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6 Calming Reminders When Your Anxiety Turns to Panic

If you battle with bouts of anxiety that can ramp up and lead to panic or panic attacks, you are not alone. It may be oddly comforting to know that ten percent of American adults suffer from a panic attack at least once a year. That's one in ten people. Maybe that strikes a different chord with you as it does for me. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety, which leads to panic, is not only very common but treatable.While that may be comforting to know if you feel a bit consumed in a season of darkness, I also realize that hearing statistics doesn't automatically promote a cure. I get that it can be just about as helpful as a well-meaning person saying, "Calm down," in the middle of an attack. Argh!So, besides statistics, let's touch on how anxiety is affecting you. Let's get personal because, after all, anxiety is personal. It often storms in without warning and smothers areas in your life that are specific to you. It targets your worst fears, knocks you down when you are already weak, feeds your stress and anger, and brings on endless distractions. Anxiety and panic attacks don't always come on quietly, either. While it may creep in suspiciously, it generally brings that resounding declaration that nobody understands and that you are to suffer through your worries, stress, fears, and traumatic situations – alone.While the statistics are to address that you are not alone, on a more personal level, I want to remind you that you are not made up of what your anxiety so boldly tries to declare over you. Sure, you may grow faint, and your spirit may waver. You may succumb to some of the lies or divisive thoughts it brings. Your faith may even be tested. But you aren't in this battle alone. Anxiety may try to control your life and take you under, but thankfully, we serve a personal God who knows us intimately and can (and will) fight on our behalf!The truth is that God knew you (and I) would fight these battles. He knew anxiety would not only be prevalent but personal, which is why so many verses command us not to fear or be anxious about anything (Joshua 1:9 and Philippians 4:6). In other words, God gives us a pathway to preserve and prevail.Friend, if you are struggling today, please join me in discovering some helpful ways to cope, along with some calming reminders when anxiety rises and panic sets in. Because this may be a battle for our minds, but God won't allow it to take us under – that's a promise!The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Exodus 14:14
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4 Ways Psychology and Faith Work Together for Good

Christians need to develop an approach to understanding human behavior that takes all aspects of the human condition fully into account. Christian theology offers a transcendent perspective on the human condition based on the revelation of God in Scripture.

5 Ways to Quiet Your Heart When Stress and Anxiety Take Over

I've had many episodes of anxiety over the years. Growing up, I struggled with anxiety. Even as a kid, I struggled with it. I had a controlling mother who often yelled to express herself. I walked on eggshells in my home because I never knew where I stood. Some days, she'd be great; other days, she'd be in an angry, silent mood. I withdrew to my room and spent many hours there. As an adult, however, I used the same tactic. When my kids were little, I got angry and yelled at them. It wasn't until I gave my anger over to the Lord and fully healed from my childhood trauma that I became a more peaceful person as a parent.Having said this, overly tense or stressful situations still tend to overwhelm me. But I don't allow anxiety to win. In 2020, I had a particularly difficult bout with anxiety. My anxiety became waves of panic that I struggled with day in and day out. It became so bad I didn’t function normally. I sought the help of professionals, got medication, and used other therapy modalities to help me function normally. Today, I'm proud to say I am I'm so much better with my anxiety. The medication I once needed I don't need as often anymore. Additionally, I have had to adopt strategies that help keep me calm if I can anticipate tense situations.Here are five ways to quiet your heart when stress and anxiety take over:
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7 Ways to Support a Spouse with Depression

