February 28, 2013

Quiet My Anxious Heart: Part 2 with Hidden Joy Giveaway

Welcome back to those of you who joined me for Part One of Quiet My Anxious Heart.  If you missed Part One, click here to read it.

Thank you for all the comments, verses and prayers.  I especially enjoyed reading the Scriptures that speak to you in the midst of your struggles and anxieties.  What a blessing to see the comment page FILLED with God’s Word!!

FYI. At the end of the post, I announce the winner of Lysa’s book, Unglued, so be sure to read to the end to see if you won!  I also have another giveaway for this week so be sure to leave a comment!!

Today we dig a bit deeper into how we can quiet our anxious hearts.  It is so funny how the Lord works.  Every time He lays a message on my heart, He ensures that I have LIVED that message before I share it so that I can speak with confidence.  Well, this message is no different!

This past weekend, I had a speaking engagement in Mississippi.  And although I love teaching and speaking, I don’t love traveling and being away from my family.  In fact, flying is right up there on my top ten list of things I hate.  Despite my prayers for perfect weather, the day Lisa and I flew out, it was dreary, cold and pouring down rain.  If that wasn’t stressful enough, we arrived at the airport to find that our flight had been delayed for a “minor mechanical problem.” They estimated it would be repaired in 20-25 minutes.  Hearing the words “mechanical problem” associated with the plane on which I was about to travel increased my stress level a bit.  But I thought, twenty minutes how bad can it be?  But  25 minutes stretched to an hour and then to two hours.  By this time, I’ll be just plain honest, I was scared.  My heart was racing and my stomach churning. I kept thinking there is no way I can get on this plane!

But a wonderful thing happened in the mess of my stress.  God’s Truth poured into my racing heart.  A single verse played over and over in my mind.  Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace [her] whose mind is steadfast, because [she] trusts in you.

It was not a random verse.  It was one to which I had clung over the Christmas holidays… a story I shared in an earlier post entitled Resolve to Rest.  A dear friend had shared it with me and prayed it over me.  I had hidden it in my heart.  And Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, brought it back to me as I sat at the airport feeling as if I could not breathe.

We are going to spend significant time in this verse because I want us  to understand how to research a Scripture and apply it in prayer.

Part 1:  You will keep…

The “You” in this verse is God.  God makes a promise that He will “keep” us in perfect peace.  The Hebrew word for “keep” is natsar, meaning “to guard, to protect.”  This choice of wording teaches that God is a watchman, standing guard over us.  He will guard our hearts and minds and keep us.  In this particular verse, He promises to keep us in perfect peace. But this promise contains a condition.  We will get to that in just a minute.  Now let’s examine the next three words.

Part 2: in perfect peace…

God promises to keep us not just in peace, but in perfect peace.  The Hebrew word translated perfect peace is a familiar word, shalom.  It means “to be safe, to be whole, to be complete.”  God desires to give us a sound mind, a “safe” mind, one that is protected from the fiery darts, lies and deception of the evil one.  But again we see that this promise to keep us in “perfect peace” is conditional.  We find this condition in Part 3 of this verse.

Part 3: him [her] whose mind is steadfast…

I find this condition to be the key to God’s promise of perfect peace in Isaiah 26:3.  The Hebrew word for mind is yetser.  It means  “a form, a thing framed, imagination.”  It is anything that we form in our minds, like a plan or purpose.  When we read the words “a thing framed,” we need to understand it is not speaking of a physical framing, like the framing of a picture.  It speaks of our mind framing something.  It is how our mind works to frame the events that occur in our lives.

Most of us frame our thoughts and responses from our perspective, in the context of our circumstances.  For example, I have never lost a child.  When I hear of a child dying, it breaks my heart.  I am moved to pray for the parents and family, but my emotion end there.  For a woman who has lost a child, when she hears of a child dying, it stirs up emotions and elicits a response significantly different than mine.  She may weep; she may revisit her own grief; she will feel empathy for those parents that I could never feel.

According to this verse, the frame of our mind must be steadfast.  What does steadfast mean?  This word derives from the Hebrew word camak and means ” to sustain, to reflexively lean upon or take hold of.”  I love the visual this creates.  When anxiety comes…when the evil one prowls…when fear presses in,  the woman whose mind is steadfast is the woman who CHOOSES to lay hold of TRUTH.  She will not believe the lies of the evil one.  Sweet friend, the only way to battle the lies of Satan is to cling to God’s Truth.  When the thoughts come rushing in, literally grab hold of your Bible and find Scripture that speaks to your circumstances.  Speak those verses into  your circumstances.  Pray them over yourself .  As you begin to hide God’s Word in your heart, the verses will come to you as they did to me that day in the airport.

