How to Deal with Anxiety

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Nothing dispels our fears like a renewed understanding of the promises and presence of God. Today, R.C. Sproul gives insight into our fears and presents the Bible’s means of acquiring peace.

How to Find Rest for Your Weary Soul

Photo of a woman depicting a weary soul

Being human, we can get physically overwhelmed at times. Normally, getting more rest and slowing down the pace in life is what the doctor has ordered for physical exhaustion.

But what about when you experience a weary soul? This state is rooted in your emotions. It is characterized by a sense of depression, sustained stress, and feeling overwhelmed about life.

During this Coronavirus pandemic, I sometimes hear people complaining about how bored they are from being shut up in their home to stay safe from the virus. But that’s not everyone’s reality. Millions of Americans stay up at night and turn every stone through the day trying to put food on their table and to pay the cost of keeping a roof over their head.

Also, let me take a minute to recognize the selfless work of our amazing health care providers. During this pandemic, they have been putting their lives on the line daily to bring us back to health. Oftentimes, they lack the require personal protection equipment for their own safety, but they still do their jobs.

I have seen a number of health care providers on the news talking about how they fear getting infected themselves and infecting their children and spouse at home. No doubt, some of our health care providers are weary, too.

The question is, how does one with a weary soul find rest? It is not something that goes away with a good night sleep. Nor can it be resolved through taking a pill.

THE CURE FOR A WEARY SOUL

God cares about everything that concerns you. It’s not His will for you to live with a weary soul. During His public ministry, Jesus issued an invitation to all who are weary so they can find rest.

  1. The invitation. “Come to ME, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest,” He says (Matthew 11:28, NASB). Are you weary and heavy-laden? This is Jesus’ invitation to you. He says, come to Him and He will give you rest.
  2. The cure. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (verse 29).

Continue at: https://frankking.net/2020/10/how-to-find-rest-for-your-weary-soul-2/

Increasing Struggle With Mental Health … 3 Thoughts for Church Leaders

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/376672-increasing-struggle-with-mental-health-3-thoughts-for-church-leaders.html

The Dark Night of the Soul

A Broadcast with Derek Thomas

Some chapters of the Bible are so bleak that they are almost exhausting to read. Yet, the Holy Spirit gave us these verses for a reason. Today, Derek Thomas comes to Job 3 to express what we can learn from this dark chapter.

Anxiety and Depression

by raymcdonald

I know a number of people that battle anxiety and depression. I was reading this passage the other day – and even talked recently to some folks about their anxiety and depression. What are we anxious or depressed about in life? What is it that causes us to have trouble sleeping at night? What do we think about and can’t seem to stop thinking about – moment by moment? What decisions in our lives have caused us the most anxiety or depression?

As I reflect back on my life – I can think of numerous things that caused me anxious or depression moments. I can remember being anxious when I went out for the High School football team and cuts were being posted (I made the team each year by the way)! I can remember being anxious when I asked my future bride to marry me and wondering if she would say yes or no (she said yes – and we will celebrate 40 years of marriage this summer if we hang in there). I remember being anxious when my children were being born – the first because she was the first (she is 37 now) – the twins because they were twins (they are soon to be 32). I can remember times when I was anxious about my job – about my health – about many things. And on this side of those anxious moments – I can testify that being anxious didn’t help the situations one little bit. As a matter of fact – being anxious made some of them more difficult and didn’t help my health any at all.

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of numerous things that caused me anxious or depression moments. I can remember being anxious when I went out for the High School football team and cuts were being posted (I made the team each year by the way)! I can remember being anxious when I asked my future bride to marry me and wondering if she would say yes or no (she said yes – and we will celebrate 40 years of marriage this summer if we hang in there). I remember being anxious when my children were being born – the first because she was the first (she is 37 now) – the twins because they were twins (they are soon to be 32). I can remember times when I was anxious about my job – about my health – about many things. And on this side of those anxious moments – I can testify that being anxious didn’t help the situations one little bit. As a matter of fact – being anxious made some of them more difficult and didn’t help my health any at all.

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Those Who Are Crushed In Spirit

He begins with praise—“I will always give thanks unto the Lord; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.” Which just shows you how different David was from, say, me, who does not ever begin with praise, nor end with it either. Giving thanks is hard, when you are hard-pressed, as David was. He was really in danger from Saul. Not the sort of pseudo danger of calculating the odds before you get in a car and drive down the highway, or spend an extra 15 minutes breathing in other people’s covid-air. Could be dangerous, could be fine, not really sure. No, running from Saul and his organized army was perilous, though not as risky as hanging around and being pinned to the wall with a spear.

Continue at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/preventingrace/2020/05/17/those-who-are-crushed-in-spirit/

3 Thoughts for Church Leaders on the Increasing Struggles with Mental Health

3 Thoughts for Church Leaders on the Increasing Struggles with Mental Health

Move Toward People with Mental Illness in your Church

http://intersectproject.org/faith-and-culture/sam-williams-can-serve-suffering-mental-illness/

4 Things To Remember When You Feel Discouraged And Defeated

~ Marc and Angel

This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything.  It’s a combination of exhaustion from a few days of hard work and preparation for our upcoming Think Better, Live Better 2018 conference, and a lack of sleep with a sick 3-year-old in the house.

