I need to admit upfront that this is not something I have been consistent with. When I am doing a Bible study or involved in a book club, I tend to let this go. I wish I wouldn't. But it is a fruitful tool that profits me much.
I have been struggling with feelings of anxiety lately. This is something that occurs occasionally for me, and it's usually mild. But I hate it. The other night, the anxiety was set off by a simple unbidden thought. And the solitary thought flew unchecked through my mind and brought a flock of nagging friends. The unease nested in my spirit until I was feeling overwhelmed with all the unwelcomed imaginings. And that's when the whisper of Words filled my mind, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God" (Psalm 20:7).
The words were a spark of hope ready to smoke out the brood of bad tidings in my head. I remembered my scripture cards and quickly retrieved them to turn to the very first one. These were some of the words uncovered:
The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge. ~Isaiah 33:5-6
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts. "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come . . . to save you. ~Isaiah 35:3-4
"For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." ~Isaiah 41:13
"I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands." ~Isaiah 49:15-16
Scripture after scripture, of over one hundred cards filled, spoke to me of God's might, love and faithfulness. I realized that at the time I began this collection of verses, I was also feeling anxious. Two years ago for some of the same reasons and others different, I was feeling the weight of fear. And He pulled me through and left me with a gift to use again.
The last page in my second notebook of cards finishes the gift beautifully. "Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You." Jeremiah (32:7).
My anxiety is not too hard for Him. The world and all its problems? Not too hard for Him. The gift of peace rests on me. And I give thanks.
Giving thanks for gifts new and old #379-400:
anxiety that makes me lean closer
scripture from the past
a Word, living and active
a teacher who gives good gifts
protection from the storm
Baby Girl's kissable piggies
some Christmas shopping already finished
The Stinker's good help in so many things
sharing joy with my brother and new sis
dressing up for fun
family parties in the fall
white chili on a cool Sunday
perfect gifts from family
my preemie nephew now 16!
a great prayer given by him
teenagers' tenderness with a toddler princess
my husband's constant friendship
cleaning up the kitchen together
nothing too hard for God