Last week I wrote about giving thanks and finding contentment in God. This week I would like to talk about being thankful even when you’re overwhelmed by fear.
I have personally dealt with fear and anxiety for as long as I can remember. This past year (2019) was one of the most stressful and scary years of my life. But during the past year God kept reminding me to be thankful for all the work He was, and is doing, through all the struggles and the pain. Which is not easy.
I find it ‘s really hard to keep your mind focused on the good when your whole being is shaking in terror. But the Lord will give you the strength to focus your mind on Him and all that there is to be thankful for if you ask for His help.
When I’m in the middle of having a panic attack He redirects my mind to what He has blessed me with. Whether it is as simple as water to drink or a snack bar in my purse, to the caring and loving family that help me though my panic attacks. He reminds me to stop and give thanks, even when I don’t feel like it.
He also sends His Holy Spirit to guide us. For me The Holy Spirit sometimes whispers verses in my mind and heart, and other times He fills my heart and mind with music, that is so loud inside of me I can’t think about anything but the music inside, It helps me get through the toughest days that I am very grateful for.
Fear is a part of me whether I like it or not. But the Lord is teaching me to give thanks even in the midst of fear, and slowly but surely my fear will be replaced with Thanksgiving!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’