Now, let’s examine the last part of Isaiah 26:3.

Part 4: because he [she] trusts in You.

Oh, how I love this Hebrew word too!  The Hebrew word for trust is batach meaning “to trust, to be confident or sure, to put confidence in.”  I found another definition that said “to attach oneself.”  What a word picture.  Like a fearful child in the midst of a bustling crowd who attaches onto her mother’s hand and holds on for dear life.

We obtain a steadfast mind ONLY WHEN we trust in God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  He must be  our All in All.  Surrendering our mind to God is our best  safeguard against falling prey to the lies and schemes of the evil one.

While sitting  at the airport, and even while on the plane, this is what I prayed: “Thank You, Lord, that You will keep me in perfect peace, no matter my circumstances…no matter the mechanical issues, no matter the delay, no matter the rain and clouds, no matter the  turbulence…because I have a steadfast mind fixed on You, because I trust in You and You alone.”  When I prayed this prayer, peace came over me.  It washed over me like a river.  It calmed my heart.  It filled me with confidence outside myself.  It was confidence in Christ, in His Word and in His great promise to me.

I want to share with you a few more of my favorite verses that I call upon when I feel my mind slipping into anxious, angry, fearful and stress-filled emotions.  After each one, I will give you an example of how to personalize the verse and pray it.  And please do not be discouraged because you feel like you don’t have a steadfast mind.  We all lack self control when it comes to our thoughts!  Keep filling your mind with Truth.  Keep praying and asking God to give you the mind of Christ.  Keep surrendering your heart and mind to Jesus.  God will be faithful to honor His Word!!

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV 1984)

Personalize this verse by praying, “Heavenly Father, I feel myself losing it, help me to take captive every thought, every emotion, every feeling and subdue it into obedience to Your Word.  Replace every negative thought with one of Your Truths.  Help me to stand steadfast with You and in Your Word so that Satan cannot put a wedge between You and me or me and the ones I love.” 

A mind focused on the flesh is doomed to death, but a mind focused on the Spirit will find full life and complete peace.  Romans 8:6 (The Voice) and 1 Corinthians 2:16b But we have the mind of Christ(NIV 1984)

Personalize this verse by praying, “Father, help me take my mind off my flesh…my needs, feelings and emotions.  Allow me to respond with the mind of Christ that is mine in Jesus, a mind focused on the things of the Spirit, so that I will find life and complete peace.”

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10 (NIV 1984)

Personalize this verse by praying, “Abba Father, I feel so anxious and stressed.  I feel so out of control.  Help me carve out time to be still before You.  As I sit at Your feet, Father, fill me with Your presence.  Draw me close.  Wash Your peace over me from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.  Enable me to KNOW that You are God and You are in complete control.”

This time, you try.  Personalize these verses…write them in the form of a prayer.  Share yours with us in the comment section!!

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 (NIV 1984)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (NIV 1984)

Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 (NIV 1984)

If you struggle with sleep, pray these verses.

My son [daughter] preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you…when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs  3:21,24 (NIV 1984)

 Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain…In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.  Psalm 127:1a-2 (NIV 1984)

If you struggle with fear, pray these verses.

He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Psalm 91:4-6 (NIV 1984)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Friend, turn your worries into prayers and your fears into faith!!

Romans 10:17 says, Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

Romans 12:2 says, Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  

As we study God’s Word and pray His word back to Him, transformation will come.  It must because God honors His Word.  He promises that when it goes out, it will not return void but will achieve what He desires and accomplish the purposes for which He sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

Thank you for joining me today.  I would love to hear how God spoke to you through His Word today.  Please share with us your personalized verses and prayers.  From the comments you leave, I will choose one name to receive a signed copy of my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner:  The Transforming Power of God’s Story.  In my book, I spend several chapters on the topics of Surrendering Strongholds, Learning Forgiveness, Quiet Time, Prayer and Abiding in Christ.  Each one grounded deeply in Scripture.  It includes a study guide in the back to help you apply the principals we talked about today.

