I have been reading Claire's blog for about a year now and while I enjoy all of her posts, the ones that have hit closest to home for me have been her posts about anxiety. I'm so thankful for what she has written for today.
Three years ago, I had my first ever panic attack. If you want the long story, you can read it all here. But the short story is that I had the panic attack, it continued for 5 straight days, I had a moment of revelation with the Lord and felt immediate physical relief, I continued my battle with anxiety, sought counseling, prayer, and anything else I could get my hands on, and am now in a completely different spot than I ever imagined I'd be in. Although going through all of that was truly awful, I'm better for it and I'm grateful to be able to empathize with others who are struggling.
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." Psalm
"When you have a thought, it lingers in your brain for anywhere from thirty seconds to several minutes, and then it seeps into your heart. During those seconds or minutes you can take the negative thoughts captive and deny their entry into your heart ... Thoughts will reach your heart either way, but you have a choice to hide them in your heart or throw them in the trash." Guarding Your Child's Heart by Gary Smalley
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
Claire is a wife, stay-at-home mom of 2, piano teacher, songwriter, and blogger.