Anxiety! Just typing that word causes my tummy to turn. As I have posted before, it is an evil little beast that pops in and out of my life. Honestly, I have had a lot of it lately about simply activating this site. Satan knows that this is my weak spot. He can turn up the anxiety and I will begin to cave. Not this time though! 🙂 Todays post comes from the 34th psalm:
Psalm 34: 1-7
1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
Sometimes when fear, anxiety, or even sadness comes into our lives; praise is the last thing on our mind. We want to react in anger or pull away and hide. Dr. David Jeremiah said in his address on the radio today “Sometimes we have to simply act out of our obedience to God”.
Sometimes we will have to go through hard times. Sometimes we will have do things we don’t want to do. I am personally a creature of habit, change is the LAST thing I like to deal with. I like routine in my life and consistency, but that is currently what God is taking me through. Change! It is not comfortable, quite the opposite. It is his plan though and who am I to challenge his plan.
So, I am taking my own lesson to heart today. All though anxiety and fear are the emotions I feel, it is praise that I will give to the Lord. His blessings are abundant and his strength can be compared to none. I will bless the name of my Lord, I will bless the name of my Lord!
I have stated in prior post about concern for the day when my boys come home sad due to their feelings being hurt. Perhaps someone did something mean or said something rude. I have to say, todays lesson to myself I think will be a tool I use for them. What if we teach them while they are young, if you are hurt or scared or sad…Bless the name of our Lord. Thank him for what he has done for you and for all he has blessed you with.
Blessing his name, in my mind, changes my perspective on the problem. Maybe money or providing for your family is a stress for you. As I type this, I am hearing the birds chirping outside my window…SPRING!!! These verses come to my mind:
Matthew 6 NLT:
25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
The birds have really no way to provide for themselves. Money is non-existent in their world. All they can do is rely on what God has provided for them: the insects and worms for food, the trees for shelter etc. If the Lord has provided for the birds, why should we have any doubt he will provide for us. Usually, our doubt stems from our humanly need to be in control. Our need for control can directly work against Gods need for us to be obedient to him. Our need for control can work directly against Gods plan for us.
Today I will focus on the blessings that God has provided in my life. I will focus on my Family and my Friends. I will focus on the times that the Lord has provided security, strength and hope. I will not focus on the fears or allow Satan to hold my anxieties against me. I will be obedient to the Lord and focus on the Good that he has done. Bless the name of our Lord!