Fear is a horendous thing. There are days when it runs through me like a train barreling down an extensive track. There are times when I feel ready to run and hide just to avoid it. It’s controling and disabling and creates unnecessary drama in lives when you least expect it.
Dictionaries define fear as being a distressing emotion brought on by impending danger, pain, evil, etc. whether or not the fear is imagined or real; it is the condition or the feeling of being afraid. To be afraid of someone or some thing.
There are many things to fear daily in our lives. This world has become an inexplicable mess and is growing more dangerous everyday. Evil has taken control of a large part of life and strives daily to grow fear and pestilence throughout the world. Even the smallest child is not exempt from the terrors Evil’s fear provides.
What can we do to protect ourselves from fear? How can we change our daily lives to prevent fear from controling us? What changes should we make to keep ourselves safe from Evil’s control?
The bible tells us that God should be our only fear. As Dueteronomy 10:12, 20-21 tells, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” This tells us that we, as Christians, should fear and praise the Lord in his mighty works.
Our first step to overcoming fear should be prayer. When the feeling of fear comes upon us, we should immediately go to the Lord in prayer, sharing with him our feelings, asking forgiveness, shelter, peace and protection from our fears. Then we should listen openly to find the answers we seek in return, which do not always come right away.
We should seek peaceful ways to overcome our fears, sometimes simply by facing them head on. Other times by placing them into God’s hands to handle in His time and way. Prayer is the best way to control Evil’s grasp upon us and only God can handle a battle such as this one.
To prevent fear, we should make prayer time an essential part of our daily lives. We should also take the time to re-evaluate our lives to find why fear suddenly has taken control. We should then work towards changing any reasonings we find in the re-evaluation process, once again laying these doubts into God’s hands to handle for us.
Overcoming fear takes great Courage. Courage comes from having a strong faith in the Lord, even if it’s only faith the size of a mustard seed. The bible tells us to “be strong and courageous” and also tells us many times that “God will not foresake you“. We must believe in these words in order to survive this crazy life and overcome any fears we may have daily.
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Do not fear, the Lord has our hands and will never foresake those who believe in Him. Have strong Courage and Faith and use them to overcome any fears cast upon you each day. May God bless each of you and keep you safe from the trials fear creates in each of our lives.
I think I may be getting the writing bug again thanks to a new group I have joined on Facebook. It’s a small group of like-minded women who enjoy writing about many things and enjoy discussing those writings and sharing in the triumphs and disappointments of each one. It’s spurred my thinking again and is providing me with just the intellect I need in my life.
I love to write. I love making words touch others, making them flow into thoughts, paragraphs, short stories and I love seeing the results of my writing in final form. I think I am good at writing, though at this point I feel I am very out of practice. And there are days when the words just won’t come because there is so much busy-ness in the way of them. Writer’s block is an atrocious thing!
There are many things I love doing but never seem to have time for. Writing, painting, cake baking, simple home cooking, photography, drawing, reading, watching movies, and even blogging. I would love to find time to do each one of these things but often Life calls instead. (Speaking of Life – new header above ^^^)
My quest for the things I should be doing, for the changes in me, has turned into a quest to organize my life and my time so that I can do the things I enjoy. Organization is yet another thing that has always eluded me. My cluttered mind only echoes that of my cluttered life, completing the Chaos of my world. Add children on top of that and it’s a downward spiral all the way!
Speaking of children, the kids and I have been busy buying seeds to plant for the garden and can hardly wait to get them started this week. We will be constructing a bigger light box than we originally expected and planting many different things: squash, watermelon, lima and green beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, and much more. We also have a few flowers to plant, including four o’clocks to toss down our ditchbank to grow on the side. I can’t wait for those to grow so the kids can time them to open and close each day just like I used to as a small child!
We will be reading more about plants this week, in Botany and as I said completing our light box. We will hopefully be taking a field trip to look at the plants tomorrow, now that it’s dried out a bit, before the rains come again on Tuesday.
We will also read more of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which the kids are extremely excited to do. When we finish I will order the movie for them to watch from Netflix, so that we can compare the book to the movie like we do with all of our Literature.
