It has been said that good things come in small packages. Samantha Arroyo, a fellow writer for The Bottom Line, Ministries, recently wrote a small book with a huge message relevant for the times in which we live. “Fragile, 3o Days Of Hope For The Anxious Heart,” is a devotional guide that takes the reader through the author’s battle with chronic worry and anxiety. As with any book of this type, application must be given to teachings and practices to see victory over the problem. Each chapter ends with a “Challenge” section that provides personal and biblical help for doing so.
This book contains much spiritual insight, including an emphasis on the Greek meaning of words and phrases, which contributes greatly to an understanding of anxiety and how to deal with it using biblical principles.
Chapters 11-20 follow the saga of David and Goliath. In this section the point is made that worry can be like a giant. You can either stare at it and hope it goes away or confront it head on. David charged at his giant, putting his confidence in God, and was not held back by anxious thoughts. The author defines worry as “an irrational fear that prevents me from becoming all that God wants me to be and causes me to be stagnant in my walk with Christ.” She asks the question, “How many anxious hearts bent toward worrying and fear have sacrificed their role in a great movement of God?”
This must-read devotional guide focuses on putting God at the center of one’s thoughts as the way to experience freedom from anxiety. Isaiah 26:3 says that God “will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” The challenge is given to hand God your worries, then turn around, and walk the other way.
You may not have chronic anxiety as a mental disorder, but do you worry a lot? This book is for you. It has broad applications. Anyone struggling in bondage to any kind of wrong thinking would find benefit from it, because in all areas one needs to “bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
What are some areas in your life being held back because of worry? If you have chronic anxiety how is it affecting your everyday activities?
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