My littlest one, my Rhysie-Bear, this imaginative 3 yr. old nearly every night, says he’s afraid of monsters.  And every night we tell him he doesn’t have to be because God is always with him, no matter what.  I say the same thing to the little Ranzo-Panzo, the curious 7 yr. old who understands the reality that a big wind could actually come and blow our little house down.  “Even then?” he asks.  “Yep,” I say.  “Even then we don’t have to be afraid because God is with us.  There isn’t anything anyone is this world can take from us that can separate us from the love of Christ.”  “Oh,” he says.  Not entirely impressed with my theology lesson.

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Well, lah, dee, dah.  Sounds good coming from an older, protective, loving Mama.  But what about me?  Do I believe my older, protective, loving Father?  Do I eat his words or believe them?  Do I own these words I so easily dole out to these two little munchkins?

Honestly?  Yeah.  About 15% of the time.  The other 6 days of the week I’m talking myself off the ledge, self-soothing with ravenous amounts of both chocolate doughnuts and self-talk something along the lines of “don’t be afraid your husband will skid off the road, die and leave you alone & lonely to do the kids bedtime routine night-after-night-after night.” And on and on…

Because that could actually happen.  And even then.  Even then nothing can separate me from the love of Christ.  Just, ya know, remind me and all.

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I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday on the theme: Afraid.  You should too!

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  • Marlen

    Visiting from FMF. What a great reminder to believe the words/promises from God that we speak to our children. Thanks!

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Thanks for stopping in, Marlen! It’s a reminder I need too! lol

  • http://denisehotze.com/ Denise Hotze

    It’s embarrassing how often I play out those fear-filled scenarios regarding the people in my life that I love. I’m constantly fighting those demons in my mind. I definitely need the constant reminder, and I’m grateful it’s consistently and readily available.

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Denise, embarressing is right! Seriously, I have thought that exact same thing before as well…. like “seriously, we are here again???” But, like everything else, I’m thankful for GRACE!!!! =)

  • Jennifer Peterson

    You are amazing!!! I just love you!! So glad you linked to and wrote!!

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Thank you so much for inviting me to participate! You gave me the kick in the bootay that I needed. i really hope to do it every week from now on! =)

  • Claresa

    You are definitely not alone. As hard as it is at the moments those thoughts arise, you are right…we should remember that nothing can separate us from God’s love, and find peace and comfort in it. No fear. No where does the Bible say we should meditate on the thoughts that make us afraid. And I’m not a mom yet, but I think that’s a great way to instill that in your kids while they’re young. Thank you for that reminder.

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Claresa, so true! And it’s good to know I’m not alone in this. I suspect so many of us wrestle with fear -both real & imagined. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings…

  • Jerry

    “Oh bother.” Pooh

    There are bazilliions of things to worry about and take our eyes off the One who promised. I can see myself whining…”But you promised!” to God. I don’t do that often, but I do try and grit my teeth and carry on without a wink toward God. Trust and faith is a developing thing for me. I still get a bit afraid of monsters…don’t tell my kids.

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      ahahaha, love the quote from Pooh. When all else fails, trust the mighty wisdom of the bear from the hundred acre wood. =) Oh, & don’t worry, I won’t tell your kids. lol

  • Tanya M.

    Awesome post, Grace! I could see myself in what you wrote, finding that it’s sometimes easier to dole out comforting words than it is to accept the truth in them. Wow! That definitely got me thinking. Oh, and by the way, your little Rhysie-Bear is just too cute!

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Thanks, Tanya! Yep, it sure is easy to dole that mess out, eh? But, it’s constant reminder for me to own those words. / Thank you for the compliment! I think he’s pretty cute too! =)

  • http://osheta.blogspot.com/ Osheta Moore

    I loved your post on “Afraid’. I just joined the FMF community a couple of weeks ago, it’s been so much fun. I I self-soothe with oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies. With milk. Of course ;). Thanks for a fun and encouraging read. If you want to check out my FMF post, “Crazy Jesus, Weren’t You Afraid” you can visit my blog at:

    http://osheta.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the Twitter follow, too!

    Blessings,
    Osheta

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Osheta, I will check out your post in just a minute. Thanks for coming in & stopping by! (p.s. I just got your email today but haven’t gotten a chance to respond to emails yet for the day, but I will soon!) Blessings…

  • Sheila V.

    Came across your post through FMF. Great reminder!

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Thanks for stopping in & commenting Sheila! Nice to see you here! =)