Anxiety is Not the Real Sin at Hand

Anxiety is Not Sin“You have anxiety?” Rita looked at me with large eyes. “Well, you know if you just cast your cares on God everything will be okay? That’s how you get rid of your anxiety.”

“Actually,” Joey added, “The bible says worry is a sin. I can’t understand how you can say you trust God, but you still worry. You must not be trusting God enough, or your sin would go away.

“I do trust God, and I do cry out to Him,” I tried to explain, frustrated at the turn the conversation was taking…again. “But I have what’s called an anxiety disorder. It means my brain doesn’t regulate anxiety chemicals the way everyone else’s does, so I have more anxiety than the average person.” They looked at me quizzically, and I could see that they didn’t believe me. To them, I was taking on too much burden by choice, and I was displeasing God in the process by not handing it back to Him.

If only I could.

This conversation with “Rita” and “Joey” wasn’t a specific conversation I had, per say, but a culmination of many similar conversations I’ve taken part in.And they almost all end the same way, awkwardly. Unfortunately, they hurt a lot more than I can let on. I’m the least perfect person you’ll find on this earth, but there is one thing I know: I love God, and I trust Him. And it hurts, and makes me angry to be told otherwise. I do not believe my anxiety disorder is a sin. I don’t believe anxiety is a sin, for that matter. This places a great divide between myself and a large portion of the Christian community.

So the question comes down to what does God mean when he says in Philippians 4:6-7,

“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”?

It’s a question worthy of exploration.

What is Anxiety?

Here are some possible causes of anxiety, according to WebMD’s article, “Causes of Anxiety.”

  • Stress at home or at work
  • Stress in a relationship
  • Stress from emotional trauma (such as loss of a loved one)
  • Symptom of a medical illness (such as a heart attack)
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Symptom of an anxiety disorder

So anxiety can be caused by many things. The leading cause in this article is stress. The National Institutes of Mental Health defines stress as, “the brain’s response to any demand.” In fact, most authorities say stress is a result of the “Fight or Flight” mechanism we’re built with. The University of Texas’s Stress Management and Reduction page, “Fight or Flight” says this natural reaction works through these steps:

  1. A threat is perceived
  2. The autonomic nervous system automatically puts body on alert.
  3. The adrenal cortex automatically releases stress hormones.
  4. The heart automatically beats harder and more rapidly.
  5. Breathing automatically becomes more rapid.
  6. Thyroid gland automatically stimulates the metabolism.
  7. Larger muscles automatically receive more oxygenated blood.

So when you’re cleaning out the garage and a huge spider runs out from underneath a box, your God-given response that He built into you for self-preservation kicks in, and you suddenly have the energy, oxygen, and strength to beat the spider to a gooey pulp no matter how tired you were.

The university’s Stress Management and Reduction page also says this about our ability to distinguish between threatening situations and non-threatening situations.

“Even though the fight or flight response is automatic, it isn’t always accurate. In fact most of the time when the fight or flight response is triggered it is a false alarm – there is no threat to survival. The part of the brain the initiates the automatic part of the fight or flight response, the amygdala, can’t distinguish between a real threat and a perceived threat.”

So basically, stress is our body’s reaction to a situation we perceive to be a threat (even if it isn’t). Anxiety, by definition, is the emotional response to that stress. Psyweb.com’s article, “Difference Between Stress and Anxiety” says that anxiety is an adverse effect of stress. This means that when that even after the spider is dead, and the threat is no longer there, I’m still sitting there wondering how many more spiders are hiding in my garage, and if one is going to sneak up on me.

When Does It Become a Disorder?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s article, “Understanding the Facts,” When it crosses over into possible anxiety disorder territory is when the anxiety begins to interfere with everyday life. Here are some common anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There is no physical test that determines if someone has an anxiety disorder, rather, a doctor is the one who must evaluate a patient and come up with a name for whatever is going on in his or her life. While everyone experiences stress to some degree (It’s dangerous not to.), there is a difference between some anxiety every now and then.

