"God wants us to walk by faith, Satan wants us to walk by fear." By: Joyce Myers
To kick off our 3rd 6 weeks of school our family decided to do a little bible scavenger hunt on a topic we saw Joyce Myeres was getting ready to launch a speaking tour on: FEAR, ANXIETY AND WORRY~OH MY!
We have all had it at some point in our lives. Fear over a new job, education choices, spouses, anxiety over paying bills, kids driving, kids leaving home , worry over money, relationships, friendships, and so much more. Some of our fears are rational, others not so much. The questions we posed as a family was simple: What does God have to say about fear? How should we respond wen we face trials, uncertainty and come face to face with doubt and fear?
I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
Dr. Gary R. Collins, Christian Counseling, offer some general, common sense suggestions for those weighed down with fear, anxiety or worry…
- SIN IN YOUR LIFE - Sometimes fear and anxiety are the result of one’s own sin and guilt. If you have committed a sin or done anything evil, your fear and anxiety is probably God and your own conscience trying to get your attention. You need to repent, confess your sin, seek God’s forgiveness, and set it right.
- SLEEP - Humans generally need 8 or 9 hours of sleep per day. Sleep deprivation can increase anxiety. Get enough rest. If you cannot sleep, you may need to seek God’s help and perhaps that of a physician.
- BE MORE REALISTIC - Many people are worried and anxious about events that will never actually will happen to them. Relax. Focus on today. Take life one day at a time.
- LISTEN to relaxing, soothing music. There is some great Christian music available that can help you focus on God and leave your fears and worries behind. It may also help to listen to good Christian speakers and teachers.
- FUN - If at all possible, do something that you enjoy. It is good to get some recreation on a regular basis. Take a break. Get your mind off your fears and worries, and have some fun.
- TALK to someone. Don’t hold all the anxiety inside. It can be a big relief to share your fears and worries with someone else—a friend, relative, pastor or counselor. If fear and anxiety is an ongoing problem in your life, schedule a regular time each week to talk with someone.
- TAKE ACTION - If there is something practical and wise that you can do to alleviate the problem or avoid needless danger, take action. Don’t put it off. Procrastination will generally raise your anxiety level.
- EXERCISE - Medical studies show that exercise can help lower anxiety. If you are healthy enough to exercise, try it. Regular brisk walks, running, swimming or other exercises can be a real stress reducer.
- PROFESSIONAL HELP - There are various organizations which provide help for people with anxiety attacks, including the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety (stresscenter.com) which provides self-help. You can search for information and assistance on the Web using keywords such as: anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia. You should be able to find local help by consulting you pastor or physician.