Express Don’t Suppress

Luke 19:40 

(context is in Jesus’ coming into Jerusalem and everyone praising him as he rides in the town, and the Pharisees wanting to shut them up.)

40 But he said, “If they kept quiet,

the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

From Barnes’ Notes on the Bible Commentary:

The stones would …cry out – It is “proper” that they should celebrate my coming. Their acclamations “ought” not to be suppressed. So joyful is the event which they celebrate – the coming of the Messiah – that it is not fit that I should attempt to impose silence on them. The expression here seems to be “proverbial,” and is not to be taken literally. Proverbs are designed to express the truth “strongly,” but are not to be taken to signify as much as if they were to be interpreted literally. The sense is, that his coming was an event of so much importance that it “ought” to be celebrated in some way, and “would” be celebrated. It would be impossible to restrain the people, and improper to attempt it. The language here is strong proverbial language to denote that fact. We are not to suppose, therefore, that our Saviour meant to say that the stones were “conscious” of his coming, or that God would “make” them speak, but only that there was “great joy” among the people; that it was “proper” that they should express it in this manner, and that it was not fit that he should attempt to repress it.

Okay, the first thing to note is this little post is not to be taken as any kind of exegesis of this verse.  I literally was encouraged by it in a bit of an ‘out of context’ way, so just go with me here and stone me later.

Honestly, and to my own surprise, I’ve been dealing with a lot of I N S E C U R I T Y lately.

Insecurity is a broad term, but it’s been specifically in the area of relationships with people and the underlying questions “Am I enough?” and “Am I wanted?”.

It’s crazy how it feels like it’s hit me like a load of bricks, like bam! Lies and insecure thoughts seemingly out of nowhere.

And I’m still dealing with it, and praying, and asking God to fill me with His truth because I know these thoughts and feelings are lies. But feelings are very real, and thankfully God is using them to indicate the underlying limiting beliefs I’m currently carrying that he wants to transform.

Anyway, in worship today God spoke Luke 19:40 into my spirit.

He essentially was telling me and tells you as well –

Do not wish you were like someone else. Do not believe the lie that what they offer is better or needed more.

God has put each of us individually EXACTLY where he wants us. Acts 17:26 says that “from one man He made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And He decided exactly where they should live.”

Sometimes, when insecurities rise up within us, we want to run away, sometimes even physically to something different. But the same insecurities will go with you, so running isn’t the answer. So, knowing that God has you where he wants you, what else do we need to know when we’re feeling insecure?

Romans 12:6 says that “we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”

God has you where you are because what you carry is something that place needs!

He made you different than that other person. ON PURPOSE. You have a different personality, you relate to people differently, you love people differently.

But each one of us is a unique expression of GOD and His love and grace.

The proverbial statement from Jesus of ‘if they don’t praise Me, the rocks would cry out’ can hold true for us today. If you silence and suppress your true self, who God made YOU to be, all because you think it’s not wanted or as good, God misses out on being glorified by YOU and He’ll be glorified another way.  But more than that, people around you will miss out on a picture of who God is because they won’t see it in you.

Is this making sense?

I’m writing this to encourage us both.

We aren’t to imitate anyone except Christ. (not to say don’t imitate your leaders who are following after Christ, but I’m meaning we aren’t meant to BE like anyone else!)

It’s so easy to think that we are not the one, that someone else can do it better. It’s easy to think that my skills and gifts aren’t that great or worth being used, it’s easy to believe the lies that say I’m not enough or I don’t belong.

But what if we took our eyes off ourselves (and off comparison) and just unapologetically choose to BE who God made me to be. Quirks, twerks and all 😉

The world out there needs to see the expression of God through you.

Don’t suppress your personality, your laugh, your crying, your creativity, your ideas, your gifts, your passion for anyone or anything. Instead, express it freely.