For example, I have traits of OCD, which means that while I don’t have the disorder in its severest form, I do have some of the actual traits of the disorder. When I was a child, I developed a compulsion where I felt I had to chew my each bite of food 100 times before it was safe to swallow. As you can imagine, meals became pretty long ordeals, with my mother begging, pleading, and ordering me to chew less, and me in tears, insisting that I had to chew each bite 100 times or I’d choke. My perceived threat was choking to death. This caused the stress signals to alight in my body. Emotionally, I became anxious because I was worried about choking. I insisted (through meltdowns) on taking so long to eat that it began to interfere with my life.

We also know about the existence of anxiety disorders not only through verbal claims, but brain scans show differences in the brains of those with disorders and those without as well. Huffington Post’s article, “Anxiety vs. Stress: What’s The Difference?” says this about the neuropathways of people with two anxiety disorders.

“Specific disorders, such as OCD and PTSD, involve specific [neuro]pathways and behaviors not seen in other states. For example, individuals with OCD have heightened activity in the caudate nucleus of the basal ganglia, a region involved in learning and memory, as well as emotional processing. It appears to be a gatekeeper of signals to the orbitofronal cortex and thalamus, two regions that are overactive in patients with OCD.”

Science Daily’s article, “Brain scans show distinctive patterns in people with generalized anxiety disorder” reports a study recently done by Stanford University on the brains of people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The summary states this:

“Scrambled connections between the part of the brain that processes fear and emotion and other brain regions could be the hallmark of a common anxiety disorder, according to a new study. The findings could help researchers identify biological differences between types of anxiety disorders as well as such disorders as depression.”

The article goes on to describe how the connectivity between different parts of the brain don’t seem to be as efficient in the brains of people with GAD as people without it. The connections between the two are busier, but the messages are getting a bit scrambled, which results in the individuals not being able to discern as well what counts as a threat and what does not.

“So,” I’ve had people tell me. “God could fix this. You’re not relying on God to fix this. If you prayed for it, and really believed that He would heal you, He could.” Hold your horses. I’m getting to that.

The Sovereignty of God

I have no doubt that God could make me “normal” if he wanted to. In the Bible, he healed leapers, a blind man, a bleeding woman, and brought the dead back to life. There is no question in my mind that He could change my brain patterns. Of course, there’s a difference in the words, can and will.

Nearly everyone I’ve talked with that objects to my anxiety brings up the verses, John 14:13-14,

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

It’s easy to jump on the words, “Ask me…and I will do it.” We tend to forget that middle part, “ask in my name.” Aside from uttering the words, “…in Jesus’s name, Amen,” what does that phrase really mean? For that answer, I go to one of my favorite verses, 2 Corinthians 12:7-,9

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

It was probable that Paul had an eye problem based on the fact that he had other people write his letters for him, and other things he mentions that people had to do for him, or he wished he could do. (But I’m not going to get into those right now, simply to stay focused. You can email me if you want to know more, and I’ll happily respond.) Either way, Paul had a physical problem that he asked God to heal three times.

And God said no.

Now, if Paul wasn’t praying in faith for healing, I have no hope because I know my faith is still infantile in comparison with His. He did what God said to do, praying for healing, and God lovingly refused him. But rather than being angry with God, this is how Paul responded:

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

What a strange way for Paul to respond to a physical ailment! And what happened, between Point A and Point B, where Paul asked in faith for God to heal him, and God said no. Didn’t Jesus say He would give whatever we asked for? No,  He didn’t. He said He would give us whatever we asked for…in His name.

To understand what asking in God’s name means, I think we need to look again at Paul’s response to the refusal above. Instead of being angry, Paul accepts what God says. He says that He is content with weakness if it means He has the power of God resting upon him.

