1. I like that idea, “If attacked, fight back!”, for a long time I didn’t know how, and when I did I was overwhelmed, if fear attacks, fight back, it’s a spirit we don’t have to put up with. As for being bold, I’m commenting here, stepping out into cyberspace.

  2. This was perfect for me! I can easily let fear be my companion. In fact, I was scared just reading your post before my eyes ever settled on “coyotes”. Thanks for confirming I’m not alone in this. Happy New Year! Joining you from SusanBMead

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      Jaime, thank you SO much. I am honored and excited. I have looked at the nomination and, now that things have settled down from Christmas and the New Year with family, I’ll be participating. Happy New Year.

  3. What beautiful words – and pictures! Fear often paralyzes and keeps me from joy, too. I loved your story and could relate! This line will stick with me: “We need to bring our dreams for the year ahead to God, and believe with him they are going to be even better than we imagined.” Amen! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. This was beautiful (amazing pictures) and it reminded me of my response to all the rattlesnake warning signs we encountered on our trip out west a few years ago. Wow. I just wanted to herd everyone back into the mini-van and forget the whole tourist thing. Really- Rattlesnakes so prevalent that there was a sign?? Thanks be to God that the Earth is His – and the fullness thereof. The world and those who dwell therein (even the snakes and the predatory canines!).

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      I’m wondering – did you go back to the minivan or did you continue on your adventure? And did you see any rattlesnakes? Perhaps you have your own story and an example/lesson right there! 🙂

  5. I would have loved to find that tree around the bend, and what a great image for the glory that awaits if we follow God without giving in to fear!

  6. What a magical hike (at the end), but such valuable lessons in the beginning! It’s like our journey..when we keep moving through fear, we find many of God’s gifts! I really related to your post and thank you for your coyote lessons..I live in San Diego area..took a hike the other day and my husband warned me coyotes and bobcats frequent the area..not to forget to mention rattlesnakes..
    I hiked alone and feared all of these! I wished I knew more about coyotes before then, and even more wish I just fully enjoyed the hike! Blessings! Love the message for the New Year! Visiting from #raralinkup today!

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      Thanks Kathy. Loved reading your comment. You’re right – so many of God’s gifts are waiting for us, we need to look out for his beautiful surprises on our journey.

  7. What a beautiful post. The pictures are amazing, but it is your words this morning that are really touching to me. My son has a chronic illness and sometimes I can let fear overwhelm me. I find that it impacts my life more than I ever thought possible. Your words are valued and appreciated today. I really needed a reminder to have this kind of faith. Thank you.

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      Amanda, thank you for sharing your story. Your words and your strength have moved me. I believe God had the words of this post just for you. And I pray he will continue to meet you in special ways right when you need him.

  8. I paused on the Message’s interpretation of Matthew 6:24 and then went back again at the end. That was a word for me today. I so get this scenario of the “what ifs” playing in your head. I’ve been working to silence them in my own. But maybe it’s not about silencing them; it’s about focusing fully on what God is doing right now. Thank you for pointing me back to this truth.

    “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

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      Christi, I love what God has shown you. Thank you for adding your valuable thoughts to the comments. It will encourage others, I am sure.

  9. Your gorgeous photos brought back many fond memories of cross-country skiing in Montana :). I have certainly fallen prey to irrational/unreasonable fears. Last night I had a horrible scare–I discovered that my external hard drive, the one with my photo files (over 20,000), appeared to have crashed. Rather than become despondant, I prayed about it, went to bed and prayed about it again this morning before I tried plugging it in to a different port on my laptop. The drive worked this morning. The experience represents a new discipline in my life–to not freak out when things don’t go my way, but to instead submit my problems with my loving Father and wait before acting–in other words, to be constrained. The experience also worked as a wake up call to buy a back-up to my external drive as soon as possible!

  10. This post resonated with me so much. Too often I “read into the sign my fears” and then don’t enjoy the moment.

    Of I fear something, ie., my oral surgery, which essentially I allowed to dampen my holidays, only to come to the day of that oral surgery and it couldn’t have been easier!! I wasted all that time worrying for absolutely nothing.

    I LOVE the Message’s version of Matthew 6:34. I am definitely going to write that one down!

    Thanks so much for sharing and encouraging us to trust in the Lord in all things knowing that He redeems everything!

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      I’m so glad your oral surgery was easier than you expected. But, like you say, we spend so much time worrying and letting it spoil our enjoyment of the good things. We all have to learn to be more bold!

  11. what a message I need to hear, like, every day. I would have been nervous as well, but that is awesome that you didn’t let your fear dictate your actions!

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      I think I sounded braver in my blog post than I actually felt in reality. But, once we’d seen the tree, everything was much better and my fear disappeared.

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