Mercy.  If this election process has taught me anything, it’s fear.  And everyone knows that politics bring out the worst in people with all of us thinking WE know what is best for society and YOU are wrong…..unless you agree with ME.

Fear is certainly a Joy Eater, but without it we would probably not survive.  Why?  Fear keeps you from walking out into the middle of traffic.  Fear stops you from hugging that big brown grizzly and fear makes sure you’re not the guy on the beach looking at the tsunami headed his way.

Fear, unfortunately, is an emotion that washes over the frame of the parents when they are told about their child’s illness.  It’s ugliness is standing by when your doctor tells you that there is nothing more they can do and you should just make their life comfortable.  It whispers, “who is going to take care of your child if something happens to you?”  Trust me….I know.

But I have good news.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

It is God’s desire to that you be completely set free from fears, suffering, and oppression so that you might experience His abundant life (John 10:10).  And it is so easy to doubt God when we fail to see Him at work in our circumstances.

But our sweet Savior sees our past, sees our present and sees our future.  Trust that His invisible hands are arranging situations to accomplish His will  and also preparing us to receive what He has planned for us.   He is faithful and you are not alone.

So what’s a mom to do?  After you take a big breath, ask yourself a couple of questions;  Where is this fear coming from?  What’s the worst that could happen?  Do I truly believe that the God in heaven sees me?

Friends, fear grips everyone.  But as Christians, we can have peace in knowing that God always a greater purpose when He allows troubles in our little world.  Look at these trials to remind ourselves that we cannot trust in ourselves and we cannot trust in anything temporary (like our political leaders).  There is only ONE firm foundation and that is your relationship with Christ.  HE will hold you up and He will continue to hold you as the storm rages all around you!  The storm might not stop, but HE is our solid footing as we stand on His promises!

Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?”

Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Still feeling a little queasy?  Tell a friend.  Tell your pastor about your fears and allow your church to stand with you.  We weren’t meant to go this life alone.  Have you found a support group yet?  Ask your pediatrician or your child’s teacher for a recommendation of a good support group in your area.  You might also check the internet to provide a lead.  Remember that you and your child are loved and never alone.

What is your biggest fear?




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