BASEBALL LIFE LESSONS: #phillipsNEVERquit

IMG_4387By Tammy Phillips
Contributions by:  Kris, Brayden and Parker Phillips
Father’s Day June 21,2020

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9 ESV

Our family maxim is simple.  Phillips NEVER quit.  Quitting is not an option. It does not exist in our vocabulary.  I am not sure when this became our family hashtag.  It was long before the pound sign was a symbol for a hash tag.  Kris led the way.  He instilled this precept in all of us.

I asked Kris, Brayden and Parker to remember one time when they wanted to “give up,” but instead remembered our motto.  Their answers surprised me.  I had my own recollections. I think of a long list where each of them persevered and endured, when it would have been much easier to quit.

Kris is an exercise beast.  He plays tennis, runs and works out hard.  It is how he deals with life, stress and eats whatever he wants.  As long as I have known him, he has been a runner.  Have you seen those calves?  Nobody has better legs than my husband!  He not only runs, but he races for the fun of it.  He has run the St. Jude Half Marathon, the last 3 out of 4 years.  His work responsibilities hindered him last year.  In 2018, the race was delayed for two hours because of a storm and it was a hot December day.  Kris recalled reaching mile marker 10.  He cramped up and had to walk.  He first thought he was done, but then remembered, #phillipsNEVER quit. He completed the race by running through the finish line. (As I write this, he chose to run in 90-degree weather, to and from a 45-minute workout.)

Brayden, our oldest son, has endured!!  I wish I could tell you every single time he has overcome, but I am writing an encouragement and not a book of tears.  The time he recalled is funny to me because I never even knew it was a struggle for hiim.  That’s Brayden!  He has an unbelievably high tolerance for physical and emotional pain. In high school, he sought the trainer after a football game for a hurt wrist.  The trainer was unavailable and Bray did not want to go to the doctor.  They taped up his wrists for practice and the remaining playoff games.  He played through the pain.  After the season, we learned it had been broken.  #phillipsNEVERquit.

Brayden is also the most driven man I know.  He was picked 1 out of 500 applicants for a football internship withCreative Artists Agency.  When the internship ended, he patiently waited one and a half months for his job to materialize.  Unknown to us, he said he became discouraged. If the job had not worked out, he was unsure what he was going to do with his life.  He had always known his next step.  However, he had put all his eggs in one basket.  He chose not to grow weary, nor faint.  He persevered and attained his dream job because #phillipsNEVERquit. (Last year, he questioned, “I do not know why I have been so blessed?”  I said, “The favor of God and you work really hard!”)

Parker, our youngest son, surprised me with his response!  His recollection was an 1,125-word text which moved me to tears.  His experiences are different, but he could write a book, too.  Parker is a “State Championship, Division 1 All-American, drafted by the Minnesota Twins,” baseball player.  Like my husband and oldest son, he has had a lot of success in his career, but it has not been an easy road.  Parker said: “I think about #phillipsNEVERquit every day.  It was in my back pocket all throughout college.  Playing college baseball was a lot of fun.  Do not get me wrong!  There’s a lot of stuff people do not see that goes on behind closed doors that is not so fun.”

His freshmen season was disastrous.  He started out great.  He volunteered to catch in attempt to make his way onto a field of very talented players.  His first scrimmage, he broke his toe.  Doctors told him he could do everything but squat.  Catcher’s squat.  #phillipsNEVERquit.  The very next week, he overcompensated for the toe and badly tore his hamstring.  It almost required surgery.  Parker said, “I had worked hard my whole life to get to this point.  I was barely able to stand on two feet.  It was a time that this Phillips was ready to quit, but I remembered…#phillipsNEVERquit.”  He rehabbed about one month.  The very day he was released, he took infield practice and fractured his left foot.  He could only laugh and repeat, “#phillipsNEVERquit.”  He accepted his career as a player was paused.  He took on the role of encourager and water boy.  He did not grow weary of doing good.  The next season, 2017, he became an All-American catcher.  He didn’t catch in the 2018 season, but hit a lot of home runs and was invited to the NCAA Collegiate Home Run Derby.  In his final season, he led the NCAA with the most home runs in the nation (25), only behind Vanderbilt’s J.J. Bleday (27).  He broke the single season and all-time home run record at APSU because #phillipsNEVERquit.  (Parker knows he is nothing without God and can do all things through Him.)

