Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
First, Happy Birthday!!! Today, this beloved blog turned six years old. It’s crazy to think that six years ago in a college dorm room, I created a blog to journey towards healing. God has used this beloved platform to be a space of freedom, a community where we can all walk together towards authentic love. Over the past six years, I’ve learned a lot in this love journey, have had my share of victories and losses but through it all: I survived! Blessed be unto God who causes us to triumph!
Today, I had a whole meltdown because at the root of it all- I was utterly afraid.
For today to be the blog’s birthday, it was a rough one. It was a day filled with emotional ups and downs. To tell you the truth, I forgot all about our birthday because my impending BAR exam was the only thing on my mind. For those of you that are unaware, I graduated from law school in May. To practice law, one must take and pass what we call a BAR exam. It’s an exam that tests all of the material we learned over the past three years. It’s an extensive, rigorous exam. It’s mentally, physically and emotionally taxing. It’s not for the faint at heart. This exam has been the focus of my attention for the past two months and the exam is in four days! Today, I had a whole meltdown because at the root of it all- I was utterly afraid. I was afraid of failure, afraid of people’s opinion, afraid of disappointing myself and with this fear came a butt load of pressure.
For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 TPT
It was so hard to get out of bed this morning. I didn’t get out of bed until around one, I trudged to my workspace to begin prep, looked at the problems and in my heart said: “I don’t want to do this.” The truth of the matter was, in my heart, I was afraid that I couldn’t take this exam and pass. Fear gripped me in the crevices of my soul and I whispered to the Lord, “I feel so alone. I’m here yet I cannot hear you.” It was as if the darkness swallowed me whole and I had to fight to see the light. One of my favorite worship leaders once said, “Many of you are getting ready to enter into a night. Remember that the light is on the inside. The light is on the inside!” Her words fought against the darkness that plagued my mind.
You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. Psalm 139:3-4 TPT
Seeking wisdom, I went to talk to my mom. Y’all, my mom is like Jesus’ best friend. She held me, prayed over me and reminded me that she was proud of me if I became a licensed attorney or not. She was proud of me if I took the exam in four days or four months. She was proud of me! Her words took away all of the pressure. For the longest, I felt this pressure to become for those that were counting on me. I felt pressure to become for those that looked up to me. I felt pressure to become for those that loved me. She held me as I cried and reminded me that regardless, I was loved.
Many of you are getting ready to enter into a night. Remember that the light is on the inside. The light is on the inside!- ©Steffany Gretzinger, 2018
Jesus loves me. That is the simple truth that I tell myself when I feel the grip of fear. Jesus loves me. He is in love with me. He cares about me deeply and because of this, I don’t have to search for love and comfort. When I don’t know, He knows. When I don’t have the strength, He is strong. When I don’t feel like I can, He believes so strongly in me. Jesus loves me. I felt His love this evening as I sat to reflect on the day.
There’s no need to fear, for you are right here.- ©Simone Holloway, 2018
During a Tuesday evening in November, surrounded by my beautiful church family, I began to have this musical conversation with the Lord. Those who know me, know that I love to sing and write songs. The songs that enter my heart are usually spontaneous and driven by my relationship with the Lord. I was in the middle of a rehearsal when the words “There’s no need to fear, for you are right here.” came to my heart. It was as if God knew that I would face so many things that would make me afraid. He knew that I would feel alone, so he prepared me with a song. Then in love, He sang these words over me: “I’m walking right beside you/I’m holding your hand./ I’m walking right beside you./ Though you don’t understand.” He is the light at my feet, the wind at my back, and the lover of my soul. Tonight he reminded me that he was my guide, that he was the strength and power I needed to move forward and that he was the one who loved me deeply! Then He reminded me of our six-year journey and his faithfulness brought me to tears.
I’m walking right beside you, I’m holding your hand. I’m walking right beside you, though you don’t understand.- ©Simone Holloway, 2018
Long story short, I’m taking an exam that can determine my career in a few days and I am not afraid. Because guess what? Jesus will be there with me! He’ll be there holding my hand, looking out for me, and making sure that everything works for my good. He’s near, He’s right here and He’ll be with me forever!
The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way; he’s the source of my salvation to defend me every day. I fear no one! Psalm 27:1b TPT