Some families pass down an inheritance of precious jewelry while others share treasured recipes written on weathered cards. Other families gift each generation with stocks or bonds. Some families even pass the ownership of a family business to the next generation. Sadly, my family held on to the tradition of passing down a legacy of … Continue reading Can Fearing the Lord Reduce my Anxiety? Psalm 34b
(a bird flying away) Anxiety I have always known the stranglehold of anxiety in my life. This unwelcome guest bullied our family at every event and gathering for as long as I can remember. Looking back, I realize how both my parents struggled with the burden of anxiety. My mother shared her list of worst-case … Continue reading Fight or Flight – Psalm 11
Quicksand appeared in more than one television show when I was a child in the 60s and 70s. It served as a frequent plot twist. Many a heroic figure found him or herself sinking deeper and deeper. Or sometimes, the hero would discover someone else descending into danger. Whichever scenario unfolded, there were often guidelines … Continue reading Can I Be Rescued from the Quicksand of Anxiety? Psalm 40:11-17
(Toddler on the beach.) The tempo of her tiny feet steadily grew as we got closer and closer to the beach. Once she leaped off the wooden bridge, she collapsed onto her hands and knees and began to dig into the sand. The look on her face and her absolute joyful abandon cascaded over me. It … Continue reading Have You Been in Awe Lately? Psalm 118:19-29
In Psalm 37, the psalmist offers an antidote for fretting or being fearful.
The armor of God The Oxford dictionary defines anxiety as: “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” My childhood was steeped in a tradition of ominous concern for all outcomes. My mother is particularly gifted in creating worst-case scenarios. She was an apocalyptic prepper … Continue reading Can I Break Free from the Grip of Anxiety? Psalm 13