Anxiety and being a mother go hand in hand, in my opinion. I have struggled with anxiety most of my life and it only just recently got harder to deal with. During my pregnancy with the twins I got over-worried really easily, often feeling alone because no one around me knew what I was going through. It was really hard, even when the boys were born. Everyone just kind of looked at me like, “I don’t know how to help you.” And when you realize that you’re alone, fear and panic can set in really fast.
One of the most important things I can say to a mother that feels that way, is that you aren’t alone. Your guardian angel is right there with you. Pray to God, and let go of those worries.
I was shopping the other day with my family and came across the book Prayers for an Anxious Heart. I grabbed it and read it immediately after I came home, and I wanted to share a few of the prayers with you. Some of them mean so much to me, because it almost completely describes the worries in my heart and my mind on a daily basis. Sometimes I’m so overwhelmed, I can’t begin to put into words what I’m going through. The beautiful prayers in this book truly help me put things back into perspective. Sometimes I cry, sometimes I smile. But all of the time, I feel better.
This book can be found here, Prayers for an Anxious Heart. If you’re an anxious heart, I encourage you to read this book, or simply read these prayers. Realize that you don’t have to cope with your struggles alone.
Uphold my steps in Your paths,
that my footsteps may not slip.
Psalm 17:5 NKJV
Dear Lord, I believe You are always aware of me. You know where I am right now, and You have a plan for my future. I want to trust You and be confident that everything is designed to make me more and more like You as I walk through each day. But sometimes it seems as though I’m totally on my own. It feels like I’m facing a mountain I have to climb, with nothing to hold on to. All I see is a steep mass with no way to get to the top.
Show me the path I’m to take, Lord. I trust You to guide me and make a way. When there are boulders along the route, please teach me how to use them as stepping stones. If I run into slippery places, give me solid footing. When the path twists and turns and I’m not sure which direction to go, I yearn for assurance that You are before me to direct my steps.
It’s easy to make my own decisions, only to realize I’ve gotten into something I can’t handle. Remind me always to depend on You to show me every step I should take. Then I can know, even when things are difficult, that You will take me to my destination. Give me grace to believe how much You care about every part of my life. Amen.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
and abundant in lovingkindness to
all who call upon You.
Psalm 86:5 NASB
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your everlasting love, forgiveness, and mercy. Wrapped in your comforting arms, no anxious or bitter thoughts can take us captive. Yet sometimes we wrestle against Your embrace. Rather than give up our anger and resentment, we choose to wallow in our own discontent. We seek comfort in the familiar burden of impunity and smugly point accusing fingers at those who have hurt us.
Your Word tells us to surrender the wrath and malice we hold against our enemies. Offering love and forgiveness to them that You have given to us will deliver us from the anguish that bitterness so readily brings. The struggle is a hard battle to win.
You mercifully remind us to view those who have wronged us through Your eyes- the same eyes through which You looked upon our own sinfulness. They strive against human failings as much as we do. Then we concede the truth: prayer and forgiveness are the keys to unlock the prison of our enraged hearts.
You, Lord, are always ready to forgive, having loved us with an everlasting love. Help us follow Your divine example. Let us bring into captivity every thought in obedience to Christ. Yes, Lord, our forgiving heart set us rest in the comfort of Your embrace once again.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
“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.”
Isaiah 41:10 NASB
Lord, I have no reason to fear, because You are with me. You are ever present by my side to guide and protect me. The things in this world that make me afraid are not more powerful than You and are not out of Your control.
I need not look anxiously around me for help from somewhere else, because You are my God. Keep me from setting up other things in my life as gods. Nothing and no one else besides You is able to give me the peace, endurance, and power I need to face the day ahead. Instead of looking around me and focusing on the things that overwhelm me, may I set my gaze firmly and unwaveringly on You.
Thank You for this wonderful reminder that You will strengthen and help me. I ask You, the Almighty God, for that strength and help right now as I face the days and weeks ahead.
Help me rest securely in the knowledge that I am firmly placed in Your hands.
I truly have no reason to fear with You by my side, as my God, strengthening, helping, and holding me in Your hands. Amen.
“The LORD will fight for you, and you only have to be silent.”
Exodus 14:14 ESV
In this day and age when action is so heavily stressed, it is hard for me to wrap my head around the thought of not acting. Lord, this is truly a command You give in times of struggle? Waiting on Your will and timing is one of the hardest tasks.
I must remember Your might and power. You create the very atoms of the ground I tread, and I confess that many times I stop around creating chaos when all I seek is order. Lord, the thought of ceasing my plans and obeying Your will frightens me. When You call me to reach outside myself and forgive or trust, it tears me from my selfish pride, rids me of embittered desires, and cleanses the channels of my heart. I must trust that the most strenuous and arduous tasks You grant me will bear the most fruit and draw me closer to You. To know that the God of the universe fights for me, an undeserving sinner, leaves me astounded.
Lord, thank You for fighting my battles inside my heart and outside of myself. Change my heart, Lord; help me obey Your command and trust in Your plan. Let Your spirit prompt me to keep silent and listen for Your instruction. Lord, grant me the courage to release these fears into Your care and stand firm in the fact that You will fight for me. Amen.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 NIV
Oh, heavenly Father, what a wonderful gift it is to have Your love embedded so deep in my heart. Nothing is more powerful than the love You have for me. It overcomes all hardship and transgression. Your love fills me up with forgiveness. It washes my heart clean of sin. And when I am downtrodden and weary, it is Your love that refreshes me and gives me strength to carry on.
I find such peace in Your love, a remarkable peace truly beyond my understanding. When I am troubled, I know that You are there in my heart. I listen and I hear You whisper to me gently, almost like a lullaby, “Be still, My child. I am here, and I love you.”
You are always here waiting for me in my heart, ready to help me, to comfort and to love me.
And joy! There is such joy in knowing that Your love is eternal. You are with me wherever I go and whatever I do. Nothing can separate me from Your love- nothing at all. In the worst of times, You draw me near to You. You hold me close and love me with a love so pure that there is no mistake that it comes from You.
Oh, thank You, God. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for being there, down in my heart. Amen.