anxiety

Get the Life You Want

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 Free time is such a precious gift. Yet, there are competing distractions that desire to take up your free time. Don’t you feel that way sometimes? Such as the boss who calls you after work or on the weekend; maybe it’s your children. Perhaps it’s a stranger who’s talking a little bit too long. There are continual projects or people in our lives, and when they begin to take away your free time, you start to feel uncomfortable or frustrated. You have a nagging worry on the inside that this precious commodity called time, that you have so little of, is being whittled away. In our modern world, very often when we have a little extra free time, the first thing we do is reach for the phone: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok,

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“Run to God and His Shelter”

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 Today, my encouragement to you is to run to God and His shelter when you’re feeling overwhelmed. What does this mean exactly? It means to gain the courage to build awareness of our thoughts and feelings, because ultimately, God is the creator of these emotions. In modern society, many of us, especially men, have learned to suppress our feelings and not become emotional, however, God does not desire that for us. Instead, God wants us to acknowledge our emotions when we are anxious: “I’m feeling this way right now, and that’s okay.” It’s a good idea to process it. When a situation stirs your emotions, you can say, ”I’m going to run to God, into His shelter, to His spirit and His word, as

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Go in One Direction

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “ – Matthew 6:31 I understand we face difficult situations in our lives, in our country, and globally. But, Jesus instructs us not to worry! Perhaps the doctor has given you a poor diagnosis for your child, your mom, your dad, or even yourself. Maybe you go into your prayer closet and you don’t sense God hearing or answering your request. Sometimes we feel anxious and start to battle old habits we thought we overcame. Any of these issues can feel so overwhelming and crushing. Jesus said not to worry about what we will eat, drink or wear. “For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.” —Matthew 6:32. Jesus does not just say “don’t worry,” but He gives us additional instructions: But

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Obstacles on the Road to Solitude

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” – Psalm 131:2 We talked yesterday about spending time alone with Jesus in an effort to seek healing and restoration for our hearts and souls. Today, I want to briefly share with you a few obstacles you may face on the journey to breakthrough in this area.  Once you have found a peaceful place and are sitting alone with no distractions, I warn you that it won’t be easy to go straight to communion with your Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, the devil is going to try and keep you from experiencing the blessing that comes in such moments. The first challenge you will potentially face is anxiety. As soon as you quiet your mind, you will be bombarded by thoughts of a million things you “should” or “could”

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Run to God and Wait

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1 When I am aware of thoughts that are causing me to lose sleep or I have feelings of discomfort in my body — I am learning to just run to God. It is easy to blame others, like your spouse, a political party, or the government for your frustrations. I am thankful that as I run to God, I can just say, “Lord, this is what is on my mind and my heart. God, what is your answer to my frustration? How can I align with you in this situation?” I can then wait for God’s answer. God has victory in store for your life, and half of that victory is just believing that it is so.  Looking at the life

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Three Kinds of Faith

“Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” – Matthew 9:29 We’ve been talking a lot about faith — what it is and what it isn’t and how it plays out in our lives. Today, I want to assert that there are different kinds of faith that correspond to distinct seasons of our lives as Christians.  Different things motivate our trust at various times in our lives, but the bottom line is that faith is essential to our survival and quality of life. Why? Because faith has to do with the future. When we are unable to put our hope in anyone or anything, we quickly become despondent and crippled by worry, anxiety, and depression. Faith is the essential component of a productive, abundant, and fruitful life, which is why living in the Kingdom of God is absolutely the best way.

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Faith in the Small Things

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10 Do you like to fly? If you’re like a lot of people, you may not. I used to feel a fair share of apprehension when I would fly, even going so far as to put my hand on the little logo of the plane as I was walking through the door and saying a prayer. However, as the years have gone on and I have flown more frequently, I am not uptight like I once was.  I remember when I was on a flight some time ago, a lady sat down next to me. She had a totally dignified demeanor and she was flying from Orange County to Texas to meet her new grandbaby. She warned me from the start that

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Fear Not

“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.’” – Acts 18:9 Fear Not! Do Not Be Afraid! These commonly used Biblical commands always precede God doing something really great in a person’s life. For instance, every time an angel appears to one of the Lord’s chosen, whether Mary before becoming pregnant with Jesus or the Apostle Paul before surviving a shipwreck, He tells that person to not be afraid. Naturally, the presence of an angelic being, full of power and celestial glory, would be enough to make anyone tremble in fear, at least in the moment, but after the call of God is given, there is an even greater opportunity for worry to set in.   The world is full of obstacles and there are more opportunities for angst and anxiety than ever before. When Jesus calls us

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Life With No Limits

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20,21 One time when my Grandpa Schuller was on a plane, he met a mathematician who told him an incredible story. He told him how he was late for class one day in graduate school and arrived just as the class was about to end. Because of his tardiness, the young student missed the lecture on a math problem that was written on the board. He copied down the problem, assuming it was a homework assignment, and the teacher told him it was due on Friday. When he returned to his room, he began working on the problem, only to discover that it

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Willpower Has No Effect on Worry

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33,34 Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about anxiety and how we may seek to reduce its impact on our lives. Today, I want to encourage you that winning the anxiety war is a natural outgrowth of pursuing God’s Kingdom above all else, not by your strength and determination. You will have a more serene existence if you prioritize Him in your life. When it comes to trying not to worry, willpower doesn’t work, and here is where many Christians become discouraged. Even if I tell you not to think of a purple elephant dressed in a tutu and wearing a sombrero, I guarantee you will. Why? Because even

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