For this is the positive, proactive route to take as we continue to run into the unknowns on this, our life journey. Avoiding the whiffs of paranoia that dance enticingly toward us. And drawing a line in the sand right smack dab in the middle of the treacherous hills and the dark valleys and the winding curves that sometimes threaten to throw us right off the edge into the terrifying abyss that looms far below.
And that line in the sand is this -
I . WILL . NOT . OPERATE . FROM . A . PLACE . OF . FEAR
Sane decision-making is all about making care-filled choices while we have the power to consider our options. This goes hand in hand with much needed changes in behavior, all steered by the steady desire of our hearts to make it our goal to please Him. Decisions driven not to get someone else off our backs or satisfy their strong opinions. But thought-filled, prayer-soaked, common sense determinations that sprout wings and fly and give us a better chance of healthy living in the years ahead.
And this verse, right here - God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. We operate not from that numbing paralysis of fear, but from a place of peace-fueled confidence. Because He provides a measure of sanity and clarity and wisdom when we ask Him to step into the mix.
It's time for all that paranoid-laced fear to depart, yes? Choosing instead to re-focus on cultivating that strengthening connection with our Sustainer. Growing in that safe place where the daily power of His loving peace blooms and grows healthy and strong deep in the soul. And enables us to head forward with some measure of confidence, living life well, knowing we did what we could along the way. Leaving that whole health and wellness piece in the Great Physician's all-loving, incredibly wise hands.
The words of Jesus whisper sweet through the indwelling Holy Spirit - 'Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'
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Linda, You don't how much of a blessing this post is to me! I needed ALL of these words today. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I'm thanking God with you, my friend ...Delete
Such powerful words, Linda. And yes, I agree. It's time for our paranoid-laced fears to disappear. Blessings to you.ReplyDelete
Yes, Dina. Farewell, old fears. You never were a good friend to us ...Delete
Great perspectives and thoughts, Linda. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Your photography makes my heart sing, Nancy!Delete
Thank you so much for this post, it is what my hubby and I are struggling with right now as well, trying not to make any decisions based on fear or desperation. I wrote about it as well on my blog, and your words as well give me some peace!ReplyDelete
Praying for you right this minute, my friend ...Delete
This is my daily task - to do my best and leave it all in the hands of the great Sustainer! I love that name for our God that you chose today. He truly is "sustaining" and growing me up in ways like I've never experienced before and it's all because He's stretching my faith. And what' the opposite of faith? Fear! You've hit the nail on the head, Linda! Thankful that I resonate again with your words in this place!ReplyDelete
And so glad you got it to work over at mine! :)
It's kind of a sad mystery that even though we can be people of great faith, fear still has the power to undo us, derail us, throw us completely off course ...Delete
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
your blog about fear and paranoia hit the spot this morning for me!!!!ReplyDelete
Love His timing!Delete