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  1. Hello Everybody, I am a 16 year old girl currently dealing with very bad health anxiety. I have frequent heart palpitations and extra heart beats and it is terrifying and i live in constant fear of dying. I pray everynight for help and I will never loose faith in my Lord but please, can you pray for me? I want to feel normal again. If there is any specific prayer I should say to help with anxiety, please let me know! Thank you. ❤️
  2. Loneliness, singleness, and other vulnerable emotional states are getting very common each day. I suffered a lot from loneliness, sadness, singleness, depression, and it may seem the end of your life. And Satan will not make it any easier, he will use these states to sow ungodly ideas in your heart. The most common are: suicide, sexual immorality, consumption of alcohol and other drugs. Stay out of these things, they are not the solution. It may seem you cannot be happy if you do not get what you wanted. But our own ideas and plans may not be the best thing for us. From my experience, the Lord desires our best, and He will not simply leave you in the desert without any help, with a burden heavier than you can carry. And it is really, really hard when you try to fight against the way you should be walking. Sometimes, it is hard to accept the way we are going to is not the way we have desired. But our own ways may look pleasant and beautiful... But the Lord knows to where it may lead us to. "There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." - Proverbs 14:12 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6 I once struggled a lot with loneliness, that lead me to depression and all kinds of depressive thoughts. But at the same time I always preferred to stay alone most of the time, people can see this as a negative thing, but it is what I feel. We live in a world that people do not care about others, they just care about themselves, do not think before saying anything. Then I would not bring to heart the evil things people are saying. And I believe that evil words is killing more than all weapons combined. People usually understimate the power of words, but they can have destructive impact to anyone's life if they bring it to heart. You like to insult people randomly, just out of your flesh?! You could have been killing people without even knowing, just by your words. "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." - 1 John 3:15 This world certainly does not know God. It has no love for anyone, just selfish interests. "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." - 1 John 4:8 Why people just do not love one another, in deed and in truth?! It would be so much better. "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." - Romans 14:17 And another thing that is becoming increasingly normal is the state of being single. Nowadays, marriage is being seen as something not good. The increasing number of people who just prefer to stay single, and practicing fornication, and all kinds of sexual immorality. They have no compromise with love, marriage, nothing... They just want to feed their flesh with as many people as possible. Stay out of this path, it will lead you to hell. Fewer and fewer people are interested in serious relationship, the lack of love, and the acceptance of sin is the reason for all this. It is hard to even find a friend. And those who look for something serious are the most affected by this, because they simply do not find anyone. And quite probably they will never find, nowadays a miracle is required for finding the right person. Sexual immorality is the root of this problem. It is because of this the love of people are growing cold. We are living in a society that to watch porn movies is something acceptable and normal. And certainly this is an abomination in the sight of God. "For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." - Luke 16:15 But people do not know the evil they are welcoming to their souls by doing so, evil spirits will sow evil ideas in the heart of that person. And they will have the desire to engage more and more in sexual immorality, if they do not stop, it will only become worse. The solution for singleness is not sexual immorality (of any kind), stay out of this. The anxiety that it brings, it can be dangerous if you just follow your flesh and try to find someone no matter what. You will not find, and if you find, high chances are you are picking the wrong one. I see this a lot, people just go out and pick the first that crosses their path, without even knowing well. This is a recipe for disaster and suffering, the ungodly will not lead to a successful and happy relationship. "But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you." - 1 Corinthians 7:28 It really seems that the best option for most Christians nowadays is to stay single. But before making a decision, examine yourself first. I have came to the conclusion that the best for me is to stay single, for many reasons. And as much as I would like to know someone, as much as I would dream about it, unfortunately, I believe it is not for me; all signs indicate this. And even if both are Christian, they will face a lot of problems. One of the problems I see is that they will not have the same faith, one will be weaker, the other stronger, one will not worry as much, the other will worry for most things, one will love, the other not as much. They will have to make sacrifices for the sake of the other... One may want to go out, the other to stay at home. And they may not always agree, more problems. One may want to buy this, the other that... Successful and happy relationship without love is not possible, and this one cannot find easily. Especially nowadays, when love is colder than ever before. The solution is in the simple: Love... But most people simply cannot see that, and some are unable to do so. And going around trying to find someone is not a good idea as well. You should focus on serving the Lord, and to please Him. