What are you afraid of?
As we start off this brand new week, what are you afraid of?
Are you afraid your child will regress in a behavior? Are you afraid that they will get in trouble at school? That they won’t do well on the test?
Are you afraid you’ll fail at your job?
Are you afraid of the future in general? Where will our kiddo’s be? Will they be independent? Who will take care of them? Will they be happy?
What about your spouse? Will they be with you “till death do you part?”
I’m sorry! I really don’t mean to start off your day and week so dreary. I promise! I offer hope!
This past weekend my husband and I got to go childless to a relatives wedding. I have to tell you, I love weddings. I love to dress up and look pretty so there’s that. But I also love to see how cute the bride and groom are and how excited they are to start their lives together! I always start thinking about my own wedding and how lucky and blessed I am to be married to an amazing man for 14 years.
That night I was still thinking about all of that when I had a moment of fear come over me. You see my husband is a LEO. Law Enforcement Officer. He goes to work every morning and serves the community. He loves his job and is good at it. I support him. I honestly try not to think of the dangers that he may be facing. I pray for him throughout the day and wait for him to come home at night.
But this Saturday night I was overcome with fear that he may not come home one day. How can I go on without him? How can I raise my three littles without him? I know that this is the life that we chose and I have to trust God will keep him safe, and I have to trust my husband’s training will kick in when needed. And that if anything should happen I will make it through.
And what about our children? Our special children that have what seems like such a long road ahead of them? I think about C and all the progress he’s made. It makes me happy and excited. We get excited a lot at this house. Every small step is not small at all for us! Every new vocabulary word, a new skill, new step towards independence is a celebration at our house.
And then there will be weekends like this last weekend when C is extremely irritated and agitated and extremely sensitive. Everything was setting him off! He was an emotional wreck. How will he deal with all this one his own? I fear for his future.
Now Here’s Some Hope
The things we fear big or small is normal. especially for us mothers. We are caregivers and protectors and many of us are professional worriers. We worry and fear.
But honestly I don’t fear all those things all the time. I feel one of the best things about being a believer is trusting God with my fears. It’s hard to let go and not be in control (serious control issues here). But who better to trust them with then the One that created the Universe?
It will work out. You will be okay. You will get through it.
I’m not saying just pray and everything will be okay right that second. I’m not saying if you read your Bible you’ll have all this understanding.
Overcoming your fear takes time. Trusting completely 100% is a process too. I know I’m still in that process.
The verses below are encouraging to me and I hope they will be to you. Write them on your phone. Make a pretty image of the words and save it as a home screen. Highlight in your Bible. Write it down on a piece of paper and tape it to your mirror.
Let these words be a reminder.
The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, – Psalm 46:2
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33
Be blessed mama!
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