Pressing In

Today’s plans to up-end fear:

Press in to Jesus.

Seek Him with my whole being.

Promises I hold onto today as I “press in” (above my fear):

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)

If I’m pressing in to Jesus, I can’t be pressing in to other things, including fear.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” I John 4:18 (NIV)

Jesus is perfect love, and so as I press in, fear will flee. (But maybe not without a fight – so I must persevere!)

In this case, fear is a tactic from my enemy to bind me in chains – deal with it as such.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NIV)

I don’t have to press in with my own strength.  I have a powerful, compassionate Ally to defend and protect me, if I choose to take shelter within his walls:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord:  He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.”  Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT)

When I take shelter within his walls, I will find the rest I long for:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

Pressing into Jesus allows me to exchange the backpack of fear for the gift of rest.

The promise is for any who will press in.

Thank you for doing this with me,

Loving you,

Robin <3

 

 

 

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Resting In God’s Peace

Good afternoon friends!  No further news at this time, as our appointment with the specialist isn’t until Thursday.

My plan to up-end fear today:

Rest in the peace of God. He has this under his command.

How is this possible?  This song by Jonny Diaz, “Breathe” explains it well.

Care to take a deep breath with me?

 

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Thanks for being here today.  I appreciate it more than you realize.

With love,

Robin <3

p.s. I’m making a copy of the Matthew 11:28 available in a pdf format, to use on your phone, for anyone who emails me a request at “email.rlseaton.com”.  I will then add you to my email subscription list for you to receive an invitation to receive emails in your inbox.  I won’t use your email for anything other than for things pertaining to this blog without first getting your permission.

No Fear!

Please Pray!

This week I’m going “live”, in the sense something has come up in life that is a bit frightening, and I’m going to need to remember all God has been teaching me.  This week’s “live” posts are to remind to me that I’m not doing this alone, and that God is fully aware and has already paved the way for his good plan for my family.

We found out yesterday that my son with autism has developed a condition where his platelet count is dropping – two blood tests in a row.  A bit of research last evening showed that some of his hefty daily concoction of meds can have this side effect, by causing his body to see his platelets as an enemy, and fight them as an invader.

I have enough medical background to know that platelets help the blood clot.  If your blood doesn’t clot, you bleed.  Right at this point in life, he can’t live without these meds.  They help him function as normally as possible.  We see a specialist this week, but already my brain and emotions want to go into full “what if” mode, mixed with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

So, I’m asking those of you who follow Jesus to pray for us – for peace, calm, wisdom, and healing.  I want God’s plan, and I don’t want to freak out in the middle.

This morning I read a blog post from Proverbs 31 Ministries, by Katy KcCown, entitled, “When the Road Ahead Feels Uncertain“.  God’s timing is always perfect!  I liked it so much, I decided to subscribe.  As a gift I was sent 4 pages of Bible verses on dealing with fear!  I didn’t even know these would be coming!

 

These verses are excerpted from the list I received entitled:

“Power Promises to Fight Fear & Anxiety”

God, you did not give me a spirit of fear.  You gave me one of power.  ‘For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)”

God, you say I should not fear.  You promise YOU are with me and will help me. ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)”

God, you promise YOU are greater than anything I am dealing with. ‘Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.’ I John 4:4 (KJV)”

(For the full list, you will need to subscribe to Katy’s blog,”Katy KcCown, Laugh. Live. Faith.” .  The list will follow in your email inbox as her gift for subscribing.)

My plans to up-end fear today:  

Choose to dwell on What Is True about God, who stands with me.

Surround myself with prayer warriors who follow Jesus.

 

Thank you friends for doing this with me this week.

With love,

Robin<3

Attentively Waiting

20160810_234519_001-01I stirred at the smell of fresh coffee, and the clanging of pots and pans below. I smiled, wondering if my friend was doing what I thought she might be doing; but at the same time, concern filtering my delight at breakfast in bed.

She is known to do such things, but her exhaustion was was very apparent.  Weeks of sleeping on hospital cots and reviewing medical procedures covered her like a well worn coat, her son only having come home hours before I arrived less than 2 days ago.  In addition, an outpatient surgery early yesterday morning only added to her fatigue.

Sure enough, moments later a smile peered around the corner of my doorway, a tray laden with gifts preceding it.  Each bite was arranged beautifully on a delicate antique glass plate, with a silver-etched miniature urn full of cream completing the presentation fit for royalty.

She watched my face closely, fatigue etching her grin.  Her attentiveness to my every move awaited my pleasure, hoping that her gifts of love would be accepted with equal enthusiasm as they were given.

Today I am reminded of this vignette as I read the verse below:

Isaiah 40:31

“Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” (Bible Gateway, NASB)

In my recent weariness of soul and spirit, longing for heavenly, otherworldly strength, I am drawn to this verse and it’s enticing promises; especially the first 7 words.

“Yet those who wait for the Lord….”

“Wait” in Hebrew means to attentively watch, to gather, to patiently wait.  As I read other verses using this particular Hebrew word, the picture of my friend’s attentiveness toward me takes shape in my mind.

How often do I go to God with a need, blurt out my plea, and quickly leave in order to try and remediate the situation on my own?  Afterward, crying that God obviously didn’t hear me; or if he did, he must not have cared.  Yet, I am arrested with the thought, “I will gain new strength from him only if I wait (attentive, alert, gathering all my perceptions to him alone, watching his every move for the answer) just as my precious friend waited upon me that memorable morning.

Because I desperately crave new strength, this week I have attempted to more fully wait upon my Lord.  This has not necessarily been easy, as the cares that worry and badger my mind and heart don’t easily give way.  Yet, as I have chosen to focus on my Lord, looking intently at him, his Word, and his promises rather than listening to the cacophony of blaring worries and fears, I am finding a peace emerge.

Gaining new strength.

Lessening emotional fatigue.

Growing peace

bringing calm internal rest.

Amazing rest.

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

p.s. You may also wish to read:  A Change of Mind  Caution, Emotions at Play!  I Do Matter!