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Calming Fears & Anxieties

Are you up against obstacles that are keeping you up at night? Share your fears and anxieties here. Help others who are paralyzed in doubt, hardship, and pain.

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Falling Apart

Started by Sha Christa . Last reply by Sha Christa Mar 27, 2013. 2 Replies

My 13 year marriage began to crumble two years ago.  My husband went through serious depression when his mother got sick and when he came back he ended up cheating on me.  We tried for a year to put…Continue

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Songs about overcoming fear and anxiety

Started by Jen W.. Last reply by Richard Howell Mar 27, 2013. 2 Replies

I have battled with fear, insecurity, and anxiety my whole life.  I have leaned on Christian music heavily during the times when I feel most discouraged and afraid.  The song "Voice of Truth" by…Continue

Concern at Work

Started by Susan Derrick. Last reply by Sha Christa Mar 27, 2013. 1 Reply

I have a wonderful job and recently made an error in judgement (gossip). I realized how much what comes from our tongue can lift others up or bring them down.At church our pastor asked us what gift…Continue

Feeling Alone in School

Started by Shastine Aguilan. Last reply by Shastine Aguilan Feb 19, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi. I'm a Junior in High school. Since I was a freshman I've done well in all my classes until God became my everything in my Sophomore year. I love serving Him and others and sharing my faith...…Continue

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Comment by John Barbour on June 27, 2011 at 2:30pm

Lisa: You are experiencing extreme anxiety- you are not crazy. You are experiencing fine tremors and you fear death- God is working a deep work in your life.  You must surrender to His will. He is full of love and tenderness.  You will experience this as you face Him as a Lion full of fear and trembling. Read on.

March 29, 2011

About one in 5 people in the west suffer from some kind of anxiety attacks.  I began mine in 2004.  I believe by God's grace you can overcome them. First, yes, there are some nutritional supplements that you can take.  I would stay away from medication.  No one suffers from a deficiency in drugs.  Contact the Pain and Stress Center in San Antonio TX for a detailed understanding of the supplements available.   For starters I would take Vitamin B.  Especially Inositol and Pantothenic Acid.  A good Calcium- Magnesium supplement is also foundational.  Get one with enough Magnesium. I also would get some Brain Link from Pain and Stress Center.  It's an amino acid formula that's effective. You must also learn about your particular anxiety and phobias that came from it. Talk to Billie Sahley http://www.nc-cm.org/fbiobilliesahley.htm

 

Next, I would ask God to give you a spiritual father and mother to pray with you.  I have found help with Jim Wilder's Life Model and Thriving. http://www.lifemodel.org/ If something like this is in your area - join it.  I started with a program called Re-Starting.  The same mechanisms in your brain that cause anxiety are similar to what alcoholics suffer from so if you have nothing else to go to - go to an AA meeting even though you have never touched a drop. Saddleback started a program that is helping people all over the world.  It’s called Celebrate Recovery. http://www.celebraterecovery.com.au/

Calvary Chapel has a similar program in some cities called A More Excellent Way. God's peace.  I hope this helps.  Above all, don't give up.  Oh, I almost forgot. Learn to breathe real deep. This relaxes your muscles and calms you down. If you can allow it then get a massage every month or so.  During massage breathe real deep and learn to relax.  Also stretch every day.

 

Listening to praise and worship music is also a very good thing to do.  Stay away from bad movies and secular music that brings you down. Also listen to the Psalms on CD.  Don't try to figure it all out.  Just let God wash over you with His Holy Spirit. I take deep breaths everyday and breathe out all my anxieties, troubles, sins, frustrations, anger, depression etc.  Then I breathe in the Holy Spirit.  The Hebrew is Ruach it means breath.  Jesus breathed on them and said, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit" God breathed on Adam at the beginning and he became a living soul.  Don't be afraid of your body or emotions.  Christianity is not just intellectual.