I believe to pray in God’s name means to ask God for something…and then, because I believe in the name of Jesus Christ as my all-knowing, all-powerful Savior, accepting whatever He says. Sometimes, He says yes, and other times, He has better plans for me than for what I can ask for myself.

When I was little, I needed a shot “in the hip.” “In the hip” is medical code for, “in the butt.” I needed the shot, I believe for an infection of some sort, and the shot was the fastest way to get me the medicine I needed. No eight-year-old wants a shot in the butt. I kicked and cried so hard that they had to get more nurses in the room to hold me down. And I was right in thinking the shot would hurt. As much as it hurt, however, it was necessary to solve a much bigger problem that would hurt me later on.

When I was little, I prayed nearly ceaselessly for God to heal me of my tics (Tourettes) and my fears (anxiety struggles). And I prayed with an unrivaled faith. I just knew that I was going to wake up the next morning and everything would be better. But morning after morning, my disorders were still there. As I’ve grown older, however, I’ve realized something.

God can choose to heal me anytime He wants. But He made me this way. My brain wasn’t wired the way it is by accident. David says in Psalm 139:13-16,

For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

As a result of the way God created me, I am who I am today. Through my differences, I’ve learned to see the world from the perspective of others who are hurting and alone, something I might not have otherwise understood. I am content with the person God created me to be, and I don’t long to be anyone else. Yes, I still deal with anxiety attacks, and, yes, my anxiety levels are usually quite high, but these things have a reward that one might not expect.

Dealing with Anxiety Biblically

A fun Bible fact that you might have heard is that the the words, “Do not fear” are in the Bible 365 times, enough to have one per day for the entire year. Just as a parent knows his or her child might Fathers and Anxietyfear lightning storms or a bullying situation at school, God knows we’re going to fear in this world. Our bodies automatically are built to be able to fear, to jump into high gear when we feel threatened. If God didn’t expect this natural response from us, then He wouldn’t have brought us 365 verses of comfort.

My father wasn’t angry with me when I was little, and I feared the thunderstorms that echoed throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Instead, he would come to my room and hold me close until the storm had begun to pass.

Just as my father didn’t punish me for my fear of the storms, our Heavenly Father isn’t angry with us when we have anxiety, clinical or not. Instead, He whispers verses of comfort to us, drawing us into His love. It is for this very reason that I am today grateful for my anxiety disorders. I am grateful because I am privileged to run to God over and over again, and to receive comfort on a daily basis. I fear often, but I’m comforted even more.

So where does the sin happen? Obviously, sin is when we do something God tells us not to do, or don’t do something he tells us to do. And there is danger of sin in this place as well.

Peter 5:7 answers this question best, I believe.

“…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

This verse assumes we will have anxieties. Rather than telling us not to have them, Peter says that we need to cast them upon Him…because He loves us!

My father never got angry with me for fearing the lightning. He would have, however, been unhappy with me if He’d gone into my room and tried to hold me, and I’d shoved him away, intent on being scared all by my lonesome. In the same way, I don’t believe God is angry when I have anxieties. The sin would take place, however, if I refused to take my anxieties to Him. Trying to do it on my own – that is where the sin would lie.

When my father held me during thunderstorm, I still shuddered with fear every time a bolt got close to the house. I knew though, that I was safe in His arms. I feared, but I had an inner peace. In the same way, I can run to God with my sin. The situation might still cause me stress and anxiety, but I can know deep in my heart, that everything will be okay. I can have an inner peace that comes with obeying God, and casting my cares upon Him like the Bible says.

