Snow Day

Macro Snowflake photography crystal iceClick to see at full size.

Winter echinacea with snow beauty observed

Winter holly with snow Beautiful photography inspirational memes.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire.
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” ~Isaiah 55:10-12

Yesterday, I wrote about my UNword which was UNafraid.  I realized that I left out an action plan for when fear comes.  I don’t just want to get rid of fear and not replace it with something better.  So, here are three simple things we can do to keep fear away:

1.  Praise!  I find that when I put praise and worship music on in my house, I am instantly praising the Lord and not dwelling on all of the fearful things.  Lately, I can not get enough of this song and have played it a bazillion times.

2.  Pray!  Seems so obvious, doesn’t it?  But too often I find myself getting fearful and immediately picking up the phone to call a friend to hash out the problem.  There is nothing wrong with calling a friend because God gave us fellowship and a support system, but the problem comes when we are running to those other people first before we run to God.

3.  Ponder!  Joshua 1:8 says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Here is a list of 50 verses that can lead to peace. I have a friend that has a packet of index cards that she has written UNafraid verses on.  She carries them in her purse so that she can whip them out whenever she needs them.  I really need to do this.

What are some of the ways you cope with fear in your life?

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16 thoughts on “Snow Day

  1. Beth

    Oh my goodness! Your photos are truly stunning. And love the UNword concept. I just loved everything about this post. In a year with my husband deployed, replacing fear with something better is surely a focus of mine so THANK YOU for this.
    So grateful Barbie led me your way.
    Blessings,
    Beth

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    1. BeautyObserved Post author

      Beth,
      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

      I am always so impressed and challenged by people with spouses in the military. Thank you for all you do!

      I am also grateful for Barbie! Thank you so much for visiting today.

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    1. BeautyObserved Post author

      Thank you, Lisa. I am glad that Barbie pointed me to your site. It is encouraging to meet and learn from other photographers. [I’m having in a link-up tomorrow, if you’d like to participate. 🙂 ]

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  2. Joan

    What beautiful photos! I love seeing snowflakes magnified like that so we can admire their unique beauty! And, thanks for the great ways to deal with fear! I’m focusing on courage this year, so this post is especially timely!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. BeautyObserved Post author

      I am glad you enjoyed the photos. Thank you! I am in awe of the way God creates!

      It seems like many of us are dealing with being more courageous! I am thankful that He can help us with this!

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

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  3. jedidja

    Like snow crystals are different; people who struggle with anxiety are different. I think we can learn from each other 🙂 I love you three things. But I can’t praise God when I am captivated by fear. I therefore begin with ponder and pray. I do not seek help from people. I struggle especially with my irrational thoughts in the early monrings. These are my things: Pray, ponder, do something active, sing when you feel the fear goes away.

    You’re a brilliant photographer!

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    1. BeautyObserved Post author

      Thank you for the compliment on my photography. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

      You are right that people and anxieties are like snow crystals. I am glad that you have found the steps that help you with fear. God is so gracious in giving us different tools to help us!

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

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  4. Healed By His Wounds

    Greetings, Elizabeth,

    What a lovely site — definitely “beauty observed”! Your photographs are captivating and your writing, inspired. Thank you for sharing them with us! How glad I am to be your neighbor at The Weekend Brew.

    I just love that snow crystal photograph! Wow. And you’re right: that song is a winner. I, too, struggle with fear periodically, and so your points today (and the link to the 50 verses) really speak to my heart!

    In return (and in kind), here’s a little photograph series of snow-capped thistles, etc., for you to enjoy (though, if I’m not mistaken, yours looks like a coneflower!). It was fun snapping away in the snow! http://inthehandsofthehealer.blogspot.com/2013/12/his-gentle-touch.html

    God bless you,
    HBHW

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    1. BeautyObserved Post author

      Thank you for your very gracious comment!

      Isn’t that list of 50 verses great? I need to print it out and hang it on my refrigerator!!

      You are right, that is a picture of cone flower. Thank you for linking your photos. I look forward to visiting your site!

      Thank you for visiting!
      Elizabeth

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    1. BeautyObserved Post author

      Ginger,
      Thank you for the compliment.

      I appreciate your comment. I love how God uses different blogs, situations, etc. to show me things He wants me to learn. I am always amazed when I go to several unrelated blogs and hear the same message for my heart.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!
      Elizabeth

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