WINTER BOOK club – week SIX

Welcome to Week Six of “Calm My Anxious Heart”

This week before you meet on March 1 you will need to read:

  • Chapters 10-11: “Trusting God with the What Ifs” & “Trusting God with the If Onlys”

The key verse(s) for you to memorize and/or meditate on this week are:

  • Jeremiah 17:7-8

Music can be a powerful tool for focusing our hearts and minds. “Holding My World” by Kristian Stanfill includes many of the themes we have been talking about and has been on repeat in my house lately. The chorus says: 

“So I will not worry or fret
My God is the God who will never forget
All of His goodness and all of His promises
He’s holding my world in His hands”

You can listen to the full song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKEwZpX2BVU

Discussion questions for this week will include (unique questions for the week are in bold):

  • If you had to pick one statement or idea from each chapter that you feel is the most important or powerful, which would it be? 

  • On p. 165, Dillow asks, “What are your serious What Ifs? What are your silly What Ifs?” How would you answer those two questions?

  • What If Only do you find yourself dwelling on most? 

  • What’s something you had a question about, or maybe disagreed with?

  • What did you learn about God from each chapter? (Might not be a “brand-new-never-had-this-thought-before thing, but could also be something you already know but needed to be reminded of)

  • What did you learn about yourself from each chapter?

Before you get started, please watch this five-minute video: 

In the video, part of what I speak about is that there are different definitions of the word anxiety and that it’s important for us to differentiate and be clear about what we mean when we use the word. In the video, I said that I wasn’t going to attempt to engage those definitions. However, after I made the video, while I was looking something else up, I came across a short article that offers four different definitions for “anxiety” and addresses whether or not each is a sin. If I’d had time, I would have remade the video and revised it to include this content! It’s good food-for-thought and worth the few minutes, it will take to read it. You can find it here: 

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/ask-tgc-anxiety-sin/