“Mama… I can’t sleep. I’m so afraid. So afraid something bad is going to happen to all of us,” she says with tears streaming down her beautiful face.
This sweet girl of mine has recently been struggling with a crippling fear that something bad is going to happen to her family. And like all of us with fears, it’s been keeping her up at night.
I walk her back to her room, tuck her in bed, and lay down next to her. With foreheads pressed in, I pray over her as I stroke her hair, quote Scripture, and recite God’s promise to never leave or forsake us. I remind her that this type of fear is not of God.
And so we talk about God – how powerful He is, how much He loves us, and how very GOOD He is.
God is good all the time.
Despite the nightly news reports… God is good.
Despite the diagnosis… God is good.
Despite the pain and heartbreak in this life… God is good.
The two of us cling a little closer to Jesus those nights as I pray my heart out over my girl – fighting this unseen battle as powerfully as any mama can – in the name above all names…
Eventually after prayers, kisses on the forehead, and a back rubbed, she drifts off to sleep. Peaceful and no longer battling fear, my girl knows that she is loved. She has been reminded that God loves her and will never leave her, and she rests in that truth.
God is good.
When bad things happen in our lives, we must remember this truth. “You are good and what you do is good…”– Psalm 119:68
Sweet friends, this world is not our home. We have to stop wishing that it is and start looking forward to the one that is to come.
We are not home yet, but let’s not give in to the fears in this life. Our God is good and what He does is good, in spite of what people say.
Yes, we live in an evil, evil world….and I am heartbroken over what I see. But we must remember that we are here for a purpose. YOU are here for a purpose, so let us NOT lose hope!
∼ May we fight back the fears that keep us up at night with God’s Word and His truth.
∼ May we use these battles for good, allowing them to make us cling even closer to Jesus as we press our foreheads in next to Him and cry “Abba, Father.”
∼ May we fall more in love with Him and His Word, truly treasuring it like pieces of silver and gold (Psalm 119:72).
God has the power to bring good from what Satan plans for evil.
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Psalm 119:71
Thank you for the amazing work YOU are doing in our lives. Thank you for the hope that is found in YOU! Thank you that you never leave us or forsake us. Thank you that you have equipped us for every good work You have planned for our lives. Help us to see you. Open our eyes to your presence and help us to be women whose faith is deepened and stronger due to affliction. Help us to treasure You as our King…..more than any precious stone. And help us to fall more and more in love with You each day. Thank you for your love, and thank you that you are good.
In Jesus’ name,
May we all cling a little closer to Jesus…
Love God Greatly!
Let’s Talk: God has an amazing purpose for your life. What are some ways that you can combat fear and instead share hope with those around you?