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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

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“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.