Most importantly, Jesus never quit.  In Mathew 26, the night before Jesus went to the cross, he said, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.” And He asked the Father, if there was any other way, yet He did not quit!  He endured.  Our Father God never quits on us.

[It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. – Lamentations 3:22 KJV

Jesus said of Peter, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:” (Luke 22:32 KJV) If he prayed for Peter not to fail, don’t you think he prays the same for you?  God is love and Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8 KJV)

 For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)

 God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down, relax My hold on you! Assuredly not! (Hebrew 13:5 AMPC)

I enCOURAGE you to NEVER QUIT.  All this time, Kris was teaching us to follow Jesus and His example. #NEVERquit.  All your life, Jesus has prayed for you.  Do not give up on yourself or your life. Know that you CAN DO ALL things through Christ who gives you the strength. (#phillipsNEVERquit)

Kris, Parker, and Brayden

BASEBALL LIFE LESSONS:  “THROW YOUR CARES!”

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My son. Parker Phillips, 2017 Louisville Slugger All American catcher

by Tammy Phillips
June 20, 2020

How many times have you heard, “Cast your cares?”  God knows that the cares of this world are too much for us.  We are not built to shoulder anxieties, worries or fear.

THREE WAYS TO THROW A BALL or “CARE” BACK:

1. CASTING FAST AND THROW BACK IMMEDIATELY

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [watchfully]. (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC)

“Casting” means to fling with sudden motion without thought.  Following is this baseball mom’s idea of “casting.”  The opposing team has a player on first base, trying to steal to second.  The pitcher and the catcher try to prevent the enemy from advancing.  When the ball is thrown to the batter, the catcher does not “take” the ball into the glove.  He releases it, as soon as he receives it, getting it back to the pitcher as fast as possible.  Or, if the opposition tries to advance, a good catcher pops ups and casts the ball in the necessary direction within 1.3 to 2 seconds. Pop time equals the time a pitch hits the glove to the moment it strike the glove of second baseman.

In life, we are not meant to catch nor take the care.  It is best for us, if we pop up and immediately throw it back to God.

2. CATCH AND THROW BACK QUICKLY

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). (Psalm 55:22 KJV)

Cast, here, means to make a deliberate decision to throw.  Like baseball, sometimes in life we cannot immediately fling it, all we can do is just throw the “ball” back to the Pitcher as quickly as possible.  We are tempted and take the care into our life glove because it is heavy.  It is harder to throw back.  This time, we have to make a conscious effort to hurl it back to the Father.  He promises to sustain which means to hold, but also to hold up.  He catches the care, holds us up, helps us bear it and provides an escape route.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God [is] faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear [it]. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

3. CATCH AND GET IT BACK TO THE PITCHER HOWEVER POSSIBLE

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.  Psalm 37:5 KJV

Like a catcher in baseball, frequently, we are thrown curve balls in life.  The care is too hard to handle. It flies right by the glove and can cause havoc on the field of life.  Sometimes, we are not prepared to deal with the care that is thrown; we just drop the ball.  Often, we take the care into our glove and fool around with it, and then throw it back.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-8 NKJV)

We all have our “thorn,” the thing which is hard to handle, the thing which wears us out and humbles us.  The word says in Psalm 37 to “commit” our way to the Lord.  Commit doesn’t mean throw; it means roll.  If we cannot toss our care immediately or throw it back quickly, His word tells us to just roll it on Him.

I enCOURAGE you to cast, hurl or roll your cares on the LORD. He cares for you. He wants to carry it for you.  He wants to take care of you, but you have to throw it to Him in this game of life.  He does not miss, nor fail.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

IMG_4326by Tammy Phillips
June 19, 2020

All His precepts [are} sure. They stand fast forever and ever…Psalm 111:7 & 8 NKJV

Precepts are like the maxims of Christian life.  They are the “take-aways” from God’s word on how to live a Godly life.  Precepts are directions on moral conduct that regulate our thoughts and behaviors.  They are prescriptions on how to live right.  They are guiding principles rather than legal restrictions.  Precepts are appointments of God, practical rules, where the inner man is directed and is responsible for choosing the right way.

