Welcome back to the blog, courageous friends! Below is a guest post on the topic of having joy in the face of fear written by my dear friend, fellow writer & mama, Mary-Cathryn:
A few months back, I shared with a friend a few things I was hopeful for in 2022. But instead of the excitement I should be feeling, I felt my heart afraid to hope for anything. All I felt was this overwhelming feeling of fear and dread. I told her about these feelings and how they were clouding my judgment. I couldn’t make logical decisions that I needed to make because I was too afraid.
She reminded me of a verse that I’ve read hundreds of times.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31:25 NLT)
She LAUGHS without fear of the future?
She has so much joy that she laughs. She isn’t crying tears of anxiety and dread. Instead, she is laughing with joy. There is joy and hope in her heart.
I took that scripture and spoke it over and over myself. I began to search through the Bible to find what the Bible has to say about fear. There are so many wonderful verses, but one particularly stood out:
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:25 NLT)
Let’s think together on this for a minute, we have the God of all the earth WITH us. No matter what comes our way, He is with us.
I believe that this is how we can come to the place of laughing with joy while looking at the unknown future: because we know who we are and we know who is with us.
Let’s clothe ourselves with strength and dignity and let’s laugh without fear of the future because we know who is with us.