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;" - Philippians 4:6 "But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord - how he may please the Lord." - 1 Corinthians 7:32 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." - Matthew 6:33 And I know it may be hard to accept singleness, yes, I know and have suffered for this. But I would strongly suggest you stopping hearing yourself, friends, this evil world, and listen to the Lord only. Stop trying too hard to find someone, stop looking for sexual entertainment, stop making excuses for sexual immorality. And I know this is common, but to please the flesh is not the way at all. The flesh will only lead us to hell, and finding someone shouldn't be as important as hearing and obeying the voice of the Lord. If controlling yourself is so hard, it shouldn't be, then please I strongly suggest that you change your focus to the Lord. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28 After doing that, all things will become easier in your life. Loneliness will not be a problem anymore, you will just have joy whenever needed. Just repent, indeed, of your sins... Say goodbye, indeed, to the flesh, this world, and all that is in it... They can not give you happiness nor life, no matter how hard it is to believe in this: It is the truth. "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." - Galatians 5:19-21 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life." - John 6:63 The Lord Jesus just wants to save us, to give us a new life, and to take us to heaven. This evil world has already chosen its destiny: Perdition, destruction, hell fire. And all who follow it, will end up in the same place. Just let us get out of here. And only with the Lord Jesus this is possible. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." - John 3:17 And to anyone who believes in Him, the Lord Jesus has paid for your sins (and only He could do that) by shedding His blood for you. He will heal you, set you free, and give you a new life. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul." - Leviticus 17:11 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." - 2 Corinthians 5:21 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." - John 15:13 And no matter what you have done, if you repent, indeed, you will be forgiven. "Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38 Just repent, indeed, and receive Him as the only Lord and Savior of your life... And you shall have life, a whole new life. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." - John 7:38 Just pray, believing, truly: "Please, Lord Jesus. I believe and repent, please forgive me... And give me life." "Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6 God bless you in Jesus' name! "Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious." - 1 Peter 2:1-3
  3. I'm a final semester colleger. I am now writting Thesis to fulfill the requirement of Engineering Program. My lecture suggested me to use a kind of program to simulate my research. But, until now the program never succeded to simulate my model. There was one of my senior who told me the same about such program, but I was confident that there must be a way. Almost one year I spent my time with this project. I never shared this with my Family because I was afraid to disappoint them. Besides, I like the project as the subject of my thesis and never wish it changed. I always told them that everything was alright whenever they ask me. But now, they are out of patience. They ask me to show the result of my project. I'm actually unable to show them anything. I'm so confused now. I must tell them the truth. But I'm totally afraid of them now.. Help me guys
  4. So I’m cooking dinner, winging it. My husband said “when is dinner going to be done?” I said “I don’t know.” (I was roasting carrots and I really did not know how long it would take). He said “you don’t know how long it’s going to take”. Like I’m stupid or something. I get the same thing at work. My boss says “Well that’s got to go in the sale suits” (I’m a seamstress and she meant that it was not well made) Then no more then 5 seconds later she holds it up and says “Oh no, that looks pretty good” All of this sarcasm is giving me anxiety and I have started to make mistakes at work. When I told my husband how I felt he said he never said that. But it just happened, I can let it go as a misunderstanding but he has said that exact thing to me in the past. I was confident at work until she made that remark. How can I battle sarcasm and not be rude or jaded in return?
  5. Hey all, This is my first post. Sorry for any mistakes. My question is, how do I separate my anxiety's from God's warnings? I experience an anxiety disorder and sometimes its hard for me to tell if i am experiencing anxiety or if i'm experiencing anxiety because of something God is telling me. It's very confusing and depressing as I can't always separate God's voice from my troubled thoughts...how do I know the difference?
