I am filled with anxiety these days. I’m anxious about things going on in my life, in my country, and in the world.
My racing thoughts and accelerated heart rate can at times distract me from turning to the One who holds every worry, challenge, and emotion in His hands.
I’ll try to read my Bible and my mind will wander and think about all that I’m facing that day or in the weeks or months ahead of me.
When I notice my anxiety taking over, I refer to these encouraging words from Basilea Schlink, the late founder of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary:
If your fear is great, say this over and over again: “Father, my Father, I trust You. You will carry me through.” And comfort, peace and security will come into your heart.
It is a simple prayer that gets right to the point. Father, I trust You. You will carry me through.
Spoken over and over, the words have a way of calming the thoughts that run wild, and slowing down the heart that fears it can’t handle what’s coming.
When you are fearful, think of this wonderful promise from the Word:
“…for He himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’” Hebrews 13: 5-6 (NASB)
I pray you are encouraged with this prayer and verse.
My fear is great. My God is greater.