The Hebrew word for “sure in Psalms 111:7 is ‘aman.  The list below provides its extensive meaning and insight:

All His precepts:

  • Prop Up
  • Sustain
  • Support
  • Establish
  • Build Up
  • Uphold
  • Make Unshakable

All His precepts are:

  • Faithful
  • Stable
  • True
  • Trustworthy
  • Verified

My favorite interpretation of the word sure is “to carry like a child.”   So, all of His very thoughts and words carry us through life, as we take hold of His hand.  ‘Aman also means:  to take the right hand; to turn right; choose to the right; go to the right.
The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; (Psalm 19:8 CSB)

  • His precepts lead us to His right hand.
  • His precepts turn us right.
  • His precepts help us go right.
  • His precepts lead us the right way.
  • His precepts help us choose the right way.
  • His precepts direct us in His righteousness.

Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts. – Psalm 119:173 NKJV

The LORD’S precepts are believable.  They can be built upon and leaned upon. As we trust and do, His word, His precepts guide us through life.  Ultimately, they lead us directly to him.

The Psalmist in 119 says of the LORD’s PRECEPTS:

KEEP DILIGENTLY: 
You have commanded [us] to keep Your precepts diligently. (Psalm 119:4 NKJV)

MEDITATE:  
Meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your ways. (Psalm 119:15 NKJV)

UNDERSTAND:
Make me understand the way of Your precepts;

LONG FOR: 
Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness. (Psalm 119:40 NKJV)

SEEK:       
And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. (Psalm 119:45 NKJV)

DO NOT FORSAKE:        
They almost made an end of me on earth, But I did not forsake Your precepts. (Psalm 119:87 NKJV)

SOUGHT & SAVED BY: 
I [am] Yours, save me; For I have sought Your precepts. (Psalm 119:94 NKJV)

KEEP:    
Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts. (Psalm 119:134 NKJV)

GET UNDERSTANDING: 
Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way. (Psalm 119:104 NKJV)

DO NOT STRAY: 
The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts. (Psalm 119:110 NKJV)

LOVE: 
Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness. (Psalm 119:159 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you in ALL of His precepts.  They are sure and last forever. You can count on His Word.  May each appointment of the Lord build you up and sustain you.  May they carry you through life as you hold tightly to His right hand.  They all hang on Love.

I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life. – Psalm 119:93 NKJV

 

 

GOD’S PERFECT ARCHITECTURE

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Shells from all over the world:   Sea of Galilee to Bora Bora, and all  places in between.

by Tammy Phillips
July 18, 2020

So, God created man in His [own] image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:27 NKJV

One of my greatest joys is going to the beach and collecting seashells.  Every shore that I have travelled to around the world offers different shells.  I was amazed by God when we traveled to the Polynesian Islands.  One atoll was not a mile wide.  It could easily be traversed from side to side.  Not only did that island have different shells than the other islands, each side of the island offered different treasures.

Why does shelling bring me such joy? I have thought about this for days now.

Shells are perfect architecture created by God.
Shells are different sizes.
Shells are different shapes.
Shells are different colors.
Every shell is special.
Every shell is different.
Every shell is fragile.
Every shell is beautiful.
Every shell is unique.
Each shell is like a precious jewel.
Every shell is a treasure to me.

When I am blessed to visit the beach, I want to take all the shells home with me. They just bring me great joy.

Why in the world would I ever place more value on a shell than a human life?

I do not do it consciously.  However, If I walk by your human shell that is sick or hurting, I have done just that.  If you are not the right size, shape or color and I cast you off as broken or worthless, I have done just that.  If I speak unkindly to you, am I valuing you?  If I ignore you and pass by your pain, have I not devalued you as less than the shell that I have stopped and taken care of as treasured creation of God?

