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We Should Give Our Anxiety To Jesus

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Life ChangeAnxiety is tough to face. Anxiety is defined online as – a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can overwhelm us. It can cause disorders and medical issues. It can immobilize us and take us down if we allow it to do so.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways. WebMD defines anxiety this way: Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.

WebMD lists these among the anxiety disorders – panic disorders – social anxiety disorders – specific phobias – and generalized disorders. Each – if not treated – can be disabling. Some – who battle an anxiety disorder – are unable to function in society. Some need medication. Some need psychotherapy. Some may need both. But the passage today suggests another treatment for anxiety. We’re called to give our anxiety to Jesus. Continue reading

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Cast Your Anxiety On God

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Ray 2018Anxiety is tough to face. Anxiety is defined online as – a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can overwhelm us. It can cause disorders and medical issues. It can immobilize us and take us down if we allow it to do so.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways. WebMD defines anxiety this way: Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life. Continue reading

September 10, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do We Know God’s Voice?

John 10:4

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

RayMcDBefore I began to use medication to combat my Tourette Syndrome tics – I would make some weird noises. It was weird for sure. It was embarrassing much of the time. My dad use to tell me to be quiet – and I tried – but the TS would win out. When I tried very hard to control the tics – I could do it for a short while – but when I thought I was alone – they would come out like a wild fire.

My children and my long time friend and secretary would tell me that it was comforting to know I was near when they hard my tics. That was – maybe – slightly – the only good thing. When I began to take the meds – I had to experiment to see how large a dose to take. How much would control the tics (to a degree) and yet not put me to sleep. I went through a period of time when I would fall asleep in the middle of conversations. I’m a little better these days. Continue reading

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