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Feeling the Fear

Fear cannot take what you do not give it. ~Christopher Coan

I've been filled with fear and anxiety for a long time.

It's gotten worse these past few days.

A stranger was beneath my living room window.

Gun shots went off hurting neighbors.

Events are scheduled in a location I'm not comfortable with and around people that are difficult to be near.

Tonight a friend called and offered to take me for a walk.

We ended up at this beautiful beach we'd never seen before.

The water lapped, the salt scented the air, the gulls soared on air currents and children laughed as they played in the cold water.

Part of the walk led to abandoned and broken down buildings and my mind went wild again with what could happen and I had to force myself to focus on the beauty again:

- purple butterfly bushes
- layers and layers of clouds
- many hues of blue that reached from the sea to the sky and back again
- the reassuring hug my friend gave me
- a bunny hopping along the sidewalk

I got home and read this post from Kristen about the terrorist attack in Orlando.  Another mass shooting.  A terrorist attack on our land - again.

The act was horrible.  The hate reprehensible.  The fear unimaginable.

After reading Kristen's post I was reminded that my God is greater than any terrorist, any fear, anything someone evil can dream up.

Jesus is Love.
Jesus is with me always.
Jesus casts out fear and replaces it with peace.

My heart goes out to those grieving and those living in fear.

A dear friend just reminded me tonight that when I am afraid and there is no physical hand to hold that I should imagine myself crawling up into the safety of Jesus' arms.

May you all feel the presence of Jesus.  May His peace replace all of our fears and may be focus on Him and not what we fear.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 NIV

The post Feeling the Fear was first written and posted by Stacey Dawn on Dawning Inspiration at www.dawninginspiration.com.com, June 12, 2016.

Got Ball?

"Got Ball?" fits my little Levi perfectly.

This precious Pawbaby of mine could play 24 hours a day ... or close to it!

One of his many yellow balls are the first thing he runs for (after his morning potty) and next to the last thing he plays with before bed.  (The last is his very own stuffed 'baby' to hold and cuddle.)

You will find more happiness growing down than up. ~Author Unknown

At this very moment he is lying next to the couch.  The ball is hanging from his teeth by thin strings of yellow fuzz.  He is dancing with it, jumping in the air and tossing it around and around until it finally lands near me. 

Oh Levi, you crack me up.

You do keep me young (at heart!)

I'm thankful for your reminder that life doesn't have to be so serious.

Little One, you are always a bright spot of happiness in my day.

You are my gift from God.

And, I'm so grateful.

So very grateful.

This post, "Got Ball?" was first written and posted by Stacey Dawn on www.dawninginspiration.com (Dawning Inspiration," 6/8/2016.  © All Rights Reserved.