Where do you run when feeling anxious and afraid?
I was raised in a loving home. My parents were there for me and I knew I could run to them for help. I also had the most wonderful Springer Spaniel. I probably ran to him more than anyone else for comfort.
There’s something about the presence of a dog that’s incredibly comforting and calming. That’s why so many people have comfort dogs, to help them deal with anxiety.
Where do you run when you’re feeling anxious and afraid?
Maybe you run to family and friends, a counselor, the mountains or some other quiet place, or to snuggle with your beloved dogs and cats.
All these are wonderful, God-given comforts to soothe our pain. And we can thank him for each one! That said, we must never forget that we can also run to God in prayer . . .
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an every present help in trouble.
Despite the incredible comfort I find with family and friends, or while snuggled with my dogs, time spent in prayer is really what gets me through the hard times.
Prayer connects us to God— to his power and presence, and the help we need.
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.”
Psalm 91:2 says, “I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
Psalm 5:11 says, “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Whatever your need today, run to God. Snuggle close to him. Let him calm your heart and banish your fears.
Dear God, when I’m feeling anxious, remind me that I can run to you and find comfort. For you are my refuge and strength in times of need. Amen.
You might also like to read: How I Overcame Depression With the Help of My Dogs
Leila Grandemange is an award-winning writer and recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to inspire faith in God, and the responsible care of our furry friends! See her books on Amazon.
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