WHOM OR WHAT SHALL I FEAR?

 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.   
Psalm 56:3(KJV)
©Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014
FEAR

Sudden and without provocation
grips you with its talons deep and strong.
There doesn’t even have to be a reason.
It’s just there.
Lurking.
Waiting.
The moment will come and when it does
it will make you stop dead in your tracks.
No going back.
Whispering into your ear.
Heart beats in an unnatural rhythm
and hands begin to shake.
And then,
it snatches you up.
Eats into your mind.
Claws into your gut.
The world spins out of control
a merry-go-round
going faster and faster
stomach gets queasy
head begins to pound.
And just when you think
you can’t take it anymore
it stops.
You get off. Stagger a bit.
Confused for a moment.
Then walk away.
Everything is normal.
Or,
is it?

©Marcell Warner Bridges
29, March 2010

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Ever gone through an experience that was so horrible it almost paralyzed you? This last week I went through an ordeal that even now has me feeling kind of squeamish. It was one of those episodes in life you are sure you’ll never ever forget and you wonder if you’ll ever be able to do things the same ever again.

And I’m NOT going to tell you about it!  (I’ve told enough people and I don’t care to relive the memories right before bed time.)

But sometimes life can get pretty scary. Sometimes it scares us so much we can’t put one foot in front of the other. Or maybe we can’t even get out of bed. But I’ve learned something really important this week.

So when we feel like we can’t handle it, this is the time to give it to God and when we trust Him with it, we are strengthened and we are able to move forward. We are able to calm down and to rest in Him.

This last week was hard when it came to sleeping. I feared closing my eyes so I wouldn’t encounter the memories that come with nothing else to think about.  But last week my friend **Nan just happened to do a blog post entitled Be Still and with it she posted a video of Alan Jackson singing the old hymn, “In the Garden”. Every time I tried to close my eyes to sleep I found myself singing that hymn and many others. I found singing hymns specifically with the name of Jesus so soothing that I eventually drifted off to sleep and each morning waking up thanking Jesus that I did not have any nightmares.

LIVING IN FEAR IS NOT LIVING AT ALL. Give your fears to Jesus and see what He will rescue you from.

I made this video for some friends about a year ago, some of my favorite hymns. 

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**Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com.

 

  © Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014