I am so glad that I decided to continue the #DoNotFear posts. Can you believe we are more than half-way through the year?
I don’t know about you, but the posts have been encouraging me more than ever!
To pick up again and join Nehemiah who was rebuilding the walls was exactly what I needed. Then to read about Job’s struggles and have the privilege to see the conversation in the cosmos. The battle of our faith takes place center stage, and sometimes we cannot see the real reason why we are suffering. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes God allows hard things for our growth. Sometimes He prunes us and sometimes it has nothing to do with God.
No matter what you are going through, it is my hope that these posts continue to show you what fear looks like in the Bible. Most of June was spent in the Psalms. Here are a few of my favorite posts from the month:
I have been looking forward to this particular passage for a while now, but before we jump in let’s thank God for the book of Job. It can be so easy to gloss right over that book. Why? Because suffering is painful. The most important thing I don’t want to miss is the fact that “the Lord answered Job” not once, not twice but THREE times! . Remember this was before the gift of the Holy Spirit was set loose upon the earth because of what Jesus did upon the cross and his death, burial, and resurrection. We received the Counselor meanwhile Job thought his hope was as good as dead. I just couldn’t move on to the Psalms, as important as they are, without mentioning this fact! Today if you are desperate to hear from the Lord in the midst of your whirlwind-let hope rise!!! 🎈🎈🎈 . Today we start the Psalms. David wrote a lot of these Psalms while he was waiting to become king. This passage, however, was written well after he became king. He was running from his son Absalom. I am sure David could have jumped back into fear mode from all those years of running from King Saul. What a great testimony that David had grown from his pain. Now, years later, and on the run again-he pens one of my favorite verses ever: “I lay down and slept; I woke up again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around” (Psalm 3:5-6, ESV). . Nighttime is the worse for me. That’s when my fears attack hardest. What about you? Take comfort in this verse tonight when you lay your head down and ask God, as David did, to keep you safe! #donotfear
“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; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalms 23:1-4 ESV). . I’m not sure what the soil is like in Austin, but it feels fertile. I wonder why I struggle with lying down in green pastures. It is because I’m more used to laying down on the run 🏃🏻? But the problem with that is your soul, your heart, your worries and cares follow you. If I could be lonely in Southern California as a newly married woman who lived in a home my husband bought me, then moving to TX wasn’t going to eliminate my need for community or “fill in the blank.” Even Austin felt boring at first. Houston was definitely too crazy. New York felt right until I realized I already BELONGED! I don’t need to move to be happy. Like tobymac sings “I’ll be packin’ my bags when I need to stay, I’ll be chasin’ every breeze that blows my way, I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade .” . So back to Austin we went. And now?! I am working on cultivating the soil of allowing God to plant new dreams. Of waiting in a fertile land. When it seems the exact opposite is happening. I am learning to choose joy and see hope before it springs forth. . What brings me comfort today is that the Lord “makes me lie down in green pastures.” That’s Austin to me. We don’t even have family or jobs here (Marc’s company is back in Houston), but the Lord has provided and sent us back to finish the work he started. Pray for us? . The Hebrew word for green is deshe’, which means a sprout, grass, tender grass, tender herb. . I love Psalm 23 today, this season, for always because it points me back to where I find my comfort. Is it in the thrill of the chase or resting peacefully in the Presence of the Lord?????????? #donotfear #sprout #makesmehappy
Today’s verse is special to me because of what it implies. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3, ESV). . The Hebrew word for “moved” is mot, and means to waver, to slip, shake, fall, be carried, be out of course, or removed. that same Hebrew word is also found in Psalm 55:22 and 62:2, which says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” and “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” . A fortress of the Lord’s cannot be moved or shaken. Although it doesn’t feel like that right now for me and maybe for you too, we can take courage and comfort knowing that the enemy’s attacks are futile. The mountains in our life may be shifting and shaking but the Lord will not let us be moved by our circumstances. . Can you imagine a mountain being moved to the midst of the sea? I can! It’s called Hawaii. One of the things I am counting on is the goodness of the Lord while I wait! What about you? #donotfear #movingmountains
If you didn’t catch the original blog introducing the #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide, you can read that here. I invite you, if you haven’t yet already, to take the journey with me.
You have two options to follow along on your own:
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