Eagerly, I asked my sister, Lynnette Buck to join me as a guest author. Lynnette is a mother of 2 teenagers and is celebrating her 21st wedding anniversary in a few weeks. Those two facts back a lot of experience, so I have asked her to write about a topic that she feels would benefit others.
She is extremely active in her church so it didn’t surprise me when she chose to write about a current Bible study she is participating in and Bible studies don’t get much better than Max Lucado’s. I hope you gain from Lynnette being open and sharing herself for the benefit of others.
Resolutions and Anxiety
It is that time of year again when there is a lot of thought going into New Year’s resolutions. The Cambridge Dictionary defines a resolution as “a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.”
Some of the resolutions that come to mind are:
• losing weight
• joining a gym
• eating healthier
• being better with finances and getting out of debt.
I have never really been big on New Year’s resolutions as most of them do not last. Instead, I am constantly trying to improve myself and live more like Christ throughout the year.
The most recent change I am making is the area of anxiety and trusting God like never before. I have been a Christian for almost as long as I can remember, however I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember as well. I have been on medication for anxiety and depression for years now and have had to seek professional counseling at multiple times in my life.
Recently a Bible study was offered at our church called “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World,” by Max Lucado. I decided that since I am on medication for anxiety I had better go to the Bible study offered regarding it. Where better to learn to overcome a struggle than God’s Word?
Through this study so far I have taken things I knew in my head and have been able to take them deeper, into my heart.
Max Lucado takes Philippians 4:4-6, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things,” and breaks it into bite sized pieces.
The study guide consists of 5 chapters.
Chapter 1 is entitled “Rejoice in the Lord Always.” Remember that the Lord is always near, in control, slow to anger and rich in love, gracious & compassionate. The list of reasons to rejoice in the Lord is endless.
Chapter 2 is “Let Your Gentleness Be Evident To All.” I am not gentle, but am working on it. When we know God is in control we don’t need to fly off the handle and can have a sound mind and think clearly.
Chapter 3 is “Present Your Requests To God.” We have the immense privilege of talking to the creator of the universe and presenting our requests to Him! Since Jesus lived on this earth He understands our struggles and temptations.
Chapter 4 is “The Peace of God Will Guard Your Heart.” Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He doesn’t just give us peace, He is the peace!
Chapter 5 is “Meditate on These Things.” We have not completed this section of the study yet, but I know I will glean great information and life application.
I would recommend this study to anyone who struggles with anxiety and trusting God.