Faith and fear have been on my mind for a while lately. There are so many great verses throughout the Bible about having faith and not giving in to fear. One of the first verses I recall learning as a child says it plain and simple …
“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
Psalm 56: 3 NIV
The thing is, fear can be subtle and is not always terror-filled. Starting “Hope and a Dash of Humor” entailed a process of exercising my faith and overcoming subtle fears. At the time, I didn’t realize that I was fearful but I see it now. Like the old saying goes, “Hindsight is better than foresight.” I was overwhelmed and intimidated about starting a blog. I was certain that the Lord wanted me to start this blog to share about hope in Him, but I had no idea how!
The wonderful thing is, God always provides … He provided family and friends who prayed, encouraged and helped me, a precious friend who introduced me to WordPress, and many other blessings. All He required of me was to step out and walk in faith! I had to stop wondering and worrying and Start Walking! 👣😃
I’m learning a lot, but for now I will try to keep this short for you 🙂. In the midst of severe illness and pain, God inspired this blog. I was coming out of an illness that kept me stuck at home doing IV antibiotics several times a day for 4 months. I was also in major pain with little strength in my right leg thanks to (sarcasm intended 😉) a herniated disc that could not be repaired until I was healthier and the COVID lockdown was eased.
I only give these details to tell of the goodness of God 🙌. Both of those problems are much better thanks to the Lord! But in that hardship, in the healing, in the recovery, and in the lockdown, there were definitely fears, concerns, questions, isolation and loneliness. And there was always God! He was always with me and He was always my comfort! He was always my source of hope and even humor 😊. He was always my contentment. And in the middle of it all, He planted the idea of a blog to share His message of hope, and sometimes humor, through the hard stuff of life.
Life is full of fear producing stuff, but I’ve decided to call these “Faith Walks”. Each time I face a situation that tries to scare me about life, death, heartache, health, the unknown, etc, I purposefully choose to trust God and not fear or be anxious. God helps me to trust Him and then rest in His Grace. I find that by giving that situation to God, asking for His help, and walking with Him in faith, I grow to trust Him more and more. I can truly relax and rest more in His Grace and Love knowing that He will be with me and give me His Grace to face whatever may come.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight – we are of good courage.”
2 Corinthians 5: 7b-8a NASB
I love this word from Paul’s writings … walking by faith results in being of good courage! We can face life’s hardships and fears with good courage! This Is Awesome!!! Praise The Lord!!! 🙌
In all honesty, there are many times the Lord has to show me yet again that I am worried or fearful. He and I revisit His Word and I am reminded to trust in Him. Then it’s time to start back on the Faith Walk. 🙂
Dear friends, thank you so much for reading this post and for following “Hope and a Dash of Humor”! We’ve just passed our first birthday 🥳, in a manner of speaking, and it has been a blessing to spend time with you! Thank you again! 🙂💖
May the Lord bless you in your Faith Walk!!! 👣