Faith over Fear…

Wednesday Wisdom ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspiration this week comes from the book of Joshua 1:9

“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I’ve probably shared this verse before as it is one that I have to be very intentional about. Fear is both very real and very powerful. Sometimes it keeps us from doing the things that we shouldn’t do, but often it keeps us from doing the things that we should. For me, the role that fear plays in my daily life is contingent on the strength of my faith. The stronger my faith, the less fear and worry affect me. Likewise, the weaker my faith, the more fear and worry wear at me.

The key question is: How much do I trust God and his love for me?ย 

Life is hard. Sometimes things happen that leave doubts in our minds as to the greatness of God’s power and his love for us. 2019 taught me that while I can’t change circumstances, I can choose how I react to them. I am in control of the attitude of my heart. Gratefulness is a habit that is fueled by hope. When hope comes alive, fear falls apart. I think Paul (in his letter to Romans 15:13) does an awesome job of addressing it:

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Over the past several months, I’ve experienced this on a deeper level. I decided to give my fear about my leg to Jesus. I handed it over in prayer, wiped the metaphorical dust off my feet, and quit worrying about it. I’ve gone back to living – packing my faith and knowing that with God all things are possible. I try to greet each day with an open mind and a steadfast dedication to trusting that Jesus is not just the best coach but also my biggest fan ๐Ÿ™‚

I still put in the work that I know will lead to healing, but I don’t let the daily pain and stiffness cause fear and discouragement. Instead, I focus on the freedom found in being strong and courageous. This week, I attained a couple of monumental stepping stones.

  • I rode my horse.
  • I ran a mile on the high school track.

I’d done neither since I fell and broke my leg, and many days over the past 14 months I have wondered if I ever would again. While I believe that time continues to heal my body, I also think that intentionally strengthening my trust in Jesus enabled my little victories. I stopped fearing, and started truly believing. Both riding Dandy and running were physically uncomfortable for my leg, but in my heart I knew that I could do them. I trusted that Jesus would carry me when I fell short, and that brought me a new level of strength and courage. Next time, it’ll be easier and hopefully someday it will become pain-free.

This week I am reminded that God asks me to be bold in my faith. As I give him my fear, He replaces it with courage. My girls have this saying, “Go big or go home.”ย I think that’s essentially what God is telling us in the above verse from Joshua. If you believe, you’ve got to BELIEVE — to live like you trust and be fueled by the hope that comes through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It’s rarely a comfortable process, but I’m not sure that we ever truly live if we don’t embrace it.

How can you be more bold in your faith this week?


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4 responses to “Faith over Fear…

  1. Roger Hunt

    I am so happy for you, Anne! I knew that one day you would write those words. With continued practice the pain now felt will disappear replaced by total joy! It makes me so happy just thinking about it. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ll bet Dandy enjoyed having you back.
    Keep up the great work, Anne!

    • Thank you, Roger! I am thankful for Megan as she led the way with the horses over the weekend. Dandy and Magnum did well, and the weather was beautiful. My foot doesn’t like to bend the way that my stirrup wants to go, so I’m trying to figure that one out. I hope that over time that position will be natural for my foot again ๐Ÿ™‚ Karyn was my running partner and jogged the track with me after school on Monday. I am so very thankful for my girls — their love and support helps me to be brave!

      Happy Anniversary to you and Marianne. Loved the picture — Marianne’s smile is awesome! Did she put cake in your face? I might have wiped cake across Matt’s face when we cut the wedding cake in 1996 ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Good to hear from you!

  2. I enjoy reading your blog and am super happy for you and your accomplishments this week. Keep going! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Becky

    Found this one! Thankful to read your words on keeping on keeping on! It has been 10 months and I find moments of discouragement creeping in! Thank you for inspiring me to persevere! I will remember that today as I go to PT!

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