Posts Tagged ‘fear’

This story was written about three years and it is a constant reminder to me about having complete faith in God for every area in my life.  

Story of the day:  The PLANE RIDE   

So, I have always been fearful of flying ever since I was a teenager and the flight from Dallas, Texas to Spokane, Washington was a little more turbulent than normal.  I think had I not had the window seat and my brother (who loves flying) making comments about the plane, I might have enjoyed the flight a little more.  So needless to say, I hadn’t flown since and really didn’t have the desire to get into anything that would take me more than 100 feet off the ground.   

 Many years passed by and as this ministry got underway, God began to show me things that Jeff and I would be doing in the future that would require flying.  I kind of struggled with the thought of having to get into a plane again, but I kept praying to God about it and one day, while I was alone and driving in my car, a peace came over me about flying and so I gave total release and control over to God and He planted this in my heart, “Christy, if you are working for me and I need you somewhere, I need you to have the faith and trust in Me, you know the faith and trust that you write to others about, and know that I will take care of you.”  I agreed with God and said “Okay, I can do this.  If you ask this of me, I will do it.”  I really thought to myself, okay, I have a few years before this happens, so this gives me more time to prepare for whenever Jeff and I both have to get on a plane. 

 Little could prepare me for what God had in mind.  The situation with my grandmother, and the doctors telling us that we all needed to be home meant that I either A needed to drive 16-17 hours one way or B get onto a plane which would only take 2 hours.  I had remembered the conversation that I had just had with God about 3 months before this situation occurred and I tried reasoning with God and saying, ”Can’t I start flying once we start going places for the ministry?”  Boy, if I could hear crickets chirping that would have been awesome, but instead, I heart God say, “Christy, you need to do this.” “You need to get on a plane and go and see her.”

 So as Jeff drove me to Columbus, OH, so that I could depart from there, everything that I so desired to take with me on this plane trip, was left at home.  No family to fly with, no Christian music, no laptop, and no portable movie player.  It was just me, my Bible, and God.  Remember it has been nearly 20 years since I have been on a plane.  Not only was I going to fly 35,000 feet in the air without things that could distract me, I was flying Hon Solo with total and complete trust and faith in my God.  I prayed for the pilot, where in actuality God was piloting this plane.  I prayed for the person that sat next to me, poor thing she was going to need it because of me, and for the flight attendants for they may have to bring me back to consciousness once I passed out.

 All kidding aside, I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous, because I was.  My palms have never sweated as much. Having a husband that works with planes and knowing all the stories that are associated with them, every now and then thoughts about situations that could occur while I was flying, which are almost slim to none, would pop into my head. But just as quickly as those thoughts popped into my head about the plane, I was able to quickly find peace and comfort in God, because of what He has planned for this ministry.  With the peace and comfort that God provided, my spirit was calmed and I was able to find rest in Him. 

I didn’t even realize it at the time, but this first trip was all part of God’s plan for this ministry.  It was the beginning of things that are yet to come and because of God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love for us all, I was able to fulfill the plan that He prepared for me while I was in Texas.

Whatever you are fearful about, pray to God about it, allow Him to pull you through it, and have total faith and trust in Him to get you past it.  Once you give it over to God, the control,  there are many blessings awaiting, and a freedom from the fear to allow God to use you where He needs you to be. 

Quote of the day:  Rubem Alves

 “Hope is hearing the melody of the future.  Faith is to dance to it.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 1:17

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are such an Orderly God.  You have planned out my every step, just as You have numbered ever hair on my head.  God, I have overcome my biggest fear of flying because of You and Your promise for my life.  I am so saddened by even allowing this fear to set in for as long as it had.  God thank You for the opportunity to begin a different phase of this ministry.  I didn’t even know that going home was going to be a part of it, but it was and I was blessed by it.  My prayer today is for those that have some sort of fear in their life that they have yet to overcome.  I pray that they release this to You and have total faith and trust in You to get them past whatever it is that is keeping them in bondage.  God, only You know what is in store for our lives, and as the days pass, if we aren’t following the path that You have so designed for us, I pray that it is revealed to us so that we can walk in freedom for whatever it is that You do have planned for us. I continue to ask for prayer for Jeff as he is still not doing well.  I pray for complete healing of his body so that he can move forward with the other part of this ministry. I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Stuck in traffic of your circumstances

