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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.
Listen, and you will find life.”
Isaiah 53:3 (NLT)