Do Not be Afraid for I am With You Isaiah 43:5

do not be afraid Isaiah

Anxiety has come to define my generation, especially the women, although the men are not immune. We wake in the morning and our worries and concerns attack us like wild dogs. We lie down at night and wait for sleep while our imaginations race through the worst case scenarios.

I am guilty of being afraid. Absolutely. But God has been calling me out of my fear. Over and over, in many different ways I hear him saying: Fear not, I am with you. If I am with you who can be against you?

Of course I am familiar with this idea, and many times, over the years, my heart has been lifted with these words. But now I am called to walk in them. As each trace of anxiety raises its head, first I take it to my Father and lay it at his feet. Sometimes I have to do this over and over again. Sometimes I have to leave the room. But I am made for joy and purpose, not for all these burdens pulling me down.

Today I have a problem with one of my customers. A large package was not delivered to her and now it’s lost somewhere in transit. I can’t go and track it down myself. I can’t easily replace it. Communication from all parties is lacking. Over and over I am having to put the anxiety I feel over this situation back in the lap of the only One who can do anything about, and humbly ask for guidance.

Jesus came, and his life is the light of men. Anxiety and fear are dark holes, not part of our path at all. Today I am choosing trust and I will walk in the light.

do not be afraid Isaiah

God has been calling me out of my fear

Let me know about your battles with fear and what God is showing you – leave a comment!

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Be Kind to One Another Ephesians 4:32

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This year for Christmas, I am making a series of posters for my daughter’s room. This is the first one in the series of eight. The whole verse from Ephesians 4:32 is Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Through these posters I am hoping a few particular verses from the Bible will sink deep into my child’s heart and she will have them as a basis to build her life on. Right now she is middle school, and much like middle school from my day, the girls can be vicious to each other. Its a real dog eat dog world over there in middle school before these young ladies obtain a veneer of politeness. She and I have had a number of talks about what it means to be kind to people who are not kind to you, why we should bother with that. And what it means to act out daily what she believes and how to be the kind of person Jesus wants her to be.

It’s hard to stay tenderhearted when the whole world seems to be telling you to toughen up, be strong, and not take things personally. The key, I am learning, is described in this verse: to keep God’s forgiveness and loving kindness firmly in the front of my mind. I am seeking to make this a habit of my mind, to constantly remember all that the Lord has done, and let that peculate through all my interactions. This doesn’t come naturally to me. Naturally I am critical, self-protective, and judgmental. But I can choose how I want to think and how I think will become who I am.

How are you changing how you think?

be kind to one another ephesians

Be kind to one another

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