Quiet From Fear of Evil

The other day at our ladies’ Bible study we got talking about crime. One of the ladies mentioned that the previous owner of her house faced an intruder. Fortunately, it turned out okay, but that conversation led to thoughts of God and His protection.

One of our more elderly women moved out of a nursing home into an apartment where she’s able to live without assistance. She exercises and tries to eat healthy and she relies on God, which reduces her stress. She likes to tell us that she reads Psalm 91 almost every day. That is the psalm I included in a recent blog. It begins with the words, “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:2 (KJV) says:  “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

I noticed Proverbs 1:33 (KJV): But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

There are things going on around us that may cause people to fear besides crime. Some people fear the loss of income if they look to the future and consider circumstances that seem stacked against them. Others may fear declining health or the loss of a loved one.

Our Bible study is following a book by Lysa TerKeurst which I’ve mentioned before, Uninvited, copyrighted in 2016, published by Nelson Books, Nashville, TN. We’re coming to the end of the book and plan on purchasing another of her tomes in the near future. There are so many good Bible study books out there, it’s hard to choose sometimes. What we liked about Lysa TerKeurst’s book was her vulnerability, the sense of connection, her use of common sense and mostly how she brings us back to God – always. The aforementioned senior praises her use of great vocabulary. Our twenty-something year old member uses some of the phrases the author pens that society is exchanging. Rarely, we have to ask her to interpret for us, or is it from comments the youngest gives that follow the reading time that needs interpreting? Hmm? So, I took a moment to scan and found a page where she mentions BFF, (best friends forever). I’m pretty sure the octogenarian didn’t know what BFF stood for. We all like this cross-generational mixing.

When the older Christians tell how the Lord helped them through a fire and the loss of everything, or how they kept their marriage together for seventy years and ten months, or how they survived not one divorce but two – it gives us hope that God will strengthen us for hurdles that come our way. The gal with the longest marriage may say, “We pledged to love each other for better and for worse. We celebrated the better and lived through the worse. We didn’t always like each other, but we never stopped loving each other.”

After all those years, he finally went home to be with the Lord and she’s learning about widowhood in her latter years. She never talks of being afraid. She tells of how good her church family and her real family are to her. She mentions the local housing that she now calls home and the pool table for the residents, the affordable meals provided in the dining room, etc. The local food bank also brings a truck full of donated items for the residents.

Anyway, if the ladies had fears, they didn’t say much about them as they listened to God’s faithfulness to one after the other sitting around the table. I enjoy hearing how people come through the ease and the storms of life. If things go too well for too long, I may get tempted to ignore God some. I don’t want to do that. I know enough people though, that even if my life were completely free of problems, some of their circumstances would come to my attention and then I’d be acting on their behalf if I could or should, and most likely praying. I can’t imagine life on this side of heaven being without problems and being an imperfect being, if the unimaginable happened for a nanosecond of time, I’m sure I’d get in there and goof it up. 🙂

I wrote two blogs last night and then my computer acted up. Sometimes I wonder if maybe that’s a good thing. So, I saved them and filed them and started a fresh topic tonight.

How do you find quiet from the fear of evil?

May God bless you!

 

 

 

 

Fear Not

Jesus Calms the Storm

 

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Jesus spoke to His disciples a few times saying, O ye of little faith, fear not; or something to that effect.

In Matthew 8:23, (KJV), the Word of God tells us: And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

Mat 8:24  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25  And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Mat 8:27  But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

The next verses tell us:

Mat 8:28  And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

Mat 8:29  And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Mat 8:30  And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

Mat 8:31  So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

Mat 8:32  And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

Mat 8:33  And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

Mat 8:34  And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

They feared what they didn’t understand, I think.

I remember many years ago, a visiting evangelist and her traveling companion ministered at a city church. They invited us to the altar area to receive prayer if we wanted it. I went forward. The younger lady asked me what I wanted. I told her I wanted whatever gift of the Spirit God wanted to give to me. Yet, I felt fear. She looked at me. “God won’t give you anything that you can’t handle. Do you still want me to pray?”

I told her I did, and then she said that God was going to give me the ability to speak in more than one kind of tongues by the power of the Spirit.

Why do we Christians fear what God may ask us to do? Has He not said in 1 Thessalonians 5:24: Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it?

