Anxiety…. Just typing the word makes me uneasy. I am being faced with a lot of anxiety producing events. As I social media-ize them, I see that there are many who are facing anxiety and fear, worry and angst. I have written so much about this on my blog and much of the time, my writing is to remind myself. But it occurred to me that so often we isolate in our anxiety and it sits in the pit of our tummies and causes all kinds of mayhem inside our psyche, physical and spiritual health.
Today I was working with my daughter, we both work for the same company. We are going through some tough issues at work. I received a poster I ordered today of JESUS calming the seas during the storm as the disciples and HIM are crossing over. Funny how it came today. At a point where stress was particularly high, I pointed to the poster that I had hung and told Erica of the story. I am sure many have heard this but it kind of goes like this (my own words) Mark:35-41 is one place in the BIBLE you will see it.
STORY: So….. the disciples and JESUS get in the boat to cross the seas from one side to the other. A storm breaks and the winds pick up, it is dark, windy and gloomy and the boat starts swerving. I imagine it with thunder and lightning as well. The disciples began to get scared (I would have been screaming most likely). JESUS wakes from a sound sleep and asks them “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” JESUS quiets the storm, the waves and merrily they go along.
What storm are you facing? Remember, that JESUS holds on to you and HE WILL quiet your storms. BUT YOU must let it go and GIVE IT TO GOD! IF you are holding onto your storm so tight, GOD cannot release you. You MUST be willing to GIVE IT UP! Do you know that the devil works that way? He takes negativity and twists and turns it so that we are enveloped inside of it. Satan takes our worries and keeps them in the forefront of our brains. BUT JESUS has your heart and soul. The ONLY way out of it is JESUS. SCREAM !! I AM A CHILD OF GOD AND JESUS WILL CALM MY STORM, GET THEE BEHIND ME, satan – you have no control here. (rinse and repeat) Your anxiety will leave!
If you keep to worry, you will get worry, BUT if you look to JESUS, you will get JESUS!! HE wants to lift you. HE is just waiting for you to ask (pray).
JESUS knows what I am going through and all day today through my mediations, prayers and readings; I am seeing repeated over and over again….. “there is no need to worry or fear”. And the poster is delivered today. Ironic, NO – JESUS, YES!!!
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.