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Expressing one’s true feelings is not a lack of faith.


In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

Pain, suffering and hardships are normal ingredients of life. What we mix them with—fear or faith– makes all the difference. Jesus did not come to make us escapists but over-comers. How?

1. Honestly express your feelings.

Job exclaimed, “Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness. The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me… My harp is tuned to mourning and my flute to the sound of wailingJob 30:26-31.

King David wrote, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22:1.

Jesus said, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour?  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hourJohn 12:27.

Expressing one’s true feelings is not a lack of faith. It’s being real, and you must be willing to face reality before you can expect to overcome it. Like King David, who wrote many of the psalms, I find it therapeutic to write my feelings down in a journal. It makes the situation more real and valid. It also helps to talk to someone, but choose carefully whom you confide in.

2. Don’t suffer more than necessary by indulging in self-pity and bitterness. Some people get stuck in what if. If only. I should have. It isn’t necessarily our pain that causes us to suffer so acutely but our tendency to put ourselves down, to view pain or tragedy as punishment, failure, or proof of our inherent worthlessness.

I’ve seen people get stuck in a painful experience that happened sixty years ago. They talk about it as if it happened last week. People who won’t let go of the past are not able to enjoy the present.  They suffer more than God intended.

3. Don’t spend time and energy on asking why.  It’s not nearly as important to know the why in life, as it is to know the Who of life. Knowing God as a benevolent Sovereign who controls the events in my life gives me peace of mind. I can safely leave my why with Him and concentrate on the now what? Now that this thing has happened, what can I do to make it better? How can I help to bring some relief to those who are suffering? I can’t do anything about the why, but I can do something about the what. And that’s where I want to put my energies.

“Be still and know that I am God…The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Psalm 46:10, 11

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If you don’t have a journal, I encourage you to begin one to record God’s blessings in your life.


I don’t know about you, but I have a good forgetter. For that reason: I choose calendars with large squares so I can write down reminders; I put tomorrow’s commitments on a sheet of paper and place it where I’m sure to see it; I put stick-it-notes with messages on them in prominent places throughout my home.

My friends and I laugh about it and put it down to our age, but according to the Bible, forgetting is a problem of the human race.

In Psalm 106 Israel’s spiritual downfall began with forgetting. They did not remember God’s many kindnesses to them; they forgot what God had done; they forgot the God who saved them, who had done great miracles and awesome deeds for them (Psalm 106: 7, 13, 21).

Forgetting led to discontent. They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD. Soon they were copying the sinful ways of the world (Read the rest of Psalm 106).

I don’t want a spirit of discontent to grab me and drag me down. For that reason, I keep a gratitude journal. It helps me to anchor my blessings so I will not forget them.

When I re-read my journal entries (as I do at the beginning of a new year), I’m always amazed at God’s faithful working in the past year. Oh, I’d forgotten about that, I think. My heart fills with gratitude and hope.  I know that just as God has been with me in the past, He will be with me in the future.

I don’t want to miss any of my blessings. So, I will keep on writing in my gratitude journal.
What about you? If you don’t have a journal, I encourage you to begin one to record God’s blessings in your life. You’ll be doubly blessed as you read about them later.

Father, I thank you that you delight to bless your people for your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22,23)

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Yes, life is unfair. Jesus hasn’t promised us a fair world but he has promised us victory. “Take heart!” He said. “I have overcome the world.”


I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the worldJohn 16:33

The morning I met Anne in a book store, I sensed that there was something wrong. She seemed agitated and her face registered confusion and grief. When I asked her, “How are you?” She answered “I’m in shock.”

She had just received the message that her sister’s husband had died suddenly in a tragic accident. “I can’t imagine how my sister will manage without him,” she said. “And the children – they’ll be absolutely devastated.”

Alan, a wonderful family man had been a great provider. The family had just moved into their first new home. After a tough beginning, business had picked up and the family was looking forward to more good times together.

Just when things are improving for them, this happens,” she moaned. “It’s so unfair.” Her eyes glistened with tears. “My uncle lives in a Care Home. He has Alzheimer’s–doesn’t even recognize his children. His life has no meaning anymore. Why didn’t God take him instead?”

Yes, life is unfair. We’ll never be able to figure out why young people, with so much to live for, die in the prime of life and old people, tired of living, linger on.

I find comfort in the fact that Jesus never promised us a fair world. In fact, he said, “In this world you will have trouble.” From personal experience He knew about unfairness: mocked by His brothers, slandered by religious leaders, betrayed by a friend, condemned to death for a crime He didn’t commit. He also died as a young man at the height of his ministry.

