Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Yes to God - Fear Factor

Click on the link above to learn more about Lelia Chealey's study of Micca Campbell's book an untroubled heart - finding a faith that is stronger than all my fears. This Bible study prompted me to rejoin the bloggy world. In many ways, I'm starting over. I'm joining the study with Chapter 2 : Fear Factor.

Much of the anxiety I faced through recent challenges stemmed from feeling out of control and consumed with worry.
"We act as if everything depends on us. We wouldn't dare admit that we are in over our heads. We want to appear in control. But God never meant for you and me to be strong in and of ourselves. We were meant to show His strength in our weakness as He provides for our needs."
I admit I am not in control, although I often try to be or wish I were.
"One of the hardest things to do is to give up control and trust someone other than ourselves. Again, we misunderstand the benefit of a surrendered life. It's not about giving up; it's about gaining the power and presence of God living His life through us."
I do not need to be in control. After losing my job this summer, I did not know how we would make it. God knew. During my first week of eligibility for unemployment, I started a new job.

While we were without health insurance, my daughter had a severe asthma episode that required transportation to the emergency room by ambulance. Although employed, I took a significant salary reduction. We struggled to meet everyday expenses. How could we cover medical bills? God made a way for the bills to be covered in full.

In the midst of difficulty, why can it be easier to believe False Evidence Appearing Real than God's truth? Trusting in the sometimes unknown, unseen plan of God can be harder than believing what is visible and seems to be true. In hindsight, God's provision is clear.

While continuing to face uncertainity, I look to the future through the lens of the past, remembering God supplies just what we need, just when we need it. "Faith in God's provision is our anchor that secures a life free from fear."
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8 comments:

Heather said...

"While continuing to face uncertainity, I look to the future through the lens of the past, remembering God supplies just what we need, just when we need it."

I absolutely loved this!

That is what I am learning too... looking ahead, reminding my soul of what God has already done... and that He is faithful to His promises.

Look forward to doing this study with you!
God bless,
Heather

Micca said...

Loved your post, Michelle!
You pulled out what my devotion (that runs tomorrow) is about. I took it from chap 2. I don't know if you subscribe to "Encouragement for Today" through Proverbs 31 or not, but I wish I had your story to share. I would have included it. What a great testimony of faith during hard times. Faith always trumps doubt when we let it.

Thank you for doing this study and posting about it on your blog. I pray that through it God will grow your faith like never before.
Press on!
Micca

Elizabeth said...

love this post and hpoe you are back to stay. :-) thanks for stopping by!

Tammy said...

I loved your post!

Your faith in God will give hoe to others.

In His Grace,
Tammy

Carol said...

Michelle,

This is my first visit to your blog, I'm glad you joined the study. What a great testamony to how God is always in control.

I look forward to reading more from your blog.

Carol

Darlene said...

Stopping by to see how you are doing. I like what you said "While continuing to face uncertainity, I look to the future through the lens of the past, remembering God supplies just what we need, just when we need it. "Faith in God's provision is our anchor that secures a life free from fear"
We have been hit hard with finance struggles. The first time in our 23 years of marriage. Boy, it is hard. God was not surprised about this and HE will see us through!
Thanks for the encouragement!
Glad you are back in blog world!!!

Van said...

We all desperately need to hear the stories about how God takes care of us. Hopefully they will strengthen us and blow away the fear.

Lelia Chealey said...

Love this post Michelle & so blessed to have you back. :)