Jan
07

Finding Comfort in the Midst of Anxious Days

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I felt drawn to spend more time than normal in God’s Word last month. I sensed I needed to strengthen myself in Him and His Word and spend more time in prayer. God was preparing me for the days ahead.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself reading through the book of Psalms. The Psalms are like an old friend to me. I’ve read them so many, many times. They comfort and strengthen me. Their beauty causes me to pause and meditate. I love their honesty. Their lack of pretense. Just real people encountering a real God.

Today as I made my way to Psalm 94, verse 19 jumped off the page.  I’ve read it multiple times but today I saw it. I heard it for the first time.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,

Your comforts delight my soul.

How lovely this thought! Right in the middle of a multitude of anxieties that tear at my soul, God’s comforts bring me delight.

My mom died a few days ago following a week long hospitalization related to sudden blood clots. It seemed a nightmare. She often begged for my help and cried to the Lord for his help as her pain was great. I held her and sang to her and prayed with her.

Tender moments were mixed in with the pain and sorrow. Ultimately she entered into the arms of Jesus as he answered her cries for help. No more pain. No more fear. No more confusion. No more Alzheimer’s.

The words of Psalm 94:19 exactly picture my recent days. Multitudes of anxieties and God’s comfort and delights in the midst of them all.

How thankful I am that God doesn’t condemn me for my anxieties but brings comfort and a delight to my soul right in the midst of those anxieties.

I don’t have to pretend the anxiety doesn’t exist because He knows me completely.  As verse 18 says, His mercy holds me up.

God has comforted me. He has held me up. He has delighted my soul in the multitude of anxieties and been the rock of my refuge (vs. 22).

I will miss my mom but I will rejoice in His faithfulness and the many ways that I see His hand in the midst of my grief. He is my strong tower and I run to Him. He sustains me and causes me to hope in the works of His hands.  And as I worship here in this realm, she worships in the heavenly realm and together we experience the depths of His delights.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sandra Harper says:

    Lovely Mikki. Sending love to you today.

  2. Jim Denton & Willene Denton says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful blog. You are Spiritually Gifted. Our prayers and love for you.

    Uncle James and Aunt Willene

  3. Doris Denton says:

    Mikki, Your blog is beautiful! I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for
    you and your family! Love you!!

  4. Diana says:

    Hi Mikki,
    What an amazing God we have that brings comfort to those who mourn.
    And He is a giver of such amazing gifts too- like you
    Loving you and praying forChrist to uphold you
    Diana

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