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What God Says About Unafraid {Day 10}

I started the journal entry with two words:

Phase II.

Phase One had been hard. As beautiful as the adventure was and as amazed that we were to say we now lived in Germany, my heart was uneasy for most of the first three months we were here. Homesick and lonely and frustrated by the fact that I was homesick and lonely. It ended with a trip home. One week in the Home of the Brave. But when Phase II started, I was ready for more brave, armed with new refreshment and with truth that reminded me I was right where God wanted me.

I had a verse from Scripture for the whole year here. It’s the one in the very front of my journal. Right after the words I treasure from my very dear friend who gave me the journal 5 days before we left. But leaving after that week, well it started a new phase of our adventure, so I felt like it needed a new Scripture, a sort of new reminder of the truth about God’s plan and His care and His no-matter-what-you-don’t-have-to-fear strength. That’s why under the words Phase II, I wrote down these words from the prophet named Jeremiah.

But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit (Jer. 17:7-8).

That tree by the water, it doesn’t worry about getting the nourishment it needs. Because, well, it’s planted by the water. And it doesn’t get afraid when things heat up and drought threatens. Because its source of life is in the very place in which it lives.

I want to be that tree. Not worried or afraid ever. Not shaken by threats or what-ifs. Unaffected when things around me dry up and crumble.

And, according to the very words that God Himself spoke through this man named Jeremiah, I can! So can you. According to this verse right here, we can live unafraid.

*This month, I’m joining a bunch of other bloggers in a challenge to write for 31 days on a topic about change. Having struggled with fear (sometimes paralyzing) for a lot of my life and missing much of the living that I know God wants for me, I am on a mission to live unafraid for 31 days straight. And challenging you to join me. And I’m writing about it. You can catch up here if you’ve missed any of the days. Bring a friend, too. It’ll make it more fun. Oh, and here’s a button for you to grab if you have a blog and would like to share the unafraid life (which, btw, I would love).

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3 Thoughts on “What God Says About Unafraid {Day 10}

  1. The very first passage of scripture that I ever memorized was Psalm 1 which mirrors this theme- “he will be like a tree planted by rivers of water…” Ever since, I have been captivated by this concept. Isn’t it just like God to give us these beautiful pictures that make so much sense?
    Beautiful words, beautiful picture!

  2. Yes! Ditto the first commenter!! I’m reading through the psalms, as well, and I so admire your courageous heart. Way to face those fears head on and with Truth!

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