Oct 11, 2018
Three years ago, a friend gave me a ticket to the She is Free conference.
Rebekah Lyons, author of You Are Free and
Fly, was at the conference speaking about her experience with
anxiety. I was sitting there, not comprehending what she went
through and struggling to have empathy. Fast forward to a year
later and I found myself struggling with debilitating anxiety. Ever
since then, I’ve wanted to have a chat with Rebekah about anxiety
and I’m so glad we were able to have this conversation and share it
Struck with Pain
- She never set out to be a voice on anxiety, but that is where
life led her. “I think God always makes our pain become
- She developed a panic disorder in 2010 after moving to
Manhattan and remembered feeling alone in her experience.
- “My surrender moment was my first panic
- Her first panic attack was four months after moving to New
York. It was sparked by a claustrophobia while her plane was
landing in LaGuardia. This marked the beginning of a turbulent year
of panic attacks.
- Rebekah remembers praying for healing one night in bed with her
husband and waking up the next morning, a bit timid, thinking,
“Did it take?”
- “When you’re sick, you only see inward, you see
what is broken, you see what is lost. When a healing journey
begins, you begin to look up and look out and notice everybody
- She remembers walking around that day looking outward.
Finding an Answer for the Fear
- We are so gripped in fear, and we don’t always know why.
- “It’s the first time I’ve known the rescue of God
in the 30 years I’ve called myself a Christian.”
- She began to research mental health in the church in search of
the underlying root to her fears.
- “We are supposed to shout peace from the
- Rebekah recognizes that self-idolatry and false idolatry keep
us from being stewards of God.
- “Holy Spirit, would you please show me any
counterfeit Gods in my life. Have I elevated my gift of writing
over you, the giver of words?”
- We have to put our trust back in God to find freedom and
- In this new season of life, Rebekah and her husband are
welcoming joy in to their life and are adopting. Their baby girl
Joy will be joining them in December.
In the Pursuit of Peace
- Rebekah advises those of you going through anxiety to get a
journal and write down your thoughts every morning.
- Start a conversation with God; there is no right way to do it.
“Invite God into the stress.”
- Reach out to friends to help you find the root of your anxiety,
they can help identify the moments when you stop looking outward
and retreat inward.
- When you know what is causing those deep-down feelings of
discomfort, lay it all down and prioritize it all below God.
- “You cannot heal what is
- We fall into traps of tying our identity to some thing
instead of God.
Rebekah is such a voice of healing and I adore her for it. Visit
her website for free
resources like tips for mental health and anxiety. Her book,
You Are Free,
is for sale wherever books are sold. Keep up with her work, life,
and beautiful family on Instagram.