Monday, February 6, 2012


It’s been a while, many weeks in fact since I’ve blogged consistently. And it’s not for lack of content or lack of interest because writing is one of my favorite things to do. Truth be told: I haven’t posted regularly due to lack of time and lack of energy. When I have the time, I lack the energy and when I have the energy, I lack the time. Been there before??? I’m hopeful things will shift in the very near future so I can blog more regularly because I miss it terribly.

2011 was a year filled with lots of writing. Much of what I wrote made it to my blog and yet there was alot of writing material that I kept for myself. I recorded those thoughts in my personal journal. As I reflect on the past year and the many times I posted, I recall how my inspiration to write rarely came from long periods of quiet time or regular scheduled time to write but rather the inspiration almost always came to me in the form of a whisper in the middle of my day, in between moments, activities, deadlines and conversations. I’m always amazed at how God places a topic and or words on the tablet of my heart. And as I ponder this amazement, I’m convinced that He has the hearts of many in mind. Mine, yours, ours.

Yesterday morning while I sat quietly drinking my first cup of coffee, the word fear came to mind. I was curious about what might surface if I wrote about fear so I decided to pen my thoughts and below you will find my reflections. I hope these words will bless you and may they encourage you to live boldly and fearlessly and in the fullness of Gods love for you.

Until next time,

xx, Ruthie


Fear deprives, cheats and paralyzes a person which keeps them from God’s best for their life. If fear is gripping you today, resolve today to live fearlessly. We all encounter days or seasons where fear threatens to rob us of our peace and our joy too. Today I want to remind you that you have the power to choose to live fearlessly. By choosing a fear-less life, you choose a life filled with peace, refusing to live your life governed by fear. 

Trust God even if that feels uncomfortable and live in the fullness and freedom He desires for you. Seek Him. Trust Him and believe in Him because when you do so, He will lead you, guide you and empower you. 

Sometimes when I begin to feel afraid I have to remind myself that God has gotten me through some super difficult seasons in my life, seasons that I was sure would be the death of me. When I begin to feel afraid I have to remind myself that If He was with me then and got me through that, then why am I doubting that He won't get me through this thing that is causing me so much fear? 

The Bible says that when we draw close to God, He draws close to us. (I super love that!) That has always been the secret to being delivered from fear. Drawing near to Him helps me feel safe and helps me remember that no weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). His Word also reminds me that He never gave me a spirit of fear to begin with so why am I allowing it in my life? 

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but instead He has given us a spirit of love, and power and self-discipline. 

His Spirit is never too far away and His Spirit is the Spirit that will empower you to live boldly, courageously and fearlessly if you choose it. 

If fear is knocking on your door these days, ask God to remove it and ask Him to replace it with His super-natural peace, and the spirit of empowerment. 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~James 4:8

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.      ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~ Ambrose Redmoon