Thursday, Dec. 6 – Annie Freeman

6 Dec

Thursday, Dec. 6 – PEACE

Today’s Scripture:
Psalm 27:1-4
John 14:15-21

Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of the unknown. Fear of vulnerability. Fear of being hurt. Fear of rejection. Fear of sickness. Fear of regrets. Fear of death. It is safe to say that fear is paralyzing. When given the opportunity and the freedom to consume our thoughts, fear will keep us from fully experiencing the promises of the Lord.

Honestly, fear is a constant struggle for me. It grips my mind and heart. It seems as though I live some days looking like this:

<Annie sent a beautiful picture of Rachel in exactly the pose she describes below. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to make the picture show up :/ My apologies, Annie!!!  -MW >

…eyes closed, body tense, mind screaming, just waiting for the unknown. Can anyone else relate?

I battle allowing fear to have free reign over my thoughts and emotions and giving fear the freedom to rule my heart and mind more than living in the truth of the Lord and His promises. When I choose to live in fear, I miss the joy of the present moments. I miss the opportunity to experience the abundant life because I have paralyzed myself, falsely resting in fear. I find myself asking the questions: Why do I not believe what the Lord has told me? Why do I choose to live in fear and not faith? What lies am I living as if they are truth? When faced with the choice of fear or faith, why not choose this:

<Annie sent a beautiful picture of Robbie holding Rachel, sleeping, in exactly the pose she describes below. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to make this picture show up either :/ My apologies, everyone!!!  -MW >

…simply resting in the truth of the Lord.  He is the stronghold of my life, holding my life in His hands.  His peace abounds within my soul.

I am thankful that the Lord does not leave me where I am, but continues to establish His character in my life.  I am grateful to Him that there is hope in my battle.  There is victory in the choice of walking within the truth and peace of Jesus.

-AF

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