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Turning Fear Into Faith

by Teri Dorrell (excerpt reposted from here)

Proverbs 3:5–6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Another one is Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

Trust is a daily part of our lives. We trust that our alarm clocks will go off. We trust that we will have a hot shower each morning. We trust that our chairs will hold us when we sit down. We trust that the gallon of milk will be good. We trust that the bank will keep our money. There are so many things we don’t even think about that we put our trust in daily. None of those things love us or even care about us, but we trust them.

How much greater is our Heavenly Father who loves us, and gave His life for us, and promises to take care of all our needs. I don’t know how many nights or perhaps months that I let my fear of something being under my bed control me. Even though we can all laugh at that now, it was real to me as a little girl. I can still remember the night I decided I had had enough. I was just going to force myself to trust in the Lord and slowly walk to my bed, get in, turn off the light, and just go to bed. I was going to have more faith than fear. I would like to tell you all the fears just instantly went away, but they did not. It took many nights of faith before I could just go to bed.

I wouldn’t be honest if I said, “I no longer have any fears.” They often sneak in, and the Lord patiently reminds me that He loves me and will take care of the fears if I will simply obey Him and have more faith than fear. I don’t know what fears you may be dealing with, but remember He is faithful and true, and what He has promised that will He do.


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The First Time I Saw Jesus

by Hannah Schaeffer 

And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. John 1:5, International Standard Version.

I’ll always remember that rainstorm. I was about six years old.

I was in the car with my mother.  As always I was rambling about school and boys and glue sticks that dry out. My mother nodded and listened while concentrating on the road.

Suddenly I saw something I recognized in the middle of the storm’s darkness. I yelled, “Mommy, it’s Jesus!” Craning my neck to get a better view, I excitedly tried to free myself from my booster seat.

My mother told me calmly, “Hannah, relax. Jesus isn’t going anywhere! Mommy is going to crash the car if you do not stay in your booster seat.”

“But Mommy, I want to see Jesus,” I insisted, pointing out the  window. Among the thick black clouds that blanketed the horizon, there was a spot with streaks of sunlight boldly piercing through the darkness. I stared at the streams of golden rays in complete awe.

I imagined Jesus surrounded by angels. It was as if Jesus couldn’t see me from behind the thick, dark clouds, and He was poking holes in the clouds just to be able to see me. I was delighted! Of course, I had no idea that this was a normal scientific occurrence called Crepuscular Rays of Sunlight.

Every time I see those Crepuscular Rays of Sunlight, I remember that rainstorm from long ago. And I’m glad Jesus’ presence is not limited to scientific phenomena. I’m glad He is everywhere, all the time. Yet it’s good to know that Jesus makes Himself even more evident to me when the dark thunderstorms of trial come into my life.

I do not think twice about the sunshine that warms and sustains me. But during the rough times, when I’m broken, discouraged or confused, I look up and He is always there.

No darkness is stronger than His light. I don’t have to ever be scared of the storm.

(This is a reading from the book Alabaster Jars, Vol 1. Buy a copy of the book here. It’s also available as a Kindle ebook. Find out how you can write for the next volume here.)