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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. Exhaling a prayer of thanksgiving even now, Becky, and thank you for the reminder that we can always go back to Him by offering our gratitude in the present moment.

  2. Becky,
    I know your pain….having battled anxiety for most of my life. To finally be released from it’s insidious grasp is, in short, miraculous. Do I thank God enough? Probably not. But, I have not forgotten from where my help came from. I have raised an Ebenezer to His goodness in this healing and I claim Psalm 40:1-3 as my life verse.:
    I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
    2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.
    Thank you, Becky, for this reminder to continue to thank Him for all healing. In our humanness we are so quick to be on our way. Thankful that you have found freedom!! I know it still haunts, but to have lessened it’s grip is a victory! Praise!
    Bev xx

  3. Thank you for sharing your story. My daughter has merciless anxiety, but she will not seek therapy. She says “talking about it” makes her anxiety worse. I pray she will find peace through Him, in His way, and be released from this.

  4. Becky, just this week, someone close to me shared they had a bout with anxiety. Your words are a vividly beautiful reminder of the power of gratitude. I just, JUST read Luke 17 about 15 minutes ago. I want to be like the one who remembers God’s work in his life. I want to be the one who thanks Him and has a grateful heart for the many ways He shows up in my life.

    • Jeanne, I wish I could add those cute little emoji praise hands here because that’s how I feel reading your comment. I want to be that kind of woman too. May we always be willing to turn back in gratitude to God who is always good and near.

  5. Psalm 94:19
    “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
    Thank-you Becky for sharing your real story, and for reminding us that despite the challenges we face,” In everything give thanks.” 1Thessalonians 5:18, because without them we would never experience the joy of God helping us to overcome them.
    Have a blessed day all,

  6. Becky,

    Psych issues are hard to deal with. Sometimes you don’t realize what the problem really is. God is the great physician! He alone can bring miraculous healing. I know my dad got completely healed from severe dementia that he was hospitalized for. My 90 yr. old FIL made it through stage III bladder cancer surgery earlier this year. I praise Him for both. My way of being intentional is to make a thankful list. I was feeling down & yucky yesterday. Came home from work & started making another thankful list. I put 250 items on it from God, Heaven & sins forgiven to mailbox. rubber bands, friends. Anything & everything I could think of is on that list. My way of counting all my blessings & simply thanking God for All He has given & done for me. I want to be the kind of person who runs back to God & says thank you for the healing. Then I want to show the whole world what God has done & let His light so shine!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,
      What an amazing gift to have been witness to your dad’s and FIL’s healing! Praise God! And I love how you chose to combat your yucky feelings with gratitude. Writing lists of thanks has been a life-changing practice for me too. Thanks so much for sharing your encouraging heart with us all. xx

  7. ((Hug)) Beautiful testimony, Becky. ♥ I feel like a thankful heart is the thing that keeps me closest to God. The thing that brings me into His presence more than anything else. I can’t not be grateful, for He’s been so, so good to me. Whether in seasons of joy or pain, times of plenty or want, He’s the constant that grounds me, centers me, nestles me in the palm of His hand. Thank you, Lord, for nothing compares to You.

  8. COULD you please provide any videos with closed captioning for those who suffer with deafness? It really makes it difficult to understand, especially when people talk very fast…? It will be GREATLY appreciated!


    • Carrie, Thank you for bringing this gap in our ability to connect with all readers to our attention. I’m sorry you’re not able to get the full content we’ve shared today. I will look into how we can provide a closed caption option on future videos. Thanks for helping us serve our community better. So glad you’re here. xx

  9. I recently suffered a heart attack.. my husband and I were out of town and getting ready to go on a fun 3 day weekend ! Plans included going to a very remote part of Washington and doing a hike to the most western point of the state.
    The first part of the journey we were staying in Port Townsend … I got up around midnight to use the bathroom , came back to lay down and suddenly something was terribly wrong! Crushing pain in my diaphragm and in able to breath… Sweating profusely.. I was having a heart attack! My Husband called the Fire Department and went to get his clothes on… it was only about 4 minutes.. but I lay there and I called on Jesus to be with me because I was so scared. Over and over I repeated this “be with me Jesus I am so Afraid!!” And… He was! Every step! The paramedics who picked me up started talking to me and reassuring me and as we talked , noticing my last name asked if I was related to Dr. Billingsley(my husband’sdad) who had Started the paramedic training in the 1980’s in Pierce Countywhere we live. The older one had done training with dad and the other had had classes with him!! Small world! I was transported to the regional cardiac center 45 minutes away… and the Cardiac Dr. met us at the Door to the ER and took me stalrsight to the Cath Lab and put in 2 stents… I am so grateful to the quick response of the paramedics and the Cardiac care team… I was taken care of so well… and God was there holding my hand… it was a miracle and I still can’t figure out how I pay my gratitude to God for that…. I am recovering well and Ann blessed beyond belief!
    I believe our grateful hearts are what He seeks for us to give him and to let him steer the rough waters we sometimes come into in life! I am so glad you are seeing Gods mastery too.. He will keep you strong and He will be your strength.

  10. Becky, this is so good!
    Thank you for reminding this girl (*cough* me *cough*) to return to her Healer and thank Him for what He’s already done… especially when my eyes seem set on what I still do not have. This story has always fascinated me too. How sweet it is that Jesus heals them all the same, even though He knew only one would return. His grace and goodness are completely amazing. He didn’t take away anyone’s healing just because they forgot to thank Him! But when we return to our Jesus with thankful hearts, it truly changes our lives and lifts our spirits.

    Thanks again, Sister, for the inspiring words! 🙂

    • Becky, I’m blessed to know this was timely for you. And I love what you pointed out — God’s love and grace are given without condition, but truly we are the richer for remembering to turn back and give thanks. xx

  11. God has been helping me to trust Him day-to-day! He’s given me peace, joy, and showed me how not to listen, intentionally, to Satan’s lies. Praise God!