Your Monday Muse May 2019-Tenth Avenue North

When we started Little Lamb Books, we were full of joy and excitement and the future seemed endless. And, then a year into the process of building our company, reality set in and brought with it an overwhelming set of fears. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointment. We almost backed out. Almost.

Four years later, we have seen quite a bit of success, but it hasn’t been without challenges and the journey has not been easy. It’s taken quite a bit of faith and prayer. Faith that God has a bigger plan than we can imagine. Prayer that we will have wisdom, find provision, and stay true to our mission. God has been walking with us each and every step of the way. He’s always provided. He’s opened doors and made connections that could not be made without Him.

It doesn’t mean that we don’t still have moments of worry or fear of the unknown. We all feel very real moments of fear and doubt and it can be overwhelming.

As parent, you may feel afraid as you watch your child leave your arms and head to school.

As an author, the fear of the unknown may freeze your thoughts and your ideas keeping you from ever typing one word.

As a student, the anxiety you feel about what others think about you can keep you from standing up in your faith.

As a married couple, the fear of infidelity can drive a wedge between you and your spouse and cause you to withdraw.

But, anxiety and depression, fear and despair, and overwhelm and worry are not traits of our Heavenly Father. They are from the Enemy to distract us from the ONE who wants only the very best for us. Jesus cares about what we care about, and wants only the best for His children.

It may be difficult, but challenge yourself today. Place your children, your marriage, your job, your future, your dreams in the hands of our strong and mighty Savior.  Give Him thanks for all that He is doing in your life right now and tomorrow too. Focus on the positives and pray about the things that cause you fear. Lay them in His hands. He is a safe place. He will carry you through whatever comes next. He loves you.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10