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A Psalm for anxiety

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Have you ever woken up feeling anxious and unsettled? Do a few dozen responsibilities and concerns fight against one another in your brain? Feeling nausea or fear in the pit of your stomach? Are you ever overwhelmed by the sense of defeat and failure when you haven't failed at something? Hello, Anxiety. You're a tough one to beat. When I'm struggling with anxiety, I like to read Psalm 13 and Psalm 31. Several other Psalms speak to fear, oppression, and grief--which can feel similar to anxiety--but these two seem to zero in on the cloak-and-dagger enemy that is anxiety: our own minds and emotions. Here's a prayer from Psalm 31 : Oh, Lord, You are the Comforter and the Healer. I need your power in my life. I feel a lot of anxiety and pressure right now. I honestly can't tell how much is true pressure, real deadlines, or just my own unrealistic expectations. I am pressuring myself, attempting to either control, direct, or manage everything I ca