From the moment he was old enough to be afraid, my first born had fears.
When he was 2 and in preschool, he would go to the directors office when his preschool teacher vacuumed after lunch because he was afraid of the loud noise.
When someone pulled the fire alarm at church and his children’s class didn’t follow procedure like he had been taught (to go outside), a fear of fires was born in him.
When we had to grab the children and head to the basement in the middle of the night because of a tornado warning, a fear of storms was created.
We all have them
We can’t deny them
And the way our current world seems to be filled with such darkness on most days, fears are legit and understandable.
Can we allow them to lord over us?
Can we use them as a crutch to never enjoy life to the fullest?
Can we hide and live in fear forever?
Is that what God wants for us?
Did God create us to fear the things of this world?
Were we made for so much more?
Does God tell us to fear Him and nothing else?
Does God have greater plans for our lives than to succumb to our fears?
This is a picture of our family at the very top of Pike’s Peak. And my son… My first born who has many fears… With the fear of heights being one of those… Is in the photo with us! What an astounding accomplishment! We were so proud of him to come with us as we traveled the 14K feet in elevation and the fact that he even got out of the truck and walked around by choice, was a miracle in itself.
Jonah, we are so proud of you!
He has come so far! Not only has he overcome his fear of loud noises, fires and heights… He is daily growing in the Lord and is trusting His life with the Creator of the Heavens and Earth!
The Lord has big plans for my boy’s life! I love watching the Lord pursue him and draw him unto Himself.
Just this past Winter, we saw a first hand glimpse of God doing just that.
We were visiting my husbands parents and my best friend in Nashville and spent a day exploring downtown Franklin, TN.
We had a beautiful encounter with God in this store called Philanthropy. God was showing off for my son and it was wonderful for this mama to have a front row seat.
When we walked into the store, Jonah noticed this metal cross. And without a doubt in my mind, and regardless the cost, I knew we had to buy it for him.
You see, he is somewhat of a private individual… And like many men, his walk with the Lord is somewhat private. Now my second born son, we call him “preacher Jake” because he has proudly worn a cross necklace for years and is quick to want to purchase a cross or anything else that displays his faith in Jesus.
Jonah, on the other hand is more private. We know he loves the Lord and has a personal relationship with Jesus, but he isn’t as quick to “display” it.
So when he eyed this cross in Philanthropy, carried it around the store, and continuously spoke of how fond he was of it… We knew we would be purchasing it.
During our time in the store, we had a lovely conversation with a precious woman who worked there, and spent a few minutes writing prayer requests on their prayer wall.
After spending time in the store, my husband went to the register to pay for the cross for my son Jonah. And that was the moment we witnessed the Lord show off for my son. The precious lady that we spent so much time talking with, was also the cashier, and she told us, she felt as if the Lord wanted her to purchase this cross for our family.
Wow! I was in tears! She had no idea the fears my son carried with him, the shyness of his heart and that his wanting this cross was such a big deal. She didn’t know, but God did! God loves my son so much and through this cross displayed His love!
(Below is a photo of Jonah and the sweet woman who paid for his cross).
And to this day, my son has this special cross displayed over his bunk in our camper. It is a beautiful reminder of Gods love and perfect plan for each of our lives!
He paid it all so that we won’t have to
Live in anxiety
Jesus paid it all…
So that we can be set free
Walk in faith
Trust and obey
And just like my son on that beautiful afternoon on top of Pike’s Peak…
Jesus paid it all so that we all can be an
Thank you Jesus for creating my son to be an overcomer so that he can enjoy the beautiful display of your splendor!
And for your enjoyment, here are a few pics from our drive up Pikes Peak…