Fear Factor!

IMG_1147He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2 (NASB)

 

Are you crazy busy? I challenge you to stop your frantic pace and “lie down in the green pastures and sit beside the still waters.”

 

 

In his book, A Shepherd Looks at PSALM 23, Phillip Keller says, “Sheep refuse to lie down unless they are free of all fear.”

 

Have you considered the root of your frantic pace may be fear? Do you worry that if you stop over-achieving your life will no longer have value? Are you running hard in order to avoid dealing with past and present hurts? Do you fear that if you lie down in the green pastures you won’t be able to get moving again?

 

We all need soul-rest with our Creator, and we must be intentional about making it happen.   I used to run all day every day, refusing to listen to friends who exhorted me that I was doing too much. The Good Shepherd finally got my attention when I fell flat on my face. After many years of doctors and counseling, we finally realized my problems were three-fold: physical, spiritual, and emotional. I am doing so much better, and can now see how my neuromuscular and seizure disorders force me to take that precious time in the green pastures and beside the quiet waters with my Good Shepherd.

 

Living at a frantic pace? Take a minute to journal about any fear factors you may have. Like sheep, we cannot rest when we are fearful.

 

Phillip Keller said, “nothing so quieted and reassured the sheep as to see me in the field.”

“In the Christian life there is no substitute for a keen awareness that my Shepherd is nearby.”

 

Take an inventory of your fear factors and talk to a friend or therapist about them.

 

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 (NASB)

 

“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NASB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Fear Factor!

  1. madenewinjesus

    Beautiful post Cheryl. It seems like the past few months have found me in the rut of depression, just to transition into one of all out busyness this week. I know you understand what I’m talking about. Along with that, the Enemy has been hitting me from every angle imaginable. All in an attempt to keep me from sharing my awesome testimony with others. But, deep in my soul I know that the only place my heart is safe is when I know Jesus is walking right beside me. I’ve witnessed lives being touched with my story, and I’m not about to stop now. Thank you so much. Love you!

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  2. securelyheld Post author

    Yes I do know, my friend. So proud of you. As the attacks come, what a privilege to walk beside one another in prayer. Yes, many lives are being touched by your story. So thankful you are pressing on!

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