Fear can sometimes be the catalyst that reveals our hidden passions. It gently embraces its soft shadow, adding depth to the vibrant colours and textures carefully chosen to enhance the beauty of our life portraits. Embracing the beauty of our dreams, gently peeling away the layers of preconceived notions, cherishing what we hold dear, and protecting what we cannot bear to lose—our precious self-esteem and inherent dignity. In its well-intentioned way, fear sometimes tries to protect our hearts from potential rejection. However, it also unintentionally conceals our deep longing for love and connection. Its insatiable appetite may feel overwhelming, but remember, you are not alone. It's natural to have moments when worries spill over into our nighttime thoughts. Take comfort, friends, knowing there is always hope for brighter days. Being anxious and fearful makes us feel like our strengths and gifts of grace are invisible.
God lovingly assures us in Isaiah 43:1 (NIV), "But now, this is what the Lord says... Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine."
Don't worry, my friend. Remember the words of Isaiah 43:1. In my opinion, He goes on to lovingly affirm, "I (we) have the incredible ability to overcome any challenge through the unwavering support of Christ, who empowers me (us)." I find great comfort in Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (NKJV). Please try not to misunderstand this verse. It's important to remember that Christians, like anyone else, may face hardships in life. However, as the Apostle Paul reminds us, we can find comfort in knowing that we can endure tough times and find contentment in the strength we receive from Christ.
“Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. ” Rick Warren. This beautiful quote brings a sense of understanding to the experience of living with fear. He gently reminds us that fear can sometimes feel like a self-imposed prison but remember that it doesn't define who you are or limit your potential. Trust that God has a beautiful plan for you, and with faith, you can overcome any fears that may come your way. You can face it with the empowering tools of faith and love. Rick Warren's words are genuinely comforting and inspiring.
Remember, friends, God lovingly reassures us (365) times in His written word that "there is no need to fear, for you belong to Him."
-by Lois Macdonald
Prayer: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
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