Like a little girl Christmas morning I just had to get up and see if it snowed! They were calling for snow yesterday and I get so filled with excited anticipation to wake up to that beautiful blanket of white making all things look fresh and new! And yes it did snow and I’m so thankful its a Sunday when the whole family will be able to enjoy it together! But for now I’m the only one up typically an early bird but with 6 babies the last decade plus sleep has been irrelevant really I guess, but its amazing how ones body can adapt! As they are getting older I still get up just as frequently but more so to hold them in prayer as they are typically all sleeping through the night now. So this morning it was only my computer calling my name as I sit in the glow of a candle and the snowy scape out our kitchen window. This has to be one of my most favorite times of day and I think it really always has been…you know when the world is silent and it feels like its just you and God. I was thinking about something I was reading yesterday and although I was reading, my mind was wondering into a pit of worry until my mind was snapped back into focus as 2 Tim. 1:7 was read. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind. – So why was I reveling in the one thing God doesn’t give instead of the long list of things He does!!!??! I was taking fear instead of His power, trusting in His unfailing love and finding peace in a sound mind in which every thought is taken captive in Him! Not to mention all the other things He holds out to us. He is the great I AM the all sufficient One, everything I need! Isaiah 41:10 says So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – With what? His righteous right hand! Now look at Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. – Which hand is He holding of mine? The right one. It was pointed out to me to think of what that looks like when two people are holding each others right hands…. you have to be facing each other… eyes locked on Jesus is when my fear disappears. Heb.12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Amen to that right! He is the victorious one and He has my hand in His!! I read in Gen.28 this morning and it stuck out to me that as Jacob is leaving the Promised land God meets with him in a dream reaffirming His promise to him and He says I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…He says I will not leave you until I have done what I promised. Reminded me of Phil. 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – I’m a work in progress and I praise You that You can be trusted to weave this tangled mess somehow into something beautiful for Your glory and You wont give up till its complete. What I think is so cool as I read this morning in Gen. its like bookends as God meets with Jacob leaving the Promised land with nothing but the promise that God will be with him and then again as he is reentering it years later (Gen 32) and this time with so much over and abundant blessing!!! He even gets a new name!! Gen. 32:27-30 reminded me of Rev. 2:17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. – WOW! Lord I pray so much for myself, my children, those I love and I guess just all people to take hold of that which You say we are, the name You speak over us. Your banner over us is love, in Your hand You make us victorious, we can be super! My mom shared a quote with me yesterday, “Nothing can destroy the person whom God backs.” Amen right! I could keep going but I think I’ll stop there the littles will be up soon and I should probably try to hit the treadmill in the garage for a bit… or maybe building a snowman could count as working out today?! Yes, today building a snowman definitely counts!! 😉 God bless your day! Be super, fearless, filled with power, love and a sound mind… God’s got your back!