Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Anxiety

I awoke Monday and Tuesday of this week feeling anxious and on edge.Perhaps some of you know that feeling.It was just a real panicy kind of feeling.Not sure why I had it.Perhaps it was from a dream the night before.Or perhaps it was a direct attack from the enemy of our souls,satan.It may have even been caused by lack of solitude and time for writing which this introvert needs regularly.Whatever it's cause it is gone today.I praise God for that.And I praise Him for reminding me of one of my favorite hymns from my youth.If you are feeling anxious today I pray that you find some comfort and relief in the words of this old and much loved hymn:
BE STILL MY SOUL
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.Leave to thy God to order and provide;In every change, He faithful will remain.Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly FriendThrough thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertakeTo guide the future, as He has the past.Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;All now mysterious shall be bright at last.Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still knowHis voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,And all is darkened in the vale of tears,Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repayFrom His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening onWhen we shall be forever with the Lord.When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.Be still, my soul: when change and tears are pastAll safe and bless├Ęd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praiseOn earth, be leaving, to Thy Lord on high;Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divineThrough passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
Blessings,Sharon

6 comments:

sparrow's song said...

Yes, the enemy is the whisperer of lies to our souls. When we listen, and maybe not meaning to, we can slip from His Peace over into anxious feelings.

I find when I'm overtired, I'm spiritually weakest because I'm less attentive to the snares.

Thank you for the reminder of His peace. Sometimes I just need to allow tasks to wait while I drink in more important things that He wants to bring to my attention. Why do we rush so much?

Sharon said...

Hi Sparrow!
Thank you for stopping by and leaving such inspiring and thought provoking comments!
Blessings,Sharon

Paul said...

Awesome Post my friend and a reminder that we are not to be anxious anything but to Still and to Know that He is Lord!

I love that song also. It is a reminder, that He is with us, always, at all times, even when we do not "sense it"

Blessings!!

Writing for the King,

Paul

Sharon said...

Brother Paul!
So happy you blogged by my friend.Yes,His word says we are to be anxious for NOITHING!:-)I am glad this post blessed you.Another hymn I've been reminded of lately is"O,The Deep,Deep Love of Jesus."Have'nt sung them in ages and eons.But the messages of these songs is still true.:-)Praise His name!
Sharon

Ellen said...

Thanks Sharon. I haven't actually read the words to that song in years... some beautiful thoughts there. Always a good reminder when we consider the faith of those who've come before and who wrote such beautiful words. It's an encouragement to us to keep on keeping on so to speak.
Bless you.

Sharon said...

Ellen!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.Always good to hear from you.I have loved the words to that hymn for a very long time.It reminds me that fretting is not helpful.Just be still and trust HIM!
Love,Sharon :-)