Fearful or Fearless?

fearless word in letterpress type

Would you describe yourself as fearful or fearless?

Fear Defined (Merriam-Webster)

  •  to be afraid of (something or someone)
  •  to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)
  •  to be afraid and worried

“Fear is a felt reaction to a perceived danger.” —Elyse Fitzpatrick …continue reading

Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?

fear word in wood type

Fear…

: to be afraid of (something or someone)

: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)

: to be afraid and worried

Fear… it’s not always something that consumes me. Sometimes it’s just a nagging thought. Many times it’s related to my children and trying to figure things out for them (even though they are all grown adults now). I noticed it recently because I found myself worrying about a situation and then seeking to work up a plan in my head on how to “fix the situation”. I was turning it over and over, looking at every angle, playing out various scenarios, running through the “what ifs” and “if onlys”. I know! I know! If you’ve been following my blog or been in one of my Bible studies, I’ve taught on this and shared truth from God’s Word on how to handle these situations. But the reality is, I still fall prey to worry in my life. I have to remind myself of what God has taught me in the past. I have to continually renew my mind in His Word and seek to live it out by His strength and power every single day!

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind… —Romans 12:2

This worry is rooted in fear. And that fear is really exposing an area of my heart and life where I don’t fully trust and believe God —an area where instead of fully relying upon Him, I’m trying to control the situation. This realization caused me to step back…to pause. …continue reading

Making Time to Invest!

Time to Invest

Today was the first day of school for many in our city.  I know many of you have begun your new school year as well.  My little ones have all flown the nest but I wanted to take a minute to share some thoughts on starting your school year right.  Many times it’s hard to find a place in our busy family schedules for family devotions or time in the Word together.  But it’s so vitally important!  Not that I want to add one.more.thing to your “to do” list this fall, but this is the perfect time to begin a habit of getting into God’s Word with your children.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that our family used during our kids’ growing-up years.  Don’t make it complicated.  Don’t feel pressured.  Perhaps you can incorporate it as part of your morning routine with breakfast.  Or perhaps in the evening after dinner.  The point is to be intentional.  If you will commit to this discipline as a family, God will provide a way.

So here are three of my favorites:…continue reading

What’s Up on Get Real This Fall?

Well it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything.  I needed a little down time after the Summer SOAK series.  I really enjoyed spending the summer focusing on the attributes of God…basking in His presence and renewing my mind with the facts of WHO He is!  But I also expended a great deal of energy writing each day.  So I needed some time to reflect, process all I had learned, and to renew my body, soul and spirit.  Here’s what’s been happening in our family the last few weeks:

My youngest son, who is entering his senior year at North Greenville University, has spent his summer working with World Changers as part of their summer staff.  He was home for two weeks in May and then headed to Philadelphia, PA for the summer.  He’s been home for a week now and heads back to school next week.  So it’s been nice to spend some time with him and hearing about his summer experiences.

1654016_10152304733258174_4444231725620433958_n

We’ve also had a chance to visit with our baby granddaughters, Emma and Evelyn.  Both our daughter and son-in-law and our son and daughter-in-law had their “firsts” earlier this year.  We got a double dose of grandparenthood within one week!  It’s been awesome.  They both just turned six months old and we jump at any and every chance we get to see them.  They don’t live in our city, but both are a couple of hours away… in opposite directions.

E&E 042614_photo 2

Up next… this Fall I’ll be sharing a series of devotional studies on the topic of FEAR!  Stay tuned for more info later this week.  Until then, I’d love to hear from you…what are the fears that consume, paralyze or plague you the most? 

How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! —Psalm 128:1 (HCSB)

Rejoicing in Him signature

 

Day 49: A to Z Praise


Summer Soak Up

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! —Psalm 150:6

SOAK:

Today I’d like you to try an A to Z of praise.  Debbie Taylor Williams in her book, Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion, shares an exercise of A to Z praise.  It’s a wonderful way to rehearse who God is and what He has done by listing an attribute for each letter of the alphabet and then pray those back to the Lord in praise.  It’s a great devotional exercise to do for family devotions or with a small group.  Just grab a sheet of paper and list the letter of the alphabet, A-Z, and then list an attribute, characteristic, or name of God for each one.…continue reading

Day 47: A Praise Chat

Summer Soak Up

Join me today for a “praise chat”.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. —Psalm 145:3

SOAK:

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! —Psalm 113:3

My mouth is full of praise and honor to You all day long. —Psalm 71:8 (HCSB)

There are many words for praise in the original language of both the Old and New Testament.  Take a look:…continue reading

Day 46: When Praise & Faithfulness are Hard!

Summer Soak Up

SOAK:

As I contemplate God’s faithfulness and greatness, it also serves to magnify how often I am unfaithful in my walk with God.  I often make promises I don’t keep. I let circumstances overwhelm me and allow them to motivate my actions instead of trusting God. I get caught up in what’s “fair” and “unfair” and my perspective turns inward instead of upward.  The idols of my heart are many and my faithfulness is so shallow at times.

And trust can be hard!

…continue reading

Day 45: Great is His Faithfulness!

Summer Soak Up

SOAK:

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! —Lamentations 3:22-23

Remembering and rehearsing God’s faithfulness in the past helps us trust Him in the here and now.

God’s mercies never end and they are new to us each morning.  When we feel overwhelmed, forgotten or frustrated with our circumstances in the present, it’s comforting, encouraging and hopeful to remember God’s faithfulness to us in the past.…continue reading

Day 44: Evidence of God’s Faithfulness

Summer Soak Up

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God… —Deuteronomy 7:9

What evidence do we have of God’s faithfulness towards us?  Take a look at just a few from His Word!

SOAK:

God’s Faithfulness…

Is seen in His love towards us.…continue reading