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Rocking Chairs and Tornadoes (Revisited)

 

With all the news as of late about natural disasters, it is really difficult to

“Be not afraid.” or “Fear not.”

Some events in our lives may make us feel like we are in those disasters, even though physically, we may not be.

Today things are so different than this original post. Coronavirus – COVID19

You know what I mean don’t you?

Are there things going on in your life that have the potential to

strike sorrow and fear into you?

Peaceful protest turning in violent demonstrations.

If we compared these disasters, what would we find they have in common?

 I never gave this question much thought until I heard Nate Berkus recount his experience  of being swept away in a tsunami.                       

In the water with him were telephone poles, barbed wire, parts of trees and people’s homes …. and people.                                                   

All these things were swirling around him and beating his body, all the while he was fighting for his very life.

Natural disasters are on the rise.

Is that how you feel right now?

 

        Is the debris of your life beating you while you are struggling to keep your head above it all?

Are sorrow and fear and loss threatening to engulf you?

Do your circumstances feel like they are beating the life out of you?

We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.

Your boat experience is likely very different than mine.

   But consider this picture.

 

Your life is the tornado.

Debris is flying everywhere and the mayhem of it all is causing you mass confusion.

You are swirling around with this mess and there is no exit.

This is not too much of a stretch, if you are like many of the people you know.

The fact is, you may recognize some of those folks in the havoc, right along with you!

 Now push the pause button, and consider a different picture.

The pause button has been pushed now for a couple of months.

What will we do with what we’ve learned during that time of pause?

                      The tornado is still there.

The debris is still flying and the mayhem is still circling you.

HOWEVER

Can you picture yourself here in this next scenario?

 The difference is that YOU aren’t anywhere to be found in the mass confusion.

YOU are firmly planted in the middle of the eye of that storm.

YOU are seated in a rocking chair.

What does that mean?????

Firmly seated in a rocking chair, in the eye of the storm?

 The peace of your Father God is planted deeply in your heart.

A peaceful pause if you will.

 YOUR heart is full of the knowledge that He is aware and in total control.

To be sure, there still may be sorrow and loss, but YOU do not have to live with fear.

 

How do I know this?

First off, I’ve had my fair share of living in fear. 

Secondly, the Word of God plainly states that if you know Him.

If you receive what His Son Jesus did for you on the cross, then you need not be afraid.

(If you do not have the assurance of Jesus’ saving grace, then please visit the “Rescue” page on this blog.)

I believe the word of God to be true. 

Every word.

So when He says not to be afraid (found over 80 times) in the Bible,

I choose to obey.

Notice I said “choose”; Being afraid is not a sin.  

What you do with it could be.

You get to make that choice.

The only thing you are to fear is God.

That is a different fear.

Not spooky, creepy fear,

but a fear that is defined as being in awe of Him.

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Here’s the ask.  For today. 

Use the following verses in your circumstances.  Today.

We can truly only do it for today.

Choose to let God be in control of your chaos.  Today.

Choose to sit in that rocking chair and relax while He takes on everything that would set your heart to fear.  Today. 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(I heard a teacher the other day say that in it’s original form, Sound mind means moderation – which translate into Opposite of panic.)

Do you see that? Opposite of Panic!

This is not an easy task.  The world we live in caters to fear.  Its goal is to make us afraid.

Just look at the nightly news.  (No wait, maybe you shouldn’t)

At any rate, giving your fear to God will get easier with practice.

Note: Remember ~ Doctors practice.  Lawyers practice. Athletes practice.

Why do they do so?  To get better at what they do.

I encourage you to practice not being afraid, to sit and rest on your rocker, while God handles things.

 Psalm 34:9  (NIV) Fear the LORD; you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

 Lamentations 3:57  (NIV) You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) 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 (AMP)  Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

This is it for today.

A revisit, with a splash of today.

I hope it helped to make a difference.