Jesus modelled for us how to navigate through a world that is grossly unfair. His attitude was: Keep trusting the Father for he knows best. When life is unfair, remember God is still good. Keep obeying Him and reaching out to those who are suffering.

Jesus hasn’t promised us a fair world but he has promised us victory. “Take heart!” He said. “I have overcome the world.” As a Christian, you have all the power you need for the problems you face.

Father, when I don’t understand, help me to trust you that in all things, the good and the bad, you are working out your good plan in my life.

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Visualize yourself sitting on God’s lap with your head resting on His shoulder.


Do not fret, it only leads to evil” Psalm 37:8 (NIV).

When your child is fussy, what do you do? You take him or her onto your lap and talk soothingly. Maybe you sit in a rocking chair and sing until he or she falls asleep. Or, like me, you might hold the baby in your arms and do a little dance and make up silly, little songs.  When I do that with my grandson he quickly relaxes and his eyes, resting on my face, seem to say, “I like that, Oma! Sing some more.” It always amuses me that I have at least one fan who likes my singing!

Sometimes we adults have fussy spirits. Things are not going as planned. Disappointments, pressures and delays disturb our peace. Fretting happens when we take things into our own hands. It leads to the evil of being self-centered.

Jesus never worried and He was never anxious because He was not out to realize His own ideas; He was out to realize God’s ideas.  Do you have an anxious spirit this morning? Let me suggest the following:

Sit quietly for a few moments and slowly repeat the following words of Scripture:

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:1&5, NIV).

Visualize yourself sitting on God’s lap with your head resting on His shoulder. Hear him saying,

I am with you. I am mighty to save. I take great delight in you” (Zephaniah 3:17).

As you let Him love you, He will calm your fears.

Father, thank you that you are with me now and I have nothing to worry about, for my salvation and my hope come from you.  Amen.

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If you don’t know Jesus in a personal way you can begin a relationship with him today. The first step is a prayer telling him you believe He is who He says He is and a second step is surrendering control of your will and life to him.  These can be communicated in a simple prayer (prayer is talking to God):

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

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What burdens are you carrying?  Many of us have accepted God’s offer of salvation, but we won’t part with our burdens.


Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you restMatthew 11:28 (NLT).

A man was walking down a dusty road on a hot, humid day. He was loaded down with a heavy backpack and carried a duffel bag in each hand. A pick-up truck came along. The driver stopped and called to the man, “Hop on. I’ll give you a ride.” The man got into the back of the truck.

Several miles down the road, the driver looked into his rear-view mirror and saw, to his surprise, that his passenger was still standing up holding onto both duffel bags. The heavy backpack was still strapped to his back. The man had accepted the ride but, for whatever reason, he hadn’t put down his burdens.

Aren’t we like that too? We’ve accepted God’s offer of salvation, but we won’t part with our burdens. We’re standing in the truck of faith letting God take us a distance but we won’t surrender our burdens. Perhaps the fault is with wrong teaching: We’ve been told that grownups must be tough. Or, it’s a matter of pride: I ought to be able to handle this on my own.

What burdens are you carrying? Jesus invites you,

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30  NLT).

Why does it become easy? Because Jesus gets under the burden with us and He carries the heaviest end.

Father, take this heavy burden from me. I don’t want to become bitter or full of self-pity. I trust You to work this out. If there’s something I need to do, show me. I want to be quick to listen and ready to obey. I want to bring joy to your heart.

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“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar…” Psalm139:1-6

Often we hide our true selves from people. We put on masks. We pretend. We people please. Why? We want to be liked. We want to belong. We’re afraid of the big  R—Rejection. We think, if they really knew me, they wouldn’t like me.

The good news is that God knows everything about us, and He still loves us! David writes, “O LORD, you have searched me (thoroughly) and have known me…You are acquainted with all my ways,(Psalm 139:1-3 Amplified). Every moment God knows where we are and what we need and He lovingly takes care of us.  Why do we have difficulty believing this?

We equate love with something that makes us feel good. If my life is good, then God loves me. If my life is bad, He loves me not. We often play,  this “He loves me; He loves me not” game.

We bargain with God. I will do this for you and then you will do that for me. When our expectations are not met, we conclude that God doesn’t love us.

The truth is: God is always good and I am always loved.

The greatest proof of God’s love is Jesus. He died for us so we could live—really live here and in eternity.

