Saturday, March 29, 2014

Anti-anxiety without a pill?

Don't Be Anxious, Stand! 

by Nike Chillemi

Have you ever had one of those weeks when your flesh and the devil seem to have teamed up and are having a field day? I have. It could go something like this. The week starts off with a cold and while I'm sneezing, sniveling and having a pity party, the credit card company calls and I find out someone has made a multitude of charges on my card. Now I'm frustrated and angry (far from a love walk) and then I get a flat tire. That's a bad week.
Philippians 4:6-7 [NASB] ~  6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is one of those Scriptures I hear a lot when Christians start saying we're supposed to ask God for stuff. Now don't get me wrong, I do believe God wants us to have all our needs met, with some left over to share and especially share in a way that lifts Him up. So, asking is on my spiritual to do list.

However, this Scripture, in my opinion, is mainly talking about anxiety vs. peace. We have been instructed to be anxious over nothing. But what's the antidote, or prescription for anxiety. The words that follow are the key. We're told to pray and to give thanksgiving with supplication. In this Scripture, I note thanksgiving comes before letting our requests be known to God. Then we are assured the peace of God will be ours in a way that passes all understanding. Further we're told that peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. That sure seems to be the solution to anxiety.  It's not always easy to practice, but in my experience, thanksgiving chases away the blues.

I like to write about real things in my novels. In DARKEST HOUR, the fourth and final book in my Sanctuary Point series, things get very real for Lucinda Walsh. Someone is framing her for murder. The fellow she fancies, she's been warned is a louse. And then her small son goes missing, possibly kidnapped. But she comes from a family rooted in faith and she uses her faith to get through these bad situations. She could be the poster child for standing.

To contact the author: Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista


Here's the summary:

Darkest Hour: (Murder Mystery w/Romance, late-1940s)
---Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully
A petite widow, secretary and sole support of her son and grandparents, is framed for the murder of her boss. Wealthy village residents conspire with the DA to indict her and stop further investigation. The medical examiner thinks the shooter was a tall individual and when his report is shoved aside, starts snooping trying to clear her and in the process falls in love with her.

Lucinda Walsh lost her husband and parents at sea. When she discovers the body of her boss, his A-List society fiancée, backed up by her powerful family and a corrupt DA, accuses Lucinda of murder.  She struggles on shielding her five-year-old son, her feisty grandfather and arthritic grandmother from the ugliness of her situation. She mistrusts the dapper ME, thinking he's a ladies' man, but soon realizes he may be the only one in her corner.
Hank Jansen, the county ME who's had his share of pain and  loss, doesn't know if this little widow was in on the murder, but he knows by the trajectory of the bullet she's too short to have pulled the trigger. His professional opinion ignored, he begins his own investigation and at least one cop accuses him of an ethics violation. He certainly can't deny he's fallen head over heels for the accused, and also is crazy about her son. A huge problem is there's a leak inside the investigation and the murderer is always one step ahead of them.

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