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Lesley, your dad sent me the link to this. I was encouraged, and I’ve also been thinking about what bible stories might help the folk at the south parish as we face the future with what seems like uncertainty and I’m sure for many a sense of loss as we begin to look at what we will be doing re the building. So many of them have invested so much in the church and the changes that lie ahead must be scary and a bit unsettling. Thank you.

Rebecca
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Praying for you, Terry, and unity within your parish as you face new opportunities for growth as God leads you!

Boma
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Boma

When we choose faith over fear, the possibilities that are then within reach are endless. Thanks so much for this encouragement, Lesley. Many blessings to you!

Hadassah
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Hadassah

Such great encouragement! I can relate. So often I feel inadequate and frightened to move forward and do what God is calling me to do. Choosing faith over fear is the most important decision we do daily.

Mary Geisen
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Mary Geisen

Thank you for this beautiful truth. I wonder how often we miss out on something because of fear or believing someone else is better suited. Just think God does call us to things and it is okay to say “yes.” Thank you for sharing your story.

Anita Ojeda
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Anita Ojeda

What a beautiful truth! God comes near when we are bewildered, afraid, in pain, or insecure.

Fiona
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Fiona

Love God’s relentless faithfulness!! 💜

Tiffiney
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Tiffiney

Choosing faith over fear is never easy, but so possible with our God! Congrats on moving forward in faith. 😊

Jeanne Takenaka
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Jeanne Takenaka

Lesley, wow. What a powerful post! I love this part of the Bible. When I see how small Gideon was, how God called him AND equipped him, and how God used Gideon to deliver his people, I am in awe of our Father. Nothing is too difficult for him. We need to choose faith in our Father rather than fear based on what we see. I loved this: “The manner in which He chooses to effect that rescue is through Gideon, even in his weakness. Despite Gideon’s doubts and hesitation, his lack of confidence, and his fear, God’s commitment to… Read more »

Barbara Harper
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Barbara Harper

I can so identify with this. So many times I’ve felt God’s nudge to do something, yet felt I couldn’t do it. Yet when He has gently led me out of my comfort zone, I’ve seen Him work in so many ways. I’m thankful He is patient with His hesitant, fearful followers.

Bethany
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Bethany

I can so identify with this! Gideon is one of the Biblical people I most relate to. So glad God equips is to follow in faith instead of fear- and especially for how He has proven Himself faithful in your life!

Patsy Burnette
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Patsy Burnette

Great post! I love the idea of “read His Words before ours” that’s awesome! Followed on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. 🙂 The story of Gideon is such a great example of what God can do through a few. He makes His plan work through us when we are willing to serve Him.

Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

Jana
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Jana

Wow, Lesley. This is so powerful. I’m struck by the inclusion of Gideon’s doubts and fears and questions in this story. It’s a comfort because it shows God knew we’d need stories like these – real people with thoughts and tendencies just like ours. I’m so thankful the Bible isn’t full of stories about seemingly perfect people. And I’m reminded of God’s promise in the midst of all our anxieties – His presence. He makes all the difference. Thanks for pointing us to Jesus and for sharing your story!

Michele Morin
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Michele Morin

Thank you for your testimony of fighting fear and persevering through 12 years of ministry to kids!

Carlie
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Carlie

Such an encouraging study! I think I’m feeling a bit like Gideon today, but perhaps I need to turn and see the One who is standing with me and promising to be with me. Thanks for the encouragement to follow God (who is able to do abundantly more than I ask or imagine) and not my fears (which simply keep me from fully trusting God in my life-steps).

Joanne Viola
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Joanne Viola

I have been thinking quite a bit over the last few days about faith and fear. In my devotional, written by Max Lucado, he makes the statement that “Great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation … At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear.” When we plant that seed of fear in the soil of His Word, it gives way to acts of faith. May we trust His Word always. Blessings!

Rebecca
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Thank you for sharing those thoughts, Joanne! What a great word picture of dropping fear into truth and letting God grow our faith.

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