God also shows his love in very practical ways. He plants “I love you” notes into each day. Can you find some? Here are a few of mine:

Thank you for the pattern the late afternoon sun makes on my wall.
Thank you, for the bright pink flowers on my cactus plant;
Thank you for the way the wind plays in the trees…

As we give thanks for these tangible things, we open the door for God’s salvation to come in (Psalm 50:23).

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you love me always and are with me always.

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Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we may say with confidence, “The Lord is my  helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?Hebrews 13:5-6

While visiting my daughter in Swaziland (S. Africa) I needed a break from all the travelling we were doing. I asked to be excused from the next sightseeing trip. “I will be  just fine spending the week in your little duplex here on the school compound,” I said. The next morning I bravely said good bye to my son and daughter. But when I saw the tail lights of their car disappear over the sandy ridge, panic seized me. What have I done? We were told to never be alone. It’s too dangerous. How will I survive the next week all alone?

I ran into the house, double-locked the door as I’d seen my daughter do, climbed under the mosquito net and lay there shivering. Whom will I call in case of an emergency? I don’t know a single person.

A voice as clear as if it had been spoken out loud said, “Me! You call on Me. I have not left you.”

I grabbed my Bible and read “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we may say with confidence, “The Lord is my  helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

As I kept repeating the words, a calm settled into my soul and with it came a plan of action. I got out of bed, grabbed a small photo album I’d brought with me, and stepped outside. In the yard next door, I saw a young woman and small boy. “Would you like to see my photos?” I blurted out. She did. After I told her about my life in Canada, she told me bits of her life. (Luckily she spoke English)

Soon a group of children gathered around us. They loved the action choruses I taught them and they laughed at my funny pronunciation of their language. Then the children wanted me to come home and meet their parents. I was delighted to find that some knew Jesus. What a rich time of fellowship we had!

I learned so much from this experience. God is present with us as a real Person, not just in a thought or wishful thinking. A real Person who speaks comfort into our hearts:  “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Thank you, Father, that when you say “never will I forsake you,” you mean never. You are with me now.

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Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. Matthew 15:28

A Gentile woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter. At first Jesus ignored her, and then he rebuffed her. “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel,” he said. When the woman persisted, Jesus answered her, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs” (Matthew 15:21-28).

That sounds rude to me.

What would you have done?

I think I would have walked away in a huff saying to myself, “He’s no better than the rest of the Jews.”

Why did Jesus treat her that way? I’ve often wondered. It’s so unlike him!

We must take these verses in context. What had Jesus been speaking about? He had been teaching what makes a person clean or unclean in God’s eyes. The Jews considered all Gentiles unclean and called them “dogs” because they didn’t observe the Jewish rituals of cleanliness.

But Jesus wanted to show them that being clean before God is much more about what’s on the inside. “Out of the heart come evil thoughts that lead to evil acts. These are what makes a person unclean,” Jesus said. (Matthew 15:16-20).

How do we know what’s in a person’s heart? We don’t know until the heart spills over, like a cup that’s being bumped spills over with its contents.

Jesus knew what was in the woman’s heart. He knew that when he bumped her—as his harsh words would do–out of her heart would flow faith and good humor. She became the perfect object lesson to what Jesus had just been talking about.

God wants reality, not ritual.

What comes out of our mouths when we are bumped? What a testimony it is when, instead of anger, out come words of faith and blessing.

Dear Jesus, fill my heart with your truth and love, so that when life bumps me I will spill over with your grace.

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28).

When you’re in the midst of great suffering you don’t want people to piously quote the above verse to you. “How can this be good when it feels so bad?” you ask yourself. But what is this verse really talking about? I looked it up in my Bible so I could read it in context.

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, to those who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

In the Amplified Bible the last phrase reads: “He destined them from the beginning to be molded into the image of His Son and share inwardly His likeness.”

God is interested in our long-range good. For that reason, He is using all things in our lives–the good and the bad–to make us more like Christ. To perfect us. To grow us up. To set us free from self-centeredness so that we will become the beautiful people He created. This is a greater good than temporal blessings. Wouldn’t you agree?

We must beware of a feeling of entitlement, thinking that God owes us a blessing. “I’ve been a good Christian; I’ve worked very hard; I deserve better.” In truth, if it weren’t for Jesus’ death and resurrection, God would owe us judgment. Instead, He offers us mercy. Grace and mercy are His gifts to us. We do not earn them.

Father, I want to believe that you have my best interest at heart, at all times. Help my unbelief. I now surrender all my dreams and ambitions and all my disappointments to you. I want to be more trusting like Jesus was.

