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Fear

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Fear. It’s a four-letter word that can paralyze us and limit our joy. Fear evolves as we grow. It morphs as our experiences intensify, but at its core…fear never changes.

It is a tool the enemy uses to create doubt. Doubt about others, about ourselves, about God. Doubt brings darkness.

Taking a step in the darkness is so scary. Anyone else stubbed a toe or stepped on a noisy toy while trying to navigate a dark room? Walking through a dark place is exhausting! Always waiting for that unknown thing to pop up and take us by surprise – ahhhh!!

If fear brings doubt and doubt brings darkness, why would we allow ourselves to love there? Well – because fear is REAL! It’s real and sometimes we can’t get rid of it all on our own. Instead, we need help. Hep from others, hep from God, we can’t do it alone.

Having faith God can break through the fear and darkness is not easy. It’s a choice.

I often remind my children that their feelings and emotions are very real, but sometimes they just can’t be trusted. Instead, of “feeling” they have to choose to “know”.

To know who they are in the eyes of their Creator. To know how much they are loved. To know they have been called to live a life that consists of more than immediate victories or easy roads.

So let’s replace the four-letter word, FEAR with another one, KNOW.

Here’s what I know:

  1. I know God is ALWAYS working on my behalf, even when it seems nothing is working out. He works ALL things for the good of those who love Him.
  2. I know my strength has limitations. My physical, mental, and emotional limits are very real. So why would I think I can do this thing called life on my own? I need my people around me. Scripture tells us we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. I have people in my life who have witnessed me at my lowest, most vulnerable moments and they still love me. They have also witnessed how God brought me out of the darkness and helped me grow.
  3. I know life is not fair. I have been hurt so badly by people who called themselves Christians. I’ve been judged, lied about, and even misrepresented by people who called themselves my friend. Did I handle myself perfectly in those situations when I was hurting? Nope. But boy did I learn. I learned that in the dark moments, I have to focus on the light. Not on the people trying to drag me down into a dark place of fear and failure. Grace is REALLY unfair. God extends it to really nasty, awful people too. Sometimes that’s hard for me to accept. But maybe if I keep focused on the light, they will see it to and retribution and forgiveness can happen – just maybe.
  4. I know God is enough. Throughout the Psalms we learn read God is our Rock, Fortress, Shelter, Strength, Peace, Hope…the list goes on and on. He promised to be what I need Him to be and that can be enough, even in the darkest of times.

So as we head into this Halloween season with the haunted houses and costumes, I hope we can look at fear in a new way. Maybe we can name what really frightens us and give it to God. He never asked us to walk this road of life alone. He can handle it. Whatever it is – cry out to Him. Start to KNOW your Savior in a new way. KNOW the promises found in scripture and in return, fear will have to loosen its hold on your spirit and life.

You are a blessing to so many and to me! If you have time, leave a comment below telling us how you overcame a fear in your life or maybe a fear you are struggling with. You’re not alone – I’m sure of it. Come out of the darkness and into the light.

Have a wonderful week!
Kasey

Strong and Courageous

desert signToday we took our middle son, Tyler, to kindergarten.  He was ready to go to school this morning, so waiting until 12:30 was almost torture for him.  I, on the other hand, have been preparing for this moment for the last 5 years and I handled it much better than when we took our first-born, Matthew, to school for the first time.  I remember the surprising amount of tears that filled my eyes after the door to Matthew’s classroom closed behind me and his school day started.  I knew he was safe and would have fun, but I knew a chapter in our life was now officially over.  Somehow it seems a bit easier this time, only because I’ve seen all the new and exciting chapters of life that have started as the school years have progressed.

I really was doing fine today, walking out the school doors holding our 2-year-old James in my arms – and then it happened.  James started crying and reaching for his brothers as we left the building.  I LOST it!  His friends, his brothers, were staying – and we were going home.  That’s when it hit me and the tears filled my eyes.  My strong outer shell was cracking and my emotions were breaking through.

I suddenly remembered the conversation I had with my 2nd grader this morning.  He was anxious about the change and sad to not be with us all day.  We talked about being brave, looking for the positive things and trusting God to protect Him.  I had to take my own advise and became a little more brave, found some positive elements to my new life with one child at home and began trusting God to be with my boys.  I remembered the scripture Matt and I had recently read together.  It is from Joshua chapter 1 and four different times in that passage the Lord says, “be strong and courageous” it also says that the Lord would be with me wherever I go – He’d even be with my children.

My Dad pointed out that God doesn’t say He will help us to be strong and courageous, He just tells us to be that way.  Thankfully He not only shows us His plan but will deliever what He has promised.  I love the fact that God has made our relationship with him a 2-way channel of communication and commitment.  It’s the same way with our kids…

I hope that my children can watch my faith journey and see me staying strong because I’m leaning on God.  I pray they see my courage lived out – not because I’m naive to the possible trials, but because I know who holds my future.  Whether they are facing the challenge of a new school year, or choosing what career to pursue I pray my children will face this life strong and courageous.

May you  continue to be strong, courageous and full of hope as you continue through the journey of motherhood.  We are in this WITH God and with each other.  Keep pressing on through the desert when it comes – the promise land is just around the bend!

6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’ ”  …  16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”


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