Week 10– Anxiety
A couple of years ago, my friend Jonathan “JB” Rutherford (a returning summer intern, by the way) said this in an essay about Windermere, for a school assignment:
Once I arrive, I experience a big feeling of “home”. Trees I see every year are blooming and turning into vast shades of color. On the 1500 acres surrounding the cove are tall maples, pink and white dogwoods, and an abundance of evergreens filled with singing birds. The wildlife is plentiful. Deer, turkey, and a host of other animals roam the campus; I have even witnessed bald eagles fishing in the cove…
Windermere is a place for those who looking for a peaceful home. People are stressed. I read an article a few years ago that said this –
Around the turn of the millennium, anxiety flew past depression as the most prominent mental health issue in America, and it’s never looked back: With more than 18 percent of adults suffering from an anxiety disorder in any given year, the United States is now the most anxious nation in the world, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity, while our usage of sedative drugs keeps skyrocketing; just between 1997 and 2004, Americans more than doubled their spending on anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium, from $900 million to $2.1 billion. And this anxious strain hits us well before we reach college. As psychologist Robert Leahy points out: “The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.”
I know our Lord does not prefer his children to live with anxiety. The Bible says it this way, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” Philippians 4:4. There is something about being IN the Lord that brings calm. He is the Sovereign Lord.
Just think of it this way – there is no anxiety that can hold up to an hour of worshiping our Lord. There is no anxiety that can hold up to a prayer walk along the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There is no anxiety can hold up under a simple Bible study and quiet time.
Are you stressed and anxious? Try a couple of days with our Lord at Windermere.
Call Windermere and make a reservation today. You will not regret it.
Join the dozens that making an extra $100 a month gift to Windermere. How can you give? There are three ways you can make a tax deductible donation to Windermere –
- You make your check out to Windermere Baptist Conference Center
- You may make a donation by credit card by going to our website – Go to logosconnect.com
- You can donate an investment such as stocks, CD’s, etc. It is a simple process. Just give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.