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Welcoming Fear In

Fear not, little one.  Easier said than done, right?!  Been there. 

Like just now - when I got a text from a family member about some medical stuff.  And this morning - when I had to walk through the doors of a place that represents great pain in my life from the very recent past. Then there was yesterday - when we had to make a 7 hour trek home through crazy storms.  And of course the day before - as I watched my son’s senior photos being taken, and I thought about him leaving the nest.  Fear is real, and we can’t just make ourselves stop being afraid.  No amount of yoga, old Oprah episodes, or articles in Magnolia can fix the root of where fear comes from.

So what do we do when our guts sink and our hearts flutter with fear?  Although we want to run, we stand. We look up rather than around.  And we go to the One who holds tomorrow in His mighty hands and simply ask Him to be our strength to battle it.  He is the One has the power to turn these same fearful situations into very opportunities to witness His care for us and His amazing glory. 

I have no doubt that God allows fearful situations into our lives to help us press into Him.  Without those moments, I’m honestly pretty self-reliant.  But they are for our good.  It is said that the Bible has “fear not” or some version of this phrase in it 365 times.  Most Biblical scholars say it’s actually well over 500 times. And that’s good because I need to be reminded of this truth AT LEAST once a day!

Don’t know about you, but I won’t be the one to master fear.  I can’t.  I don’t even want to.  I love needing the Lord. As for what I will do... I will chose to run to Him first, faster than before, and as my final word on fear.  With the Lord’s strength, we will overcome and live abundantly!  

 

 

”Cast all your cares in Him for He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

”Do not fear, for I am with you; don’t be afraid for I am your God.  I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold onto you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

“I will keep watch for you, my Strength, because God is my stronghold.” Psalm 59:10

”Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your graciousness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of a God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7


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