Some may not accept it, some may not want it. But I believe there’s a reason you are the way you are and you’re at where you’re at – blessed to be a blessing. Who can you bless today by being you? No one else thinks like you think, the Spirit speaks to you and gives you thoughts and ideas he may not give anyone else. Let’s engage with life and people and be in the moment and allow God to ‘use us’ to reveal an important facet of His heart.

When insecurity rises up and you feel a need to suppress,

Step out confidently in His power and choose to express.

It always costs something, it’s not always easy, but you are graced for it.



1 John 3:16  This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us.

The last couple of months, God has been constantly helping me see and experience and live out real love.

I didn’t really realize that most of the ‘love’ I was giving (toward people and even God) wasn’t the love I now am getting a revelation of. I would give generously, love people, etc and have so much joy in doing it – but it was usually when it was convenient for me, when I thought of the idea, when I wanted to, etc.

I had a wake-up call the day I really understood love isn’t based on feelings but is a sacrifice (and inconvenient and a choice I must make daily). I’ve heard that before, thought I understood, but I wasn’t living it.

1 John 3 goes on to say:

3:17 This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

I realized today that the opposite of love is selfishness. I wake up each day and choose one or the other. To live for self or to live for Love. And in those moments when we have opportunities to love someone (which is like every 10 minutes, really), usually in small but significant ways, we have a choice. Do we think, “Good idea, maybe I’ll do that later.” Or “Ah, I will tell her next time I see her”. Or do we just pass someone by that we could love on?

It’s definitely convicting reading those words above that say when we see someone in need and we turn away (because we’ve chosen self over sacrifice) God’s love ‘disappears’. When we choose comfort, convenience, and self instead of loving others, God’s love isn’t seen in us. An opportunity for His love to be revealed through us is lost.

I used to read scriptures like when Jesus said in Matthew 16:25 that ‘whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for My sake will save it,’ and I always imagined these grand statements of love – laying our life down. Words like “sacrifice” and “lay down your life” sound pretty massive. And because of how big they sound, I can forget how simple they really are, and how it’s in my every day, ordinary life.

Matthew 16:25-26 Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

I’ve always known these things in my head, but now I want to live them, really live them, and become like Jesus. “Let’s not just talk about love, let’s practice real love” (1 John 3).

It’s not the prettiest realization to find out I’ve been living a lot of my life for myself. It’s natural to love ourselves. It’s natural to look out for number one. No one taught me that. It’s a choice I must make each day to not just look out for myself, but see how I can really love people, and through that act of love, introduce them to Jesus (whether in my actions or words).

I’ve been reading God’s word lately and dissecting the verse, asking for God’s help to actually do what He is asking of me. It’s so much easier to just read the words and feel encouraged, but I want really live, and really love.

I highly recommend as well, while on the topic, of reading Love Does by Bob Goff. Best book ever!

Planted with Purpose

God has just given me fresh eyes for the season I am in.

Sometimes we can be in a season that feels like an in between season: In between promise and progress. Have you ever felt like you’re a bit stuck? You know you’re in God’s will, but you find yourself wishing you were somewhere else? Doing something grander, doing something that resembles your day dreams a bit more? The thing is, God has something called a process, and it’s not quick, it’s not easy, and it’s not mapped out for you to anticipate how to navigate it. He wants your trust and your commitment.

What we don’t always realize is that we ARE progressing, growing, maturing and bearing fruit.

God spoke to me clearly today. He said, “Do you SEE? You are planted in such GOOD SOIL. You need to remain here, abide in Me here, let your roots go deeper here.”

When something becomes familiar to you, it becomes familiar to you.

Sometimes you have to take yourself out of it (not literally, but see yourself outside of it) to realize you’ve got it good. God has blessed you and has planted you right where He wants you.

God is a tender, careful Gardener. He will not transplant you at the improper time.

