6 Verses to Make Us Brave

Well girls I have to say I should know that when you write about something, you get attacked there. Boy, did it happen this week! The beginning of the week started out amazing you all were so loving with your comments and shares, I was reassured that I was walking in my calling.  The bug of discouragement showed up and bit so hard Friday though. Friday I was beaten and run over by the mac truck of life.  I was consumed by the social agenda that is attacking America.

 

See, I thought in my little mid-western town we were safe for awhile, unfortunately that was not the case. My school district was faced with what to do when a boy walks into the girls room looking like a boy. In the social uproar, that has been my fear. That boys and men would try to take advantage, and it happened. As you can imagine, the mama bear inside let anger and fear consume me. I do not think this is a subject to ignore, but it can’t be allowed to dictate life and it dictated my Friday.

 

Saturday came and fear lingered. Fear for my kids and myself. Fear for what the future holds. Fear. Fear. Fear. Anxiousness joined in because we are in the midst of car shopping….uh, can you say ughhhh! I think that is a true test for marriage! We haven’t car shopped in over a decade. This is long over due but scary to commit to a payment and to have to decide on which vehicle to have for another decade. I am fairly certain that premarital counseling should include car shopping!

 

As Saturday came to close my sweet daughter began to help my heart be realigned. She asked to color together in my bed, after coloring for a bit she said “Mom, lets read the bible.” We opened to Luke and she read chapter nine to me aloud.

 

We talked about the feeding of the 5000 and what the disciples must have thought.  I have to tell you child faith is awesome. I asked her if she was a disciple and Jesus said he could feed near to 10,000 people (guessing on women and children) with 5 loaves and 2 fish would she think that sounded crazy? She said nope, Jesus could do it. We also discussed how Jesus provided a leftover basket for each disciple. I said to her I think Jesus wanted to show them when they have a need he not only can provide but he can provide enough so that everyone can have LEFTOVERS!!

 

That applies to us, if we have a need He will not only supply for the need but give over and above.

 

For real, can God get anymore personal!? I needed that reminder in that moment desperately!

 

God is so gracious and loving to us. It is so easy to get consumed and overwhelmed in this world. It’s not an if, only a when. What we do next determines our day though. Do we live in fear or allow ourselves to be realigned? Sometimes we are so worn out that someone else has to take us by the hand and help us find Him again.

 

If you find yourself drowning in fear, take my hand and listen to the Father.

6 Verses to Make Us Brave | Me, Coffee & Jesus

He says:

“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Girls that’s just the SHORT list! Those are His promises to us! His perfect love will drive out our fear. Doesn’t that just make your heart soar? It does mine.
I don’t know why, even after walking with the Lord for so long I don’t immediately turn to Him with my fears. I hope I’m not alone, please someone say me too!
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  1. Winter, it’s amazing how something can sting us and take us off track. I certainly have it happen to me too. Thank you for your wonderful encouragement through God’s Word and the example of your daughter’s faith!

  2. Winter, my heart goes out to you, having to deal with those realities in your children’s school. But it’s so good to know that God has it all under control.

    Your story reminded me of something a friend shared with me years ago. She was counseling a mentally challenged boy and his mom. One day when they came in, the three of them began to talk about the cloudy weather. The young man asked her if she knew what he thought when he saw a cloud. When she said she didn’t know, with childlike faith he said, “I think Jesus could be behind that cloud.” She said she was so convicted because all she thought was, “A cloud … I hope it doesn’t rain.”

    When I watch the news and hear stories like yours, I think how bad can it get? But then I realized, just as the young man said, “Jesus could be behind that ‘cloud’!”

    Praying for wisdom for you and your children. Thanks, too, for hosting!

  3. yes, definitely car shopping should’ve been in our marriage counseling… find one? ? great post – thanks for your encouragement. and thanks for hosting!

  4. I can’t blame you your fearing for your loved ones. I too can be really calm but when it comes to people I love, I’m such a worrier.

    Amazing how you came across a wonderful verse when you most need it. Love these encouraging verses as well.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

  5. That old sow bear mentality comes sniffing and growling around me as well, Winter. My default is to go directly into worry and contingency planning, and slowly I am learning to turn those worries on a sharp angle toward intercession. Thanks for the taste of Truth in those 6 verses. What a great start to my Monday!

  6. I know this “bathroom” thing makes me sick. We just need to keep an eye on our kids and sadly inform them and prepare them. We shouldn’t have to do that, but unfortunately we have to more and more. Regardless of what the world does though, we will stand strong for Jesus and show Him to this world. People are hurting badly. They need Jesus.

