Anxiety

We are Better Together

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Over the past few years, we’ve been able to accomplish great things in our community as we work together… but there’s more. God has world-changing work for us to accomplish, but the only way to do it is to work together – not just in partnership, but in deep relationships.

1. Read

1 Corinthians 12:12 [NLT] “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”

Your body is only healthy and strong when all your systems and organs are interconnected and working together. It’s the same way for the body of Christ – the Church. God needs a stronger-than-ever representation in our community, and that means we need to be more connected and united than ever.

  • What are a few organs your body could live without? How would losing them affect your health and strength? What are some activities you’d be unable to do after losing them?

  • Just being at a church service doesn’t make someone connected to the body. What does it look like to be disconnected? (Give some examples!) What does it look like, then, to be connected?

2. Challenge

1 Corinthians 12:27 [ESV] “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Flex your biceps. Every time you lift a gallon of milk or bring your toothbrush to your mouth, that action is accomplished by about 250,000 individual muscle fibers. On its own, a muscle fiber could do next to nothing, but together, the bicep muscle group can do some impressive stuff. Your role in God’s Church is vital – but it can only be fully realized when you work in harmony with others.

  • What are some functions or roles that you feel like the Holy Spirit has assigned to you?

  • What are some ways that being connected relationally could help you to do God’s work better (be specific!)? How might working with others allow you to have a greater impact than what you could do by yourself?

3. Prayer Focus

Talk to God for a few minutes about your role in His body. Ask Him to empower you to be stronger as an individual, to work in harmony with other Christians, and to grow in relationships with others, so that the whole body benefits.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

Life is a Highway: Detour

1. Power Verse

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

What’s up: “Trust In God!  Don’t Forget, He Has Never Failed You Yet!”

This week, we conclude our series called, “Life Is A Highway”.  In this series, we learned that life is a lot like a highway.

2. Activity

On a sheet of paper, draw two dots with several inches of space between them, and label the dots Home and Store.  Ask your kids the following questions:

  • Can you draw the best way to get from Home to the Store?
  • Why is that the best way? (it’s the shortest)
  • Is the shortest way the only way?
  • Is the shortest way always the best way?  
  • What are some reasons to take a different route? 
  • Can you draw some other ways to get from Home to the Store? (help them draw some curvy lines that connect the two dots)

Sometimes we have a goal or a dream we want to accomplish in life, and the way to achieve it seems pretty obvious.  We work hard and take all the steps needed to accomplish the goal, but sometimes things happen that cause us to detour from our goal. 

3. Discussion

  • What are some things that might force us to take a detour?
  • How do we feel when we have to take a detour?
  • Does a detour mean that we’ll never accomplish the goal?

Detours in life are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean God has abandoned us.  Trusting God may seem hard, but it’s the only way to ultimately achieve our goals.  God isn’t surprised by detours! 

4. Prayer Focus

Thank God for leading you on life’s highway.  Ask Him to help you through times when you feel like you’re not accomplishing your goal.

Overcoming Anxiety & Fear- Part 3

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Sometimes, following God’s path leads you right through some fear-inducing situations. Whether the danger is physical, financial, emotional or anything else, fear can paralyze you, keeping you from doing what God commands. If you want to follow Jesus effectively, you need courage! 

1. Read

Joshua 1:9 [NLT]  “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua had very real fears in multiple areas – fear of injury, fear of failure, and fear of rejection. God’s command was to rise up and step forward, right into the danger, because He was with Joshua every step of the way.
  •  What’s an example of something in day to day life that you’ve shied away from because it was intimidating? 
  • What’s something God wants you to say, do, or stop, which intimidates you? (It can be a one-time thing, or a recurring way of life.) Get specific, what are the fears attached to that thing? Do those fears change God’s expectation for you?

2. Challenge

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 [NLT]  “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
Sometimes, courage needs a good dose of endurance – not every scary season is a short one. With God’s help, though, you can hang on, and accomplish great things for Him.
  •  Think back on a time in your life where it was hard to hang on spiritually. How long did it last? What most helped you to hang on? 
  •  What were some good things that came out of it? 
  •  Courage is contagious. What are some ways you could share your story of having courage and hanging on through the fear? Who in your life might benefit from your testimony?

3. Prayer Focus

Spend time in prayer calling out specific times when God was with you, whether you realized it or not at the time. Thank Him for each one, and reaffirm your trust that wherever He leads you next, and whatever He asks you to do, He will be with you.

Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

Life is a Highway: Detour

1. Power Verse

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
What’s up: “Trust In God!  Don’t Forget, He Has Never Failed You Yet!” This week, we conclude our series called, “Life Is A Highway”.  In this series, we learned that life is a lot like a highway.

2. Activity

On a sheet of paper, draw two dots with several inches of space between them, and label the dots Home and Store.  Ask your kids the following questions:
  • Can you draw the best way to get from Home to the Store?
  • Why is that the best way? (it’s the shortest)
  • Is the shortest way the only way?
  • Is the shortest way always the best way?  
  • What are some reasons to take a different route? 
  • Can you draw some other ways to get from Home to the Store? (help them draw some curvy lines that connect the two dots)
Sometimes we have a goal or a dream we want to accomplish in life, and the way to achieve it seems pretty obvious.  We work hard and take all the steps needed to accomplish the goal, but sometimes things happen that cause us to detour from our goal. 

3. Discussion

  • What are some things that might force us to take a detour?
  • How do we feel when we have to take a detour?
  • Does a detour mean that we’ll never accomplish the goal?
Detours in life are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean God has abandoned us.  Trusting God may seem hard, but it’s the only way to ultimately achieve our goals.  God isn’t surprised by detours! 

4. Prayer Focus

Thank God for leading you on life’s highway.  Ask Him to help you through times when you feel like you’re not accomplishing your goal.

Overcoming Anxiety

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Everyone gets anxious, stressed or afraid from time to time, but for some people, anxiety can be so overwhelming that it becomes debilitating. Satan wants to leverage anxiety to neutralize your life, but with God’s help, you can find peace and serenity – even if the stress factors in your life don’t change.

1. Read

1 Peter 5:8 [ESV] “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Satan will take advantage of any situation he can to tear you down. If he can pump your mind full of anxiety, those thoughts will displace the peace, confidence and sense of purpose God wants you to live in. Q . What’s a situation that causes you anxiety? Is anxiety a logical reaction to that situation? Q . If you felt that way multiple times a day, what effect would that have on your overall happiness? What day to day tasks would be harder to do? What God-related tasks or thoughts would be harder to stick to?

2. Challenge

1 Peter 5:6-7 [ESV“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Life-altering anxiety isn’t something you can just snap out of, or think your way around. It takes God’s help to change your thoughts, and replace anxiety’s lies with His truth. Q . What are some ways you can reinforce God’s truths in your mind? Q . Think back to the situation you identified earlier that causes you anxiety. How would God’s truth re-frame it?

3. Prayer Focus

List the situations in your life that cause you stress and anxiety. Ask God to help you in each of these, to resist slipping into a harmful pattern of thinking, and to hold onto His perspective on them. Ask Him to fill your life and mind with His peace as you submit to His leadership.

Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

Life is a Highway: MERGE

1. Power Verse

1 Corinthians 3:9 “We work together as partners who belong to God.”
What’s up: “You & Me, We Agree, We Can Work In Unity!” This week, we continue our series called, “Life Is A Highway”. In this series, we’re learning that life is a lot like a highway. The Bible says that there are two roads that we can choose to travel on. One leads to life in Heaven forever and one leads to sin and death. We have to make sure we are on the road that leads to Heaven.

2. Activity

Find a simple baking recipe for a dessert, and have the whole family work together to prepare the dessert, giving each person a part! While it bakes, continue the Family Devotion.  Q.  Was this an easy task? Why or why not? Q. Would this have been more difficult or taken longer if you had to do it all on your own? Q. Did you enjoy working together?

3. Discussion

It’s easy to think that “it’s all about me” when it comes to life. Many people think the most important thing is to find out “what’s in it for me.” But in the Kingdom of God, we’re all members of the same team, the Body of Christ. On this team, we must all work together to help accomplish the goal of reaching as many people as possible for Jesus. Q. How can you do better to work together as the Body of Christ?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray for your children to be humble, put others first, and work together to do big things for God. Then thank God for the time you spent together as a family baking – ask God to bless the food! Then go eat your dessert together!