Have you ever been in a season of weakness, confusion, and uncertainty? That’s exactly where I found myself as a young mom and pastors wife.
I had two beautiful children, a husband who loved us very much and provided a home and a great life for us. We had a wonderful church, where Dr. Charles Stanley was our amazing Bible Teaching Pastor. And yet, I was going through a very difficult time.
New health issues, paired with living in a new town, being a new mom, and trying hard to be involved as a minister’s wife were a heavy load to bear. It created fear in my heart that I had never experienced.
As I searched the pages of Scripture for help, I felt God leading me to start at the beginning of the Bible.
When I say I felt God leading me, it seemed to just be an idea that came to me while I was praying and asking God for answers.
As I began to follow this thought, I soon found it was not just an idea, but that God was leading me through His Word. Stories from the Bible, that happened thousands of years earlier, had so much similarity to my own life.
One of my favorites, that I still remind myself of often, is the story of Joshua.
Following Moses, one of Israel's great leaders, came Joshua. He was to take over the lead after Moses died. This meant having to not only give direction to God’s people, but that he would have to do some really scary things, like lead them into war! But from the very beginning God promised Joshua that He would be with him. God said that no one would be able to stand against him.
A verse that really grabbed my heart at that difficult time in my life, was Joshua 1:9. It says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Verses and stories like this began to give me courage and strength. I knew that if God was with me, I could make it through everything that was on my plate. I learned that He could take care of my kids in ways I couldn’t, and that if He had called me to be a mom, He would walk me through it. If He had called me to be a pastors wife, He would teach me how. And that even if everything fell apart, He still had a good plan and was in complete control.
I would like to say the fear and anxiety immediately disappeared. I would like to say I’ve never had to deal with any of it again. But that just wouldn’t be true. There have been many days that Satan has brought me to my knees in fear or many nights that he has wakened me with whispers of ‘what if’ scenarios. But each time I turn to the Lord in prayer and look for answers in His word, He builds my faith and shows me that He is with me and He is able!
If your looking for strength to do all that's on your plate today, or you need encouragement to deal with your own fears, below are some additional verses and stories that have brought me comfort! These real people lived extraordinary lives and did things that many times didn’t make sense. But they trusted God and followed the plan He had for each of them. By Faith They... lived the lives God called them to live. I pray for myself, as well as for you today, that we will do the same!
Check Out These By Faith Stories:
Abraham - Genesis 12-25 (Especially notice Genesis 22)
Moses - Exodus 1-14
Esther - Esther 1-10
Two great options that I recommend if you're looking for a Bible:
The Holman Christian Standard Study Bible
The Daily Bible In Chronological Order 365 Daily Readings With Devotional Insights to Guide you Through God's Word
Audra and her husband Jordan are called to ministry and he is the senior pastor at their church. They have two beautiful children who bring them tons of joy, lots of laughs, and on occasion new grey hair. She is a former teacher who still loves to teach, enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion to lead other women to know Jesus and live out their faith in Him.