  6. Hello, everyone. I am extremely new to this site. I've searched around for various Christian forums just hoping somebody can help me. I don't mean to offend anybody or bring any type of discomfort to this forum. I especially hope I get no violations. This is a really heavy issue on my heart. I am extremely at the end of my rope with depression and anxiety, but what makes it all worse is how the world views me in this dark body God gave me. I have asked God why this color? Why not make me Asian or Native American? I tried telling myself that He made me black because it pleased him. Why should he care what the world thinks, or form me in the matter what would fit society's standards? I've tried convincing myself that God does not cater to how poorly we human beings view each other. Racism wasn't His fault. He is a supreme being over the created. I've tried convincing myself that only his thoughts about me matter. I've tried looking at the big picture that one day, all of us will unite with him and experience the real TRUTH about EVERYTHING. But none of this convincing is working. Deep down, I know there is nothing wrong with my skin color, or the hair texture that I have, or the physical features. If there was no racism or the harsh systems against my people, I would be able to walk down the street proudly. However, when you live in a world where DAILY, somebody is reminding you that your skin color is a problem, it starts to get to you...for years and years and years and years. It's like beating up a dog everyday where the dog will eventually think it did something wrong. Social Media is a terrible and evil tool for people to manifest their true feelings about me and my race. I have seen so many cruel things, such as: 1. African't (word CAN'T) as if we can't do anything. As if it's in our DNA to fail, or that we need extra help, or that we're born to suffer. 2. It is believed we aren't civilized. No matter how nice I am, or how wide of a smile I put on my face, I will always be regarded as another black animal. I know I tend to fool people once they hear me speak or experience my personality. I always hope that the mugshots shown on the daily news about a murder or robbery isn't of my race because what one black person does, the rest of the black people are also at fault for it. We are not individually judged, but judged as a whole. 3. We have dirt and less developed countries 4. Slavery was our fault (and even if we were handed over by our brothers and sisters, that still does not excuse the terrible unspeakable things that happened to us.) And even when it was 400 years ago, traces of it are still affecting us today. My ancestors didn't get to own businesses or have land passed down through their generation of future families. I was never able to relate to white folks who talk about the family lineage or how far down the they count their family ancestry. I can't. My history is silent, yet it screams of blood. 5. I am guaranteed at least once a month to see somebody say I'm ugly (not directly), or black women are the least desired all over the world, that their own men don't want them, whether it's to an Indian man, Asian man, White man, or even African man. Men of various races always obsess and desire a White woman. it is NEVER ever ever ever ever anybody that looks like me. And I'm not saying I need their approval, but, it will just feel nice to know that I may look beautiful to somebody every once and a while. I will never or hardly ever in my life see a man of any race say something decent about me. We're not on billboards. We're not on TV with commercials glorifying our skin or looks. When I was a kid white Barbie dolls were heavily emphasized in commercials. The other minority dolls only showed up right at the end of the commercial. I broke my mother's heart when I told her to take back the black doll she gave me. We're never even in video games where we can enjoy cool characters. And if we are in video games, we have very insignificant roles. In movies, we're always portrayed in a very stereotypical ways. 6. Other black people make it harder to be black. Like the Mugshot I just spoke of. I can name so many problems, like falling into gang relations, or having an obnoxious loud attitude, or have terrible customer service in various employment. Some stereotypes are unfortunately true, but it affects m as well. 7. We have the worst health issues. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, mental illness, Sickle Cell, Lupus, and STD crisis; one of the least healthiest people on the planet. 8. We are regarded as less worthy. 9. Everything a black person does is a big deal. While I get that our names may sound funny, we can't even create our own names without ridiculing. No one ever questions why Asian people have the names the have, or the Arabs, and Indians, and other races of people, but if it's a black person, we need to just have white names. What about owning a business. Black businesses are perceived as low quality. Mexicans and Asians can whip up a business and people will flock to them like crazy. We're not allowed to have a bad day or express anger because if we do, we're being violent, or it's the 'uh-oh, and angry black man/woman!' 10. We are not welcomed anywhere on the planet. 11. We are a totally misunderstood race of people. 12. Racial tensions drive me crazy. Just the insensitive and lack of willingness to even understand a black person's place or their situations. We're told to 'get over it' or 'it's your fault', or 'stop playing the victim', or 'you're looking at things at a wrong perspective'. I am going mad. Nobody understands us, nor do they want to. We are the loneliness race on planet earth. No matter how much we shout and cry and plead, nobody hears us. Nothing changes. Not even God will do anything. Black people fill up the churches like crazy and can be some of the most God-fearing people, yet we're still severely oppressed I am emotionally tired. I feel like I just want to go sleep and never wake up. My depression and anxiety have gotten so bad that my body doesn't feel the same anymore. Sunday night I cried to God so hard that I could barely breathe. What was He thinking to even create me? I feel so terrible because I grew up with a wonderful childhood to two of the most amazing parents and a high-spirited family, but they have no idea I'm saying these things. Suicide feels really nice, but it will crush the people around me. I'm 31 years old, and suicide has been chasing me for years and it is constantly getting closer and closer. I read the bible and I pray, and it doesn't work, or the healing isn't coming fast enough. What can I do in this impossible world where everyday somebody or something lets me know that my skin color will always be an issue? How can anybody or even God expect me to be sane? What can I do? How can I get out of this struggle? Somebody please help me. How can the bible speak to me with this impossible struggle? A throb is in my throat right now...
