Life Verses – Fear Not


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Fear. Perhaps that is one of the strongest emotions we experience. We might be fearful for our very lives. We could be fearful of a disease or the fear of failing. We might fear non-acceptance. Anything out of our control can bring us fear.

My family moved about every two years when I was growing up. My dad’s work moved us to different cities and states. I eventually realized that I had to dig in and make new friends each time. In one of our houses, I had an upstairs bedroom. As an only child, I was afraid to go up the dark stairs to turn on the lights at night. My dad would say “I’ll hold out my hand.” Amazingly, I found strength in him simply holding out his hand. I would look down from the upper steps and see that he still had his hand out.

Years later, when I prepared to go off to Georgetown College, I felt excited, but felt a bit fearful of the unknown. My dad’s hand would no longer be visible. 

My youth director at church gave me a verse to take along.

For I the Lord Thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, “Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13 KJV

That’s a nice little verse, I thought. I decided to make a small colorful poster out of it to hang in my dorm room.

It wasn’t long until I began making use of that verse. I was terribly naive. In some relations where I thought I was helping to pull someone up, I began to realize they were pulling me down. “Fear not,  I will help you,” the Lord said.  

The school work load, social activities, and  rehearsals overwhelmed me. Then, as I was preparing to lead the dorm devotion, the words came again—The Lord says, “Fear not, I will help you.”

In my junior year, a frightening experienced happened. I thought of my verse once again. I will hold (KJV) your right hand. The word “hold” caught my attention. Not grab, but hold. I reasoned that I must place my hand in his open, willing hand.  

Earlier in that chapter and in many other verses, we hear of God’s righteous right hand. No offence to you lefties, but we see many attributes to the right hand, the strongest hand (at least for right-handed people.) We eat with that hand, write, point, shake hands, open a bottle, wave, turn pages, and on it goes. It is the stronger hand that he offers us in times of fear.

On through my life, I have often returned to that verse. Thus I claim it as one of my life verses and have passed it on to my college grandkids.

May you find it helpful on your life journey.

~ Joyce ~

Fear – One Thing We Can Do

Searching His Word   Seeking His Heart

Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart

In the midst of our political convention battles these past two weeks, I find myself feeling weary and bewildered over this presidential thing. Some of you may have strong leanings toward “him” or “her” or you may be like me, shaking your head in disbelief of either one. I will vote. I feel it is my duty and my privilege, but it will not be a joy.

Along with the fears for safety in our country and our world (last week’s post), many of us have fear about where we might be headed politically and socially, as well as spiritually and morally as a country.

It seems so trite to say, “Pray and read the Bible.” It feels like the pat answer we would give as a child in Sunday School. However, that’s exactly what we need to emphasize.

Recently, a friend gave me a tea towel with Scripture verses printed on it. It’s about 2′ by 3′. When I looked at all those wonderful verses that I have memorized over the years, my heart was full. No way was I going to wipe my hands on that cloth!

Instead, I decided to tape it to the back of my study door. When I come to my study for morning devotions, I close the door and there are those great verses. I choose one to think about during the day.

Here are a few. Perhaps you would like to print these off and focus on a verse a day. I begin with one of my life verses.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 5:3

Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.  Isaiah 26:3

Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

He makes all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

We walk by faith and not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7

And finally:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

May His word give you strength this week and ring true in your heart and mind. May His word calm your anxiety—one verse for each day. Like the sweet lady in “War Room,” may you line your walls with these and other verses that will draw you near to our Lord, thoughts that will give light to your feet and path.

I would love to hear the verses that strengthen you in your walk in these days; there are so many.

~ Joyce ~



Fear – What Are We to Do?

Searching His Word   Seeking His Heart

Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart

I read my niece’s facebook entry last week –

“I took my daughter to a movie today and immediately eyed the exit as one of my first thoughts was, ‘What if someone comes in shooting?’ “

She went on to reiterate other situations where she was becoming more vigilant, all the while realizing that many people across the world live in

“… constant credible terror. I wish the world were only filled with love,” she said.

I taught our Sunday School class at church last Sunday by beginning a new series called “Faith > Fear.” Oh that we would work toward faith greater than our fears. The lesson started in the beginning—the Garden of Eden. 

Yes, there was a time when all was “filled with love.” The beautiful garden was the picture of peace and harmony, but the tempter reared his beguiling head. God chose to make his creation in His image with the gift of choice. Eve chose to engage with the tempter, who opened her mind to doubt, her heart to desire, which led her will to disobedience. Thus the downward spiral began.

The terrorists of today, like those through the centuries, are not filled with love, but are driven by hate. The Almighty God, who created our universe and everything in it, sent His Son in human form so that we might understand this love. God IS love. Jesus said in a hundred ways, “They will know you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”

So how do we deal with this fear that looms in technicolor every time we see one more new’s story about 15 people shot here, 120 bombed there, a truck swerving to kill over 100 innocent people as they watch the fireworks, or 6 police officers gunned down. We had been seeing a report about every other month; now it seems weekly, or even daily.

I believe a part of the frustration and anxiety is the fact that we feel so little control. Too many people, too many nations, too many unknowns. When we feel we have no control, the fear begins to terrorize us. Indeed, we have little, if any control over these situations; we only have control over our feelings about it. John takes us right back to love.

… But perfect love drives out fear. I John 4:18

I struggle with facing my fears about current conditions. I know I don’t have the strength on my own. I read reports of Christians in war-torn countries who are being beheaded, burned to death, stabbed in front of their children, or drug into the sex slavery trade. Many of them determine ahead of time that they as individuals or as family units will refuse to denounce their Christian faith.

I can not come to that kind of faith without praying for God’s strength to help me face my fears, can you? It’s best we start practicing!

For this week, I close with this quote:

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the ability to forge ahead and refuse to be paralyzed by our fears. Dennis Wiles


~ Joyce ~