Author and speaker Patsy Clairmont is well known for her wit and sense of humor. But she also has an amazing testimony of overcoming a chronic anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
Anxiety is about the scary “what ifs?” in life. Patsy imagined horrible scenarios about everything that could happen and rehearsed them over and over again in her mind. Her anxiety was so acute that she felt emotionally paralyzed and hid away at home.
“Fear has friends – anger, guilt, shame. And when I gave in to a fear, he invited them over. Broken emotions leave us in a very vulnerable place, but God puts together the broken pieces of our lives like shards of glass in a kaleidoscope. And when he holds it up and spins the wheel, suddenly light touches it, and beautiful patterns appear. And what looked like it could have no value, now becomes the most priceless thing that you can offer another person. That is the work that Christ does in you.”
Only God can take a woman from being housebound, literally bedridden, and turn her into someone who can travel and speak to thousands of women in large arenas. The path toward freedom begins with the faith to take a step forward.
Join us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Replacing Panic with God’s Peace” for a message by Patsy Clairmont recorded at a Women of Faith conference in 2010. Hear it on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.
We discover hope when someone connects with our heartache, our fears, our suffering. That is the role of the body of Christ, to come together, to support each other, and to offer hope.
If you need hope, we have caring Christian counselors on staff, and it would be their privilege to offer you a free consultation. Call us, leave your name and number, and they’ll get back with you just as soon as possible. The number during business hours is 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
I’d like to offer you Patsy’s book You Are More Than You Know: Face Your Fears, Grow Stronger for a gift of any amount. Visit our website for more information. If you can’t afford it, we’ll find a way to get it to you.
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