"Anxiety weighs down the human heart but a good word cheers it up."
Proverbs 12:25 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Have you ever been anxious to the point where you felt weighed down? Like an elephant was sitting on your chest and you could barely move? I sincerely hope you don’t have to deal with that level of anxiety. I face this quite often, but this verse is so true though. Anxiety can be completely overwhelming, but an encouraging word can help to break up the anxious thoughts and feelings. One interesting thing about this verse is that there is no distinction on if the "good words" are being spoken TO the person or being spoken BY the person dealing with anxiety. The thing that helps me most when I am feeling overwhelmed is to encourage others. It helps to take my mind off of what I’m dealing with and I’m able to witness the effect of encouraging words on others. This almost immediately begins to put me at ease. Next time you are faced with anxious feelings, give it a try and see what happens. I’m no doctor, but it has helped me through tough times.
Prayer for today: I pray that when we feel overwhelmed, we would ask our heavenly Father to bring us peace. That He would direct us to an encouraging verse or moment when He has come to our rescue in the past. I pray that we would seek peace for ourselves and be the catalyst for that peace for others.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…