Constant.

Waiting for Little B…

It’s no secret that I LOVE Jesus Calling–I mean, I really love it.  I don’t know how one book manages to give me the EXACT encouragement I need every singe day, year after year, but it does.

Sometimes, I take notes in it and write different things in it, to remind me of what I was going through the year before, which can be really cool to go back and read how God carried me through different seasons.

Today, I jumped ahead to November 8th, because I noticed my page was filled with notes.

You see, a year ago on November 8th, 2012, B was in business school and we were less than three months away from welcoming our first baby.  One week before, after a lot of prayer, B turned down his job offer in Minnesota–something we felt confident about, but something that was pretty scary, considering there wasn’t another job offer on the horizon.  Were we crazy?!

Some days, I would get excited about the new opportunities that I hoped and prayed would eventually come.

Other days, I would be crippled by fear and the countless “What Ifs.”  When a baby is on the way, and life is a big question mark, it’s easy to grow anxious and fearful of what’s to come, especially when it comes to job uncertainty.

Enter Jesus Calling…on November 7th, 2012, my godmother had written me the most encouraging email about how I didn’t need to be afraid–God had a handpicked job, location, friends–this was the time to trust, pray, and believe Him when He says, “Don’t be afraid.”

The next day, I read this:

Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you through difficult days.  If you are tempted to think, “Yes, but that was then, and this is now,” remember who I AM!  Although your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity….

The coinciding verse at the bottom?!

FEAR NOT, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

 

I will strengthen you,

 

Yes, I will help you,

 

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10
I just love it when God goes out of His way to give you the same message multiple times!

 

When we’re gripped with fear or anxiety, it’s easy to be tempted to forget what God has done for us and what He promises to continue to do for us.

In the past few years, there have been so many different seasons marked by  transition and unknowns.  Through it all, I’ve come to find that God really is only One I can consistently cling to, no matter what’s going on.  When He tells us not to be afraid, He means it.  He’s not going to leave us.  He promises strength and help.  He promises to hold us up.  

Our circumstances may change dramatically, but God, our God–the one who made us and loves us–has not and will not change.  Thank you, Lord!  

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