     There are a couple of bridges in the United States that can send a shiver down my spine.  First of all the height is overwhelming, and the movement is evident.  I remember being stuck in traffic on one of these enormous, rather high bridges.   It seemed as if I was never going to get off this bridge.  I knew that the only way to get to the other side was to keep going forward and I would eventually cross that bridge.  I began questioning the engineering because of how much the bridge swayed.  I remember saying to myself, “This can’t be normal.  No car should be swaying this high up and this much.  Any minute I just knew that this bridge was going to give way.  My husband quickly comforted me with these words,  The engineer who designed the bridge this way, did so with the movement in mind so that when we do cross it, it won’t collapse while we drive over it.  The engineer obviously knew what he was doing, but it was still scary being stuck on that bridge.

     “Have you ever feared driving over a high bridge?  If so, you’re not alone.  In fact, some people are so afraid of bridges that they will drive hours out of their way to avoid them.  Others try to cross, but have a panic attack in the middle of a bridge and can’t go on.  They block traffic,” (Craig Larson) or in my case are stuck in traffic.

         Because of this fear of bridges, “the operators of some of the longest and highest spans in America now offer a driving service.  On request, one of the bridge attendants will get behind the wheel and drive the car over the bridge.

     In 1991 Michigan’s Timid Motorist Program assisted 830 drivers across the Mackinac Bridge, which is five miles long and rises two hundred feet above the water.

     At Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which is over four miles long and rises two hundred feet above the water, authorities took the wheel and helped one thousand fearful motorists.”

     How many of you have gotten stuck in the traffic of your circumstances and can’t seem to cross that bridge?  “In any terrifying situation the way to get over the paralysis of fear is to do like these motorists–turn the wheel over to someone else.  Turn the situation over to God and then trust Him.  You have to cross that bridge, but you’re not doing it alone, and God is the One in control.”(Larson) 

Quote of the day:  Ulrich Zwingli

“Not to fear is the armor.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 5:7

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me for a purpose.  Father, You are always there to help me no matter what I may go through.  I will not fear anything, for I know that You are always with me.  You have taken my hand into Yours and because of this, I can find peace as I cross any bridge in my life.  Thank You for comforting me in the times that I may be fearful and reassuring me that You are there. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day: Fear Not

     “The Bible is full of these “Fear nots” with their accompanying assurances that God will be with us and will certainly care for us.  If we believe these assurances, no enemies and no dangers, whether they are outward or inward, can cause us a moment’s fear or doubt.

     We will know that the Lord our God is stronger than any enemy the universe contains, and we will say with the apostle, “If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b)… The spirit of fear does not belong to Christianity.  It is never enumerated among the fruits of the Spirit.  It is not given to us from God.  On the contrary, it is always condemned as being alien to the whole idea of Christianity, and as coming purely and only from unbelief.

     There are many fearful people in the world–but none of them should be Christians.  We’re commanded by God to “fear not.”  Every fear we have must cease.  Being delivered of our fears gives us a great freedom.  Today we shall “fear not.” (Hannah Whitall Smith and Nick Harrison)

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered.  No one was there.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 8:31

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for calming any fears that might try to creep up in my life.  I can find rest and assurance in You that I have nothing to fear.  Thank You for delivering me from any fear and for finding freedom in not fearing things.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                     

Story of the day:  Spiritual Battle

In the past few weeks, I have come across a lot of people who have been experiencing some troubled times in their lives.  And although our troubles could probably not come close to what a man in the Bible named Job experienced, those tough times can be hard to cope with and often lead us to question why sometimes.  The following story puts theses times into perspective and left me encouraged so I thought I would share it with you all.  The short story is entitled Job’s Birthday and was written by Julie Ackerman.

“Death, divorce, and disease could be called the three D’s of misery.  They slice through life like a tsunami of sorrow, raising doubts and destroying dreams.

