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Give Thanks – Wed – 21-11-24



Did you know that an estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults will experience an anxiety disorder during their life time?1 That’s a lot of people! In addition, one quarter of adolescents suffer anxiety disorders, putting them at higher risk of poor school performance and higher risk of substance abuse.2 Clearly, anxiety is a problem many face.

So, in the week of Thanksgiving, is there any hope for those with anxiety? Or will this holiday just be one more thing to be anxious about? I guess that depends on whether we are focused on a holiday, or on what the holiday is about – giving thanks to God. If we are stressed by the guest list, setting the table, cooking the food and more, we may miss the best part.

You see, Philippians 4:6 tells us that giving thanks can help with anxious feelings. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

The hope to relieve anxiety is not in the act of giving thanks, as much as in the One to whom we give it. Giving thanks focuses us on our almighty, loving Father. It helps us focus on what he has given us. It reminds us that he is the source of all good things and that he is in control. Today, give thanks to God and take your requests to him.


  1. “Prevalence of Any Anxiety Disorder Among Adults,” National Institute of Mental Health, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/any-anxiety-disorder.
  2. “Facts and Statistics,” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/facts-statistics.

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Fruit of Peace – Thu – 21-05-27



I remember learning to swim as a child. Mom would take us to the pool in the morning. We’d practice blowing bubbles and learning the stroke motions. Eventually I managed a desperate dog paddle! Funny, I don’t remember any of the swimming instructors. But I do remember my Dad. Once, we went to the pool during regular swim time. Dad stood out in the water, which was over my head, but reached just above his waist. I stood on the deck. Dad urged me to jump in and swim to him. Dad assured me that he’d help me if I started to have problems. I leaped in and swam into his arms! It was much easier knowing Dad was there! The anxiety melted away.

I think this is what Philippians 4:6-7 is about. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(NIV)

When you pray, do you think to yourself, “Ok, God’s got this”? Worry and fear can melt away when you realize your heavenly father is present as you thrash through the deep waters of life. In fact, God’s peace guards your heart and mind. This is the word used of soldiers standing watch to prevent attack. God will guard your peace of mind! So, pray and relax.


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