power, love, and a sound mind!

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)

Each day at camp, there is a bible verse to memorize and this one is for today.  One of those that I cling to and remind myself and stand on in strength.

From that scripture my heart is brought to this one:

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 1 John 4:18 (NLT)

My prayer for today is that these amazing, adorable, little kiddos would just be so filled with God’s love that any and all fear would be gone.  I’m writing this a week beforehand and I’m so excited to come back with stories of how God met these little ones that I have yet to meet and hold…but in the meantime I’m loving on them from afar with my prayers and praying for you too to experience this love that casts out ALL fear.

and while we’re at it…this verse also popped up during my time with matthew:

“But seeing the wind, he became frightened and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31

I love that even when we are afraid, doubting, having only a little faith…Jesus grabs us.  He takes hold of us and saves us when we call to Him.  Even when everything around me is shaking, He is there.  He knows exactly the right timing. I can trust Him with timing even when things seem like they’re set back.  And besides…there is no fear in perfect love.

what are you fearing today?


4 thoughts on “power, love, and a sound mind!

  1. How funny that you scheduled this and my most recent post is on fear, but you are gone at camp, so I’m not sure if you’ve seen it yet.

    Today I am fearing aloneness and quietness. I am afraid of being abandoned and forgotten. I am afraid that I’m invisible and unimportant and not enough. I’m afraid of many things lately and I wish I wasn’t. But I am thankful that my Jesus holds me and comforts me and loves me enough, MORE than enough.

    I have to know that I can trust him. I have to remember his deep deep love for me.

    • i just read it! and that is funny that we both wrote about it 🙂
      those are fears i battle too…especially the being abandoned…i’m definitely still learning to love fiercely yet loosely in the sense of not turning that love into an idol or identity. my fear usually comes in the form of fearing that i will love and won’t be wanted/loved back…or that someone else will come along and the other person will love them instead. haibo, oh my heart…thank goodness God is still molding and transforming and working

  2. Hi Katy – I really like this NLT version of 1 John 4:18 — Love “expels” … I need some expulsion of love. 🙂

    My greatest fear is that I’m missing out on what God has for me. But, that is really a deception that I’m always correcting. Because of God’s grace and mercy, everything that is mine in Christ can never be taken from me.

    Those kids are so lucky. I’m sure you’re mobbed by all the little arms and crazy giggles! 🙂

    • me too! when i went to get the verse and saw that version I just loved the way that it captured the essence of the verse.
      and wow, i so need to hang onto that truth as well. i don’t think i’ve ever quite thought of it that way, but rather been on the pessimistic side of thinking i could miss out because of my own choices….hmmm
      –and yes, I was mobbed and absolutely loved it!

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