Five Minute Friday – Afraid


Usually, this, up there, is the kind of stuff that makes me afraid. And so, I resort to The Funny, just like the clever answerer did above. But that Funny? It’s masking my some serious fear.
I am, at my core, very afraid. I still choose the lies that the enemy slings at me more often than I choose the Truth that could pour over me; far more often than I’d like to admit. And when I make a mistake?  Or, fail?  Then, that fear can close in like a thick dark blanket, with every intention of snuffing me out.
But just as often as I make the wrong choices, my Savior reminds me of the one right choice He made.  For me.  And you.  The one choice to give His life for my life. The one choice that will trump that lousy fear every. single. time.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”

Psalm 56:3

Such simplicity in those nine words.  Placed on repeat, though, in the midst of my worst fears and darkest moments, they become just the boost of courage that I need. And a reassuring reminder that He is someone whom I safely can put my trust in. Time and time again. Oh, yes indeedy!

I’m linking arms with some of the most encouraging and inspiring writers every Friday over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog.  We follow a simple rule.  Write for five minutes and then stop.  We allow a one-word prompt to speak into our hearts and then we pour it out onto the page, so to speak. Intriguing, isn’t it?  If you’d like to join in, or just read along, click the button below.



22 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Afraid

  1. girl, I just love you to pieces!
    I used to call that the “Pathetic Theorem” in school. sadly, due to the job I used to have, I still remember how to solve for that silly letter 😉

    all that aside, what I love is how you know where to go to find Truth! And like me, you need to have it on repeat once in awhile for it to sink in. I’m not ashamed to admit that anymore. at least I’m striving!:)

  2. Love your post, Missy. Sounds like our hearts really are in the same place! I think yesterday was a day for God to wage war against our fear, yes? I was reminded this morning that That I’ve been Peter, standing on the waves, looking at the storm and sinking. But when I keep my eyes on Jesus, I can walk on water in the midst of the worst storm! Love your post!

    • Jessica, thank you! I love that thought of God waging war on our fears. Fear of letting go of things we want to hold on to (side of the boat, anyone?) and fear of the unknown, and fear of losing control… Wage that war, Lord! And praise Him that the victory will always be His!

  3. And I’m a ding-dong…I meant to thank you for all your wonderful comments, and it’s always a joy to hear from you. I’m so glad you were able to visit. 🙂 You are most encouraging to this girl, and many others, I imagine. 🙂

  4. I laughed right out about that triangle!! That’s my kind of math! 🙂
    I’m so skeert. I’m afraid of all those things that we really ought not be afraid of…and I know it’s not right, and I want so much not to be afraid. As I read the verse up there, I began singing (in my head, mind you, my kids are trying to get to sleep and I don’t want to give them bad dreams as they drift off) Hiding Place. Do you know that one? It’s based on that Psalm, and I hadn’t heard it or even thought about it for years, but once upon a camp-time, it was one of my favorites. 🙂
    Banish those fears!

    • Skeert, HA! We are told to be anxious for nothing and yet we’re anxious for everything now-a-days. When I think on that, I realize that in God’s Economy, I’m flat out upside down in my thinking. I just looked up Hiding Place. Perfect words. Ah, summer camp…

  5. Missy, I almost started my FMF calling myself Miss Much Afraid, because at my core I am very afraid. But I’m so glad for the victory of the cross. It is what frees me of all my fears. Yes, “when I am afraid, I will trust in You,” words that give me a boost of courage, too! ❤

    • Miss Much Afraid – right there with you, Jacqui. I couldn’t agree more that The Victory is all the sweeter for the freedom from fear.

  6. I find the Pythagorean Theorem terrifying as well. Okay, that’s not the Pythagorean Theorem but I hated math too. My sister, the CPA, is the mathematician in the family. But you bring up a great point. I was always fearful in math, because it didn’t come natural to me. AT ALL. Actually, I ended up being quite okay in math after I quit psyching myself out. It is freeing once we love ourselves as God loves us. And can accept that there are somethings we do well and others we don’t.

    • Jennifer – me too (on the getting to know each other). I always find it odd that bloggers united in heart can write so freely of themselves and form such bonds. 🙂 And back atcha about the writing. 🙂

  7. Yep, I find myself masking fear with funny too. You just gotta laugh about it sometimes. But I love how so many of us have found the truth that trumps fear in the Psamls. (And I love your “yes, indeedy”. That’s awesome!)

  8. Oh, my…we are kindred…to have written on the same exact verse! Yes, I bet we could talk up a storm if we met in person…yes, Abba Father God, who loves us with the strong love of a father and the tender heart of a mother (Ps, 27:10)…hugs to you 🙂

  9. Missy, Stopping in from FMF – just had to see what your blog was about with that curious-looking picture you had up. You cracked me up… and I loved your post and your honesty. I believe we’ll be in good company here today on “afraid.”
    Thank you for the laugh and your ability to “find X” … I may have to pull that with my high schooler this week….
    Have a blessed day today!

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