Musings From A Musical Mind

When Love Conquers Fear

The other day something interesting happened in our home.

Our 7 week old puppy Daisy was still learning her way around our house.  The  stairs to our second story were and still are scary – she was scared of the fireplace.  The hardwood floors scared her as she would slip on them.  For the first couple of days even her food dishes were scary.

We worked with her and helped her through her little fears, which seemed very small to us.  We trained her to use her doggie door – although she was scared of that at first too.  We would patiently sit by her and coax her.  We would go outside on the deck and wait for her to do her business – over and over again until she was more comfortable and would go running through the door without us.

The second day we brought her home – I was exhausted and really needed a nap before teaching that afternoon.  I brought one of her little beds from Greg’s office and put it beside my bed in hopes that she would  see me in the bed above her and all would be well.  Greg built little puppy stairs at the foot of our tall bed for her – but until then she had been too afraid to use them.  So I knew she would feel safe just seeing me in the bed next to her and go to sleep.

But before I knew it – this scared little puppy saw me go into the bed and quickly jumped up – with a force that overturned her little bed – barked, cried and shook – sized up the menacing stairs at the foot of the bed – and then – she took a running start and ran up those stairs!

Love had conquered that day.  Her strong desire to be with me outweighed her fear.

I realized that many of us live in an unhealthy place of fear – instead of in a comfortable place where love motivates our hearts and guides every choice we make.  Even the scary ones.

Many times I have allowed my fear to keep me bound in a place where I feel safe – but it is not necessarily where I want to be – nor the place where God has called me to be.

Love needs to be the place of highest motivation – and like our puppy who loves me more than her fear, I need to be letting my love for God be stronger than my fear of trusting Him.

When was the last time your love was greater than your fear?  When was the last time God asked you to trust Him – and because you loved Him that much – you simply did?

God Bless

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Comments on: "When Love Conquers Fear" (12)

  1. Aww….what a lovely story Cindy! And you got your puppy!!:))
    I guess we all run to safety when it comes to fear…fear of heights, fear of the dark, fear of the unknown etc. In my case I always run to the Highest I can find and that’s God. 🙂

  2. It seems lately that I let my fear get the better of me…even when I know better.

  3. I think, I’ve always felt that way. My dh does things very differently than I would and I’ve had to learn to get past my fears and allow him to do things his way. The Lord has pushed me kicking and screaming into my business. I’m not a techie, I’m not a marketer, but I have follwed my God no matter where He took me. It’s a very scary place to be at times. I feel like I have no control and I get into situations where I’m out there for condemnation and hecklers to attack. I follow the Lord and that always leads me outside my family who are mostly Atheists. That puts me in positions where I’m uncomfortable as I explain why I can’t do something or why I do. Sometimes explanations aren’t enough. My life has always had an element of fear and it’s been way outside my comfort zone, but I follow where the Lord leads and I pray that His peace cover me. To be honest, sometimes I feel it and sometimes I don’t.

    • Being fearful is a default setting I think! It’s hard to trust and let love motivate us – even when we don’t see the end result – it’s true for all of us 🙂

  4. Seems the puppy not only is conquering fears but teaching lessons. Another wonder of God.

  5. In my new job, I have learned that fear truly paralyses us, it does not let us do what we would normally do, and the funny thing is that fear is based mostly on false perceptions. I have tried to change my thoughts in order to control my fears.

  6. I’m there now….trusting God, building Faith….Hmmmm think I”ll just crawl up in his arms and rest while he works it All Out For My Good!!!!
    Thanks Cindy, as usual your timing is perfect!
    Love Debi

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