Now for the winner of Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued…..

Kathleen who posted on 2/18 at 8:41 pm.

Congratulations, Kathleen!!  Please e-mail me at Deuteronomysix@aol.com with your  full name and home address so that I can mail you your book.

I look forward to hearing from you this week.

Blessings to you,

 

Comments

  1. Thank you God for the reminder of praying your Word. I get so tied up in life I forget to look to the source of peace

    • Kathy, we all are guilty of this!! That is why I love God’s reminder to us in Psalm 46:10…be still and know that I am God!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. Several of these verses I learned as a child and they come back to me when I become stressed or fearful. They especially help when I’m sitting in the dentist office! :-) Two of them in particular have helped me: Isaiah 26:3 is my go-to verse for just about anything. The other is 2Cor 10:5. I use this when I’m stressed or thinking negatively about something. It helps a great deal when I am feeling lonely or sad because I am a single person. I just tell God that I’m taking those thoughts captive and deliberately start thinking positive thoughts about how much God has done for me. I enjoy your emails greatly. They come to my work email and I am amazed at how they tend to meet me a wherever I am in that moment. Thanks for being a willing vessel to share God’s word with the rest of us.

    • Sandy, thanks for sharing your favorite verses with us. And I love that you receive these at work so that the Lord interrupts your busy day with encouragement from Him! And thank you for your kind words. I LOVE sharing what God has taught me with others. And I love even more when you all share with me what God has taught you.

      Blessings on your day today,

      Wendy

  3. Holy God,
    You know my stuggles. You know how fear controls my days. But You promise peace and I claim that promise. I know that You mean it for me, and so today at this moment I receive it and give thanks for it. You are a loving Father.

    MAattie

    • Amen, Mattie. May the peaces that passes all understanding guard your heart and mind as you learn to be anxious for nothing and to pray about everything!! May you trust God at His Word when He says He does NOT give a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. Praying the mind of Christ over you right now!!

      Blessings,

      Wendyy

  4. I am challenged today to begin (again) the spiritual discipline of memorizing God’s word and hiding it in my heart. Oh the power of God’s word!

    My husband travels regularly with his work, leaving me in an empty home 10-12 nights each month. I have a fear of someone breaking into our home and hurting or killing me. So I pray, “Lord God, you alone are to be feared. What is man that I should fear him, for you alone hold my soul! My very life is in your hands and I trust you” (Luke 12:4-5, Psalm 31:14-15).

    • Kristine says:

      God bless you and sleep well tonight!

    • Janet, what a great verse! I am also reminded of the verse that says God’s perfect love drives out fear. That perfect love lives in you so fear has no place in you, sweet friend!

      I have a sample chapter from my book Hidden Joy on my blog that you can download. It shares my journey on overcoming fear and the Scriptures I prayed. I am including the link below. I encourage you to read it and download it.

      http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Hidden_Joy07.pdf

      Thank you for stopping by today!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  5. Dear Wendy,

    After reading your blog in my email I knew that you would love the song/video I shared on my Facebook page today, here it is! Had to stop by and share. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/LoveNevaFails7

    God Bless,
    June

    ((((((((Wendy)))))))))))

  6. Catherine S says:

    Wendy,

    Thank you so much for the sleep verses. I will definitely be writing those on cards and placing them on my nightstand.

    My fav verse is still psalm 1:2 Happy is the man who loves the word of the Lord and meditates on it day and night.

    Blessings,
    Catherine

    • Oh, I love this verse. Thanks for sharing it with us today. When we spend time in His Word, He will fill us with HIS joy which brings earthly happiness like nothing else will!!!

      Love,

      Wendy

  7. Wendy,
    I really needed this post and your verses. Right now my son is going through a very nasty divorce and it is impacting our (son’s parents) lives. His wife accused him of trying to stuff him in a garbage can during an argument they had last June over her uncontrollable spending habits and the argument escalated when she and her parents began to threaten to kill him so he called 9-1-1 for help and do you know what happened? he was the one arrested!! Subsequently he was fired by his employer because you can’t have a General Manager being arrested on a charge of domestic abuse. This was lie told by his wife against him. Now this same wife has created and alleged a huge lie against me the grandmother-she sent her attorney a picture of a bruise on my granddaughter’s arm and is alleging that I hit my granddaughter and left this bruise. She also provided the attorney with a letter supposedly written by both of my son’s children stating that they are afraid to visit their grandmother-me and don’t want to ever see me again. The wife is using this to keep my son from having visitation with his children when it is his time to have his children. My son moved home to live with us (his parents) because he was left financially devastated until he can recover from some of the awful stuff and debts owed in trying to resolve this marriage. The divorce has been ongoing now for more than 9 months!!
    I did not hit my granddaughter, I did not abuse her in any way…this is all a lie spun by her mother but it is so extremely hurtful. Thank you for these verses and could I ask you to pray for me and my son and his children?

