Up Again! ...rested, tall, steady and fearless!

Tavia Staff Photo When does God speak to you?  Are there patterns for when you are most attentive to his 'still, soft voice?'  God often speaks to me when I tell him my fear..."God, I am feeling really afraid about...."

I feel afraid a lot.  (...Which is interesting because I don't really consider myself a "fearful" person.  So, what's up with that?!)   When I look in my journal, I see that I use the word "fear" a lot.

The Psalms seem to validate my fear issues.  Just this week I've seen it several times in my reading:

Ps. 2 "Your very lives are in danger, you know; His anger is about to explode, But if you make a run for God-you won't regret it!

Ps. 3 "God! Look! Enemies past counting!  Enemies sprouting like mushrooms, mobs of them all around me, roaring their mockery:....I stretch myself out.  I sleep.  Then I'm up again-rested, tall and steady, fearless before the enemy mobs coming at me from all sides."

When I talk to God about my fears, he is wonderful about helping me.  He speaks back.  He begins to uncover why I am fearful and how he can help me.  And then I have to act on the faith that he is revealing to me.  This is the harder part.  I have to act on my new ways of thinking.  Faith is always an exercise...behavior...intentionality.

So my "action, take-away" from my recent conversations with God have been for me to speak more words of encouragement, relax, and have fun...to believe that God will finish the good work that he has begun around me.

Are your fears related to people/relationships?  Are your fears related to sin?  Or, perhaps, they are related to God.

Psalm 3 says:

"But you, God, shield me on all sides;

You ground my feet, you lift my head high;

With all my might I shout up to God,

His answers thunder from the holy mountain."

Do you ever feel fear?  Do you shout up to God?  And what is he telling you?  What part of your faith is being exercised?