No Fear #76

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“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”
― Germany Kent

Tragedy is all around us.  From horrific school shootings to natural disasters; pain and catastrophe will always be around the corner…what we need to do is “consider how our sovereign God works through the so-called “disasters” we experience and how they actually can deepen our relationship with him.”  ❤

No Fear

Especially when your children are little, you may find yourself conjuring up thoughts of disaster. It is normal to think of the “what if’s.” What if they are in an accident? What if this or that happens? Though it’s always possible something could happen, you can’t let this fear overwhelm you. You must keep it in proper perspective.

The reality is that some events will happen in your children’s lives that you don’t like or don’t want to deal with — perhaps even a tragedy. Bad occurrences are part of the human experience. But a parent who accepts this reality and depends on the Lord will be well prepared in the event of any actual accident or tragedy. Nobody wants to prepare for disaster, but they are wise to do so.

We can trust that this process of ‘letting go and letting Him’ will take care of us and the same process will happen in our children’s lives if they too, trust the Lord while experiencing trials of adversity and life’s unrelenting disasters.
~Taken from Once a Day Nurturing Great Kids

“25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked.”
~Proverbs 3:25

“I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength. Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ~Rosa Parks

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“Even when we’re alone or in despair, God knows, understands, and is with us right in the middle of it.”

 

In Genesis 16, Hagar, Sarah’s servant, gives God the descriptive name The God Who Sees. The angel of the Lord had found her in the desert after fleeing mistreatment. God found her alone and in despair and spoke to her right in the middle of it.
I realized that I could trust God to lead me where he wanted me when my heart was seeking his. The God Who Sees sees you. He knows your heart. He is with you in the middle of it. And he loves you.  ❤

~Taken from NIV Bible for Women

“Vulnerability gives us freedom, power and connects us to a network of injured souls. It is through the art of being real that we can heal ourselves and others.”
Shannon L. Alder

Psalm 139

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

 

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and You lay Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You.
13 For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with You.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of You with evil intent;
Your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
“Pour out your joys, fears, concerns, and requests.  He hears and will aid and comfort you.”  ❤
“No matter what has happened, God is able to take the trial and turn it into a blessing.  Nothing is too formidable for Him.  When you pass through troubled waters, He will be with you.”  ~Into His Presence

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water
(from The Concert in Central Park)

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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
~Isaiah 43:2

 

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