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A Devotion to Lessen Anxiety

Do you struggle with worry? Devotional writer Judy Baer shares how she finds comfort in Jesus.

By Judy Baer, Elk River, Minnesota


“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom should I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (NRSV)

When I am afraid I can’t hear the Lord. My anxiety blocks out every good thing. It takes over my body. I tremble; I cannot sleep.

My mind runs wild imagining the worst. There is no light or respite in fear. It’s a fog that overtakes me and I can’t see past the present moment. It is blinders that hide from me the many blessings I have been given.

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Gratitude dissolves. Hope disappears. It’s like quicksand. The more I struggle, the deeper I am entrenched. I’m like a terrified child who is sure this bad situation will not—cannot—end.

I must look to Jesus, to find His outstretched hand, His comforting gaze, the movement of His Spirit. Alone, I’m drowning and I cannot swim. Through the clamor these are the words I long to hear. Trust Me. Don’t be afraid. Rest in My arms today.

Faith Step: Look for Scriptures that talk about alleviating fear and worry. Comfort yourself with them today.

This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2013.

Judy was born on a farm and grew up in the prairies of North Dakota. She graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, with majors in English and education and a minor in religion. At the time, she was simply studying what interested her but now realizes that she was educating herself for her future career as a Christian writer. Judy is married, lives in Minnesota, and has two daughters and three stepchildren. She is the author of more than seventy-five books.