When it comes to battling anxiety, the deeper I go into God’s Word the easier it is to swing the sword. An in-depth Bible study might be just what you need to go from victim to victor. I have personally completed all of these studies and each one of them helped me step forward in my faith and live more courageously.
These studies are guaranteed to help you conquer your battle with anxiety.
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I went through this Bible study on Isaiah 61 just after a time of spiritual darkness and I still turn to it for reminders of the truth. My worn and tattered workbook pages speak for themselves. To say that this study changed my faith, my perspective on life, and my ability to cope with anxiety is an understatement. This is, hands down, my top recommendation for Bible studies on anxiety. I have followed Beth Moore since 2003 and she is one of my favorite Bible teachers. You are guaranteed to learn from her. This in-depth study includes 10 weeks of personal, daily assignments and viewer guides for 11 sessions.
If that much depth sounds intimidating, you can check out the Breaking Free book that covers the same themes from the Bible study, but without the daily assignments. I’ve read that too and highly recommend it.
It had been almost three months since my ruptured carotid artery surgery and I still had not been cleared to drive yet. Most days consisted of me sitting by the window and trying not to lose my mind. Enter my next door neighbor, who invited me to join a a new women’s Bible study group meeting at her house. I immediately agreed to come without knowing what day or time we would be meeting. The Armor of God study was the first study we did together, but it certainly hasn’t been the last. This 7-session study walks you through Ephesians 6, helping you to recognize attacks from the enemy and equipping you with a personalized strategy for combating them.
I still refer to my notes from this study often. It’s practical suggestions offer tangible solutions for overcoming anxiety, or any other hardship you may be facing.
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Breathe was the second study that I went through with my Bible study group next door. We did this study in the Spring, when end-of-the-school-year madness starts to ensue. Intentionally not nearly as in-depth as the previously-mentioned studies, Breathe is a lesson in the Sabaath and how to make space for it in your own life. Lacking the daily “homework” assignments that you might find in a typical study, Breathe is organized more like a journal, allowing you time and space to meditate on what you are learning about God’s call for rest. The video sessions are short and easy to fit into a busy week. Because I think that rest and margin and self-care and intimacy with God are all vital to any anxiety-battling strategy, this study is perfect for anyone who needs the space to find those things.
Ready, by Heather Dixon (that’s me – eek!)
Last night, I hosted a dessert party in my home for fourteen local sisters in Christ. Their job? To (1) love on each other and be fed by God’s Word, and (2) be my guinea pigs as I teach and lead them through a Bible study I have written on Joshua 1-5. These women prayed, loved, and fed my family through a time of crisis and they have graciously agreed to serve as a test group to help me work out any final tweaks and edits. Once that is done, I can’t wait to share the Ready study with you.
Wanting to confirm what I had heard with His Word, I found myself in the first few chapters of Joshua. But as I studied more, I discovered God’s message to get ready coming alive throughout the entire Bible. It’s a message that will help us face the unknown and find the courage to readily face whatever falls upon our path. It’s God’s plan for the woman who knows the battle is coming, but refuses to leave the front line. What I found in my study of Joshua helped me stay strong through months of battling anxiety with my diagnosis, so I hope it can help you too.
If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog since last fall, this is why. I’ve had my head down, tunnel-visioned and focused on creating something new for you. Stay tuned for more information on its coming release.
If you’re already one of my email peeps, then don’t worry. I’ll keep you updated. (Peeps: you saw the sneak peek of the cover for this study in your newsletter from me, right?) If you’re not a subscriber yet, but you want to know more about the Ready study, you can become an email peep here.
Have you done any of these studies? If so, let me (and anyone reading in the comments) know how they helped you battle anxiety.
Until next time, carry on warriors.