The Breakup Song

When I first saw this song title, I wondered what in the world one my favorite artists was singing about.

About two lines in, then it all made sense.

I immediately made a playlist titled, No Fear (throwback to anyone who remembers that), and this was the first song added.

Even better, I found the music video, which will obviously be a link in the blog playlist below.

Today’s graphics are courtesy of that video because I just loved them.

I had a rotary phone. It wasn’t powder blue. Ours was black and probably weighed fifty pounds. Those things were made out of metal?

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So, if you’ve read anything from me, then you probably know I have a history of being a fearful person.

Cue the Eagles’ “Wasted Time.”

Or, as I learned about five minutes ago…cue the song “Afraid” by Tenth Avenue North. They have a lyric:

“Worry is only wasted time.”

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I can’t say “no more fear,” completely, but I can definitely tell a difference in how I respond to people who would have normally shoved me into an emotional, and even spiritual, corner.

This post was round one (okay, more like round 22, TKO):

https://keyshathomaston.com/2018/02/23/fear-is-a-liar/

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Why a spiritual corner? Because to be afraid of man is to doubt God.

God created man.

Can man do anything outside of what is sifted through the hands of God…even the awful stuff?

No.

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Understanding God’s Word and who He is… it’s honestly like waking up out of The Matrix.

I’m not trying to dumb down our Creator, but rather phrase it in a way that might get the attention of a certain audience.

Okay.

Honestly? I was just trying not to use the King Theoden reference from Lord of the Rings. 😂

It’s worth all four minutes if you don’t know the scene:

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I will draw you, Saruman, as poison is drawn from a wound.

-Gandalf

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You realize the world around you, that you think controls you or dictates your life, doesn’t actually have any power – except the power that you give it.

Light or Dark.

Hot or Cold.

Truth or Lie.

Courage or Fear.

Two choices.

Like two faucets. Which one is turned on the fill your life, to determine your steps, to dictate your thoughts?

You’re listening to something…someone.

The cord that connects the power to your soul has a source. What’s at the other end?

If it’s anything like the sniveling evil shown from Saruman, then you aren’t seeing clearly. You are not yourself.

You’re poisoned.

Don’t you know that’s how our enemy can operate? J.R.R. Tolkien (and C.S. Lewis) wrote the way they did because they knew of good and evil.

They knew of God…and a serpent. With venom.

It’s not complicated. We make it hard.

Just pick a side.

Pick a power source.

As for me, I’m disconnecting fear.

It might take multiple removal procedures, but I’ve made up my mind.

Fear, you don’t own me.

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I’ve gone through the motions

I’ve been back and forth

I know that you’re thinking you’ve heard this before

I don’t know how to say it

So I’m just gonna say it, yeah

Fear, you don’t own me

There ain’t no room in this story

And I ain’t got time for you

Telling me what I’m not

Like you know me, well guess what?

I know who I am

I know I’m strong

And I am free

Got my own identity

So fear, you will never be welcome here

Take a minute, let it settle in

You probably never saw it coming

Something’s gotta give so I give up you, oh

There’s no room for you here

Yeah, I’ve had enough

The no vacancy sign on my heart is lit up

In case you didn’t hear it

Here it is again

Oh, fear, you don’t own me

There ain’t no room in this story

And I ain’t got time for you

Telling me what I’m not

Like you know me, well guess what?

I know who I am

I know I’m strong

And I am free

Got my own identity

So fear, you will never be welcome here

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Is there anybody out there just like me?

(Anybody out there?)

Anybody needing fear to leave?

If you don’t know how to say it

Sing along with me.

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-Francesca Battistelli

Ditto. -Keysha

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BLOG PLAYLIST

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Sidewalk Prophets

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Lauren Daigle

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Tenth Avenue North

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Zach Williams

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Chris Tomlin

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Kari Jobe

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Third Day

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Jeremy Camp

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(You might want to sit down and grab some coffee.)

  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
  • “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  ~ Psalm 56:3
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

  • “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
  • “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18
  • “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:19

  • “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1
  • “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25
  • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4

  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9
  • “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:34
  • Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
  • “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” ~ Isaiah 35:4
  • “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” ~ Luke 12:22-26

  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1
  • “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” ~ Psalm 55:22
  • “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” ~ Mark 6:50
  • “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

  • “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” ~ Isaiah 41:13-14
  • “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1
  • “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” ~ Psalm 118:6-7

  • “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” ~ Proverbs 29:25
  • “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” ~ Mark 4:39-40
  • “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
  • “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” ~ 1 Peter 3:14
  • “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:4
  • “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” ~ Deuteronomy 3:22
  • “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’” ~ Revelation 1:17
  • “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” ~ Mark 5:36
  • “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” ~ Romans 8:38-39
  • “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” ~ Zephaniah 3:17

  • “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” from Psalm 91:1-16