From Dear Jesus, by Sarah Young
Anxiety wraps you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts. When you look to Me and whisper My Name, you break free and receive My help.
You understand me so well. When I’m feeling anxious, I lose the ability to think clearly. My thoughts spin out of control with ever-increasing velocity. This sets me on a downward spiral of increasing anxiety and runaway thoughts. At such times, it’s hard to remember You are with me—ready to help.
I know how difficult it is for you to break free when you are trapped in anxious thoughts. That’s why I encourage you to change the subject by whispering My Name: “Jesus.” The very simplicity of this act makes it possible to do—even when you’re not thinking clearly. There is immense Power in My Name to help you break free from the anxiety closing in on you. When you speak My Name, however quietly, you acknowledge My continual Presence. This truth is promised to all My followers, and it sets you free. Freedom and My Presence make an excellent combination: enabling you to turn your thoughts into conversation with Me.
Begin by thanking Me for always hearing your prayers. Then, talk with Me about whatever is worrying you, trusting that I understand you and your situation perfectly. As you converse with Me, the weight of your burden shifts to My strong shoulders, enabling you to relax. Now you are ready to receive My help, which I continually offer you.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said,
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31–32
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. - Psalm 139:23
Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders. - Deuteronomy 33:12
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