The Fear/Faith Principle

I’ll never forget what my mother did when I was twelve years old. She volunteered me to teach a¬†ladies Sunday school class. She thought it would be fun. She was in the class. ūüôĀ

It was youth Sunday,¬†but¬†still …

I was furious. And scared to death.

On the way to¬†¬†church I felt like throwing up. My hands shook as I clutched the fear/faith poster I’d made. The poster was half black and half yellow. The yellow part represented faith. The black part meant fear.

At the bottom I wrote:

“Faith means walking to the edge of all the light you can see and taking one more step.”

That day in 1972 when I taught the semi-circle of ladies, a miracle happened.

My poster worked!

I didn’t pass out. My heart slowed down. My words¬†flowed.

I saw a softening around their eyes, a tenderness, a look of understanding.

We experienced the awe and humility of God’s Presence.

This weekend, I’m flying to Massachusetts to lead a ladies retreat on Surrender.

I’m packing my carry-on now. The goofy shoes and hat are part¬†of a skit.

I’m bringing the¬†Daily Guideposts 2015¬†. It contains a¬†Surrender Series I wrote.

On the inside, I’m still the same little girl. Forty-two years later,¬†right before I speak, my heart does that¬†same skippity thing, and my hands turn clammy.

But the fear/faith principle still works.

When you take one tiny step¬†out of all the light you can see, and your foot is coming down into darkness, you don’t realize it, but you’re landing in faith.

Are you stepping out into faith about something?

My church lady shoes for the skit–my mother wore them 27 years ago at her second wedding.

Please say a prayer for us this weekend.

Here’s my blog about the Ladies Surrender Retreat in South Carolina.

“Fear not, for I am with you.” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

So much love,

Julie