Friday, October 9, 2015

Are You Afraid?


Big. Scary. Fear.

We all experience it at some point.  Some of us more than others.  

Sometimes it comes because of trivial happenings.  Other times it overcomes us--our circumstances are....big.

But always, always...fear comes from inside of us.  Sure, it is brought on by outside forces, but fear is our reaction, our choice of response, even when it feels like we have no choice at all.

They say fear is the lack of faith, and I get that.  To be faith-filled is to be free of fear.  

And yet, I am afraid. And so are you.

That's why I am enjoying Grace Malone's new daily devotional, Unafraid-365 Days Without Fear.

This devotional has a short devotional and one or two relevant Bible verses for every day of the year.   For example, today's passage is about the wind.  The verse is from Matthew:  "But when he saw the wind, he was afraid." (Matthew 14:30)

The passage mentions that wind represents many things, from things that happen beyond our control, but it also represents the Holy Spirit.  It goes on to reference John 3:8:  "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Unafraid by Gracie Malone is a daily reminder to stand firm in the face of fear.  It is light at times, deep at others, includes humor, stories, quotes, and practical advice.  

Living in fear is not fun.  It is exhausting.  If you struggle with fear, try starting each day with a little dose of 
Unafraid. (Available at FaithWords.com and many other retail outlets.)

*This is an impartial book review. Hachette Book Group supplied my copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review.  Thoughts are my own. (LS 2015)

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