I came to Australia as a seed (get figurative with me here).  I’ve been going through many different STAGES of growth and SEASONS of life. There was the initial season as a seed where I had to die, that wasn’t really fun. My 1st year living in Australia was one of the hardest seasons of my life. But we all know from both science and from Jesus’ words (John 12:24) 5

There was the initial season as a seed where I had to die, that wasn’t really fun. My 1st year living in Australia was one of the hardest seasons of my life. But we all know from both science and from Jesus’ words (John 12:24) that it must take place for life to spring forth and growth etc to happen.

Then there was the exciting 2season of being watered, cared for, and sown into like crazy; especially, in the beginning, it was like WOW this is AMAZING!!! How fresh! How vibrant! My soul is being fed a feast! I can’t believe it! And when a leaf blade pushes through (revelation after revelation and positive change occurs in your life) it’s definitely exciting! We celebrate and are filled with joy and everyone just seems so happy because we’re all frothing on life #hillsonghappyclapperstheycallus.

And this keeps happening. Each year it looks a little different, your capacity increases and your faith increases and you settle into this place I now call Home. Your love for God, the Church, and people increases. But then it starts to become familiar. And normal. And things that are supernatural and that people in other places are praying daily on their knees for are happening all around you. And you praise God, but can also become used to it. Expectant yes, but familiar too. I’ve often found myself looking for God to Wow me. When all around me God is doing incredible things, revealing himself in amazing ways, it, in fact, is still, HELLO pinch yourself God is too good! In the seasons of same or normalcy, we cannot lose the wonder.

I’m still a plant. I’m not an oak tree.

This is the time to keep letting your roots go down deep, not to hold back.  God whispered hope in my spirit as he told me that eventually, I will be one that doesn’t just bear fruit, but BRANCHES… Branches for OTHERS to lean upon and find rest and nourishment.  But don’t rush the process, that time will come soon enough. An oak tree cannot be the strong oak tree that it is without DEEP ROOTS and the GROWTH & PRUNING PROCESS.

And we aren’t going backward. Every season and stage make you stronger, able to be more fruitful and more alive than ever.

This season, even if not the most exciting as in the beginning of something new, this season of remaining and let God do his thing, is SIGNIFICANT and NEEDED. We cannot believe the lie that this is a waste of time, could be skipped over, or lacks purpose. Do not belittle this season and do not despise it. This will enrich you, not make you less.

I want to study Ezekiel now but God spoke a word to me about my life through Ezekiel 17:8, giving me vision for why I’m doing what I’m doing:

It will be said of you, “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit, and become a splendid vine.”

God has infused my heart with hope and has given me purpose in a time where I felt it was waning.

“Stay the path” is more than just words.

Mark 4:26-29

Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!


Find me in the field…

I find myself where I didn’t expect to be.

I’ve been living in Australia for 5 years, and the whispers God spoke to me about Africa feel like distant memories.

I’m in the middle of studying to receive my Bachelor of Ministry, which I never thought I’d do. (“Study university? No way! I don’t need a degree to be a missionary!” – my own words 7 or so years ago…)

I thought I’d be married by now, too. You know when you’re in high school you have that whole ‘plan’ of married by 21, kids by 23?  I’m constantly reminded that God doesn’t work on my timetable, to slow down, relax, and enjoy the ride.

I went to India for a missions trip recently, not because I felt ‘called’ to do that, but simply because I was hungry for an adventure of any kind. I also wanted to test the waters and see if ‘missions’ was something I still ‘felt’ I was made for.

I think God purposefully paints the days and seasons of my life with watercolors. He adds a stroke, and just as he adds another, they mesh together and drip onto something else he’d painted earlier. And then, just when the colors are blending nicely and I feel like a picture is being made, out of nowhere he decides to add a different color and I’m like, PURPLE? Really? Are you sure? All the while I think He should use one of those ‘paint by numbers’ pages, he’s content to use his own canvas with his endless variety of watercolors – where mistakes, failures or setbacks aren’t erased but rather used to enhance the masterpiece he’s creating with my life.