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12 comments

  • Bible Nerd on October 2, 2015 at 5:10 pm said:

    Thank you so much for writing this beautiful article. Some Christians in my life have called my anxiety a sin, and that all of the “Do not fear” statements in the bible are commands. They equate anxiety to breaking a command. My response is that Jesus said the greatest command is to love God with all of our heart, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. It seems that a lot of my anxiety is the result of following that command, not from disobedience to it. What if I’m not doing God’s will? What if someone is suffering and I’m not doing enough to help them? What if my marriage fails because my husband meets someone new, and I can’t provide for my children? What if the anxiety I’m feeling is a sin against God? These are some of questions that fuel my panic. They call Jesus’s instructions to not fear but to take our worries to him-a warning! According to psychology, to not have anxiety is one of the hallmarks of anti-social personality disorder. In Buddhism the goal in life is discipline your mind to overcome anxiety. Christianity is not Buddhism. “Anxiety is a sin” philosophy seems to feed the whole health and wealth approach to Christian belief. They use quotes from Revelations saying that cowards will be in hell. Basically saying that if you have anxiety, you are a coward and will go to hell for lack of faith in God! Wow!

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on October 21, 2015 at 4:39 am said:

      I’m so sorry to hear you’ve experienced such difficult “advice.” I’ve been given similar “help,” and all it does it push peace further away. You are absolutely right! I find it so much easier to fall at the feet of Jesus, broken as I am, and rely on Him to fix me, to forgive my sin and mend my brokenness. There is no way to “fix” myself, for if there were, we wouldn’t need Jesus. “Be still and know I’m God,” rings just as true today as it did thousands of years ago.

  • Deanna on November 30, 2015 at 11:54 am said:

    Wow. This spoke directly to my heart and soothes my anxious heart. All the above is how I feel. I feel like my anxiety has gotten worse the more I seek God. I have earnestly started to seek him for the past few months now and I feel like my anxiety is at a higher level. I also trust nan less and less. There are days I wake up full of anxiety that I beg God please I can’t do this another day and feel like I can accomplish anything and just stay in my prayer closet or the Word till I feel some relief. I have 4 children. Three still at home with many things that has to be accomplished so I feel safer staying on my face before God but then do not accomplish my daily tasks. Thank you for this post. I am going to go back and reread it many times and allow what you have said to sink in. God bless you.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on December 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm said:

      I’m so glad to hear that this post helped you, but I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling so with anxiety. I’m curious (and you totally don’t have to answer if you don’t want to), but what do you do during the day to help alleviate the anxiety? Just a heads-up, I’m going to be posting a blog soon on the “soundtrack” I use to help lower my anxiety. Music, exercise, and diet are HUGE factors in my anxiety, even my relationship with God. He’s blessed me with helping understand what makes my anxiety spike and fall, but I definitely still have a lot to learn! And please feel free to email me if you just need someone to talk to. I love getting to know people! (BrittanyFichterWrites@gmail.com)

  • Lorna on March 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm said:

    A side of all of this you may not be realizing. A child is not born with anxiety. Anxiety always has a source. The person experiencing anxiety has had serious trauma in their life. You being afraid to choke was not something you were born with. Somewhere you felt you were choking or suffocating or you saw someone else choke. You may remember this or not. Often traumatic experiences are something we block from our memory. When we treat anxiety, depression, panic, or many other disorders we have to look at the source. Otherwise, we are treating only the symptoms. I believe God can heal these traumas in our life. I’m an example of this! I would be locked up in a padded room if I hadn’t had God heal me!!

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on March 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm said:

      What a wonderful thing to have been brought so far from your anxiety! God works in wonderful ways, doesn’t He? I must disagree a bit though, for while I believe that God is most certainly capable of healing all anxiety (something He will do when we are in Heaven for all Christians), whether or not He chooses to do so on earth is His prerogative. While you are definitely correct that many children experience anxiety after trauma, we have scientific evidence that some people are predispositioned to experience chronic anxiety. I knew a child that was anxious from the day she was born. I was anxious as an infant even, and had to find ways to self-soothe. The anxiety wasn’t always linked to choking. It bounced from worry about “being drunk” though I had no clue what that meant…some kid told me about it at a birthday party) to electrical fires to being struck by lightning in my house. There are certainly triggers, but those triggers won’t set everyone off. For example, other children have seen or heard about people choking, but they don’t all insist on chewing 100 times before choking. Similarly, I was never struck by lightning. I’d only read a book about it. Not all children who read weather books are terrified of being struck by lightning inside their houses.

