Happy Thursday! 

Your camper is heading to Bible Study shortly – will you take just a minute, be still, and ask for the Holy Spirit to teach them through His Word?

I don’t know about you, but there are often mornings where I wake up and immediately feel anxiety. Maybe that’s what’s going on in your heart in some way already today. 

Remember, the presence of God is all that we need, in any moment. Just being with our Father is enough! 

It’s our prayer that in today’s quick look into the Bible Study the Holy Spirit will change your life and genuinely heal you of anxiety forever, in the name of Jesus! We hope it gives you deep, living truth to hide in your heart and great practical help for your everyday life in walking with God through anxiety. 

The presence of God is: the Peace in My Anxiety.

We have three amazing kids – under the age of 6. (Pray for us!) My wife has been unbelievable at getting them to sleep through the night pretty quickly.

She had our son sleeping through the night in a matter of weeks. But for reasons we still don’t know, around 18-20 months old, he started to wake up in the middle of the night screaming at the top of his lungs. And he wouldn’t stop. 

Well I can sleep like a corpse, so my wife would typically be the one to get up and try to get him to go back to sleep. And he would thrash and scream in her arms and most of the time he would never calm down. 

So, only by the grace of God, I started to be the one to wake up and go into his room. I’d pick him up, sit on the rocking chair, and start rubbing his back – and he would immediately and completely relax on my chest.

In his pitch black room, nothing has changed – except the one who was with him. He’s totally still and at complete peace resting on the heart of his dad. 

I’ve learned a lot about my heavenly Father while sitting in the dark, rocking back and forth, taking care of my son in his most anxious, fearful moments – just being there with him. 

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, nervousness, or unease – typically about an event or something with an uncertain outcome. And to some level, all of us experience it. 

It can be an indicator for us – a light on the dashboard of our heart, helping us to recognize that our faith in that moment or season is in something other than God and our mind is fixed somewhere other than His presence. 

Throughout Scripture, God gives us A LOT of healing words and helpful practices when it comes to anxiety. (It’s like He knew we would struggle with it. He’s so good.)

And the specific passage we are focusing on with our campers is today’s Memory Verse, Philippians 4:6-7 that says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our Father simply and directly says “Don’t be anxious.” I’ll be honest, that is easy to say and difficult to do. But also, I want to take God up on his Word. If this verse is true, then I believe it’s possible to not be anxious. How? What does this look like?

Well, in my most anxious moments, I put my head on His chest. I breathe with Him. I relax my mind and heart in His presence. I listen to Him as He reminds me of Truth that He is with me, He loves me, He is for me. I draw near.

And the peace that surpasses understanding takes over. It guards my heart. It washes over my mind. Jesus draws near.

Your camper is going to walk through this with their cabin this morning. I encourage you to slow down, unhurry yourself, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you right now:

– Take a moment to close your eyes, take a few slow breaths, and imagine putting your head on the chest of God. You are breathing together. He is taking care of you, calming you down, speaking words of life over you. 

– Recall Philippians 4:6-7. Let the Holy Spirit remind you of the truth you need to know and believe right now. 

– Picture whatever you are anxious or fearful about. Picture it being in your hands and you are giving it to God, your loving Father. He takes it from you, smiles at you, and He tells you He has better things for you. 

– Receive those things from Him, reminding yourself of the peace He wants to give you today.

This is practicing the presence of God in moments or seasons of anxiety. This is drawing near.

He is your Peace.