention Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. – Fasting also a powerful force to bring miracles. As an action of faith giving us more power over our mind and body. My family members have struggles with anxiety. I realized I have social anxiety and went as a missionary preaching. At first very hard but by the end I loved it. Now I am more confident in working with other people and approaching them. Sometimes we have to step into the dark before the way is lighted. Thank you for speaking out your Christianity . I also agree we can take a step back and observe when our brain isn’t working right and our thoughts aren’t right and seek help. God would have us admit when we need help Satan would have us turn away help. Pray and God can help us find the things right for us through peaceful feelings

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  14. I really really thank you for this. I have struggled with crippling anxiety and depression my whole life. (I am 43 now). A few years ago I developed panic disorder (if you wanna call it a disorder). I recovered and then two years ago my husband had three strokes. Talk about crushing stress and anxiety. This has and continues to hit my triggers: finances, job, strength, and basically everything else. I still love the Lord but these traumas have played a trick almost on my mind. Its like: how can I trust the Lord NOW? THis past week, my husband broke his collarbone and some other negative things happened. I got really angry with God but soon realized that I would be headed to the hospital if I didn’t cling to Him. I am clinging but wonder many of the same things that you wrote about in this post. Excellent post. It helped to shed light onto stuff such as being submitted to God first and then the devil fleeing. I never quite focussed on that!! I wonder if you would ever write about how to trust in the Lord when TRAUMA happens. Since my husband’s strokes, our future is totally uncertain. I keep trying to give it over to Christ, but its hard. Anyway, thanks for listening to me blab and thank you for writing this!!!

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    • <3 Adriana, i'm so glad you enjoyed the post! I am praying right now for you to grow closer to God and trust Him more, because that's what we ALL NEED to do!

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  15. Thank you so much for writing about anxiety and being a Christian. I have suffered from Panic Attacks since 19, I’m 43 now and about 4 years ago, the unimaginable happened and my Scoliosis surgery at age 11 and chronic pain caused by it made me have to quit my loved job as a CRNA. I’ve been seeing counselors, but still feel so lost and helpless and anxiety ridden about my future, who will ever want a “broken” woman, how can I ever be fulfilled and happy again…I’ve joined a bible study the last year and connected with some more Christian friends, but even as I read these verses from the Bible, I just feel unanswered. I know God has a plan for my life but It’s just so hard to even trust when I pray that my life will ever be great again. I know this is the devil playing games with my mind but other than counseling and bible study and prayer, where do I start? I’ve been prayed over countless times that all this pain and and anxiety will leave my body, I just feel there is someone with more knowledge like yourself out there to help me know where to start….I even lack the courage to make an appointment to talk to a church pastor. I feel a broken piece of my former outgoing self. Thank you for touching on this subject, as I feel it gets left aside. I ask for your prayers or any intervention or information you can give me! Thank you 🙏

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    • Stephanie,
      I definitely will pray for you. Know that you aren’t alone – and know that it’s okay to NOT be okay. I encourage you to make the appointment with your pastor. Do things in little chunks. Make the appointment, but try not to think about what comes after. The day of the appointment, remind yourself you only have to go for five minutes. If it becomes too uncomfortable, you can always leave. Doing things in little doses can sometimes help with the anxiety. You can do this, God bless you <3

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  16. Thank you so much for making this post, I have been searching all over for something that will make me feel a little better. My anxiety started acting up last year and I couldnt inderstand what it was. Its just nice to know that I am not the only one going through these things, and thinking these things. God bless you and thank you once again xx

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  17. God definitely directed me to see this. I was just scrolling through Pinterest pinning some quotes to make myself feel a little lighter. I had an anxiety attack a couple hours ago and was listening to praise and worship whilst trying to feed myself with positive affirmations and I saw this. I’m so grateful I came across it. You really have blessed me and I thank God for your words ❤️

    Chelle

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    • Chelle,
      I am SO glad it helped! Those anxiety attacks are difficult to deal with. Take care <3
      -Carly

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