It comes from this passage in the King James Version: 1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

1Th 5:12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

1Th 5:13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

1Th 5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

1Th 5:15  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

1Th 5:16  Rejoice evermore.

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1Th 5:19  Quench not the Spirit.

1Th 5:20  Despise not prophesyings.

1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

1Th 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1Th 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

I remember the first Sunday that my husband was supposed to preach at the church that called him to pastor. The night before, he looked so ill that I began asking him to call someone to fill the pulpit for him. He tends to be healthy and he reminded me that he didn’t know anyone to call. I started telling him that I could just see it, we would wake up, he’d still be sick and I would end up preaching. He didn’t expect that to happen.

The next morning he still felt terrible. He began to prepare me to get ready to present a message to the church, to his aunt and to his dad who were traveling about an hour to hear him preach. I prayed like crazy and went through a message I heard the weekend before at a retreat for pastor’s wives. I stole most of the message, giving credit to the author so they knew it wasn’t my original ideas. When the singing part of the service concluded, my heart started working overtime and my knees knocked together and then I started imploring God, “Please don’t let me have a heart attack.”

By the end I didn’t want it to end so soon. Whether it was early or not, I couldn’t tell you. I went from almost paralyzing fear to the joy of connecting with the people over God’s Word.

I’ve been asked to speak at women’s groups but never to preach again. I found that God enabled me to stretch and do what I thought was impossible. He continues to lead me to circumstances that I don’t think I want to do nor think that I can do. With His help, they’ve all worked out. To God be the glory!

When fear comes knocking, I answer with the Scripture from 2Timothy_1:7 , (KJV): For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I’ve literally felt the fear lift off of me when I’ve spoken that Scripture out loud.

May God bless you.

Remember Who You Are

Our Wednesday morning Bible study had a lady attending who belonged to another church. She used to be a member at our church many years ago and then left. Part of her heart is still with us, so she attended Wednesday mornings for years. This year near the end of the year she backed out because her sister got a life threatening disease and she’s spending more time with her. I miss her because she’s a likable person and she added to the group.

Unfortunately, as Christians we may be well aware of our sins and shortcomings and spend more time on them than God may want us to. In the psalms, we are told that God loves us and forgives us.

Psalm 103:11, (ESV):  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

Psa 103:12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Psa 103:13  As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

Once we truly repent, He does not expect us to continually beat ourselves up. He expects us to love ourselves in a healthy way, not a narcissistic way. These verses show God’s high regard for us loving Him and loving ourselves and loving others.

Mark 12:28, (ESV)  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

Mar 12:29  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Mar 12:30  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Mar 12:31  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mar 12:32  And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.

Mar 12:33  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Mar 12:34  And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

So, as I was saying, this lady attended our group and if we got down on ourselves, she would nicely tell us to remember who we are in Christ. We are forgiven. God calls us righteous in His sight because of the shed blood of Jesus for our sins. He took on the payment of our sins so when we stand before God at judgment day, we can claim that Jesus covered our debt or He wiped our slate clean so there’s no mark against us.

We must continue to seek God, despite distractions, despite our flesh crying out for entertainment or more money or whatever it is that keeps us from opening the Word of God. Thursday and today I intended to read the Word early in the day. Today it was almost one thirty in the afternoon. I’d done laundry, finished a writer’s magazine, did dishes, got myself ready for the day, called people, etc. My husband and I needed to be somewhere around four and I had to prepare some things before getting there. Plus, I needed to go to the store.

I made myself sit down and focus on the Lord. I remember doing that when the children were little. Putting all else aside for a short period of time and concentrating on the Lord. I told them to behave and to be quiet while I spent time with God and they did. When I don’t give time to the Lord the cares of this world press down on me, I feel lonely inside, I may become fearful over things. All those things are alleviated by spending time in God’s Word.

Hebrews 4:12, (ESV)  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Heb 4:13  And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Heb 4:14  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Heb 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Heb 4:16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

When the lady at Bible study reminds us that we belong to God by our own choosing, and that He makes us righteous, it always brings a smile to my face and to the others. She hasn’t had to say it a lot, but more than once.

We’re praying for her sister to recover and be perfectly whole.

May God bless you and yours.

