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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Anxiety Therapy

Ephesians 3:16 "I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being..."

Remember way back when I said that I'd revisit the subject of how I dealt with my panic attacks? Well, here goes.
After my first panic attack, several weeks passed in which my anxiety grew. They call it agoraphobia: literally, fear of the marketplace. Got so bad I couldn't even stick my head out the front door.
I spent hours in prayer, asking the Lord to heal me. My pastors and some elders came to my house, anointed my head with oil and prayed over me.
I had just committed to directing our church's children's music theater, so it was imperative that I regain the ability to drive and to walk into buildings without freaking out.
"I pray that out of His glorious riches. . . " Even in my time of mental illness, Jesus Christ has riches to offer me.
"He may strengthen you with power. . . " The Lord is fully capable of giving me power to do what I need to do.
"through His Spirit in your inner being. . . " Because His Spirit indwells me, my inner me has all of God's power at my disposal to do His will.
Like a solid rock where I could hide from the elements, prayer became my first refuge.
But God's Word was His soothing counsel, reminding me that I am a warrior, not a mouse.
More on the "warrior" subject later.
Let me know what wonderful scriptures God has given you in your time of trouble.


  1. Dena, is that true?
    Have you truly suffered with panic attacks?

  2. Yep. I'll be posting more about my journey toward wellness. God is faithful;He uses so much trouble to bring us to our knees. Fear is an effective cattle prod to move us toward Jesus.