Fear NOT!


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I never dreamed that the phrases Follow Me and Fear Not would be what I gleaned from reading the Gospels for #Lentchallenge. In the book of Luke we see Jesus asking fishermen to do what fishermen never do, fish in the day. Fishing happens when it is dark and the fish are at the surface of the water. The fishermen did what he asked them to do, and they caught a lot of fish, in fact two boats full.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” Luke 5:10b

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:11

I was going to a Bible study by Andy Stanley called Follow as I was reading through the Gospels. On week 3 he told us that not being afraid when bad things happen is one of the best benefits of following Jesus. Fear NOT! These are strong words, but so needed in my heart.

When I was finishing the Book of John I noticed that when Jesus returned from the dead he also sent his disciples out to fish in daylight once again. He started his ministry with them having to trust Him and before He was resurrected, He asked them to trust Him once more.

 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:6 NIV

One of the first passages of Scripture I learned was John 16:33.NIV

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

By following Jesus he assures us we are going to be okay, no matter what this world throws in our path. Two phrases have transformed my heart!  Two phrases I will never forget:

Fear NOT!

Come follow me!

 

 

 

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Path of Peace


by Thomas Mues

Luke 1:79 (NIV)

 to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.

I tread this path

Bought with your Life.

The path called Peace.

Where You lead me,

Where I find You,

When I seek your Face,

When I abide,

When I live,

When I

Breath in,

YOU!

When God Comes Tapping!


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I go to a church with an awesome pastor who gives us advice and tips to live the life we should.  He often says when you see a flower or a bird, remember that God loves you, and just as He cares for the birds and flowers, He will also care for you.  I come from a family of avid bird watchers.  I try to learn all the names of the birds that come to our home.  We have lived all over the world and in many states, so I have seen a number of birds.  Imagine my delight when a bird that looks like this photo tapped on my window while I was on my exercise bike.  Jim grabbed the bird book and I grabbed my I-pad.  We had never seen a bird like this and his bright red Mohawk was distinctive and unusual.  Jim found him first.  He was a Ruby Crowned Kinglet.  He would NOT stop tapping on our window, even when I went outside and tried three times to shoo him away!  I think God sent Him to remind me of His unfailing care and love for me.  I really needed that reminder that morning.  If you are struggling and having a hard time, look for birds and flowers to encourage your heart.  It sure encouraged mine when God came tapping at my window!  He wouldn’t stop until I got the message!

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 “Look at the lilies! They don’t toil and spin, and yet Solomon in all his glory was not robed as well as they are.  And if God provides clothing for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose that he will provide clothing for you, you doubters?  And don’t worry about food—what to eat and drink; don’t worry at all that God will provide it for you. All mankind scratches for its daily bread, but your heavenly Father knows your needs.  He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Luke 12:27-31 NLT

Here is a Youtube of this marvelous bird.  Watch for the red Mohawk to pop up!

At the end of the road


Many of you have heard the story from the Bible about the prodigal son.  It is a moving story and can be found in the book of Luke.  Luke 15:11-32 if you would like to read it.  Anyway, I am not a father and I do not have a son, but I have been looking down the road for the one I love for a long time.  The father in the story of the Lost Son, saw his son coming when he was a long way off.  That means the father always had his eyes and his heart looking down the road for his loved child.  My eyes and my heart and everything else are looking and waiting for that day.  That day when I see her coming.  I will run to meet her when she comes.  You see I put all my Hope in Him to make this happen.  Nothing I do can fix it, except pray.

 2 Timothy 1:12 NIV

Because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

I just have to trust and wait.  Today is the day that I first saw her, held her, and looked into her eyes.

Happy birthday Baby Girl.  I miss you more than the air I breath.

Love,

Mom