I think I’m in a season of life where God just wants me to stay in the field I’m in. I’m not here by accident. The field I’m in is full of good soil, to sow and to reap. The field I’m in is safe, a place of preparation for what’s coming, a place to grow. I’m thinking it’s like the field Ruth found herself in- when she ‘just so happened’ to come upon a field that just so happened to belong to Boaz. She was in the right place at the right time but she didn’t even know it.

Not everything we do in life will have God’s audible voice over it saying, “Do this!”. Everything in our lives takes trust in God. Trust that He knows what’s best and is working everything out for good. Trust that each step is leading us to the next step. Trust that truly the best is yet to come, that we haven’t missed out, that we won’t miss out, that He is good and that His word literally cannot fail.

Be found in the field. It sounds dreamy and glamorous, but it has its days. Right now, I’m doing all I know to do, to use what’s in my hand CURRENTLY (not what I WISH was in my hand, but what IS entrusted to me now) and trust that God will fulfill both the desires of my heart and the purposes he has for me.

I’m realizing life isn’t meant to be a rigid itinerary that details all the stops and all the plans and the packing list. God’s inviting me on an adventure.

I’m the type of person that loves the IDEA of an adventure. Then when the moment comes, I hesitate. “I’m too tired.” “I already planned to do this.” “I don’t know if that’s wise.” Blah blah blah are my excuses.

But that’s not what I was made for. I was made to do things that involve risk, fear, and faith.

So I’ve decided to enter into that adventure this year (which this next year could be my final year in Australia). I felt God tell me that my verse for this season is found in Matthew 7… Ask, Seek, Knock.

He wants me to risk asking for audacious things, to do whatever it takes to seek Him and get to know Him, in both the secret place and through other people. And to knock on doors that I once shied away from, thinking they were impossible but see them now as opportunities. These three things, for me, will involve risk, fear, and faith. But this is part of the adventure.

The field we find ourselves in isn’t small, it’s expansive and ever expanding. There’s a lot of hard work to be done to reap the rewards, too. But there’s a lot of discovering awaiting us in the field too. Hidden treasures are in our fields. Surprises. Joy. Love. We’ll never know if we don’t Ask, Seek, or Knock. If we’re content to remain in the field as is, then we will. But I know there’s more, and I’m keen to find out.

If you’re a little unsure about the journey you’re on, like myself, I hope this encourages you somehow. God is still in control, the waiting season isn’t forever, His words and promises haven’t changed, just change your perspective to see the beauty in what He’s doing in your life right now. See what is before you and thank him for it. There’s more.

Jude 1 “Relax, everything’s going to be alright; rest, everything is coming together. Open your hearts, love is on the way!”



Happy Mother’s Day <3

Yesterday I was grocery shopping, as I do every weekend. But this weekend was different, for as I was leaving, at the florist I saw bouquets and bouquets of flowers under a sign labeled “pick-ups”.

Mother’s Day.

I love my mom. And this is my fifth year being away from home, halfway across the world. I’ve never honestly been ‘home sick’. I’m usually content to be wherever God leads me. But lately, in the back of my mind, I’ve been longing to visit my family.

This morning, Mother’s Day morning, I went with my friend to the markets to get vegetables and fruit for the week. I go to the same check-out girl every week. Upon arrival at the markets, I saw yet again, lots of flowers. Instantly, I had it in my heart to buy flowers for the check-out woman. I’d thought about her the day before and had it in my heart to bless her, and the opportunity simply presented itself right then and there.

I was like a 5-year-old daughter presenting flowers to her mom, only I’m not five and she isn’t my mother lol. I skipped up to her and simply said, “these are for you!” No explanation, just a simple act of love. She lit up.

I thought, “if I can’t buy flowers for my mom, someone else will get them in her honor today.”

Then at church, so unexpectedly, I was crying because I realized how I miss my mom and my family.  During worship, I was having this conversation in my heart with God about my desires to be with my family back home but also how I was willing to sacrifice it because I know there is a reason I’m here.

