Its time for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer….Go!
This year, 2017, I’ve found myself really struggling with something I haven’t really struggle dwith in the past. Fear. I am not sure where the fear is coming from. We do have some BIG things coming in our family in the next few years but I’m not sure. Either way, fear makes me feel so weak. I’ve heard it said fear and faith can’t exist together…and I really believe that. But sometimes I feel really strong in my faith, but fear still seeps into my heart. Somehow I find myself getting anxious, worried, and stressed about unknowns and imagined scenarios.
Fear feels weak, but yesterday I read a story with my first greater and I loved it. In his reading story, Abraham Lincoln is talking to a solider who ran away from a battle, but then returned to fight. Lincoln said, “Being brave doesn’t mean not beings scared. Being brave means to face the fear and still have courage.”
The Lord is working a thing in my heart when it comes to courage….and I’m going to stop feeling weak when fear comes. Fear is free to come to my heart, but it does not have permission to overcome my heart. Fear is not allowed to erase my faith. So my faith can be strong, even when I feel afraid. I think it is ok to feel afraid, but when we start to doubt God, or doubt His plan, or doubt His character…..fear is winning!
The Lord is teaching me about this as I am attacked almost daily with fears….so instead of feeling weak with my fear, I will stand firm…in God’s Word and the Truth found there.
Truth is really the BEST WAY to combat fear and not let it control my thinking…..filling my mind with TRUTH seems like a daily struggle, but I can do it.
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