      The research hasn’t shown exact genes yet that result in anxiety, but studies have shown, according to the National Institutes of Health, that anxiety tends to run in families. The Cleaveland Calm Clinic says,

      “Although a genetic predisposition to developing an anxiety disorder is likely,4 environmental stressors clearly play a role in varying degrees. All of the disorders are affected in some way by external cues and how they are processed and reacted to.”

      Anxiety also shows up more in individuals with other neurological disorders, such as Autism, OCD, ADHD, and Tourettes. While I agree that sometimes doctors can prematurely treat disorders that aren’t there, there are people who are physiologically more likely to suffer anxiety than others, just as there are some people who are predispositioned to be overweight. There are different causes for anxiety, and no one case of anxiety is the same.

  • Sean on June 6, 2016 at 2:11 pm said:

    Thank you for your message it is encouraging to read. I do wonder though if someone like myself is knowing that God can remove my anxiety and knowing he has the ability to comfort me. Is it pushing him away if I take medication for my disorder? Am I not trusting Him enough when I take that which is prescribed to me by a doctor? Can you please reply? Thank you
    Sean

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on July 1, 2016 at 5:35 am said:

      I apologize for taking so long to reply to your comment on my article, “Anxiety is Not the Real Sin at Hand.” My daughter was sick quite a bit this month, and my husband’s schedule has changed repeatedly thanks to the Air Force.

      I believe that God has given us medication for a reason. People forget that medication originally started with basic herbs and plants that react in certain ways with our bodies. In Genesis 1, God announced that His creation was good, including those special herbs. There is a reason He created plants like aloe vera to help heal burns. I wouldn’t think it a sin to use aloe vera to treat a sunburn. In the same way, Paul encourages Timothy to take some wine for his stomach in 1 Timothy 5:23.

      ” (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)”

      I believe God, in His mercy, has given us the gifts of professionals and medications for a reason, to give us relief from some of the problems sin has brought upon us. I would listen to what your doctor says. I’m not a professional by any means, but your doctor is.

      Personally, I have found that using gifts of God, such as a healthy diet, exercise, medication (when needed and approved by a physician), prayer, praise, and reading God’s word works best for me when used all together. Remember that God is not out to punish and judge His children. He punished Christ for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 – “21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

      If God has given you the means to have access to a doctor, that in itself is a gift. Also, consider that with less anxiety, you will be provided more time to dwell on the gifts of God’s love. Just as Timothy didn’t need to try and “tough it” through his stomach pain to be more godly, there is no verse in the Bible that says we shouldn’t accept the physical help God gives us, in addition to prayer. I hope this is a comfort to you. Your musings are definitely ones that other people ask themselves as well. It’s an issue I’ve had to face before. It’s wonderful that you desire to honor God, as that, too, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. In closing, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite verses that has brought me comfort time and time again.

      Romas 8:31-39

      What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

      “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
      we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
      37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      Nothing can separate us from the love of God…even anxiety. 🙂

  • monique on July 29, 2016 at 2:10 am said:

    All those times, I thought anxiety is bad and it makes me “less” Christian. I’ve also heard a lot of advices and even preachings against it. Thank you for further breaking wrong mindsets. 🙂 By the way, when you were studying, how did you deal with anxiety? I am attending graduate school now and I love learning so much. I am actually doing good in terms of grades but I was just so anxious whenever I study. Every time I start studying, my anxiety takes over and I end up not being able to completely understand what I’m reading. So I end up memorizing or whenever I program, I just end up coding without completely understanding what’s going on with my codes. I tend to think what if I fail the exam, or what if I fail to finish my codes and problem sets, what if I won’t be able to present something good to my thesis adviser? I spend days thinking about the things I have to study only to find out that I can understand them in minutes when I have a relaxed mind. Also, whenever I visit schoolmates that I’m winning to God, I couldn’t focus because I’m thinking so much about my unfinished school stuff. Have you experienced these? How did you deal with them? I know I should care less about my grades and my reputation in the research world. I have long accepted that yes, this anxiety is not my enemy. It is in fact achieving for me a glory that far outweighs it (2 Corinthians 4:17). I do believe that God has great plans for me. I really want this field but my anxiety is hindering me not just from enjoying it but also from focusing and from holistically and excellently learning. Thank you in advance for your reply. 🙂

