Over the last few days, I have taken your names with me on my walks in the storms that hover over the Pacific Northwest. With my rain jacket, my battered umbrella, and my Bogs rubber boots I am trekking through puddles and delighting in the strength of these storms.
~Delighting in the One who delights in showing us His strength in the midst of storms.
As I have walked, I have felt the weight of your sorrows. I believe that your cries for the Father to free you of burdens too great to bear have been heard. From the mother whose children won't stop bickering, to the silent ones who cannot say why, and everyone who has written to me asking that I bring them with me on my talking-to-the Father walks.
Your longing to come with me on this Way of Delight is a giant step towards taking hold of “the life that is truly life” (I Timothy 6v19), that life of abundance (John 10v10) Jesus holds out to each of us.
These words are for you~
"I will... fear no evil... for You are with me."
I will choose to let go of fear, to push off shame, to run free.
I will choose to fill my soul with delight.
I will choose the way of love even when I feel unloved and unlovable. Even when I don’t want to and think I can’t.
I will choose with my will fully surrendered, not allowing my wild and untamable emotions to choose for me.
I will choose. Every day. All day. This day.
I will fear no evil.
Because perfect love casts out fear— all fear.
Fear of what people might think, fear of what someone might do, fear of rejection. Fear of failure, fear of shame, fear of aloneness. Fear of not-enoughness, fear of too-muchness, fear of powerlessness.
With my will I will choose not to fear even when my heart is beating and my hands are shaking and my body betrays me. Even then I will choose not to fear. I will be wise, alert, discerning and assertive— and free of fear. By choice.
I will fear no evil.
I will fear no evil for You are with me.
Always. Even when I cannot feel You or see You or hear You. Even to the end, especially at the end.
I will make room for Your presence to sink deep within me, breathing deeply of Your Spirit. I will make space for You in my every days so that I recognize You and turn to You on the days when evils stalk and temptation lures. I will open my eyes so I may see You. I will tune my ears so I can hear You. I will draw close so I can feel you.
And when I fail and fall back to fear, I will come to You in sorrow. I will sit with You there, confident in Your love, without fear of condemnation, assured that Your love is greater than my fears.
I will fear no evil, for You are with me.
From a heart filled with faith in a Father whose love will never let you go,
P.S. For everyone who asks in the comments, I will add your name to my growing list of people to bring along on my walks with the Father. This brings me unbelievable delight!