Lose Your Fear of Life and Terror of Death: Miracles for Infinity

By Nancy Virden (c)2023 The Miracle Series

Here in Northeast Ohio, it is about 4o degrees. Last week we had a little snow. The temperature will rise and fall again because it always snows in April in Cleveland. This weather rollercoaster is not new to us natives.

Thoughts and mood swings like the weather exist in the mental health realm, too. Here’s the wonderful news- miracles happen, and you get to choose where to focus your hope. This is why I let people know that the most important part of my recovery from despair was my Lord Jesus. He is not a comforting fantasy, but rather a real and powerful God of love who walked with me through the darkest months of my life.

A few years later, I was trapped by traffic in a car garage. Knowing that if God wanted me at the Al-Anon meeting where I had been invited to share my story nothing could stop it, peace filled my car. Sure enough, the timing was perfect.

Afterward, a young lady approached me saying, “You seem like someone I can trust.”

(Have you ever been so desperate in your emotional pain that a stranger looks like your lifeline? I have. There was nothing more important than to prove her hopes right- she would be safe if she talked to me.)

She went on to share a secret that would buckle most people. It had been hers alone to carry for over a year. As we spoke a look of determination and courage crossed her face and she said, “Ok, I will tell,” finally opening the door to her freedom.

Another woman at the same meeting said, “I thought I was too old to try again. But you can do it, so maybe I can too.”

The miracle of being there at the right time for these two precious and brave women was a gift from above.

Three older women I’ve met were terrified of death. I offered the following to one:

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

Hebrews 2: 14-15

When she understood that death is not the end and that her Savior Christ Jesus has removed death’s power, all her fear went away. This is a miracle because only the Holy Spirit can enlighten a mind to embrace God’s absolute truth.

The second invited Jesus to be her Savior and He removed from her the fear of death. It was another miracle of God, I had only pointed her to him.

Contrarily, the third was invited to listen to what I had to share and angrily refused it. Already diagnosed with cancer, over a period of months she grew so anxious she was barely able to function.

All but the last woman in this story decided to look for hope in the eyes of a stranger or acquaintance who pointed them to God. People respond to the non-critical acceptance and honest humility with which I address their choices and feelings. Their eternal hope comes from above.

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Today’s Helpful Word

Romans 10: 13-17

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?…

But not everyone welcomes the Good News… So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

The Miracle Series

If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!

Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

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