Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 22, 2013

Facing Our Fears

janet tree pic“I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4b (NIV)

Life forces us to let go of something or someone.   Our new normal doesn’t resemble the familiar, and the uncertainties challenge us to the core – that’s why fear loves to move in.  The economy depletes our savings.  Our dream job ends, and we find ourselves facing a stack of bills – that’s where fear loves to reside.  Loved ones slip out of our lives as disease wins and overwhelming grief seeps in – that’s when fear loves to control us.  Losses can quickly land us in the pit of paralyzing fear – unable to cope, function or move on.  Challenges and tragedies will always strip away our perceived securities unveiling the raw human nature that resides deep in our souls.  And it is in those moments that fear rises to the surface and that’s absolutely normal.  But when fear moves from a healthy respect of our circumstances into unhealthy fear consumed with our circumstances, we’ve charted a dangerous ride. So how do we get our perspective back on track before our fears spill over and impact the lives of others too?   The Psalmist David knew that speaking his confidence in God out loud would send the enemy running for cover.  Even in his darkest valley, David boldly proclaimed that God’s presence,  accompanying him in those hard places, would strengthen and sustain him. Letting go and embracing new normals will still test our faith, but they will no longer paralyze us and keep us locked in the past.  By trusting in God’s character,  we too can face our fears  boldly and move forward  knowing that we do not walk alone.

“Father, You have sent Your Spirit to live within us, to teach us and to comfort us.  Help us to proclaim Your name even in the midst of fear and doubt.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break


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