Click above to listen to Dreams in the Night from my fifth album Unveiled as your background reading music. If you enjoy, consider purchasing the song, album download, or CD from iTunes, or stantonlanier.com (where sheet music is also available). What life circumstance is causing anxious thoughts for you? I am an “anxious thoughts expert,” so before I forget, I want to mention two other resources I encourage you to take in after reading this post. The Dreams in the Night Live Concert Video and My Personal Faith Story Video are tools you can use to help minimize your anxious thoughts to find peace and rest. What are your “dreams in the night?” What are your greatest fears and doubts? I struggle with anxious thoughts daily. There is always something to be anxious about, right? And it always involves uncertainty about the future. When I surrender the future, let go of the past, and live in the present (really live — come alive), this helps minimize my anxious thoughts. In life, and in this musical melody, there are both restless moments and restful moments. But there is more… As I share in my personal faith story, I grew up with worrisome and perfectionist tendencies. Combining this with experiences of defeat fueled my anxious thoughts (I still remember the 8th grade spelling bee — I misspelled the first word in front of all my teachers and peers, and I was devastated!). However, there were also moments of victory which sparked confidence (like when I scored thirty points in a high school basketball game). Unless I practice letting go of past defeats, they will be a negative influence in my thinking. Instead, I want to practice recalling the thrill of past victories. This helps maximize my faith in what is possible. Even when I seem to be in a good place — living in the present and having confidence —anxious thoughts can still appear, keeping me from peaceful rest. Amid unsettling dreams in the night there are still whispers of optimism and expectation. God’s still small voice assures me of His care for me, and His presence with me in all things. The best antidote for anxious thoughts is to open my heart to Him, to listen for His voice, and to meditate on His Word. What “moment of victory” from your past, or scripture verse helps maximize your faith? Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people, fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake. — Job 4:13-14 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” — Lamentations 3:22-24
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