Sometimes things are not as simple as black and white.
Right now things are really gray.
Both light and dark.
Both overwhelmed and grateful.
Both sad and joyful.
Both anxious and hopeful.
Both fear-filled and faith-filled.
Both depressed and happy.
It’s ok if you are both right now. It’s ok if you feel like you are on a pendulum swinging between all of the emotions.
It’s ok if you are struggling to maintain joy one minute and stunned with gratitude the next. It’s ok if the fear is sneaking in. It’s ok if you are overwhelmed and underwhelmed all at once. All of this exists inside us and that is ok.
The message we cling tightly to is not “faith instead of fear,” or “no fear, just faith,” but rather the message we stand on is Faith Over Fear. Over as in greater than. Over as in above. Over as in on top of.
No matter what fears or darkness you are wrestling with today, know that this message is for you. Faith Over Fear means our faith is greater than any fear. We are putting our trust in God above everything else. Our God is on top of whatever fear situation we face.
Living with Faith Over Fear does not mean the fear is eliminated. We know the fear is very real and has seeped into every one of us, but we are choosing to cling tighter to our faith than our fears. Living with Faith over Fear is not about squashing the fear into non-existence. It’s about acknowledging it and choosing faith over and over and over again.
What you choose to feed matters. Feed the light. Feed hope, joy, kindness, happiness, empathy. Feed the things you want to grow and you will see your faith rise above your fears.
Wherever you are at today, it is ok. Know you have a community of people here walking with you in faith and rooting you on to the next right thing.
Let’s live with Faith Over Fear.
Hi! I'm Jessy, one of the co-owners of The Norway Center Store and co-authors of the book Faith Over Fear: Walking Angie Home. My husband Kyle and I live in an old general store, converted to residence, with our three kids, Ally, Charley and Rad and our German Shephard dog. You will usually find me with paint on my clothes creating my next repurposed piece.