Fear doesn’t fit


This verse is consuming me today. I hope its spark catches you on fire, too.

Love,
Jill

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

– 2 Timothy 1:6-7

God has given me gifts of His Spirit, opportunities to show His love and share His message of peace, and blessings that I am unable to quantify. More precious than all of these is the gift of salvation, the gift of Himself. He bought my life back from the pit of destruction and rescued me from a life without Him. He gave me a new heart and a new name. And my new life is meant to be on fire. I am to fan into flame the gift God has graciously given me! I want to be like the burning bush of Moses—that people are drawn to God’s presence, see His amazing power, hear His voice and then follow His call.

God’s fire is inside of me. I want it to roar.

You know what quenches that fire? Fear.

Fear that I’m not good enough. That what God has given me is too much. That I won’t be able to do it. That God made a mistake in choosing me. That people don’t like me and leave me out. That I’m failing my family. That someone else is better. That I’m not strong enough. That I’m not enough.

Fear causes me to look inward rather than upward. Fear prompts me to depend on what I can do, rather than what God will do.

God gave me His Holy Spirit. Fear does not fit in the mind or heart of His child.

God did NOT give me a spirit of fear. He gave me a spirit of power and love and self-control. His power overcomes my fear, His perfect love casts it out, and His self-control working in my life keeps it out.

I am meant to live on fire, in God’s power, love and self-control. What He has given me, I must share. What God has called me to, no force of hell can stop.

It’s time to fan into flame.

Days you want to remember forever

It’s time to break my recent writing hiatus to share with you a day that I’d like to remember forever.

Have you ever had one of those momentous, beautiful, overwhelmed-by-God’s-love kind of days? Maybe it was the day you accepted Jesus as your Savior and realized you were forgiven, perhaps it was the time you fell in love with your spouse, or the moment you held your child in your arms for the first time.

Sunday, my baby girl was baptized, and shared publicly with her church family that Jesus had changed her heart and she had decided to follow Him. She woke up that morning so excited, brimming with absolute joy! And, to make it even more special, her daddy was the one who had the privilege of baptizing her.

Here’s a video of the actual event:

 

Take time today to consider God’s amazing blessings in your life, and thank God for the wonderful ways He has worked, and is working, in your life.

God is so, so good.