But God: Choose Faith Over Fear and Rejoice!

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Life can be scary and full of stressful things, whether natural like hurricanes and tornadoes and viruses, or manmade like terrorist activities and wars. But the God who created the world HAS NOT ABANDONED US!

I’ve always been fascinated by the many times in Scripture where something awful is happening and then, my 2 favorite words:  

But God

(But The Lord)  

But Jesus  

Then the whole story changes. There is rescue. There is hope. A miracle. We can choose Faith over Fear, and REJOICE

  What does that mean, though? Well, let’s look at a few of my favorite scriptures, and see if we can get a good picture:  

Genesis 8:1 NIV — But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 

Genesis 41:16 NIV — “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

and- Genesis 50:20 NIV — You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 

1 Samuel 23:14 NIV — David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. 

Acts 3:15 NIV — You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 

Acts 26:22 NIV — But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen—  

From that, I see But God meaning that we serve an active, caring and faithful God who loves us with an everlasting love!  

Genesis 8:1, But God Remembered Noah

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But God: 3 Devotionals To Choose Faith over Fear

  I have had the privilege of reading three devotional books recently, that have greatly encouraged my faith. They remind me of just how great our God is, and how much he loves us. Each one has a reminder to let go of fear, to choose Faith, and REJOICE.  

But God… Where the Story Changes

  Rachel of Oh Lord Help Us wrote a study recently, and ? generously shared a copy with her launch team, of which I got to be a part ?

  But God… Where the Story Changes: Replacing Lies with God’s Truth, is a 6 week study that’s great for small groups or individuals.

  Rachel gets right to the heart of why “but God” means so much, and is an excellent example of why we should choose faith over fear, and rejoice!

  • Afraid, but GOD… has loved you.
  • Running, but GOD… has pursued you.
  • Broken, but GOD… has redeemed you.
  • Messy, but GOD… thinks you are beautiful.
  • Striving, but GOD… says you are enough.

  I ran right into myself in each lesson. Fear? ✔️ Running? ✔️  Broken, Messy, Striving? ✔️ ✔️  

In every case, choosing faith over fear, trusting God and taking him at His word means PEACE! Stop stressing and REJOICE! For every crisis of “self” there’s a “But The Lord” waiting for you. Ready to change the story.  

It was painful to go through, but so helpful! This is another book I plan to re-read annually. I need the reminder that no matter what the situation I can’t handle, the giant may be big, but our God is more than able, and he loves me!  

There’s even t-shirts  jewelry, and mugs to help you remember the truth of “but God!”    

So Let’s Choose Faith Over Fear and Rejoice!!

A protective hand filtering the storm above a woman with an umbrella. 2 words that Change Everything: But God!

Abounding Faith: Practical and Powerful

  30 BIBLE HEROES WHO WILL INSPIRE YOU TO BELIEVE GOD FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE! ? Review copy

This devotional by Nancy Gavilanes (Abounding Faith blog) covers a lot of ground in 30 short lessons. Each devotional starts with a verse or 2, and then Nancy is very matter-of-fact in her recaps. There’s a brief but challenging reflection/application then it closes with a prayer prompt.  

From the Desperate faith of a woman who has nothing to lose (Mark 5:27-28), to the Centurion’s Radical faith to the Unwavering faith of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:16-18), the practical inspiration is great!  

Each of these Bible heroes come to the point of crisis, but as usual, God is there already, with a plan and a purpose.   My favorite things about this devotional are:

  • Nancy’s choices for heroes. It’s not just David and Daniel and Peter. She includes Sarah, the paralytic’s friends, Bartimaeus, Jarius….
  • She presents the truth and application succinctly, and then asks “what are YOU going to do now?”
  • The reading is short, which is great for me as a mom of little boys, but there is much to think about throughout the day.

Related Reading

But God! 3 Devotionals to help you Choose faith over fear and Rejoice!

Choose Faith Over Fear Because God called us to be Undivided

   “Undivided loyalty is the job description, and God wanted a new man for the job.”  

Stephanie Smith of Read Cook Devour ? shared a copy of her devotional Undivided: A Study in 1 Samuel with me recently.

Wow! This in-depth study of First Samuel reminds me of some of the “big name” Bible studies that I have done through the years.  

While it says it’s a 14 day study, my suggestion {if you are a mom of littles} is to read the assigned scripture on day one, and the lesson the next day. Maybe read the passage once, and listen through the Blue Letter Bible app once or twice while cooking or driving, and think about what you read.

Then you will be prepared to read and answer Stephanie’s excellent questions!   “Samuel’s undivided heart becomes God’s vessel and the Lord speaks through him and is silent no more.”  

It is far too easy to have divided loyalty. Your spouse, your kids, many times get more regard or attention than God. Whether it’s good things or not, it’s easy to focus on them. They are very visible and right here… But remember, God calls us to so much more!  

A Few of the Thought-Provoking Gems in this Study:

Outward VS inward loyalty: is your loyalty real, or for show?  

Dagon was a fish God! Losing his head and hands left just a fish. I always wondered where the legs went. Now I know, there weren’t any! (1 Samuel 5:1-5)    

David was able to give freewill / gratitude offerings in the midst of being hunted by Saul, who wanted to kill him!

Do you think we could do the same thing ourselves, offering a sacrifice of praise and Thanksgiving during our hard times?    

Let’s Choose Faith Over Fear and Rejoice!!

Choose Faith Over Fear With Fiction:

  1. Fear God, Not Man (a Historical Fiction Trilogy)
  2. The Best Devotionals for Women Who Love Christian Fiction
  3. Growing Kids Faith  (with Fantastic Stories)

Free 30 Day Choose Faith Over Fear Bible Reading Plan

My friend Sarah over at The Holy Mess Blog just created a new 30 Day Bible reading plan to help us choose Faith over Fear. And it’s free! I downloaded mine and am excited to get started!

Are You Ready to Choose Faith Over Fear?

No Virus, Pandemic, Hurricane, Tornado or any other Catastrophe has the power to conquer us if we deliberately choose faith over fear!!

Can we keep this in mind and stop running in fear?

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

20 Comments on “But God: Choose Faith Over Fear and Rejoice!”

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review Aryn! These all sound like excellent studies!
    I’m preparing to lead the women in my church through 1 Samuel, and in my further study and reflection there is so much more I’m learning. I can’t wait to take the time to revise the study and make it even better! I am hoping to extend it to a 30 day study, with each day being a little more bite sized. 🙂

    1. Ooh, Cool! That sounds great! You packed a lot of awesome information into what you already have, and now I’m excited to see the expanded version 🙂

  2. Those are two great and encouraging words in the Bible. But God. It signifies that God is greater than our circumstances, which we might feel is impossible. It totally upsets the natural order of things as we’d expect, as God comes right in and works in our situations.

  3. Thank you for these biblical examples of faithfulness, Aryn. I like your meme and the fact that you are a reader. Obviously you aspire to a Christ-like life, reflected in these posts. ?

  4. I also love the words “But God”…in an instant God can change anything or everything! Thanks for the reviews of these three devotionals. The last one, in particular, sounds great!

  5. I love the words “But God….” I have been through so many situations where when I tell someone the story it has “but God” in there. He is always faithful!!

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