    • Patricia says:

      I am so sorry that you are going through all of that. It is heartbreaking I have been
      There myself. I have lifted the siituation up in prayer. May the lies
      Of the evil one be exposed and the truth be revealed. In Jesus might name.

    • Marilyn, I stand in agreement with Patricia, and pray that all things hidden be revealed and for TRUTH to prevail. I pray that no weapon forged against your family will prosper!! I pray especially for healing in each of these relationships and for God to restore your family.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  8. Cecily Bornemann says:

    Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV 1984)

    Thank you God that I can cast all my anxiety upon you because you care for me.

    I enjoyed reading this post and I need to work on filling my mind with God’s word. I also need to practice praying the scriptures.

    Thank you for all the verses you listed.

    • Cecily, you are so welcome. This is such a great verse. I love to use it and cast each care one by one over to Him. He is so faithful to carry them!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  9. You are a vessel with exactly what I need to hear.
    2timothy 1:7 is the verse I prayed for my sister and our families while she was dying from cancer then today I found out that it is our VBS verse for his summer then I read it hear.
    I pray often—God has not given me a spirit if fear– he has given me a spirit of love! He has given me a spirit of power (His Power)! He has given me a sound mind (which is kept that way through his word)!

    • Don’t you just LOVE when God does that with His Word. He promises that when we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him. And so often we find Him through His Word…it is how He will speak into our lives and our circumstances!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. Wendy,
    Thank you so much for this word today! For those of us with a dysfunctional past, the enemy works especially hard to attack our roots of doubt and fear. I find that the enemy often uses familiar faces to plant a seed of doubt leading to some form of destruction if we don’t quickly take that thought captive. I had this happen to me today in the area of trust in a relationship. Someone planted a seed and it almost grew into a full blown issue. Thankfully, I came upon your blog after I spent time in prayer with my Father. As I work through this area, I will continue to personalize God’s Word and speak His truth into my life. I know that eventually my feelings or emotions will catch up with the Word of God. One of my favorite verses to pray over myself and others is Romans 15:13~May the God of hope fill us (me) with the joy and peace as we (I) trust in Him so that we (I) may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Finally, I find great comfort in this verse, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8. Thanks for answering the call on your life, Wendy! You are making a positive difference in many lives through Him. Blessings!

    • Carmen, what a story of hope yours is. Because you are right, so many of us have difficult pasts, pasts that Satan wants to use to keep us down and ineffective for God. God gives us tools to combat the evil one and WIN the battle in which he engages us. I love that you continually pray and use God’s Word in your life…such an encouragement for all of us. Thank you for sharing your verses. It is such a blessings to see God’s Word cover the page. I LOVE IT!

      And thank you for your kind words. They truly bless me today! I love what God has called me to do.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  11. Thank you Sis. Wendy for your very powerful encouragement in Praying God’s Word. I really enjoyed reading your blog it help me a lot on my prayer life. Thank you again.. I’ll keep on :) bless you more..

  12. Sherri Jackson says:

    Thanks so much for the piece on “peace”….it is so easy to be anxious with all the day to day madness in this world but relying on him is the way to go…the following is one of my fav verses when I start the “whys” or “what if this, then maybe that”:

    Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Also I find a lot of comfort in Eccl. 3:1-8
    A Time for Everything

    3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    2 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    6 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    8 a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

    • Thank you for sharing the Ecclesiastes passage in its entirety!! It is one I have heard often but have not actually read very often.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  13. Oh, Wendy! This is soooooo good! Thank you for expounding on the Word of God to speak to my heart this morning. So looking forward to meeting you and hearing you speak at ReNEWed Life here in NE Iowa in August. I know God is going to do great things that day through you because He’s already doing them now!

    I already have a copy of your book. If I win another copy I will give it to a friend. :)

    Have a BLESSED, Isaiah 26:3 day!