  7. Hello Friends! Did you know that approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with an anxiety disorder, that’s over 18 percent! This statistic absolutely blew my mind!Nick decided to write on this topic for the today's article for three reasons, 1.) So many people suffer from this disorder and many of them are people we care for yet we may not even know they are struggling with anxiety. 2.) Nick himself struggled for years with anxiety and understands the pain that comes with it and 3.) There is something to cure it, whether you have heard differently or not. This article is biblically and personally based, but with that being said, there is nothing but truth behind this article. I hope you enjoy this article titled " The Cure For Anxiety" it and share it with someone who may need to see another perspective on this awful disorder. Be Bless and We Love You All, Nick & Leah The Cure For AnxietyPiShareweet Anyone who has struggled with anxiety knows the hopelessness that tags along. No matter what you have been told, anxiety can be cured. There is freedom in the name of Jesus. Approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with an anxiety disorder, that’s over 18 percent. Yet one of the biggest lies we believe when struggling with anxiety is that no one can understand what we are going through. The internet is flooded with tips and tricks to try to ease anxiety and honestly, there are some things out there that can help to ease the anxiety at times or help to control panic attacks. The problem is that these “techniques” only ease the symptoms temporarily. I myself struggled with extreme anxiety for years. I remember searching all over for a cure and I tried everything. The most disheartening thing I seemed to always stumble across was that anxiety was something I was going to struggle with forever and I needed to just find ways to ease the symptoms of it. I am here to tell you that this is simply not true. As I write this I have been anxiety free for almost 3 years now! This didn’t happen by accident or with some special pill or tea, I was cured of my anxiety and set free forever by Jesus Christ. The Cure For Anxiety My Struggle With Anxiety Before surrendering my life over to Jesus a few years ago I was living a very destructive life. I was a cigarette smoking alcoholic who spent most of my days playing music and partying. Being in a band can be an awesome experience in so many ways, the people you meet the relationships you build, and simply just the enjoyment of playing music. For me, however, living this way came at a cost. I quickly began to be consumed by the alcohol and drugs, and my life began to slip through my fingers as I struggled to hold on to what was left of it. This is when the depression and anxiety began to consume my life. It got to a point where I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without having at least a couple drinks. I couldn’t even go grocery shopping because I would have a panic attack while waiting in line. The only way I could get through it was to get wasted and even then, I would still be anxious. I felt like there was really no escape. The darkness of it all began to completely consume me. I remember spending so much time searching the internet for an answer, the most disheartening thing of all was that no one had one. I began to accept the fact that this was how my life would be forever. The thought of living this way for the rest of my life weighed heavily on my mind. I remember thinking that I could never get married or start a family because I would never be a good husband or father living in fear like this. Then one night when I was at my lowest point ever, I decided that I no longer was willing to live like this, that I couldn’t live like this anymore. I was laying on my bathroom floor weeping and finished with this horrible tormented life I was living. I remember saying out loud that I was done, that I was giving up and that I no longer wanted my life. That’s when Jesus stepped in. I felt him calling to me as if He wanted my life and I told him “fine if you want my life you can have it.” In that moment I felt a warm calm embrace as if someone was there with me holding me. As I continued to cry, I began to laugh as I felt filled with joy and excitement. In that moment I just found myself thanking Jesus over and over and saying “I don’t know what you want from me or what I need to do but just show me and I’ll do it. I want to live for you!” At that moment my entire life changed… forever. Get Up and Walk The next day, for the first time in forever, I woke up with a huge smile on my face. As I stretched out my arms the excitement for the day flooded my body. Something was different and I knew that my life was completely changed. I never forgot that promise I made to Jesus that night, that I wanted to live for him. Honestly, at first, I had no idea what that looked like. So I began to pray and for the first time in my life, Jesus felt real, close, and my time in prayer felt intimate. Since that night I have been completely sober and smoke-free for almost 3 years now. It was truly a miracle. At the time before that, I was smoking over a pack of cigarettes a day for over 5 years and was drinking heavily every single day. My depression was also completely gone but the anxiety was still lingering. At first, I didn’t get it, I knew first hand the power God had and I truly believed that He could heal my anxiety but it was still there. The echoes of the internet saying that this was something I was going to struggle with forever again began to flood my mind again. But I didn’t let the doubts consume me, I knew that Jesus could take this thing from me so I began to pray like never before. At this point I was reading my bible every single day, not to know more about the faith but purely to know Jesus more on a more personal and intimate level. That’s when I stumbled across 2 Corinthians 12. “…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” When I read this I felt the spirit completely overwhelm me and I knew that this was what was happening in my life. I was praying time and time again and God wasn’t taking away my anxiety but I realized that he was using it to grow me in some way. Now I began to pray with more focus and more intent asking God to reveal to me what He needed me to learn from this experience. Then one day when I was praying, afterward I realized how thankful I had become for my anxiety because it had allowed me to really rely on God and pray for his strength before every single thing I did and before every decision I made. That’s when I heard Him say to me “Get up and walk!” I remember laying there in bed saying this over and over in my head “Get up and walk, get up and walk, get up and walk. What do you mean, get up and walk?” Then it hit me. I was flooded with the Holy Spirit and I felt an instant release from the tension of the anxiety and it was gone. As I lay there overwhelmed and crying, I