 

There is also secular groups that can be helpful like Lucinda Bassett’s grouphttp://www.stopthepanicnow.com/blog/and-anxiety/lucinda-bassett-mid...  Don’t be afraid of getting help here.  God can use people who don’t know Him yet.

 

Finally, drink some green tea and/or take theanine.  That’s what’s in green tea to relax you –it’s an amino acid - the building blocks of proteins. Stay away from coffee, cigarettes, and overeating. Certain foods are better for you than others- find out what these are.

 

Books that helped me

 A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis:  Grief feels a lot like fear.  They are very closely related. Experience God as your healer-“Yahweh Rapheh”  Jesus heals!

Christian Perfection by John Wesley "Perfect love casts out all fear" says 1 John 4:18.  This is when we learn to be perfected in love toward God and neighbor. The more perfectly we love, the less fear we have. Perfection is a dirty word in much of Christianity but it is indeed the answer that God has for us.  But it must be the perfection that is described in the Bible - nothing more - nothing less. It has to do with love and holiness ( wholeness). The whole passage in 1 John 4:12-19  looks like this,

"No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.    
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Sonas Savior of the world. 5 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him."

 

 

Comment by John Barbour on June 27, 2011 at 2:25pm
Lisa, all I can say is that I've been there. Here's my advice: Let God do his deep work. Say this:  "Lord, into Thy hands I commit my spirit". "Your will be done". "Remember me when you come into your kingdom". "Be merciful to me a sinner". "Make me as one of your hired hands".   And whatever other verses of surrender come to your mind. In other words "Pour out your heart before Him".  The idea is that you are entrusting yourself to a faithful Creator. Be ready to die.  It's in dying that we live.  Let it happen. Then the next day- if you are still hear, say thank you God that I'm still here.  What would you have me do?  I'll give you the rest from my blog.
Comment by Lisa on June 26, 2011 at 11:08am
I am not really sure If my last Message Got through But I was saying that I am tormented with the fear of dying. I shake non stop at times because I am scared my past was way to messed up for God to forgive. I noticed that evertime I hear of another death it torments me all over again. I feel as though I go from being afraid of it to being obsessed with it trying to control death. if I could offer a grain of  Hope to those struggling with Fear and Anxiety it would be this. Remember When Jesus went in the Wilderness he came in Authority with The Word. Make you a Battleplan, take a verse that gives you Hope and everytime it comes up apply Gods Truth. It will  make the devil Have to find another route because he doesnt want to run you to His Word he wants to Run you away. remember The devil left for a season. So keep applying His Truth to whatever he brings your way. Greater Is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Comment by John Barbour on June 14, 2011 at 1:26pm

Join the "Looking for Work Group" It's smaller but we all have that in common.

 

Comment by John Barbour on June 14, 2011 at 1:25pm

All that I can do is offer you up in prayer, Dwight.  I am a fellow sufferer.  There are days when I think I'm actually going to lose my mind. I have so much education but I can't keep up.  The younger ones are always there and the women too. Nothing for us older men and nothing for generalists.  Many think I'm retired.  Little do they know.

 

Comment by Dwight Almony on June 14, 2011 at 10:40am

Hi to everyone. I have been a member for a short time and am hoping that someone can offer some words of encouragement.

I am feeling a lot of despair over my financial and employment situation. Furthermore, I am also saddened by my lack of friends or a significant other in my life.

I have overwhelming debt to where I cannot make payments on everything each month. I am behind on many payments and my credit rating is the worse it has ever been. I know eventually those debts will be paid off, but not being able to meet the monthly payments and not having any money for anything but those payments is very discouraging.

To complicate matters, my current job (an internship) is scheduled to end June 30th. I am hoping that the company will offer me a permanent position, but I have not received any positive word on that. I started a new career by going to school because after being unemployed in 2009, I could not find anything without having a degree. The problem now is that I'm starting over at the bottom and even with my degree there are not many employers interested in a candidate with an AA degree.

