Therapy & Theology: Dealing With Anxiety | Episode 5

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When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it.

In the fifth episode of the series, you’ll hear a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst and her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. Together they will unpack depression and anxiety, help you identify triggers and learn how to combat anxiety in a healthy way.

In this series, you’ll learn how to …
Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.

Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out.
Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

Related Resources:

If you’ve ever wished you had a friend who understands deep hurt and heartbreak to walk with you through the healing process, purchase Lysa TerKeurst’s latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, at!

Help your child overcome anxiety with Lysa TerKeurst’s children’s book, It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change, available in the Proverbs 31 Ministries bookstore.

Ready to take the next step in finding a Christian counselor? Here’s a good place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances: American Association of Christian Counselors.

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14 thoughts on “Therapy & Theology: Dealing With Anxiety | Episode 5

  1. I love this, although I am so very sorry for all that you have had to go through. PTSD is interesting. They have found actually physical changes in the brain of those who have PTSD.

    We are whole creatures, body, soul, and mind. This video addresses so well the soul and mind, but I think that there has to sometimes be physical healing from PTSD as well.

    I have struggled with PTSD and I still do. My son was born quadriplegic, with a severe brain injury called microlissencephaly. By God's grace he is happy and comfortable now and doing the best he ever has, but we had many years where we had one medical challenge after another. It was incredibly traumatic. I can't even begin to explain it. A long with that we had some very hurtful things spiritually from A church we were in. By God's grace we found a really healthy wonderful church that helped us heal our spiritual wounds. But physically I still had to heal, since as the mom I was the one dealing with most of the medical issues and care for my son.

    For me personally I found that there were certain medicines that I felt were given by God to help us heal. We found CBD for my son and it saved his life and has been incredibly helpful in managing his seizures. I started to use it too and it really helped. I literally felt a jolt, a shock, like the neurotransmitters in my brain were trying to realign in a healthy way. I also found skullcap and passionflower tea, both nervous tonics, meaning they heal're nervous system. I make a tea from them, and then mix with my own hot chocolate mix (Sometimes a healthy one I make with stevia rather than sugar and almond coconut milk rather than milk). I have felt a huge difference and healing from these. And what I love is they are herbs, from God. And God said he gave herbs for the healing and service of man. They are God's gentle medicine…

    Of course without the hope of Jesus and His love, physically healing has no real long term meaning for me, because what I live and live for and what gives me purpose is Him.

    But it is nice to feel physical healing in my nervous system, and be grateful for the good medicine he has given. I am so grateful.

  2. Thank you all for this informative and thought-provoking devotional. I was recently downsized for the third time in my adult life and it's brought up so much anxiety and my confidence is low. The verses from Psalms 42 and 43 along with the verses from Lamentations 3: 19-21 are a Balm of Gilead this morning. Thank you all for your dedication to Christ Jesus's ministry God Bless you all.

  3. Wow! I really needed this today. I've been having a lot of anxiety and feeling frustrated so much lately that I keep exploding on people, especially at work. It's been a rough week and I ended up taking a half day off this morning because my anxiety was making me sick and I needed to "pause" before going in to work today. I came to Youtube to watch another video and this was in my recommended list. God knew exactly what I needed to hear & I'm so grateful. This is definitely getting saved so I can easily refer back to it. 🙂

  4. There is no way to express the appreciation of this series. Thank you so much for covering this topic!! The insight from the 3 of you is beyond helpful. This has truly given me something that I can identify with and use these insights in dealing with my own anxiety and depression.

  5. This was awesome …brought so.much insight to whereby ii am and have been ..thank you Lysa for being so ok honest about how you feel ..and how handles things …God is most certainly turning everything to good for you ..I can only hope for a miracle for my situation …my husband is not a humbled man but just have to trust God …that He has a plan

  6. I love Joel. He's so humble and patient…not trying to jump in and show off his knowledge or be the "voice of God" in the conversation. We need more theologians like him.
    Thank you for addressing anxiety. I was especially enlightened by Dr.Jim's description of what can happen even in the womb. I have always been the most anxious of my siblings even though we all experienced alot of the same trauma, but my mom had had two miscarriages before me, almost lost me and then dealt with alot of schizophrenia symptoms right after my birth. It's interesting to think that my neurotransmitters could have been wired a certain way because of that.

  7. This. TODAY. Exactly what I needed. Facing my actions from March 2018 in Infidelity, walking this out as my world blew up has been devastating. I was trying to exist in my marriage serving God, standing on the WORD. ALL the while thinking husband would change. A miracle would take place. My husband would renew his heart to God, our marriage would be in unity again. My expected outcome. Instead I was drawn into adultery that I didn't see coming. And who it was with is even worse. I won't add to that. But the devastation in me that followed is for my situation the WORST time season of my life.
    Lysa when your book was released last fall, I thank God I was on it by January 2019. I signed up for the Bible study on FB, downloaded the book, and there in just the open preface of It's Not Supposed to be this way,. I saw my heart and feelings written on your pages.
    Now these weekly videos are SO VALUABLE TO JULIA.
    I'm still walking out a marriage that my husband won't go to counseling but says he loves me. After I repented last year and set my face like Flint to Jesus, He has brought me what I need at every point I was ready for more. God knows when I can hear more, my vision of the situation is ready to expand. He's restoring my IDENTITY.
    I appreciate more than I can express what your doing for the body of Christ at this time, at the greatest onslaught of the enemy.

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