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Arianne is a mom of three boys and a baby girl. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, and sifts through the Legos and fluffy cloth diapers hoping to one day catch up on sleep. Her heart is healing and thriving from living life as a mom of kids with autism and...

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  1. Arianne,
    I used to be more of a slave to fear (worry, doubt, etc.). I’ve realized it’s not wrong to have these feelings – we all do at one point or another. God does not condemn us or disown us if fear creeps in. Instead He beckons to us (as only Love can do). He wants us to take those thoughts captive and flee to His loving arms. Only He can wipe out our fears, but in order to do so we need to bring them to Him. We need to, as you say, be brave. We don’t have to fight our battle with fear alone…”the Lord will fight for me, I need only to be still.” What comfort to know that we have a Lord who will fight for us – even our battle with fear. Thanks for this loving reminder this morning!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Bev, Exodus 14:14 is one of my new FAVORITE verses! If I were to get a tattoo (doubtful) I would pick this verse! Being still in Him, releasing my fear for faith and love is an ongoing lesson.

  3. “Perfect love casts out fear.” Yup. I used to be totally consumed by fear. I got to where I’d have panic attacks and couldn’t breathe, for no reason at all. I finally started sitting alone with the Lord and just meditating on His perfect love. I’d imagine it filling me up like I was a human-shaped bottle. It took awhile, but God healed me and filled me with that perfect love. I’m so thankful. Great words, great post. Thanks for encouraging us.

  4. I really enjoyed reading this. It is so true that it takes a lot of courage and bravery to love- in a world filled with fear. I have always considered myself a loving person with a pretty big heart but to actually walk in Love we need to show that Love too not just keep it to ourselves selfishly. Bev, I liked what you said as well. It is not wrong to have those feelings of doubt, worry or fear- God doesn’t ask us to put on a brave face and pretend that the hurt isn’t real. But neither does He ask us to carry the emotions ourselves and try to deal with them on our own strength either. Bring them to Me, God asks. I need to learn to do that more often and more fully.

  5. Faith I suppose is ever seeking God for everything. In every single circumstance of our lives. No matter what. Good days and bad days. God put into the mind of the Porter to create Pollyanna, right. The good in all things are from the LORD. HE works out everything for HIS good. Good and bad.
    Live life only for God’s goodness and nothing less than HIS goodness.
    Love.
    Do we not already possess this nature of the LORD if we are in HIS goodness and HIS will.
    🙂

  6. What helps me when I am fearful is remembering that God wants us, needs us to release our fear and worry, to really LET IT GO, because by doing so we radiate that faith and freedom to those around us, and are then able to love them fully. We are cooperating with God and creating the type of world that He would want for all of us! As a parent, I know that life will not be free of challenges for my child, but I always, always have his back. God has ours. How could we believe any less of Him?

  7. Thank-you for reassuring us Arianne,

    That when faced with fear we can overcome it , with love.

    Penny

  8. Thank you, Arianne! I may come kicking and screaming to allow my heart to be consumed by God’s almighty power rather than my own self-strength. Yet, surrendering to his power and great love annihilates my fear. Why IS that so hard? I am learning to BE BRAVE!

  9. Me too, I’ m learning to be brave more and love more. Truly my God is faithful to walk through the valleys with me. He holds me in the palm if His hand My feet will not stumble. I encourage myself in Him when the fears try to come..resting in knowing He loves me all the time.

  10. Arianne,

    I love, “We are either growing or decaying; we are either putting our faith in love or our faith in fear.” Those words are so bold – are we going to do (A) or (B)? It’s a concise way, while in the heat of the moment, to reflect on the larger issues at hand -are we going to move forward in love or stay stagnant in fear? Easier said than done, I am sure, when our faith is wavering – yet every time we are faced with a dilemma, we can all work on moving forward in love.

    Kristin

  11. I had to post this article to Facebook as it is so transforming in how we live…in fear or in love. All that Jesus offers is found in His wondrous love that spills out to others and finds our inner being exhibiting the fruits of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, humility and gentleness, to name a few. What a joy to be released from fear and enter into a faith in love.

  12. Wow, thank you. Was just thinking & talking about this 5 minutes ago. Thank you. (Serious thanks).

  13. Ari, this is so beautiful. I needed the reminder that “We are either growing or decaying; we are either putting our faith in love or our faith in fear. ” I’m choosing love.

  14. This IS beautiful Ari:) You wrote my heart right into this post…seeing what is a choice and living the overcomer…all for Him:) I have wanted to be free from fear b/c it doesn’t feel good but that’s not the right reason. I want to abide in God as Jesus did and so be like Jesus is in this world. These are in the verses leading up to I John 4:18 & as I’ve been meditating on verses 14-18 it is transforming my perspective on how we come to this perfect love that casts out fear. It flows from our confession of Jesus as Son of God. I like to think of that as an on-going choice and my faith in His work that defeats the power of death & delivers us from slavery to fear (Rom 8, Hebrews 2:14-15) making it impossible to ever be separated from the love of God!! I can only really embrace this perfect love as I embrace & gaze on Jesus:)

  15. This is not only beautiful but it hit me between the eyes today. I’m living a season of “new.” And new, though full of opportunity, can be a fearful place for me. Thank you for encouraging a heart of Love instead of fear. I will call this post to mind in the next few weeks as my new becomes more and more a part of my life. Thank you for this blessing.

  16. Arianne,

    My husband has been a little consumed with fear of losing his job lately. So much so I believe he got a bit depressed. I sat with him and prayed for him. I also reminded him that God has always seen us through trials and He will see us through this one also. He needs to rest assured-(be brave) and trust that God will handle this situation.

    Blessings 🙂