The quote that I often fall back on, especially when I am scared is, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” John 4:4 The reason I use this quote a great deal is that it helps me to overcome my fears when I know Jesus (the greater someone) is with me and in me and so I don’t have to be afraid.
I began using this quote because as a new college student many years ago, I got scared while in a classroom. I watch what I thought was a very scary film (I don’t even remember what it was) and I freaked out. A good Christian friend came up to me and told me about this verse in the Bible and then prayed with me. It really helped me to put things in perspective. So now I repeat this verse and pray to the Greater One–Jesus whenever I am scared by something or someone.
I am a pretty new blogger and I don’t blog that often. One thing that puzzles me is that I have the recent posts listed at the bottom but they are repeated twice. How do I get rid of the second list?
Response to the prompt: “Do you hold grudges or do you believe in forgive and forget?”
I don’t believe in holding grudges because of what happened to me when I was young:
The first experience happened when I was just 20 years old. I had just learned that my stepfather was not my real father and that my real father lived in Germany. At first, I was very angry at both my parents for not telling me the truth sooner. But that anger churned in my soul for weeks and I was not happy, I was tormented. Finally I went to a Christian meeting where the speaker spoke of forgiveness and holding grudges. Deep in my soul I knew she was telling the truth because of the torment I felt. I started to cry and I forgave my parents right then and there. I felt a weight drop off of me and I was happier.
The next time I experienced what happened when one hold’s grudges was when a deeper more buried in my subconsciousness surfaced. A near relative of mine had abused me sexually when I was 11-12 years old. I had buried that memory deep within and forgotten it. But with it I buried the anger and bitterness I felt. Years later, when I was attending Oral Roberts University, a friend of mine recounted a memory of her own similar to mine and we prayed about it. I then went to go to the aerobic center to do some walking and as I walked the memory of mine came slamming into my conscience along with the anger and hatred I felt. Nothing could have been more painful. I ran back to my friend and recounted my own tale and feelings. Although praying helped us both, we needed weeks of counseling to put it behind us.
So now, I cannot hold my anger and grudges any longer. I know personally what it will do to me if I do. (Matthew 18:18-35)
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forces of Nature.”
Winter weather around here can be very unpredictable. This last winter wasn’t all that bad, even though it was cold, the predicted bad weather didn’t really show up. But the winter the year before had us thinking the ice age had come. We were in a freezer box so cold I could hardly move, even when I put on layers of winter clothing. My husband experienced the force of winter when he lost the hood of his car when he was speeding up to get on the highway. He didn’t realize that when he checked the engine at a truck stop, he didn’t put the hood down all the way. When he sped up, the blast of the winter wind blew his hood up to the windshield, cracked it and then blew it off the car.
This is what our car looked like for a year (not our car but close). Put a huge crack across the windshield and you can picture what our car looked like. We finally got a hood but the windshield still needs to get fixed.