Why can’t we, as a whole, recognize and value every human as perfected architecture created by God?  Yes, we all have little imperfections caused by life.  We all have made wrong choices.  We have all sinned.  Why do we so easily judge the human shell: the size, the shape, the color, the imperfections and the flaws?  Why do we not choose to extend the grace so freely given to us as Christians?  Why can we not appreciate the soft bodied being that is hidden inside and created in the image of God?

We will shed our human shell.  It will die, our spirits will not.  Isn’t it time to stop and take time to look at what is on this inside of the shell?  We need to slow down and treasure each human.  We need to see each person as God sees them.

Every shell has been on a journey and every shell has a story to tell.

I enCOURAGE you to love, appreciate and treasure every human shell that you come in contact with.  Take time to stop and listen.  This will not be easy.   We do not like the interruptions. (Jesus didn’t mind them.)  This is going to be an intentional, on purpose, disciplined action.

P.S.  Remember, love what is inside your shell while you are at it.  You are worth it.IMG_4267

LESSONS IN LIFE FROM A SPIRAL SHELL

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Whelk shell found at Shackleford Banks Island, NC.  2016

by Tammy Phillips
June 16, 2020

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So, God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind…. And God saw that [it was] good. – Genesis 1:21 NKJV

I really, really like seashells.  I like collecting all kinds of shells.  I enjoy finding perfectly formed teeny, tiny shells and I delight in the great beauty of spiral shells, whether conch or whelk.  They are so intricately formed.  Shells are perfect architecture created by God.  I can see why God saw the goodness in His creation.

I was relaxing on our deck where we have a collection of whelk shells that Kris and I picked up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I was studying one old, weathered shell.  I noticed that it was formed layer upon layer, and step by step.  I thought to myself, “This must take forever to build.”  After a Google search, I found out that a mature whelk shell is formed in only about 5 years!  They drink in salt and chemicals from the sea, such as calcium and carbonate and mix it with proteins from their body to form their shells.  They must be laser focused… eat, reproduce, and build.  I guess they don’t get as easily deterred as we do, well, besides trying to survive from enemy predators and the huge storms that often accost them in the seas.  Their elaborate shells become their homes and a place of protection.  As the whelk matures, it makes space for its growing body by gradually enlarging and extending their shells by adding new, spiraling layers.

Isn’t that the way we grow, step by step, layer upon layer, precept upon precept?  We take in God’s word like the whelks takes in calcium carbonate.  His word builds up our faith.

“So, then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. – Romans 10:17 NKJV

Then like the whelk, we put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, our predator. (Ephesians 6:11).

And, “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16 NKJV)

We build our invisible shells by hearing the word and putting on the full armor of God, including the shield of faith.  The more we absorb from the Living Water, the stronger we grow.  And just like the whelk, each new layer in Him is a step up, bringing us closer to maturity in Him.   Each step of faith we take thickens our shell, protecting us from the storms of life and from our enemy whose mission is to destroy us.  Each new layer of faith in us creates the spiral that is our life.

I enCOURAGE you to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:14).  I enCOURAGE you to spiral up.  Take in God’s word however possible and obey it.  Keep taking steps forward in Christ, Word upon Word and precept upon precept.

The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23 KJV

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Look at these spiral shells. You can so vividly see each step in the smaller shell.  Fun fact whelks are the cold water equivalent to tropical water conchs.

 

 

 

LET’S FLY

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Shackleford Island, 2016

by Tammy Phillips
June 16, 2020

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! [for then] would I fly away and be at rest. – Psalm 55:6 KJV

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 KJV

A big bird with expansive wings soared by my window.  He was riding the wind.  I wanted to follow him.  Honestly, I wanted to be taken away like the cottonwood seed who flies so effortlessly through the air.  Wouldn’t you like to fly off?  Today, I would.  Let’s go on a journey and pretend that we are flying to our happy place, the beach.  Travel with me?  I will come meet you and we will take off.  We will let the breeze take us as far south, east, or west as we choose.  We will glide and see the majesty of God’s creation as we go. The view from above is breathtaking. There is so much freedom in the flight.  We did not have to pack, and we carry no baggage.  We are not constrained by time nor circumstance.