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on August 28, 2016 at 3:33 am said:

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’re struggling so with anxiety. Believe me, you’re not alone. I had to try multiple methods to manage my anxiety well while I was in school. I don’t know if they’ll all work for you, but anything is better than being stuck, right?

      1) Prayer and meditation on God’s word. I would often find a peaceful psalm, like Psalm 27 and talk to God while I focused on the words. Even five minutes of this often staved off an anxiety attack.
      2) Remembering to keep perspective. I have an obsessive personality, and my OCD tendencies aren’t the full thing, but they’re present enough to disrupt my life from time to time. I had to remind myself and surround myself with people who reminded me that school and work aren’t everything. They’re not going to change my place in God’s eyes. I’m His beloved daughter, whether I get an A, a B, or an F. And they’ won’t change my eternity. Staying active in church groups really helped me with this. I actually found that when I made time to fellowship with others in my church, I came back refreshed and less anxious about the week’s load. Romans 8:39 has been a HUGE help to me in remembering this.
      3) Exercise regularly. Getting regular exercise, even 20 minutes a day, boosts brain activity, oxygen intake, and helps us to think and sleep better. You can even study while you sit on an exercise bike if you need to, or listen to a podcast or recorded lesson. I personally, however, find it more beneficial if I take less than an hour just to exercise and do something completely different while I do.
      4) Keep a healthy diet. Making sure to get all the nutrients in your food and to avoid lots of bad fats and added sugars helps my body to function at its best.

      As far as leading others to Christ, I think it’s important (for I forget this as well) to remember that God uses us for who we are. Are we to strive to become like Christ? Yes! But God knows where we are right now, and 2 Corinthians 4:7 is a great reminder of this. We are earthen vessels, and the treasure of God’s salvation is within us. By saying that we are earthen vessels, Paul reminds us that we are easily broken, and we must rely on the strength of God. If God wants others to become Christians, He knows how to use us even in our brokenness. And on that train of thought, it can be an even better ministry, I’ve found, to be honest with who we are. People don’t find “perfect” Christians relatable. They find real humans relatable. God made you in His image, and just being yourself, a saved sinner who cries desperately to her Abba Father, can do more in the ministry role than being hailed as the greatest Christian on earth.

      Please feel free to email me if you ever want to talk! I love getting to know new people. Hope this helps! God bless.

  • Kieran on November 2, 2016 at 3:25 am said:

    It is truly amazing… All of the answers God has led me to over the years reaffirmed near word for word by someone else, this was wonderful to read. I find that I know these things but when I get panic attacks it makes me question if I haven’t just made it all up somehow, and it’s all a lie and I’m alone. Knowing I’m not the only one He talks to in such a way, and has lead you down a similar thought path, helps greatly. The massive anxiety attack I was experiencing (which led me here) has almost dissipated (for now at least :p but that is more than I could have asked for when I started googling). This has re-established a feeling of truth in what I believe, thank you 🙂 I have some praying to do.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on November 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm said:

      I’m so glad to hear that you were able to connect with this! How have you been doing lately with all of the excitement of the holidays? I’m thinking I’m going to need a longer-than-usual workout session tonight. Lol. My tics are crazy high today, which means I’m due for an anxiety attack any time now. Please feel free to email me any time you want to vent/talk.

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