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Where do you run in times of trouble, worry or fear? When temptation seeks to overtake you? When your energy is spent? Where do you run in your time of need? Who do you turn to for answers? What is your go to “reaction” when things aren’t going well or going your way?
Why don’t we run to the arms of our all-sufficient God? I think it’s because most of us don’t really know our God. —Kay Arthur…continue reading
Do you feel fearful, anxious, stressed or panicked when you’re not in control or when things in life seem out of control? Are you stressed or irritable when you don’t know the plan, the details and the outcome? You may be dealing with a fear of losing control. How does this fear often manifest itself in our lives?
For those of us who want to be in control, those situations where we find ourselves vulnerable and helpless can be terrifying. —Elyse Fitzpatrick
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In this series, we are considering how our choice in the “Gap Moment” can affect how we deal with fear:
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” —Viktor Frankl
As a reminder from last week, when we react instead of respond we allow our emotions and perception of the situation to have full reign and control. This often leaves us frantic, panicked, stressed, anxious and worried. But when we respond, in that “gap moment” we have the opportunity to turn to Jesus. We have the opportunity to stop the worry/fear cycle. We have the opportunity to rehearse who God is and what He has done. We have the opportunity to renew our minds in the Truth of God’s Word. Responding is about placing our trust in God instead of giving full vent to our fears and imaginings.
This week we are looking at Jonah’s Gap Moments and how he handles the fear of losing control. Jonah has three Gap Moments. Does he RESPOND or REACT?…continue reading
We were doing some purging and cleaning this weekend at our home. As I was sorting through stacks of papers in my desk drawer, I ran across some handouts from a marriage study my husband and I led last year (Stay Married for Life by Dan Seaborn). In one of the lessons the author described four levels of friendship and encouraged us to evaluate where we were in our relationship with our spouse. The goal of course being Confidants. Here’s the list:
This got me thinking about other relationships in my life, and who fit where in this list of 4 C’s. …continue reading
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah —Psalm 62:8 (ESV)
I love waterfalls. Last summer my husband and I took a trip to the Smoky Mountains and hiked waterfalls. I love the refreshing energy and calming peacefulness of the water spilling over the rocks, trees and anything else in its path. It makes me think about Psalm 62:8.
Psalm 62:8 is one of my all-time favorite, go-to verses. It helps me so often when I feel like I’m about to burst! I might be overwhelmed, stressed, angry, inconvenienced, burdened, hurt, disappointed or discouraged. But I love how practical this verse is in building and strengthening my faith in the real life of my day.
The word for pour out literally means to gush forth, to spill over. Have you ever been there? When you don’t feel like you can contain that emotion or that comment that just has to come out of your mouth? When you feel you are about to explode in anger? I love how Psalm 62:8 encourages me with the fact that I can go to God at anytime —regardless of my mood or situation and pour out my heart to Him. How often have I found myself gushing and spewing in frustration or anger or when I have been hurt? And it’s usually not a pretty scene when this happens. Or maybe instead of being a “spewer”, you are a “stuffer”. Neither one is healthy. But when I take it to the Lord—He listens, loves, counsels and heals. He changes my perspective. When I practice Psalm 62:8, it gives me an opportunity to talk it out and get it off my chest. Many times I am hurt or angry and just need to vent. He is my safe place. I can share exactly how I’m feeling, what I’m thinking and I don’t have to worry that He will judge or reject me. Many times that is all we really need—a listening ear and place to vent our frustrations and feelings. He is our refuge! And we can be real before Him, He is a big God —the Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Sovereign-ruler over all things. And He tells us in Psalm 139 that before a word is on our tongue, He already knows it! He is our Creator and knows our thoughts even before we do, so why do we feel we can’t get real and honest before Him?…continue reading