I’m a Worrier

I’m a worrier. I was diagnosed with depression at a young age. 12 to be exact. I didn’t know why I felt so sad and hopeless, but I did. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I was having debilitating panic attacks. I’ve gone to church since I was a young child. “Loving God and loving others” but not really understanding Christ’s sacrifice for me. When I was a teenager I accepted Christ as my personal Savior and Lord.

All the while I was still having bouts of depression and panic attacks.

I started coming to hope with my then boyfriend, now husband in 2006 and it was around then that I began a truly personal relationship with Christ. Still having panic attacks though.

It wasn’t until fall of 2012 when Hope did a sermon series on Genesis. I also started doing Bible Study fellowship that year. The book we were studying was…Genesis. I felt that God was going to speak to me through this somehow. And speak to me He did! I was amazed reading about Abraham. His absolute faith in God and God’s plan for his life was truly eye opening to me. Through the study of God’s word, the sermons at Hope, and prayer, I haven’t had a major panic attack in two years. God’s word truly changed the way I live my life. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t slip back into my worrying ways and bouts of depression once in a while. Because I do. I’m a sinner. BUT…He continues to work in me every day. I can now give my concerns and burdens to God knowing that his plan for my life is better than anything I could ever come up with. Thanks be to God for showing me how to trust Him and His plan for my life!

Angie Hirsch

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