When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy.
During this great time of uncertainty, I have been heavily reminded how easily shaken we can become, and how quickly we can be overcome by anxiety, fear, and panic. On the flip side, when we put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, how quickly peace and trust can flood a person’s spirit.
As this week has crept by, Psalm 94:19 constantly reminds me to hand over my every worry and anxiety and release it to the Lord. It’s so easy to panic, worry, and get wrapped up in those feelings. However, we aren’t called to live in fear; we are called to live the life God has called us to–one of courage, and one which pours the love and light of Jesus into the lives of those around us.
When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19
Psalm 94:19 calls us to lean into the Lord and find our comfort and peace in him, which will, in turn, create joy within us. A way we can experience a deeper joy is by being the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us that may be less fortunate or may be unable to leave their homes.
Look for ways you can serve someone around you no matter their age. If you happen to have a neighbor or friend who is 65 years or better, check in on them, help them know you’re there for them, and remind them they’re not alone. You will experience a deeper joy and less anxiety when you extend a hand to someone.
Anxiety weighs down the heart but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety can be such a painful, depleting emotion to experience. Even though God gave us all the emotions we experience, he gave those to us so that we will learn even deeper ways of drawing nearer to him.
We are called to draw near to him at all times and in all seasons; however, some seasons or days call for a greater dependence on him. In times like those we’re dealing with today, I do believe we are called to an even greater dependence on the Lord.
To take it a step further, we could all impact someone by a simple phone call or text to encourage and pray for them, or simply praying for someone even if they don’t know you’re praying for them. Sometimes the acts of kindness that go unnoticed by a physical being hold greater weight in the long run–and they don’t go unnoticed by our Heavenly Father.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
One of my life verses is Joshua 1:9 as it tells us in all times and seasons to be strong and courageous in the Lord. To not be overcome by fear–to pray through discouragement. It reminds us God will get you through whatever you are going through or will go through. It also reminds us that God is always by our side every step of the way, giving his wisdom and direction. We are simply to look to him for that wisdom and direction.
As this week continues, I challenge you to lean into the Lord in a deeper way. Ask God how and who you can shed his light and love on today, tomorrow, and as the weeks go by.
You never know how you can impact someone for the greater good of the Kingdom of God just by checking in or helping extend a hand as a way to meet a need.
Thank you for always being near to me and never leaving my side. I ask that when I feel anxiety, fear, or worry, that you will fill those feelings with comfort and peace. I ask that you will show me how to serve the needs of those around me and how to best show your love as I desire to further your Kingdom.
Congregational Care Associate
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