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May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT).

Most of us have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know,” and recited “For God so loved the world,” since we were children. Yet, we don’t experience God’s love. Why is that?

We may have been desperately disappointed by people who claim to love us, and now we are skeptical of love–even God’s love.

When we look to any other person besides God to meet all our love needs, we set ourselves up for disappointment. There is no human being alive that can love us as completely and as fully as we need to be loved, and there never will be. Only God can do that.

On the other hand, we may feel betrayed by God Himself. Maybe we’ve prayed fervently for a need and, instead of the situation getting better, it got worse.  It’s like God doesn’t care.

Now stubborn independence and pride have taken over.  We’re like a pebble in a brook bathed in life-giving water, but because it remains unyielding, it can’t absorb the water.

The Bible tells us that God’s love is available to all:

But God shows and clearly proves his love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 Amp).  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins
(1 John 4:9, 10).

But love is also relational. For us to benefit from God’s love, we need to respond to it in faith and obedience. We need to make our hearts soft so the love of God can penetrate.

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him…to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments
(Psalm 103:17 NRSV).

God’s abundant love is swirling all around us, but we need to reciprocate. How? “By fearing the LORD and obeying His commandments.

But aren’t we then earning God’s love? No, we are tuning our hearts to be receptive to God’s love. By faith we affirm His love and by our obedience we respond to his love. As we do so, it becomes a heart-felt reality.

Dear God, thank You that You love me always. I want to tune my heart to receive Your love. I want to be alert to all the reminders of your love you scatter throughout the day.

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

Gideon lived in very troubled times. Foreign armies—the Midianites, the Amalekites and other eastern countries– invaded the country and plundered the fields and killed the livestock. For this reason, Gideon and other Israelites lived in mountain caves and harvested at night. One day an angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon. “The Lord is with you mighty warrior,” he said. Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of the Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you.”

How can I save Israel?” Gideon said. “My clan is the weakest in the nation and I am the least in my family.”

I will be with you,” The Lord said. “Go in this your strength.” In other words, “I am your strength and that’s all the strength you need.’

And in that strength, with a very small army, Gideon defeated a huge army and brought peace to Israel.

What challenges of life are you and your family facing right now? Do you sometimes feel like you don’t have the strength to deal with them–like you can’t handle anymore?

God is not up in heaven shaking his head, He is walking with you right now. He wants to infuse His strength into you. How?  God is our strength

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD (Psalm 31:24)

How does God’s strength become ours? Must I spend hours in Bible reading and prayer meetings? Yes, those activities help us to focus on God, but we do not work for God’s strength. We do not plug in just when we need strength.

Jesus never said, I am your power cord; you are the iPhone.  Our strength comes through a connection with God but it must be ongoing. Jesus says it’s like a branch in a vine.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 LAB) Notice the word remain. It’s constant, not sporadic.

A branch does not decide to be independent of the tree. It needs the life of the tree moment by moment. In a similar way, we were not created to live in our own strength, but in the strength of Christ.

We cannot be independent of Christ and expect to flourish.

If Jesus Christ lives in us, we have the resource to conquer all things because there is nothing bigger or mightier than He is. Paul says “I can do everything through him who gives me the strength I need” (Philippians 4:13 LAB). As he infuses his life, his power into you, you have what it takes to live your life as God intended.

God is our victory, our strength Psalm 60:12 Psalm 59:16

What are you facing right now? Remember in Christ you have the resources to overcome that challenge.

Lord Jesus, I need you right now. Infuse me with your strength. Thank you for taking over now and being my strength.

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He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” Psalm 107:29-31

In Luke 8:22-25 we have a delightful story of Jesus in a storm. When evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” Feeling exhausted from a busy people-day, Jesus was soon asleep at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion.

Soon a huge storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water. Frantically the disciples woke up Jesus, shouting,

“”Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”

When he woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water,

Quiet down!”

Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And he asked them,

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”

What caused their fear? They focused on the problem and forgot the promise. Jesus had talked about arriving at the other side, hadn’t He?

Aren’t we like that too? You have no problem believing that God is with you, but since He’s doing nothing to calm the storm, you’ve concluded He doesn’t care. He’s asleep.

What promises in God’s word speak especially to your need? Keep saying these verses out loud. You will survive this storm and come out the better for it.

How did the disciples benefit from the storm? They experienced the power of Jesus in a brand new way. The same happens in our lives. Because of storms we get to know God’s character in a deeper way. How do we know God can meet us in every need unless we’ve experienced some extreme need. God is never too late to help us.

