2 Timothy 1:1-7(KJV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

DEVOTION – Elizabeth Penney (Georgia)

Anxiety runs in my family.  My mother suffered from depression and a panic disorder that made her seem distant and unaffectionate.  But in the 1970s, depression was not widely understood as a disease.  We simply accepted that our silent mother who cooked, cleaned, and sewed for us rarely laughed or even smiled.  She never complained; She merely endured.

As a young adult, I was happy to break free from my gloomy home.  But years later, as a mother a successful career, I found myself falling prey to the same mental patterns.  When a problem or crisis cropped up, I became tense and prone to panic.  I constantly believed disaster was imminent.  This buildup of tension led to a breakdown.  One day I couldn’t get out of bed, immobilized by fear.  My doctor prescribed medication, and though it helped, I also wanted to ask for God’s healing.  I recognized mental habits that needed to be changed and believed in God’s power to set me free.

I began to meditate on God’s word.  “God has not given me a spirit of Fear,”  I would respect over and over as panic welled up inside, making my heart race.  Soon I would feel calm wash over me, the calm of God’s power and love, and a sound mine.  Years later, I can report that God did indeed give me sound mind.  I rarely experience anxiety now; but when I do, I remember this verse.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s peace helps us face all of life’s challenges.

PRAYER: Dear God, our helper, thank you for delivering us from fear and bringing peace to our troubled minds and hearts.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.