Healthy Lifestyle As Idolatry

Healthy Lifestyle As Idolatry

Though I told people I lived a healthy lifestyle in order to tame my anxiety and to make me feel better, that wasn’t my true motivation. I was motivated by idolatry. Any motive or desire left unchecked, whether godly or vain, can become an idol--something more important than loving and obeying God.

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Discipleship Is Not For the Prideful: 4 Ways Humility Helps Counsellors

Discipleship Is Not For the Prideful: 4 Ways Humility Helps Counsellors

Though I am only a few weeks into my supervised counseling for ACBC, I have already learned one major lesson on counseling and discipleship: It is not for the prideful heart. Discipleship and counseling require humility—a humility that we are not capable of on our own. When we are teaching and guiding others, we need humility that only comes from being submissive servants of Christ. 

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Christmastime Anxiety

Christmastime Anxiety

Of all the Holidays, Christmas may present the best opportunity to be anxious. Frantically running from store-to-store (or clicking through online store to online store) to buy last-minute gifts you forgot about, throwing together colourful sweets for all the friend and family get-togethers, frequently checking your online banking to see how the budget is holding up, dinners with the not-so-friendly family members, stepping onto the bathroom scale each day to see if you have added any pounds from the Christmas treats, and wondering if anyone will like the gifts you bought. But what if this year, we silenced our fears? What if we chose to set our minds on something greater this Christmas than these worries and chose to meditate on the joy that has come to the world? As we do, let’s begin in a place maybeyou didn’t think of this Christmas—Philippians 2:1-11.

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When You Feel Like a Less-Than Mother

When You Feel Like a Less-Than Mother

Momma, are you afraid that you don’t have it “together enough” to be a mom? Do you already feel like a failure when you see the put-together moms around you? Do you look at their perfectly still children sitting in the pews and feel like giving up? Aside from my fears of throwing up, I have many other reasons to feel like a failure compared to my fellow mom friends. But God is giving me a new hope in him, and teaching me to stop looking around at others and start looking at him.

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Love the Christian Who Drives You Crazy

Love the Christian Who Drives You Crazy

In the universal church and the local church we are going to come across fellow believers that we clash with. People will annoy us, hurt us, and make us angry. It’s part of living in a sinful world. Thankfully we know that one day in Heaven we will not be faced with such conflict because we will all be finally free from sin. But what do we do in the meantime? We are called to not only love some of our fellow brothers and sisters, but to love each and every one. 

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When the Memories of Sin Remains

When the Memories of Sin Remains

It takes us by surprise—the cringe-worthy memory of a past sin we wish we could forget. Maybe you were picking out clothing to wear the next day, packing a lunch, doing housework, watching TV, or playing with your children. One thought quickly connected to another, and suddenly a horrible memory was resurfaced. The pain, the regret, the shame, and disgusting feelings all returned as if you had just committed the sin again. The memories are so vivid you could shutter. Each of us will battle the memories of sin. Not one person can say they have no memory of sins they have committed. So what do we do with these memories that make us cringe? How do we face the memories in Christ?

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Resting in the Psalms When You're Weary

Resting in the Psalms When You're Weary

God has taught me to love the Psalms and rest in them. In weary times when my mind is too tired to focus and my heart is jumbled and distracted, I have found rest in studying the Psalms. I didn’t believe that a study of the Psalms would challenge me like it has and cause such growth. I was a fool to doubt God’s beautiful and inspired Word. 

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Do I Need More Self-Esteem?

Do I Need More Self-Esteem?

I was among those who wanted a higher self-esteem. I tried to root my confidence in my writing, my horseback riding, my body image, my goodness, and my intelligence. But in my striving, I learned that the pursuit of self-esteem is a tiring and disappointing one. Self-esteem roots you in lies and shades your eyes from the truth—where your true confidence should be. 

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The Puffing Up of Knowledge

The Puffing Up of Knowledge

My theology-loving friend, I want to warn you of the same pride that could grow inside of you as you grow in knowledge. When we are not using our theology to love and serve God and those he has placed around us, our knowledge could be our downfall. Though you may know the doctrines of grace, you may be living with more pride than grace. Though you may know the essential doctrines of Christology, do you live like Christ lived? Though you know the Greek words for love, are you showing others that agape love? 

