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Amelia loves to connect women to each other and to God's work in their lives. She's the author of Pray A to Z, and lives in Michigan.

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  1. Amelia,
    What a gift that God brought that specific scripture to mind…I have suffered many years with anxiety (OCD) and depression. I know what that panicky feeling feels like. The enemy would love to have us think that we are having those attacks because of a failure of faith. I’ve had people tell me, “Well if you prayed more….if you had more faith….if you read scripture, the attacks would stop.” Unfortunately well wishers can damage even further when they say things like that.

    I know everyone is different, but being on medicine enables me to be able to hear and internalize beautiful scriptures like the one in Isaiah. It is one of my favorites. Oh how scripture is a balm to the soul. By sharing our struggles (like you did in your message) we touch and encourage others. Also, like you pointed out, self care is so important – getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, doing good things for ourselves is SO important. Stress can also bring on attacks and moving is right up there on the high stress list. Just like God did not remove the thorn from Paul’s side, sometimes our struggles are not removed, but God promises that His grace will be sufficient for us…and He IS faithful. Thanks for such an encouraging post!
    Blessings to you in your move,
    Bev

    • Bev, I’m so sorry that you’ve struggled with depression for years too. I took medication as well for years, and it did exactly what you described – helped me think clearly enough to hear and internalize the truth of scripture. While I wouldn’t wish this struggle on anyone, it has in the long run helped me see the Father’s love in personal ways. He definitely cares for us and carries us in the midst of it. Thank you for sharing your story.

      • Amelia and Bev, I also have suffered with depression and anxiety. Your words let me know that I am not alone and ,yes, God is truly with me. He has been with me all my life, but I didn’t know Him. He introduced Himself 28 years ago and I am still learning. I have never known such love. The Holy Trinity…Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit…They are the meaning of life, They are the reason for everything.

    • Bev,

      I’ve witnessed depression & psych issues in people I love. It is hard to watch and deal with. I totally agree that medication is the answer. It can help calm the nerves and relieve some of the stressors. Prayers that the medications help ease the pain. God never said we wouldn’t have struggles, just that He would be there to help us through them! Praying that you continually sense His presence daily. Prayers for no more attacks.

      Blessings 🙂

  2. Thank you Amelia for your “GOD WITH US” encouragement. I have 2 baby grandchildren, who their parents have chosen to go in unknown territory to me, with these priceless and treasured ones. They ignore them, spending little time with them, alone for long periods of times behind shut doors and are very angry and harsh including things that are normal baby actions. Then they baby-proof nothing, and take so many dangerous chances with them, just saying, “Oh they won’t do that or that will never happen.” They are very irresponsible. These are serious and dangerous things I am talking about, I am not just being over protective. I have gotten much counsel, which agree that this parenting is wrong. I rarely say anything, and when I do it is very short and low-key, 99% of the time, my mouth is shut. But they will not listen to anything I say and cut me off with some short snippy retort and usually do just the opposite. Neither of these parents were not brought up this way and they have bunches of books on good parenting, which they do not pay any attention to. My prayers and only true comfort surround your topic today: “GOD is with those babies, carrying them in HIS arms (Isaiah) and HE is giving HIS angels charge concerning them.” But I pray if there is anything HE wants me to do that is my responsibility, I will hear it from HIM and have HIS power to do it. Thank you for sharing, I woke up to read this first so especially helpful for me.

    • NJ,
      I pray for the protection of these two babies, and wherever there is darkness, it would be brought to light. I pray that He would continue to surround them with His loving kindness, and guard their hearts and minds as they grow. I pray you can find the peace and direction you need in all this.

    • NJ I just prayed for you and your grand babies..the Lord is with you all. Praying for discernment for you in what should be done and for God to move in a mighty way. He is merciful.

    • Oh Lord Jesus, we ask for Your protection and care for these precious grandbabies. You know NJ’s heart for you and for them and every detail of the situation. Please make Your presence known to these children and protect them and bring people into their parents’ lives who will speak truth, love, and concern in ways they can accept. Bless NJ today, and bring Your peace and comfort to her. Amen.

    • I just wanted to share… my Mom lived next to a woman and her two children. She noticed the children were not watched at all when playing outside and they were pretty young. The last straw was when the kids were outside during the winter playing in the snow with no winter clothing on and only in their sleep clothes. It was in New England where it was cold and snowy. She struggled what to do but eventually reported the Mom bease of the sfaery for thsee children. Years later my Mom was approached by a young woman at the mall. She asked if my Mom recognized her. My Mom said no. She said that she was one of the small children that lived near her years prior. Somehow this woman knew my Mom was the person to report her Mother years prior. The young woman thanked my Mom for stepping in. She told my Mom that she saved her and her brother’s life by reporting the Mom. I pray that God will guide you on this and protect these babies.