realized that I had already been healed from my anxiety and God had already supplied everything I need through the death of his son on the cross. I had been saved, healed, delivered in Jesus name. I just need to get up and walk in my salvation! A Life of Freedom The power of the gospel is not what it can give you or what it can do for you, it is all about what God wants to change you into. He wants to transform you into something completely new. So often as Christians we feel God is obligated in some way to bless us or heal us when the reality is that we are missing the whole point. It is already finished, God has already done so much more for you than you than you can ever imagine. You just have to believe and realize it. There is true freedom in the name of Jesus beyond anything this world could ever give us. Through him, you can be completely forgiven of your sins and be made new. The truth is that most people don’t really want to repent of their sin because they are ignorant of what sin really is. Sin isn’t bad because God forbids us to do it, God forbids us to sin because it is bad. It defiles us, corrupts us, and tears us apart on the inside. Our sin is the reason that we face so much hurt and pain in this world. It is the root of our struggles, our fears, our doubts, our shame and God wants to set you free from all of that. These things are all connected to our sin so the only way to be free from its bondage is to be free from sin. God made this possible through Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17. We treat God as some kind of a killjoy like sin is awesome and God is trying to ruin our good time. Yet here we are in a world filled with pain and sorrow. We all know deep inside that we hurt and that there is something missing from our lives. With depression, anxiety, and suicide at an all-time high the world is desperate. People are turning to so many things for an answer but few are willing to just try Jesus, the only true answer. There are people who are willing to try experimental drugs with horrible side effects in search of some relief and yet won’t just try Jesus, a complete cure with side effects including… a peace that passes understanding and an inexpressible and glorious joy. The truth is Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and knocking, it’s up to you to answer the door. But if you answer it I can guarantee you that what you find on the other side is beyond anything you could ever think or imagine. There is a cure for anxiety and His name is the name above all names, Jesus Christ. He has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to Him. He is the answer to all of it, there is freedom in His name. I will tell you from first-hand experience that there is nothing like Him and there never will be. I have been completely surrendered to Him for only three years now, but it has been the greatest three years of my life. I am smoke-free, sober, free of depression and anxiety and am living a completely joyous and abundant life in Him. For some, all of this may be hard to grasp or understand but I’m telling you just call out to him, taste and see that the Lord is good. Your life will be changed. Not only have I received complete freedom in Jesus name but now I am married and have a baby on the way. Every aspect of my life is a testimony to the grace of Jesus Christ and I am not ashamed to proclaim His name! At one point I thought I could never be a good husband because of fear, now I am a loving husband because I know what true love really is. At one point I told myself I could never be a good father because of fear, now I know that I am going to be the best father ever as I follow the example of my Heavenly Father. There is power in the name of Jesus, this isn’t about religion or trying to be a good person. This is about a relationship with the author and creator of the universe, made possible through the blood of Jesus Christ. If you are struggling with anxiety today it doesn’t have to be something you just “deal with” for the rest of your life there is freedom in the name of Jesus! P.S. If you are reading this today and you want to learn more about my testimony or what Jesus can do for your life, or if you just want prayer please email me at nick@abideandseek.com. I would love to hear from you!
  8. Daily Reading 14 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whatever version you choose. Luke 12:1-31 Genesis 21 Psalm 14 Audio 7:42 Audio 3:59 Audio 0:59 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer written, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the about links. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
  9. Another sorrow decided to strike me one more time: the fact that I am fearful. :'( I am fearful and have to face it hardly to overcome it whenever I have to do something new or trivial that involves social interaction or exposure. It is very hard, I have gave up many things in my life because of it. And if it wasn't for my faith in Christ I wouldn't want to try to overcome it. I am a very reserved individual (or fearful?), and I do not like showing much what I do in my life. Like when I am reading, typing things in front of my computer and people come to look what I am doing I usually try to hide and wait people to leave. I know I have to be careful, I don't want to deny the Lord Jesus when I am asked about something or when I am reading. Then sometimes I get in serious doubt if I accidentally did that during the day. I certainly don't want to do that, then I know I have to stay alert. The problem is not only the fear and anxiety, there are other things about myself people don't like, such as: loneliness and isolation, difficult in expressing sympathy and kindness, awkwardness. I am not saying I want to be rude or that I am, I do not see people complaining about that but I feel that others see me as: cold, indifferent, crazy. And I have to face indirect and direct judgment and condemnation, like when I hear people saying verses like Revelation 21:8. I have had many situations it happened, like when I am in church and people get very extrovert and I stay silent and standing still. Hearing comments and messages like: "Is he normal? Certainly he is not, must have a mental illness of some sort.". Does not feel to help me. Sometimes, to me it sounds like: "You are not like us, or you change that or you will go to hell.". I do not want to hear people only, but I want to hear from God and His word... I know I am powerless, without His help I could not learn, face, and overcome my problems. I believe I just need to trust in the Lord and face my daily trials and challenges and do not let fear or anxiety stop me. It is never easy, but most of the times it is easier to win than I thought... Overcoming each day feels good enough. Sometimes I feel it may be an endless battle till the end of my life... May the Lord have mercy on me. :'( Thank you for hearing me. You are welcome to talk to me. God bless you!
