These are the prayers I will rely on this year to pull closer to God when the stress hits. I wrote these last week, including a personal Psalm, and now I'm sharing this booklet with the world!
One thing I like to do that really calms me in times of anxiety is to write my own psalms patterned after the Biblical Psalms. Below is an example of a Psalm in my own words:
Here is my Psalm 23 in my own words:
Sherry's Psalm 23 :
I thank you Lord, because you are my caretaker, and you are all that I truly need.
Spending time with you gives me rest. Walking with you gives me peace. Relying on you gives me strength.
You guide me in the way I should go; you teach me the right way, and this brings honor to you!
When I walk through difficult and dark valleys, you are with me, holding me by your right hand.
Therefore, I do not have to be afraid, because you are near, and your guidance and presence gives me comfort.
You provide for me, even when I don’t deserve it.
If all I had was you and nothing more, I would still have enough to overflow and share with others.
Even if I forget about you for a time, or take you for granted, or isolate myself from you – your love will pursue me to bring me back to you!
Therefore, I can give all my anxieties over to you; because you have determined my future; and ultimately, I will live with you forever.
I encourage you to write your Psalm and use it to meditate...it's a very powerful and simple way to draw closer to God!
In the video above, I share another paryer that I like to pray, read, or listen to when anxiety has got its grasp on me and is increasing.
Other works by Sherry Elaine Evans: