My Grace-Full Life

7.4.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Fear and Fireworks

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I used to love Fourth of July.
Until I got a dog.
This is one of my least favorite days of the year now.
I will spend the late afternoon and evening consoling 90 pounds of Labrador who will be terrified by the fireworks.
But even if the weather prediction comes true and we end up with rain, it’s going to storm and so either way—we’re in for a difficult night.
There’s no reasoning with a terrified and neurotic dog.
Before you comment with suggestions like thundercoats and anxiety pills…
Trust me.
We’ve tried it all.
We all face fears.
Some may be more intense than others.
Some may seem silly.
But, a fear is a fear.
However, we have God.
2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that God did not give us a spirit of fear.
And Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us not to be anxious but to pray about everything then let God’s peace guard our hearts and minds.
It’s not always easy, but God is bigger than the fears we cling to.
King David wrote, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
What’s amazing is that God is eager to redeem us from the fears that plague us.
He wants to give us His peace and He wants us to trust in Him.
The question is, are we willing to let Him?
Today, as you pray, thank God for being bigger than any and every fear we may have.
Ask the Holy Spirit to remind your heart to trust God with everything…
From His timing to His ways—ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with God’s peace and help you take rest in His power and plan.

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  1. Denise – very good. We also need to remember that some people are terrified by the sound of fireworks as well. Our neighbours are two physicians and their children who fled from Syria. The fireworks sound like the sounds of war. Happy July 4 to everyone in the United States. We love your beautiful country. God bless America.

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