Power in a Pandemic: What is fear?

During this time in which we find ourselves living, I firmly believe we must be willing to step outside the box, even ourselves, in order to grab hold of new and innovative thought processes for surviving day to day with a healthy mindset. For me, that’s included a few things I’ll share here.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts from wherever you are.

I do wanta encourage you in that you are not alone! Especially if Jesus lives in your heart!

Isaiah 54:10

Even if the mountains were to crumble and the hills disappear,
my heart of steadfast, faithful love will never leave you, and
my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken,” says Yahweh,
whose love and compassion will never give up on you.

1. Keep your focus on His unfailing love

 His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:26).

It has taken me so many years to realize God’s unfailing love for me!

I grew up in an insanely dysfunctional home where love was never spoken of nor practiced. Not sure my guardians knew how or what love really was. Well, no, of course, they didn’t; otherwise, I wouldn’t have experienced such horrific child abuse! I was taught that I was worthless and no account. That was a lie!

I am very valuable! As we all are in God’s sight!

Being married to my wonderful beloved has taught me so much about unconditional love! We are neither perfect, but his love for me is a godly love and reflects Jesus in Him. I am highly blessed and healing deeply as a result!

2. Do not fear!

There are over 365 times written in His word to ‘fear not’!

I’ve had to engage my mind on this one so much, or rather, I have to retrain my brain to not focus on fear! I grew up with fear as a close friend, so close in fact that I could often feel the hot, clammy breath of fear breathing down my neck as a little girl.

#fearnot

For me, I have to focus on the blessings and promises of God, rather than what the media is throwing out on the airwaves of late. If I don’t keep my guard up, I can easily be freaked out by what folks are spewing forth of late. That’s not healthy!

I know in Whom I believe and it isn’t some news outlet or social media site. I occasionally listen to several news sources, for I do not believe any one of them solely anymore. It’s kinda like the ole saying, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t get all your information from one source….unless that source is the Word of God!

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Sadly, I find many I meet along the way are so afraid!

And why not??

With all the fear being spewed forth daily on social media and through news outlets, it’s no wonder we’re not all running for those mountains for cover!

I have learned that fear is a perceived threat of some kind to ourselves or our family unit. When we are afraid, we react totally out of the ‘flight or fight’ mode. Adrenaline pumps through our system, causing us to make hasty decisions instead of mediating on a safe answer.

I’ve also read where some believe the opposite of fear is safety. Maybe so. I know for me when I’m afraid, I do not feel safe at all. I’m learning not to jump into the emotion of fear so quickly!

I’ll hear folks talking bout how we need to stock up on this or that because soon there won’t be any more of that item, and fear begins to quiver within my being. There is nothing wrong at all with using common sense and being prepared. I just can’t jump over into being afraid. Then I must remind myself on Whom I believe and trust.

Maybe for me the opposite of fear is trusting in the One who made the universe!

Fear is nasty and messy for me and I do not like it in my life. I appreciate the times I need that emotion for protection but I do not want to live there anymore! Life is way too short to live in fear!

I pray you are doing well and that you are able to get a handle on fear!

Have a most blessed day!

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Let us seek the Lord

May we seek our Abba when we are afraid and chose to be like King Jehoshaphat gathering all around us to seek the Lord and fast!

And may we draw deep within our being and never forget “the battle does NOT belong to us! The battle belongs to the Lord”!!!!

In all we are facing today or gonna be facing this week our Poppa God has not fallen off the throne nor has He forgotten us, His children!

Let us go forth this day and this week being an encouragement to those we meet!

Praying one for another and sharing a smile!

You are not alone!

Check out II Chronicles 20

Have a most blessed day!!

#nofearhere

#faithoverfear

Healing me? How?

A book in the Bible talks about seasons.

Ecclesiastes 3 tells that there is a time and season for many things under Heaven. Right now this is my time of healing.

1 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

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But how do I heal?

That I do not know!

What is healing?

This is what google tells me, the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

Wow…boy oh, do I need that!

And where do I even begin?

Healthy?

Was I ever healthy?

I’m honestly not sure!

I’ve had professionals tell me I should be in an insane asylum or dead because of the horrific amount of trauma I’ve experienced.

>Trafficked to men in the community until I was 11 years old to pay the ‘light bill‘ each month.

>Massive amounts of child abuse: physical, sexual, neglect, psychological.

