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Happy 4th of July – Anxiety, Fear, and Emotional Needs

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To my fellow USA citizens: Happy 4th of July, America’s 239th birthday! And happy first weekend in July to everyone, as the summer season settles in (in this part of the world, at least!)

 

July 3 at Oxford  Plains Speedway, Maine
July 3 at Oxford Plains Speedway, Maine

 

My husband Dave surprised me with a night out last night. We went to Oxford Plains Speedway here in Maine to watch a number of short races and then fireworks. It was fun and different, and a nice change after 7 weeks of being mostly housebound!

 

 

Now onto today’s devotional thoughts.

 

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“If you struggle with anxiety, you know about the uneasiness, worry, and feeling of heaviness that come with it. Often it is a general feeling of fear that has no specific cause or source.

 

Many serious things are going on in the world and you need to be aware of them. But you also need to learn to relax and take things as they come  without getting all nervous and upset.

 

You need to learn how to enjoy the good life God has provided for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus  Christ (see John 10:10). So the next time you are tempted to become anxious or upset, think about what you are doing, and find something to be happy about. Have a talk with yourself about all the good things God has done in your life.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

 

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“Fear seems to be epidemic in our society. Are you afraid of anything?

 

Is it rejection, failure, the past, the future, loneliness, driving, aging, the dark, heights, life, or death? The list of fears that people experience  can be endless.

 

You can trade in pain and paralysis for power and excitement. Don’t allow feelings of any kind to dominate you, but instead remember that God says, ‘Fear not.’

 

We must be determined that we will obey Him in this area. Fear may present itself as a feeling, but if we refuse to bow down to it, that is all it is…a feeling!

 

Pray: Lord, I make You my refuge and strength today, my present help in whatever trouble I will face. With You by my side, I will not fear. Amen.”-

 

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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“God gave you emotions, so it doesn’t work to ignore them completely. You make a big mistake if you refuse to meet any of your emotional needs.

 

If you are tired, you need rest. If you are stressed, you need some fun. If you need encouragement, spend time with someone who knows how to build you up.

 

Don’t ignore your emotional needs in the name of Christianity. You are a whole person–body, soul, and spirit (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). God will show you how to be strong in all areas of your life.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right” 

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-1- I know I sometimes tend to give in to bouts of anxiety and worry; I need to put the suggestions of this devotional into practice!

 

-2- More good advice! Fear and worry tend to accompany each other, and one will often lead to the other. I  especially like this admonition: “You can trade in pain and paralysis for power and excitement.”

 

-3- A third devotional with good advice. I think sometimes we think it’s selfish to take care of ourselves, but in reality, it’s essential to our overall health.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Do you ever struggle with anxiety attacks?

 

-2- Are you weighed down with various fears? Do you think it’s your “job” to worry?

 

-3- Do you agree that it’s essential to take care of your emotional needs?

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Remember that you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating. Also, please let me know if you know of or have a legitimate cause that I could add to this page.

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Barbara Bianchi

    I agree. And the best way to overcome all these emotions is to love and serve others. Of course, it is impossible to pour love out to others if we are empty. So I need to go to Jesus, daily, asking Him to fill me again with the living water. And He is faithful. <3

    Be blessed.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  2. Francene Stanley

    Bad things ARE happening in the world right now. And the ease of finding out about them through the media is increasing. Although we should be aware, all we can do about it is to generate loving thoughts. Worry never solves any problem, it only makes you suffer as well.

    05 . Jul . 2015
  3. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    I hope you had a confederate flag free day!

    05 . Jul . 2015
  4. Alana

    I was with my mother in law yesterday, with her favorite channel on, and it was almost nonstop “Terrorists are targeting our country on the Fourth of July” followed by panel discussions, etc. A lot of elderly people listen to that TV channel. How can they not feel afraid? There are other TV channels that are just as bad in spreading fear on the other end of the political spectrum. I don’t suffer from anxiety attacks but anyone plugged into the media is exposed to almost nonstop anxiety. My son (mid 20’s) tells me I do enough worrying for the entire family.

    05 . Jul . 2015
  5. Pam

    I hope you had a fun filled but restful 4th of July holiday. It was great that you were able to get out a bit last night with your husband and enjoy yourself.

    05 . Jul . 2015
  6. Ourfamilyworld

    I also tend to give in to bouts of anxiety and stress and this post is a great reminder. Hope you had a great 4th of July celebration.

    06 . Jul . 2015
  7. Elizabeth O.

    Do you agree that it’s essential to take care of your emotional needs? Yes. The emotions that we feel makes us real persons and these are the things that will make us stronger persons.

    06 . Jul . 2015
  8. Rosey

    I do pray and turn to God when I’m anxious and upset. Right now I’m trying to remember to do so even when I’m not. 🙂

    06 . Jul . 2015
  9. Michelle Hwee

    What a great post.I really am a big believer in this. We all have down times but we must look for the positivity and believe that it will be overcome.

    06 . Jul . 2015
  10. michelle co

    Great to hear you had a fun-filled 4th of July

    07 . Jul . 2015
  11. Jeska

    I have terrible anxiety from time to time and hate it!

    07 . Jul . 2015

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