Monday, January 31, 2011

My Strength and Shield

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.

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
What a friend we have in Jesus!


  1. AMEN!!! Jesus is our Shield, our Strength, our Provider and our Source....all fear and anxiety is of the devil trying to take hold of the Lord's children. Be blessed today are a warrier and daughter of the King!!!

  2. How perfect that message was. Just reading it feels like a physical weight is released from my shoulders. What a lovely gift and the perfect way to start your day. How did your day turn out?

  3. Beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful day!

  4. Wow! Thats a very powerful devotion for today! How appropriate! Isn't it wonderful how there are no accidents or coincidences?

  5. I need this book. I keep hearing from friends how it speaks to them. I must have missed a blog entry... What's your new job position?

  6. Okay, how did I not know you were blogging again?? I thought you had quit. Saw your new blog on someone else' happy to have found it. Was sharing your testimony/story with someone yesterday. You and Michaela are always in my prayers.



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