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My Fears Relieved
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Sometimes even the simplest things seem hard; whether it is going to a doctor’s appointment, being in a crowded room, or even driving down the freeway in your car. People, who suffer with stress and anxiety, find life not only hard to live, but also not enjoyable at times. Stress and anxiety interfere with a person's daily life in ways that can distance them from their work, faith, families and hobbies. Dr. Archibald D. Hart in his book entitled, “The Anxiety Cure,” writes:

"So what is missing when we are anxious? Important brain chemicals called ‘neurotransmitters. I call them our ‘happy messengers,’ and this is an extremely accurate label for them. Our brain is full of these messengers. They help us remember, keep us awake, and in the final analysis, keep us sane. When our brain is robbed of happy messengers as when our stress is too high and prolonged, it cannot function properly. Anxiety is then the ‘smoke alarm’ alerting us to the chaos. This process is all a very intelligent design of a Master Creator." (p. 4-5).

World Closing In On Us

Our bodies were equipped to deal with stress and anxiety to a certain extent. It is when our stress goes beyond that, we start to feel like the world is closing in on us.

When we realize that our stress and anxiety is starting to interfere with our daily lives, typically we go to a doctor for an opinion and a diagnosis. It is also not uncommon to be given a prescription medication in hopes of restoring tranquility to our lives. The biggest key to curing stress and anxiety is patience. Be willing to try several different medications until you find the one that works best for you. Or, be willing to try an array of natural remedies to see which ones help you feel peaceful in times of stress.

God wants for us to be happy, and sometimes finding that happiness requires us to face fears. Luckily we don’t have to face those fears alone. With the help of doctors, natural remedies, medications, and the open arms of a Caring Maker, we can conquer and overcome our stress and anxiety.

“The Lord gives perfect peace to those whose faith is firm” (Isaiah 26:3).

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