SINGLE(mom)HOPE Daily Devotional

Day Thirteen
Anxiety

I can remember being held hostage with gripping anxiety. Anxiety hijacks you. All the money had been removed from our bank account and deposited into an unknown bank. This did not happen just one time but three times! Each time it was discovered as I was making a purchase for groceries or gas. The tightness in my chest hurt was excruciating. My mind would go blank. My hands would shake. Then anxiety would take over.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalms 94:19

Anxiety began to disrupt my stable emotions in 2009 and continued into 2012. To be honest, I wish I would have paid attention to this particular verse during that time. The Psalmist understands that anxiety comes in great waves. “In the multitude of my anxieties” is something I can relate to. It’s never one anxious feeling or thought. It is a runaway train that leaves the soul exhausted.

It is only the comfort given by the Comforter that soothes the exhausted soul of the anxious one. I don’t know what causes you to feel anxious. I don’t know how you react to anxiety. I hope you will realize that only God can set you free from being held hostage by anxiety. When you allow the Lord to comfort you, He will give you renewed hope. You are never hopeless regardless of how hopeless the circumstances seem.

Being open to how The Lord will give you comfort is important. “His ways are not our ways…” (Isaiah 55:8) Trust His timing, His ways, His knowing what you need. Hand him your anxiety, reach out for help to trusted women in your life and rest.