Calm my Anxious Heart
by Becky Haack
Let’s start at the very beginning….I’m writing here as a regular member of the La Crescent UMC. My wonderful husband and I live in the La Crescent community and have been granted the opportunity to be responsible for helping to raise 2 Christian children – yikes, that is a big job! I’m writing here as a member of the La Crescent UMC and an ecumenical women’s Bible study. We meet every couple of weeks in homes around La Crescent. We are women of Jesus who use our studies to learn and grow in our faith.
For the summer we’ve been reading Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. I’m a teacher and thought summer was sort of a silly time to read a book about worry and anxiousness! I wasn’t going to stop my group because I didn’t think the book applied to me at that time; I’ll be much more busy in the school year and need to use the information at some point – now is the right time to study this! And then we started the reading!
Never judge a book by its title! This is so much what I needed to read – not just me, but so many of us! God asks us to be content in our circumstances, ourselves, our roles and our relationships. There are so many barriers that make that challenging for us: greed, a faulty focus and anxiety. Linda Dillow is a wise woman who has lived much of her life as a missionary in places around the world – sometimes even in danger due to her Christianity – Calm even then? Throughout the book Linda references women who work around the world as missionaries.
Once piece that stood out to me is the definition of anxiety. Many of us look at the word anxiety and try to apply a more medical description of anxiety that would need treatment. Linda defines casual anxiety as worry about things that are out of our control. So many things are out of our control and yet we worry about them way too much! Paul’s letter in Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Super hard to remember in the heat of the moment of the worry.
The last several chapters remind us of the power of faith in God and trusting all of our What ifs, If onlys, and Whys. Linda asks the reader to define faith…What a challenge that is! Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We have to be willing to get in a wheelbarrow on a tightrope across Niagara Falls – with God as the blessed Controller of the wheelbarrow, the tightrope and the weather! Just like Luke Bryan reminds us to Pray about Everything.
It is a fantastic read to calm
an anxious a worrier heart.
Thank you for reading along on this first writing expedition.
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