This past Saturday I spent several hours expanding my horizons into something I’ve never done before. It was scary but I kept moving forward until my mission was accomplished. Well, maybe the first step.
I received an email that invited me to enter a photo contest. I looked through the email at the great pictures that had been entered in a previous contest. Then with great fear I looked at my photos. As I was going through them I saw a few that had great potential. I took the big leap into an experience I’ve never had before. Searching through more photos than I can count I picked out a few that would work.
The really scary part came next. That was filling out the entry form. A nervous attack was on the horizon. As I read over the form I realized it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. When I started uploading my photos my computer filled in many of the blanks and also gave me information that I didn’t know about the photos. While looking for one that I planned to enter I came across another that I thought would work but I decided not to enter it. I logged out because at that point my mission was accomplished.
This morning, two days later while getting ready for work the photo I didn’t enter was clear as day in a vision. I knew at that moment I was to enter it today which was the final day. So when I had available time I opened my entry and found out there was still time to add the photo. As a matter of fact I entered two and with those two I was still under the limit. Part two of my mission was accomplished.
So now I’ve gone somewhere I never thought I’d go. I feel great about going there. My step forward is a big thing because before I would have let fear overtake me and I’d shrink back because-because what or why I don’t know. This time I outsmarted fear.
According to the information it will take approximately eight months to get through all their steps and declare winners of the prizes. It would be great to win a prize but I’m just glad I had the nerve to look critically at my photos and declare they are good enough to be entered into a contest.
From now on I will call myself a Street Photographer.
Fear is false evidence appearing real. Don’t be bamboozled by fear that will cause you to miss out on a desire you might have. Go for it!
There is violence throughout America like we have never seen before. Could it be a preview of what is to come if we hand over our freedom to a socialist agenda? Could everything that has happened and is happening designed to insight fear to make us run and hide, therefore relinquishing everything to the ones that have a plan to take over America and give it a “New Normal”.
They want to tear down and burn down and destroy businesses and homes. Some are being prosecuted for enacting their second amendment rights to protect and preserve their family and home. Ministries are being told how, when and where they can and cannot worship – their first amendment rights.
Many have lost their businesses because of a virus along with the livelihood benefited from them. Children have been snatched out of school and their lives are in a disarray. Some children may never recoup because school was their lifeline for meals and safety from abuse.
Everything has been touched and not in a good way, not in a beneficial way.
There are many thoughts on COVID 19. Some say it is a pandemic and some say it is a plandemic. No matter what it is called or what we think about it, it is here. What about the calculations of the positive and negative results? What about the death count between the actual COVID 19 deaths and the deaths that have been labeled COVID 19 deaths and the deaths were caused by something else unrelated? Who knows the true count? Maybe it is more or just maybe it is less than what is being reported.
What is driving this chaos that we are in? Fear is the answer. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear has overtaken the Church and the world. Fear is ruling the lives of many. Fear made many run to the store and practically empty shelves of everything they imagined they needed. Especially toilet paper. A virus that affects the respiratory system but no toilet paper to be found.
The election is coming up soon. There is a choice between being sucked into a socialist/Marxist system or maintaining the present lifestyle. It is not about a promise of free benefits that seem too good to be true. They are. It is not about whether you like someone’s personality or not. It is about what is better for the family life.
In 1 Timothy 2:1 of the Bible there is an admonishment that we are to pray for our leaders who are in authority whether you like them or not. There is a benefit for praying and that is we may lead quiet and peaceful lives. It is known that many do not like the President that is in the office because of one or more reasons. Jesus said in John 8:7 He who is without sin cast the first stone. None of us are sinless so we cannot be throwing stones at anyone.
I am not trying to tell anyone who who to vote for or not to vote for. It is ultimately your choice you must live with. I am just expressing some thoughts I have had about the first half of this year. I am also looking at what the last half of this year might look like according to the choices we have. Maybe we all should try to envision what the rest of the year might look like according to the hand we have been dealt.
May we all see correctly.
Look back at the beginning of the year
Is there anything you can hold dear
The road may have been rough
Many days very tough
Times nothing looked good but the bed
When there was no drive to go on
Wanting to let loose
But kept holding on
Battled fear and doubt
Crying out what is this all about
Look back once again
See how far you’ve come
Now at the end
It’s time to give thanks
For His faithfulness
To stand by your side
As He’d gently guide
You to His expected end.
Today I read the below devotional from Jesus Calling and it seemed appropriate for what has been going on all over the world.
I’m sharing it because there are a lot of people who are afraid. Their worlds have been turned upside down and they don’t know what to do because fear has overtaken them. Their lives as they know it may never be the same-what are they going to do.
Remember nothing happens that God doesn’t know about and what He sees going on He has an answer. Don’t let your heart fail you. Take courage that everything will work out in God.
We are Passing Over out of the old and into the new.
TRUST ME IN EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE.
Nothing is random in My kingdom. Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me. Instead of trying to analyze the intricacies of the pattern, focus your energy on trusting Me and thanking Me at all times. Nothing is wasted when you walk close to Me. Even your mistakes and sins can be recycled into something good, through My transforming grace.
While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the Light of My Presence into your sin-stained life. Finally, I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light. Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life.
Jeremiah 17:7; Romans 8:28; Psalm 40:2; 1 Peter 2:9
C. S. Lewis 1942
Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shutdown business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”
Jesus: ” I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources,”
I saw the above piece on my FaceBook Page. Not knowing much about what C. S. Lewis writings I shared it. A friend messaged me and told me he didn’t write it. Kudos to the person writing this because they hit the nail on the head-so to speak.
Many people feel anxiety, fear and panic. They are in a situation that they do not have control of. Their daily schedule has been shut down and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Many parents are overwhelmed staying home with their children – they don’t know what to do with them outside their preplanned daily schedule of outside activities.
Jesus brings calmness and a new perspective of the changes to make our lives better across the board. Just maybe the majority of folks won’t want to return to the rat race they were participating in. Reflecting on past lifestyles could open up a new revelation of how this down time is for our betterment.
When we get so rattled we blame God for this terrible mess we’re in just remember these two scriptures. They could bring comfort, peace and rest.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (NLT)
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJ)
God knew about this before we did because He is all knowing and knows how this will end. His plan for us is good and not evil.