Anxious for Nothing

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

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In this world, we live with so much anxiety, worry and fear. Yet, we must remember - God is with us through it all. Our tendency is to look at the “wind” and the “waves” around us. To focus on our problems or struggles; yet, when we look up Jesus is there with His arm outstretched to us. Will you take His hand today? Will you receive His grace and peace in your life? Whatever you are facing this week, just know that Jesus is greater. He still calms storms and redeems lives. God is with you and He is is for you! Live in this confidence this week.


I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4b

Psalm 23:4

  • I will fear no evil...
    • We live in a broken and fallen world.
  • ...for YOU are with me.
    • The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1
    • God is with me.
  • Your rod
    • used for protection
  • Your staff 
    • used for rescue

Jesus came into this world

  • The incarnation - God with us.
    • In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. John 1:1&14
  • Jesus triumphed over evil on the cross.

Jesus doesn’t take us out of this broken world when we become Christ-followers, but He is with us in the world!

Peace with God comes not in the absence of the storms, but in the presence of Jesus.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Jesus is how we overcome anxiety, worry, and fear in our life today.

Amy Alexander, LMFT - Executive Director
Amy Alexander is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Refuge Center for Counseling. Amy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in the field for eighteen years. Her areas of clinical focus include trauma, domestic and sexual violence, grief and loss, and identity work. Brennan Manning once said, “Many people between the ages of thirty and sixty-whatever their stature in the community and whatever their personal achievements- undergo what can truly be called a second journey. The second journey begins when we know we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the morning program.” Amy deepest passion is helping people as they begin their “second journey.” Amy is trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trust-Based Relationship Interventions. She is an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor and a Clinical Fellow of the association. Amy has been married to Dan for fifteen years and they have three children, ages 12, 7 and 4. Amy enjoys many self-care practices including yoga, mountain biking, hiking, reading, and travel. She loves dark chocolate more than anyone in the world and her favorite place to visit is Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Pike Williams, LMFT - Director of Post Master's Fellowship Programs
Pike Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and his clinical passion is to work with couples and with men. He is certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy and is trained in EMDR, a proven approach for helping clients process unresolved trauma. Pike is certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich Assessment, a valuable tool for pre-marital work, and he is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Outside of his time at The Refuge Center, he maintains a private practice as well. Pike is married with three grown children and is also chaplain for the Nashville Predators.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

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