Healing medicine for our anxious minds

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,” Proverbs 12:25 says.  For those of us who struggle with anxiety of any sort, we know all too well how true this is.

The world offers many suggestions to lift us from our anxieties, things like exercise, meditation, taking medicine or supplements, and laughter. Things like these are helpful and good; many are from hand of God.  However, I must confess: I sometimes reach for these as a pick-me-up or a quick-fix; they become my go-to form of therapy.  And while they might offer me some relief, beneath the surface, those anxieties are still there.

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Rest for our souls

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
— Matthew 11:28-30

Oh, how we long for rest from the burdens of life.  For respite and relief from our problems and pain.  This passage gives us hope and comfort, yet we might also wonder about it.  We might feel a bit confused.  A yoke is undoubtedly a tool of work, one designed specifically for pulling heavy loads.  How can putting on Christ’s yoke offer us rest?

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Grace for the parent who thinks they’re not good enough

“Am I a good parent?”

Maybe you wonder this as you scroll Facebook, amazed by all the activities other parents seem to be doing.  Maybe you wonder this as you debate whether or not you’re making the best decisions for our children’s health or education or future.  Maybe you wonder this as you see other children seeming to behave perfectly while your own child is — well, not.  I think sometimes we wonder this even when we’re not actively wondering it.  For many of us, this question haunts the core of our beings.  Am I a good mom?  Am I a good dad?

So today, here is some grace for us — 3 reasons why we don’t have to try so hard to be a “good parent,” according to the world’s standards.

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