Day 10: Scared

Scared : thrown into or being in a state of fear, fright, or panic

What makes you scared?

Leaves you anxious?

Fearful?

Panicked?

Petrified? 

Shaken?

Terrified?

Although it is true that fear is  a natural human emotion, 

it is not designed by God to dictate our lives.

It is not His will that we, His beloved children, live  in a state of fear, fright, or panic.

What scares you? 

Perhaps the list is short.

Perhaps the list is yards long.

No matter the length,

fear has an antidote:

God is with us. God is for us.

Hear His words in 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.”

Let us hold tight to His promises and, like David, purpose,

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3, HCSB).

This post is for Day 10 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used. Click here to read about the impact of fear. Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

Five Minute Friday: Repeat

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Sometimes I ask, “Can you repeat that?” because I did not hear what was said or did not hear clearly what was said. But sometimes when I ask, “Can you repeat that?” it is because what was said filled me with joy and wonder and I want to hear it again and again and again. The repetition causes the truth to take up residence deep within.

Such is the case with the truth that God is with me, with you, and will not forsake us ever. And He repeats it in Scripture in the Old and New Testaments. To a nation. To individuals. Here are some examples. In a time of transition, He said to Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One  who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

And to Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5). 

In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 

And in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Let us develop the habit of repeating only His words to ourselves.  “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

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I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Saturday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Repeat.” The definition of “repeat” is from merriam-webster.com. All Scripture references are from the New King James Version.  

Five Minute Friday: Green

Joining Kate Motaung and a group of courageous writers, for Five Minute Friday. Today’s prompt is, “Green.” To learn more about Five Minute Friday, click here.

Jealousy. Referred to in literature as the “green-eyed monster.” One thing I have consistently heard about jealousy is that insecurity is frequently the underlying cause.

Insecurity. The sense that we are not good enough, that we are less than. One dictionary defines insecurity or rather, being insecure as a deficiency in assurance; being buffeted by fear and anxiety. Thankfully, there is One who is with us always and repeatedly tells us to not fear because HE is there. To not be anxious but pray about everything and promises that His peace which passes all understanding will guard our heart and minds.

But what about the perception that we are not good enough, less than? The same One who tells us not to fear has also blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. Predestined us to adoption as His children simply because doing so was He wanted to do.

Toss that green-eyed monster out, with the Father’s help, and rejoice in who you are in Him and all He has purposed for you.

Five Minute Friday: Prepare

Joining Kate Motaung and a community of writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Prepare”

What are you preparing for this Christmas season

As others deck their halls

And light up their trees

As they shop for presents

And look forward to time with loved ones?

What are you preparing for this Christmas season

As the Salvation Army bell ringers say cheerful “Merry Christmas”

And offer opportunities to share, to give to the needy

As gifts are wrapped and cards are addressed and mailed?

What are you preparing for this Christmas season?

The familiar ache of loneliness?

The pain of the anniversary of the death of a loved one

A marriage

A dream?

Whatever hard thing you are preparing yourself for the best you know how

Know this

The God of all comfort has also made preparation for you

There is a Balm in Gilead

He is near to the broken hearted and heals those who are crushed in spirit

He keeps your tears

He has numbered the hairs on your head

He knows you are hurting more than you can describe or even believe you can bear

He is ever present and calls you to the shelter of His arms

The healing virtue of His presence

He is with you always and will walk you through this season as He has every other

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NB: Scripture links added after 5 minutes were up.
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Five Minute Friday: Give

Joining Kate Motaung and a community of writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Give.”

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Depleted?

Exhausted?

Tapped out?

Out of strength?

Weak?

Nothing left to give?

Hear our Father’s words spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall.”

Depletion and exhaustion is not restricted to the old. Everyone runs out of resources because human resources are inherently limited. But the One whose resources are infinite says, “Wait on Me, I will renew your strength. Then you will mount up with wings like eagles. Then you shall run and not be weary. You will walk again and not faint.”

Isaiah 40 v 29-31

And He also says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength (not yours) is make perfect in weakness.” All you need for this moment, this day, and every moment to come is in Me. I will renew, replenish, sustain, and uphold you.

Be encouraged, Beloved. Be encouraged.

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Sharing a video of the beautiful hymn, “He giveth more grace,” by Annie J. Flint and a link to Bible verses on strength.

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Reasons to Praise: Day 20

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Some have claimed that the command, “Do not fear,” or variations of the statement appear 365 times in the Bible, the equivalent of one for each day of the year. Others dispute this claim. There is also the claim that , “Fear not,” is the most repeated command in the Bible.

I do not know if either claim is true. I come down on the side of one writer who states, the fact that God is the One who is telling us do not fear, should make multiple repetitions unnecessary.. Once should be enough. I do appreciate, however, that our Father is compassionate enough to tell us not to fear, multiple times.

Sometimes, I have wondered, “How can I not be afraid in this situation? Fear seems like a rational response.” Truth is, however, a constant sate of fear is not a place where I want to reside.* Through David and Isaiah, I believe God provides an antidote: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3) and “I will trust and not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2).*

I am thankful that He does not simply say, “Do not fear.” He is gracious enough to give reasons not to fear. The one I appreciate the most is, “I am with you.” That is the only reason I need in every situation that can trigger fear.

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Father, thank You that You are with me always and as a result, I have no reason to fear anything.

Click here for a link to Bible verses about fear.

Below are two of my favorite verses.

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This post is number 20 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.

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