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Hanging on to the promise: God with us

God is WITH us. This is gospel, this is good news. We invite people to become Christians.  And we’ve hopefully responded to that invitation ourselves. But do we live the truth that believing Jesus is just the beginning? Trusting Christ opens the door to a life WITH Jesus. John says, “THIS Is eternal life, that they…

In Romans 9, Paul contrasts the "spirit of slavery leading to fear" with "the Spirit of adoption as sons." Is it possible that a strong sense of belonging, of sonship (or daughterhood!) can inoculate us from fear? Could I live so deeply into the connection to my Father as a child of God and fellow heir (brother or sister) with Christ that I could be brave, be afraid and do what I need to do anyway?

The Opposite of Fear is…

A few years ago we made the decision to move from homeschooling our younger two sons and sent them to school, 3rd grade and kindergarten. This was a rough transition for both of them, but particularly (and understandably) for our 3rd grader. Like his mama, he was afraid of failing, of standing out, of doing…

Fear calls me to live a safe life, a life as protected as possible from failure, abandonment, rejection, embarrassment.  But a life without risk is also a life without adventure, connection, love, and freedom. I wasn't made for a safe life.

The One Thing that Helps Me Face Fear

Are worry, anxiety, and fear the same thing? I’ve never been a worrier, and hardly ever identify myself as anxious. But I’ve been afraid my whole life. I’m afraid of failure. I’m afraid of abandonment. I’m super afraid of rejection. I’m so afraid of embarrassment I don’t enjoy movies or shows with embarrassing characters (See…