Pursuing Peace Through the Spiritual Disciplines

The takeaway from this article: We don’t just “find” peace; it is built into our lives as we practice the spiritual disciplines. From Biblical Counseling Center……………………….

BOOK REVIEW: My Name is Hope: Anxiety, Depression, and Life After Melancholy

John Mark Comer is a pastor, but does not write this book from his pastoral experiences but rather from his decades-long personal battle with anxiety and depression. e does not offer pat answers or promises quick recoveries — in fact, quite the opposite. But what he does offer is the word in the title: hope. Hope in a loving God, hope that things will not always be terrible, and hope that God will stick with us whether we distrust Him, are angry at Him, or just simply exhausted.

Comer starts by defining some terms associated with anxiety and depression, helping readers see how they are different in some aspects, but also tightly tied together. Then he moves on to the root causes for depression and anxiety in a Christian — either some undealt with sin, or struggles such as perfectionism, workaholism, and unnecessary guilt. Once a person recognizes a root cause for their issues (with God’s help), repentance is always the first step to admitting your weakness to yourself, so that you become open to the help the Lord can and wants to provide you.

Following this, Pastor John Mark discusses the obstacles to well-being stemming from our minds and our bodies, and give some biblical and practical advice to begin to remove those obstacles. From there, he makes a biblical case for seeking community and storming the gates of Heaven with prayer, because God usually chooses to use both human agents and His direct work through the Holy Spirit to give us relief and growth.

Comer is very open and honest with his own struggles with anxiety and depression, but delivers his insights with hope and enthusiasm, describing how he won through many years of trials and different strategies before gaining some control over how his mind and body react to circumstances and his inner thoughts and feelings. This is probably the most practical, honest and encouraging book on controlling anxiety and depression for the Christian I have ever read. Most highly recommended!

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DO NOT FEAR, OUR SECURITY RESTS IN GOD’S CONTROL

Over time, this pandemic will teach us all a lot of things about ourselves and our world. But one thing that screams out to me is that I am not in control (of anything!). But apparently a lot of people have not learned this (and that is why there are so many battles over wearing masks?). Frankly, I am MORE THAN HAPPY to give control over to God!! A good article on this from New Growth Press blog………………

Do Not Fear, Our Security Rests in God’s Control

This world has always been too crazy for us to handle all on our own….but even more so now!  Take heart from this article! From The Reformed Life…………….

We are living in a very unique time. We have to wear masks to enter into stores, certain supplies are always off the shelves, playgrounds are covered in material to prevent children from playing, and everyone has a fear of getting too close to others in the city. Fear might be the word to describe […]

via Calming Our Anxious Hearts — The Reformed Life