When Panic Attacks

Your Heart’s Cry

Pounding, louder and louder, the thud in my chest escalates to an erratic pace. Beads of perspiration dot my forehead. Warmth spreads throughout my body, leaving my hands moist.

White-knuckled fists open and close in silent protest to the war raging inside of me. I cannot control it. When panic attacks, I’m helpless to the onslaught of what-ifs closing in on me. My proposed danger is as real to me as the air I breathe. A nightly news report, I live out in the flesh. To some, these emotions are just a false reality, but for me they are a real possibility. Panic resides in me. Even in sleep, these thoughts refuse to release me. To whom can I confide the reality of my anxieties?

My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. Song of Solomon 2:10 NKJV

His Reply

I want you to be free of all anxiety. Cast your cares upon Me. Release yourself from the intimidation that comes through uncertain circumstances. Take captive each thought attempting to capture you. Be done with the worry that nags at your heart and causes anxiety. Fix your mind on what is true, right, pure, and lovely. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. You are fully equipped to fight back against this attack, but in My strength, not yours. Resist the temptation to rely on your own strength. Allow Me to lead you into truth and victory.

Receive the help I offer. Receive the help of those I use to stand with you against this enemy of the soul. Be at peace. Do not be anxious. Give Me the proper priority in your life and trust Me with the details.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV

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by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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