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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A handful of quietness

Better is a handful of quietness
than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. 

— Ecclesiastes 4:6

At the beginning of this period of social isolation, my wise preacher husband said in a Facebook Live session that this time of solitude and, for some, rest from work, had the potential to be very beneficial to our spiritual lives — if we would let it.  If we would choose to spend time in quietness with God.

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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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Do not be anxious: 12 ways to overcome anxiety — by Katie Deck

I am beyond honored to share some life-giving thoughts from my lovely sister Katie Deck in today’s guest post. Katie is wise, caring, and immensely talented and creative. (You can follow her as she paints and draws beautiful artwork on Instagram at @katiedeckstudio.) With anxiety being a particularly relevant discussion during these strange times, Katie has some very helpful ideas for helping us find peace. We pray that these practical thoughts will help and bless you in your walk.

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