It’s easy to get overwhelmed with fear. Seems like everywhere we turn, there’s another shocking news story. Many around the world watched in horror as 21 Coptic Christians were recently beheaded for their faith. In the aftermath of such terrifying events, a couple of young moms confided to me they’ve had to get counseling because of extreme anxiety. Another woman struggling with fear commented on my age and stage and remarked that I was “lucky” I didn’t have to wait so long to go to heaven.
Dear friends, is that the best we can hope for? Biding our time until we get to heaven? How can we calm our anxious hearts and experience the peace God promises in His Word? It’s not like Jesus didn’t warn us about trying times. “In this world, you will have trouble,” He told His followers. “But take heart,” He assured them. “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Surely there’s a way to reflect the presence of Christ to a world so desperate for peace. But we can’t we can’t give away what we don’t have.
That’s why I’ve decided to do a 21 Day Watch, starting tomorrow, March 16.th I hope you’ll join me! I’m asking God specifically to Open My Eyes to the promises in His Word and to signs of His work all around me. I’ll post daily encouragement from the Bible, along with testimonies of answered prayer.
Instead of simply asking God to take away our anxieties, let’s pray for Him to help us become more aware of His power. I’ve learned that enlarging my view of God is the best way to calm a fearful heart. I believe your faith will be strengthened as we keep watch together. And let’s remember, faith is the best antidote to fear.
Prayer: Lord, open our eyes to Your powerful Word and Your mighty works. Let us see the world from Your perspective. Calm our fears as we gaze upon your Majesty!
March 15th, 2015 at 10:19 am
Marilyn, I will be joining you:). You are such an encouragement to so many. Many blessings Ashley’s mom
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March 15th, 2015 at 1:37 pm
Hi Donna, So glad you’re “keeping watch” with us. Expecting God to show up in big ways and small! Blessings, Marilynn