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Ted Whitney grew up in Savannah, Tennessee and now resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He is married to Jana and they have 3 kids.  Ted graduated from Liberty University Online in 2005 and he enjoys reading, being outside and playing games with friends and family.


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."  1 Thessalonians 5:11




Blog: Online Communities Bible Study

Friday, May 22, 2015

Overcoming Anxiety about Studying

Max Lucado wrote, "How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, "Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?" To which the man responded, "That's your worry.”*   Can you hire someone to worry for you?  Probably not.

How do you deal with anxiety?  Specifically, how do you deal with the anxiety associated with classes?  The homework, the studying, the research and the tests?  

How about we take some time to pray and seek some help?

Jesus shows us how to pray in Luke 11:1-13.  Many times Jesus had to get away from the crowds and the noise to be alone with His Father and pray.  Luke 5:16 reads, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."  We would do well to follow His example.  Turn off the distractions, walk to the park, find a bench and pray.

Need some studying resources?  I encourage you to check out the Resources for Academic Success website.  There are tools there to help online students.

Another great resource is this video titled "Tools to Combat Anxiety".  The video is only 8 minutes long and will be an encouragement to you.

Feel free to leave us your comments below and God bless.

Ted Whitney

*Max Lucado, "He Leads Us" from Traveling Light, 5/13/2015

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