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Renewing the Joy of Motherhood: A Review of Mere Motherhood

Renewing the Joy of Motherhood: A Review of Mere Motherhood

The sub-title summarizes the book perfectly: “Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Towards Sanctification.” Motherhood is sanctifying, and Cindy Rollins displays this through stories of laughter, tears, and celebration. Reading this book, I felt as if I were sitting next Cindy on my couch sharing the wonders and woes of motherhood, all the while being encouraged that in Christ it is possible to survive.

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The Anxiety of Fear of Man

The Anxiety of Fear of Man

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has found themselves in this situation before, though it may look different for you. Maybe you drove home from a meeting rehearsing the conversation and all you wished you had said (or didn’t say). Or you had coffee with a friend and might have said something stupid—so you spent the rest of your day fretting about it. Or you brought up a touchy subject at the supper table with friends last night and now you wish you could rewind and keep your mouth closed. These are prime examples of fear of man. Where does this vicious beast come from? How do we find freedom from its anxiety? 

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4 Scriptures to Read When You’re Dealing with Lack of Assurance

4 Scriptures to Read When You’re Dealing with Lack of Assurance

When I lacked assurance, I wanted mentors, pastors, and friends to reassure me that I was saved. I wanted them to give me proof I was truly a child of God. I wanted them to point back to my life, to a time when I made a commitment of which they were positive couldn’t be false. But people do not see your heart, and they do not see God’s book of life. They aren’t in the place to give you the assurance you desire. So, we must turn to God’s Word and seek the Holy Spirit to be truly assured. Here are four questions you may be asking yourself in the midst of your doubts and four Scriptures to take those questions to.

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Lessons on Sanctification While Living in A Construction Zone

Lessons on Sanctification While Living in A Construction Zone

A year of living in on-going house renovations, seeing rooms completed one piece at a time, I have learned not only patience but a lot about sanctification. In many ways this little house is much like my heart, and yours too. 

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No Longer Waiting: Hope for When the Battle Continues to Rage

No Longer Waiting: Hope for When the Battle Continues to Rage

I used to imagine the day I would be free from anxiety. I pictured myself encouraging others who battled by saying that they too, someday, could find healing and peace. I imagined writing a book about how I overcame anxiety and others could too. I pictured that triumphant day, swinging my legs over the side of my bed, and smiling into the new day, anxiety-free. Instead, I sit on my bed, twenty-one years old, still waging war with anxiety.

And yet, I know this is a story of hope.

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John Knox: The Powerful & Weak Reformer

John Knox: The Powerful & Weak Reformer

Knox didn’t have riches or former glory when he became a Reformer to give him boldness either; rather, he shamelessly admitted, “I quake, I fear, and I tremble.”

And yet, John Knox was the Scottish Reformer who founded the Presbyterian church. What made this humble, unnoticeable, fearful man such a mighty man of God? How did God use such a “weak” man?

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Submit Your Dream to God

Submit Your Dream to God

Has life not turned out the way you dreamed? Maybe you thought you would have a growing family with babies and toddlers in tow—but your arms remain empty. Perhaps you saw yourself going out on double dates with your married friends by now—yet you’re the only one who is still single. Maybe you saw yourself with a nicer and better-paying job at this point—but you still push grocery items on a conveyor belt.

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Restoring Biblical Peace

Restoring Biblical Peace

Most people want peace. We want to be in harmony in our relationships, we want our lives to run like a peaceful river, we want times of quiet and serene rest, and we want peace from anxiety. But in a sin-corrupted world, filled with thorns and thistles, peace can seem elusive or impossible. And yet, the Bible proclaims that as believers we can have peace. We know perfect peace will exist in heaven, but how do we gain such peace on earth?

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The Peace of Obedience

The Peace of Obedience

Perhaps you have been with us through our entire series of Restoring Peace From Anxiety, yet you still feel anxious. You have followed and applied what God’s Word says about anxiety in Philippians 4:4-8, yet you still feel anxious each day. There is one more verse for you friend. “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9 NASB).

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Guarding Our Thoughts From Anxiety

Guarding Our Thoughts From Anxiety

But God has a higher calling for us. He doesn’t want us to remain in those depressing, anxious thoughts. He calls us to lift our thoughts to higher things. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8 ESV).

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Learning to Pray When We Worry

Learning to Pray When We Worry

When anxiety peaks, the last thing on your mind is probably prayer. Rather than stopping to pray about the worries that flood our minds, we flit around like an anxious bird, trying to keep our situation under our control even though we know it is spinning too quickly for us to keep up.

And yet, Paul says that biblical prayer is the solution to our anxiety. He says that when we choose to pray rather than worry, we will be filled and guarded by the peace of God.

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