  10. Jenna Presley - From Porn to God (Brittni Ruiz Saved from Hellfire) Jenna Presley (born April 1, 1987) was the stage name of Brittni Ruiz, a former American porn actress. Brittni began stripping in Tijuana, Mexico while still underage. At age 17 she began receiving treatment for anorexia nervosa, which lasted nearly two years. In 2005 she graduated with honors from Hilltop High School and briefly attended Santa Barbara City College. She studied broadcasting and journalism and worked as a telemarketer. Brittni entered the adult film industry in September 2005 when she was 18 years old. Around one month into her porn career she caught gonorrhea. While active in the business, she was credited with performing in over 275 films. During her time in the adult film industry, Brittni used crystal meth and cocaine (to try to lose weight), ecstasy, and oxycontin to numb her pain, depression, and anxiety and to make it through the scenes. After three years in the industry her grandparents took her to The Rock Church in San Diego, where "she raised her hand to receive Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior" after hearing a sermon from The Rev. Miles McPherson. Further inspired by Rachel Collins, a Christian pastor at XXX Church, left the adult film industry in November 2012. Since then, Brittni began working in business sales and studying psychology in college. In a 2013 interview Brittni discussed a book in the making about her past struggles with drugs in the industry and about her new faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In August 2013, she appeared on The View with Craig Gross, pastor of the Triple X Church, to discuss her salvation into the Kingdom of Heaven. Romans 5:20: Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Proverbs 6:32: But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself. Leviticus 18:22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. 6 Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. 7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
  11. Please pray for my son. He works at Amazon in the warehouse in logistics. He is dealing with time-sensitive delivery trucks coming and going. It is a highly stressful job. He has only been on the job for approximately 2 months or so. I would ask that you pray for him to have wisdom, understanding, and peace. I also ask for God's favor upon him in a certain situation. I ask that the things being covered up would come to light and those at fault would take responsibility.
  12. Hi everyone: Thank you for letting me be a member here. It looks like a good site, and it's easy to find your way around too. Would you mind praying for me, and also share some Bible verses to help me? I'll explain.. I am a Christian; have been since February 13th, 1985 at 9:58pm (Yes, I know exactly when!). My wife (or soon to be ex wife) is a Christian as well, she's been a Christian since 1983. On March 4th of this year, late afteroon, I arrived home at our house in the Seattle, WA area and found her with another man. I will not describe exactly where and what they were doing, but I'm sure if you think about it for a moment you can guess. I'm trying to be respectful here. It turns out they had been having an affair off and on over a period of years-and I had no idea. I can't believe it. Later that evening when I had recovered from the shock, we talked a bit. It was very awkward. My wife told me she wanted a divorce and "didn't want to go to church anymore." And I have been a stay at home dad since 2008, caring for our young adult son who has autism. So, that day I was also with no income and not much money in my wallet. I tried staying in our house for a few weeks because I had nowhere to go, no family close by to help me. My wife was around during the week and then on the weekends she went to her "friends" house. Toward the end of March, I checked myself into a local hospital. I had not been eating for quite some time and I had lost 30 pounds. While I was in the hospital, my wife essentially locked me out of the house, so when I was discharged, I was very, very close to going to a homeless shelter. I don't know why she had to lock me out of the house; while I was certainly very mad, I was not a danger to anyone. But I can't spend my time trying to analyze everything. I don't have enough energy for that. At the last minute, one of my sons in New Mexico arranged for me to fly to where he lives with my daughter in law and my grandsons. I am living there now, and I have to get a job, get on my feet, get my own place, etc. That, and deal with the horrendous stress of the divorce which is eating me up too. My wife, for whatever reason, is making life difficult for me even long distance. She's getting in the way of me getting access to funds that are rightfully mine, and just doing whatever she can to "get in my head." Me being without a job, and no money to speak of, I need every dollar freed up that I can get. My son has even paid for an attorney for me, and even the attorney is having a hard time. Can you get the picture that this is a nightmare for me? It is! Thank God for Jesus in my life. He's such a major lifeline to me right now. Please pray for just an overall improvement in my situation. I really need to get a job, but I am going to be honest and say I'm having a hard time getting through the day without sobbing. I sometimes ask The Lord how am I supposed to get a job when I can't keep my head together for a few hours at a time? And I really need my wife to cooperate on some things so I can get some money, any money, that's rightfully mine. I've been praying for my wife a lot, and it gives me peace inside when I do. I've also prayed for the guy she's with, that he will come to know Jesus as his savior. And a final request.. If anyone can offer some guidance, what are some great Bible verses that I can count on to remind me that God is not going to let me fail here? I'm not sure how to word it; some Bible verses that speak to God's restoration in my life in terms of not just money, but my spiritual life, my mental health, and just all around? I am trying to focus on just a few verses at a time and not an exhaustive study, as my brain is pretty fried and I can't concentrate very well at times. If you can help me I will appreciate it and please do pray for me. Thank you! John L.
