Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment is definitely going to make it into my top books for this year. This book was so convicting and encouraging that I took ten pages of notes on it, which is probably a record for me especially considering that the book is less than 200 pages long.
The book is a study of how to cultivate a heart of contentment, but it includes many facets of contentment and anxiety that I hadn’t considered before. I was challenged to think deeply about my thoughts and attitudes:
- Do I really believe that God is the Blessed Controller of all of my circumstances?
- Do I spend the majority of my time dwelling on positive aspects of my life or negative things?
- Do I pray specifically for things I am anxious about, or do I choose to worry instead?
- Can I accept my portion with thanks, or do I continually compare my life with others’?
- What kind of woman do I want to be 10 years from now? Or when I’m 80? How will I become that woman?
- Have I made a habit of grumbling?
- Do I spend more time asking “What if?” or “If only…” or “Why?” rather than reminding myself of the truth of God’s goodness and His faithfulness to me?
- Are my eyes on Jesus or my problems? Are my thoughts centered on the fact of God’s Word or on my circumstances?
- Do I judge God by the circumstances of my life that I don’t understand, or do I judge the circumstances in light of the character of God?
I could go on, but what stuck out to me may not be what sticks out to you. I would highly recommend this book (it also has study questions appended that could be used with a Biblestudy group or done by yourself, along with suggested Scripture to memorize and study more deeply) – it is one that I think would be applicable and helpful for women in any stage of life.