“I wasn’t given the spirit of fear; I was given the power of love. Everything I’ve been fighting against, I’m gonna lift it up. I wanna be fearless! No holding back, no backing down. Fearless! Because I believe; You’re with me now. Bring on the unknown. Lead me and I’ll go. Come set me free. God, I want to be fearless. I won’t be afraid; I’ll call on Your name. I’ll walk out in faith.”

We can experience joy even in the midst of the unknown when we are walking closely with God. Just knowing that he is with us, as the song says, helps us to be fearless. This song is a cry of the heart that we can resonate with -— we want to be fearless, but fear still creeps in. We don’t want to hold back or back down, but we hesitate and we doubt. But, in our hearts we know that we have been given the spirit of love, not the spirit of fear. We want to lift up our fears to the Lord and experience his joy.

So where do we start? This song gives us step one — Look to the Lord and call on his name. Declare “I won’t be afraid.” Believe his promises. God can take you from fearful to fearless one step at a time as you trust him to guide your way. Walk out in faith!

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” ESV

Questions: Do you feel fearful about something right now? What helps you move from fearful to fearless?

Prayer Power: Pray for those you know who are feeling fearful, that they would call on God’s name and become more fearless as they abide in him. Pray for your own needs and call on God to help you be fearless.

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The song “Don’t Miss It” by Francesca Battistelli slayed me the other day.

“Burn up the interstate (I do)
Got somewhere you need to be, you’re (Always)
Not gonna let nobody slow you down (Right, don’t slow me down)
Turn off the radio and
Turn up your telephone
(Got my headphones in to make calls while I drive)
You don’t have the time to smell the roses now(Too much to do to stop and drink in the day)

Am I so busy that I’m missing life around me?

Am I reaching so hard for the next season or the next “thing” in life that I can’t or won’t savor the season I’m currently in? What have I missed living this way?

“Don’t try so hard
To move past the moment
These days go by
And they’re gone before you know it
So come on, open your window
Let the light shine in
This is life don’t miss it”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us there is a season for everything. So why do we seem so anxious for the next season of life? When the baby is born, we say, “I can’t wait until they crawl…walk…talk…go to preschool…kindergarten…full day of school…” Then they become teenagers and they begin to say, “I can’t wait until I drive…graduate…go off to college…get a job…get married…have children…”

Why are we so bent on moving through life so fast? Is this why we grow weary? How many moments of life have I missed because I’ve hurried to embrace the next season rather than embracing the life and minutes right in front of me?

What am I missing spiritually as I race through life? Am I pursuing God’s truths, savoring them, allowing them to take root in my life and transform me into who He has created me to be right now or simply checking the boxes and miss experiencing His deep refinement that can come from spending real time with my Father?

Jesus’ ministry was three years. His example isn’t of running hurriedly through those years. Instead, we see conversations and deliberate moments that impacted lives. We see the personal touch of God. We see time taken to heal, deliver, celebrate, and forgive.

“What if you took the time
To really soak it in
Like a September morning
Like snow without a warning
Like how the summer feels upon your skin”

Be present.

Be available. Have conversations that impact lives.

Slow down. Pray.

Embrace the season you find yourself in. Right here. Right now.

“Hmm, just take a second maybe
Before the sun goes down
Breathe before your breath runs out”

God has given us a life to live, and he doesn’t want us to miss it.

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Mary Ward serves as the Marketing Director, Northern Virginia Area Director, and Group Fitness Instructor for Body & Soul Fitness.  She currently teaches classes at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA and at the nZone Gym in Chantilly, VA.  Mary also sits on the Board of Directors for First Place 4 Health, a sister ministry B&S partners with. She is a speaker and presenter at women’s conferences and retreats.

“You found me—never, never, never gonna be the same…I am yours and You are mine. You will never have to hide. Before the heavens, before the earth I knew exactly where you were. And I am yours and You are mine! Only You are Lord. You are mine.

Do you remember playing ‘hide and seek’ when you were a kid? Did you ever hide in such a good place that you were worried after awhile of sitting there that you would not be found by the person who did the counting? In life God knows where each lost sheep is, and he is longing to find each one of us and bring us into the fold of his love. This song expresses the joy of being found by God. True joy is being “found by God” when we are lost in our sin. We are found and forgiven through the blood of Jesus. We become part of God’s forever family, and we never have to worry about being lost again. Even if there are times when we wander, our heavenly shepherd is not far away, ready to guide us back to be close to him.

1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Questions: Did you like playing ‘hide and seek’ when you were a child? Do you sometimes play hide and seek with God? What was it like for you when God ‘found’ you? Are you feeling lost right now, longing for God to find you? Have you personally experienced the “inexpressible and glorious joy” of salvation like Peter describes?

Prayer Power: Pray for those who are lost, that they will grow in their desire to be found by God. Pray for yourself and your loved ones who are feeling a little lost right now and need God’s shepherd’s touch of love and guidance.

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