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So last week, I had one of those freak-out-Elizabeth days where my anxieties and worry take over and I am unable to see or think clearly.  Does anyone else ever have those days?

What I love about the Lord is that even though people around me may not always understand, our God cares about our hearts and our emotions—He made us.  Driving home one day, feeling the weight of my anxious heart, I felt a little voice whisper to my heart that said, “Come to me.”

Come to me…an invitation…a pursuit…a plea.

So often when I allow my anxiety take over, I completely lose sight of the gift of taking my burdens to God in prayer.  Thankfully, God never loses sight of us! 

So I laid it all out, I took out my journal and I “poured out my heart.” (Psalm 62:8)  I processed, I prayed, I wrote, and I sat in silence.  I embraced the stillness that so often seems impossible to find and I rested.   

What I love about this process is that even if some or all of my anxieties are irrational, through prayer and processing with the Lord, He never makes me feel that way.  I feel heard, loved, and cared for.  I feel understood and comforted.  I feel safe and protected; resting under the shadow of His wings.  Like the verse in Deuteronomy, once again I see Him as my refuge and feel His everlasting arms holding me up.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Deuteronomy 33:27

Our God is so in love with us and He cares deeply about our hearts.  We have an open invitation to come, so I don’t know why so often I forget to take Him up on His invitation?  I mean, if someone invites me to a free dinner, I never forget to follow through!

I have no idea what kinds of burdens you’re facing today, but I hope and pray you know you are not alone.  You, too, are invited to come and embrace the faithful, sustaining presence of God.

“Come to me with your ears wide open.
      Listen, and you will find life.”

Isaiah 53:3 (NLT)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)



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