Updated: Feb 4
A large portion of the women who walk through our doors believe that anxiety is a part of who they are, that it is something they can't get free of but can only treat through medication. That is what the world has pounded into them after all. Lindsay is one graduate who battled severe anxiety for years, saying "I've lived with (on and off for over 5 years) anxiety and panic attacks that range in severity. I've been crippled, humiliated, embarrassed, and broken because of it." Jesus didn't leave her there though, He began to walk her out of the shadows in a journey that beautifully unfolded through the ongoing revelation of His being.
Regarding an article from Desiring God about anxiety, she shares "But GOD...I used to just pray for Him to take it away. I begged and pleaded sometimes for days upon weeks on end. I started reading John MacArthurs "Anxious For Nothing" and God used that book in a HUGE way. He showed me my sin in not relying on Him totally. I started to see the valley I was in. I wasn't spending time getting to know Him through His Word. I haven't had a massive panic attack in months now, maybe even almost a year. I used to have to call different friends almost daily (bc I didn't want any one person to think me TOO crazy) to just talk me through a major attack. And they all became very good at knowing what to say to help me in those moments. I praise God for all of those moments. It deepened my utter reliance on Him. It deepened my friendships. It humbled me. If you struggle with anxiety or panic attacks please pick up your Bible and spend more time getting to know your Creator. I promise it works!"
The mind is renewed and transformed through the revelation of Jesus Christ, that is a divine promise! The more we know Him, the bigger He becomes and thus, the smaller our view of self becomes along with it's problems. We do not have to be consumed or conform to the image of the world, because God's promises are true. We must humble ourselves and seek and seek and SEEK! Above all things!
Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6–7)
Reference Desiring God article here: