**These were my notes from Todd Friels DVD titled:Â Anxiety- The Biblical Cure**
What do the two of these have to do with each other? Actually, a lot! If you are not sound in your theology then you won’t have a correct view of God, which will lead you to be anxious. Theology is the study of God, and when we study God’s Word and really get to know Him and his love, goodness, and grace then we will understand and be able to trust more. How can we put our faith and trust in someone we don’t even know?
When we are engulfed in the things of this world then our mind will be overtaken by those things rather than the Word of God. Our thoughts drive our emotions, and when we think about worldly things then we have worldly emotions. But because I know the Truth of God’s Word it has changed my thinking and focus on Him instead of myself.
When we have a correct and sound understanding of the one true God our thoughts will not be on things of this world, but rather things above. Churches have traded in sound doctrine for entertainment and pleasure, instead of preaching God’s Word we decided that we would rather focus on pleasing each other. The Lord must be in FULL control of our lives He must be the engine that is running us, not the world.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Which path are you on?
- Jesus, Bible, Truth â€”> Faith â€”> Thinking â€”> Emotions â€”> Actions â€”> Emotions
- World, Devil, Lies, Self â€”> Faith (self) â€”> Emotions â€”> Thinking â€”> Actions â€”> Emotions
Let me leave you with a final thought from Todd Friel:
Knowing that the Bible is the word of God and not man should give someone great confidence when they read about who God is and, in this particular context, what He says about anxiety and worry. These are not just helpful thoughts based upon manâ€™s ideasÂ but are Godâ€™s divine revelation to us. Because of that, everything God says is completely reliable. It is absolute truth. This should bring great encouragement to the anxious heart and peace to the worrier.
**I started a group for those of us that are dealing with or have dealt with this disorder. This is a safe placeÂ for women onlyÂ to open up about their feelings, offer support, and pray for one another. If you are interested in joining us, we would love to have you!Â Click HereÂ to request to join!**
So my post the other day provoked a lot of passion. I received lots of stories and messages of comfort from individuals. But, I need to follow up with you and not just leave you all hanging; I want to give you some support and with the Lord’s guidance, help you. I don’t want you to commiserate with me and feel bad about yourself for having this disorder. I want you to do something and take charge of it! Anxiety is something that we need to fight continually day in and day out. But we need to fight it with words of truth, God’s Word not the wisdom of the “world”. When we let the things of this world overtake us and our thinking it’s easy for our minds and thoughts to wander.
I used to watch the news but had to stop because it was exceeding my thoughts and making me anxious about everything and everyone around me. Once I deleted those pages and apps from my life, I could focus better on the important matters at hand rather than the sit and worry all day. Garbage in garbage out!
I know how easy it is to use this disorder as a “crutch” of some sort. We like to blame our shortcomings on it and use it to get out of situations we know will not be easy for us. We need to face our fears and do things we don’t like to do! Once we put ourselves in situations that make us anxious, it will get easier.
Isaiah 41:10- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Memorize God’s Word and His truth and repeat those to yourself daily, preach the Gospel to yourself, and have someone close to you to encourage you. It can be so debilitating when we are told that we don’t have enough faith, or we need to do XYZ then we will be “cured” of Anxiety. Anxiety is a battle that many people struggle with and telling them they need to have more faith is counterproductive.
If someone close to you struggles with Anxiety, please come beside them and give them the Truths from the Bible, tell them how much you love them, and tell them you will pray for them and then pray for them!
Hi, my name is Amber, and I have Social Anxiety! I get nervous and worked up when I meet new people or even worse, have to talk to them. My heart starts pounding 120 BPM; palms start sweating, and I lose all vocabulary. The night before having to meet people that I am unfamiliar with I lay awake planning my words carefully, which is pointless because I forget what I planned out in my head as soon as my eyes close. I would much rather write than speak. I feel like I can explain myself better when I write and get all the words that are jumbled in my head out. Writing gives me that creative outlet that I need to express myself, and speaking I just feel like a mess.
When I was living over in Norway and going to language school, I rode the bus. Every morning we would pass this music store that had a picture of a little boy playing his guitar and singing his little heart out. I loved that picture so much and was convinced that that was going to be what my son would be like.
Well, I came across it the other day while I was looking at an article. It was a subtleÂ reminder to me of how the Lord has better plans for our lives than we do. Maybe one day my little Liam will be a guitar player and have an awesome voice, but what if he doesn’t? It wouldn’t matter to me. I love him just the way that he is and how God made him to be. Plus I think he is way cuter than the little boy in the picture 😉
It’s taught me not to have these expectations of my children that are not realistic. I don’t want them to grow up as little cookie cutter children I want them to be themselves and have their own personalities. Yes, train them up in the ways of the Lord, but at some point they are going to have thoughts and opinions of their own. I don’t know what we will face down the road with my three little blessings, but I pray that they will all come to know the Lord as their Savior and choose to follow Him.
That’s one of the hardest things for a parent to accept, I think. I wish that I could earn it for them or had some way to assure that they would come to the Lord. It’s an especially hard place for me to trust the Lord with. We pray every night for our children’s salvation and that the Lord would open their eyes to His saving grace, and we teach them about Him daily during devotions. I know that neither of these things will assure their salvation, but I am continuing to plant seeds of faith in their lives.
The Lord hears my cries and knows my thoughts, desires, and plans for my kids, but regardless of my plans His plans are always better, and I need to learn to trust in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in theÂ LordÂ with all your heart,Â andÂ do not lean on your own understanding.Â In all your waysÂ acknowledge him,Â and heÂ will make straight your paths.”
I struggled in English class back in High School, and I struggle with it still today. Grammar has always been hard for me to understand. But if you are going to be a writer it’s something that you need to know and know well. I am so thankful that I stumbled across this neat program called Grammarly it has helped me immensely with my writing. It lets me know what I did wrong and how to fix it with examples and explanations.
I did end up signing up for a premium account because it checks over 250 grammatical errors, provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions, detects plagiarism, and provides citation suggestions. If you sign up for a free account, you will be able to download a free browser extension (for Chrome and Safari) that will correct over 150 types of grammatical errors wherever you are writing online. So, you will have a grammar checker when you’re on Facebook, WordPress, or writing emails!
They also send you a weekly writing update with how you are doing, and sometimes it will include what areas need work. So, for the week of October 12-18th I wrote 10,297 words, I made 1,415 mistakes and used 651 unique words. Now I know that I need to expand my vocabulary a bit and work on my mistakes. I have used Grammarly every day now for the past month, and it has made me more conscious of my mistakes and areas that need improvements.
Try it for free and see what you think 🙂
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The other day my daughter, Anya, was eating breakfast when all of a sudden she stopped and big tears rolled down her cheeks. I asked her what was wrong, and she told me that she wants to stay little for forever and never grow up. She hates the thought of leaving her mom and dad one day and getting married it always seems to make her cry.
We tell her that it’s inevitable that she’s going to grow up, but she doesn’t have to leave us for many years. I am sure that she will eventually change her mind about moving out and getting married, but I love how much she loves being with her family. Anya has matured so much in the last few months, and I have enjoyed getting a front row seat to watch her grow and develop.
Anya is my sensitive child her feelings get hurt easily, and we have to watch our words around her. Being her mom has taught me lots about how to react to her in a calm collective manner because that’s what she responds best to. Raising my voice doesn’t help the situation at all and only makes matters worse for the both of us. She enjoys when we calmly talk things over with her and explain them in a way that makes sense to her.
It’s a blessing to have such a sensitive child in my family. She makes me think about things and look at them differently than I normally would. I learned more about empathy and being able to sympathize with those around me. Things that seem mundane to me aren’t to her! I love her heart and her deep concern for other people’s feelings. She is an amazing little girl, and I am so blessed to be called Mama by her.
When the kids get a little older and can understand and appreciate vacations more, I would love to travel with them. Growing up my parents always took us on these fabulous vacations to different parts of the US and even Europe one summer. I loved the time together as a family, and I want to be able to give my children those same experiences.
One of my favorite vacation spots is Canon Beach, Oregon. I always enjoyed staying right by the Ocean in a beautiful hotel. It was so cool to wake up to the sound of the Ocean every morning and smell the salty water. We had a view of Haystack Rock (goonies anyone?) from our deck and during low tide you could walk right out to it! Walking on the beach is so peaceful and calming. There is something about a sunset beach walk…
My second favorite vacation spot is Colorado. We spent a lot of time as a family hiking together in the Colorado mountains. I loved the silly songs that we made up as we hiked, the conversations we had, and all the laughter. It was time spent together without the distraction of electronics. Those moments I will treasure forever.
So, one day my dream would be to rent an RV and travel with my family across the country visiting all the major landmarks and showing my children some of my favorite places, and maybe even some new ones. Making our new memories along the way 🙂
What are some of your favorite vacation spots?
We take lots of dance breaks around here just to lighten up the mood or take a small break from what we were up to. It helps to cut tension I mean you can’t be mad when you’re in the middle of dancing, right? When I was a little girl, I took dance lessons. I loved to spend time with my friends and dance together. I think my favorite part was the dance recitals and the cute costumes that we got to wear!
Now, if you were to watch any of my dance videos, you would quickly realize that I should never become a dancer, ever. I spent most of my time dancing in front of the huge mirror in the front of the class instead of following what my teacher wanted me to do. In most of the videos the class would be on the opposite side of the room from me.
Honestly, I am glad that my dancing “career” never went further than it did, and that I get to embarrass my children now with my unique dancing skills… poor kids.
She looked up at me from her bike with those small brown eyes and that sweet dimpled smile. Her face was stained red from the raspberries she had just enjoyed. It was one of those moments where you had to take a second glance to see what it was. First thought, blood. Second thought, the more reasonable one, raspberries. Why as mothers do we always jump to the worst case scenario? I should have known it wasn’t serious when she was riding around on her bike smiling and laughing.
I constantly remind my sweet girl not to run on the concrete or watch where she is going, but does she listen? Rarely. What happens when we don’t listen? We get hurt, or in trouble. It is a reminder to me of Christ and His love and patience towards His children. He knows what is best for us, and what we need, but we think we know better than Him. He knows the whole picture and sees the bigger story of our entire life.
How do we respond to our children when they are disobedient? Are we patient? Or do we get angry at them? I admit, I don’t always respond the way that I know I should to my children. But, it is an incredible opportunity to teach your kids about forgiveness. When you ask them to forgive you, they see you being humble and meek. They watch you let down your guard and admit that you acted wrongly, and they see you asking then to accept your apology.
“Forgiveness is a two-way road… one must ask for it, and the other must accept it.”
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,Â but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
I love when it rains! The luminous dark gray skies make the leaves colors more magnificent, and the clean smell of earth and grass is refreshing. When it rains, I love to open the windows and listen to the gentle pitter patter on the street and watch the plump pink worms slither across the warm asphalt. It feels like a fresh new start, a new beginning.
The plants and animals need the water; it’s an essence of their survival. They yearn for it! Do we yearn for the Lord? Do we want to know more about Him? Or are we just Sunday Christians where we only have time for the Lord on Sunday and then check off the devotion box on our to-do list for the week. I am guilty of it myself but know how much I need time in the Word daily because if I don’t my focus is not where it should be during the day. I find myself more irritable, and temperamental. My kids don’t enjoy being around me and frankly I don’t enjoy being around me either.
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