Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Afraid {What to Believe in the Face of Fear}

Writing with others, on Friday, with Lisa-Jo and others at Five Minute Friday.
Five Minute Friday The rules for Five Minute Friday are:



1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


And the post for Five Minute Friday prompt for this week is :

Afraid







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I watch her as she runs, jumps, hops, twirls, flings her blond wisps back, throws her head back in laughter.

Without a care in the world.

I must have blinked. My baby is turning 3 in 9 more days. How can that be?

As I watch her run on the indoor play field and this realization hits me, I shudder on the inside.

I don't know why, but each time my three babies have reached this age an old fear rises up and about chokes me.

Or maybe I do know why?

At this age, when you should be free to run and jump and live life with reckless abandon, I had to fight for my life.

I have had to fight this fear the rest of my life.

I do not want to fight against cancer ever again.

In me, or worse, in my own child, barely three.

Fear has been a constant companion.

But as I have read through God's Word, I am amazed at how many times fear is mentioned. It seems to be a constant companion to many.

What did David, the Shepherd appointed King, sing?
'I will fear no evil for you are with me.'
Like I heard a preacher say months ago, 'The antidote to fear is the assurance of God's presence and protection.'

I don't have to fight this fear alone.

God has not removed evil, and I have every reason to fear, but I can rest assured that no matter what happens to me or one of my children, God is with me.

For I can rest in the Lord for He goes right beside me, holds me in the crook of His arm.

We will celebrate her third birthday and rejoice in each day that the Lord has given us.

And, at the same time, long for the day that all will be restored.



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The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me . . .  (Psalm 23:1-4)


Photo: 
She grabs whatever is close by and can be made into a makeshift microphone and sings along with the music filling the house with:

When the earth shakes I wanna be found in You
When the lights fade I wanna be found in You


All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong
'Where I belong'



Also linked here on her topic of 'beleive'

10 comments:

  1. Wow. Powerful post, sister. One of my favorite key verses comes from Psalm 56:3 in the message... "When I get really afraid-- I come to you in trust."

    So thankful I bounced over to your place from FMF. Be blessed!

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    1. Thank you for leaving me with this verse!

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  2. Wonderful post! I feel so blessed to know that I'm not alone in my struggle with fear and that we're all trying to stand with our heads high knowing that He's got it all under control. I'm so glad I found my way here from FMF!
    Blessings on you and your little ones. She is beautiful. Isn't it fantastic to hear our little ones singing praises to the Lord.
    ~Sarah from http://sudryandspecific.wordpress.com/

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    1. We are never alone! He always is in control!
      Let's sing along with them, with joy in our heart!
      Thank you, Sarah, for dropping by.

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  3. Oh Rebekah, dear sister - thank you for your honest and sweet words. I read them, wiping away tears. Your little almost 3 year old is simply beautiful. I love how she sings with her eyes closed. How blessed you are!

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    1. I know, I can hardly believe how blessed I am ~ when I actually stop and realize it!!
      I too often take it for granted.

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  4. I don't live with that fear, but as a momma of three little ones, I can feel the fear and the worry. It's that odd momma balance of holding them close while releasing them to God and i don't know if I'll ever figure it out. So glad that you are finding rest in Him. Praying for you and your sweet girl.

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    1. That balance is so hard! Thank you for your prayers. What a comfort He brings.

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  5. oh wow. this left me breathless. yes, fear can be both debilitating, and inspiring... if our fear rests in God, then it lights up the heavens. i love the caption for those photos... may we all sing so boldly of where we belong. thank you for linking with ip!

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    1. Emily,
      Thank you for your thoughts here. I appreciate your perspective.
      and your boldness!! You encourage.

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