fear

Last year around this time I was really struggling with fear and anxiety! Re-reading some of my journal posts I thought to myself, dang girl, what was wrong with you??? haha. Except that it was so real then. I was living in fear of so much!

Today I was reading Psalm 27 aloud to my little ZJ.  She was quite pleased I included her in my quiet time, so I need to start doing this more regularly.  I’m not sure why I haven’t before now!

I wish I had read this daily during my struggles last year…

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
….
Thought a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident. (vs. 1-3)

Then he goes on to talk about how he offers sacrifices with “shouts of JOY” because of the Lord’s deliverance.

You have been my help. (vs. 9)

If he’s offering shouts of joy after the Lord’s deliverance, what would be the opposite? despair?

I would’ve despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (vs 13)

When we’re not joyful we’re often despairing. As the queen of dramatic emotions, Anne Shirley, famously said, “I’m in the depths of despair!”  But instead of this guy despairing, he was shouting with joy! I’m gonna try that next time I’m falling down the slippery slope into despair.  It’ll probably scare the heck out of Mozzie and ZJ, but it may work for me!

Hope you have a good rest of the week! Choose joy!

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~e

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15 November, 2010 13:23

~on the way out of church on Sunday morning.

Then you will say on that day,
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.

“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
and He has become my salvation.”

Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.

And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”

Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion.
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 12

Psalm 4

(I have read this every day this week)

Psalm 4
Evening Prayer of Trust in God. (a Psalm of David)
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress,
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach?
How long will you [ME!!] love what is worthless and aim at deception?
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him.

Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.