"And He said to His disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on." Luke 12:22
Could Jesus be commanding us not to worry?
I think He could. Certainly it's not a formal command, like the Ten Commandments found in Exodus and repeated in Deuteronomy. However, all throughout Scripture (not just the passages mentioned) we see God taking care of His children so that they would have nothing to fear, worry, or be anxious about. Think about how He took care of the Israelites following their exodus from Egypt. He will take care of us too. We need only to trust Him.
It's easy, even for the most upbeat and optimistic of us, to be a little (or a lot) worried and anxious in times like this. But what about our children, do they worry? Are they anxious? What does anxiety even look like in a child?
Today, I want to share with you some wonderful resources that will help you and your children worry less, be less anxious and trust God more.
Back in March, we began a series of post about 3 small books that included A Small Book for the Anxious Heart, A Small Book for the Hurting Heart, and A Small Book About a Big Problem.
A Small Book for the Anxious Heart is my favorite of the three. It's just the right size to leave on the nightstands in the guest bedrooms of our home. Let's be honest here, everybody's heart gets a little anxious now and then. Even the most chill of us can experience anxiety when we're out of our element.
Fear and anxiety are chronic struggles for many, and they are only intensifying and increasing. Best-selling author Edward T. Welch shares the comfort and peace of Jesus in fifty brief readings for those of us who wrestle with fear and anxiety.
Jesus cares for us, and in these readings, Welch invites readers to trust God for today, knowing He goes before us always.
Read a sample of A Small Book for the Anxious Heart here.
The Moon Is Always Round
Even young children want answers to the hard questions about God and suffering.
In The Moon Is Always Round, seminary professor and author Jonathan Gibson uses the vivid imagery of the moon to explain to children how God’s goodness is always present, even when it might appear to be obscured by upsetting or difficult circumstances.
Zoe's Hiding Place: When You Are Anxious
This beautifully illustrated book invites children to remember that God is near, even when they are anxious. Zoe, a fearful mouse, is worried about a class trip. As she talks with her parents, Zoe realizes that she can turn to God for help. Papa Mouse gives her a verse from the Bible that she can read when she is afraid. She learns that she can tell God all about her fears, and He will comfort her. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will give children a practical way to remember God's Words when they are afraid.
Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying
No Worries? We lob that phrase at others yet lie awake at night ourselves. Each day, we struggle to pull our thoughts away from our worries, fears, frustrations, and anxiety. When we get stuck, it's not exactly easy to fixate on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable. We are profoundly aware that our worries have negative consequences for our bodies, minds, and relationships. However, like most real people with real problems, our thoughts keep swirling around the same old issues.
Chapter-by-chapter application questions make Mindscape perfect for personal reflection or small group use.
Build a biblical, practical action plan for filling your mind with new thoughts based on Paul's rexhortation in Philippians 4:8 Simple, clear, and pastoral guidance: Mindscape is the overflow of a pastor's 30 years of helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives.
What are your favorite books and resources for anxiety, either in adults or children?
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