Anxiety is an experience we’re all familiar with. We lay awake at night imagining what might happen. We worry about the mistakes we know we’ve already made and the ones we will surely make in the future.
We worry about our children, and we worry about messing them up, no matter how hard we try to raise them well. We worry about our marriages, our finances, our health, our futures.
Besides all our own personal challenges, God, in His perfect wisdom and sovereignty, has led us all through additional challenges over the past few months that give us even more reasons to be anxious. What does the future hold for our nation? For our children? For our homes and our churches? Will we lose family members to a virus? Will our businesses collapse or our savings evaporate?
There’s plenty to worry about.
But there’s a lot more reasons to not worry. And that’s what we’re going to spend the next few weeks studying in Scripture.
We’ll follow the smoke trail of our anxiety down to the fire that creates that smoke. Who or what do we worship, and does that have anything to do with why we worry?
We’ll think about where we seek security in life and how discontent may be feeding our worries.
We’ll see that we will never experience the peace of God until we are at peace with God.
We’ll see that our desire to control the uncontrollable leads to much of our anxiety.
God commands us to not be anxious, so He has faithfully given us everything we need to obey that command.
As we saturate ourselves in the words of Scripture, by God’s grace, at the end of our time together, we will all be better equipped to let go of our worries and trust in God’s faithful love for us and in His sovereign control of every detail of our lives.
Who doesn’t need to study what God says about worry? I know I need to, and I’m excited to be studying and learning along with you!
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By: CYNTHIA FORD
Job said, "surely as sparks fly up, man was born for trouble". We will have trouble as long as we live on this earth and it would wise to learn how to deal with the anxiety that can result from trouble. Knowing where to turn when trouble comes, to find solace, is important. One of the verses studied in this study is Proverbs 3:5-6. Even though I had the chapter mostly memorized previously, it wasn't until one word in the study from those verses stood out. That word was acknowledge. Such a simple word but when combined with everything learned in these lessons-that we know God, did I grasp the meaning. One of the downfalls of Israel is that they didn't know the character of God, didn't know how He wanted them to respond to circumstances. To acknowledge (know) Him. These lessons will teach you how God wants you to respond in circumstances. To acknowledge (to know) him in all your ways and He will direct your path. I can't say enough about how necessary this study is. Although each study can be done in a few minutes a day, I found myself spending multiple days on lessons. I didn't want to blaze thru them just to check it off as done. I wanted these truths to sink down in my soul because as sparks fly up, I will need them again. The Mamas refill lessons have been a God send for me. I cannot tell you how frustrated I was with the fill in the sentence bible studies I found when searching for lessons I could do independently. Learning to study inductively is like that analogy of teaching a man to fish. After doing a few studies, I was able to branch off and study other topics with the techniques learned. The truths gained from these lessons have helped me thru so many circumstances that had I not learned and meditated on them, I think I would be trapped in the castle of despair as in Pilgrims Progress. Unable to use the key of scriptures to get out.
By: Susan Menzmer
I have been a member of Mama’s Refill for several years, and have completed quite a few studies in that time. But I would have to say this study on “Anxiety” has got to be the most powerful study yet! Such a huge blessing! So very, very needed! It is amazing how on target and relevant the Bible is on this topic!!! And all the additional study ideas at the end of the study is enough to keep one going and studying/learning/growing in this area for the next year! If I had to summarize this entire Bible study into one sentence, I would choose one of the thought questions given in the very last lesson: “Do I trust God to keep His promises?” Excellent study—HIGHLY recommend!!!