Recently, a friend and I agreed that the previous year was one that we both would just as soon forget.  Each of us had suffered one of the three.

Our conversation brought Job to mind.  In a short period of time, he lost his children, his health, his wealth, and his wife’s respect.  Job’s distress was so great that he pleaded, “May the day perish on which I was born” (Job 3:3).  Job wanted God to erase not just a year, but all memory of his existence!  He had enjoyed years of success and respect.  Now, he questioned the purpose of living (3:20).

Job wanted to die and be forgotten, but instead God made sure his name and story would be remembered forever.  Rather than give Job what he asked for, God gave future generations what they would need—an inside look at the spiritual battle between God and Satan.  The result is a God inspired document about suffering that has comforted countless people.

When what we fear actually happens, we know, thanks to Job, that God can use it for good.”

Quote of the day:  Our Daily Bread

“Our highest good may come from our deepest suffering.”

Bible verse of the day:  Job 42:2

“I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for such a blessed weekend.  Father, I pray for those that may be experiencing rough times in their life today.  I pray that during these times that they call out to You and that You will turn their situation around and use it for good.  Father, there have been times in my life where I have called out to You and have wondered why, but because of Your faithfulness and the truth that was revealed to me, You stood by me through my suffering and I grew stronger because of it.  Because of Your Grace and Mercy, I know that when troubled times come, that You will be my Rock.  I thank You for this day and the promise of tomorrow!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

                                                                                                               Story of the day:  Strange thing about sheep

   Phillip Keller, once a shepherd himself, in his book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, “relates that the strange thing about sheep is that because of their makeup, it is almost impossible for them to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met.  First, due to their timidity, they must be free from all fear.  Next, because of their sociability, they must be free from friction with others of their kind.  Third, they must be free from flies or parasites if they are to relax.  Lastly, they will not lie down unless free from hunger.  It is only the shepherd who can provide release from all these anxieties.  As our Good Shepherd, the Lord meets all these needs for us, so that we can “lie down in green pastures,” with our souls restored by His care.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Peace is not the absence of trouble.  Peace is the presence of God.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being my Shepherd.  Because of You, I can rest assured that my needs will be taken care of and that I, just like the sheep, can freely lie down in green pastures without a worry.  Father, You are with me every single day of my life and because of that, I shouldn’t fear anything.  Thank You for comforting me when I need comforting and for restoring me when I need restoration.  Father, I thank You for this day and I pray for guidance and wisdom in all that is brought my way this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                                            Story of the day:  Are you clinging?

   My father loves to build.  He adds on to his home, installs air conditioning units, runs electricity,  whatever the task, he can read about it and do it.  I would have to call him a jack of all trades.  Sometimes these extra curricular activities brings on height challenges.  They’re more challenging for me, than my father, because I am afraid of heights.  

   “Have you ever had to paint a second or third story of a house?  You get about halfway up that double or triple extension ladder and it begins to bend and bounce with your every movement.  Then you start wondering about the ladder and its footing and where you will end up when it crashes to the earth so far below you.  So, in fear and terror, you stop where you are and cling to the ladder, looking neither up nor down.

   Eventually you realize that you must paint the house and that you can’t reach it from where you are.  So, mustering up all your courage and recalling that you have never seen such a ladder fall over, you conquer the next rung and inch your way to the next, then the next.  Finally you reach the top of the ladder and cling to it for your life.  Now that you’ve arrived, you ask yourself how you can take one hand off the ladder to use the paintbrush and not plummet to the earth below.  But you do.  You begin.  After a bit of scraping, the wood soaks up the paint.  You whistle and admire the fine job you are doing.  Soon the terror is forgotten.

   You’ve learned an important lesson of life from this.”  Just like my father, new tasks can be challenging and “no matter what high responsibility you take on, it’s scary, very scary, but only until you start working.”

Quote of the day:  Author unknown

“He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 9:23

“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes things in life can be scary, especially when it’s new and something I have never done before.  Father, the responsibilities that are placed before me, may I step out by faith and overcome any fear that is hindering my task.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen