ABC's of Handling Anxiety
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Have you ever had one of those times in your life where it really wasn't very well with your soul? In fact, it was almost like a day like today where the bottom drops out and you spend your entire life, it seems like, with one problem after another. And it just kind of begins to snowball on you, maybe you've had years like that. I don't know.
I'll never forget, Ginger and I were engaged, in fact it seemed like it was only a couple of months after we got engaged, I was in my first year of seminary and she was in college and I had begun to really get serious about flattening my waistline. Something I need to get serious about again! So I got so serious that I bought one of those, it was really popular at the time, brand new kind of one of these elastic, heat seeking, sweat producing, fat shrinking belts. You put it on your waist and what it tried to do was to press your belly button next to the spine. That's exactly what it was trying to do and the purpose of wearing that was to try to get some muscle control and on top of that you did sit-ups. So I began to do sit-ups like nobody's business. I mean, I did them all, I cut down on what I was eating and I really got after the program. You can tell it's really helped recen ...
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