Monday, March 9, 2015

Fear is Famine


Fear is Famine sounds like a strange thing to say doesn't it? I heard this this weekend while I was at a youth rally in Phoenix. I had never really thought of it that way but in makes a lot of since. Think about it for a second or two before we move on...



I wasn't sure I was going to write about this but after reading a friends blog today and the weekend I had, It seemed more appropriate....

My family and I have a lot of transitions going on right now, and I mean a lot!!  

We have begun laying a foundation for a ministry of our own, we are leaving a place we called home for two years, publishing a book, looking for a new job, preparing my church for transitions of their own, continuously adjusting to raising our two wonderful children (as all parents always should be) and even a few other things.  These transitions have been very stressful for me. (as many of you know, I am really not that good with unknowns and there are a lot of them right now)

This weekend as I spent time listening to and talking with the youth I took on this trip, I found myself pushing these unknowns to the back of my mind. They themselves have been going through a lot on their own and needed someone to be able to listen to them so I did so naturally. The result of this has been, in many ways, an answer to prayer. Instead of focusing so much on what was in front of me in my own life, I was able to help them, at least in a small way, with some pretty serious issues.

Once I got home and was able to seclude myself, I realized that my wife was right when she told me to let go for the weekend, granted she was talking about our upcoming book but the message came across. You see, all of these transitions have weighed heavily upon my heart taking much of my energy and leaving me a bit dry in the spiritual sense. 

Realizing this showed me that in many ways I have been afraid of the transitions taking place in my family right now. This fear had left me in a famine. Just like a drought (or lack of rain) can leave the ground with little energy and dried up, fear can do the same to our spiritual walks. Interesting to think about isn't it.

In the end, I now know that while I may not know the outcome of all of the transitions we are going through, I cannot let them bring fear into my heart. Ultimately if I were to continue on in my present mind set, I would be letting Satan gain spiritual ground in my life and I am not about to let that happen :-).

That's all for now..... 

Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


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