Precious

There have been many dark days in my life.  I understand the pain of betrayal.  I have lived where no child should have to live without some basic needs.  I know the fear of being on the wrong end of a gun.  I have been verbally, emotionally and physically beaten down.  

Yet, I now know I was never alone.  I could have been brought to an utter end but was not.  And this was before I knew Jesus.  Now that I know Him, He shows me his love for me over and over again.  And I have a new perspective looking back on those dark days.  Jesus has proven Himself faithful to me over and over again.  He has blessed my life.  Each day, He helps me to move closer to wholeness through Him.  There are no words to express my love and gratitude to Jesus for the peace and hope He has lavished on me.  

Why would He do this for me?  Because He loves me, and I am His.  I am precious in His eyes.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you”        

Isaiah 43:1-4 ESV

Say No to Fear

God does not call us to live in fear.  As a dear friend of mine said, “fear is not from God.”  God frees us.  Fear enslaves us.  I have been a slave to fear all of my life.  That fear has deprived me of relationships with family, friends, opportunities, hopes and dreams.  No more!  My chains are breaking free.

God made me a warrior.  God has proven to me over and over again that He is there for me – no matter how rough the road gets.

Is fear holding you captive?  Reach out to Jesus.  Share your fears with Him and ask Him to help you let go.  It me be a long journey, but the destination is worth taking those first steps.

“fear not, for I am with you;

be not dismayed, for I am your God; 

I will strengthen you, I will help you, 

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 ESV