#LENT : Changes, Chances, Hope vs. Fear(s)

Sometimes when change is on the horizon, our hearts clam up with fears of all shapes and sizes. Our forward momentum grinds to a halt as we take a fear inventory instead of looking at things with the joy of possibility.

Worry also swallows the joy of possibility. Why pray when you can worry? (or is it, why worry when you can pray?) Whatever the case may be, when challenges abound this quote from Saint Francis de Sales has been a great comfort to me.

“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them.  He has kept you hitherto – do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, He will bear you in His arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow: the same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”   Saint Francis de Sales

grace, peace & HOPE

Virginia : )

Photos: The Grand Canyon, AZ

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10 Responses to #LENT : Changes, Chances, Hope vs. Fear(s)

  1. Adele says:

    Virginia, this is exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thanks for providing a way (through you) for me to hear God’s voice. Hope and trust you’re well.

  2. Michelle says:

    For some reason here lately I’ve been worrying about every little thing! This post came at just the right time. ❤️

  3. Carol-Jo Osinski says:

    Thank you for all the prayers, I needed your words today. I praise God for you.

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Carol-Jo. I thank God for YOU, and have been praying for you. Pls be careful as a front line health service provider taking care of the most vulnerable- 🌟💜🌟🙏🌟

  4. A very comforting and reassuring quote…that our God is ever present so we need not fret or be discouraged.
    It also reminds me of so many verses: Be anxious for nothing! Worry not about what tomorrow may bring!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Virginia says:

      Hey Miss Sunshine, this is a longtime favorite quote that has really resonated in my heart lately. I also love Philippians 4 as a reminder to give thanks as we ask (beg, barter) with God for what we need. Blessings & big hugs!! 🌟🤗🌟

  5. My Carmel says:

    Thank you Virginia! I needed to read this today ❤ God's blessings today and always!

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