Thursday, January 21, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...An angelic message

This week in conversation with a friend, I told my friend who is facing some hard situations to not be afraid. Isn't that funny that I would say that to her? Later on, I was reflecting on our conversation and went back to the statement I made of  "Do not be afraid". Usually the first thing people think of when they hear that is that someone or something is scary.

Have you ever noticed that in the Bible, when we read about the angel Gabriel and other angels appearing to people, they always had a message that said, "Don't be afraid!" It makes me wonder...were the angels scary looking? or would we just be startled to see an angel before us?

Once the shock of seeing an angel passed, the news of the message that they brought forth was always good news. Gabriel brought forth good news to Daniel, and to Zechariah and certainly to Mary. The message is always the same .... "Don't be afraid .... Jesus is coming!"

LUKE 1:28 "Gabriel appeared to her...'Don't be afraid, Mary', the angel told her, 'for you have found favor with God!' "

Whatever we may face in this life, especially those things that are scary to us, we can find comfort in knowing that Jesus is coming and we do not have to live in fear. Now that is something to be thankful for today!

LYNN is our THANKFUL THURSDAY host this month. Stop by her site and share your grateful heart with us. If you are facing a tough situation today, remember the words of the angel and "Do not be afraid!"


gemini said...

God will supply the words of wisdom coming from our mouth just like what he did with Moses facing the Pharaoh. Visiting here.

More Than Conquerors said...

Amen, Laurie! Whatever we may face in this life, we can take comfort that God is with us and He will see us safely through, and work it for our good. This is my experience daily! And it gives me the courage and the confidence to live each day for our Lord. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm regards,

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Beautiful and encouraging words for us all, thank you for sharing.

Pia said...

i just told myself that now --- do not be afraid. i've been reminding myself to not be afraid for the past week. i'm being attacked in my mind and i know God is reminding me even now --- do not be afraid.

jo.attalife said...

Isn't that too true, though. Nothing can touch us that God won't allow, and He did not give us a spirit of timidity. That's a good reminder for me right now. Thanks for sharing.
Please see mine here.

Denise said...

So very, very true.

Debbie said...

You are of course soo right. I LOVE that with Him we never need to be afraid of anything, becuase NOTHING happens outside of His control, no matter how wild it may seem to us, He IS in control. I too am most thankful for this. Blessings, Debbie

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Do not not be afraid is such a comfort and you are right...found throughout the Bible. I love in Romans 8 when we are told we are not to have a spirit of fear. Thanks for this post!

becky aka theRAV said...

This is a good post and oh so true. Thanks for the reminder.

Debbie said...

What a great reminder. I must add an amen to this Laurie. Such words of wisdom especially during these uncertain times of ours.


Lynn said...


I love your heart for us women.

My favorite scripture about fear is 2 Timothy 1: 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Great post. Love you and see you again next week. BIG hugs, Lynn