We approach our destination and as far as the eye can see, the ocean abides within its confines.  Innumerable shells of every size, color and shape beautifully litter the seashore.  We gently glide in for a landing.  We have arrived.

We choose our place to just “be.”  Toes in the wet sand.  Fingers are filtering the cool, dry, supple sand.  A brisk breeze is coming off the ocean.  Our lounge chairs are waiting on us.  They are skimming the edge of the tide.  A favorite chilled drink is plentiful and within reach.  The fruity smells of summer: creamy coconut, pineapple, banana and lime are generously applied.  The radiant rays are beaming down from the sun to kiss every inch of our bodies.   Settled in and eyes open wide to the vastness of God’s creation.  Breathe in.  No other smell is like that of the ocean.  It refreshes and renews.  The waves then begin the symphony that our ears have longed for as they crash in and rush out.

I enCOURAGE you to fly in the Spirit to your happy place today.  Take time to just “be.” Simply, breathe.  Breathe in the Lord and all that He is.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I take the wings of the morning, [And] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7,9-10 NKJV)

BE OF GOOD CHEER

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Sunset in Clarksville, Tennessee, June 13, 2020 

by Tammy Phillips
June 15, 2020

Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. – Acts 27:25 KJV

Be of good cheer means to be of good courage.  Saying “be of good cheer” in the New Testament is just like saying “be courageous” in the Old Testament.  Courage is a choice.  Courage is “doing it afraid.”  Look up the verses below for yourself.  In each case instructions are given to cheer up, to be courageous, with supporting reasons why.  Read these passages out loud to yourself and be encouraged.  Faith comes by hearing.  Hear yourself tell yourself why you should be of good cheer and watch your faith grow.

BE OF GOOD CHEER (Acts 27:25 KJV)
Be encouraged.
I believe God.
His word is true.
It will be just as it was told you.

BE OF GOOD CHEER (Matthew 9:2 NKJV)
Be of good courage.
Jesus sees your faith.
Your sins are forgiven.

BE OF GOOD CHEER (Mark:50 NKJV)
BE OF GOOD COURAGE.
It is Me, Jesus.
I am here.
I am with you.
Do not be afraid.

BE OF GOOD CHEER (Mark 10:49 NKJV)
Be of good courage.
Jesus hears your cries.
Jesus stops for you.
Jesus calls you.
Jesus says: “Rise”

BE OF GOOD CHEER (Luke 8:48 NKJV)
Be of good courage.
Jesus recognizes you.
Jesus does not care if you are woman, child, red, yellow, black or white.
Your faith has made you whole.
Go in peace.

BE OF GOOD CHEER (John 16:33 NKJV)
Be of good courage.
Jesus speaks to you.
You will have tribulation and trouble.
You will have anguish and afflictions.
You will be persecuted and pressed.
You have peace in Jesus.
Jesus has overcome the world.

I enCOURAGE you to be of good cheer! Be of good cheer. Be of good cheer.  Choose to overcome every obstacle, every fear and every trial, courageously, in Him and through Him.  He was, is, and always will be our Savior.

CHOOSE FAITH. TRUST GOD. BE COURAGEOUS

IMG_4126by Tammy Phillips
June 14, 2020

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He [is] the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

We have a choice: Faith or Fear.  For everything that discourages, we choose faith or fear.

Life comes at us hard. The enemy is relentless.  When I was less mature in the Lord, I vividly remember telling one of my fellow warrior sisters in Christ, Kristi Stephens, that I wish we could just get a break.  I wish that one day could pass without a battle.  We did not quite grasp it at the time, but we had caught a break. Jesus was broken for us.  He gave us the break we needed. We just have to accept what He did for us and bravely face whatever comes our way.  We should remain rooted in the Word.  Increasing in strength and knowledge that God Almighty, El Shaddai, lives inside of us.  He goes before us.  We can choose to be brave by abiding in the awareness that El Shaddai is walking with us. He is the bravest, mightiest, strongest and most powerful.  When we take Him at His word, we have absolutely nothing to fear.  Bravery is our choice when we come to know that we are overcomers in him.