>Given enemas’ over and over to ‘get the devil outta me’.

>Groomed to obey whatever ever was told to me.

And so much more.

I write about this and more in my latest book, House Full of Secrets: Human Trafficking and Redemption.

All of my books are available on Kindle or Amazon in paperback. A portion of all book sales goes to Broken Pieces No More Inc, a nonprofit my husband, a dear friend and I formed to raise awareness of child abuse and human trafficking.

Right now with all that’s going on I am stepping back from most areas and focusing on gaining my own deep, inner healing. If I’m not healed then I won’t be of much use to others. It is imperative that I gain my own healing as I want to be instrumental in helping others who have trod a similar path as I have. #healingispossible

We all need healing for we’ve all been hurt in some manner.

What are you hoping to heal within?

It is possible!

And you are not alone, no matter how much you or the enemy tries to convince you of..it’s a lie!

Never allow anyone to deny you this unique opportunity to gain that necessary healing either.

I pray you will be able to join me on a similar journey and grab hold of the healing you deserve.

#griefsucks #mentalhealthmatters

I do not like grief!

There…I said it!

My mom passed in September 2019 and my daddy died in December 2020.

My sweet mother in law, who is more of a momma to me, is in her end of life phase. Of course we never know when that final day will be..yet…we must grieve!

I have had to acknowledge I am not in a good place right now! I know it’s a part of life but still…I don’t like being here. Nevertheless, here I am and there I shall go and in the going I will gain healing and His peace!

I’ve realized over the past few weeks as we are preparing for the home going of my mother in law, I haven’t really allowed myself to grieve the loss of both my parents. Wow…the onslaught of emotions is huge!

How do you deal with grief?

My old way, which was to pretty much avoid the subject all together, hasn’t worked out too good yet!

Matter of fact, I will be seeing a grief counselor beginning next week for a season.

I encourage anyone in need to see professional help with any mental health issue.

Given the day we now live in with fear being spewed forth on all fronts, we are on overload! We hear fear based noise all day long…if we have the medium going. I chose to turn mine off!!

You do have that choice! Although many would like us to think we don’t!

Yes we do!

Yes you do!

Yes I do!

I want to make healthy choices for my life! As I’m walking through this season of grief I must make sure to destress often or I’ll be on grief overload which is not good for anyone!

Hanging out in nature helps me with destressing a lot!

Writing in my journal helps too. I dump feelings, emotions, thoughts no matter what. It helps me to get ’em all out so hopefully I’ll not pick ’em up again. Sometimes I do though then need to do the dumping all over again! Practice!

I encourage you to be active in processing your grief or even fear! Both can play havoc with our being. Make sure to take time for you because you are so worth it!

Until next time….blessings!

#secretsnomore

I am pleased and excited to announce that my latest book, House Full of Secrets: Human Trafficking and Redemption, is now available in paperback and kindle. Any of my books may be purchased through Amazon.

This was a very hard book to write as I shared a great deal of my own personal story. And in it I share parts of my soul with you. Parts of my soul I’d never want anyone to see; yet, I truly believe that I need to share my truth in order that others may know the freedom and hope I now experience.

I shared secrets.

My book shares secrets. Deep, dark, evil ones!

Those secrets I’d been forced to keep as a child ‘or else‘.

Secrets I am finally finding my voice to speak out!

Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us to speak out for those who do not yet have their own voice with which to speak.

I am choosing to lend my voice to any one who needs it!

I speak about all forms of child abuse: neglect….my emotional and mental needs were neglected as well as often times I went hungry although we had plenty of food.

Physical abuse where I was hit either with switches until my little legs were bleeding or beaten with a belt, of course, where no bruises would show.

Verbal abuse was a constant of hearing what a horrible person I was, that I wasn’t ever wanted and how my mother so wished I’d of been a boy or never even born, called all sorts of vile named and more!

Sexual abuse has always been a part of who I am. Or rather who I was!

My mother and grandmother trafficked me out to men in the community to ‘help pay the monthly light bill’. This went on until I was eleven. It ended when I put a shotgun to my grandmother’s forehead threatening to shoot her if anyone ever touched me again!

The sexual and physical abuse stopped but the verbal/mental abuse grew even worse!

Now I have way more peace and hope than ever before in my life. I know Whose I am and I also know I’m okay!

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I have gained a tremendous amount of healing for which I’m eternally thankful.

