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It’s no coincidence as I sit here, drinking my third cup of coffee in my “Psalm 46:10″ mug, that I was moved to write about “overcoming fear”. Honestly, that thought incites even more fear in my mind. That mole hill inevitably becomes a mountain that I DON’T want to climb. As I look up at the enormous, anxiety- and fear-filled mountain before me, I’m thinking, “How can I overcome my fears? My fear of failure, of not being good enough, worthy enough, dedicated enough, kind enough, loving enough? How can I quiet my heart and mind in a way that assures my shaky-self that “I’m fine” (really fine)?”
Most often my mind is filled with thoughts of humility, gratitude and thankfulness, but sometimes it’s like a junkyard… filled with treasures of yesteryears that are now rusty and unusable, but were once pristine and fully-functional.
For those of us who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, we curse our brains for betraying us with fear-filled thoughts. We certainly don’t want to be anxious, riddled with worry and angst, but those thoughts and feelings invade our thinking, nonetheless. When I begin to feel “less than” myself, I know where to turn. Four years ago, I didn’t know where to turn and I suffered a lot of the time; most of the time, but now, thankfully, Christ lives in me. I have the eternal love of God and His faithful promises, knowing that He’s “got this”. And when I begin to suffer, I turn to Him and lean into His Word. It’s right there, in black and white, that I belong to him and He will never forsake me. That promise, alone, is enough to drive away thoughts of fear and anxiety, and as I dig deeper into His Word, I am blessed with the comfort and healing that only He can provide.
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Overcoming fear with faith leaves me feeling empowered, resolute, determined to not let my fear become bigger than my faith.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your GOD; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10
“For GOD gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” ~2 Timothy 1:7
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ~John 14:27
God’s promises are amazing and eternal. His faithfulness endures. When those anxious thoughts seep into those imperceptible cracks in my mind, I remember Who I belong to… Who has my back… and Who will always be for me; never against me. I gain comfort, strength and wisdom when I surrender to God and let Him be in control. FAITH > fear.
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Of note: I’ve developed a Bible Reading Plan on “Overcoming Fear” for the month of September in my FB Bible Journaling Group, and I invite anyone who’s interested to join. If you’d like to see examples of bible verse mapping, journaling, etc., check out my Instagram – Peaceful_Planning. I also have a Podcast – “Walk In Faith” where I talk about anxiety in Episode 3. You can also access any of these through My Linktr.ee
Prayer: Father God, please take away any fearful or anxious thoughts that are clouding my mind today. Replace them with your love, peace, comfort, strength and wisdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
~Let Love Lead The Way~ TP