We live in a time when everything is analyzed.
All of our physical, emotional, or mental abilities (or lack of) don’t always have to be measured.
So on a particular day, you’re tired, or feeling blue. Do you reach for something to make you feel better?
Because sometimes, we just get up out of the wrong side of the bed. It’s not complicated.
But if we are always analyzing – wondering if we are “okay” – living to our fullest potential 24/7, we won’t put up with the down times that inevitably come with being human.
Today, just be human.
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Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down, but a kind word cheers him up.
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Since the loss of my son, I began having panic attacks.
If you have them, you know what they are. They’re scary!
After the 3rd visit at the ER, a very kind doctor asked me, “Why won’t you take the medicine your doctor recommended? What are you afraid of?”
I wanted to cry out, “Because I’m a Christian and we don’t take stuff like that!”
But I didn’t. I was silent.
“If you had diabetes, you would be taking insulin, true?”
The light went on. I’m not weak in my faith. I had misdirected faith. Would I have the faith to trust God to do something I didn’t understand? That I didn’t want to do?
I filled the prescription and it took less than a week to get straightened around.
The scary part of panic attacks was my mind racing. I felt like I was losing control. But the truth was, I wasn’t.
Truth is a wonderful thing. Perhaps difficult to admit to at first, but it really does set you free.
~to be continued~
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Helping others address their needs is one of the best ways to relieve the anxiety we may feel about our own.
–Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
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7. Help Yourself by Helping Others
Helping others address their needs is one of the best ways
to relieve the anxiety we may feel about our own.
–Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
There’s a lot going on in the world today. There’s plenty to worry about. We worry because we are fearful of the unknown – of what might happen to us or the ones we love.
I used to worry. But after I walked through the valley of the shadow of death, I feared no evil. It was gone.
Whatever you are facing, you have to do something with it. If you carry it alone, you will naturally worry.
” … casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 1:7
God tells us to give him all our worries. Do it.
The world is a big place with scary problems. Cancer, terrorism, war, crime, the future – all cause anxiety. There is torment with anxiety. Our minds are not at peace since we may worry, obsess, or fear. They all equal pain.
Did you know God promises peace? No matter how horrible the situation is, you can have peace. In fact, perfect peace.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
So, keeping your mind on the Lord and trusting him will give you peace. That’s because you have to take the anxiety and place it in his hands. Surround yourself with people who have hope. Distance yourself from negativity. Meditate on the scripture and find out what God is like. Reading a psalm each day connects you with the heart cry of the psalmist’s distress … and what the psalmist concludes at the end!
God sees everything. He cares for you.