Life is so good!!

I have risen up out of the ashes more incredible than ever before.

I long to see others who are walking wounded gain their own personal healing and freedom.

This is a new and exciting time in my life. One where I am stepping out of my comfort zone doing things I’ve often dreamed about. Like speaking to anyone who’ll give a listen. Traveling and sharing my story so others can step into his or her own freedom!

This is a brand new path. I hope I’ll see you along the way.

I am available for speaking opportunities.

I have one local at a Celebrate Recovery spot at Faith. Hope. Love. Church of God in Somerset. Then I will be speaking in Winchester, Ohio at Daystar Christian Center on August 15th. And on October 9 and 10th I’ll be speaking at Lake Road Baptist Church in Morrow, Ohio.

I am available for conferences, workshops, clubs, schools, churches, organizations, etc. Wherever there is a need to help others share their secrets! I will be your voice!

What secrets have you been holding?

I’d love to hear from you.

You can let me know here or email me at pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com.

No one deserves to carry a burden of guilt and shame from being forced to keeping secrets!

There is freedom!!

I’m happier and more content now than I’ve ever been in my life!

Life is indeed good!!

Blessings to you this day!

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#faithoverfear: 3 points to squash fear

Hey guys!

Hope your Friday morning has started off well. Here it’s still early. The sun hasn’t yet popped up over the Eastern hill out from my window. I do so enjoy being able to look outside as I write. Makes for lots of inspiration.

Have you ever had a morning after?

A well known reference would be like a morning after a big drunk the night before. Or a morning after a huge event you’ve been planning for months and months.

That’s how I feel this morning!

No! I don’t have a hang over! Praise God I’ve been clean and sober since December 1989! Wow…31 years! How stinkin’ cool is that! To God be the glory cuz in my own efforts I’d of failed long ago!

This week the governor of our state has issued more mandates. It really doesn’t matter if I agree or not. What does matter is the effects of his statements on the people of this great state!

We human were not created to be secluded, isolated! We were created to fellowship one with another.

In Acts 2:44 ‘All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had.’

It’s hard to share with anyone when we’re isolated and shut away from others.

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But that’s not my main concern this morning. That’s not why I feel so heavy hearted!

No. What I’m sensing this morning is another wave of heaviness!

Being what’s called a ‘seer/feeler’ I often sense things, feel things, more easily than some might. It makes life challenging at times. Like this morning, when I wake up and have this heavy feeling.

So many are walking around afraid with this new virus that is now spreading around our world. However, the Bible tells us plainly all through out it’s precious pages to ‘fear not’! Do we take that as sound advice? Or do we cower back in fear lashing out at anyone and everyone who does not do what we believe they should be doing, just as we’re doing?

This morning I feel a heaviness in the spiritual atmosphere. So many are afraid!

I myself struggle with fear at times but I know it’s a lie of the devil. It’s one of his top tools in tearing folks down. Fear also brings along with it many other little demons that try their hardest to infect people, much like a virus.

Fear breeds insecurity, chaos, anger, a demanding attitude, gossip, emotional reactions, a do it my way cuz I’m right attitude and much more.

That’s not what God has called us to do. We’re commanded to love one another! In John 13:34-35. Is that easy? Well, for me nope! But I do choose on purpose to follow hard after my Poppa God. I know what it feels like to believe I’m not loveable and also to live in constant fear! That’s horrible.

I wanta share His love, goodness and mercy! I want to help ease this spirit of fear!

What can we do to ease that fear even a little bit?

  1. Be kind
  2. Offer an encouraging word
  3. Make a personal connection

We do not have to stoop low and carry this heavy burden. God’s word tells us His yoke is easy, His burden light in Matthew 11:28-30!

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Isn’t it great knowing we’re not alone and that someone is always ready and able to help us carry such a heavy weight!

My friend, I am praying for you this day. That you will find His peace which passes all understanding…that’s in the Word too!

I’d love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

Have a great day on purpose!

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3 Steps Overcoming Fear NOW!

It’s a sunny morning. My desk sits in front of the window facing east here in the office. I have the curtains half-way pulled to block the sun from shining directly in my eyes. I will not complain, though, for I know there are days ahead where a layer of thick clouds will block out the sun. 

And how often that can apply to life around us!

