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My prayer

Hello my friends, it has been a while since I’ve sat at a computer and have felt inspired to write. With what’s been going on lately I’m finding it very easy to get overwhelmed and scared. Here I am four weeks away from having our third baby and also taking care of a child who is at high risk. When I allow fear to override my faith it becomes a big problem. I believe as a Christian it’s absolutely okay to have fear; it’s not a lack of faith. We can have a healthy fear. In fact we are called to fear God, to worship Him, run to Him and completely be in awe of Him. However, when we have fear that is not God-honoring, that is when we don’t draw to Him and when we go to worldly comforts, or when we just continue to have anxiety and are unable to escape. That is what I am wanting us to avoid especially during this time in our country. I know, without a doubt, that God is in complete control. Nothing surprises Him and I can find comfort in that. We are reminded in the Bible, “...do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

In the New Testament we are comforted with these words:


“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:22-26).


How amazing is this verse in Luke? God is telling us not to worry about anything and that even the ravens are fed and aren’t we more important than birds? The verse in Luke brings me to another encouraging verse when Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without the knowledge and consent of your Father” (Matthew 10:29).

Friends, I hope this is encouraging to you. As believers we MUST understand this. We must remember that nothing happens outside the Lord’s will. Sometimes this can be difficult for us to understand...and I am right there with you. There have been many moments in my life when I didn’t understand why God allowed certain things to happen to me personally or to someone I love or in the world. I have to pray for peace that surpasses all understanding. With the coronavirus it’s been easy to question God and wonder why He is allowing this to happen. People are dying from it, and people are starting to be in a panic and what’s going to happen to our economy? My biggest concern has been our son Leo who battles with a rare disease (see past post here

) and my unborn baby. I am due in about four weeks and will have no choice but to be at the hospital. I am so grateful for all of the hard working doctors and nursing staff during this time and pray for their continued strength. I will not allow fear to bring me to a place of doubting God. I hope you can do the same.

I do believe this will all pass and we will be able to get through this. I am so thankful for our country and how hard everyone seems to be working on getting us through this difficult time. I am praying for our nation and our world!

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