We hope the Equip Night was a help to those who attended last night. We are excited to offer more nights like these on a variety of relevant topics in the next few months.
As mentioned last night, we could only scratch the surface on the topic of stress, anxiety, and fear. We plan to interact with more of the "Live Poll Results" over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for more on the blog.
Some takeaways from last night:
Parents need to understand that the stress their students are under is very real. May we learn to "lean in" and listen to our children.
Active gratitude combats crippling stress. Parents can help their stressed out children by leading them to practice gratitude.
The truth of God's word is sufficient for dealing with our stress, anxiety, and fears.
Taking every thought captive and actively in meditating on the truth of God's word is a key to transformation. (Romans 12:1-2)
The 24 hour news cycle/social media/technology serves as a type of "megaphone" that can lead to more stress and fear in our lives.
Don't walk alone in this battle. Help is available. See resources below:
The "Live Poll" Results gave insight to our highest stressors, fears, and anxieties:
"When I Am Afraid”- Ed Welch
"A Bright Tomorrow"-Jared Mellinger
“Mindscape”- Timothy Witmer
“Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety”- Elyse Fitzpatrick
“Crazy Busy”- Kevin DeYoung
Tools And Websites:
Brookstone Counseling Ministry (www.brookstonechurch.org/counseling) * We offer Biblical Counseling free of charge to our church members and our community.
Summit Wellness Center (www.summitwellnesscenters.com) * special thanks to Kevin Wimbish and Donna Gibbs for speaking last night. They offer ongoing counseling at Summit Wellness Center.
Biblical Counseling Coalition (https://biblicalcounselingcoalition.org)* Features content about a variety of struggles including fear and anxiety.
Right Now Media (www.brookstonechurch.org/rightnowmedia)* Everyone at Brookstone has free access by creating a username/password *Search for Ed Welch- video content on fear, approval, and dealing with our own anxiety and helping those who struggle.
CCEF (www.ccef.org) * Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation features blog, books, and other resources on issues regarding stress, anxiety, and fear.
Please make plans to join us for the next Equip Night coming up on March 6th:
“Epidemic: The Silent Crisis of Our Time”. Learn more and register here: https://www.brookstonechurch.org/epidemic