Over the past few months I’ve experienced an avalanche of emotions–most of them negative. I’ve been afraid, stressed, distressed, lonely, confused, worried, sad, angry, hesitant, even paralyzed at times. But I’ve found the secret to coping with those emotions and keeping them in check—or at least in balance.
I’ve found the secret to digging out from under that avalanche. IT’S GOD’S WORD.
Read it. Print it on cards and stick it around your house and in your car. Carry it in your purse or pocket. Sing it. Memorize it. Doodle it. Paint it. Recite as you fall asleep at night.
Here are some verses that have helped me lately. I hope they will do the same for you. These are from the NIV. I plan to post them one at a time on my Face Book Story.
Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
2 Samuel 22:3
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.