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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
This morning, Hannah Banana's desire to hang with me superseded her fear of the vacuum cleaner. Where I walked, she followed and patiently waited for me as I attempted to remove all evidence of boy-dirt and shedding dogs.
Has your belief in the goodness of God superseded your fear of facing something painful? If it has, you're on a great path! Like Hannah, you're willingness to follow does not go unseen. And God is pleased with your willingness to remain by His side at all costs.
Tell God how you feel today. As you open your heart you'll see more and more evidence of His goodness. Give your belief in that goodness time to grow, and then experience firsthand, how perfect Love cast out fear.
It was important for me to let Hannah know I was pleased that she longed for my company in the midst of something scary in her world. Consider how much more God wants you to know how pleased He is with your willingness to seek freedom from what causes pain and fear in your world.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (Psalm 139:23)
What do you face that freaks you out? If you feel anxious, but can't put your finger on why, ask God to reveal the cause. If you know the cause, but can't seem to find a still point in your soul, consider trying what I do when I get like this:
I lie down on my back in a quiet place. Take slow, deep breathes, and meditate on the name Jesus. Seriously, when I do this, I'm always centered because I'm reminded so gently that He is my center.
You are not alone,
Published on Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:15 AM CDT
Last April we got our second Labrador Retriever. Our first dog, Jasmine, is black. The new addition is yellow, so I named her Hannah--Hannah Banana.
This past weekend Hannah went on her first family camping trip. On the last day, my husband announced it was time to gently drop her off of the boat dock because "she needs to know she can swim."
"Are you crazy?" (I lost the battle.)
He dropped her into the water and just as I feared, she freaked out. She swam underneath the dock, placed both paws over a bar, and waited for her rescue. It took some coaxing, but my hubby finally got her to swim to dry land before dropping her off the dock again.
Each time it got easier. We clapped and cheered as she swam to us. Fifteen minutes later, Michael was throwing sticks out into the lake and she had embraced her inner-retriever. The transformation was amazing. Hannah Banana was doing what she was born to do--after all, her daddy was a rescue lab.
I couldn't help but think of the time I asked God who He created me to be. How frightening and exciting it was when He began to reveal the real me to me.
When I draw closer to the Savior, I discover more of Him . . . and me. He literally begins to show me things about myself I never knew. According to Jeremiah 1:5, He knew us before we were formed in our mother's wombs.
Since I began following Christ, I have learned that I am a writer, speaker, minister, total dog lover (all animals really, but especially dogs), I will fight for my family, and I won't quit five minutes before the miracle. And that if I was having the worst day of my life and noticed you sitting on a curb having the worst day of yours, I would sit next to you and talk about the unfailing love of God until we both felt better. Also, if you needed to smoke a cigarette while sitting next to me on that curb, I wouldn't mind.
Have you discovered new things about yourself since you started following Christ? Maybe it's something exciting and fun, or maybe for the first time in your life, you are willing to face the pain and really heal. Both can make you feel as if God just dropped you into a lake to reveal that you can swim.
What are you waiting for? Ask Him who you were created to be and soon you'll smile and say, "Hey, I never knew that about myself!"
(from my archives)
Published on Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 11:05 AM CDT