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A method to Battle Anxiety

T here are birds at the feeders, chickadees.

What is the answer to much anxiousness?

These people flit nervous.

Oh, yeah — do I get that.

I view the light out within the trees, the way this falls across the wall space.

Across the calendar and these mushrooming to-do lists and yes, go ahead,   try to remember to inhale.

John Calvin and am both remember the year we were four.

The year I was four, my sister was crushed under the wheels of a vehicle in our driveway. That’s my first memory, the day wee Aimee was killed.

Fear’s possess formed me.

John Calvin’s mother died the year he or she was four.

“ The song of thanks a lot steadies everything. ”

College student and historian, Bill J Bouwsma describes  Calvin since “a singularly stressed man. ”

Oh, yeah —   you and me both, good sir.  

Calvin buried all 3 babies he and his wife ever kept.

He mentioned he found in the Psalms, “all the particular griefs, sorrows, anxieties, doubts, hopes, cares about you, perplexities, in short all the distracting emotions with which the minds associated with men are wont to become agitated. ”

The man realized fear.

Clouds have skirted in heavy through the west. The wall space in the kitchen fall gray and silent.

Joshua’s playing it quietly, up and down the piano this morning, the notes of the  Music Box Dancer.

A friend organized in great details this weekend the way the economy is about in order to implode. Chronic disease flares. Teenagers request big questions. We keep smoothing out calendar pages, pressing things back.   Oh, c’ mon —   How can you remember how to dance?

“ Anxiety can wear anger’s cover up. ”

You’ ve have to, right? You’ ve gotta dance a little, laugh loud longer than a bit, throw back your head plus feel alive and it doesn’ t matter a hill associated with beans if there are bills stacked such as mountain of extremely hard, you gotta live right through to the finish or your ask the end to come right now.

So yeah — maybe that’ s the Billboard Neon Question for a whole new year rolling itself right away:

What is the answer to anxiety?

Joshua’s actively playing so sure, the house lilting, tilting with happiness.

And that’s what Mr. Calvin wrote,

The particular stability of the entire world depends on the rejoicing within God’s works….
If on earth, such praise of Lord does not come to move … then the entire order of character will be thrown straight into confusion …”

Our worlds reel unless we rejoice.

A song of thanks steadies everything.

A music of thanks steadies everything.

So there’s your Billboard Neon Solution:

The answer to much anxiousness is the adoration of Christ.

Yeah, so there are piano lessons nowadays and already a little brother’s in a mess of tears because some big brother’ s rattled his jangling chain, plus oh yeah, we’ ve got some siblings arguing loud over who’s turn it would be to make the bed (for the love! ) and I’ve snapped exasperated, ugly, in a whining middle kid who doesn’t wish to stomp through snowfall and cold for a bunch of eggs from your hen house to get crying out loud! (literally! )

You   better believe it:  

Anxiety can use anger’s mask.

Fear of not being able, of falling, associated with falling behind, it may make us brutal. Oh, yes’ meters: Life can be messy before nine each morning.

Anxiety may wear anger’s face mask.

Joshua’s tripping on some information now.

The thermometer out on the particular tree, its mercury is sluggish plus heavy. So yeah — how do you inhale and exhale and dance?

“We are cold when it comes to rejoicing in God! ” wrote Calvin.
“Hence,   we need to workout ourselves in it  and  employ all our senses within it – our feet, our hands, the arms and all the rest – 
that they every might serve in the worship of The almighty and so magnify Your pet. ”

Okay, started using it:  

When animation mounts, exercise the song, employ most our senses.

I use my hand, pick up the pencil, employ the sensory faculties to the see and magnify God in that little dog-eared  appreciation journal.

~ The spruce in wind.
~ Comforting worn children early.
~   Joshua playing the Music Box dancer.
~ Ps 131 phrases: “Surely I have constructed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child on his mother”
~   Lemon or lime scent of grapefruit on the breakfast table 
~   Chickadees fluffed in the wind.  

“ The solution to much nervousness is the adoration associated with Christ. ”

Breathe out.

I’m warmed. Joshua’s training the chorus.   Exercise. Utilize. Exalt.

The answer to much anxiousness is always to exalt Christ.

The chickadees scuttle at the feeder and fly, warmness on the wing. I actually watch from the screen. There is wonder. It’ s ridiculous and beautiful how that occurs: Everything absorbs into thanksgiving.

Calvin said that, “ If we compare a hawk with the residue of the whole world, it is nothing.   And yet if you are small a portion of God’s work need to ravish us and amaze us, what ought all His works do whenever we come to the full numbering of them? ”

Uh, wait —   Do Calvin number as well?

The pen’s laying like there like a challenge to joy, immediately on the counter.

Joshua’s playing this imperfect but loud and lovely, the Music Box Dancer obtaining all the right information, exercising exaltation.

And yeah, you can go ahead and ask — but I don’t  think  anyone saw myself in the kitchen this morning?

How I spun close to and danced a little like a fool, working out “ feet and hands and hands and all the rest, ” employing all the sensory faculties and smiling joy anyways?

It may happen — I felt it —

how unceasing thanks can make all these moments dance daring and unafraid.


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