So recently I've learned we may be facing some changes. My first response: panic and tears and frantic searching for an answer. Then I remembered: God is not surprised by this like I am. He has a plan. I'm hoping one day God will be my first response! :)
Yes. I agree! I think it comes with time and practice, and yet we tread carefully so it doesn't become a mindless habit. Sometimes it's not easy.
I was reading this in Isaiah just a few weeks ago. :) Right now this is a constant reminder in the back of my head. God is shifting some things, and asking me to remove some of my ministries, and some days I have a peace and can see the direction He is leading and other days I am being obedient, but fear creeps in and then I find am holding on tight to God's word trying my best not to run off course in a panic. Aye! Thank you for another reminder that I needed once again.
Ah sweetie, thank you. Holding on in the midst of fear is the best thing we can do. What a wonderful example you have given us!
Love this post Stacey. Do you think we'll ever come to the point where the initial response of fear doesn't raise it's ugly head? I mean at least as long as we're in these fleshly bodies. I tend to think the victory comes in the time it takes us to recognize those thoughts, and from where they originate~ and by bringing them into subjection to God's Word. The fact that Jesus's most often repeated command being some form of "Do not be afraid" tells us a lot about what we'll face and who we're to turn to in response. It reminds me of Martin Luther's quote about not being able to prevent the birds (evil thoughts) from flying overhead, but we can prevent them from building a nest on top of our heads (paraphrase).
I don't know, Terri. It would be great wouldn't it? If there is a way to get to that point, I certainly haven't made it yet. I look for victory as you do to. Realizing what my thoughts are (taking them captive) and then turning them over to God are what I am doing now. This allows me to see great improvement.I wonder if we always need that touch of fear if only to remind us that it is God that gets us through things.
WOW! Such words of wisdom. I love the 1st line - "Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid." My 1st inclination is to freak out, get angry, and fear. I needed this reminder to look to God not my fears or circumstances.
I loved the way it was phrased as well. :)
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