Guide, remember.. fear not

Guide

I sit here feeling battered and flummoxed.
I inadvertently opened a hot button on facebook.

Name calling.
Hard comments.
Challenges made.
Misunderstandings rampant.
I awed by the support of a friend.

I wonder..


Am I guiding anyone to know the Lord?
Are my answers thoughtful and soft?
Are they bold and straightforward? 
Am I ignoring the wasteful and answering the right?

I ponder the words of Romans 8
Devotional words where God reminds me
Of how he protects me against all comers.
He is ALMIGHTY GOD.
I am the child of the ALMIGHTY GOD.
What have I to fear?

Really,
What have I to fear?

So I think to myself
I won't shy away
I will occasionally link to items on facebook
That just might cause comment and 
Open doors to conversations.
Conversations that maybe allow people to see the HOPE
That hope of the coming glory that all who believe long for.

I'll try not to fear.
I'll try to keep showing
That there is more to life 
Than accepting the world's offerings. 
Because God offers so much more. 
And his people, we are more than conquerors
As we learn to guide those who
Do not yet know him.
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16 comments

  1. Annette, this poem's grace and tenderness reminds me of a flower, brave and fragile, reaching toward the light.

    A Son-flower.

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  2. So nicely said. Yes, it's become hard sometimes to speak the truth or share our opinions and convictions without coming across as harsh or judgmental. And often, I've found that even when I am as tactful and clear as I can possibly be, some folks are determined to take offense. I can only be responsible for me and continue to do the best that I can to speak the truth in love and to engage in thoughtful and kind discussion and debate.

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    1. I find it hard to talk when people are determined to take offense it's like he can't say anything and maybe that's the ploy because then it keeps you quiet.

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  3. Isn't it shocking how often fear has us in its grip? What a relief to have someone say, "Fear not"!

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    1. It's what the Lord tells us

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  4. Annette, I appreciate your vulnerability here. Every now and then, I stumble into a Facebook conversation that can become divisive. I'm with you. Part of me fears saying something that stirs up vitriol, but there will be times when the truth will do that. Like you, I am choosing not to give into fear. But, when God gives me something to say, or stirs my heart in some way, I need to share it.

    Thanks for your words here today!

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    1. Jeanne, you are very kind

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  5. God offers so much more than the world...
    and that, my dear, is why you have something wonderful to offer in your words of hope!

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  6. It is so difficult these days, isn't it? Especially when everyone has multiple soap boxes on which to stand, and we talk more than we listen. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you!

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    1. Thank you that is my wish as well

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  7. Lovely thoughts, Annette. I heard something the other day about how people are so tied to their opinions or ideas that we take personal offense when those ideas are challenged. It's difficult for us to have reasonable conversations when we feel personally attacked, even if that wasn't the intention.

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    1. Very true but sometimes it's hard to get past the feelings of others to make sure that they hear you different quandary

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  8. Your heart speaks volumes and shares the love of God with anyone who cares to listen. Keep up the Lord's work of love.

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    1. Thank you I try I often feel like I fail

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