My New Favorite Outfit: Fear Not

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fear Not

Recently Grant came into the bathroom while I was getting ready in the morning.  He had tears rolling down his cheeks and he said he'd had a bad dream.  I asked him what it was about and he said he was dreaming that two of his little friends from school were dying.  This broke my heart. At four he had let fear gobble him up.

I then began to think about those of you out there who feel like you're living a nightmare.  Fear has gobbled you up.  I imagine the pair you feel, the hurt, the doubt, the burdens.

It's like you're carrying around a heavy backpack weighted with every nightmare you feel life has thrown your way.  Tears roll from my cheeks as I think about.

But what if there was someone willing to carry your backpack for you? What if someone wanted to lift the weight off your shoulders and free you from your nightmare?

I believe there is.  Isaiah 41:10 says:

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God wants to take that backpack off your shoulders; He has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power (2 Timothy 1:7). If you are carrying around this backpack, let it go.  Give it up. Let God carry it.  

I bet you're wondering how I ended things with Grant after his nightmare.  We talked about it, then prayed to ask God to take away his fear, and to keep his friends safe, see even four year olds have a backpack. God want's to carry theirs too.

My intention was to end the post here and show you my outfit for today, which I'm crazy about, by the way, but I feel like I need to be honest.

I've got a little weight in my own backpack.  I can tell myself and you all that I'm perfect and that I've got it all together....but that would be a lie.  I trust God, I know his truth, I believe he wants what's be for us, but I'm holding onto some past hurt.

It doesn't even make any sense, those that hurt me will never know the hurt- I'm not in a position to share it with them.  So, why am I carrying it around?  They don't know, they aren't aware, it's not effecting them. But, it is affecting me.  I need to give my backpack to God too.  

Mine might not be as heavy as yours, and I could continue to carry it, but it's holding me back.  I need to forgive those people without their acknowledgment or apology. I need to move on, and in doing that I can become a better version of myself and a better image of who God wants me to be.

I also want to thank all of you for your kind words on the new direction of this little blog. It means the world to me. : )

Denim Jacket: The Limited
Dress: J.Crew (via thredUP get $10 off your first purchase heresimilar
Necklace: Sira and Mara c/o same
 Bracelets: chloe + isabel c/o samesame 
Booties: Jessica Simpson

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  1. Thank you for the inspirational words. I have a similar situation that I've been holding onto for years and keeps coming up periodically. I need to forgive and move on. I needed that reminder!

  2. This necklace is so pretty!!

  3. What a great gift this Thanksgiving. Sacrifice your hurt so God can heal your heart.

  4. That is my favorite scripture of ALL time. So beautiful and encouraging. Great look, I hope your backpack gets lighter.

  5. thanks you for those beautiful words, i needed those this morning :)

  6. I am happy you are taking your blog to a more positive direction for you. You are still looking mighty cute and stylish by the way.

    Have a great positive weekend, Ginny! <3 Ada.

  7. You are such a good mom. Beautiful words (and outfit)!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  8. hi dear,nice outfit..i like your dress and necklace
    i'm a new follower(Colorblock) follow me back if you want

  9. I love your analogy to a "heavy backpack"- it's a perfect way to describe it! Looking cute as usual too! :)

  10. What a wonderful message. God does want our backpacks, or 50 lb luggage we're hauling around!

  11. Outfit is spot on (pun intended)!!! How sad for your little boy. Rae cries in her sleep but everytime I wake her and ask why, she can't remember. Maybe it's better that way!

  12. The print of your dress is so cute with that necklace!

  13. i need to get rid of that backpack too!! and hope your little one is having sweet dreams :)

  14. Great post! I love a similar verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31.6

    Looking super cute as always!

  15. Such wonderful words, and true in my life as well. We all need to let these hurts go, and what better time of year than now?

  16. May I add another scripture to the mix? Psalms 55:22. :) Though it's hard for us humans to give up full control of a situation, He always knows what's best for us and will take anything we want to give to him to help us with.

  17. Ginny-I have been following you for more than a year now. When I first found you, I had never read any blogs and had no idea how to "follow" someone. It was at a time when I was devastated from hurt because two women I considered my sisters in Christ said things to me that crushed my spirit and it ended our relationship. Reading blogs helped me escape the pain and I am so happy that God has lead me to peace and a place of forgiveness. Little did I know how much in common you and I have. I want you to know that I am praying for you during this time. You have no idea how much I appreciate your writings. God bless you.


  18. I like thinking about this as a backpack-I definitely have some things on there that I've struggled to give to God. I try and I try and I get so frustrated with my continual struggles but I know He's there and words like yours help me keep going.