Experiencing the Peace and Presence of God
Do you sometimes get the feeling that God is far away? Joining Dr. Randy is Dr. Jackie Halstead, of Lipscomb University in Nashville, and together they will help you enter into the presence of the Most High God. That’s Intentional Living, with Dr. Randy Carlson.
Encouragement From the Intentional Living Center
Peace and Possibilities
Dr. Randy Carlson
Anxiety and fear can cause paralysis, preventing upward mobility or forward progress. This kind of thinking is never from God, yet it affects people’s lives every day.
Allen was miserable at work but turned down the offer of a position in a different department because he was afraid it could be even worse.
Joanie had been hurt in her past relationships. When Tom, a nice man from church asked her to join him for lunch, she was filled with anxiety as she pondered all the “what ifs…” and then declined.
When anxiety is a significant factor in decision-making:
You deny yourself the possibility of a wonderful change.
Improvement and forward progress will be slowed or prevented.
Your judgment is clouded.
Recognizing that God is in control and you are not is the next thing moving you toward
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 NIV)
God is peace. Anxiety is the enemy of peace. Acknowledge God’s authority in your life and let go of the reigns. Don’t let fear stop you in your tracks or hold you hostage. Both your increased joy and the blessing you may be to others hang in the balance.
By God’s grace, you can overcome your fear, gain self-confidence and experience the peace of Christ.
Jackie L. Halstead, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality (ICS) and an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has completed two post-doctoral programs with Shalem Institute for Spirituality in Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats and in Spiritual Guidance.
Jackie has her Ph.D. in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past twenty-six years, specializing in clergy and their families. She speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and mental health at the national and international levels. Jackie has been married to Randy for thirty-two years and they have two grown daughters, Eryn who is twenty-five and Ashley who is twenty-one.
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