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Daily Inspiration

April 19, 2021
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
 
KNOW FEAR
I’m reading today’s verse in the middle of an anxiety attack, baseless fear that is constantly gnawing the pit of my stomach. 
General Anxiety Disorder is the diagnosis, and though it sounds benign, it actually can be tormenting because you just don’t know the source of the fear. “Is it me? Did I do something wrong? Is a loved one in danger? Is something horrible imminent?  How does that next phone call affect my future?”  These questions and a whole slew of others swirl around my brain not allowing peace to settle.
Counselling and learned relaxation techniques help, trying to be in the present moment and seeking God in that moment eases the intensity.   I pray for God to take the fear away, to lessen that “foreboding feeling, Sometimes He does, other times I am learning to take comfort in that God is right there with me in my anxious thoughts so I don’t have to feel alone.
When I do fear I notice that I become like a turtle, pulling within myself and heading for isolation.  God’s presence encourages me to reach out, speak out and try to be more open about my condition.  The evil one has done his job when he moves us to aloneness and isolation.
Thankfully the power of God resides in me and I can invite the power of The Holy Spirit to rise up within me like a geyser of love. 
Move over GAD, GOD is here! DF