Afraid of All the Things, by Scarlet Hiltibidal, Book Review

Afraid of All the Things, by Scarlet Hiltibidal

“What prompts regular Joes to exhibit the kind of courage and soul peace that says ‘God, I trust WHATEVER you have more me, WHEREVER it is?’” -Scarlet Hiltibidal, “Afraid of All the Things.

Scarlet Hiltibidal wonderfully addresses the common fears of everyday that threaten to consume our minds and suck up our time. Her book isn’t short, but it’s a quick read because of the way she’s written it. In a conversational style, Hiltibidal layers Scripture beautifully and effortlessly into every chapter. 

This book met my desire for answers to questions about my fear of “all of the things.” Written in a language and a tone that fit right into my life, I appreciated the Biblical advice from another woman, wife, and mother’s perspective. Although, anyone can apply her sound wisdom to their fear of all of the things. 

Through her life experiences, which produce the opportunity for acquired wisdom, the author opens up her heart to reach out to those of her readers. I feel she did a sound job addressing the realities of living a Christ-led life in modern-day culture. It was not fully of butterfly promises, but rather practical advice and honest interpretations of how God meets us in those circumstances.

It was an easy read for me, delivered to my mailbox at a time when there was much to fear. The Scriptures comforted me and encouraged me during a time I never could have seen coming when I selected this book to review. 

Humor is laced throughout this book, giving it less of a research and educational feel and more of a “I”m plodding through this by your side” reliability. This book is refreshingly honest and hilarious at the same time …somehow despite the real mud and miring the author has walked through. 

I highly recommend this book for those who struggle with fear, and for those who just need some encouragement to cancel out the everyday wears and tears of life in this broken world.

“If we’re busy resting in God when the scary things in life happen to us, our knee-jerk fear responses will be replaced by a supernatural peace.” -Scarlet Hiltibidal, “Afraid of All the Things.”

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

Click here to purchase your copy of “Afraid of All the Things.”

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What is Love? -Meaning and Biblical Understanding of the Word.

“Live a life of love.” – Ephesians 5:2

“I’m not afraid anymore,” Kevin declared as he bounded triumphantly into the frostbit air with his newfound courage in the movie “Home Alone.” “Did you hear me? …I’m not afraid anymore!” In an instant, he found himself face-to-face with an entirely different fear than the one he had prepared to face, and took off screaming into his house.

How are we supposed to live out the words Paul penned to the Ephesians when there is a new fear, anxiety, pain, or problem lurking around every corner of our lives?

“There is no fear in love.” – 1 John 4:18 NIV

“God is love.” (1 John 4:16) Through Christ, we have access to His wisdom through the living Word of Scripture, providing us wisdom to live out a life of love over fear. Love is always bigger.

“Since we are His children, we must walk in His unconditional love. Love is more than just words; it requires action. God’s unconditional love should characterize our lives. As people who have His love living within us, we need to represent Christ’s authentic kindness and forgiveness to others.” -Dr. Charles Stanley, Life Prinicples BibleNotes

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The Springs (#jammed daily devo, day 302)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 302: Equally stretched.

“I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?” Psalm 56:11

“Hand me another spring!”day 302

“OK, mom!”

That day’s adventure was setting up the trampoline, a task we weren’t sure we would be able to do without my husband …but we thought we’d give it a girl power try. After confusing a few steps and taking a few breaks, we finally got a system of attaching the springs down.

The springs can’t be put on one right after another. After the first spring is on, we ran over to the opposite side of the trampoline and put a spring on over there. They have to be spaced out so that the pressure of the stretch is even throughout the whole thing.

Trying to take a spring off that had been put into the wrong slot took more strength than I had, so I went around to the other side and took springs off to release the pressure …and then back to move the one I’d miscounted. It was a painstaking process!

Today’s verse reminds us that, no matter what painful and particular processes we endure in this life, we needn’t be afraid. Calm and deep, Christ-led breaths will get us through this life.  It’s not always easy, and sometimes we make a mistake and have to unravel the progress we’ve made. There’s loss along the way, forever good-byes and discomforting pain.

“Why should I be afraid?”