  13. Hey Brethren, I have a question. I have never this question asked before, I have seen the questions like 'is everything a sin', 'is entertainment a sin' and 'is having fun a sin' but never have I seen the question asked in the context of 1 John 2:15-17. Does 1 John 2:15-17 (the verses about not loving the world and the things of the world) teach that everything that involves fun, pleasure and entertainment is sinful? Obviously there is bad and immoral entertainment out there and the Bible does talk about the pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25), but is EVERYTHING that involves fun, pleasure and entertainment is sinful? things like non-hymnal music, hobbies, sports (I'm not a fan there but I know others are), video games, etc. I saw one YouTube video where a Christian named Jefferson Bethke said that God made pleasurable things and they should produce thankfulness and a comment involved quotation of 1 John 2:15 as a rebuttal. Another example from the otherside is from Steven Anderson, the YouTube description (The description was written by a Christian named Matthew Stucky but it was for Steven Anderson's video) of one of his videos against television reads the following: "They will preach against some television shows but shows like the Andy Griffith Show will be praised behind the pulpit. LINE BREAK. 1 John 2:15-16 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. LINE BREAK. The Bible tells us not to love the world. The television and movies are of the world. " To be fair, he went into more detail about why he didn't approve of the show further in the description talking about how the show made a mockery of being a drunk and other things, but I just wanted to give you an idea of how the verses are used. 1 John 2:15-17 is part of the Bible and I'm not going to ignore it, Revelation 22:19 sends a severe warning against adding or taking away from the Bible, but I will be honest, I get nervous when hear the verses quoted because almost everytime I hear them quoted, the person quoting them is saying that EVERYTHING that involves fun, pleasure and entertainment is sinful. I find it interesting that the Love of God is to keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3), and the commandments to love God with all my heart, soul and mind and to love my neighbor as myself are anything but burdensome, but the commandment to 'thou shalt not have fun' certainly is burdensome, and it's not that I am not willing to sacrifice pleasurable things for the cause of Christ, I certainly am, but I am burdened by the idea that pleasure on earth is evil within itself. I also keep what I hope is the correct interpretation of 1 John 2:15-17, which is to know that this earth is not our home and to have an focus on the everlasting life to come, to not follow ungodly desires (lusts of the flesh and lusts of the eyes) and not be prideful (ths pride of life). What are your thoughts? God Bless you all.
