“There’s so much you don’t know and can’t control. But what if you could be calm anyway? Fear about the future, anxiety, and worry win because we don’t really know who God is.”
Fear has consumed a large part of my life. Only recently, thanks to a friend and mentor, I recognized the dangers fear had brought with it.
Since then, I’ve been reading all I can on fear and all I must do to combat it. Being in God’s Word, I’ve discovered is the best way to do just that. The author, Laura Dingman, offers a 6-week Bible study on this very topic. I was blessed with a complimentary copy from Moody Publishers. It is a wonderful study companion to God’s Word. It drove me through passages of Scripture that I really needed to hear to have a calm anxiety-ridden present and future.
I find the blank spaces on the pages inviting as I record my answers and reflections. It is also an opportunity to lift my prayers up to God through the ink in my pen.
About the Book
We live in a culture of unknowns. Every day, the headlines report news of acts of terror, political upheaval, and grievous sins against others. In our personal world, we may receive unwanted news from the doctor, struggle with wayward children or worry how we’re going to pay the next bill when finances are stretched thin. We want to know the future — to know what is coming — so that somehow we can control the outcome, often leading to needless anxiety and fear.
“The desire to see what lies ahead lives within each of us,” says Laura Dingman, author of the new Bible study, This I Know, Moody Publishers, January 2018).”
We wonder. We dream. We anticipate and hope. But at times we also worry. We fret. We fear. All that leads us to want to control events. When we lose our grip on control (which happens quite often since we aren’t really in charge of things), anxiety appears. At times, it clutches us, taking our very breath.”
In her second title in Moody Publishers’ Bible study line for women, Dingman, a Bible teacher and creative arts director at a large Indianapolis church, leads women through a 6-week Bible study focused on biblical truths about the trustworthy characteristics of God, helping them see how better knowing God leads to a life free from anxiety and fear and allows them to step confidently into an unknown future.
Endorsed by the likes of Jonathan Merritt, Cheri Lowe, Mary Graham, and Nancy J. Kane, This I Know is designed for small groups as well as individual study. Each week is broken into a detailed introduction, followed by six daily studies, with five including Scripture passages, teaching from Dingman, interactive questions, prayer related to the study, a space to write a prayer, and a journaling prompt. The sixth day serves as a day of reflection and an opportunity to review what was learned that week, with helpful questions to journal and think through an action plan. Studies include:
Week 1: A Known God
How we can grow in both our factual knowledge of God and our experiential knowledge — the only knowledge that can give true power.
Week 2: What Do You Really Believe?
How to move from thought to action in our beliefs
Week 3: Cornerstone
What foundation is our life built on?
Week 4: Our Eyes are on You
What to do when we’re staring into the unknown, facing giants and enemies too powerful for us.
Week 5: Regardless, You are Good
How do we respond when our unknown becomes the known we feared?
Week 6: I Will Remember
The significance of remembering in our relationship with God and our experience with fear and anxiety. Remembering what God has done changes our view of everything.
“When we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, instead of on our unknown future, worry dissipates,” says Dingman. “Anxiety melts. Hope solidifies. Faith grows. Life changes. Of course, times of pain and fear and suffering still come, but what we do with it — in the midst of it — is different because we are different. Because our view of God is different.”
Laura Dingman spends most of her time creating and leading worship experiences that help connect people with the story of God. She has served in vocational ministry as the Creative Arts Director at The Creek, a large church in Indianapolis, for over a decade.