Week 2: Voices in my Head
Sarah Wilson, an author writes about anxiety. She says, “It’s that gut-twisting, grip-from-behind, heart-sinky feeling that winds me in tighter spirals and makes everything go faster and with so much urgency and soon enough I’m running down a steep hill faster than my poor spinning legs can carry me.” Anxiety has the ability to really mess us up. It can not only interrupt our thoughts, but also how we live our lives. The Fountains believes that whatever anxiety you face today, God is still bigger, and there are people around you right now that are here for you…
1. ICEBREAKER: What is the most anxious day you can remember? What about that situation made you so anxious? (wedding day, birth of first child, first day at school, first date, drivers test)
2. Whenever you face anxiety, how do you respond? Do you feel like everything speeds up and you’re running down a steep hill, facing everything with urgency or like you’re paralyzed by the pressure you face?
2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
3. Paul makes an interesting claim that he is strongest in his weakest moments. Can you relate to this? Is there a moment in your life that you felt weak, but strong at the same time because you relied on Jesus? Talk about that time.
4. Would you agree that we are often more concerned with shifting people’s focus on us as opposed to shift our focus on God? How do we do this?
Luke 22:29-31 And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
5. Jesus tells us in the scripture above that worrying dominates the thoughts of unbelievers. What is the promise God gives us in this passage? How does seeking the Kingdom of God and trusting this promise impact the anxiety you feel each day?
6. Think about this for a second, “When we pray about everything, we don’t have time to worry about anything.” Is that true? If yes, how so?
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.
7. How does choosing to be thankful disarm the anxiety in our lives?
Sometimes, our anxiety creeps back into our minds to dominate our thoughts. The best way that we can combat that is through “prayer and supplication with thanksgiving”. This week spend time each day specifically praying about the anxieties you face… not formal prayers, but honest prayers. Also, give God thanks for what He HAS given you because we can get so caught up in what we’re missing. When you attend life group next week, let the group know how God helped you through your anxieties as you lean on Him.
CHANGING YOUR MIND
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.