We shouldn’t. Not when we trust God. Not when Christ resides in our hearts and the Spirit lights our way. His love cannot be swayed or diminished by any hardship we go through. He promises that we will get through, and get to, Him. Through a life of walking, following, and keeping on …we will arrive home.

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Father, Praise You for the promise that we will make it through this life and into Your arms in heaven. Thank You for Jesus’ death on the cross, and our belief in Him that assures that final destination. 

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Trusting,

Megs

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The Voices we Fear (#jammed daily devo, day 247)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 247: Grace isn’t scary.

“All of these conversations took place in whispers. No one was willing to speak openly about Jesus for fear of the religious leaders.” John 7:13 (VOICE)

Safe ears to speak to are treasures on this earth. Another person to embrace our mess day 247and point us back to grace is soothing balm to the soul.

In today’s verse, finding safe ears to speak of Jesus were a matter of life and death. Early followers of Jesus sacrificed much to stand for their faith. Expulsion from life as they knew it, cast away from family and friends. Even some who believed dare not let on that they did, for fear of being kicked out and away from everything they knew.

New can be scary …

American life is full of religious freedom that we take for granted more than we want to let on. Across the ocean, others who believe in the same Jesus that we do suffer. They sacrifice everything. They are kicked out of circles they know …lives they have built …and are separated from those they love …for all time.

From the freedom we reside in, we must keep fighting for our circle, wherever they may be. There are missions and humanitarian movements …and we must keep praying and fighting to encircle the disconnected …the hurt …the displaced …if only in whispers, but prayerfully shouting.

Fear, or  phobos, in the NT can mean “fear, fright, alarm,” but also “awe.” (Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary)

The same fear that can cause us to whisper and hide, is the same fear that can produce loud echoes of awe-stricken worship for our God. The world is scary. There is much to fear. But as Christians, we are privy to the ending. In the meantime, we look to the One who gracefully swooped down to save us.

When we bump into conversation with someone about Jesus …will we brave the nudge in awe of our Lord, or fearfully whisper…

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:augFather, Praise You the fear that scares us …but also inspires us. Thank You for the opportunity to openly worship You. We confess how much we take that for granted, and pray for all of those in this world who do not share such freedoms. Bless them, uphold them, and keep them fearless of whispers, and fearfully awestricken by You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Worshipping,

Megs

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The Bag (#jammed daily devo, day 84)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 84: Afraid to use it.

“Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7post-image-84

“I think I’m ready for a nice bag,” I told my husband when he asked for Christmas ideas. This thrift store gal feels like paying half price is splurging, and sure enough, when I opened that big designer box for Christmas …I could finally say I owned something really valuable.

Listen. I’ve used that bag a handful of times. The rest of the time it sits in my closet and looks really pretty. I like to look at it, but I’m nervous using it. I don’t want to be the one to break it in. Second hand purchases are way less stressful.

“To meditate on the Scriptures is to think about them, turning them over in our minds, and applying them to our life’s situations.” Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

The other issue lodged in my heart was guilt. There are hungry people, and I’m carrying this bag. Bleh. Just makes me feel all sorts of ugly.

Then, there’s worrying about what people will think. “Oh, she has that bag …hmmmm.. must be nice.”

“Train yourself to be godly…” todays’ verse says. What does that mean?

“godliness-Reverence for or devotion to God, producing a practical awareness of God in every aspect of life….in this verse’s context …godly living demands self-discipline.” Dictionary of Bible Themes.

Grace is not afraid of our worthiness. When we accept more than we deserve with a thankful heart, it displays gratitude …which is a discipline of the heart. To be thankful. I’m not sure how much I’ll use that bag, but I do know myself. I requested a neutral, timeless color that wouldn’t drift out of season or style. I may grow into it.

Grace, on the other hand, is one size fits all and for all seasons and walks of life.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for grace. Thank You for blessing us with nice things on this earth, even though they will fade away along with the life we live here. Forgive us for valuing any ‘thing’ beyond Your grace. Bless us with grateful, disciplined, hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What is your favorite thing to look at “up close?”  Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Bag Hunting,

Megs

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