Ministry Moments – March, 2020

FEAR

          God has blessed us with emotions, they are the feelings we experience in our lives. There is joy, anger, worried, tired, sad, excited, fear, love and I’m sure you can come up with more emotions/feelings. We all have them, we all experience joy and happiness, sadness, love and fear.

          So, what do we do about our feelings? Years ago before we went to Seminary, Mark and I participated and eventually presented at Marriage Encounter. It was a GREAT experience and we enjoyed sharing our “story” with those coming to enrich their marriages. As we wrote for our presentations our mentors would say to us “There is a feeling behind that”. Prior to writing for Marriage Encounter, I thought I was sharing my feelings, but I learned I was holding back. I was afraid to share my “true” feelings. I didn’t want to face my feelings. This wasn’t helping me, it wasn’t helping Mark, and it certainly wasn’t going to help the couples coming to strengthen their relationships. Our mentors and friends helped us discover that sharing our emotions/feelings would open our communication with each other and with others.

          Don’t get me wrong, there is a element of privacy, of confidentiality, but sharing some of our feelings/emotions with each other and how we got through some of our difficult times and how we rejoiced in the amazing times God has given us is incredibly helpful to others and to each other in understanding how God works in our everyday lives.

          God has blessed us with joys, sorrows, and anticipation of what He has in store for us. There are times when we are fearful of what will happen in the distant future, in the weeks to come, and even tomorrow. The one thing we have and can always count on is God’s blessings and His constant presence. He is always there with us, we never have to walk alone.

          When I am experiencing fear and doubt I turn to His Word and Promises. Here are a few of my favorite passages that I turn to, I hope they will help you as well.

Hebrews 13:5                  Joshua 1:5                      Deuteronomy 31:6                  

Matthew 28:20               Romans 8:37-39             Romans 8:31-35            

2 Chronicles 13:12            Psalm 46:7                     Psalm 46:11                            

1 Corinthians 4:1            Deuteronomy 7:9 Deuteronomy 31:8

Genesis 18:14 Isaiah 8:10

          These are a few of the passages I turn to when I need comfort and support. There are many more passages that you can share with others, I would love to hear some of your favorites. I may find comfort in your joy of searching Scripture for His answer. The one thing I am not afraid of is telling God Thank you for the blessings and struggles. I am also not afraid to comfort others with the fact that God has always been there for me and will be there with them. To share God’s love and blessings with others that are hurting or even joyful is truly a blessing and honor.

In God’s peace and love,

Debbie Oatman