A Lesson Learned: Fear

Today is supposed to be the scariest day of the year. People try their best to be spooky and frightening. This is actually why I am really not that big of a fan of Halloween. Why can’t we just let kids dress up in cute little costumes and get candy from neighbors? Why do we have to try to make things scary?

This world is scary enough.

Big brother is at the age where he is starting to have fears. We went to the Butterfly Palace on a family trip and I thought he would LOVE it. Nope…he was TERRIFIED!  See?

I myself have quite a few fears too–mostly about something bad happening to the people I love. I don’t like staying overnight by myself…I get really scared (I know, I’m a big baby). I normally end up falling asleep with the TV on, just so I don’t fret about every little creak I hear in the house.

This year I am participating in a bible study on Isaiah through Bible Study Fellowship. Last week, I was really touched by the following passage:

“Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.” -Isaiah 7:4
In this passage, Isaiah is speaking to Ahaz, the King of Judah, the words that God told him to say. The “two smoldering stubs of firewood” are Rezin (the King of Aram) and the son of Remaliah (the King of Israel). These two kings were getting ready to invade Judah and everyone, including King Ahaz, was terrified.
Yet God told him not to be afraid. The threat of the “two smoldering stubs of firewood” would quickly burnout. Just like any fears I have pale in comparison to the sovereignty of our Lord. He is bigger than anything I could possibly fear!


  1. I totally agree! The "fear" aspect of Halloween drives me crazy. My neighbors put up these really creepy decorations and fake tombstones and all. I talked to my husband about how we would teach our daughter not to be scared of things like that, especially since we live across the street from a cemetery. And I stayed for the first time by myself without my husband in our new house this weekend…and I survived! I'm a big fraidy cat too. I love the first portion of that verse from Isaiah. It may just be my new scripture for my chalkboard in the kitchen. :)

  2. "The world is scary enough". My thoughts on halloween exactly. My 4yo daughter is a sensitive soul and is easily frightened. She's scared of flies (so the butterfly face made me giggle!) Things really seem to make an impact on her and I get cross when I see the supermarket displaying pumpkins carved with scary-looking faces in the fruit and veg section! Not to mention the hideous vampire lollypops, complete with blood dribbling from their mouths, at the checkout. We're Australian and Halloween is not a big deal here, but it is gaining momentum.

  3. Hi Jenae, my name is also Janae. I got connected with your blog via Julie Johnson. Love it. My Little Man is 2.5 and I've been doing so many of your projects right along with you. I resonated with today's post too. Thanks for doing a great blog!!!

  4. Jenae, too funny that you mention your BSF study and fear. I remember when I took that study, and was sooooo intimidated when I first began. Maybe not so amazing is that I think it was my most favorite BSF study. :)


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