Also known as: When fear grips you like a vise

Have you ever had that moment when you were doing okay one moment, and then something happens — you got a call, discovered something, saw/heard/read something and then everything changes.

And then it comes. It makes your heart beat faster (and not in a nice way). Your chest tightens and your hands feel colder. You feel like the air is being sucked around you and from you. It grips you like a vise, immobilizing you, but it also makes you want to run, fast and far, with no definite destination, just away.

Fear. It cuts like a sharp knife and if you try to ignore it, it becomes a teeny tiny voice that keeps you distracted, that tries to take everything away from you until you’re so far from who you were before it attacked you and all you can wonder is how you got to that point. But you know how you got there, really — you just don’t really know how to get out.

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Also known as: Inspiration for the New Year

One of my favorite devotionals is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. The final entry there is one of my favorites. And now that it’s 2012, I realized I’ve never really blogged about that. So allow me to share my favorite parts in that final entry, in hopes of sharing inspiration for this new year. :)

God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present…

…He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard”. And God’s hand reaches back into the past, settling all claims against our conscience…

…It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness of the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of God.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

Hello, 2012. :)