  14. Hello all, I need some prayers right about now. I haven't been on the site much lately, and I've been having a rough time. Especially right now, I feel like my anxiety and hypochondria is out of control and it takes over. My mind is so anxious going from one possible health issue to another, everyday I feel something that worries me. Tonight I am fearful of a teeny tiny little bump that I can feel in my left breast. Negative thoughts take over that it is breast cancer and I am going to die. I start questioning if I should call the doctor first thing on Monday, I feel it over and over to make sure of what I am feeling and because I get obsessive, the worst case scenario puts me into a terrified state. I can hardly make dinner for my family and function normally. I feel fear every day of my life. In many ways, the worst part is then I just feel so bad about myself because I feel like my faith is weak and I am so weak. I think that if I had a stronger faith, this wouldn't happen - so I just feel bad about myself that I don't, like I am a disappointment. I think about Jesus the Healer, but then doubt that He would heal me because I don't have the faith to back it up. Lately, I have been feeling like all of God's wonderful words of love and strength and healing don't and wouldn't apply to me. So right now I just need some prayers. Some prayers to help me get out of this funk and to help me see God in all of this. I pray to strengthen my faith and send me healing for my body as well as my mind and spirit. I pray to know that I am loved by God. Thank you, everyone
  15. My family has been going through a difficult past 6 months, and I am in need of some prayers! We recently moved long-distance, to my hometown, and my husband has been having a hard time adjusting. He had originally gotten employment which enabled us to move, but that ended abruptly. After a short rough-patch of depression, he found a new job that is actually closer, but now he is having terrible stress and anxiety about the new job and fears something going wrong with it, like the last one. He has only been training for a few weeks, but last night he had a nervous breakdown and couldn't even go in (his position is overnight). He also has some problems with his vision, but he worries so much about it that I feel like he makes it worse and makes it a bigger issue than it is. He also thinks he is underperforming at the job, but I try to tell him that he is still in training! Everyone at his work seems to be nice and encouraging, but he just gets into his own head and I don't know what to do. Last night he was crying and shaking - I've never seen him like that before. I deal with anxiety myself, but I really didn't know how to handle it. To add on top of that, we just found out this past weekend that we are pregnant with our second child! That is a great blessing and we wanted to have a second, but I think that just adds to the stress and the need for him to keep this job! My husband believes in God and Jesus Christ, but I don't think he has a solid foundation and I don't know if he can seek and find comfort in praying. I need to work on my foundation too, and every day I am trying to strengthen my faith, but sometimes it slips. I would love some prayers for both our situation (I pray he actually goes into work today!) and for our faith! I also need help remembering that God will cause all of this to work for our good! Thank you!
  16. “I ought to pray more”. “I ought to do more exercise”. “I ought to eat healthier”. Is your inner monologue anything like this? If it is, there’s a good chance that you might be… a normal human being! I think we are all plagued with feelings of guilt and inadequacy, especially when it comes to our spiritual lives and exercise routines. However, Christ came to set us free. Free from guilt and regrets; he wants us to be joyful and light like little children, who can laugh and rejoice and feel thankful. How can we achieve this? I am no expert on the topic, but I wanted to share some reflections that have come to mind: Sing more! Even if you’re really bad at it, singing is good for your soul. We let go of tensions, we forget ourselves and our deep worries and we let the music take us. When we praise God with all our heart, mind and lungs, we focus on Him and His greatness, rather than on our own feelings of guilt and failure. Improve your body language Studies have shown that the position of our bodies has a massive impact on our mind and mood. There’s no need to feel uncomfortable or shy about standing up with your arms outstretched when praising God; it will lift your spirits to Him! If you don’t believe me, search for Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about this topic, it’s very impressive. Simplify your life Of course, this is easier said than done, but there is no other way. Finding more time to pray or exercise is not a matter of seeing how you can “fit it in” to your already busy schedule, you will only end up feeling frustrated and exhausted. Technology and entertainment can take up a massive amount of our time, and are often a waste of it. You may have to take some extreme measures, like trading in your smart phone for a Neolithic one or cancelling your subscription to Netflix, but whatever you feel led to do, be sure that the result will be FREEDOM; more free time without distractions, to be able to reconnect with God in prayer and with His Word. Don’t let the devil trap you with a false sense of guilt The devil wants to trap you in these feelings of inadequacy and guilt; he will sap you of all joy and lead you into self-doubt and recrimination. I was once told: “if you feel a general sense of un-ease and guilt, this is from the devil, whereas God will usually pin-point a specific sin you have committed, so that you can repent and be freed from it”. Of course it’s impossible to say if this is the case without lifting up all these feelings to God in prayer, but if you do find that after praying deeply and repenting you’re still weighed down with the same burden of shame and heaviness, it is not because God hasn’t forgiven you or that you don’t deserve His love. Many dedicated and faithful Christians suffer from anxiety and depression, this is not a sign of a lack of faith or sinfulness, it’s part of being a broken human being in a frail, mortal body. As Christians we shouldn’t shun modern medicine or psychology; admitting that we can’t control how we feel is a brave and important step and a sign of a humble attitude, and we know that: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)
  17. Hello My name is Victoria but I go by Tori. I am 23 years old and I am new here. I joined this forum in hopes of having somebody to talk to when I need it. I would like to share my story with anybody who is willing to read it and wanted to turn to fellow christians for support. I feel like I am losing faith slowly and like I am lost and scared so I am sharing my story to gain advice or even some words of kindness. I am also asking for donations however my main goal for being here is to talk with fellow christians and get REAL donations... like prayers and comfort. I am alone in this world and the only person I have is my two year old. If you would like to read my story and just share some words of advice or even just a prayer...the following link will take you to my story and why I am in the shape I am in. Thank you for just reading about my life and letting me share my story with you. I know I am loved... I see it in my daughter's eyes. My anxiety however, makes me want to end my life forever sometimes. I feel she deserves better than me. God bless you for reading and thank you again.
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