    • Rachel, thank you for the words of encouragement. I am looking forward to coming!! Can’t wait to be with the women of your church!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  14. I struggle with fear of storms. Fear of thunder, lightning, wind and hurricanes. Living in Florida this is a normal thing summer and winter. I struggle so much that I have anxiety attacks. I am so worried I will transfer this fear to my kids.
    Your verses and keeping our mind steadfast focusing on Scripture during these times when I feel the fear creeping in have blessed me tremendously. I will be praying these out loud with my kids so they can see that when we face the unknown we can rest in His loving arms as we call to mind our Savior and His precious words.
    M. Waters

    • Melissa, I pray these very same verses during our storms. It makes my heart sing to know that not only will you be speaking these verses over yourself but also you will be teaching them to your children…living out Deuteronomy Six!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  15. Wendy

    As I write to you I am feeling so thankful and blessed that the Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth would continue to reveal himself to me in such timely and meaningful ways. Yesterday, I received a phone call that put me into anxiety and fear. I am currently doing the Beth Moore study of Daniel. This week she talks about building a new default system. Daniel had a holy habit of prayer so when trials came he was already on his knees. I identified with that and really wanted to move forward with my own holy habits so that I can react in the Spirit instead of the flesh. To actually be able to be content in all circumstances due to the peace that passes all understanding. So when I received the phone call yesterday, my immediate reaction was that old routine of fear but then I started praising God for everything I could think of and I even thanked him for an opportunity to put into practice what I had been learning. I was fighting the good fight and trying to take every fearful thought and refute it with a truth from scripture. But I still had the heaviness. Then your email came through. It was such a God send. I prayed those prayers last night and they were very helpful. I had just opened up your email to write an reply when I decided to read my Jesus Calling devotion for the day. And tears filled my eyes as I read the same message and the same verses that you had sent out yesterday. Philippians 4:6 and Isiah 26:3. Amazing. And I was already sharing Philippians 4:6 with several friends because that was a key verse in bible study this week. In everything. Prayer changes everything and everything is God’s turf.

    I wanted to say thank you with a very grateful heart for your message and your ministry. What a gift to be used by God to reach so many in so many different ways. I appreciate that you are open to being used in such a powerful way and are continuing to be transformed as well by God.

    Dear Lord, I feel anxious. I have been listening and sometimes agreeing with the lies of the enemy and he is trying to attach them to me with a cord of fear. Lord help me to not be anxious about anything, but help me to pray about everything and give thanks for everything. God as I trust in you, may your peace guard my heart and mind. May I remain in peace as I seek to have the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Remind me of your Sovereignty and of your providence and that you will never leave me or forsake me. To you be all honor and glory and praise. In Jesus name, Amen.

    • Sheila, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! I LOVE hearing stories like yours. It is so cool to see God at work speaking His Word to us in so many areas and through so many avenues to be sure we hear and pay attention. Your story shows us why we need to be reading devotions and why we need Christian fellowship. It is in those places that God has the opportunity to show us He is present and in our midst.

      Thank you for stopping by today and leaving such kind words of encouragement and offering your beautiful prayer.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  16. AWESOME Word! Thanks for your studies..they bless me a lot and help me grow in the Lord! I LOVE the WORD! Again, thanks for sharing what GOD gives you.

    • MaLinda, I so enjoy receiving comments like yours. Thank you for blessing me today with kind words of encouragement. They fill a Bible teacher’s heart so full!!!

      W

  17. I read this post yesterday and I have to say God used it through the night. A dream about my grandma who is struggling in a battle with cancer woke me up and I was faced with a choice – worry and let my mind wonder or pray. Thankfully I chose the later and as I did your post came to mind as did Romans 5:3-5. I began to personalize those words, “Lord help me rejoice in my suffering as I lose a woman I love and Lord be with Grandma as she suffers. May this trial produce perseverance, character and hope. Remind all of us of the hope we have in You. I know You will not disappoint us. Father I pray those words and hear you reminding me of the ones I shared with my children…You may not answer our prayers the way we want, but still You have a plan and a purpose. Help me trust You.”

    That calmed my anxious heart, but still I didn’t go back to sleep…time passed and my mind began to race so I began to pray again, “Lord help me be still…” I said those words and the end of that verse came to mind…”help me know that YOU are God.” He answered that prayer as He shifted my focus and my eyes were on HIM and who He is. This began a whole new set of prayers (Lord, You are good, You are faithful, Your mercies are new every morning….) which truly quieted my anxious heart.

