It’s spooky/cozy season y’all!
October is the best, and I am loving the crisp air, fall booties, and long pants. The one thing that I can’t stand in October is the commercials and ads. My brain is not meant for scary things, such as the ads that pop up on YouTube promoting the scary movies coming out this month, or any other scary thing! Even the billboards for “The Haunt” are too much for me.
Why would I pay to scare myself? Furthermore, my brain will have those scary things on replay for the next 6 months… when I’m home alone when I’m sitting in my bed, when I hear a noise, etc. Fear is the theme of October in our culture, but the type of fear that I want to talk about this month has nothing to do with ghosts, goblins, clowns, or Halloween at all. It’s internal.
Internal fear has the ability to be crippling to the calling that we have on our lives. I’ve dealt with this personally, and here comes my transparent moment: I deal with this in SoulfulMOTION. I have so many hopes and dreams for this ministry and business, but I’ve allowed fear to debilitate me and my actions to move this thing forward. Since God gave me this seed, I’ve failed to produce what he’s wanted me to harvest. That’s been a tough seed to swallow. By me allowing my fear to halt movement on God’s plan, has been disobedient, and has really exposed my ability to trust God. How can I say that I trust Him, and believe that He can take me where He wants me to go?!? Sheesh!
I’ve had to take some time away from SoulfulMOTION, to really ask myself and God, “Where is it that I’m supposed to be? What am I supposed to do with this ministry?” in spite of the fear that I feel. Two verses from God’s word are currently helping me to overcome that fear:
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
I love this verse because of one single phrase: “I sought the Lord”. When I feel fearful, sometimes my first instinct is to hide, rather than to push through and push toward the source of my strength.
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:5 & 9
The God who created the universe, the God who sent his Son to die on the cross for us to save us, is the same God who will be with us and will stand with us through trials. There is no need to fear with an all powerful God on our side!
Now that’s obviously easier said than done for some of us (specifically me). But as Psalm 34:4 tells us, we must seek the Lord first! He’s waiting for us to give that fear to Him, and to propel us into what He has planned for us. In order for us to remember to do what’s right, we must first have His word in our hearts.
With that in mind, please check out your focus verse for this month, AND complete the challenge! By having God’s word in your heart, you will be more able and capable to USE it when needed.
Have a safe and cozy month friends, and I hope to see you soon!