    • I have lived with panic attacks and anxiety since
      childhood. I am familiar with what everyone is
      saying. Yes. God is with us always. I am concerned
      about your grandbabies, I believe God sometimes
      places us in a situation for us to do the right thing.
      Please consult with a pastor or counselor, now is
      not the time to be anxious for what may follow, God
      Will be beside you all the way. You are God’s instrument for your grandbabies protection.

    • NJ, praying hard for your grandbabies-my heart breaks for them as I know what it is like to grow up that way. May our gentle and tender Lord enfold and cradle them in His great and loving arms, sheltering them as He is Moses in the cleft of the rock. May your grandbabies hear His soft voice speaking love to them as may the parents hear His voice touch their hearts. May you be lifted up to see what is needed, to have the clarity of the Holy Spirit leading you 🙂 Amen. Hugs!

  3. Excellent story. I have had panic attacks just like what you described. They are aweful to have. Thank you for sharing your story of encouragement and hope.

  4. Also I have experienced panic attacks and know how destructive they can be. And I get very upset with myself at how angry I get with GOD, what a sin! How do I expect HIM to answer any of my prayers for the desperate needs of these babies when I get so angry with GOD?

    • NJ Oh honey He knows what is needed and He loves us even when we are angry with Him….He is merciful ….
      Thanking Amelia for sharing this ….God knew exactly what He was doing when He ” stayed near”. During that attack….He was preparing you to share with another of His daughters who did not know what she was experiencing…..He. Is. Good.

  5. Amelia, thank you for sharing your story. I started having what I feel are panic attacks shortly after my father passed away. Although he had his share of health challenges, his death was still sudden and unexpected. I wasn’t ready. Of course we’re never ready to lose a loved one, but the unexpected nature sent me to a scary place. Today, five years later, these episodes are few and much farther between. However, as my family and I now learn how to care for my mom, I feel the panic occasionally return. I never considered this as something in my life that could possibly not go away. And even if that’s not the case for me, I’m still so blessed by the truth of your words. The meat of the story, the nuggets to hold onto – whatever we’re going through – God with us. Those three words are the best way to start any day.

    • Monica, I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. Events like that often do trigger something deep in us and our bodies and brains don’t always know how to respond. It truly becomes a “flight or fight” physical response. Lean into His presence today and remember how much He loves you and will personally show His care for you in the midst of the struggle. May you know His peace and comfort today as you care for your mom and your family.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is beautiful. I too struggled with crushing anxiety. There were times I thought I’d die, and times that during the midst of it…. I had wished that I would, simply to be free. I love how the Lord not only remains with us during it, but then uses it to lift a burden from another struggling sister. Affirming in her that He IS with her, and she receiving the strength to carry on. Thank you again for sharing this. Merry Christmas to you.

    • Michelle, oh I feel the ache of your struggle. He’s a gracious God in redeeming our stories isn’t He? What the enemy may want to use to destroy us, God can use for His glory! Hallelujah! Have a blessed Christmas season!

  7. Thank you Amelia for sharing this. God is indeed with us. I appreciate the reminder to take extra care during hectic times. That’s just what I’m going to do.

    “I know that during the hectic holiday season I need to take extra care of my spirit and listen closely to the whispers of God’s presence.”

  8. Thank You, Thank you, Thank You Amelia! I haven’t been on anxiety and depression meds for a little over a year now, and recently I have really been struggling with whether or not I should consult with my doctor about taking something again, due to my struggle resurfacing. Just this morning I had an anxiety attack and I prayed for GOD’S intervention and your email arrived and confirmed that HE IS IMMANUEL, HE NEVER FAILS AND HE IS WITH ME.

    • Oh Roxy, I am so glad you are here today. Yes, definitely keep the conversation going with your doctor. I’ve had many, many conversations with mine over the years. Different seasons of life can affect us differently. Praise God that He brought you to my story in the midst of your struggle. He is near, and He loves you so very dearly! You are not alone!

  9. This touched my heart this morning as I read it and tears came to my eyes… Thank you for sharing your testimony… There is such power in sharing and testifying to what the Lord has done in your life and it really lifts and encourages those around you, while giving glory to God for what He has done 🙂
    Have a very blessed day 🙂

    <3 Amanda

  10. What a beautifullywritten devotion! I am 61,and had those attacks often in the early years of my marriage. I have’t thought about them in a long time. I am proud of the author for sharing so eloquently and openly. I pray many are helped.