On days like today, the sun is bright, and we can see clearly. I don’t know bout you, but there are those times if I go for days not seeing the sun, I begin to get depressed. I learn to change my perspective and try to focus on the positive around me, then even though I may not see the source of that bright light overhead. 

No matter what will happen, the sun will never stop shinning. However, there will be many times that storms will invade our lives and the clouds will try to block out the sun’s warm glow!

I grow concerned for our country, yes, even our world right now!

Just yesterday, the governor of our state decided to implement yet more lockdowns, mandates and such. This causes me great concern especially for the mental health of children and adults for we were not created to stay cooped up! Nor were we created to live with such fear!

I try not to bash anyone, for that does no good. And yes, a thousand times yes, I do pray for our leaders as we’re told in God’s word. And when my mind gets all jumbly with the ‘what-if’s’ and the fear, I must take control of that thought pattern and choose on purpose to put my trust in God. It’s simply not always easy!

Fear is a very real and present danger!

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In my 60 years, I have never seen fear so rampant! Nor the ease of which this fear seems to infect those around me! One can not turn the news on without being bombarded with some form of fear-mongering! Anxiety will negatively affect the body as well as twisting one’s emotions totally outta sync. I believe that the evil one uses his fear as a massive tool to cause folks to wanta cower down and hide!

The Word of God says in 2 Timothy 1:7 – 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind!

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For me, I’ve had to practice taking down those thoughts of fear! In fear’s place, I put peace and hope. I’ve had to learn to take my thoughts can see how well they line up with Philippians 4:8.

In Philippians 4:8 we read, ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.’

 We do have a choice! We do not have to live our lives in fear, cowered like some beaten animal or person in the corner curled up in the fetal position! That is NOT who we were created to be!

No! If Jesus Christ lives in you, then you have His same anointing! 

You have the power over the enemy!

You need to start practicing that more and more each day!

So, here’s what I encourage you to do!

When you begin to realize you’re feeling afraid!

Three steps to help overcome fearful thoughts.

  1. Check your thoughts.

>If you need to, then write down at least three thoughts you are having.

2. Compare those thoughts with Philippians 4:8

  >Are those thoughts noble, pure, praiseworthy, etc? If not, then get rid of them! 

3. Change your activity. 

>During this craziness of 2020, I’ve realized when I get to thinking negative, fearful thoughts, I need to change my trajectory. 

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Get up! 

                        Do some jumping jacks! 

                                    Go for a walk! 

 Brush your teeth! 

                        Clean the fridge out! 

                                                Make your bed! 

                                                            Write a thank you card! 

 Balance your checkbook! 

                                                Sweep the floor! 

                                                                                    Play with the kids! 

            Sing!

                                    Dance!

                                                            Praise the Lord loudly!

 Anything to redirect your mind onto something positive!

You can overcome fear with His truth!

You are not alone either! That’s another huge lie the devil wants us to believe! Many near you are struggling as well. Reach out, if possible, to others and offer encouragement.

I’m here to listen to your story! You can reach out to me at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

I am praying for you this day!

Massive blessings!

What will you chose? Good? Or Evil?

G’day to ya!

I do hope your day is starting out well or has been a wonderful one depending on when you read this post. It’s mid-morning for me.

I look out my eastwardly facing window watching the brisk wind chase the fallen leaves all around the yard. I see the small whimsical windmills spinning wildly in my flower garden. My plants have seemingly died but I know they are merely resting until the spring up next year. When the new season arrives, I will feed them a good diet that will enable them to grow strong and thrive!

What are you feeding on?

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Hasn’t 2020 brought with it a boatload of multiple issues we’ve had to learn to deal with, learn new coping skills if you will. I personally struggle with a lot of the changes that have hit our society hard. Even so, I will not give up on the greatness of our nation. No wait a minute! The greatness of humanity!!

You see I am a firm believer in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and Him crucified on the cross for you and for me! Without Him I would not be here, and I know that without a doubt! I would either be dead or in an insane asylum because of all the horrors I’ve lived through.

The key word here is… ‘lived through’!!

And we also have choices every day to make that will assist us in making it through each day.

We have a grand choice laid out before us!

  1. We can give into the fear mongering by watching new 24 x 7 and reading every post on social media.
  2. We can say, ‘enough is enough’ and turn it off choosing instead to gain fresh insight and peace!

We take charge of just exactly what we chose to feed on during the day!

