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Out of Touch

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

November 24, 2017

Dear Julie:

I’ve been struggling with panic attacks and depression. I’ve been put on a Medicine I’m unsure about called Ativan. I’ve taken it for about two months. I’m just constantly scared of death. I’m a true hypochondriac. Everything I fear is unrealistic. Or illogical. I’m afraid of passing out. Or just falling out in the floor and dying. I’m constantly obsessed with my blood pressure. I have a heart arrhythmia diagnosed that I was told I should grow out of. But besides that- I’m healthy. I run to ER’s. and get nothing back. My life is chaos. I’ve lost who i am completely.

I pray to God every day. And I know he’s with me. I just am in desperate need for strength, mercy, and understanding. I don’t feel like I’m living the life God intended for me. I’m too busy worrying about death or my symptoms to live to my fullest. I’m afraid I’ll die and they’ll be nothing there. And I’m afraid to die and leave my loved ones. I can’t even be alone when I wake up anymore, because my anxiety has truly gotten out of hand. I can’t drive anymore.

I also find myself missing my mom who passed away when I was four, my family is a bit hard to get along with. I think I’m missing her more now because I’m seeking comfort. I’m only 20 years old. I just feel so lost. And I feel like I’ve lost myself. Any words of encouragement would help. Pray for me, and any advice, verses- I would truly appreciate. I read my Bible when I can concentrate. And I’ll write my prayers down too. I find that helps. I sometimes feel out of touch with reality. And I’m constantly afraid. I hope to hear from you soon! Thank you. –Out of Touch

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Dear Out of Touch:

I am honored to pray for you. And before I do, I just want you to know that many of your feelings and fears are normal, especially for people your age. We live in a scary world where we are never sure what will happen when we walk out the door. Having said that, you are blessed to believe in God for it is in Him that you have a strength you are unaware of. With God, all things are possible. The reverse is also true, with God, nothing is impossible.

As a believer, you are in great hands. God is able to protect you. Nothing can enter your life except what has been allowed by a loving Father God. Does that mean that nothing bad will ever happen to you? No. But it does mean that God will give you the strength and resources to handle whatever comes your way. Understanding that can give you great power to take each day as it comes.

There is a passage of Scripture in Ephesians 6, beginning with verse 10, which describes the armor of God and how to live victoriously in evil and dangerous times. Read that passage and meditate on it. Every time you are tempted to obsess about your health, recognize the fears as a fiery dart of Satan who desires you to live a defeated life. Once you know where the fear comes from, you are powerful in Christ to overcome it. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” Satan is a defeated enemy but he is eagerly trying to take out as many of God’s people as he can before Jesus returns (which I believe is soon!). Don’t give him the satisfaction of taking you out of the picture. Stand firm as a disciple of Christ and live in victory.

“Father, I pray for my new friend. Help her to be free from the bondage Satan has her in. Help her to break into the light of your love and to walk with you in paths of righteousness. Lead her beside the still waters. Give her peace. Give her joy to experience life to the fullest. Give her a hunger and thirst for the Word of God and help her to understand what she reads in the Scriptures. God, she is powerful when she walks with you. Help her to understand that and to rise up and trust you to fight the battle for her. Help her to never give up, but instead to stand and watch you fight for her. Bless her, Father. I ask it in Jesus’ matchless and priceless name. Amen.”

God bless you, dear one. Julie

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2 Responsesto “Out of Touch”

  1. Donna Jo Malain says:

    Mrs. Julie and Out of Touch,
    Ativan is a good short term drug. If taken for too long it can cause panic attacks and other issues. I pray that she finds a doctor who can titrate her off the Ativan and on to another medication. It might take quite a while to find the right combination of medicines but when it’s found it is a miracle from God. I thank God every day that I had a doctor who listened and did not give up on finding me the right medicine to correct the chemical imbalance in my brain. I believe it is God’s hand in creating and in doctor’s perscribing the new medications that have been invented.

    I pray for healing and hope for you Out of Touch.

  2. Julie Admin says:

    Thank you, Donna, for your helpful information. I hope Out of Touch is encouraged and will experience healing and hope.

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