    • Sandra, thank you for sharing! I’m so thankful to hear you’ve experienced years of peace from the anxiety attacks. Thank you for your encouragement today.

  11. I wanted to thank you for sharing your story with courage and honesty. And for being obedient to God in sharing it. I love how He takes our brokenness and uses it to heal others and ourselves. Blessings for a special peaceful season……

    • Thank you so much, Renee. I’m continually amazed and humbled at how he takes our brokenness and weakness and uses it for His glory. His strength made perfect in our weakness…have a blessed Christmas season!

  12. Thank you for sharing. I am reminded that what God allows may not actually be FOR us directly. We learn from our situations…at least I try to ;),
    But what we are handed and HOW we maneuver through is for His Glory. Others are listening, watching, and God is tyohat be honored in all we are….
    Your attack helped a woman define her emotions, He used you to help her.
    May I be used today to bring Him glory and accept it as such.

  13. Thank you for writing this. While I am blessed not to suffer from panic attacks, I certainly suffer from my share of debilitating moods, especially during the holidays. Yesterday was particularly difficult, I ended up throwing a bunch of flowers someone gave me. How out of control is that?!
    The words from Isaiah calm me. In my most painful moments, God is with me. I need to keep that thought in the front of my mind all the time, but especially this season, when schedules and family and functions are all wound so tight.
    Today I am going to quiet my mind as often as I can, so I can hear God whisper. Thank you for that sentiment. Beautiful.

    • Oh Shelly, we each have our battles and sometimes they come out of seemingly nowhere! I’m sorry you had a difficult day yesterday, and I pray today is better. We’re always learning and growing, and there is always grace. So much grace!! May you hear His whispers today and know His love in new ways. You are His precious daughter!

  14. Amen Amelia! From someone who suffers from anxiety, I am so grateful that you shared this! God bless you and have a joyous Christmas season celebrating the God who is always good and always with us ! ❤️❤️

  15. Oh I needed this today! It has been a rough couple of weeks with my glaucoma eyes and a small leak in one. Then today I lost my bank card or fell victim to a pickpocket, and have been feeling overwhelmed and having minor panic. Thanks for the reminder God is with me. It is so true! and I will continue to depend on Him to see me through. JESUS NEVER FAILS. My mom had that on a plaque in her house for years.

  16. Amelia,

    It is amazing how God works things out. One never knows why we are going through trials, but God always has a plan. I have personally witnessed psych & dementia issues in people. For me it was hard to deal with & see the person in distress. Prayed the person could be relieved of his pain by death. God said no! He chose instead to heal that person back to “normal”. In the process I was a witness to a miracle. Now I can relate to others going through this struggle. I can empathize with them.

    Glad the talk went well. I find it nothing short of amazing that God used you to help that woman. He knew she needed to hear those words and you were His instrument. Thank you for being so willing to do that!

    Blessings 🙂

  17. We were so blessed to have you speak to us last year and share your “real” story. It resonated with so many of us (including me). Thank you for sharing here too!

  18. I hate that anyone has panic attacks, and I hate that you had one after going so long without one. But, I love that you were able to recall God’s faithfulness to you in the past and stand on that for that present moment. And, then God used you so powerfully at the Christmas event to shed light and speak hope into someone else’s darkness. I love how God does that. It is so hard to walk through dark times, but I love that as believers we can count on two things: 1. God will be with us and 2. He will use it for our good and usually someone else’s, too.

  19. Amelia and Bev (and all of you precious ladies) Thank you for sharing your struggles so transparently! I too struggle with depression and anxiety and often have felt (and been told by well meaning Christian sisters) that if I had enough faith I would not struggle. Several years ago, I had a hysterectomy and shortly afterward fell and hit my head. Since then I have been in chronic pain and my anxiety has gone through the roof! There are days when I grow so weary of it all – BUT GOD -Emmanuel – is with me! His love and grace allow me to greet another day and experience his tender mercies which are new every morning! Blessings to each of you!

  20. I know what it’s like to have panic attacks. I feel embarrassed afterwards. Like a failure. Like my faith isn’t strong enough. Got diagnosed with PTSD a few months ago as a result of a traumatic childhood.

  21. Hello, how good to see your testimony!
    A year ago I went through the same situation. It was terrible!
    And you know, I realize that when panic wants to come back, especially when I’m overwhelmed with tasks.
    I am a pastor with my husband, and I look after at least 150 women in our church, and many other churches …
    I would like to talk more with you. If possible, would I have an email that I could contact with you?
    Thanks.
    I’m Helen, I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil.