Held in His Hand – Finding Peace

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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.

Isaiah 41:10
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.

Isaiah 26:3
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?

Next Steps:
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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14 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    This is great advice Lydia! I often feel as if I can’t keep up at work and prayer, memorizing scripture, and journaling daily has relieved much of my anxiety. God is so good to us!

  2. Lauren Snyder
    Lauren Snyder says:

    Lydia, you “live out” these truths so well. Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging me in my journey!

  3. Eva Zimmerman
    Eva Zimmerman says:

    This is an awesome post!! ❤️ It is so hard for me to remember things. I am always writing things down. Especially Bible verses, and I pass on different verses to my son who is incarcerated and he sends me different Bible verses.
    It is really great reading these Living it Out posts daily!! 😊

  4. Amy Crofts
    Amy Crofts says:

    LYDIA!!! This is amazing! Thank you so much for these reminders on worry and anxious thoughts. I love your transparency with us. Thank you for sharing your gifts!! 💜

  5. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    Lydia! Wow! Thank you for sharing your writing gift with us! I love your honesty and vulnerability. “But relinquishing my fears is harder than it sounds.” That’s so true. It’s easy to tell your brain “Stop worrying” but so much harder to actually DO that!

  6. Cathy Thibodeau
    Cathy Thibodeau says:

    Lydia, thank you so much for sharing these encouraging words and the blessing of these scripture verses to hang on to. It looks like you have a gift for communicating from your heart, and I hope you’ll continue to share it with us!

  7. Linda Lindsey
    Linda Lindsey says:

    Lydia, This is amazing and so beautifully written! You have a gift that will help so many others! Can’t wait to read more from you!

  8. Laura Stout
    Laura Stout says:

    Lydia, I thought of your excellent post last night when worry crept in as I lay down to sleep. I could identify with so much of what you said. I have a wall hanging that says, “Give it to God and Go to Sleep.” Thanks for other ideas to help assuage worry.

  9. Pam
    Pam says:

    Lydia, how insightful for such a young lady! I enjoyed your LIO very much and was excited to see you were the author! I look forward to you sharing more of your innocent wisdom. Thank you for serving and sharing your faith with us. Lydia, may God bless you and keep you all the days of your life! May you be an example to all young people.

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