Thursday, January 10, 2013

When Panic Attacks

I was happily surprised to see email from Faith Barista Bonnie Gray, who is hosting a Faith Jam this week. The writing prompt for today is "What is your one word for 2013?"

image:  Flickr user Alaina Abplanalp Photography
The idea of one word is to forget about long lists of resolutions and choose one word that clearly represents your goal for the year.  My word is peace.

Anxiety is a terrible thing to live with.  I'm getting medical help as well as counseling, but sometimes the anxiety overtakes me.  My goal is to take hold of the peace that Christ offers us when He says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you ... " (John 14:27).

I speak from experience when I say that this is easier said than done.  If you're here looking for an instant solution--I'm sorry, but I don't have one.  I am most definitely a work in progress.  What I have learned is that it helps me to stay close to the Lord:  by praying, by reading the Word, by listening to and singing praise music.  Sometimes I feel like Peter when he walked on the water:  as soon as I take my focus away from God, I start to sink.

I hope you'll stick by me as I seek to claim His peace.  In the meantime, if you'd like to link up your "one word" post, click on the Faith Jam link below, or just leave your word in a comment.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)


  1. I don't have one word - but I am ready for this year - some years, I am not.

    I will watch your journey with love and interest as always.

  2. I read your post this morning in my Google Reader, but came back this afternoon to read it again. It reminded me of things I shared last night with my Wed night ladies. I was telling them that I've lived with a certain level of anxiety all my life. Thankfully it's not as high as many have to endure (like my sister), but I have prayed for years now for the Lord to remove it, to help me do what is necessary to remove it, to have more faith, etc., yet I still have anxiety. I've decided (for now anyway) that it's my thorn in the flesh, and to accept the gift of at least the Lord's presence with me and beside me in it.

    Praying for your medicine and all else to help you cope with your thorn, too. It's certainly not an easy fix for most of us, and I know it's even harder for those more consistently hit by it. Love you, my friend, for your constant honesty about it. That helps many.

  3. A lovely word for your year. I'll be praying for you! Peace and blessings!

  4. I didn't choose a specific word for this year but if i HAD to choose one it would be "PRESENCE". I want to practice more of the PRESENCE of God in my daily life. My DAILY life....constant, all day....and with that comes PEACE. I've written MANY posts on peace as that is a topic very dear to my heart. I"ve never struggled with many anxieties but I have a sister who does...and I've seen the harm it can do. I have had moments of anxiousness though and just those moments caused me grief so i cannot imagine a level to where you need counseling. That must be so tough. When I see your posts I try to remember to pray for you. PEACE to you....I'll be looking forward to reading about your walk. Please feel free to check out my peace posts....they should be under the label "Soul Stuff" listed on my side bar. blessings to you!!

  5. Thanks for your transparency in the process for arriving at your word. It's an important one that can only come from one main source. It sounds to me like you've got a good handle on the process. May you be encompassed by Jesus and his peace as 2013 unfolds!

    My word for the year? Healing.

  6. Found you over at Faith Barista today...I, too, was born with a fearful heart and whole years of my life have been eaten by the swarm of locusts called Anxiety. You are COURAGEOUS to seek help and to share your heart here. May His Peace become very near and real to you this year as you press closer to Him in the days ahead.

  7. Wonderful post! Indeed he does give us that calm in the midst of the storm :) THank you for visiting my blog - it's nice to meet you and share the same passion for Christ!

    Blessings, friend!

  8. May you find that peace and hold onto to it.

  9. I love this post...
    I just need to think of my word...

  10. Sweet Melissa, we're walking this journey together. That's for sure. Peace. Jesus, may you wrap your arms around my friend Melissa, in the moments she's lying in your arms in need of comfort and release. Thanks for writing alongside me. *hugs*


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