I had some anxiety last night and this morning as I prepared to return to work today. This was my first day at work but out of the classroom in fifteen years. I did not know what to expect, and I'm sensitive to all the dynamics going on there.
Before I left for work, I picked up my copy of Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. My sweet sister had given this little devotional to me for Christmas. I don't read it every day, but every time I've turned to it it's like the entry was written just for me and what I'm facing on that very day. In my anxiety, I kept reminding myself that the Lord is my strength and shield. Wouldn't you know when I opened this little gem up, this is what I read:
I am your Strength and Shield. I plan out each day and have it ready for you, long before you arise from bed. I also provide the strength you need each step of the way. Instead of assessing your energy level and wondering about what's on the road ahead, concentrate on staying in touch with Me. My Power flows freely into you through our open communication. Refuse to waste energy worrying, and you will have strength to spare.What a friend we have in Jesus!
Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I am your Shield. But unlike inanimate armor, I am always alert and active. My Presence watches over you continually, protecting you from both known and unknown dangers. Entrust yourself to My watch-care, which is the best security system available. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.Based on Psalm 28:7; Matthew 6:34, Psalm 56:3-4; Genesis 28:15