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What does anxiety do?

Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow or its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths

–Charles Spurgeon

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Randy Alcorn:

“Some believers become obsessed with everything that’s wrong with the world. We are continually bombarded by “news” (sometimes more sensational than informative) that dwells on the sufferings, tragedies and crises of life. It is easy for this unceasing avalanche of “bad news” to bury the Good News.

I do not favor living in a cave, denying suffering and trying to be “blissfully ignorant” of the world’s woes. Rather, Paul said, we are to focus our thoughts on the true eternal realities God affirms, that better empower us to rejoice.”

Randy shares 5 Reasons to Rejoice, Not Worry.  This was so helpful to me. I would encourage you, if you struggle with worry even a little bit (and who doesn’t) to spend 5 minutes of your day to learn these five reasons to rejoice!

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Here’s a post that offers some counsel to the anxious soul–which includes both those whose nerves are constantly frayed or those who struggle ewith worry on a more occasional basis.  Kevin explains how commands maxims don’t always help and offer hope to the anxious soul.  Rather using Scripture he shows our faithful actions and patient endurance is the path of wisdom we are to pursue.

Click on over and receive some biblical explanation from the Psalms, Jesus and Paul at Words for the Anxious Soul.

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Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur ($0.99);

Stress has become part of our daily lives. We worry about our jobs, our relationships, and our families. And while there’s no lack of remedies for anxiety, no solution seems to offer true peace of mind.

John MacArthur, Jr. believes that peace is not only possible, it’s a divine mandate. Drawing from a rich legacy of teaching and ministry, MacArthur puts aside cultural cures to uncover the source of our anxiety and stress. Based on solid Biblical insights, Anxious for Nothing shares how we can overcome uncertainty, defeat doubt, and be truly worry-free.

Alone with God by John MacArthur ($0.99).

We all know that spending time with God is essential to an intimate, growing relationship with Him. Yet many of us struggle to make prayer a consistent, dedicated part of our daily lives. Alone with God offers powerful encouragement for anyone longing for a deeper, richer time of prayer. Here John MacArthur turns to the perfect mentor on prayer, Jesus Christ, as he explores the profound insights found in the Lord’s Prayer.

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Ed Welch gives a bit of surprising answer to a common question.

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Joy or anxiety: your choice

 

footbridgeAndree Seu in a helpful post on resolving to be joyful this year rather than anxious:

Is it possible to choose joy? May I go forth from this first day of the new year and decide to put off anxiety and choose joy? Or are we saying that we have a cooperative part in putting to death foul language, but have no cooperative part in putting to death anxiety?

When I look at my own existential experience, I see that anxiety is actually chosen. A person may have coddled anxiety for so many years that he will swear to me that it is not a choice but just the way he is, and that he can do nothing about it. But it was an epiphany to me that when I am full of anxiety, I have chosen to be anxious. This raises the obvious question: Why would anyone in his right mind choose anxiety over joy?

If you struggle with anxiety this post is worth the read.

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