Issue: I have high levels of anxiety and I have been praying for God to help me, however I still feel anxious.
Insight: Sometimes, when we face things of life that bring us anxiety, we hold onto them rather than give them over to God. We try to control these things even if they are out of our control. When we realize we have no control over them we find ourselves even more anxious. The best thing would be to give everything over to God and trust Him with it. He is the one who is truly in control anyway. Focus on God instead of the circumstance and you may find that it brings you peace.
Issue: I find myself in a place where I want to be free of the pain of my past, but I really do not have it in me to forgive some of those who have hurt me. Do I really need to forgive in order to be free?
YES. God has every right to find us all guilty of sin. Instead He made a huge sacrifice and sent His only begotten son to die on the cross for the sins of every other person. God made the ultimate sacrifice for us. We need to come to a place where we are willing to forgive others. This process may take time. Take the time that you need to really come to a place where you can forgive others. In the Bible we are called to forgive people over and over again. In fact when Jesus was asked, His answer was 70 times 7. That is 490 times. In other words just keep forgiving.
Insight: There are many people in the world who share your opinion, however I am not one of them. God is very real. Not only have I seen Him do miraculous things that only God could do, but I have also experienced His love and power in a very real way. I have had conversations with Him and He always encourages me. Through my darkest time God was with me and there was no way I would have gotten through them as successfully as I did, without Him.
If you believe that God is not real, I feel sorrow for you, because you are missing out on the most fulfilling relationship you could ever have. Have you ever asked God to reveal Himself to you or given Him a chance at all? How can you know whether something is truly real or not unless you have given it a chance?
I strive to help others by being a safe place for others to ask questions and pose issues they face.