Father I thank you that you care about every detail of my life including this present storm.

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If you have never walked in a relationship with Christ and if you want to know that He is in YOUR STORM, you can start today by committing and submitting your llife to him. You can start this with a simple prayer:

Lord, thank You for dying so we can be set free from all of guilt and sin — no matter how big or small.  Your blood has erased all of our sin. Thank You so much! Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen


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For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favour) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through your faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves (of your own doing, it came not through your own striving), but it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8 (Amp)

Some of us have accepted Jesus as our Saviour. We realize salvation is a free gift. It becomes ours when by faith we repent of our sin (self-sufficiency) and admit “it’s only through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross that I am made right with God.” We receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and LORD.

But so soon, we slide back into the performance trap. We want God to be pleased with us and so we work hard at it. Can you relate?

I taught Sunday School, led a women’s group, sang in the choir, gave money to missions, became a missionary myself–besides caring for my husband and five children. One day I collapsed. The doctor advised bed rest. As I was lying in my bed, I kept thinking is this what God expects of us? No!

In the Bible I read that God values me not for what I achieve but for who I am in Christ:  I am a child of God, (Ephesians 1:5) a citizen of heaven (Ephesians 2:19) a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

What about good works? What role do they play? For we are God’s handiwork recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)

As we surrender to Him, He works in us and through us. It’s not our striving but His living in me that produces the good works. Good works are not the root of our salvation, but its fruit.

When I began to realize the grace of God–how He comes down to us rather than demanding that we climb the impossible ladder to infinity to reach Him—it was tremendously freeing.

To celebrate God’s undeserved favours in my life, I took on a middle name: Grace. Every time I write it, it’s a reminder to me and  a witness to the world: I am saved by grace and I live the Christian life by grace.

Father, thank you for your grace that accepts me totally.

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“Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. He will keep you safe .” Isaiah 8:13 (NLT).

There are many fears that rob us of our peace of mind:

Fear of not measuring up. Fear of failure.  Fear of the future. Fear of death.

If you fear God you need fear nothing else,” the Bible says. These words were a great comfort to me during a very difficult time when fear threatened to overwhelm me.

What does it mean to fear God? I asked. I discovered two things:

1. The command to fear God is a call to worship Him in awe and reverence.
“When we consider Who God is and who we are, we have reason to fear Him. The fear attached to this understanding is simply: ‘Danger. High voltage.’ Big, big God little tiny me. This part of the fear of God involves a holy and humble acceptance of our little spot in the universe,” writes John Fischer. It encourages us to give God his rightful place in our lives.

God is too holy to excuse sinful living. Justice demands that sin be punished. That’s why Jesus came to die for our sins. He bridged the gulf between a holy God and sinful persons and now it is possible for us to have a personal relationship with holy God. How awesome is that!

2. The fear of God teaches us how to live our lives so God is honored and He can bless us.  It keeps us out of trouble. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:11-14).

If you are struggling with fear join me in saying out loud:

God is eternal and He orchestrates all of my life–past, present and future.
God is omnipresent therefore He is with me. I don’t have to face my challenges alone.
God is all powerful and nothing is too hard for him. Nobody can frustrate His plans.
God is love and He wants the absolute best for me–always. Therefore I can trust Him.
God is faithful and, because Christ lives in me, I have all the resources I need.

Father, I thank you that I have nothing to fear. You will keep me safe. Isaiah 8:13 (NLT).

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The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130

One winter evening as I was driving through thick fog, I had a hard time seeing the road. I focused hard on the  dim reflectors that marked the lanes. Inching my way from light to light, I managed to get home.

In my spiritual journey also there are times when I have a hard time finding my way. What helps me at a time like that? I focus on the light of God’s Word. A verse in the Bible will light up as though I am seeing it for the first time. Sometimes, a friend will give me a Scripture coupled with the words “I will pray for you.” After I’ve read it, I jot down my friend’s name beside it. Verses such as:

The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm37:23)—given by Margaret

You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.” (Psalm 73:24)—given by Dolores

The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry…” (Isaiah 58:11)—given by Agnes

Margaret, Dolores, Agnes—each friend has held up a reflector of God’s truth. As I’ve focused on it, hope has revived me. With God as my Guide, I will find my way home.

Can you think of someone today who could use an encouraging word from the Bible?

Father, thank you for the light of your Word and for people who hold it up high for us to find our way.

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