My young daughter has suffered from anxiety, especially in the form of social anxiety and extreme shyness.
There was a point in her life at primary school where her hands would always be up near her mouth, chewing on her fingernails.
At weekends when she was with me in a public place, I would turn around to say something to her and catch her knawing away at her precious little fingers. Thus her nails became visually unpleasant and it was so sad to know she was unable to stop butchering herself in this way.
One day when I realised how bad the situation had become, I went straight to God. As I cried before him, I thought about how Jesus died for our problems by suffering a terrible death, so that through him, we can obtain *mercy and grace to help in the time of need.
Her hands had become like a dead rose:
…something once beautiful that had withered and fallen away, appearing undesirable and forlorn.
Today, I am pleased to say that God, who hears everyone’s heartfelt prayers, answered mine by touching her mind and helping her to be mentally stronger.
Sarah is twelve years old now and although she still battles with bouts of anxiety, she has completely stopped biting her nails. Look at this photograph below:
I took this photo yesterday. God has changed her hands from looking horrid to looking like that of a catalogue model.
He is ready and willing to answer your prayers too. Whatever is ugly in your life, he can turn back into a beautiful rose.
* “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy for our failures and find his amazing grace to help in the time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)