this is for life
November 20, 2017

Made Afraid?

By: Rebekah Gardea [San Antonio, TX]

I live with an anxiety disorder that used to hinder much of my life.

Whenever I felt even slightly frightened, my body would slip into “flight” mode and cause me to have a panic attack. I constantly told myself that I had no control over these attacks, letting fear rule my life.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)


Not until my junior year of high school did I allow God to point out the root of my fear: I had no trust in God. I had refused to put my life in God’s hands because I felt that I needed control. But lately, I am learning, day by day, that God does indeed want for me the best life possible. The more my trust in God grows, the less often the panic attacks sweep over my body. I may have to struggle with anxiety my entire life; but now I live daily by the promise that God has not made us afraid but has created within us a spirit of power, love, and self-control.


TRUST THE PROMISE: When do you feel timid, afraid, or powerless? Instead of allowing panic to take over, ask God for confidence and courage to face your fear.


 

Journal

What situation in your life has led you to ask, “Why, God?” Who or what enabled you to trust that God was with you, even before you could see the bigger picture?

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