It’s friday, the end of a work week, and the end of my Journey out of Fear series.
I’m doing it again this week, writing off the top of my head, out of the bottom of my heart- taking five tiny minutes to set words free and not smother them with editing. Joining with Lisa-Jo and others for Five Minute Friday.
The prompt this week, Joy.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,t whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-5
This Journey series has been a challenge on many fronts. I didn’t realize how hard it would be when I agreed to do it. Of course, God knew the struggle it would be for me, and He never left my side. He has faithfully, and lovingly led me through to this end, which is really, just the beginning.
This testing of my faith, this learning to recognize all of the places that fear has lived and reigned unchecked in my life has been difficult, and I admit, that I didn’t find joy in the journey as often as I should have.
It feels like the impossible task, living fearlessly, living joyfully in the face of struggle, and yet, it is part of the call.
So I close this series with joy that it’s over, with thanksgiving for the rocky path traveled, with fear no longer at the helm. I know that I committed to doing this series out of the naïvety that God would actually rock my world and change my heart.
I know and believe that all things happen for a reason, and this series, this prompt even, joy, all ordained and part of a grander plan. Knowing that God has planned all things, and knows all things is just another reason not to fear. There are no surprises to Him. He calls each of us according to His purposes. Where should fear reside in a life that fastens itself to the hem of the Fathers robe? Can fear pull me from His arms? There is no fear in a love this perfect. Shouldn’t joy be on my lips as He walks these paths with me? Yes, YES!
I go on now to live a life renewed, to live joyfully, knowing that the chains of fear are broken, and no longer have power to hold me. The testing of my faith over the last two weeks has been incredible- what a gift. What a blessing it is to live under the shadow of the wings of the Almighty!
Joy, like fearlessness, is a choice, not just an emotion.
We must choose to live free from fear, choose to live bravely. We must choose joy.
* Sara (Gitzengirl) is headed to her eternal home. Would you pray for her family as they hold her hands during this time? She will be received in glory and will live free from the bondage of her long-ailing body. What blessed relief for her!
Will you choose joy today? Will you live free from fear? Sweet friends, I pray so…
My sisters in Christ, who are also Journeying with us:
Emily~ Journey Towards A Place Of Rest
Nicole~ A Journey Of Providence
Christine~ Journey To True Friendship
Heather~ Journey Towards a Prayerful Life
Erika~ Journey Into The Word