Among the many sicknesses that clung to me when I became ill in late-2003, intense nervousness or fearfulness was one of the more prominent. Before this, I wasn’t at all a nervous wreck nor fearful. In fact, I was always known to be strong and gutsy, a woman full of spunk. But when God chose to take all that made me proud and self-sufficient, I was left with nothing but a sick body and a faint heart and mind.
To live in utter, constant fearfulness where one’s life always feels threatened is much more tragic than being physically sick. No wonder there are many in this situation who choose to end their lives.
During those dark times of my life, God’s Word was my companion day and night. I clung to it. I drew courage, strength and wisdom from it. When one learns the Truth, fear slowly flees away, and courage comes to hold the heart together until peace comes to dwell within. The enemy will do his best to destroy, so he would attack time and again, but a heart and mind that is steeped with the powerful Word of God will be shielded as with a steel armor. Impenetrable.
So I read, meditated, chewed, swallowed, and digested the Word everyday. It was my food, my sustenance, my healing balm.
This disease was the first to be taken by the Lord. He took it away and joy came to dwell in my heart.
The Book of Psalms was one of my frequently-read books of the Bible. But there were other powerful verses that I held in my bosom (and I still do!), ready to propel them toward the enemy when he came to attack. Below are two of those verses:
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