Why Are You So Afraid?

Let me set the stage for you.

The past couple of weeks have been rather tough at the Matthews’ household.

And there are no easy fixes.

And in case you don’t know me, I am a person of action.  While I was knocked down for a couple of days (okay, weeks) it is not in my nature to stay down.  So what’s a girl to do?

In addition to lots of worship, prayer, sharing, and tears, in typical Donna fashion I have created a system to help me through this time.

I scoured the world wide web and found hundreds (literality) of Bible verses that support those in my situation.  Seriously, what did we do before the internet?  So with hundreds of Bible verses to conquer I committed to look up and study one each day every day…I will systematically fill and transform my mind with the Word of God.

That’s the stage and this is what I really wanted to share.

On Friday, the moment I woke I was met with a tidal wave of anxiety…even after some tea and quiet time with God…I was still rapidly sinking.  So I said to myself…self, let’s go read and pray a Bible verse about how powerless we are about this situation (yes, feeling a tad bit sorry for myself) but as soon as I started to read the day’s selected verse I perked up because I knew where is was going and I’m just so grateful for His encouragement that morning that I thought I’d pass it on (and as an aside, to encourage you to read your Bible today!)

Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.