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Tales of Fantasy, Mystery and Adventure Under the Influence of Christian Homeschooling

S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. An integral part of the homeschooling community, she has developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to homeschoolers and her fascination with the written word.

Brave Life

11/14/2018 11:41:00 AM BY Susan Lyttek

He commands me, all of us really, to be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid the Bible tells us over and over again. As long as I follow the path he sets, as long as I walk with him, as long as I meditate on his word, I need not be afraid. In his company, there is nothing to fear. Or as it says in Joshua 1:9, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Or in John, Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

We overcome when we don’t live in fear from moment to moment. It sounds so much easier than it is.

Last night, every dream that I remembered was a nightmare. Reviewing the heart rate report from my watch this morning made that even more evident. While sleeping, the fear of those dreams made my heart rate go up. In dream after dream, I cowered and ran. Except one. In one dream, I quoted Scripture to fight off a demon. And it was after that dream that I had the majority of my deep sleep for the night. Coincidence? I think not.

It was the words of the Bible that took away the fear. It was the words of the Bible that gave me strength and bravery, even in my sleep.

If they work that well in sleep, how much better would I fare if I turned to Bible promises and prayer as I walked through my day?

I need not be afraid—not of failure, not of success, not of other people, not of the future, nor any other unknown which causes me to stumble in fear and trembling. I should not be dismayed or discouraged when anything I fear comes to pass either. Time brings about many times we fear to one degree or another. Many, such as the recent death of my mom, are unavoidable in the long run. Barring the end of time, we will all die. But he walks with me through every moment. Hebrews 13:5b For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Through obedience, I can walk bravely into the future. The results of it all are up to him. My only job is to be faithful, obedient, strong and brave—by relying on my God and his promises.