In Part 1 of this post, I looked at what was causing my own stress and anxiety, along with some issues that other people have told me they were dealing with too. Today I want to get to the good part: how to manage our stress and anxiety![Read more…]
I first noticed this past October some vague feelings of stress and anxiety creeping up on me. After ignoring them for a few days, the feelings gained strength to the point where I could no longer deny them. After years of strong faith and peace, to be facing my old nemesis again was an uncomfortable and unexpected place to find myself in.[Read more…]
Short-term Bible studies for busy people.
We are glad you are joining us for a week of Bible study. Down below is your Bible study work for this week. Each day consists of two links—one link is the daily scripture reading. The other link is a short Bible study or devotional reading.
We suggest you follow the steps below:
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you insight and wisdom
- Read the scripture portion first
- Do the Bible study or devotion
- Comment on what you learned from your study time.
Finally, to deepen your experience, ask a couple of friends to join you. You can start a small Bible study group at your house or favorite cafe. God will bless you for the time you spend in Hid word.
Jane and Mary
Day 1: Simple Trust
Day 2: Simple Sabbath
Day 3: Simple Peace
Day 4: Simple Rest
Day 5: Simple Restoration
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“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6: 31-33
In the verse above, we are given two directives–do not worry and seek first. In the original Greek, worry descends from the Greek root word meros. Meros and its derivatives mean, “to be anxious, to care, to promote one’s own interests, to be cut into pieces.” Worry diverts our focus to the future so we miss life in the present. Worry also contaminates every other facet of life; cutting out our joy and stealing our peace. Thankfully, God gives us an alternative to worry.
Seeking. Seeking His kingdom.
What thoughts come to mind when you think of the word seek? Looking … searching … finding. The previous words make up a small part of the Greek definition of seek. Interestingly, zeteo, the Greek word for seek means, “to seek i.e. require, to enquire into, demand, to to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning.” Seeking and worrying have a point of commonality; they both occupy the mind.
We have a two choices: We can be consumed by worry or be consumed with God. Which will you choose? You better think about it.
1. According to our verse, what causes worry?
2. What do you tend to worry about? Replace worry with consistent continuous prayer.
3. Is worry getting in the way of your relationship with God?
4. What does a God-seeking life look like?
5. How can you become a God seeker?
Life is sweet.
The LORD is my shepherd:I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Because Jesus is our Good Shepherd, will lack for no good thing.
Knowing that God supplies everything we need pertaining to life and righteousness, our souls can find rest.
If your life lacks peace, and your soul is troubled, come to God and rest in His Word.
- Set a consistent time to read God’s word. My favorite time is morning. Get up 15, 20, 0r 30 minutes early and start your morning feeding your soul with God’s Word. You will find healing and restoration for your heart and soul.
- Download an audible version of the Bible. Listen while you are driving, running, or working out at the gym. I listen at night while I’m drifting off to sleep (double peace!).
- Set a goal for Scripture memory. Copy meaningful verses on note cards and memorize them while waiting at traffic lights, in checkout lines or while walking.
- If you’re a techy, you’ll enjoy joining an online Scripture memory group such as Siesta Scripture Memory. Click on the link and sign up today!