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Fear Doesn’t Have a Chance.

When I was younger, I had a fear of spiders and snakes and going to the basement in the dark.

As I grew older, my fears changed to things like the fear of not being accepted into my college of choice or fear of not finding a parking space close to the dorm to unload.

Maturity into adulthood found me outgrowing some of those fears but the devil found ways to instill new ones in me – like the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of not being good enough.

But as I grew spiritually, I also found that there is One who can crush the fear and send the devil packing.

“Do not fear” is written in the Bible 366 times.  One time for each day of the year including leap year! 🙂

God has the power to break strongholds.
God has the power to change outcomes.
God has the power to heal.

It’s hard to wrap my head around it all but I do know that my God can crush the devil.  And when that happens, fear doesn’t have a chance.  I’m standing in His love!

Throw The Anchor!

Bill and Tom set out for another fishing adventure.  High hopes were in the air that the fish were biting this time.  These two had a reputation for returning home empty-handed from a day of fishing.  But it didn’t stop them from days of laughter and celebration of friendship.

Tom got the boat in the general area of “good fishin” and then handed the roped-anchor to Bill to throw overboard to secure the boat in place.  As Bill threw the heavy anchor over the side of the boat, the thick rope slid through his fingers as the anchor continued to find its way to the bed of the lake.

And then it was gone.

The rope.

It ended.  The last piece of the chunky tie was gone.  In the water.  With the anchor.  At the bottom of the lake.

Both men stood in disbelief.  Bill, because he couldn’t believe the rope wasn’t tied to the boat when handed to him and Tom, because he couldn’t believe Bill didn’t tie the rope before he threw the anchor over.

Yes that is a true story and one that we still laugh about today between my dad and his ole  fishing buddy.  I will say that there was not a lot of laughing going on at the time of the incident but as in all things….time heals…and laughter follows.

It’s a great metaphor as well that I use in my life.  There are two ways to look at an anchor.
1.  It can be a negative thing in that it is something that keeps you from moving forward.
2.  It can be a positive thing when God is your anchor.

If there is something in your life that keeps rearing its ugly head and appears as a black spot in your life that keeps you from moving forward, it’s time to let the rope go into the lake with the anchor and move on.  What’s got you anchored that is holding you back from experiencing God’s blessings?

Is it worry? Fear? Anger?
Maybe it’s a toxic relationship.
Could it be unforgiveness?  Stubborness?  A nagging continued sin?

Whatever it is, it’s time to let the rope of that anchor slip through your hands and allow God to move you away from those negative things into a life where He can guide you through the breeze, sailing you into unchartered waters of blessings, love and peace.

It’s time to cling to a new anchor that is secured to your heart…the anchor of freedom in Christ.  This anchor is one that isn’t heavy but rather one that is stable, secure and trustworthy.

It’s an anchor of Hope.  Hope in Jesus.

Let go of the rope that holds the anchor of negativity in your life.  I promise you won’t be sorry the chunky rope goes overboard.  🙂

Now reach for the Anchor of Christ.

You might want to hold on though because this fishing adventure is guaranteed to be a great one!

Solemn Sacrifice.

“What are you giving up for Lent?”
“I don’t know. We don’t usually give things up for Lent. What are giving up?”
“I’m not sure but it’s fun to see if we can make it the whole time.”
 
Growing up, our church didn’t really promote giving up anything for Lent. My friends gave things up and I looked at it as a challenge to “win” this little contest – who can make it all the way through 40 days without caving. I remember my senior year giving up chocolate. As the clock hit midnight on Easter morning, my friends met me with a bag of pastel colored Hershey Kisses along with brownies and a chocolate cake topped with milk chocolate M&M’s.
 
Woo hoo! I did it. I win! I gave up chocolate for 40 days.
 
But that’s not really what the Lent season is all about.
 
Lent is a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or giving something up. Lent season invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection. (taken from Stewardship Services Ltd.)
 
As I have grown in my spiritual journey, I realize Lent is really about making a sacrifice that doesn’t even compare to the one Jesus made, but can remind us of His sacrifice every time we want to partake in whatever we give up.
 
This year I have been led to take this season with more seriousness in sacrifice and to once again, give up my favorite food and to pray, every time I want chocolate, for specific things I have predetermined need God’s intervention.
 
It’s not a game to me anymore. It is a way paved by Jesus not with M&M’s, Hershey Kisses and brownies but with a cross, nails and a crown of thorns.
 
Let’s take this walk together, one sacrificial day at a time.

You Are What You Eat.

Did you know flamingos are born with gray feathers but turn pink because they eat a lot of shrimp and other food that contains alpha and beta carotenoid pigments?  These pigments cause the color of the flamingos’ feathers to change to pink.

I guess it is true what they say:  we are what we eat.

Or what we put into our body.

If we hang out with people who are negative, eventually we tend to take on their pigment and we become negative as well.  If we keep company with people who are disrespectful, their pigment can rub off on us and we can become disrespectful also.

But the exact opposite is true as well.  If we surround ourselves with positive people, we tend to take on the positive pigment in our lives.  If we hang out with giving people, our pigment can be one of generosity.

Therefore, it only makes sense that if we continue to follow Jesus, read the Bible daily, worship regularly and try to live a life emulating Him, we will take on His pigment and show our true colors by acting out the love of Christ.

It’s a fascinating fact.  But I think I will just stick to pouring Christ into my life as much as possible and stay away from shrimp.  I certainly don’t want pink hair.  🙂