You know how some days it seems like God is weaving a tiny thread through your days? Like a recurring theme keeps coming up? Does this happen to you? My word for 2018 is Trust, and in my post about coming up with that word I talked about how the main thing I think I need to tackle with the Lord is FEAR. I’ve talked quite a bit about fear lately. The funny thing is, though, I am not alone. It seems most places I turn I hear of other women who are stuck in a cycle of fear. I know an expectant mom who is overwhelmed by anxiety, and it’s damaging the relationships around her as a result. I know another woman who has paralyzing anxiety to the extent that she often struggles with getting out of bed and doing basic things for herself. I know another woman who fears for her marriage and is in a continuous state of stress that it is going to fall apart. I know another woman who is afraid to dream. I know other mommas who watch their children sleep at night because they fear what the morning will bring with them. I know a mom who watches her daughter struggle with PTSD from events that happened in their life over a year ago.
Everywhere we turn there is reason to be afraid.
This world is full of reasons.
But God calls us to look to Him.
My church is doing a study of Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World in our adult Sunday School Class. I find it interesting that as I decide to tackle fear with trust, the Sunday School subject is on Anxiety. I have to say this book is really great, just like most books by Max Lucado 😉 During Sunday’s class we discussed Phillippians 4:5-6:
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Then, in my scripture writing challenge for Tuesday this week, I find Phillippians 4:4-9:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
It’s like God is coming along side me, saying, “Semalee, relax. I have everything under control.”. The picture at the top of this post is a gift I received from a dear friend I was in a music ministry with years ago. It’s a simple sign that says, “Dear Semalee, Trust Me, I have everything under control, love Jesus”. I’ve kept it in my bathroom since, as a reminder that I do not need to be worried. I simply need to go to Him.
Max Lucado talks about a Contagious Calm in this book study. He sited Phillippians 4:5, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” and talked about this type of gentleness is a maturity, a steady hand. Contagious Calm.
I definitely want some of that.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.-Psalm 34:4
Contagious Calm. I definitely want to be that.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you-Psalm 56:3
Contagious Calm. I definitely want to share that.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.- Psalm 94:19
Has there been a time that He did not save you? It may seem so, but if you are here today there isn’t. You may have walked through fire. I know I have. But He was with me every step of the way. There were times that I felt He was so far away, and when I least expected it, a friend popped in and said hi, or I found a blog post that was just what I needed to read. He is always around, we need only look for Him.
If there is a way that I can pray specifically for you, please ask. It would truly be an honor.
No matter what, know this: You are never alone.