We will be playing catch up in History this week as we missed a couple of days of lessons last week when we were involved in Life Lessons. We are currently covering Prehistoric History and will be beginning timelines soon. I’m looking for Historic People to use on our timelines but haven’t had success with it yet.
And of course we have all our other studies of math, reading, writing and Bible. Our weeks never fail to be busy and full of Life for us.
Hopefully somewhere in there, I can schedule some time for me to write but for now I guess I’ll just continue to enjoy Luv’N Lambert Life!
Update and a Thought…
I’ve been extremely busy lately re-organizing the house and doing a late-summer cleaning. Plus kids, a terrible two-dler, working on Saturdays and keeping up with the day to day, hasn’t left much time for fun stuff and online. Good news is that it’s all getting done and bad news is that I’m still no where near the end of the tunnel (HELP! I can’t find the light! LOL).
While I was cleaning up earlier, going through the monstrosity of stuff I’ve accumulated (with my dear Mom’s help) over the past 31 years (and let’s not forget to add the kids’ over-abundance of possessions that are never played with), I had a lot of thoughts. For one, why do I keep all of these things? And why do I feel guilty to get rid of a simple ugly doll just because my Mom gave it to me at a time when she didn’t have a lot of money to give me anything? Why do I feel sad to toss Grandpa’s old steel cup that I never once saw him drink out of? These are just things, material possessions, not the persons or memories themselves.
Then I began to consider even more stuff. Like why do we teach our children the same things that we have been taught from birth. We come into the world with nothing but a Mother and possibly a Father who hopefully loves us more than life itself. We have no possessions. We are naked and as basic as we can be. It’s then that we are taught to want and need and that we begin to crave these unnecessary things in life.
We are taught we should grow, we should walk, talk, play. We are taught we should need a Barbie because Sally has one, or a bike because Joe peddles his like a mad fool. We should attend schools with 1000’s of other children and spend our days with them, until we come home to a Mom who has a great meal cooked waiting on Dad to come in from work. And we should want a similar life, with a nice home, a car, dog or cat, and beautifully well-behaved children. The American Life. Our life’s goal is to grow into a very old person, with a loving family and something to show for our time here.
Truly, life doesn’t work that way at all. Many children don’t have that home-cooked meal from Mom, or a Dad who works hard to provide that meal. Some don’t have a Barbie or bike or that cool new Zhui Zhui pet. They’re home may not even be there in the morning. And life can be taken away in a flash. Tomorrow is not promised, only this moment we are in.
So my thought is, why do we teach our children to want and need the American Life? Why not teach them instead to live in the day, in the moment and to love and appreciate what they have in this instant in life? The Now. Life is short, and God is calling each of us every day. I, for one, want my children to be ready to live in the Love and Light of the Lord. To hear His will and be guided by Him and to want all the treasures of Heaven, for they will be there before we know it, in the blink of an eye, when He calls us all home.
Till next time… Dana
“Every day I’m in God’s presence, and He will provide for me!” ~ Susie Larson, Growing Grateful Kids – a book I am currently reviewing.
How true these words ring! Have you ever thought about the times you have been in need in your life? What lead you through those times? Think about those times you just felt LOST. Was the right path somehow provided? And how about the times when you had a little less than you needed. Did you somehow find enough?
I’ve been through many days when I wondered why I was even here on Earth, what I was going to do to make it through. Somehow, someway I have always been able to find my answer to those questions. Those little trials seemed so big at the time but now, in hind’s light, they seem small.
My little mustard seed of Faith has always seen me through, even in my darkest hours. Every day I was in God’s presence, and every day He provided for me. Even today, He is still providing.
How has He provided for you???
Today was the first of my 6 week reading experience with the Busy Mom’s Bible from Zondervan.
I opened the Bible and read from the first 1 minute Thought Starter, where I was introduced to God, the Creator of All, through Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
The word to carry with me today, and until I move on in my study of this verse, is created. What does this mean?
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary lists created definition as 1) to bring into existance, and 2) to produce through imaginative skill.
In the aspect of God’s creation, I think this definition definitely fits. God indeed brought into existance, through imaginative skill, a world like no other, giving us all life, just as He had planned it.
I look forward to going into more depth with this lesson tomorrow.