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People handle the hard things in life in all different ways. What do you do when you get upset? Cry? Blow-up? Get depressed? Or perhaps, no one notices when you're upset because you find a quiet place and cut yourself. You're looking for relief, but is this the respite you really want?
There is a better way to manage your negative emotions. Instead of cutting—the never-ending cycle of hiding and going deeper and deeper—you can go to Jesus with all of your troubles. You are precious to him. So precious that he shed his blood for you! His power is big enough to fill you with peace and liberate you from cutting.
"I'm just shy." You've worn the label for so long that it has become your identity. A counselor recently described it as social anxiety, but the new label does nothing to ease the pain. You wish you could feel "comfortable in your own skin" but instead, in social situations, you feel anxious and out of place. Where can you go for help?
Amy Baker explains that confidence in God, not self-confidence, is the answer to the problem of social anxiety. Trusting in God breaks the paralyzing grip of fear, freeing formerly "shy" people to enter fully into relationship with God and others.