Gratefulness Replaces Fear


Fear is one of those things that steals today's joy. It takes the gifts of today and trades them for fear of the worst happening. We sabotage our relationships/opportunities because we are afraid of getting hurt. It's illogical, but we all fall prey to it. I once had a roommate that refused to become close to me because she knew she had to move away soon, and didn't want it to be any harder than necessary. In my opinion, it was a lost opportunity for a friendship that could have met a need at the moment. Life isn't just about creating perfection for tomorrow, but about gratefulness for today.

Having miscarried our baby, I am well-acquainted with the fear that it might happen again next time around. I think most women live with this fear while they are pregnant, and feel very cautious to rejoice too early. We even fear that we will be fearing the entire pregnancy! How exhausting of a cycle... But, for real, what if the worst happens? What if the baby dies? We think that we couldn't handle the worst, so we detach our emotions and let fear take over our actions. But, you know what? The worst did happen in my husband and I's pregnancy, and we have come out the other side still praising God for how He cares for His children. As a friend told me, you have to train yourself ahead of time to enjoy and be grateful for each day that God gives you with that little one in your tummy, without letting fears rule of what could happen.

There's nothing that can be thrown our way that our Foundation won't be proven stable and good through. Having a trustworthy God means we are free to be grateful for today's gifts, and trust Him with whatever may happen tomorrow. Don't let fear keep you from bonding or appreciating the good things in front of you right now. Open your heart, loosen your grip, and let a life of gratefulness take away your fear.

"The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:5-7

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