Benefit of Reading

 

I love reading Christian fiction that reminds readers to pray, read the Bible, and also to wait for His still, small voice. Reading Promises to Keep by T. Davis Bunn, published by Bethany Publishing House, and copyrighted in 1991, it reminded me that I could run myself ragged and be far from following God’s will.Product Details

After reading the Bible today, I spent a little time in prayer. After I had breakfast and did the dishes, I decided to work on the Dragon Speak software program from Nuance, Company. I’m on a learning curve, but it’s getting better. My husband is watching a movie called, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I think I’ll join him.

In the Old Testament, it says, “The joy of the Lord is my strength,” in Nehemiah 8:10 in the last part of the verse, (KJV).

Don Knotts always makes me laugh. His movies may have a little bit of worldliness in them. This one had a group of women interested in the occult in it, which I forgot about. So, I laughed at his funny faces and enjoyed his courage in the face of danger. But, I was glad to get back to the blog and search the Scriptures for words of importance. God’s joy fulfills, whereas anytime I found enjoyment in shopping, or eating, or sports, or friends, or accomplishments, etc., the good feelings slipped away. Then, I’d go look for something else to do or someone else to talk to.

I’ve told my kids that only God really satisfies. That’s been true for as long as I’ve had the privilege of following Him.

May God bless you.

Moving Along

As an aside, Amazon.com sells MP3 versions of children’s songs, and this cover goes with  the song,”He’s Still Working on Me.”He's Still Working On Me

I got a letter in the mail today. I work part time for a company with multiple sites on occasion. I always answer their survey, willing to work at a few different addresses and then I choose the ones closest to home. I really prefer the location I’ve always worked at, but I sincerely am willing to try other places. When I got the new location for my next assignment, I almost panicked. I thought, What’s up with this feeling?

I reminded myself that I am flexible, I like meeting new people, it’ll be fine. James said that we shouldn’t say we’re going to be here or there, but to say, if it’s the Lord’s will, I’ll be in a certain place or make a particular purchase. I’m paraphrasing Jas 4:13, (ESV): Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—

Jas 4:14  yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Jas 4:15  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Jas 4:16  As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Jas 4:17  So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

I’ve been telling different people, I’ll see you there when I work again. I told a little girl, “I’ll be working with your grandmother pretty soon.”

Oops!

Another thing I reminded myself of is that Jesus said to be anxious for nothing. In Phil. 4:6,7 the (ESV) says: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So, when things don’t go the way I expect them to, I turn to prayer and do my best to hand things over to God. I whisper or speak aloud, “I trust You, God.”

Then I remember the good things God has done over the years in my life. Last night I got thinking about my earthly dad. I told a young man that I waited on in the library that I never went hungry unless I wanted to, growing up. I know that is a blessing. My dad worked hard to provide for his family. King David wrote in Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread, (ESV).

Jesus said in Matthew 6 that if we seek Him first, and His kingdom and righteousness all these things will be added unto us. He’d been talking about clothing and food. Then in the following verse, Matt. 6:34, (NASB), He said, “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

So, I choose to move along with Jesus, asking Him to help me not to be anxious when changes come. Change is a part of life. I know that, it’s just that I don’t always relax and go with the flow. “God’s still working on me,” as I’ve heard children sing many years ago on a tape of songs collected for other kids to sing along with them.

I used to love the high energy of songs on a “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” tape I bought for my little ones. In searching for the “God’s Still Working On Me” tape I noticed that the “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” have been digitally re-mastered from the originals from back in the day.Bullfrogs & Butterflies: God Is My Friend CD This is from  Christian  Book Distributors.

May God bless you!

Fear Can Be Good?

 

I got ready to order a refill for my paper planner and turned to an inspirational section of the site. One of the magnets said something like “Do something that scares you.”

The first time I placed an ad for my freelance writing business I was scared. When I’m afraid, I’ll pray for God’s help and speak a Scripture like 2 Timothy 1:7 – “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”

When my second client needed an ad on e-bay, I had no experience so my sister came to my meeting site. I remember shaking when she was later than I expected and I was trying to navigate in unknown webpages.

Don’t get me wrong, e-bay is user-friendly. I charged him less for my lack of experience and he appreciated it.

