I don’t know about you, but I worry a lot! And in this season, it feels like I am worrying overtime. There is just so much more to worry about. When I put my faith in the probability that something will (or won’t) happen, my health, or even my family’s support, I only walk away feeling more anxious.
On those nights when I lie awake, panicking when I should be asleep, I have to remind myself that worrying will get me nowhere. I know that I need to give my worries to God. But relinquishing my fears is harder than it sounds.
Over the weekend, Perrysburg Campus Pastor Josh Whitlow’s bottom line was, “If you want peace today, pray.” Sometimes, it is helpful to take it a step further by memorizing or writing down God’s Word. This imprints God’s truth on your heart—for when you need it most.
I love to write my prayers down. It helps me to make the time that I’m praying more intentional. (And it keeps my thoughts from drifting!) It is also truly amazing to look back and see how my prayers have been answered. Writing centers me in the one who loves me most, God. It helps me, literally and figuratively, “write away” my fears.
Josh also said, “Who you are kept by will determine your peace.” Being “kept” means to be held. God is holding you now, and you can find peace in that truth.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
God is strengthening us. He is holding us up. When we let money, our jobs, or even our families strengthen us and take God’s place, we are only opening our hearts to more anxiety.
Who you are kept by will determine your peace.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Let God keep you today.
What or whom do you typically turn to when you are anxious? How has that worked for you?
In which areas of your life do you need to relinquish your fears and trust God?
Take some time today to write down your fears, your prayers, or an encouraging Bible verse. Consider memorizing a verse, like Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 26:3, or Joshua 1:9 to imprint God’s truth on your heart.
Father God, thank you for offering me your peace. Help me trust you to keep me. I know you are holding me now. When I am afraid, remind me that you are always with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Lydia Snyder. Lydia has been a story-lover for as long as she can remember, often found reading books or writing. She is thrilled to be making a difference by inspiring others to take part in the best story ever – God’s story. Lydia lives with her three wonderful siblings and two amazing parents.
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