Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tools for Anxiety

Day 7

“Go where wisdom gathers, not where wisdom scatters.”

A month ago several of us were able to gather and see Lysa TerKeurst speak at a local church. Her advice about wisdom has stuck with me and not just because of her witty rhyming usage. 

Here’s one I didn’t hear her say, but works as well when you are having a medical crisis: “Use your noodle, don’t google!” I guess I should add, unless you are googling bible verses or encouraging Christian resources. 

We live in a unique time in history where if we allow it, we can have information overload to the extreme. It is more important than ever to be discerning where our keyboards take us.  Below are some websites I subscribe to and being on their email lists makes my inbox become a place of encouragement throughout the week. 

www.incourage.me (founded by NWA’s very own author Holley Gerth)
www.proverbs31.org (Lysa TerKeurst’s Ministry)
www.ifequip.com (Sign up RIGHT NOW to receive these daily emails with bible verses surrounded by wise women discussing their life applications)

My middle of the night “go to” passages when anxiety strikes is Job and Psalms. I say a prayer, flip them open and start reading. 

“Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it!
    I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—
    how you built the cosmos
    and guaranteed everything in it.
Your love has always been our lives’ foundation,
    your fidelity has been the roof over our world.
You once said, “I joined forces with my chosen leader,
    I pledged my word to my servant, David, saying,
‘Everyone descending from you is guaranteed life;
    I’ll make your rule as solid and lasting as rock.’”
 God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways,
    the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways!
Search high and low, scan skies and land,
    you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God.
The holy angels are in awe before him;
    he looms immense and august over everyone around him.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who is like you,
    powerful and faithful from every angle?”
Psalm 89:1-8

Where do you go when you need answers? When fear wakes you in the middle of the night do you go where wisdom gathers or where wisdom scatters?
Let's encourage each other to be wise, it's not always our first thought when we are hit with a trial in life. Thanks to so many of you who have been wisdom gathered for me.

"Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." Philippians 4:8-9 msg

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