When you pass through the waters I will be with you

For those days when you are desperately wondering where God is in all of this, He says this to His people in Isaiah 43:2…

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

Where is He? He’s right there with you.

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On Fear

If you’re anything like me, you’re facing a lot of fears these days. You have all of these “lines” in your head of things you’re afraid of happening. The next type of treatment. The next year of life. The next miscarriage. The next time you face that rude person. You can name your own.

I found this great article on fear that I want to share. It was not written by or for me. I’m going to post the first portion here, then you can follow the link at the bottom to finish it.

Bible Verses About Fear: 22 Scriptures To Study

by PAMELA ROSE WILLIAMS at http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/

In the Old Testament of the Bible fear is translated from ten Hebrew nouns and eight verbs.  The New Testament uses four Greek words. Generally when we think of fear we might equate it to anxiety, dismay, despair, horror, and worry. Fear is that feeling in the pit of our stomach which can be little, such as “butterflies” or it could be great terror, such that prevents us from interacting with others and sometimes even keeps us shut up inside of our house. The Bible calls this kind of fear “the spirit of fear”.

Did you know that the Bible actually talks of two different kinds of fear? While “the spirit of fear” may be harmful to us; “the fear of God” is nothing but beneficial.  This type of fear is best explained by the word reverence. Next time you are fearful, remember that it could be a good thing! Choose the fear of the Lord. Here are some Bible verses about fear for you to study.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Spirit of Fear

Genesis 3:8-10 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”  And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

 

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Matthew 28:4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

Luke 2:8-9 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Read the rest (including more scripture, biblical types of fear, and Christian quotes): http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-fear-22-scriptures-to-study/#ixzz2iSQR3KL1

Question: What’s the hardest part for you?

This is an interactive post. I’m curious to know what is the hardest part of infertility for you? What do you struggle with the most about all of this? Your answer may be different today than it was months ago, and may change again, or it may be the same from day one. Not only would I like to consider how to speak to those struggles, but I find great unity and encouragement (and I think others will as well) to hear people in our same situation are wrestling with the same things.

Your answer can be about anything. It may be that medical things are gross or scary to you, or, like me, it may not really be about the infertility at all, and may be more along the lines of understanding why God doesn’t answer prayer, or it could be something like fearing a future without children. Any answer is acceptable, because it’s your answer.

Please leave a comment, anonymously if you prefer, and tell us what is the hardest part of your infertility.

Half an answer to “Why?”

I am currently l.o.v.i.n.g. Tim Keller’s new bookWalking with God through Pain and Suffering. I will be recommending it in an upcoming post featuring some books on suffering. I’m only in the middle of it, and I already have tons of quotes I’m just dying to share. Here’s one I read last night that really touched my heart. It addresses the question of “why” in trial.

“Yes, we do not know the reason God allows evil and suffering to continue, or why it is so random, but now at least we know what the reason is not. It cannot be that He does not love us. It cannot be that He does not care. He is so committed to our ultimate happiness that He was willing to plunge into the greatest depths of suffering Himself. He understands us, He has been there, and He assures us that He has a plan to eventually wipe away every tear. Someone might say, ‘But that’s only half an answer to the question, ‘Why?” Yes, but it is the half we need.”

Amen and amen!