Until next time …

I’m Cheating Today

I’ve spent so much time rolling words around in my head for what is going on in there, and it just isn’t working.

I am ever OCD about keeping up my blog schedule, but banging out words that are only half way explained, did not seem fair to my readers.

I haven’t taken any new photos recently, or had any brilliant fun ideas either.

So I’ve decided to share these three things with you – and they are all about fear.

It is rampant in our world, and it doesn’t even appear to be slowing down.

If you find yourself afraid most of the time, I hope these next three things can be helpful to you, as they were to me.

#1. A Bible verse,

#2. A YouTube video from a long time trusted source, and

#3. A very well written blog post by someone I recently discovered here on line.

So it may be cheating on my part, but as long as it helps you;


For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, and love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

My trusted source; James Robison

I found this blog post to be extremely helpful; here’s the link.

I hope my words will find me soon, but until then …

What Do You Fear?

Fear.

The subject of fear keeps popping up.

Fear wants to take over.

We are BLINDED because of fear.

We cannot HEAR because of fear.

We cannot SLEEP because of fear. We OVERSLEEP because of fear.

We get LETHARGIC because of fear. We get HYPERACTIVE because of fear.

We can’t EAT because of fear. We OVEREAT because of fear.

I’m positive that there as many outcomes from holding on to fear, as there are people who do the holding on.

Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

I spent the first twenty years of my life convincing myself that I was not afraid of anything.

Of anything.

Normal kid stuff like the dark, bee stings or dog bites, to more adultish things like, love, and loss, and pain.

What I found out later in life, (remember I had convinced myself that I was not afraid) was that I was afraid of literally everything.

I spent much of my adult life, learning how to allow Jesus to RELEASE me from fear.

I spent much of my adult life learning how to lean on HIS knowledge of things and not my own.

I spent much of my older adult life LEAVING my fear in HIS care.

I came to realize that we did not BOTH need to be awake at night.

The fear I had possessed all my life, was gone, or, as I’m finding out, effectively quieted down.

In the past several years, since social media anyway, things have changed.

People can put out any thing they want to, true or not, and strike fear into an entire people group, and now, with COVID19, the entire world.

The social media, and the main stream media both spout their ideas as fact to a world that is basically uninformed of history, partnered with a lack of ability to discern right from wrong, swallows it up hook, line, and sinker.

Thereby tossing them even further into the pit of fear and despair.

Even those who are discerning, can get caught up in the trap as well.

Anything that we are told over, and over, and over, tends to become truth to us.

Incrementally. A little at a time.

So we don’t even notice until fear has it’s grip on us yet again.

What I thought I had overcome, keeps trying to come back.

Not the little girl stuff. The grown up stuff.

It seems like the thing that gives me the most FEAR, is loss.

Loss of family, loss of things that were hard fought to have.

Loss of love, health, safety, and most of all freedom.

Photo by Mike Labrum on Unsplash

My heart is always to encourage.

All of these words, none seem too encouraging.

Let me try to redeem myself here.

Scripture is replete with the message FEAR NOT.

Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

And in Isaiah 35:4 it says “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

Psalm 91:4 says “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

(What is a buckler? https://g.co/kgs/RxKVoF)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

A couple of keys here; You have to believe it’s true.

So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19

And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Matthew 5:35-36

One last thing before I go.

Each morning, I make a post on Face book.

A post to encourage people in their faith, and help the to begin their days with a positive thought.

It is not a post that I have written; it is a word that I copy and paste from another lady.

Over the last several years, I have found her words to be quite timely and accurate.

After writing this yesterday, here is what came up this morning.

 June 3, 2020: You must find rest and peace in My presence. It is the only place of peace that is acquired beyond your thoughts and feelings. It is the peace that comes with divine perception and spiritual truth where goodness is found. But you need to come. Refuse to live in turmoil and confusion and seek Me with all your heart. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND
by Marsha Burns

Only believe.

Until next time …