    Thank you for sharing, pulling the verse apart and preparing me to do the exact same thing! Great reminder of the wonderful way God works! Blessings to you Wendy!!

    • Jill, thank you for giving us a great practical example of how to put into practice what we learned. And you showed us that sometimes it does not always “work” in an instant. We have to continue to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and replace it with a Truth. As we do, God will slowly renew our mind.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  18. Debbie Fultner says:

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2Timothy 1. 7 (NKJV).

    Heavenly Father,
    You know my heart and how I want to be obedient and do your will. You also know that a part of me fears what others will think. This fear keeps me from doing your will. I pray that I will feel your power and love and my mind will be fixed on your truths as I follow your will. Take the fear from me and guard me from satan. In Jesus name.
    Blessings,
    Debbie F.

  19. This i call to mind and therefore i have hope: The steadfast love of The Lord never ceases for you. His tender mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning , new every morning. Great is his faithfulness! Lam 3:21-23

  20. About 20 yrs. ago, I learned the importance of hiding God’s Word in my heart because I needed to have it readily available at times when using a Bible wasn’t practical. My mind has always been my greatest enemy. I also learned to pray Scripture aloud when I was going through periods of fear, anxiety, etc. God knows that it is the only way I stayed sane.
    Today I’m going through an esepecially frightening time and I am back to the verses that have carried me for so many years….
    2 Cor. 10:5 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
    Isa. 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
    2 Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
    Psalms 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
    I’ve found that one of the greatest helps in praying Scripture is to pray it OUT LOUD because Satan cannot read my mind. If I’m going to fight him using the weapon of God’s Word, I’m going to need to speak it aloud.
    Thank you for sharing. From the struggles in my own life I know the truth of what you are saying.

    • Teresa, thank you for reminding us to speak and pray OUT LOUD. It gives what we are saying so much more power and authority when we speak it so that we and others, the evil one included can hear it.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  21. Abba,
    Thank You for speaking Your truth through Wendy. Thank You for her heart which seeks You and Your kingdom and Your righteousness first and foremost. Thank You for giving Wendy the gift of teaching and thank You for her obedience to Your calling. Thank You that we get to be her cloud of witnesses. She has truly blessed us with the fruit of Your Spirit!

    Abba Daddy, as I face today, help me to wait on You and to place my hope in You. Please renew my strength so I can soar on wings like eagles. I will run and I won’t grow weary. I will walk and I won’t be faint. Help me to just be still now and know that You are Lord. Thank You for renewing my mind so I don’t conform to the crazy patterns of this world! Transform me Papa God! Give me an unquenchable love for Jesus today.

    I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

    Wendy… thank you for the gift of YOU. Your teaching and your friendship always draws me nearer to Jesus. I love you friend!

    • Teresa, thank you for reminding us to speak and pray OUT LOUD. It gives what we are saying so much more power and authority when we speak it so that we and others, the evil one included can hear it.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Oops, accidentally posted Teresa;s response under yours!

      Noelle, you quoted from Isaiah 40. This passage is very special to me. When my grandmother had Alzheimers and did not know or recognize any of us, she could still say this passage from memory. It speaks volumes of how God etches His Word on our hearts so that it remains for eternity.

      And thank you for beautifully modeling how to pray God’s Word.

      Love you,

      me

  22. Thank you for this post. I have been really struggling with fear and anxiety and these verses will really help me. I will be studying them this coming week. I just found your website tonight.

    • Brenda, I pray the Lord will bring His living and active Word alive in your life as you read, study, memorize and pray these verses. He will be faithful and bring you FREEDOM from both fear and anxiety.

      I have a sample chapter from my book Hidden Joy on my blog that you can download. It shares my journey on overcoming fear and the Scriptures I prayed. I am including the link below. I encourage you to read it and download it.

      http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Hidden_Joy07.pdf

      Thank you for stopping by today! I am thankful the Lord brought you here.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  23. Dear Wendy,

    I’ve never done this before, so I hope I can do it right!

    Isaiah 41:10
    ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
    Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

    Heavenly Father, I will not be afraid because You are with me. I won’t let my anxieties get the best of me because I know You are My God and that You will strengthen me and help me get through my days and nights. I am assured that You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand. I know You love me God, I love You too and thank You for being there for me. Amen.

