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Why does God allow over 15,000 to die from earthquakes like this one? And how do I live my life without fear that we will be next? 
 Most of us have heard or read this expression on a t-shirt "Faith over Fear." Or perhaps we have overheard someone say "Fear and Faith cannot coexist." Personally, I believe that to be a true statement. If you truly believe, trust, and love God with ALL of your heart, mind, body, and soul there is no need for fear. However, if you don't know GOD, then you may think or even say things like: "God has never revealed himself to me" or "But I don't want to give up this one [sinful] pleasure" or "What if I'm not perfect?" or "I don't want to be like one of those Christian hypocrites" or "Eventually science will catch up and prove that all religion is mythology" or maybe it's simply that "God is not tangible or visible to me, therefore he cannot exist." Or "I'll have to evangelize people if I am a beleiver, and I don't like pushing ANYTHING on other people" Or "If there is a God, He wouldn't have allowed THIS [loss/tragedy/heartbreak] to happen." Or fill in the blank _______________________________ with any number of other reasons people give for choosing fear/doubts/self-sufficency/anger/bitterness/logic/skeptisicm/self-righteousness/ego/etc. over FAITH in GOD.
I get it. I used to struggle with my beliefs as well. I wasn't ready to give up my perceived freedom of choice to do what I want to do and be who I want to be; and let some man-made religion tell me what to do!
As it turns out, making the personal decision to surrender my will to God's Will has given me so much more than I ever hoped for... so much more than the hope of a beautiful eternal life with HIM. Surrender gives me daily peace of mind to accept the things I cannot control in my life. Things like cancer, earthquakes, famine, as well as others. It doesn't mean I enjoy any of these situations. It simply means I can have serenity in my heart by acknowledging the sovereignty of my God and believing whole-heartedly in His Promises: Jeremiah 29:11-13***Psalm 23***Ephesians 1:4,11***Romans 8:28***Matthew 10:29-31***Colossians 1:16-17***Isaiah 45:7-9***Proverbs 16:33***Job 42:2***Lamentations 3:37-39***Acts 4:27-28
I would like to respectfully ask YOU, the non-Christian, a question. And I would genuinely appreciate an honest answer. What is it specifically for you that keeps you from surrendering your life to GOD? Please help me to understand. Not so I can try to convert you to my beliefs; rather so I may be better informed about the doubts and fears people are struggling with today.
NOW, for the fellow believers like myself, I have a question for you as well. I will list some of the tangible examples of how I personally experience God's presence in my life below. What are some of yours?
The laugh of a baby***the rainbow after a storm***the vibrant painted sky of either a beautiful sunrise or sunset***making love to my husband***singing songs of praise and worship alone in my car or with the body of Christ at church***the taste of pure quality dark chocolate***the soothing, caressing, or sometimes violent sounds of instrumental music being played passionately***the victory and miracle of one overcoming an addiction or other terminal disease***wild flowers***BREATHING***meditation*** and the list goes on and on...
Your turn ;)


You are sovereign God and You are a good good Father. As for me and my house, we will choose to serve and worship you all the days of our lives. 
Joshua 24:15 and Psalm 23 
We will praise You in this storm. We will praise You during these horrific birth pains of labor as You give rise to a new Heaven and a new Earth. 
1 Thessalonians 5:3
Revelation 1 
Holy is Your Name and worth of all my praise and thanksgiving Yahweh. 

I Cry  

Romans 8:26-27 

“Thank You Jesus” in the most reverent and sincere tone with all my heart now and forever more.