Since last year I’d been desiring to go on a missions trip. But since the beginning of this year, I’ve been wanting to visit family. For a few months, I went back and forth with God, asking him which one was the right option and kept telling him how I want to visit family. But I’m going to India…

This morning I was reminded of the verse Mark 10:29-30

 Jesus said, “Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life!

I feel like lately, I’ve been whispering this verse to God as if to say, “Remember saying this Jesus? Yes, well, I’ll hold You to it!”

But I’m not bargaining with God, like okay God, I’ll stay here if you do this for me. In worship today I told Him 2 Samuel 24:24

I will not make an offering to the Eternal One, my True God, that has cost me nothing.

And for the first time today I felt the weight of what I’m doing here. The sacrifice, the cost.

And in the midst of feeling that, I knew He was worth it all.

What I’m doing now is thanks to my mom, her prayers, her support, her love, her endless generosity toward me. Whatever God does through me is her fruit, too.

And though I can’t see it all now, I know there is so much purpose in my time here in Sydney, however long that is proving to be. Whether just another year or a few more to come. And while at times it is hard, I won’t wish away this incredible season of life that God has gifted to me.  Mama raised a brave one! 😉

So here’s to all the ones living worlds away from their moms and their families to do what God has called them to do, counting the cost but knowing He’s worth it.

Here’s to the ones who have stayed when it would’ve been easier to go. Or left when it would’ve been easier to stay.

Here’s to the ones who have sacrificed much for the sake of others.

And here’s to my mom, the best mom, who raised me to love and pursue Jesus with all my heart, which I will keep doing the rest of my days.

I wish I could be with you now to celebrate you, so here’s a field of flowers I would pick for you if I could.

I want to encourage you, Mom, and everyone else reading this:

Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it?… If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? -Luke 12

God cares about every detail of you. Even the things unseen. Even the things we long to see but don’t yet see…Even the things we don’t really want to see… Even the things we hope to see but also fear to be disappointed to not see…

God wants you to be filled with HOPE. Filled with expectation. Filled with faith. Filled with peace. Filled with trust.

All He needs is some mustard seed sized faith…He can work with that.

Keep moving forward, keep persevering, keep your head up and your eyes fixed on Jesus. The best is yet to come!


I didn’t really think I’d say this anytime soon, but hey everyone! I’m going to India!

I’ve been given the opportunity to go to Delhi, India with Alphacrucis College (where I’m studying for my Bachelor of Ministry)! It’s for 2 weeks in July, working with a church that was planted by an AC alumni.

I’ll get to use my passion and love for photography and serve behind the lens (stoked), as well as spend time with girls and women both at the church and the slums through various outlets like the school bus ministry (more details to come!).

Ever since living in Australia I’ve been so desiring to get back on the mission field.  I’ve missed it so much.

Unless you know me really well, you might be thinking, “where you are right now is your mission field, Maria!” Yes, I agree, thank you haha. But my whole life I’ve felt drawn to third world countries, to minister to people who live below the poverty level, orphans, those labeled ‘un-loveable’.

 In my college where I’m studying for my BMin I will be doing a missionary training camp later in the year to prepare me for life on the field, should that be where God leads me.

I’m eager to see India, encounter their beautiful, hungry hearts, and do whatever God puts in my hand to do to love them. I’ve freely received so much, especially these last 4 years being in Australia,  I just want to freely give. I am excited to be involved with what the Holy Spirit is already doing in Delhi.

If you would like to support me, I’d be grateful! I need to raise $2,000 in less than 2 months! For a link to donate, please email me at

Below are some other ways you can support me if you’re in the Sydney area!


I get lots of compliments on these earrings, perhaps you’d like to have your own pair 😀


photo shoots

Would love to give you a photoshoot for a donation to my trip!

You Can Do This

The unexpected (but inwardly desired) can happen when you set your heart on pilgrimage… When you choose to stop wishing you were courageous, but simply TAKE courage… The moment you make up your mind to do hard things and sometimes to do it afraid.

