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Someone To Walk With You Through Your Biggest Fears

Face it. We live in a sometimes very scary world.

What can we do?

Where can we turn?

Is it even possible to gain freedom from fear?

Yes – a resounding YES.

But not by trying to run from our fears

or fleeing what is terrifying us.

Not by begging God to remove the thing we are afraid of.

True freedom from fear comes by allowing God

to walk with us through whatever we are afraid of.

As a child I was very afraid.

From loud noises to new situations

snakes and dark places and on and on and on.

And although I knew the Lord I didn’t know how to shake the heavy chains of fear.

Freedom in Christ seemed a possibility for others

but not for me.

But somewhere along the way my relationship with Him

began to grow until

it grew bigger than my fears.

As I focused upon Who He is

I began to see how small my fears were.

Now, my knees might still shake at times

but because I know the One Who walks with me through everything

I am no longer paralyzed –

I am no longer trapped.

All I need to know is that He walks with me through it all.

And I know that I am safe no matter what.

How about you?

Are you will looking for freedom from gut-wrenching fear?

Let me encourage you to look to the One,

The Glorious One

to hold your hand through everything you face.

Stop the voices that try to convince you otherwise.

Turn away from your doubts and let Him walk with you.

Fears seem to evaporate in the light of His Presence.

He is stronger than anything or anyone

And He loves you with an everlasting Love.

Now that’s true freedom, my friends.

And He wants you to experience it too.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” –Isaiah 41:10

Coffee And More

sept 10 coffeeIt was one of those days when I was weary from the countless responsibilities

and an endless list of tasks.

Coffee, I thought. Yes, I need an extra large cup of coffee to make it through this day.

Smile.

So I stopped at my favorite coffee shop and asked for a large, yes extra large cup of coffee.

My thoughts flitted from this to that

until I the gal handed me  the cup.

I smiled not realizing that my unspoken prayer was about to be answered

For some reason today I glanced down at the cup and read the writing on the side.

Dark, bold letters –

YOUR COFFEE. JUST RIGHT. EVERY TIME.

Suddenly it was like a light came on.

The only thing I can depend upon  every time is my Lord. Every time.

Walking outside into the cold air my step picked up.

Sure there are some people that are dependable. What would we ever do without them?

Gifts of God to be sure.

But every time? Those simple words drew my focus upward to the One Who never let me down.

In a world of increased stress and the possibility for discouragement on every side.

He never fails.

He has promised His Presence and Protection and Peace

for all who look to Him. For me.

YOUR JESUS. JUST RIGHT. EVERY TIME.

As I mentally hugged that truth to my weary heart I felt fresh courage and strength.

And right there I bowed my head and asked Him again to be that for me. Today.

Anything  can become an instrument  of  encouragement and comfort.

For me,

today

it is a cup of coffee.

How about you?

Lord, open our eyes to see you wherever we are today.

And may we be strengthened to serve you  this moment.

My prayers are with you today, my friend.

Help For Those Times When Your Inner Peace Is Threatened

Do you find it difficult to maintain your inner peace when others threaten to destroy it?

Have you tried over and over to think peace

but the negative attitudes of others chip away at your poise and confidence?

So at times you even wonder if it is at all possible.

But the truth is you can discover inner peace and learn ways to maintain it.

Let me share five ways that I have learned work to build peace:

  1. Peace is a result of setting limits in your life.

Say no to the harmful, negative, toxic influences. Guard yourself with healthy boundaries.

  1. Learn to slow down and be still.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 KJV

Stillness and times of quiet are essential to finding inner peace.

  1. Instead of seeing every difficulty as a huge problem begin to see it as an opportunity

to learn and grow. This simple change in your perception will change how you feel.

  1. Accept the things you cannot change and let go. Yes, give yourself permission to let go of

relationships or circumstances, etc that you cannot change. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it’s not right but let go and move forward.

  1. Look out at window or go outside. Observe the wonders of life all around and list three things for which you are grateful.

You might find yourself at this moment in a difficult situation or surrounded by unrest and chaos.

In the midst of life’s roughest times there is One Who knows your name and promises to be with you.

He offers to give you peace

His peace

Himself.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 KJV

Accept Him as your peace in every situation.

Things may not change immediately but you will.

“The only way to live in this adventure-with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes-is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God.”
John Eldredge

 

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