I enCOURAGE you to be strong and of good courage. CHOOSE FAITH. TRUST GOD. BE COURAGEOUS.   It is the only way to make it through the day.  It is the only way to live in this present time.

The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1 NKJV)

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV)

“Therefore, take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. (Acts 27:25 NKJV)

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

What then shall we say to these things? If God [is] for us, who [can be] against us? (Romans 8:31 NKJV)

CHOOSE FAITH.  TRUST GOD. BELIEVE.

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Photo taken  by Julie Madison through her windshield  on the way home from work in Alpharetta, GA, February 26, 2020

by Tammy Phillips
June 13, 2020

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. – John 14:1 NKJV

 We have a choice: Faith or Fear.  For every doubt that dare enter our mind, we choose faith or fear.
Believe God.  (Mark 5:36)
Believe only and don’t be afraid.  (Luke 8:50)
Believe His wondrous works.  (Psalm 105:2)
Believe and you will be established.  (2 Chronicles 20:20)
Believe His Salvation.  (Mark 16:16)
Believe His Word.  (Mark 1:15)
Believe you receive what you ask.  (Mark 11:24)
Believe you are forgiven.  (1 John 1:9)
Believe and be saved.  (Acts 16:31)
Believe and signs will follow.  (Mark 16:17)
Believe God is always with you.  (Matthew 28:20)
Believe God will never leave nor forsake.  (Hebrews 13:5)
Believe and be made well.  (Luke 8:50)
Believe in His name.  Believe you are a son of God.  (John 1:12)
Believe and you will live FOREVER.   (John 3:36)
Believe God and all things are possible.  (Mark 9:23)

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” – Mark 5:36 NKJV

I enCOURAGE you to CHOOSE FAITH.  TRUST GOD.  BELIEVE GOD.
As Christians, we trust God with our eternity, why do we have trouble believing Him in our today?

CHOOSE FAITH. TRUST GOD. DO NOT FEAR

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Photo credit: Yvonne O’Daniel, a Team Tennessee Mom, McAlester, OK 06/09/2020

by Tammy Phillips
June 12, 2020

Fear not, for I [am] with you; Be not dismayed, for I [am] your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

We have a choice: Faith or Fear.  For every fear that tries to enter our mind, we choose faith or fear.

How many times in God’s love letter to us do we hear, “Fear not?”  This is another command.  It is a strong encouragement.  Fear imprisons and faith in God is freedom.  Fear is being in awe of the enemy, what he says, what he whispers in out ears, what he does, and what he threatens.  God only wants us to be in fear of Him.  God expects our awe and amazement to be directed to Him alone.  We should not fear anyone nor anything.  This includes death; it includes life.  It includes disease.; it includes lack.  Fear is one of Satan’s favorites weapons.  If he can get us to abide in fear, he has gotten us to step out of complete faith in God.  Fear distracts us from the Savior, Comforter, Deliverer, Healer, Provider, and the Answer to every problem or concern.  Fear also distracts us from our purpose.  We cannot complete our Godly assignments if we are paralyzed by fear.

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you…and He who formed you…  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called [you] by your name; You [are] Mine.  When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” – Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV

“And the LORD, He [is] the One who goes before you.  He will be with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV

Behold, God [is] my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, [is] my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ – Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

And he said, “Listen, do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle [is] not yours, but God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV

God [is] our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; [Though] its waters roar [and] be troubled, [Though] the mountains shake with its swelling.  Selah – Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

“So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. – Mat 10:31 NASB

But when Jesus heard [it], He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” – Luke 8:50 NKJV

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

So, we may boldly say: “The LORD [is] my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:6 NKJV

I enCOURAGE you to CHOOSE FAITH.  TRUST GOD.  DO NOT FEAR!  DO NOT BE AFRAID!  I lived in the dungeon of deception for too many years of my life.  Fear kept me incarcerated.  Be free.  Walk in the extravagant, saving grace of Jesus.  As Christians, we trust God with our eternity,  with Him by our side, why do fear our today?

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