Tag: Anxiety

Eli’s Cure for Stress, Anxiety, and Worry

Eli’s Cure for Stress, Anxiety, and Worry

Encouragment, Peace
There’s one thing that I’m glad I don’t remember from my childhood - the stress and anxiety over potty training. I’ve relived it with my children and now they are going through the process with their children.  Dealing with the accidents, the attitudes, the anxiety of learning and teaching this one basic life skill in huge.  On top of that is the stress the child goes through - its pretty hard to go when you’re all tensed up. A few days ago Rebekah sent the video below. What the camera doesn't show is that Eli is sitting on a training potty chair while singing his song. Asher joins in to encourage and celebrate with Eli. https://youtu.be/L0kQIxJegEo It seem to be easier say “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NASB95) than really doing it when
The Cure

The Cure

Encouragment, Worship
A common character in the old west is the snake oil salesman. Those purveyors of medicinal elixirs guaranteed to cure whatever ailed you. “Step right up ladies and gentlemen and let me tell you about Dr. Throttlebottom’s Patented formula. Just one spoonful in the morning and another at bedtime is sure to cure rheumatism, cancer, diabetes, baldness, bad breath, and curvature of the spine.” Of course the “elixir” was mostly alcohol and the only thing that it cured was the drought in Dr. Throttlebottom’s wallet. The amazing thing is that according to a study in Scientific American the original snake oil was brought over from China and did have medicinal value. Derived from Chinese water snakes it contained high levels of Omega-3s. “These acids not only reduce inflammation, such as arthriti
Ready For This?

Ready For This?

Encouragment, Stuck
Over the past few days I’ve heard folks lamenting, “I’m not ready for winter.”  Yep things are changing from the balmy days of summer, through the crispness of fall, and into the deep freeze of winter. Temperatures that seem to freeze the marrow in the fall will be a welcome heat wave by early spring. Certainly, much of the anxiety concerns the coming battles with cold and snow we may face. I think there is also a little stress caused by the reminder that things change and that some things, like weather, are simply out of our control. So let's keep this simple, things change. Weather, employment, the economy, price of fuel, relationships, fads of the day, and children all change. As much as we try to develop habits and traditions to anchor our world, in order to find some semblance of o
I Don’t Know

I Don’t Know

Encouragment, Stuck
I don’t know what your day has been like.  What stresses arose. The rejections you faced. The anger that rose like a tsunami in your life. Or worse, the complacency and apathy of being treated as if you were invisible. I don’t know the trouble, the pain, the illness that colored every waking moment. I didn’t see the worry and anxiety that assaulted you at every turn or the bear trap of circumstance that gripped your heart. I wasn’t there when the baby cried or the check bounced or when the car wouldn’t start. I don’t know, I didn’t see, I wasn’t there as you faced these things today but I know who was. My prayer this morning was very simple - Lord, what do your people need to hear? The answer back was just as simple and straightforward  - “Tell them that I love them.” God loves you. No
Let It Go!

Let It Go!

Encouragment, Peace
My granddaughter Mackenzie is enamored with the Disney movie Frozen.  She loves to sing and dance along with the princess’s song - Let It Go.  She knows all the words and the motions, which is quite an accomplishment for a three and a half-year-old. I’ll add in a grandpa kind of way that her performance is very cute.  Of course she’s cute anyway, but even more so as she sings and twirls with the song. To be honest, I haven’t seen the movie, I know a little bit about it, but the movie and why the character is singing this song is not the point of this article.  What does matter are the three little words from the chorus of the song - Let It Go?   There are several things that we are supposed to “let go” as we follow Christ.  One is our worry and anxiety. “casting all your anxiety on Him, b
The Practice of Prayer

The Practice of Prayer

Encouragment, Prayer
Want to know something funny?  I have this article idea that uses Philippians 4:6-7 as its centerpiece.  In case you're not familiar with it the passage goes, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, NASB95) So here’s the funny part, I am stressing out over coming up with the perfect example to showcase this passage.  Times when someone practices something before it is needed like a Boy Scout practicing knots, or a sailor battening down a hatch in calm seas, or a soldier practicing rifle tear down and assembly long before they enter the battlefield. So here I am being anxio
Worry, Stress, Anxiety, Oh My!

Worry, Stress, Anxiety, Oh My!

Encouragment, Hope
“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6–7, NASB95) Sounds simple, right? When worry, stress, and anxiety find their ways into our lives all we need to do is pile them on to Jesus and go along as if everything is hunky-dory, a-okay, zipadee do da - what a wonderful day. Can I tell you that over my lifetime there have been several times when it seems that Jesus and I were playing catch - pitching the anxieties of life back and forth? I’d throw them his direction and find some peace, only to have them return a few hours or a few days later. Do this often enough and it can make you anxious over your anxieties! Worrying about why you are worrying.  What I eventually learned is that there is a second part, well, actually a first part to this promise of God. The
David Slept…

David Slept…

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“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.” (Psalm 3:5–6, NASB95) Ever have one of those nights when something said earlier in the day made sleep impossible? Perhaps it was spoken, or written in an email or on facebook, or perhaps something on the TV. Regardless of the source it can be easy to allow the voices of others drown out the peace of the Lord. Psalm three is attributed to David and inspired by the time one of his sons successfully attacked his kingdom. We all have experienced troubling times but few could match the turmoil brought by Absalom. The history behind Psalm three is recorded in 2 Samuel 15 and following. David was not oblivious to the danger or denying the