Those of us who experience true anxiety know what “triggers” are. Something as simple as a sound or a smell can instantly trigger anxious thoughts, feelings, and even full-blown panic attacks. It can take weeks to overcome the anxiety that resulted from one trigger.
Several months ago, I witnessed a car accident. A woman coming towards me in her SUV had passed out, her vehicle slamming into a telephone pole. Without thinking, I stopped my car and rushed to help. When I saw that several men were also running to her aid, I went to a medical facility next door to seek a medical professional for the woman. When I got behind my steering wheel the next day, all I could see was that poor woman’s face. As I began to drive to an appointment, I had the first panic attack I’d had in over 4 years! I struggled with driving for several weeks, but through perseverance and scripture, was once again able to drive without anxiety.
When encountering moments such as these, it is often difficult to control the onset of anxiety. What a blessing to know that God has promised to help us in our times of weakness! When we turn to God we may not receive immediate relief (it may be His will for us to suffer a little), but we do receive comfort and strength, and our trial becomes bearable.
“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for
my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9
One thing all anxiety sufferers have in common is an intense desire to be cured. Countless times have I found myself on my knees, praying, that like the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matthew 9:20 & 21), I too could be miraculously healed. However, God has allowed anxiety to have an occasional presence in my life, and I have learned that my weakness allows for God’s strength.
Through my own experience and personal study over the last several years, I have found that all anxiety triggers can be narrowed down to eight categories. I have also discovered that each trigger has a “cure”. I hope you join me as I dive into a study over the next several weeks, on the 5 triggers of anxiety, and the Biblical cure for each one.
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*disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The information in this article has been gathered from my own experience and personal research. Please see your doctor or therapist before making any changes to your prescription regimen.