"The trees are about to show us how beautiful it is to let dead things go." -Anonymous
Fall is my favorite season. Everything is so cozy and warm in the autumn. The earth is in this beautiful transition from alive to dead that leaves us with the most elaborate display of colors. The trees change to yellow, orange, and red in their own time.
This time of year I like to collect branches that are changing color and place them in our home. Not only are they a beautiful fall decoration, but they are a reminder to me that letting go of that which is dead can be beautiful.
It might be painful, and it might take time, but letting go is so needed in our lives.
Lately I've been overwhelmed with fear. Ah yes, fear, my old foe.
Fear is the one who speaks lies into my ear at night as I lay awake.
It tells me that I'm unsafe, that I'm unloved, and that I will fail.
But I know that fear is a liar. The voice of fear is gruff and loud and grits the nerves.
But the voice of truth is tender, quiet, and calms the racing heart.
This season of life there are many things that I could be fearful over. Specifically the future. I could worry about my job performance and let fear tell me I'm not good enough. Or I can listen to the voice of truth that tells me that I am a great employee who is hardworking even though I'm not perfect.
I could listen to fear when it says that when its time for me to be a mother that I will fail. Or that I won't even be able to conceive.
But I choose to listen to the voice of truth which whispers for me to trust God with our family's future and to know that my worth is found in the Lord and not in anything else.
I could listen to fear that says I'm going to gain more weight and that no one will love me.
Or I can listen to the voice of truth that reminds me to humbly remember my little health journey victories, and reminds me that I am loved for who I am as a woman of faith.
Even as I write this, I am praying these words over myself. I am praying that I will be able to let go of fear in my life and embrace the voice of truth who speaks life and not death. I pray that I'll be able to let go of the fear of the future that can feel so intrinsic within me. I pray that I'll let go of the fear that I am unsafe at night or that some force wants to do my family harm and I won't be able to stop it.
I pray that I'll embrace the joy of being in a personal and intimate relationship with the most powerful yet gracious being in the universe.
I want to be the type of woman that shakes the foundation of fear in other people's lives when they see my recklessly abandoned heart for God.
I want to help other women know that fear is a lion that roars and flashes its teeth in the darkness but can be dragged out into the light and beat to death with truth.
One of my favorite verses that relates to our thoughts and fear is Philippians 4:8 which says,
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
I love that out of all of the things that this verse lists for us to think about, the very first is what is true.
If you have been letting the voice of fear speak over the voice of truth in your life, I hope that you can come to the feet of the Father, taste and see His goodness, and focus in on the gentle voice of truth.
Learn from the leaves that you see all around you this season. Let go of what is dead and take up what is life.