Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where has the faith gone? - Weekly Wednesday Encouragement

You know that overwhelming feeling that can take over your reason and flood your mind and heart with doubt, fear or sheer panic. I have been feeling this way frequently lately. As we approach the impending arrival of Anthony, I am ecstatic beyond words to bring him home and integrate him into our family, so my anxiety and fear doesn't stem from that, instead it is rooted in how I can accomplish all that needs to be done before we leave for China. Satan know just how to attack me, and when I am straying from my daily time with the Lord, he jumps right in planting seeds of doubt and panic. I been feeling like there is a cloud over my head filled with all sorts of silly notions regarding my HUGE to do list, trying so hard to push out the truth of God's constant never changing love and His hand upon my shoulder. Where has my faith gone?

The good news is that my Father is always there waiting patiently for me to throw these burdens at His feet so He can carry them and I am free to run and dance and live for him (ringing any bells - "I am Free" by the Newsboys). He wants to be our refuge and strength, our ever present help. Let's stop trying to drag ourselves along with these crazy burdens but let them go and trust Him with them. 

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (I Peter 5:8, NIV)

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Ps. 46:1,  NIV)

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel . . . " (Is. 43:2-3a, NIV)

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