«This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles» (Psalm 34:6).
Anguish is a frequent emotional state nowadays. The instability of different spheres of life associated with the uncertainty and fears of a negative outcome increase this unpleasant «emotional pain.» The symptoms of anguish may include different problems from the physical and mental sphere such as sleep difficulties, nervousness, irritability, digestive problems, headaches, reduced sexual desire and the inability to deal with difficulties. It is estimated that more than 15% of the population suffers from anguish disorders with women being more prone to this type of disorder. How can we free ourselves from it?
Psychologists recommend some basic strategies such as creating an order of priorities, following a daily routine with regular hours of sleep and meals, increasing physical activity, doing manual activities, following relaxation techniques and thinking positive thoughts.
Susanna had good reasons to live in anguish. Of the nineteen children she had had, half of them had not survive early childhood, and she had one child with malformations. Moreover, she had serious financial problems and her debts were increasing. On top of that, her house burnt down in the middle of winter, literally leaving her family on the street. Nonetheless, every day she received dozens of people who needed encouragement, guidance or help. As a pastor’s wife, she had many responsibilities and though she was fragile by nature, she had a good disposition an was enthusiastic. How was Susanna able to live without anguish?
This woman had a very clear purpose in life: to educate her children for eternity. It is said that she was extremely methodical. In her humble house, there was a time for sleeping and another to be awake; a time for studying and another for playing; a time for helping and another for resting; and a cheerful atmosphere dominated the family. But there was something else that characterized her. She spent two hours daily in communion with God and studying His Word. During those hours, she talked to God like a friend, bringing Him her worries, desires and burdens. In the Bible, she sought the answer to her concerns and the necessary strength to face the day. She gathered her family to worship God twice a day and her songs even attracted her neighbors.
By the grace of God, Susanna Wesley managed to train two of the greatest preachers in England in the eighteenth-century: John and Charles Wesley. Are you up to following her method to live free of anguish?