Thr Opposite of Fear is Faith

When our fear is ramped, our eyes are on us, guaranteed. When our faith in God is ramped, our humble focus is on God, guaranteed. You cannot operate deep in faith in God and still be unable to function due to fear. It is impossible. Faith and focus on God is love and that drives fear away. There is no room for fear when you are operating in faith in God. It is impossible and you are not being truthful if you say otherwise. And we cannot overcome a lie with another lie, we must call it as it is and then we can fix it with humble faith and focus on God and be set free from fear. Knowing and admitting is half the battle. The second half is deciding to trust (act out your faith in) God and focus on Him.❤

Preparations

Tomorrow, my husband goes in for outpatient surgery, so please pray for him.

Today I painted after church the outside of the door and frame and the entryway wall in order to be calm for my husband, who is concerned. He wanted me close by but not too close, just how he handles things.

Band family members Lois and Ken brought over homemade chicken noodle soup and lemon cake. How sweet and thoughtful of them!

The kids will be with an excellent, reaponsible sitter so the dog will be looked after with them.

Church was wonderful And I love my little country church. It is home. And I love playing the piano and singing for church, feels good to worship the Lord with my church family and teach a women’s Bible Study on Matthew. Love it!

Prepared as possible and with many friends praying, we face the day tomorrow with peace and joy and trust in God. That is how we roll.😄❤

Faith vs. Trust

Faith is being told the road continues straight in a foreign country by a guide you trust but you cannot see it because of a thick fog that morning.

Trust is taking the steps on the unseen road into the deep fog straight ahead to get where you want to go.

You have faith your guide will not lead you off a cliff. You prove it by trusting him enough to take that step.😄❤

Trust is Faith in Action

Proving what I believe, my faith in God, happens when I trust God with any and every situation I am in. Trust is saying “I have faith that God is who He says, lives me like He says, and cares enough to handle everything” but taking it a bit further and actually entrusting everything to Him. It is putting n your money where your mouth is and saying to every situation, “I do not fear you, God loves me and is in control.” Then you let go of it and lift it up to God and humbly ask Him “Lord, please take this situation and handle it. I will do my part but the rest I leave to you. Thank you.” Trust is faith’s daily application. It proves it.😄❤

God Knows Better

I listened to the Lord’s still small voice in my heart pull me away from coaching PE. I loved coaching but obeyed. Now, I see why He did this. My husband is having surgery and I need to be there for him. God knew this. He knows better than I do. Every time, this is true. Sometimes I think I might know more, at least I used to. No more of that nonsense.

The more life experience I get, the more I realize three vitally important truths:

1. how little I truly know,

2. how much God does know and

3. how to humbly trust Him who knows better.

Master these, commit them to memory and practice and life will be much better and sweeter for your efforts. 😄❤

Trust is an Action Word

I used to think “trust” was some mental construct, something that took little energy and was more thought than deed. And I realize “trust” is an action word. Trust sometimes requires more energy because to trust God, you have to lay down your perceived right to control or have a say in the decision. To trust is to lay down your pride and dress up in your humble. Then you do what you are able to and release the rest to God. It is a very active process. It is necessarily this active. And we cannot be saved for eternity without trusting Jesus for our salvation. 😄❤

Trusting God Works

Mature, wise women of faith have always fascinated me. I often ask advice of them and get simple answers: “Trust the Lord”, “Keep praying”, “Stay in thr Word”, “Be patient and keep working.” I must confess I used to want more of an answer, something complex that matched my frustration, something profound and life-altering, something challenging. And the more I mature myself, the more I realize their answers are all those things because every single one of them is about being humble and trusting God. He does what He says. And being n humble is by far the most challenging thing I have ever worked on, most profound and life-altering. The mature women were right. We in our sin-loving, selfish nature’s make it difficult. Trusting God is difficult at first but becomes second nature with practice, like my piano pieces worth playing. And when they become simple, that is when the beauty happens. And it is beautiful.😄❤