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Fear and Fiat

I awoke with a jolt, long before my alarm. Groaning, I willed sleep to return, but it was futile; my mind had sprung to life, teeming with countless worries surrounding a stressful situation. God had lavished so much hope and peace upon me in the months prior, but the consolation faded as reality loomed.

The enemy had quietly planted a desire—no, a demand—for a guarantee.

Just give me some word or sign that it’ll be okay, God. That’s all I need.

But I realized all the encouragement in the world would be useless if I kept inviting the enemy in—allowing him to crowd out my hope and convince me that God owed me signs rather my owing Him trust.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

As quickly as the demand entered my mind, a whisper of truth countered it:

I don’t need another sign I can easily ignore. I need Jesus.

All-powerful, Sovereign God. Emmanuel. God with us. God with me personally. As soon as I acknowledged His holy presence in my heart, the instant the name of Jesus echoed through me, something shifted. Peace flooded the space fear had invaded.

It occurred to me that this same acknowledgement of Christ’s indwelling, this same surrender to God’s power over fear, was the heart of our Blessed Mother’s fiat at the Annunciation.

This is the root of every little fiat: consciously inviting Christ to dwell with us in the midst of fear—so that He may carry us forward despite it, into the confidence of God’s will.

It’s an affirmation of the truth that all we really need—Christ indwelling—is right here in our hearts.

Each brave “yes”—whether offered in joyful confidence or in the silent struggle of a dark night—unleashes God’s loving power to change the world for good. With every fiat, we not only silence the enemy and put fear to death, but imitate the most beautiful role model in the universe: conceiving Christ in our hearts and bearing Him to the world through our souls.

Acknowledge Christ dwelling in your heart, and ponder what fear He desires to help you overcome to embolden your own fiat, your “yes” to His will.

Megan Hjelmstad is a wife and mom 24/7 and an Army Reservist in her “spare” time. She’s a bibliophile, tea drinker, sleep lover, and avid admirer of Colorado’s great outdoors. When the writing bug hits, you can find out more about her here.

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    Anne-Marie Kelley
    April 9, 2018 at 10:38 am

    God’s loving power changed the world for good six years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my 4th child at 44 yrs old. It was hard news for me to hear because my pregnancies are not easy. But, with His grace and the help of Jeremiah 29:11, I found peace. We named that little baby Jeremiah, and he is a blessing in all of our lives. Your piece today reminded me of this moment in my life. Thank you.

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    Elizabeth
    April 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Your article strikes a nerve as my Navy husband and I face his first deployment as newly weds. As an Arizona native, I had to walk away from my family, friends, orchestras, jobs, and desert home of many many years as we moved across country. How this message rings true to just let go and give God our ‘yes’ as we worry for the days to come. I want Him to show me that my husband will be safe…that I can get through this long deployment as I battle with clinical anxiety and depression. But I have to remind myself that I gave my fiat to His Will on our wedding day. God put us together for a reason. He has a plan… It’s just so hard to let go and trust. Jesus alone should be th light in my heart to illuminate the lies the devil whispers to me in the dark. This piece you wrote just spoke to me today as if God knew… Of course He knew… So thank you for making me not feel alone as a new, young military wife struggling to do the Will of God in the face if uncertainty. I must breathe this fiat more and more.

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      Jen
      April 10, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Elizabeth, these are brave, faithful words. I’m lifting up a prayer for you! ❤️

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