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Tcvancoops replied to Rory's topic in Interchange of Encouragement & Worldwide BrotherhoodSpeaker last Sunday gave an illustration for James 1:22 about what it’s like to be hearers of the word and not doers. Being hearers of the word is like having the most delicious looking 5 star meal....in your mind. It’s a nice dream, but you can’t get the nutrients from it. To be doers of the word, we not only can eat this amazing meal, but we get all the benefits from it.
Tcvancoops replied to Rory's topic in Interchange of Encouragement & Worldwide BrotherhoodToday's talk had a cute illustration for Matthew 7:7-"Keep on asking, and it will be given to you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you." The speaker said, "this reminds me of Fruit Roll Ups." (For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a fruity sweet snack for kids...and me lol). The brother said when he was little, his parents were opposed of letting the kids have much sweets, but they would allow them to have Fruit Roll Ups. So when they went shopping at the grocery store, he would ask over and over for the snack. He'd tugged on his mom's clothes, and he would run to the produce aisle and grab it, and ask again. Sometimes he'd sneak it into the shopping cart, or "if you're really smart you sneak it onto the conveyor belt as everything is being scanned". That's what kids do when they earnestly want something. It seems like nothing can swayed them otherwise. So when we're praying, and we're seeking God, don't give up! Keep on asking! Be earnest in your prayers! It takes effort, not only to pray, but to live by our prayers. By showing we're putting in the work to have good standing, and show how much we love Jehovah. In the end, our efforts will be rewarded.
Finally! I'm at the happiest I've ever been! My dark, gloomy self is finally coming into the light! Hope in Jehovah, be courageous and strong of heart! Yes hope in Jehovah!
My chihuahua, Cooper, with his girlfriend, Leah! side note: I have arachnophobia, so I literally screamed when I saw the greg's spider picture lol. Can't wait until the new system when that fear is gone!
I am so thankful for all of the friends who have comforted me and helped with during my recent struggles. Jehovah has humbled me, and I finally feel like I got my attitude adjusted and feel peace. Thank you Jehovah! Thank you friends! Thank you for not giving up on me!
Hi Sister Van,
That was touching what you wrote, it shows that you have a grateful and an appreciative heart which is sometimes hard to find in this world. I am glad you are finding some peace!
And thank you for showing such a humble attitude also, you provide a good example for each of us. If you ever feel like posting your recent story about what has brought these good and positive changes, I think all of us would enjoy reading it. Take good care of yourself!
Just when I start to feel fine, I get hit with a massive dose of hopelessness.
I've always admired Thomas Kinkade's paintings of cottages in the woods. And It made me think of living in paradise in a little cottage. I don't need anything big and fancy. I like things simple, yet cozy.
Bad panic attacks lately. It's frustrating because I've been having really good days (which is rare for me). I've been doing good association, attending meetings, service, spending time with the good members f my family and so on. But then out of the blue I'll get a major panic attack. And the past couple nights I've had horrible nightmares. I'm trying to pray and get through this, plus getting excited for my upcoming convention. Just hate these random moments of overwhelming anxiety and panic.
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I hope things get better sis. Hang in there.
A sister sent me an article which mentions that vitamin b6 helps with panic attacks. Hope you are faring well, Dear Sis.
In this time is hard understad to people that suffer this situation, we need support to our brothers and sisters that have this fears
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How to Help Those With Anxiety Disorders
“My heart often pounds really hard, and I break out in a cold sweat and find it difficult to catch my breath. I am overcome by feelings of dread, anxiety, and mental confusion.”—Isabella, a panic disorder sufferer in her forties.
ANXIETY can be described as “a feeling of nervousness or worry.” Have you, for example, ever felt nervous when confronted by an angry dog? What happens when the dog goes away? The nervousness and worry do too, don’t they? What, though, is an anxiety disorder?
When anxiety becomes chronic, when it continues even after there is no more need to feel anxious, anxiety can become a disorder. According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older . . . in a given year.” Consider Isabella, quoted in the introduction. Unrelenting anxiety, such as she experiences, can have serious consequences for the sufferer.
Not only that, but the immediate family may also be affected adversely. There is good news, though. An NIMH publication states: “Effective therapies for anxiety disorders are available, and research is uncovering new treatments that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.”
Family and friends can also help one who is suffering from an anxiety disorder. How?
How to Help
Be supportive: Monica, who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, explains a difficulty she faces: “Most people find it hard to understand my emotional problems.”
As a result, anxiety disorder sufferers are often so afraid of being misunderstood that they try to hide their problem from others. This can result in feelings of guilt that worsen their emotional state. It is vitally important, therefore, for family and friends to be supportive.
Learn more about the disorder: This suggestion may be especially appropriate for those who deal closely with sufferers of anxiety disorders. This may include an immediate family member or a particularly close friend.
Keep comforting one another: The first-century missionary Paul urged friends in the Greek city of Thessalonica to “keep comforting one another and building one another up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) We can do this both by our words and our tone of voice. We need to show that we deeply care for our friends, and we need to avoid hurtful insinuations.
Consider the three professed friends of the man Job, after whom a book in the Bible is named. Those men, as you may remember, wrongly implied that Job was in some way covering over concealed sins and that his suffering was the result of his cover-up.
So, be sensitive to a sufferer’s feelings. Listen carefully. Try to view matters through the eyes of the one who is suffering, rather than through your own. Do not jump to conclusions while listening. Job’s professed friends did, and as a result, they were called “troublesome comforters.” They actually made him feel worse!—Job 16:2.
