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I’m Yours

Read these words again today:

“Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.”

To think that God’s greatest encouragement for whatever situation we are in is that He is OURS.

I mean really,
think about that.

He is with you.

He loves you.

He is all about you.

He is yours.

What greater encouragement is there than that?

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

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Kitchen Sink Singing

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I used to love writing songs. In fact, it was once my dream to be a professional writer of song lyrics. That was years ago. Today I am content to sing to the Lord in my kitchen whatever song He places in my heart. This was today’s:

I want to get to the place where the sound of thunder,
Is like a lullaby.

I want to get to the place where the sound of a baby crying,
Is like a love song in the night.

Where squeaking doors,
And creaking floors,
Feel like You’re walking close to me.

Well I’m not there.
No, I’m not there,
But I believe.

I’m gonna to get to the place where the sound of thunder,
Is like a lullaby.

I’m gonna get to the place where the sound of a baby crying,
Is like a love song in the night.

Where the laughter always comes,
Before the tears.

Where perfect love,
Your perfect love,
Casts out every kind of fear.

Oh, I’m gonna get there.

I must have sang this half a dozen times if not more, each time feeling more strength and peace flood my heart.

Sing the song in your heart. Write it down. It maybe that the Lord is the only one who hears it, but that is what matters most.

 

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Save Me, Fill Me

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Are you battling depression, fear, anxiety? Are you feeling empty or struggling to hold on to any ounce of joy? We all at some point find ourselves in that place. I wanted to suggest a prayer that has helped me when I find my heart heavy and my spirit weak. It is a simple prayer really, and one that I find myself praying over and over again, “Save me, fill me.”

The fact is, we all need a savior. And the salvation that Jesus offers is not just from our sins but also from everything we need saved from. We need saved from the consequences of our mistakes (our sin) and we need saved from the many things in this life that try to destroy our spirit and steal our joy.

Today I encourage you to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and any lack of faith that you are experiencing. Ask him to save you and fill you, and make the choice to trust him, follow him and live for him. It is not just a one time prayer, but a daily prayer we all need. I encourage you to pray it today. The peace and strength that follow are incredible.

 

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The Scratching Sound

 

It was the wee hours of the morning. My husband had already left for work, and I was up writing on my bed. Our young daughter was asleep by my side.

Suddenly I started to hear a scratching sound coming from behind our bed. It started faint and I tried to ignore it, but then I heard it again, “Scratch, scratch, tap, tap.”

I thought, “It is probably just another bug scurrying across some paper.” I grabbed my husband’s shoe.

But then the scratching sound kept getting louder and louder.

My heart started beating faster, as I remembered my husband making mention of a rat he had seen run across our driveway a week earlier.

A thought popped in my mind, “What if it is not just a little bug? What if it is a rat?”

Moments later I had made up my mind, “It is a rat and if it is not a rat it is a huge bug that is going to jump out at me the moment I go to look for it.”

Then in a moment of great valor, I quickly evacuated my daughter out of the room. I shoved a towel under my bedroom door and then did the brave thing any grown woman would do.

I called my mother.

My mom encouraged me and assured me, “A rat won’t keep moving about under your bed with you there. It’s probably just a bug scratching around in some papers. You are 5′4″ and with a broom in your hands you’d be a very scary adversary for a bug.”

I had become a refugee on my sofa, kicked from my homeland due to a frightening noise. We talked and prayed. I felt better and a bit ridiculous.

It was almost 5:00 a.m. but I couldn’t sleep. I had a potential rodent on the loose in my room. Then God mustered up my courage in me. I did what my momma said. I grabbed a broom and pushed the door open slowly.

Next I grabbed my original other weapon of choice, my husband’s shoe.

I saw no sign of rat droppings and heard no scratching sound. I walked on top of my bed and with a big breath (and my big broom and big shoe) investigated behind the headboard… nothing.

Next, I got as far back from my bed as I could, and got down on my belly- a move I considered quite brave at the time- and lifted the bed skirt with the end of my broom… no rat.

I did find two crinkled papers and my daughter’s missing shoe that had been missing for some time.

Then I saw the origin of all my fears making its way up my bed skirt, only two feet away from where my daughter had been resting. I quickly knocked it down to the carpet and assaulted it with my husband’s shoe.

It laid there in shock- still moving. It was not a rat or a large bug. It was an embarrassingly small bug.

I stared at that bug and at my daughter’s shoe which I had found under the bed.

I considered how the Bible identifies me as God’s daughter, and yet, there I was, filled with fear over a tiny bug.

I thought to myself, “How can I walk in power and peace if I walk in doubt and fear?”

I thought of how I took hold of my husband’s shoe.

I questioned, “Am I truly taking a hold of God’s Word?”

I thought of how I lifted up that broom to face my fears and questioned,

“What am I lifting up when it comes to the big fears in my life? Am I lifting up words of praise and faith or words of fear? Do I have faith that God will sweep away my fears?”

In that moment, I knew that this tiny bug was God’s way of challenging me to consider those tiny doubts and fears that rob me of the peace that matters most.

 

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV
 

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