Today’s Guest writer is my dear friend Dr. Michelle Bengtson. Dr Michelle’s 3rd book is about to be released next Tuesday September 17, 2019. Order links and information are below. I have had to opportunity to pre-read her book and interview her on my Dare 2 Hear Podcast. I love that Dr Michelle is not only knowledgable in the science and medicine behind the things she writes about, but she also has personal first hand knowledge of them. If you loved her book Hope Prevails, You are going to love Breaking Anxiety’s Grip! If we are truthful with ourselves, we all struggle with fear, anxiety and loose our peace from time to time. Click on the book cover below to pre-order your copy and then visit Dr Michelle’s website by clicking here to claim your pre-order bonuses.
I am giving away one copy of Dr. Michelle’s Book. The #GiveAway will run until Sept 29th. Make sure to share about this giveaway and enter to win your own copy.
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This book is about learning to hear the voice of God in our own life so we can respond to those God bumps and little nudges He gives us on a daily basis. God is calling us to be agents of encouragement and to be the gift the worlds needs today.
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You are invited to join me, author Debbie Kitterman Beginning October 10, 2019 for the free online Video Bible Study on The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement. You can find the details by clicking here or on the picture below.
You are invited to join Debbie for this FREE 6-week video series and guided discussion on The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement. Together we will learn how Jesus modeled this gift and how we can #BeTheGift of encouragement others need.
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The Truth Behind Worry, Fear, and Anxiety
By Dr. Michelle Bengtson
As I opened the door to the waiting room of my private practice to welcome my next patient for her session, I recognized the signs: wringing her hands, chewing her bottom lip, and bouncing her leg. There are days I feel like I can barely walk and talk at the same time, but watching her do all that simultaneously could wear me out. The thing was, she wasn’t even aware she was doing any of it, but they were all a sign of a much bigger issue: worry and anxiety.
If you have ever come face to face with worry, fear, or anxiety, you’re not alone. Many people experience them but have come to accept them as an inescapable way of life. Hardly a day goes by without me hearing someone admit, “I’m afraid that…” or “I’m just worried about…” or “I’m anxious because…”
Worry, fear, and anxiety are so commonplace in our lives that we’ve come to accept them as unavoidable, much like a cold—the reason, in fact, that they are considered “the common cold of mental illness.” I can relate; I hated anxiety with every fiber of my being, but I felt powerless to change it. Every morning my thoughts raced before I even opened my eyes, a boulder of worries took up residence in the pit of my stomach, and I cried during my commute to work. I remember feeling powerless to fight back against the state of anxiety and overwhelm that smothered me. That was before I truly understood that God has already given us the tools to fight back against the spirit of fear.
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That being said, we don’t HAVE to accept them. In fact, I would encourage you not to. Why? Because over 300 times in the Bible, God tells, no, commands us to “Fear not…”, “Do not worry,” and “Be anxious for nothing.” The thing is, God wouldn’t give us a command unless he also gave us the choice whether or not to obey. Is it easy to say no to worry, fear, and anxiety? Probably not. But is it possible? Absolutely.
The scope of a blog post prevents me from going into elaborate detail, but I’m not saying there aren’t genetic contributors, or chemical contributors, or situational contributors. There are. Finances, relationship discord, health crises, job pressures, comparison to others’ picture perfect social media profiles, even the fear of missing out are just a few of the daily contributors to our emotional well-being, or lack thereof. But ultimately those are not the origin of our worry, fear, and anxiety.
In His word, God revealed both the origin and the solution for worry, fear, and anxiety: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). Ultimately, the enemy of our soul is the cause of all our worries, fears, and anxieties. His desire is to steal our peace, and make us not trust God, and one of the easiest ways for him to do this is to invoke, worry, fear, or anxiety and we immediately lose our peace—the very peace that Jesus came to give.
Fear is basically the way our body responds emotionally to either a real or perceived immediate threat, and often involves engagement of our autonomic arousal in order for us to either fight or flee a perceived danger. Anxiety is our anticipation of an event in the future and may carry with it muscle tension or hypervigilance in preparation for potential danger. Worry is basically our thoughts about the future, including problems that can’t yet or might not even need solving.
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All of those things that I mentioned above which contribute to our emotional state (finances, relationships, health, etc.) influence us through our thoughts. And that is exactly where the enemy of our soul attacks. He influences our thoughts: thoughts about ourselves, others, our situations, our future, and even God.
If the enemy can get us to believe those thoughts, which are often lies, then he has gained the upper hand, and we fall prey to depression, despair, worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, etc. And all of this represents a path certain to rob us of peace.
In sum, as humans, we desire and we strive to be in control of as much as we can, as often as we can. When we can’t be in control, and we don’t fully trust the only One who always is, a doorway is opened to the breeding ground of worry, fear, or anxiety. That’s exactly the psychological mechanism behind the often unconscious thought, “What if…?”
“What if I lose my job?”
“What if the chemotherapy doesn’t cure the cancer?”
“What if my marriage doesn’t survive?”
For myself, when I start going down that “what if?” trail, I know I’ve sacrificed my peace while I’ve entertained worry or anxiety. Logically, we know that statistically speaking, the majority of things we worry about never happen, and yet those relatively few that do just fan the flame of future propensity to worry.
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As a neuropsychologist, I can tell you that it is physiologically impossible for our brains to be both anxious/worried/afraid and relaxed (at peace) at the same time. As long as anxiety rules our thoughts and our emotions, we sacrifice our peace.
Now that we’ve identified what worry, fear, and anxiety really are, and ultimately where they come from, in the next blog post we’ll discuss what we can do about it so that we close the door on their pesky influence in our lives so that we can reclaim the peace God promises!
In the meantime, here are some Scripture to recite and commit to memory so that when the worry, fear, and anxiety rise up, we can respond with the truth of God’s word:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?” (Luke 12:24-26)
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)
““Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an international speaker, and the author of the bestselling, award winning “Hope Prevails: Insights From A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and the award winning companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study” and the soon to be released “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises” (Sept 2019). She has been a board certified clinical neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. This doctor knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to help others be all God created them to be. Using sound practical tools, she affirms worth and encourages faith. Dr. Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She and her husband of thirty-one years have two teenage sons and reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com and is on most social media platforms. She is also a popular radio show host of “Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson” at http://graceandtruthradio.world/shows/your-hope-filled-perspective/
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Have you had the opportunity to read my new book “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for others.” ? This book is about learning to hear the voice of God in our own life so we can respond to those God bumps and little nudges He gives us on a daily basis. God is calling us to be agents of encouragement and to be the gift the worlds needs today.
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