Word Girls guest blog Michele Bengston.
Real. Those are the type of people and things that move me most. Real stories, books and movies based on real people dealing with real life. Real tears and real joy at simple things. I’ve not yet met this lady in person, but feel I know her well because she is real. She exposes her heart and her weaknesses along with her victories in a matter-of-fact way that encourages me.
Michele Bengston is living and has come through many of the anxieties that can tear us down. I’m pleased today to share some of her hard-experienced wisdom and to pray for you, that you would find encouragment in her words:
Worry, fear, and anxiety are epidemic. Anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental health disorders.[i]
It started in Genesis, when Adam and Eve developed an unhealthy fear of God, prompting them to hide in the garden after realizing their nakedness.
God commands us not to worry or fear over 300 times, because He knew we would.
Scripture Gives 7 Tips for Handling Anxiety:
Anxiety isn’t from God. Instead God gives us power, love, and a sound mind. 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)
Will you exchange your anxiety for His power, love, and sound mind?
About the Author:
Meet Dr. Bengtson here : Hope Prevails
Dr. Bengtson, author of Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression is a clinical neuropsychologist and international speaker. She gives practical tools, encourages faith, and offers hope to acquire peace and joy. She blogs at www.DrMichelleBengtson.com. Find her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DrMichelleBengtson), Pinterest (http://www.Pinterest.com/Drbhopeprevails), and Twitter (http://www.Twitter.com/DrMBengtson).
[i] Kessler RC, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, Chatterji S, Lee S, Ormel J, Ustün TB, Wang PS. The global burden of mental disorders: an update from the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) surveys. Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc 2009;18(1):23–33.