Devotionals, Testimonies

Dancing Shoes

I have become a collector of hearts, but I do not collect just any hearts. They are gifts from my daughter, Danielle. Each is like a time capsule, capturing a memory from her youth. One is a foil heart. She added two colors of ink to make it extra pretty. Yet another is a heart-shaped… Continue reading Dancing Shoes

God, Lori Altebaumer, Faith Beyond Fear, Guest Post,, prodigal, infertility

When We Give Our Fears to God: A Mother’s Journey

There are few sounds like that of a mother crying over her child. A heart-broken mother, a terrified mother, a lost, angry, confused and wounded mother holds nothing back but weeps out grief in anguished sobs that come from deep within her DNA. Where is God? How could this be His plan? The pain can… Continue reading When We Give Our Fears to God: A Mother’s Journey

Diving into Faith: Letting Go of Fear, Dawn Ward, Faith Beyond Fear,

Diving into Faith: Letting Go of Fear

“Dawn, let go and jump! I’ll catch you!” I could barely hear my coach’s encouraging words above the ringing in my ears. All I could make out was the muffled sound of “Wah, wah, wah,” as he pleaded with me to take the plunge into the pool of water below. My teammates also tried coercing… Continue reading Diving into Faith: Letting Go of Fear

Holland Webb, Faith Beyond Fear

From Faith to Fear And Back Again

When it all falls apart "What did he say?" I turned from the newscast to the man next to me. "Crashed." It was early fall of 2008, and I sat in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic, watching the news in French. As my college French professor will attest, there is no… Continue reading From Faith to Fear And Back Again

Run-Out Faith, Karen Smith, Faith beyond Fear,

My Run-Out Faith

    What sweet words I find in Isaiah 43. Words to remember as I travel through life.  Or at least until life sweeps me off my feet. What do I do with these promises? When life is upside down and flames set every dream ablaze, are these words true? No Words Would Come Four miles… Continue reading My Run-Out Faith

Heather Norman Smith,, Faith Beyond Fear, Baby Steps of Faith, Mustard Seed, Contributing Writer

A Baby Step of Faith

Crunching numbers has never been my strong suit. As a word person, and not a math person, I avoid it when possible. When I reflect on it, however, I realize how important numbers have been on my personal journey to faith beyond fear. Eleven years ago, I gave birth to my first daughter. When she… Continue reading A Baby Step of Faith


Expected Visitor: A Devotional of Faith Beyond Fear

Expected Visitor Jenny expected a visitor, so as moonbeams danced through the curtains, she welcomed the day. She sipped cocoa, rocked in her easy chair, and thanked God for His Word. Her Bible was to her the best love-letter ever; each promise masterfully written for her. She thought about the Bible Study she attended two… Continue reading Expected Visitor: A Devotional of Faith Beyond Fear

Prison of Shame, Lisa Williams, Faith Beyond Fear, Testimony

Prison of Shame

Prison of Shame Y’all. We all struggle with it. Most of us have been motivated by it a time or two, and if we’re honest, we’ve used it to motivate others too. It’s a silent, dark prison many of us struggle to break free from. I’m talking about shame. From its earliest appearance in the… Continue reading Prison of Shame

Jennifer Cotney, definition of fear, Faith Beyond Fear,

Redefining Fear

I’ve been thinking a lot about the word fear. It’s an interesting word with multiple meanings. Profound reverence The noun definitions for fear describe human emotions like danger or anxiety. One definition describes  a different emotion: an intense respect toward God. Not respect in an undefined deity, or the concept of some cosmic force. Not even… Continue reading Redefining Fear

Amy Merritt, Flying through the air with faith,, Faith Beyond Fear

Flying Through the Air with Faith

Family Camp, an idyllic location in the middle of the piney woods of East Texas where families unplug from the world and spend a week with the Lord and each other. We made plans almost a year ago to come to Family Camp. We sat on the waiting list until a few months ago, but… Continue reading Flying Through the Air with Faith