Remember to listen carefully to sufferers. Allow them to express freely how they feel. This may help you to understand better what they are going through. And think of the reward! You may be able to help sufferers enjoy a more full and meaningful life.
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Identifying Types of Anxiety Disorders
Understanding anxiety disorders is vital, especially when the people involved are immediate family members or close friends. Consider five types of such disorders.
Panic Disorders Recall Isabella, mentioned in the introduction of our article. It is not only the attacks of anxiety that she finds disabling. “In between them, there is the dread that an attack is going to happen again,” she says. As a result, sufferers tend to avoid places where they have had an attack. Some become so restricted that they are housebound or are able to confront a feared situation only when accompanied by someone they trust. Isabella explained: “Merely being alone is enough to trigger an attack. Mother gives me security; I can’t stand it if she is not nearby.”
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder A person obsessed with germs or dirt may develop a compulsion to wash his hands over and over again. Regarding a similar compulsion, Renan says: “My mind is in constant turmoil as I go over and over past mistakes, reanalyzing them and looking at them from every possible angle.” The result is an obsession to confess past mistakes to others. Renan is in constant need of reassurance. But medication has been of help in controlling his obsession.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) In recent times this term has been used to describe a range of psychological symptoms people may experience following an extremely traumatic event that involved physical harm or the threat of such. PTSD sufferers may startle easily, be irritable, become emotionally numb, lose interest in things they once enjoyed, and have trouble feeling affection for others—especially those with whom they used to be close. Some become aggressive, even violent, and tend to avoid situations that remind them of the original traumatic incident.
Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder This is a term used to identify people who are overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations. Some sufferers have an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. They may worry for days or weeks before attending an event. Their fear may become so severe that it interferes with work, school, or other ordinary activities and makes it hard for them to make and keep friends.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Monica, mentioned earlier, suffers from this disorder. She goes through the day filled with “exaggerated worries,” even though there is little or nothing to provoke them. Sufferers tend to anticipate disaster and are overly concerned with health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. Just the thought of getting through the day may produce anxiety.
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THE BIBLE’S VIEWPOINT
Anxiety has two faces. One is a liability; the other, an asset. The Bible helps us to recognize both kinds.
Is it normal to be anxious?
THE REALITY Anxiety involves feelings of uneasiness, nervousness, or worry. Because we live in an uncertain world, bouts of anxiety can overtake any of us.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS King David wrote: “How long will I have anxious concern, with grief in my heart each day?” (Psalm 13:2) What helped David to cope? He poured out his heart to God in prayer, trusting fully in God’s loyal love. (Psalm 13:5; 62:8) In fact, God invites us to unburden ourselves to him. “Throw all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you,” says 1 Peter 5:7.
Often, though, we can allay anxieties by addressing them in a practical way. For example, when the Bible writer Paul felt “anxiety for all the congregations,” he worked hard to comfort and encourage those for whom he was concerned. (2 Corinthians 11:28) In that respect, his anxiety proved to be an asset, for it moved him to extend needed help. The same can be true of us. The opposite attitude—apathy or indifference—would indicate a lack of loving concern.—Proverbs 17:17.
“Look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.”—Philippians 2:4.
How can you deal with undue anxiety?
THE REALITY People may be anxious about past misdeeds, the future, or finances.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS Concern about past misdeeds: Before becoming Christians, some people in the first century were drunkards, extortioners, sexually immoral, and thieves. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Rather than dwell on their past, they changed their ways and trusted in God’s great mercy, which he extends willingly. “With you [God] there is true forgiveness, so that you may be held in awe,” says Psalm 130:4.
Uncertainty about tomorrow: “Never be anxious about the next day,” said Jesus Christ, “for the next day will have its own anxieties.” (Matthew 6:25, 34) His point? Address today’s concerns. Do not compound them by bringing tomorrow’s forward, which can cloud judgment and lead to rash decisions. Also keep in mind that many anxieties may later prove to be unwarranted.
Money worries: A wise man once prayed: “Give me neither poverty nor riches.” (Proverbs 30:8) Instead, he sought contentment—a feeling that merits God’s approval. At Hebrews 13:5, we read: “Let your way of life be free of the love of money, while you are content with the present things. For [God] has said: ‘I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.’” Unlike money, which can—and does—fail, God never fails those who trust in him and lead a simple life.
“I have not seen anyone righteous abandoned, nor his children looking for bread.”—Psalm 37:25.
Will we ever be free of anxiety?
WHAT PEOPLE SAY “We are entering a new age of anxiety,” said journalist Harriet Green in a 2008 article in The Guardian. In 2014, Patrick O’Connor wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “Americans are registering record levels of anxiety.”
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25) An especially “good word” can be found in the good news of God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 24:14) That Kingdom, a government by God, will soon do what we alone could never do—eliminate all anxiety by removing the root causes, including sickness and death! “[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.”—Revelation 21:4.
“May the God who gives hope fill you with all joy and peace by your trusting in him.”—Romans 15:13.
Greetings dear sister
In the darkness I am lost, Aimlessly following the flittering light in the distance. My arms stretched out, always out of reach. Tired and broken, I try to grab the light. Though I can't see my steps I stumble forward. The only sound is my shattered heart trying to beat. Seems the more I journey through the dark The farther the light flees from me. The pain surges through my veins. My tears caress the sides of my face. My head weighed down with rocks. But the light always continues to shine. There is nothing to hold onto in the darkness. The consuming obscurity is insanity. As long as the light is in the distance, I always have somewhere to go. (Sorry, my poetry is dark and depressing. But this has been on my mind lately)