This past weekend, I went to a city zoo with my daughter and her family. The four children are seven years old and younger. One of the kids loves to climb. At one of the big cat displays, she did her normal thing and began to climb the railings and her mom spoke to her. She got off and then a lady my age began to lecture her about it not being safe for the animals. I imagine she’s thinking of the tragedy earlier this year when a little boy got into the gorilla setting in Cincinnati, OH and when he ended up  in the hands of the seventeen year old gorilla they had to shoot the animal. It caused pain to the zoo staff, the family involved and many animal lovers. What a shame. Yet, accidents happen and wild animals cannot be trusted. As a mom, I certainly hope my child or grandchild would be valued above the life of an animal. I am all for taking care of the earth and it’s wildlife. We need each other. I just value a human over a tiger or snake or gorilla or sting-ray or crocodile. That’s why I stay away from them. 🙂

It was the first time when she climbed that I wasn’t afraid because my daughter reprimanded her right away and she got down right away. I told my husband that I felt bad that I was afraid and scolding the children when they disappeared from sight or climbed the guard rails. He said, “Some fear is not bad. They need to know how to stay out of trouble.”

We had a really good time, but there were moments of stress. The three year old was not with his mother. She thought he was with me. We called out and he came bounding around a corner. I appreciated him coming back when he got summoned. I thanked God he was okay.

I told my husband I like it when he’s with us, because he’s firm with the children and he’s got that deep male voice and they listen better to him.

I’ll still go on outings with the grandkids. Every time I do, they’re that much older and more mature. It’s such joy spending time with them. I understand that God watches over them as well, but sometimes I’m not thinking that way. I felt like I owed God an apology. He understands, but one of the frequent admonishments from Him is “Be not afraid.”

In regards to my writing, I’ve stepped out and placed ads for freelance writing in our local free paper. I always pray over that as well. I usually get a paying customer and one lady told me she liked my work when I asked her. That blessed me. Even that caused me a little bit of fear, to pose the question. So, the paper comes out tomorrow. I’ll see if anyone is looking for a wordsmith.

What do you think, is a small amount of fear a good thing?

God bless!

Tenth

 

Exodus 20:17 (NASB) says, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Then in verses 18 & 19, it says, “All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. 19 Then they said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.’”

God encourages us to fear Him – stay in awe of Him. Yet, He is a God of love and wants relationship with us. In John 15:12 – 15 (ESV), Jesus is speaking: Joh 15:12  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Joh 15:13  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Joh 15:14  You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Joh 15:15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

With the Ten Commandments, God lets us know the law. The Ten Commandments are God’s standard for successful living according to His desires, but He knew that no one could measure up to them. So, He asked Jesus to put aside His deity and take on all of mankind’s sins as a perfect sacrifice so people could be set free from shameful behavior and be acceptable to God, the Father. Sin is so reprehensible to God, He wanted to make a way for forgiveness of sins and Jesus willingly came to earth for our benefit.

As we look at our neighbor’s spouse or any of their possessions and long for them with such desire that we’d like them for our own, God tells us to be satisfied with what we’ve got. Take those thoughts of longing and put them out of our minds. Focus on our own spouse, focus on our own belongings and be thankful, that’s what God wants. He wants our love. Praise God.

Php 4:4, (ESV) says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Php 4:5  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;

Php 4:6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Then, later in the book, it says in Php 4:10, (ESV), “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.

Php 4:11  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Php 4:12  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

God is our provider, He wants to take care of us and He directs us to work for a living, too.

May God bless you!

 

 

Birds

I remember in college a swarm of birds on the grass, outside my dorm.

My roommate, terrified of birds, wanted to help feed them. She gazed out our upstairs window and then implored me to take some crackers to them.

Our generation watched Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “The Birds,” which scared us – big time. As horrifying as the film was, I convinced myself those birds did not act anything like real ones. So I took the crackers down to the birds.

I don’t remember the birds flying away when I entered the grassy square, although I imagine they would have before I got too close.

She was so happy to give the feathery creatures food. She enjoyed them from a distance. Her fears kept her from having peace in their presence. I know what it is to fear animals. After my daughter got bit by a dog, I battled fear.

I’ve quoted 2 Tim. 1:7 many times over the years and it’s helped:

2Ti 1:7, (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

When you encounter a fear, maybe you’ll be able to speak this verse aloud or in a whisper so you can hear it. It’s amazing how helpful that’s been over the years. It does something inside of me and it does something in the supernatural realm.

