Where does healing from anxiety attacks start?
What is the solution set for the pit?
Is there a formula for depression?
“I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” – Lamentations 3:55-57
As I write this it is helping me to heal as well as I was trying very hard to get out of Iraq again. The reason I say “was” is that the solution set is to see that your effort can’t get you out of the pit- only He can!
I have found in my visits to Hell that in a very real sense I am the one that sent myself there. This time is no exception and I wonder how much of our illnesses and trouble are self-inflicted because I don’t follow God’s simple formula here:
1) Recognize His ability from my inability! Rediscover who He is and in that rediscovery there is the start of healing but move to step 2.
2) To continue healing “cry out” which tends to indicate desperation- If you are not at the bottom of the barrel yet you are still trying. If your effort could have done it then God isn’t that important to you- fall some more then try again.
3) Hear Him! Hear His voice and let it go because the God of All heaven and earth, The Head of all Heads, The Real Deal, The Big Kahuna said, “Do not fear!”
Here is a meditation for you and its one I like to use when things go boom or things get to be stressing me out.
Find a time and a place when you can close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. With every exhalation release a bit more stress and control to Him and begin to get a picture of the thing that is causing you stress and anxiety. As you get this picture and once you have it identified see God come and grab it and make it smaller with His hands- as He does this he looks at you and:
Breathe in and see Him say:
“Do not fear”
Breathe out and see Him say:
“I have this”
Practice this until you can see you leaving it with Him and feel your anxiety go down.
Don’t Worry- Be Grace-Full!!
Thanks so much for both of the posts today as they are very relevant as I know that you know. What a beautiful scripture from Lamentations. When we cry to Him He will answer, but sometimes fear takes over and we don’t let Him takeover. When someone says “you just have to take hold of your bootstraps and pull yourself up” they don’t understand that there are no bootstraps, and their is no strength to pull with even if there were bootstraps.
Why can’t we always rest in God, and like you said truly turn these things over to God? Because of habit and trying to do it ourselves? The mind doesn’t forget even irrational fear very quickly, unfortunately. The real answer, like you have said, is to “let God”, let Him takeover completely. I like the thought of God taking the problem in His hands and making it much smaller.
I know that I don’t know all there is as to how God works in us, and maybe it isn’t necessary to know each and every detail. I don’t know anyone that does know totally all about God and His working, but we know He does. Sometimes it takes time to fully know and feel His presence, but every small step is truly a blessing.
Thank you always for your genuine love and caring. Peace and blessings, M
Great to hear from you. I had to laugh as I am being reminded again even today how His time is perfect and mine just doesnt even cut it-LOL! I call this my faith mountain time and while it allows me lots of time to write and speak it also allows me to lean and learn on the One who beats Timex hands down.
God is so great and so vast that I am sure I will never have any answer other than God Is Love! Everything else is just a faith walk. But that is the beauty of faith. I saw a beautiful flower on the mountain yesterday as I was hiking and I know God had it there just for me to see at that moment! Is God good!
I know for me the reason I sometimes have trouble letting go is because of emotions that satan plays to try to create a non-loving response or moment in my life. For example if I listen to the worry voices that come from satan- I start to live in the future and think of negative things that might happen. Then I might be more likely to get upset and say something or not be able to flow His Love from Above like I so very much want to. It might be helpful for you as it is for me to start writing down some of the voices and when you hear something that is not dependent on God come back to a scripture or phrase that centers you on Him. Mine is often- “God is bigger than all this” and at times I might take a long bathroom break just to close my eyes and say this several times to myself in private. Might sound crazy but I would rather be a fool for Christ than a fool for the world.
Love ya sis,