How God Helped Me Overcome Anxiety
You might be wondering who I am, where this website comes from, or why I'm even giving advice on overcoming anxiety and depression in the first place. To help you understand the answers to all these questions, and why I'm so determined to spread God's word when it comes to anxiety, I would like to share a little of my own story.
I can remember having my first panic attack as a child. At the time, I was so worried about my mother (and the idea of her dying) that I would experience extreme anxiety any time she would become sick, or even leave me to go down the street to the grocery store. She was my best friend, and I couldn't shake the fear that she might die and leave me behind in the world. Unfortunately, I didn't learn how to process these fears, and so they continued to follow me through life.
As a young girl, my parents raised me to fear God and keep Him as the focus of my life. As I grew older, however, I began to drift away from those lessons. Like many of us, I experienced a number of disappointments and discouragements, and eventually took up a life that involved a lot of partying, and especially drinking alcohol. When anxiety would creep into my life, as it often did, I often used drinking to mask the pain.
For 14 years, things got worse and worse. I eventually found myself in a horrible pit, spiritually and emotionally, and couldn't see any way out. Although I have learned that God was the answer for everything in my life, Satan had convinced me that God didn't care because I had experienced so many failures in my life.
I knew then I had to turn to God for answers, and surrendered my life to Christ once more. Unfortunately, that didn't mean the end of my troubles with anxiety.
The Turning Point in my Battle With Anxiety
In 1996, my anxiety pushed me to the brink. I was literally engulfed in fear, and was afraid I might lose my mind or suffer a complete emotional breakdown. The more I obsessed on these thoughts, the more intense they became – I couldn't even sleep because my dreams were tormenting me, too. Eventually, panic became my state of being, with my heart racing, hands sweaty, and my mind so consumed that I couldn't even concentrate on the simplest tasks.
Just as anxiety and temptation were leading me into what seemed like an irreversible spiral, though, God placed a wonderful mentor in my life. Her name was Mildred Collins Dalton, an older woman who had preached the gospel for many years. You can't imagine my relief when she told me that she had suffered the same kind of panic attacks in her own life, and had used God's word to overcome them. She taught me to use Scripture to sow seeds of light into my life, and I began to pray and stand on the promises of His word. They became the medicine for my sick and weary soul.
With her encouragement, I began to quote God's word to myself over and over every day, and especially second Timothy 1:7, which says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Every time I started to feel panic, I would quote the Scripture to myself. It might sound simple, but that was the turning point in my life – learning to trust God and rely upon His word.
How You Can Use God's Anxiety Cure in Your Life
The power of peace and healing through God's word is available to everyone – it's like an emotional and spiritual medicine that's ready for anyone who can find and accept it. Of course, you can't claim God's promises if you don't serve Him. That means your first step is becoming a believer and putting your faith in Jesus.
My anxiety didn't resolve itself overnight. But, by using God's weapon – His word – I was able to defeat the devil and regain my emotional and spiritual footing. In fact, every day I found myself a little stronger, until I was able to look back and realize that my panic attacks were over.
Romans 10:17 tells us that "so then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." So, I encourage you to put Scripture on your side and start the journey today. Or, as Ephesians 6:11 states, "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
The answer you're looking for is right here… you just have to take the first step and accept it.