From Fear to Praise


Years ago, I lived my life in a state of fear.

I feared picking up my phone.
I feared answering my front door.
I feared going to my mailbox.

I feared.

I knew it was just a matter of time that, one day, I would make one of those choices and I would collide into the heavy hammer always swinging around in my life. I feared the possibility of being hit so hard one time that I would not be able to recover emotionally.

The devastating blow did come. One day, I discovered it in my mailbox.

Bad choices will always catch up with you.

Today, I am so thankful for that trip to the mailbox. It was a trip that completely changed the course of my life.

Sometimes, it takes having the wind knocked completely out of us before we allow God to come into our situations and teach us to fly.

Now, I live my life in a state of praise. Praise because I am completely aware of how God is capable of taking a broken shattered life and putting the pieces all back together.

From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!
(Psalm 113:3 Message)

What do the pieces of your life look like today?

Have you handed all of the pieces over to the Restorer or are you trying to hold things all together by your own strength?

Are you running away from your problems or are you facing your fears?

Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven. Come join in!

18 thoughts on “From Fear to Praise

  1. Suzanne

    Thanks for sharing this. I hate how fear can get a grip on me. It is paralyzing. I still get in that state, but now, I want to get out fast.

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  2. Jenifer

    I have been fearful many times. But I am learning to release that fear to God. He is in control. And if something bad does happen, He is there to pick up the pieces. Great post.

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  3. Lisa

    Eileen, we are kind of thinking along the same lines today. Are we moving, working, holding it together in our own strength or are we relying on the Spirit to help us? I have experienced a knock on the door and a trip to the mailbox that changed our lives. But looking back, I am so thankful because it brought me so much closer to God. Great encouragement this morning!

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  4. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – I don't think that I live in fear in general (i do have my moments), but I don't think I live in confidence of restoration completely yet either. The journey there, I think as you say, is praise and thankfulness.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Heidi

    I have lived that life of fear too. And things do catch up to you, but God is so good. Yes, there are consequences, but the lessons are worth every tear and the restoration is so sweet. I still tangle with fear now, but differently, I have to constantly turn it over to Him and He faithfully gives me peace.

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  6. Kelli

    Living in fear is not a good place to be. I have experienced too. Lived it. Wallowed in it. I noticed the time I chose fear, I rejected faith…not really meaning too..it just happened. I'm so glad I finally learned the lesson that with God there is nothing to fear.:) Great encouragement!

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  7. Tiffini

    eileen..i think this is one of my favorite posts you've written..that I've read.
    Are we twins? I'm almost positive that there are many like us?
    I am allowing the Restorer to restore..lately I try and take back control and He gently reminds me that it is not my job and He would love to carry it for me..and yes..praising..lots of that:)
    xo

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  8. Eileen

    Some nice thoughts, guys. I agree with so many of your comments. Thankfully, I have not experienced that gripping/paralyzing fear again once I started looking to Him and following His direction. I still will struggle with fears, but like many of you said, it's not my way of life now. And for that, I am SO THANKFUL!

    Tiffini, LOL, we are twins and you got the gorgeous dark hair. 🙂 Keep letting the Restorer restore. He seems be the expert!

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  9. Emma

    Hi Eileen

    Beautiful post. You're right – It's so easy to live a life of fear – but sometimes when what we fear actually happens, it sets us free instead of destroying us.I guess it's one of the reversals of the Christian life – what feels like life is often death, what feels like death is often life.

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  10. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Before I came to Christ Eileen, my life very much went from one crisis to the next, anxiety to anxiety. Thankfully, with my burdens and fears in God's hands, it's a completely new perspective each day.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  11. Beck Gambill

    Wow Eileen, powerful words! I love when brokenness and healing meet in a person, it's a beautiful thing to experience and witness!

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  12. arnyslight

    "Sometimes, it takes having the wind knocked completely out of us before we allow God to come into our situations and teach us to fly."

    This is now on my favorite quotes lists…

    Thanks Eileen!

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  13. Kandi

    Eileen,

    I have lived in that paralyzing fear place, sometimes it still gets me, I so often have to remind myself that God is in control, He knew all about and He's got it under control, regardless of what happens, He has it figured out and it all for my good.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

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  14. Abby

    This fearing is what God has worked on in my all of my life…It hasn't been a once-and-done battle for me, but I have seen great levels of victory. I love the process of releasing continual tendencies to fear because they draw me close to Him and help me to lean on Him. Thanks for sharing your heart:}

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  15. Eileen

    Emma, "but sometimes when what we fear actually happens, it sets us free instead of destroying us" I like that. There is so much truth in that. Perhaps because if forces us to run to the Lord.

    Phil, well said. So thankful not to be living from anxiety to anxiety any more!

    Jen, Yep, love how he can take all the brokenness and somehow put it back together.

    Arny, Very nice!

    Beck, yes it is!

    Kandi, We so often need to remind ourselves of who is really in control. But, when we do, He does supply that peace.

    Glenda, Thanks!

    Abby, definitely and ongoing journey. With each new struggle we often have to release that control again. I love the process too. Definitely the most amazing growth periods in my life.

    Jonathan, you are right. Fear sometimes overtakes us THAT quickly. I want my knee jerk reaction to be to run to Him each time it does!

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