Posts Tagged 'God’s faithfulness'

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

True Promises

Have you ever been up against something so huge, so overwhelming; that you thought there was no way around it?

To be honest, our family is up against “it” right now.  What the issue is really doesn’t matter.  What matters is who is in charge of my responses to the whole thing.

You see, I’m a type A. I make plans, I take initiative and I don’t like hearing that I “can’t” do something.  But there are times, as much as I hate to admit it, that I face something I truly CANNOT fix or even understand.

So where do I go for comfort and perspective during these overwhelming moments? Music.

As a former choir teacher I find myself drawn to the power of music.  I’ve seen music bring Junior Highers to tears, help a mourning parent smile and bring a diverse group of people into unity.

Music is powerful all by itself, but if you pair it with truths from scripture – well….you better hold on!!!

During the worship time at our church we started with one of my favorite hymns: “How Great Thou Art”.  As I was singing I found I couldn’t hold back the tears or the smile on my face because you see, MY God is GREATER than this thing I’m up against. MY God can handle it and MY God is with me every step of the way.

I was praising God for this beautiful reminder during our worship time when the band started playing one of my favorite songs, “Always” by Kristian Stanfill.  I’ve put the words below along with a link to the recording on YouTube.

As Mothers we shoulder responsibilities and burdens that can, at times, seem absolutely overwhelming. No matter where you are today I pray you’ll hold on to the promise of how incredibly GREAT our God is and the truth that our soul can find rest in Him.

We’re in this together Sister and I praise my God for knowing where you are, where I am and how to help each of us in His perfect way.

Let’s lift our eyes up, receive the help that comes from the Lord and live a life full of praise no matter what we are facing! We can do this!

Blessings to you and your family!

Kasey

Lyrics for the song ALWAYS :

My foes are many, they rise against me, but I will hold my ground I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm. My help is on the way.

Oh, my God, He will not delay. My refuge and strength always. I will not fear, His promise is true! My God will come through always!

Troubles surround me, chaos abounding my soul will rest in You. I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm. My help is on the way.

Shout it, go on and scream it from the mountains! Go on and tell it to the masses that He is good!

I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord!

Listen to the song “Always”

Sun and Shade

tree and pathI was mowing the lawn today and ran into the ever-present frustration called sun and shade.  Here’s the situation – our grass barely grows in exposed areas, but under the shade of the trees it is full and long.  So I have to mow, even though it’s 95 degrees outside.  As I mowed across our backyard I was working really hard to see through the sweat and keep track of where I had mowed by the lines I was making in the grass. 

When I stood in the sun, headed toward the tree line and shade, I could NOT see the line from my mower.  I had no idea where I was.  The grass is a bit pale and prickly in these sun-drenched patches so it doesn’t give any clues either.  HOWEVER, when I suddenly felt the cool breeze and the shade of the trees I turned around to prepare my approach and I could see the line perfectly.

I started thinking about life and how sometimes we are able to sit in the “shade” of life and see everything clearly.  We enjoy a cool breeze and some relaxing moments.  Then come the days in the scorching sun.  The days when we feel the oppressive heat that comes from giving our all and realizing the day hasn’t come to an end. 

I have some wonderful friends who, for different reasons, are returning to work this month.  They have been home with their children and they are now returning to a workplace that doesn’t revolve around naps, snack time and a sand box.  I have some other friends who are facing the woes of pregnancy and really wish this could all come to an end!  Yet still I have other friends whose family situations feel as hopeless and frustrating as ever.  To these friends I want you to know that I am praying for you and I love you.

Some of us are in the shady season of life and some of us are in heat of the moment.  No matter where you are right now know that your Creator loves you, He is standing by your side and He alone can see the path that you are headed down.  He will direct you, He will carry you, He will hold you.  Let Him be your everything and He will show you where to go next.

Ephesians 6:10 says, finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

His power is enough and it’s available to us right now.  Lean on His strength and meet me under the shade of His power.


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