What You Should Know About Anxiety

Last week, I encouraged you to stop being anxious and fearful.¬† I‚Äôm sure that I left you with a few questions, so this week, I am going to tell you a few things you need to know about anxiety. What is anxiety? Anxiety is a state of mind were a person is concerned about something or someone.¬† It has various ranges.¬† ‚ÄúIt can go from genuine concern... ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.¬† ~Philippians 2:20 So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you.¬† ¬†~Philippians 2:28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. ¬†~2 Corinthians 11:28 to obsessions that originate from a distorted perspective of life.‚ÄĚ(source The Master Study Bible)   For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? ‚ÄúLook at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. … [Read more...]

Stop Being Anxious and Fearful?

What am I going to do? I am not happy? ¬†I feel overwhelmed. I have too much going on and I don't know how I am going to be able to do all of this. What will tomorrow look like? Will I be able to help my family? Will they think I'm a failure? What about me? Where is my place in all of this? These are questions that we all ask at some point in time in our lives. ¬†Sometimes we ask the questions and then continue to be productive in life. ¬†At other times, these questions cause us to begin to experience certain emotions within ourselves that are hard to get past. ¬†Whether we realize it or not, when we do not deal¬†with these thoughts in the correct manner, they produce anxiety within us. Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. ¬†~Proverbs 12:25 What is anxiety? Anxiety is defined as... a condition of mental uneasiness arising from fear or solicitude. Very few of us can say that we have never experienced anxiety. ¬†From the moment that we begin to ask questions like, what am I going to do, and are not able to provide and answer, anxiety arises within us. ¬†We are uncertain about the future and become fearful because we have … [Read more...]

Take a Step Back

  Well, here in the south, school is back in session (or very soon about to be for some). For students, teachers, parents, and everyone involved with the whole educational process this is a time of adjustment and gung-ho attitudes. For me, this start to the school year has been a little odd... summer was spent traveling, there weren't as many school supplies to purchase, and we seemed to step right out of the last school year- into this one. So far, we've had a great beginning but for me, it just seems a little off- not bad, just a little more¬†difficult¬†for me to get my footing. I'm not necessarily busier than I was at the start of the previous school years (perhaps just a bit more), but I think because I'm busier mentally, it seemed to be a little harder for me to think and plan clearly this go around. However, I believe my feet are planted in a good stance now; ready to kick this year in the tuckus... it was slow getting here though. Over the past couple of weeks, in the midst of school shopping, trying to organize and clean the house after summer vacations, reconfiguring a schedule to now include all the things that will be taking little shifts in my life, I've felt a … [Read more...]

Unreciprocated Love

Relationships are hard... all of them. Whether you are a parent, child, sibling, cousin, spouse, co-worker, or friend, your relationships are always going to be a 2-way street. The problem is, you can't control which direction that other person is driving in or even if they have their sense about them when they're behind the wheel! You may try your best, serve in selflessness, and love unconditionally, but in the end it takes two to tango and if the other person¬†doesn't want to put forth the effort, then the relationship will suffer. That sounds like a bunch of pseudo-psychological gander babble doesn't it? It's all true though, whether we like it or not. God has shown me a little about my personal life regarding this very thing- in the arena of friendships. You see, we may do everything we can to reach out and love on/lift others up but there is no promise of that philia-love being reciprocated. While this has always bothered me in the past, and while I still believe it is extremely important to have other believers walk alongside us in friendship, I now realize that determining to continue loving and being a friend to those that may not return the favor, is walking just as … [Read more...]

Have You Forgiven You?

Christians are supposed to be known for their love and quickness to forgive. Many of us do pretty well at that- but how quick are we to forgive ourselves? We may even be willing to forgive ourselves for things we did before we came to know Jesus Christ- but what about the things we've done SINCE then? Believers still sin, we mess up, sometimes in very big ways. It seems harder to get past those things doesn't it? I mean- we're Christians and we're not supposed to mess up big time, but we do. Here's a pretty typical process: -We sin -We get convicted by the Holy Spirit -We grieve over the sin and ask God's forgiveness -We receive forgiveness -We carry the guilt of the sin from then on. That last one is the problem. Once we receive the forgiveness that Christ so freely gives us- we are FREE! Not many of us live like that though. We think for some reason that we must keep the guilt on our shoulders since we messed up while living as a Christian. Let me put it plainly: CONVICTION is God- GUILT is not! When we feel guilty AFTER we have repented and turned from that sin, it is satan trying to keep us ineffective in our walk with Christ. Sure, we will still feel bad because of … [Read more...]

