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God’s Got This

I trust in God; I am not afraid.

I have fears. Fears of failing as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, sister, friend, especially as a Christian. I fear difficult situations that push my comfort levels and demand more of myself than I believe possible. I fear without reason.

These fears make me feel spiritually trampled. Under pressure to solve adolescent and marital problems, provide comfort when children are ill, manage all the duties in my 21st century life, I struggle and stumble. As Satan whispers lies filled with anger and disapproval, my soul buckles under the attacks. And then just as the feelings of defeat and unworthiness nearly overcome me, the Holy Spirit gently reminds me that I can choose to trust in God or to succumb to fear and crumble under the weight of my daily crosses.

Praying with the words of today’s Psalm and the Gospel over and over, the Holy Spirit whispers to me, Trust in God; do not fear. He shows me that the Son of God Himself is my companion and example. I see Jesus in this story seeking peace and solitude, but finding more and more people seeking Him, to the point of pressing upon Him physically. (Mark 3:9-10) I can relate, with my introverted heart seeking solitude only to be called for by a sick or sad child. Then I imagine Jesus encountering the unclean spirits, and I wonder if He felt fear, frustration, or even anxiety. In those moments, did the Psalms strengthen His soul? I like to think they did, and now I feel that I know Jesus better. He knows what I fear, and He’s telling me, I’ve got this. Trust in Me.

So I try again. I repeat the Psalmist’s words, “In God I trust; I shall not fear,” (Psalm 56:4)  and a peace settles over my soul.

What do you fear, sister? Leave it with Jesus today, and ask Him to increase your trust. Know that He is with you, and He has rescued you from death. Trust in God, and do not fear.

Gina Fensterer is a Colorado native at heart, but the West Coast beach life suits her just fine. She currently lives in small coastal area of California with her husband and six children. She loves the Jesus prayer, coffee at any time of day, homemade salsa, photography, and sleepy toddler snuggles. You can find out more about her here.

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    Prov31wannabe
    January 18, 2018 at 6:07 am

    “The fears that are my daily crosses.” I am two years into the slog that is breast cancer, and yet I seem to fear daily worries more than The Big C: what if I get poison ivy from petting the dog? (We live in the country and the dog runs through a lot of poison ivy along the side of the road.) What if this white flour biscuit makes me fat? What if my car goes off the road in the snow? What if I say the wrong thing to my DIL? Then I read something that turned the tables: What if these worries DON’T happen? God prompted me, What if I DON’T get poison ivy? What if I DON”T go off the road? Think of the joy and fun I would miss, if I don’t pet the dog or eat the cookie? God’s got this, He can take care of me in the big challenges as well as the minor inconveniences. Thanks for this reminder!

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      Gina Fensterer
      January 18, 2018 at 9:26 am

      “God’s got this, He can take care of me in the big challenges as well as the minor inconveniences.” Yes!!

      Praying for you today, sister.

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      Gina
      January 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Hi, sister! Thank you for your kind words. You’re so right, God is there for us in the big and small things. What a gift we have to know that, and to be able to support each other with the reminders! Praying for you today.

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    Jeannine
    January 18, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Thank you so much for your reflection! I relate to and find hope I’m so much of what you shared!

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      Gina
      January 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you! It’s such a gift to find hope.

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    ajscott62
    January 18, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Wow! Gina must be in my head, heart and soul. Life has been so overwhelming as of late, and God has constantly reminded me of two things. 1)Be not afraid 2)Trust in Jesus. And when I follow his instructions, His peace floods over me every time. Life can be messy, difficult, stressful and downright hard, but having Jesus beside me for the journey gets me through the rough seas of life.

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      Gina
      January 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Solidarity! I’m so glad the Holy Spirit reached you today through my words. 🙂

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    Stephanie
    January 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Thank you for these words! I had the doctor I work with tell me the other day while we discussed my future career and all my fears of not making it “just let god guide you in the path he already has set for you, and let him take over your fears, for he always has a plan”. And I deeply relate to today’s devotion. I must continue to strengthen my trust in him! I really enjoy reading these devotions in the morning. Helps kickstart my day

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      Gina
      January 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      I love this! Thank you for sharing the words that you were told recently. They’re helping me today (which is a tough day for me, coincidentally). “He always has a plan.” YES!

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    r3ssanchez
    January 18, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Talking about not so big challenges, like mine, worrying every time our so-ever-ready-excited new teen driver who got her license just a shy month ago, when she pulls out from our garage and hit the road my heart skips and this fear just takes over me. Yes, I need to remind myself, Psalms 56:5…He’s got this. He’s got our daughter. Thank you for sharing this…you all have been a blessing to my everyday!

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    Gina
    January 18, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Whew, that’s a fear I’m not ready for! My oldest is not at driving age yet. I can imagine the heart-skipping a beat! May the Lord bring you peace and keep your daughter safe on the road!

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