Overcoming Dread and Gaining the Victory – August 12 Devotions

I am thankful that God gives us the ability to handle situations that arise suddenly. This morning at about 5:40, shortly after Dave left for work, my little Zoe pup managed to get out BOTH doors (inside door and porch door, which I didn’t manage to latch tightly) and took off down the road!

 

My Zoe Pup!
My Zoe Pup!

So the neighbors were “treated” to me hurrying down the road in my nightgown, yelling for Zoe! (You know, the kind of incident that might motivate someone to call the police about the “crazy lady” outside).

 

Fortunately, something caught Zoe’s attention in the woods next to the nearby neighbor’s house (or an angel snagged her), and I was able to grab her. I picked her up and carried her about halfway back until an asthma attack kicked in (she weighs about 45 lbs), and then I had to put her down and half drag her the rest of the way. She actually stood up on her hind legs and walked/jumped most of the way (a little trick she does inside sometimes).

 

Not exactly the way to start the day, especially so early in the morning!  But I’m thankful God enabled me to catch Zoe and get her back home. I used my rescue inhaler and got my breathing back under control, and we’re good to go for this midweek day!

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So onto today’s devotions about overcoming dread and gaining the victory…rather fitting after the start to my day!

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-1-

“If you put off something you should have done already, it will start to threaten you with fear. Don’t allow an assignment to get out of proportion in your mind.

 Keep your mind on what you set out to do today. If you get interrupted, make yourself come back to that task and finish it up.

Nothing is so hard that you can’t handle it, if you will keep a positive attitude and do it God’s way.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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-2-

“Dread is expecting something unpleasant to happen, and it has nothing to do with faith. Faith looks forward to something good. Dread is deceptive…sometimes it is so subtle that it is imperceptible. It often becomes a significant problem that people really need to consider in their lives and see just how it affects them.

The instant you begin to dread something, your joy starts to go and a ‘down feeling’ sets in. We know that lack of confidence, worry, dread, and other tormenting emotions are rooted in fear.

Fear is the source of these problems, but you can stop fear. Listen and obey the word of the Lord, and He will fight for you.

Pray: Lord, all the dreads that come my way today are no match for You. I thank You that I can face them with boldness and overcome them with joy. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

-1- This one is similar to the devotional from yesterday, about putting things off rather than just doing the necessary, unpleasant tasks FIRST, so you can enjoy the rest of the day or week when those tasks are done.

-2- I certainly experienced dread–and panic–this morning when Zoe took off! Many thoughts were running through my head as I scurried after her, not even caring that I was in my nightgown or worrying about what my neighbors or people in passing vehicles (fortunately only a couple) thought. But as soon as I started praying for God’s help, I felt calmer and was able to resolve the situation.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

-1- Do you struggle to take care of those “necessary” tasks first, so you can enjoy other more pleasant tasks or activities later?

-2- Have you experienced dread  recently? How did you manage to get through it?

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. SO happy to hear that you were able to catch Zoe and bring her home. That is great news.

  2. Lately here it is all all all DONT DIG UP IN DOUBT WHAT YOU PLANTED IN FAITH.
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  3. I think your blog is worth following. I’m so happy I found you. Great inspirations.
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  4. I’m terrible at doing the essentials first I’m afraid. I also let dread last far too long. Thank you for the devotions
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  5. So glad you found Zoe! Fear is the opposite of faith and that’s what I have to remind myself every time I’m tempted to fear or begin to dread something. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
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  6. Glad you and Zoe are both safe. Thank you for sharing your learnings from the day!

  7. I make sure I work hard first before I “party harder”, less worries when you know you’ve finished all your tasks for the day!

    Dread is a feeling that let’s us realize that we are still human, but it should be followed with Faith otherwise, it might lead to path that’s not so good for you.

  8. I’ve learned to cut myself slack, Karen, otherwise I would be completely derailed from my routine by unexpected events. Like today, when I sat down to do some serious work but had to go downstairs and move my car because one of the neighbors was going to get a window replaced and they were worried that something might fall on my car.

    It was annoying but I am grateful that they thought of me and it gave me time off to get away from my desk which meant more productive work because I got a chance to take a break.
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  9. We often spend more time thinking about avoiding a task then the task actually takes. For example, it took me 2 years to write up my operating agreement for my company and I wrote that item on my to-do list every week for that entire time. But once I made the commitment to actually do it, I had it done in 30 minutes. Whenever I get stuck in avoidance mode, I remind myself of this.

    As for dogs who get out, we have one who is a true escape artist. We once got out 5 times in one day. We, too, were filled with dread when he first started doing this for fear we wouldn’t see him again (he is really cute and very friendly), but we’ve since learned that he always comes back so we don’t usually even bother looking for him. In fact he got out yesterday and I realized it when I saw him standing on the front walk.
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  10. I dread visits to the doctor and dentist for routine checkups! Other than that, my life is fairly dread-free! As I age, my worries have decreased for myself, but I do worry a lot about the well-being of my two adult children! I DO put off doing simple tasks that I dislike forever (it seems!)

  11. K Lee,
    So glad you found Zoe! A few times Buddy got loose and ran away, once down to the park. I remember praying a lot. And he always came back, thank goodness!
    Amy
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  12. I had a similar incident like yours. Glad that you and Zoe are fine now. I also went nuts when my cousin’s dog went out the gate and on to the streets!

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