I hope those that read this will pray for me and maybe have some encouraging words that will help me see that God will help me. I believe that He will if it is part of his plan. My fear is that helping me the way that I want may not be in His plan.

 

Thank you to whomever responds!

Comment by Juli Ann Sands on June 14, 2011 at 9:28am

Good morning to everyone!  I just joined the group after hearing about it on my Christian raido station.

 

I hope I can be of some encouragement to someone else as well as gain wisdom and encouragement from you.

 

I have been a Christian all my life; but became a "born again" Christian in 1976 when my; then son-in-law to be; commented that our daughter had not been raised in a Christian setting.

 

I was insulted.  It made me begin to think......I found KTIS raido and started listening and it all began to take shape from there.

 

After a long time of listening and learning I have recently met some people that amazed me with "Words of Wisdom" and other things that they feel they had been brought into my path to share with me.

 

I now am open to meeting new people and looking for what the Lord wants me to find.

 

This is all a very brief summary of where I have been; but I wanted to share a little about where I was and am now.  I am currently leaving a job I had for 12 years to work on my (what was part-time) till now comany and have given the situatiion to the Lord.  I will be giving up a significant amount of money and hope to make it up in my "passion".  see www.petnanniesmn.com

 

We (I should say "I") have always had a hard time managing money.  My husband says he cant make it as fast as I spend it.  Money has been one of our most trying areas of marriage.

 

I am 50 years old (man....that sounds awful!!!!!!) and can no longer physically do the job I have been doing.  I am trusting that the Lord will "continue" to bring new clients to me and I will be able to make up, and then some, of the income I am giving up.

 

Of course, my husband is quite apprehensive; but supportive.

 

I am also on my search to find the ways God wants me to let his glory shine.  I want to be his hands and feet.  But I dont want to be the "anoying" type of Christian nor do I intend on being "politically correct".

 

When I started my pet care business in 2007 I said I was NOT going to hide the fact that I am Christian and openly let it be known.  Without the Lord as the foundation of my business; I truly believe it will not prosper.

 

All I can say is....I am trying......just needed some encouragement and support (if support is warranted).

 

May God bless your day and may you never forget to feel the warm loving arms of Him around you in times of trouble.

 

I actually "felt" his arms this last weekend during a tragic situation I will talk about later.

 

Juli 

Comment by Wally Long on June 13, 2011 at 12:21am

Tara, I want you to understand a few things.  Don't feel guilty about your church attendance or lack thereof or any other area of your Christian life.  Condemning ourselves only adds to the stress and anxiety of life.  Christ died to set us free not burden us with guilt.  That being said, you really should be active in a church body somewhere.  Not for the sake of attendance but for the sake of the Body of Christ.  The Church needs every member and without you there the Body is lacking.  God has given you gifts to use in the Body.  Being an active member of a local church benefits the church, you and those around you.  Your daughter certainly needs the influence of being in Church.  And you need the security of being a part of Christ's church.  In the past 4 years I have gone through one terrible tragedy after another and I don't know what I would have done without my Christian brothers and sisters in the church.  They came along side me and walked through my darkest hours with me.  They helped me keep my focus on the One who heals and works miracles.  Your husband needs to see you live a consistent Christian life.  Not out of duty but out of love for Christ and His people.  This will be a greater witness to him than any words you could say.  And words without actions supporting them are utterly without power and influence in eternal matters.  I will pray for you.  God bless!  Wally

Comment by Tara Calderon on June 12, 2011 at 9:05pm

I just need some prayer..I have been going thru alot..I read my Bible..But i cant seem to get to church ..I was going last year faithfully...but then got discouraged..My husband is not very religious...the last time I went to church was a month ago....I love my church and y daughter loves going to..she is only 4 years old...I have alot of anxiety and I have OCD..which is not good... It interfers alot with my daily life..any advive would help.

 

Comment by Brian D. Elder on June 8, 2011 at 12:04pm

John, I appreciate the post you made from Abiding Life. I feel it is spot on regarding are fears and anxieties.

Brian

 

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