    That was easier than I thought! Thank You! I just “found” you yesterday, and I thank God for leading me to you.

    • Julia, you did GREAT!! Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Praying God’s Word really isn’t hard at all and it is amazing the way He uses it to show up BIG in our lives and let us know He is at work.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  24. Kristine says:

    I had never written a prayer before, but in January, I decided to try. I have been using my prayer as a New Year’s resolution. It has been an amazing new experience for me. My prayer is based on Joshua 1:9 and 2 Timothy 1:7 and it speaks to my deep fears and doubts:

    Father,
    I am engulfed in fear and doubt. I live overwhelmed by them. They are not from You. You did not give me a spirit of timidity. You created me to be bold in love and self-discipline. You have given me power to go forth and serve You. You are in control, so I need not be terrified or have doubts. You alone are my strength and my courage. You have provided me with what I need, and what you have provided is enough. Please strengthen me to believe. Please empower me to obey your commands. Amen.

    • Kristine, what a lovely and powerful prayer. Thank you for sharing it with us today and modeling perfectly how we can take God’s Word and pray it back to Him. What a blessing!!

      In Him,

      Wendy

  25. Kimberly Rodarmel says:

    Hi Wendy…I saw your name mentioned in a bible study I’m participating in on the book “Mended”…and a few gals said how great you were..so I thought I would stop by and see for myself…and I’m so glad I did! I love finding new and fresh Christian women talking about God and encouraging other women that are going through some trials..well, just going through each day is more like it..:)…and you are “right on” about everything I’ve read…I can relate and I love how you write…I can definitely relate to that “perfect peace”…it’s a wonderful place to be…and it’s not always easy to stay there, but I’m striving to be there more often in my walk….Most of the scriptures you shared are ones I’ve gone to in my journey and they have truly brought me that perfect peace you refer to…..Looking forward to reading more….Blessings from Texas!

    • What a blessing to wake up to this message today! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet words of encouragement. I am excited to have a new friend and look forward to getting to know you!! And I LOVE girls from Texas since I moved to NC from Dallas and was born in Texas. Where in Texas do you live?

      Blessings,

      W

      • Kimberly Rodarmel says:

        Well..I’m a native Texan..proud of it..lol..born in Mt. Pleasant, Tx, but raised in Houston, Tx for 50 years now…I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! I love to travel and visit, but it sure is always good to land back on Texas soil…I love that you are a Texas girl too! Thanks so much for your wisdom I’ve read and I’m excited about growing in Christ alongside folks just like you…where daily life can sometimes just be hard…and life throws you all kinds of curve balls when you least expect it..and well, your kids just drive you crazy..lol..mine are adult children, and they still can drive me crazy at times..but for me, I have learned from the previous storms I’ve endured that I just get stronger in my faith every single time…because God has ALWAYS shown up…and to me, whatever happens, whatever His will is for that situation.. I already know that we are victorious..If God is there, there is victory, whatever the outcome…Have a great and blessed day!

  26. Thank you Lord that when I lay down I will not be afraid and my sleep WILL be sweet. Amen.
    God help me to be Still (stop my racing mind, and fidgety self, trying to figurenthings out) and know that YOU are God and that You who have began this healing in ME , will complete it in Jesus name. Amen

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  28. Dear Wendy, I went through a divorce from an abusive marriage, started dating again, lost my six year old son, had a relationship breakup. All these against a backdrop of s chronic illness that God is healing me from. All these things have filled me with fear and anxiety. Fear that I will end up on my own, feelings of loneliness, being overwhelmed in caring for my other 3 children as a single parent. I desire to be able to control my thought life and be able to be still. Please help.

    • So much on your heart, sweet friend. I wish I personally was close by and could help you. But what I have to offer is SO much greater and that is God and His word. Having been consumed after my rape with feelings of fear, anxiety, desperation and lonliness, I promise you the ONLY place I found hope and healing was in the Word of God. And it took many years, many steps forward and backward, godly friends to pray for me and help me, and perseverance I did not know I had. God is so faithful to help us, but we must go to Him daily for our strength. I am including a link to a powerful testimony that I know will encourage, bless and equip you where you are. Be sure to listen to the video…minutes 1-35 or at least 9-35 are most applicable for you, but the entire video is wonderful.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

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