Heb 4:12, (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This is one of my favorite verses. Have a great day. Mine was so full, I’m typing after midnight. Hopefully I’ll get the next blog out earlier. God bless!

 

Read the Word?

I still read a Proverb a day, most days. Lately, I’ve been reading from bits here and there as well. Lamentations 3: 22,23 tells me that God’s mercies are new every morning and that God is faithful to those who love Him.

I felt as if God led me to Isaiah 63:13 this morning. It refers to the Israeli people with Moses in the wilderness. I wrote it down from the (NASB): “Who led them through the depths? Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble.”

I believe God impressed those verses on my heart so I could see that He is faithful and He will keep me from stumbling in the wilderness. It did occur to me that in order not to stumble in the wilderness, that means I will be in the wilderness. Now whether that means bad times are coming for me; or I’ll be in a dry place spiritually speaking and feeling as if God has disappeared from my life, so I’ll need to hold on by faith alone, I don’t know.

With a totally optimistic viewpoint, it could be encouragement that I will never falter in my walk with God. Yet, there are the words, “Who led them through the depths?”

I know one thing, God has been kind to me so many times over the years and He  says to look forward and leave the past behind. The Apostle Paul said it this way in Php 3:13 in the (ASV) : “Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before.
Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

He also says continually in the Word to not be afraid and to be anxious for nothing. The being anxious for nothing is found in Philippians 4: In the (ASV) it says in Php 4:6, “In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

I told the church attendees last Sunday night that I prayed for a small item that wore out at the house, it cost less than five dollars and maybe one dollar in a Dollar store here in the States. I just get so busy, I don’t always get to a store. My daughter visited from a distance away and at the house, she said, “Here, Mom would you like this?”

And there was this inexpensive item I’d asked God for. I said, “Sure.”

I don’t even know if I told her, but when someone asked if anyone had a testimony of God’s goodness, I piped up. People laughed at my joy over such a small thing. I was delighted that God answered my prayer. Big or small request, it shows He cares. Often times, when the answer is no, I find out later it would have been bad for me to get a yes.

I think I mentioned a few days ago that I like Isaiah, but I don’t remember ever reading Isaiah 63:18. On occasion, I’ll ask God if He has a verse He wants me to read and I have to be very quiet to get an impression from Him, and still my own thoughts. I should do that more often. Sometimes I don’t hear anything. God speaks when He wants to.

That’s the beauty of God. He does all things well.As Job said in Job 5:8 (ASV): “But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause;
Job 5:9 Who doeth great things and unsearchable, Marvellous things without number:”

To Fear or Not to Fear, That is the Question

I am working on a novel proposal, and I told my primary physician that I would get it sent out by January 12. For those of you aware of the calendar, that is not very far away. 🙂 She wants to read it when it comes out, she tells me. An article comes out tomorrow in “Live” Magazine and that did not invoke near the fear that the proposal writing did this past week. Maybe because it’s smaller and a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. I’m thrilled, that’s for sure.

I’ve gone to the library twice this week, because I don’t get as sidetracked there. I noticed the last time I was there, when fear hit that I needed to acknowledge it, say a quick prayer and then ignore it. Then I typed on. So today I re-wrote my beginning of Chapter One four times. I will do it two more times when I’m done here, that’s the plan. I’ve been working through a book by David Fessenden entitled, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract. He published it through SONFIRE MEDIA in 2011. That’s one piece of advice he gives for an essay, plus writing six different endings. I actually liked the fourth beginning the best, so far. I figure if it’s good for nonfiction, it’s good for fiction. He talks of re-writing as part of the process.

At Montrose Christian Writers Conference in the summer, Cec Murphey chose my first chapter to dissect ( a few sentences of it, I should say), along with other writers’ first sentences, and he found a few places he thought needed editing. He is an expert, as well. So, I am listening.

Fear may be a part of life, and sometimes it’s a necessary part of life. It may save our lives, if we take heed. It can also steal life from us if it overpowers us. My daughter told me Jesus says “Do not fear,” often. Although, God told people the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge and the fear of God is the beginning of understanding in the book of Proverbs and in Psalms.

I choose to fear God and try my best not to fear change and opportunities and life. How do you conquer fear?