  7. I hear ya. It’s easy to settle into fear, and leave little room in our minds for the truth. I’m reading the book of Romans right now, and just read that Romans verse you shared. So touching. I also have to mentally replay the 2 Timothy one all the time. So thankful for the Word of truth. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for hosting. ((grace upon grace))

    • winterlawson says:

      Yes, you are right! If we are filled up with fear there isn’t room for truth, I love that picture! Fill me up with Truth Lord!!

  8. What wonderful “loaves” of bible verses you share her Winter! I believe the one in John 14 is my favorite because it reminds me of the uniqueness of God’s peace. Thank you for sharing these verses and your story today. What a wonderful reminder that God provides us with love and security when we need it most. I’m so thankful that is is never ending! I pray you have a wonderful week and may god bless you and yours!

  9. Winter – Thanks for giving us 6 power packed verses to hold on to in times of fear and uncertainty. You put one of my favorites first. Isaiah 35… I hate car shopping too. Just remember, this too shall pass and you won’t have to do it again for another decade. I am so sorry that you had to deal with the bathroom issue at school. I’m praying not only for peace for you, but wisdom as well. Thanks for hosting as always, I love linking up and I noticed you at a few of the other places I link up at as well. we are sorta neighbors at #LMM

  10. 2 Timothy 1:7 – A verse that walked me right out of the pit and into freedom! These are fabulous verses. I’m so thankful for His Word that meets us in whatever place we find ourselves! Thanks so much, Winter, for your heart of encouragement! And thank you for the hope you share!

    I love getting to chat twice a week now as I join you for Words with Winter and you join me for Moments of Hope! It’s the next best thing to hanging out in real time!

    Hugs,
    Lori

  11. I am so, so happy to have found your blog. (thanks for liking my post btw!). This was so, so encouraging to me. Although I do not have kids in public school, I still fear for the children who do attend, and I have been almost consumed by it. These verses are so comforting, especially Is. 35:4. Wow. You’ve just gained yourself a new subscriber!

    • winterlawson says:

      You made my day! I’m glad you found me and that I found you!! It is easy to become consumed that’s for certain (guilty here!!) but we must keep our eyes on the One (I remind myself daily!).

  12. So scary. We are talking about this with my daughter. It has not happened in our school district yet. Most of our teachers are Christian. We are really small, but it is coming. How will I react. Then recently my daughter made another statement: “Mom, what happens if I fall in love with a girl who thinks she is a boy and she lies to me?”

    I thought about it for a minute and said you leave. She is sinful; not because she is transgender. She lack character because she lied.”

    But it breaks my heart that my child has to worry about something like this. Where is our world going? I hope Christ returns soon.

  13. At my daughter’s MOPS group the pastor encouraged the moms to be encouraged by the instruction given to the exiles in Babylon. The were encouraged to raise families and keep gardens, despite being surrounded by a pagan culture.

    Winter, the 6 verses that you chose give strength and comfort. God is sovereign.

    • winterlawson says:

      I LOVE this, we have to keep living and raising kids up no matter the culture! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thank you for talking about the bathroom controversy. I don’t have school age children, but a granddaughter and it worries me too. Love the verses you quote on fear, everybody’s challenge.

  15. Having raised three kids, I certainly relate to your end of year sadness. You know what I really loved though? When they went back to school! That excitement of new! Thanks for the linkup, Winter.

  16. Your story, your daughter, and your verses are such an encouragement to keep my eyes firmly fixed on God’s promises when I face uncertainty. He is not absent. He is here, now, working in and through every situation! So glad to be your neighbor at #coffeeforyourheart!

  17. Love this! I just wrote a very similar post listing 5 Powerful Promises to Pray When You are Afraid. God’s timing is perfect. Confirmation, for sure, as I talked about several of the same Scriptures.

    And I agree, pre-marital counseling should include car shopping. 🙂

    Grace, peace and blessings be multipied to you.

  18. Thanks for this post, Winter! It seems to be a quest of the enemy to nudge us into fear one way or another when we least expect it. The source may be different, but the impact is nearly always similar. Thanks for sharpening our sword by sharing these verses.

  19. Thanks for sharing all those great verses that help us remember that we can be brave no matter what we have to face, because God is always with us to give strength, wisdom, courage and grace. Blessings to you! Thank you for sharing at the #LMMLinkup!

  20. Kids have a way of bringing us perspective, don’t they? 🙂 I love these verses!

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