AAC Women's Blog

May Soul Food Recap

Sometimes it’s hard to talk about anxiety. Many of us attach feelings of shame and guilt to our anxiety, making it an uphill battle to let anyone into our struggle. Suzan Myhre, who spoke at the AAC women’s May soul food event, brought a new atmosphere to the discussion of anxiety saying, “this is, believe it or not, one of my favorite topics.”  

If you weren’t able to make it, here’s a snapshot of the event and some of the wisdom Suzan shared based on her own experience and role as an AAC and private practice counselor of thirty years.

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“Anxiety is not an issue of character. Anxiety is not an issue of faith. It does not mean you do not have faith if you suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is a condition- a fundamental biological mechanism.  It signals in the brains and it plays out in the body.”

“Our brains are reacting to something that is coming into our environment, and that’s very real.”

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“It’s because of the Church that I feel like I have a place. I have a community. I have people to do life with, and I don’t have to do this alone.”

“I want you all to feel so loved that you are confident that you’re going to make it through this. Because anxiety can cripple us. It can try to rob and steal our lives away from us, but we're not going to let it.”

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“You can try to protect yourself from feeling the sad stuff, but then you also don’t get to feel the happy stuff.”

“Jesus is there all the time. He knows us. He knows when we’re suffering, and when we’re in need, and when we’re in trouble.”

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“We want redemption Sunday- Jesus rose from the dead. Guess what? He defeated death. He defeated our mistakes. He defeated our regrets. He defeated our failures. He put it all to rest. It’s done. It’s finished.

“We have redemption Sunday. And in Redemption Sunday, Jesus holds us.”

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“When our thinking brain and our feeling brain are working together, that’s wisdom. That’s where connection happens.”  

“Regardless of what anxiety you suffer, regardless of what trouble you’ve had in your life, regardless of how isolated you feel or how lonely you feel, we have a Savior that will come and find you.”

To read Suzan’s entry for the AAC women’s blog, click here.

To register for the August 13th Soul Food event, The Truth About Anxiety: What God Teaches Through It, click here.

*Photo Credit Anja Gridley- Contact agridley@aac.church for inquiries.  

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About the Author: Rebecca Bronson

After graduating from UW Oshkosh with her literature teaching degree, Becca felt a call to pursue international missions. In January 2017, Becca left the United States and joined the World Race mission and discipleship program where she traveled to eleven countries in eleven months to serve in various ministries.

Upon returning home, Becca heard about Appleton Alliance’s residency program and felt confident it was the next step. She is currently working with the Women’s Ministry department while pursuing her master’s in Theology and hopes to someday work in ministry full-time.

When not doing schoolwork, Becca enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, running, and snuggling with her dogs.

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