If I were to be honest with you, depression has been a toxic friend of mine for quite some time. She doesn't always stick around or let me know she's coming, either. She generally shows up uninvited, sits right next to me, and whispers empty words of hopelessness that bring on agitation, all while depleting every ounce of my energy. Truth be told, I don't like her. Yet, I always seem to end up entertaining her when she drops in. And, let me tell you, she loves to overstay her welcome and truly enjoys putting a wedge in every one of my relationships, especially my marriage.Friend, if you have a spouse struggling and suffering from this mental illness or something of the like, let me first extend my heartfelt sympathy. While I have battled depression on and off for the last twenty years or so, I can attest that it has put quite a strain on my marriage, causing a ripple effect of frustration, confusion, and helplessness for both of us.Let me start by saying that you and your dear spouse are not alone on this journey, even though it can often feel lonely. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five adults will suffer from depression. That is twenty percent of Americans! Given this statistic, this is greatly impacting the quality of our home environments and causing massive emotional distress to our marriages. However, if I may reassure you, there are ways to navigate these trying times and seek hope together.So, that being said, I would like to take a moment to address this sensitive issue and offer support to you and your spouse. Because we have been there and will most likely be there again. Thankfully, we serve a God that understands the depths of our pain and the nature of our hearts, so let's lean into what His Word says and seek His love and peace.The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
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A Few Not-So Stereotypical Thoughts on OCD

OCD is much heavier than its stereotype, and I would like to honor sufferers and their loved ones by breaking down the different Intrusive Thought categories and dismantling common OCD misconceptions.

Is it Possible to Pray Too Much?

So, to answer the original question: Yes. It is possible to pray too much! When faith gets infected with OCD, earnest believers become trapped by a disorder that distorts their thinking, controls their emotions, and directs their behaviors. The disorder's hold on their mind prevents their ability to live out a healthy, enriched, growing faith.

10 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare Yourself for Seasonal Depression

Each year, nature shows its beauty with the changing of the seasons. Tree leaves become grounded rainbows before they disappear, and the ground becomes blanketed with snow. The sun shines more and less, and everyone begins to adjust to the shift in the weather change. As seasons change, so can our moods, ultimately negatively affecting our daily lives. While each season may bring something to look forward to (holiday celebrations, vacations, birthdays, etc.), the shift and changes can be difficult for some to get through.Seasonal depression can develop during certain times of the year for people, and they may find their moods shifting unexpectedly. Fatigue, consuming more comfort food, or having less energy are some things people who encounter seasonal depression may experience. As we approach a shift in seasons, we must be mindful of our bodies and our state of mind and be mindful of our emotional well-being to prepare ourselves to combat seasonal depression. If you believe you struggle with this, take a look at the list below of some things you can do now to prepare yourself for seasonal depression.Photo credit: ©GettyImages/Paolo Cordoni

4 Powerful Prayers for Dark Times

Many characterize the current chaotic fiasco occurring on the world stage as “dark times.” In America, there’s a crisis at the border, lawlessness in our streets, wokeness instead of greatness, inflation, racial division, Marxist Critical Race Theory in schools, young children sexualized in schools and public libraries with a lie that they can change their gender. Wrong is called right and right wrong, just like the Bible told us would happen during dark times.Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isa. 5:20Sometimes, we want to stay in bed and hide under the covers hoping it will all go away, but God wants his people to be a light in this darkness. Complacency is like the morning fog that moves in silently to obscure the sunlight. Through prayers, praise, and spiritual empowerment, God will use us to overcome the darkness of this world that can envelop us in hopelessness and despair if we let it. Instead, God says inEphesians 5:10-11, “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”So God doesn't want us to succumb to the darkness, but instead to expose dark deeds by letting the bright Light of Jesus shine into the bleak darkness. Here are 4 prayers to help us be that light in dark times regardless of circumstances.Photo Credit: ©iStock/Getty Images Plus/PORNCHAI SODA

3 Ways to Conquer Your Panic Attacks

To my surprise, my panic attack didn’t take me out. I learned something profound that day. The attack itself isn’t the bully; it’s the fear and shame I feel during the attack that makes me avoid circumstances that threaten it.

2 Things I Do to Support My Mental Health

Mental Health recovery isn't a one-size fits all solution. It takes time. It takes adaptation. And it takes realizing that sometimes what worked yesterday for our anxiety or depression might not work today. We are incredibly complex and dynamic creatures hand-crafted in the image of God, so why should we try to limit how we can heal?

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