Faithful or Fickle?

I love the word fickle -I think because it sounds like pickle and I happen to kind of have a thing for them: especially those of the fried variety. {YUM!} (C'mon, you can't say looking at that picture doesn't make you hungry. OK, I digress... ) So what does FICKLE mean, Mr. Webster? changing often: changing opinions often:¬†marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability: given to erratic changeableness Does that sound like a certain species we know? Indecisiveness is an incredibly common personality trait... especially among people of our modern-day society. Why decide when you can dabble? We dabble in everything from jobs, hobbies, friendships/relationships, marriages, houses, politics, opinions, and more! In some things, to be honest, it's really not that big of a deal. For example: we call a lot of those who dabble in hobbies- Artists! Regarding more important things, however, it's a spiritually fatal habit and one almost impossible to break on our own once firmly established. Why is being indecisive such a bad thing? Well, for one- most of the time the close companion of fickleness (there's that fun word again) is DOUBT. After all, if you had no doubts, … [Read more...]

Humble Enough For Heaven?

  Do we even know what being humble means now-a-days? When you hear the word "humility" what do you think of? Perhaps your first mental picture is of someone being a door-mat, allowing anyone to walk all over them- never standing up for themselves- all in all, a wimp. Or maybe you see someone who is always rejecting compliments and who believes they're not worth anything- so no one should really even pay them much attention. (Could you possibly resemble one of these descriptions yourself)? True humility is neither of those things, even though that is what I think a lot of us are conditioned to believe. As a matter of fact, I see Biblical humility as a two-fold state of being. It is: 1.¬†Realizing that you are NOTHING¬†without the pure grace of God and salvation of Christ 2.¬†Knowing that you are WORTH EVERYTHING¬†because of that grace and salvation. What do these things mean- practically speaking? Without going into a full-blown Bible study, let's look at it just a bit. First of all, Jesus said in John 15:5 that apart from Him, we can do nothing! That means that no matter what good people actually¬†can¬†do in this world: charitable acts, educating people, serving … [Read more...]

Avoiding Pain

Have you ever thought about how much time we waste trying to avoid pain? I mean, there is a measure of common sense that must be utilized in avoiding danger and sickness... but I'm referring to the flat-out fear of physical or emotional distress. Think about all the things that you may try to avoid because it would cause discomfort: -exercise -ending a harmful relationship -having difficult conversations -admitting your own sins or shortcomings -watching a charity commercial on T.V -watching the news -saying "no" to your children (my children get it all the time so no biggie there on my end). -reading sad stories -watching chick-flicks (that's a personal one for me- tons of women love them! I will occasionally watch a "girlie" movie but most of the time I'd prefer not to get sad and weepy when I'm supposed to be entertained. I'll gladly cry for spiritual reasons but I HATE crying for anything else. I know- I'm weird) Anyway, the "uncomfortable" list goes on and on. I've discovered something recently though (at least about myself)... in completely avoiding pain I lessen the effect of joy.¬†Let me say that again: BY COMPLETELY AVOIDING PAIN YOU LESSEN THE EFFECT OF … [Read more...]

When Faith Says “Give Up”

To say someone has faith implies that they believe in someone or something. Regardless of circumstances or feelings, faith says "I will keep going and stand firm simply because I believe". ¬†So, when would faith ever tell you to just give up? Well, it does a lot actually, we just rarely listen. There are so many things in this world and in our Christian walk that requires us to work and serve, to break and grow, to weep and pray. Yet I would say that there are also an equal amount of things that we should just step back and let go of. Our society today (particularly women) believe that it is our responsibility to fix things and make sure everyone around us is happy. Although this has its place, there are many times when we have our hands in the pot but there's already a cook in the kitchen! (You know the old saying; "Too many hands in the pot spoil the sauce".) God is at work in everyone and everything around us. There will be times when He calls and uses us to do His will, but there are tons of times when He tells us to get the heck out of the way and let Him work! Good examples of these times may be: - A loved one's spiritual or personal growth (or lack thereof) - … [Read more...]

The Lord is My Shepherd

Trust in the Lord, He is Faithful   (I wanted to revive this and our trust in Him) Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me besides the still waters He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name‚Äôs sake Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;¬† Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. This psalmist knew that God was faithful.¬† He saw God as a daily provider that would always take care of Him. My question to you today is how do you see God? Do you trust Him? Do you trust His word?   The Lord is my shepherd‚Ķ (you may listen to the audio as this is taught on In His Name Ministries Prayer and Intercession, prayer line.) Psalm 78:52, 53 But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not … [Read more...]