I am not saying to go off and do whatever to whomever you wish. No, that’s not right either! We use common sense and stay safe!

There are two sides: Good vs evil!

This is nothing new.

It’s been that way since the beginning of time way back in Genesis chapter 3. Check it out! It’s in the Word!

So, it is with what we choose to feed ourselves day in and day out!

It’s a choice again!

  1. We eat good, nutritious food.
  2. Or we eat junk food that is dead and does us not one bit of good!

You can often tell what kinda diet a person has by what comes outta their mouth!

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

I firmly believe there is a remnant on this great planet watching and strategizing on doing the Father’s work to bring His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. I assure you, there is no virus in Heaven! Nor is there any fear or anxiety! Those are tools of the evil one.

What do you think might happen if we as a people of all races, shapes and sizes, colors and beliefs suddenly began to rise up and say, ‘Enough is enough!’ We chose love and peace and humanity!

Oh, to many, maybe even you who are reading these words, may think this is a pipe dream!

I’ve even heard Christians say things like, ‘Well, the end is near! Jesus is coming soon. Ain’t much to do now but wait!’

I say to that, ‘Hogwash’!!

We are called to get off our blessed assurance and be about the Father’s business.

I know! I know!

What about those who do not believe in Jesus.

That’s totally your choice. The cool thing about Jesus is that He most certainly won’t beat you over the head to chose to follow Him. He loves you no matter. But your final destination may not be to spend eternity with Him if you chose otherwise.

Stop! Think! Examine! Research! Read! Strategize! Believe on Him! And breathe in His peace and comfort!

I’ll admit that during this year my anxiety has spiked numerous times. Yet, my trust is in the One who gave me life!  I am choosing to let go and trust Him! I encourage you to join me!

What an exciting time to be alive!

If you get really freaked out, I’m here to listen! Drop a line here or shoot me an email at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com 

I’d love to hear from you!

You are not alone!

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I’m praying for you!

You Were Meant for Love

Kari Kobe has a song out, The More I Seek You, that totally wrecks me!! I listen to it over and over.

We were all created for LOVE….to receive love, to give love! We were created with a deep need to be loved and accepted!

So many times that doesn’t happen in our lives. Maybe we had dysfunctional parents or care givers who were never taught this love thing therefore they did not teach their children how to love.

Have you ever watched an innocent child? They just love…openly…without hesitation. That’s simply how they were created!

But…..

Life comes along and many times stirs things up on the inside….changes our belief system…causes us to put up these gyhugic walls we think is for our protection. Funny thing bout walls is that yes, they will offer a form of protection keeping the bad out. They will also keep the good out and….they will keep us in!

For many years of my life I now realize I’ve lived my life behind these walls hoping for protection yet denying myself thw very thing was created for: Love!

I’d learned very early in my childhood that I was a bad person, dirty, nasty, unlovable….or so I thought! I was listening to and believing those lies!

I was wrong!

I was none of those things!

I’ve been learning I am the opposite..I am amazing…I am unique…I am loveable…I am worthy…I am able to give and receive love!

My beloved, my husband, has worked hard at helping me to tear down my walls. And yes they leave me very vulnerable but I am now feeling way more than ever before.

Love is real! Love can and often does hurt! Love is fulfilling!

You were made to love!

More importantly, you were made to be loved! You are lovely and so worth being loved!

You are uniquely you! There is not another person like you now or ever!

I encourage you to begin today tearing down your walls to let thw light of love in! You don’t have to live a lifeless life…real, true, life changing love!

You are worthy!

You are loved!

I’d love to hear your story!

I am praying for you!

Drop me a line at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

You Are Worthy!

Sometimes it’s a challenge to remember I am worthy…I am valuable…I am loveable…I am good enough!

Sometimes the lies from my past spoken over me by those who were supposed to have loved and protected me…yeah those lies try really hard to drill down in my brain and mess me up.

Haha…I’m learning to recognize them sooner rather than later and kick em to the curb!

We all have days like that!

I’m learning the value of quality self care! I’m learning to give myself permission to be still and heal!

You my friend are so worth the effort to be good to you today!

Take a walk in the woods.

Go for a bike ride.

Read a book.

Listen to music.

Dance like a wild person.

Take a nap.

Say “no”!

Do anything just for you!

You are worth it!

I’d love to hear your story.

Drop me a note at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

You can follow me on face book at: Author Pamela Richards Woodall.