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Monday, November 17, 2008

The spirit of "power, love, and a sound mind"

There is a scripture that has come to my mind often as I have been embarking on this task of overcoming the fear of labor and that is..

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.(” (2 Tim. 1:6–7.)

I have looked at this is this way...as humans we have the ability to act, to love, and to think and reason. All three of these things are a part of working through our own fear. I've obviously talked about love, mostly because I have felt like that is the most important part. But being able to reason and act on our thoughts is also important. I know that is when I decide on a course of action that I feel less fear.

I find it inspiring to know that we have been endowed with these three abilities to help us overcome any fear. That we have been given the spirit of power, love, and sound mind.



1 comment:

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?


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