I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything important, which is a rare occurrence for me.  I just felt completely discouraged and defeated.  I started overthinking things and doubting myself, and wondering whether anything I do is worthwhile.

I sat there in this funk for nearly an hour and wondered how to get out of it.  Should I just forget about today?  Should I just give up on this project, because I’m not as good at it as I thought I was?

That’s what I was considering, at least for a little while.  But the better part of me knew this mild state of depression was temporary, and so I dug into my own intellectual toolbox for solutions – little tricks of the mind that can have a real effect on reality.

Here’s what works for me – four things to keep in mind (and do) when you feel discouraged and defeated:

1.  You are not the center of the universe (stop making it all about YOU). – I think we all have the tendency to put ourselves at the center of the universe, and see everything from the viewpoint of how it affects us.  But this can have all kinds of adverse effects, from feeling sorry for ourselves when things aren’t going exactly as planned, to doubting ourselves when we aren’t perfect.  So this morning, instead of worrying so much about myself, I thought about other people I might help.  Finding little ways to help others gets me out of my self-centered thinking, and then I’m not wallowing in self-pity anymore – I’m starting to think about what others need.  I’m not doubting myself, because the question of whether I’m good enough or not is no longer the central question.  The central question now is about what others need.  Thus, thinking about others instead of myself helps me move forward.  (as discussed in the “Inspiration” chapter of our book)

2.  You are more than one thing (loosen up and stretch your identity). – We all have this picture in our minds of ourselves – this idea of what kind of person we are.  When this idea gets threatened, we react defensively.  People may question whether we did a good job, and this threatens our idea of being a competent person, so we become angry or hurt by the criticism.  Someone falsely accuses us of something and this threatens our idea that we’re a good person, and so we get angry and argumentative.  My identity of myself as someone who’s motivated and productive and has great ideas… this was getting in the way this morning.  When I wasn’t productive, it made me feel defeated because I began subconsciously worrying that I wasn’t who I thought I was.  My solution was to realize that I’m not just one thing.  I’m not always productive – sometimes I am, but sometimes I’m unproductive too.  I’m not always motivated — sometimes I am, but other times I’m feeling lazy.  And obviously I don’t always have great ideas either – because that’s impossible.  The truth is, I can be many things, and remembering this helps me stretch my identity so it isn’t so fragile.  Then it doesn’t matter if someone thinks I didn’t do a good job – because I don’t always do a good job.  I make mistakes.  I am less than perfect.  And that’s perfectly OK.  (as discussed in the “Self-Love” chapter of our book)

3. Today is still a priceless gift (make the best of it). – I only have so many days left on Earth.  I don’t know how many that is, but I do know it’s a very limited number.  I know that each one of those limited days is a gift, a blessing… a miracle.  And that squandering this miracle is a crime – a horrible lack of appreciation for what I’ve been given.  And so, I reminded myself this morning that this day counts and that I still need to make the best of it.  That doesn’t mean I need to be hyper-productive or work myself into the ground, but that I should do something worthwhile.  Sometimes taking a break to nourish yourself is a worthwhile activity, because doing so allows you to regroup and do other worthwhile things.  But just sitting around in self-pity isn’t helpful.  So I got up and took my son for a long walk that we both enjoyed, and I came back feeling better.

4.  Even the tiniest possible step is progress. (take that tiny step). – It can be hard to get moving when you are seriously stuck.  This is how I felt a decade ago when I was stuck in a rut after simultaneously losing my breadwinning job and two loved ones to illness.  It was really hard to motivate myself when I didn’t think I had the strength to push forward – when I felt insanely horrible and sorry for myself.  But I took one tiny step every day, and it felt good, and I got stronger.  That’s what I did this morning too – I took the tiniest possible step.  Just turning on my computer, opening up a document, and writing a single sentence.  Such an action is so small as to seem insignificant, and yet so easy as to be possible when I was feeling defeated.  And it showed me the next step was possible, and the next.  And the end result is this email you’re reading now.  (as taught in the “Healing Your Depressed Mood” lesson of our course)

Eight Practical Lessons on Cultivating Contentment

It can be hard to be content. Our culture encourages us to covet and consume in ways that are contrary to biblical teaching. But the Apostle Paul was content in plenty and in want. He wrote to the Philippians, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound” (Phil. 4:12).

What was Paul’s secret? How do we cultivate contentment in our lives? In Contentment, a new eight-part video teaching series, Melissa Kruger considers what it really means to be content: to place our trust in our good and sovereign God. Only in Jesus Christ do we find ultimate contentment.

This teaching series is available now for purchase on DVD or CD, as a digital download, or as a Ligonier Connect course. A complementary study guide is also available.


“When we expect this world to satisfy us, we will find ourselves being discontent.”

MELISSA KRUGER