Each morning, the first words whispered from my mouth are “I love you, Lord.” Prayer is my lifeline. Often when I wake up, my mind races through all that must be accomplished that day. If I don’t start praying, it’s not long before I’m standing in the dreary shadows of Stress & Anxiety. Praying the Psalms – whispering the Word – speaking Truth to the lies, beats back the barrage, fills me with strength and reclaims my joy.
C.S. Lewis said it this way, “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.”
St. Paul promises us the kind of peace that makes our minds anxiety-proof – if we pray. He said it this way, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Philippians 4:6 NKJV
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