I took the shaky step into getting my Bachelor of Ministry just one month ago. As its reality set in with each passing day, I found myself growing more afraid and anxious. A couple of weeks in I stopped and talked with God, and asked myself, “Why am I so afraid? What am I afraid of?” The answer that came back to me was clear, I’d been afraid because I feel terribly inadequate and incapable. I’d look at an assessment or the range of expectations before me and fearfully doubt myself and think, ‘I’m not sure I can do this’. I realized it wasn’t so much about the studying itself as it was about my insecurities and my beliefs. My worst fear was my inability to think critically, to receive this new, deeper information, and the fear that I wouldn’t do well, that perhaps I couldn’t do well. I went through my first assessment, unsure and honestly feeling ill-equipped. But God continually kept reiterating to me, trust Me, look to Me. And he gave me a verse in Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, you have nothing to fear. For I am with you. I will strengthen you and I will help you. I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.”

I resolved to not give up. I continued in my daily disciplines, in getting up early, exercising, giving my allotted hours to each subject and doing my best even when I felt like I was accomplishing little…even when I’d burst into tears sometimes overwhelmed.

And yesterday, something changed. It was unexpected, seemingly odd timing, but I am so thankful to God. I know it was for many reasons: I’d been praying for help, I’d been believing for breakthrough, others were praying, and my heart was set on pilgrimage through this and on Him.

And it’s funny how the breakthrough started, too. I was grabbing lunch quickly at home and had 20 minutes to spend reading a class reading for my History of Christianity class.  Generally, I’m not a big fan of readings. And most definitely, I’ve never been the slightest bit interested or keen on studying history (not in high school and not even in my 3 years of Bible college). But suddenly I was enthralled with what I was reading (and it’s interesting because it was on taxation and inflation and the Fall of Rome in the 3rd century). For the first time, I understood what I was reading, I was interested in what I was reading, and I loved it, and wanted to learn more. I’ve never felt that way before. I finished the reading (also a rare thing haha) and then after class I went to the library to do an assessment. I spent 4 hours there with zero breaks (unusual for me, I’m usually distracted or making sure I have like, 10 minute breaks every 50 minutes). I smashed through finding sources for an essay and did other work and not only was it super productive, but I ENJOYED it, and gave my best, did something I was proud of.

This may seem mundane, but growing up as a homeschooler (this already brings to your mind whatever image of homeschooler you have…haha but bear with me) I personally didn’t care about academics. I’d rather be taking photos or painting or playing music or dancing. So I didn’t pursue doing well in school and I can say I went for the bare minimum most of the time. It only took several years, but now, for the first time, I feel like I CAN DO IT. I can do hard things. I can apply myself. I can give my best in something. I can enjoy school. I can enjoy learning. I can be academic if I want to. It’s so liberating to realize God has enabled me to do this, and I truly don’t have to be afraid. Someone in church said recently that instead of seeing the unknown as a fearful thing, it’s just unfamiliar. And it’s okay and normal.

This degree season is unfamiliar, but with each day I’ll get to know it. And get to know God, and get to know my true self He created me to be.

Whatever is before you, an unknown season, something potentially fearful, or even just the opportunity to choose the easy route or the more challenging one, I want to encourage you. You CAN do this. God isn’t setting you up for defeat. God calls you Conqueror. But to be a conqueror there must be something to overcome, and you must choose to step into the thick of it. Smooth sailing does not a sailor make. I don’t know if there is such a thing as an easy win. Nothing good comes without a cost. In the moment there will be a grace on it, but there would have been many moments before that of preparation, sweat, tears, pain, prayer, and resolve. Where you are today isn’t an accident or by chance or coincidence. We are the choices we make and the mindsets we carry.  What will you choose as you take your next step? How will you think? What beliefs or mindsets do you need to leave behind, and what new ones do you need to pick up? God is the God of immeasurably more, and He has more for you. I pray He opens the eyes of your heart to see what you need to see right now, and that your eyes will remain on Him, letting His love cast out all fear and fill you with hope.