Fearful…Anxious…Worried?

Fearful…?

Anxious…?

Worried…?

Stressed…?

Overwhelmed…?

Distracted…?

Lay it all down at the feet of Jesus!

…pray

…ask

…give thanks

…praise

And experience the presence of Jesus that will protect, strengthen, guard and keep watch over your heart and thoughts and flood your soul with a peace incomprehensible and beyond understanding.

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Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?

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Fear…

: to be afraid of (something or someone)

: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)

: to be afraid and worried

Fear… it’s not always something that consumes me. Sometimes it’s just a nagging thought. Many times it’s related to my children and trying to figure things out for them (even though they are all grown adults now). I noticed it recently because I found myself worrying about a situation and then seeking to work up a plan in my head on how to “fix the situation”. I was turning it over and over, looking at every angle, playing out various scenarios, running through the “what ifs” and “if onlys”. I know! I know! If you’ve been following my blog or been in one of my Bible studies, I’ve taught on this and shared truth from God’s Word on how to handle these situations. But the reality is, I still fall prey to worry in my life. I have to remind myself of what God has taught me in the past. I have to continually renew my mind in His Word and seek to live it out by His strength and power every single day!

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind… —Romans 12:2

This worry is rooted in fear. And that fear is really exposing an area of my heart and life where I don’t fully trust and believe God —an area where instead of fully relying upon Him, I’m trying to control the situation. This realization caused me to step back…to pause. Continue reading “Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?”

Get Real: Overcoming Worry

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Worry consumes, depletes, distracts and defeats. Worry robs our joy.  But, we all do it.  So how do we overcome the worry and fear that seems to paralyze us?  In the last Get Real post, we looked at some of the root causes of worry.  Worry is sin.  It is unbelief and a lack of trust and confidence in God.  Worry is reliance upon self instead of trusting the Almighty, all-sufficient, all-powerful God, Creator and Sustainer of all things!   Today, let’s look at some practical steps we can take to replace our spirit of worry and find some freedom and peace.

Worry flows out of a distorted or incomplete view of God’s nature and character.”  —Elyse Fitzpatrick

Let’s remind ourselves of the biblical definition for worry and then look at 1 Peter 5:5-7 for some practical ways we can overcome worry and release ourselves from its bondage and stranglehold:
Continue reading “Get Real: Overcoming Worry”

Get Real: Getting to the Root of Worry

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Maybe worry is one of the dirty secrets of the church. Perhaps it renders us timid, passive, and doubtful when our theology tells us we have every reason to be courageous, active, and confident. Could it be that many of us live with a huge gap between the theological confidence that we celebrate on Sunday and the street-level fear, worry, and anxiety that accompanies us the rest of the week? Why do so many of us worry so much? Why do we not experience the rest that the gospel is meant to give us? Why do we have sleepless nights, nervous stomachs, and fretful days? Why does worry so often enter our door? —Paul David Tripp

Worry!  It’s all-consuming.  It’s exhausting!  Many times it seems we can’t escape its stranglehold on our thoughts and lives.   Continue reading “Get Real: Getting to the Root of Worry”

Get Real: Are You A Worrier?

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Are you a worrier?  Do you tend to fixate on a problem or situation to the point of distraction or anxiety?  Do you feel like you can’t rest until you solve the problem?  Do you find yourself stuck in the past, rehearsing and reliving mistakes or difficulties?  Do you find yourself obsessed with future events and outcomes?   Do you wake in the middle of the night thinking on a situation from your day that you can’t seem to shake? Are you often gripped by a paralyzing fear?  Do you tend to have a fearful “what if” mentality?  Yep, you might be a worrier!

This week in the Get Real Bible study group that meets “live”, we will be looking at ways to overcome worry in our lives.  But I’m not quite ready to blog that lesson yet.  So while you’re waiting, prepare your hearts and minds by reading through some passages from God’s Word that speak to us about worry.  We’ll be working through this exercise in class, so here’s your chance to work alongside us.

Continue reading “Get Real: Are You A Worrier?”

Feeling or Fact?

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Trusting what I KNOW, not what I FEEL when I am…

Afraid…

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

Overwhelmed…

But He said to me, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Weary with life…

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. —2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Weary in my work…

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. —Matthew 11:28-29

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. —1 Corinthians 15:58

Confused… Continue reading “Feeling or Fact?”

Living Unshakeable When Life Gets Shaky!

It’s been quite a week in our little town! Augusta was hit by a huge ice storm. It took down trees and took out power—for several days for many of its residents.  For me, the most unsettling hours were during the evening when the ice had settled in on everything and the limbs of trees were beginning to snap, crackle, pop and then the thundering booms as trees and limbs came down. It was like the sound of constant gunfire and explosions.

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Our home backs up to the woods, so I was just waiting for that 60-foot hardwood to come crashing through our roof!  Thankfully, it did not and we sustained very minor damages. But then, just as things were beginning to thaw and melt, we experienced an earthquake!  Things were quite shaken up this past week, to say the least!   Continue reading “Living Unshakeable When Life Gets Shaky!”

Walking Without Fear

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Beauty & Truth: Walk Without Fear

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:6

What does it mean to walk without fear?  

As Lori and I have sat at the kitchen table (literal and virtual) to discuss this concept of fear and how it can consume our lives, we have been reminded of the lessons God had taught us through our experiences. Seeing those through the perspective of His Word and our relationship with Him has been a great reminder and personal encouragement for us both as we seek to walk forward facing our fears. I am hoping it will encourage you as well!

Fearphobeo to frighten, terrify, alarm; to be seized with fear; to fear to do something, hesitate; in regard to the Lord, meaning to reverence God, to stand in awe of God.

Here are some of Lori’s insights on walking without fear learned during her experience with Blair’s illness:

“For me, it means that I will not waste time worrying about the “what ifs.”  What if my child is in an auto accident?  What if my spouse is diagnosed with a life threatening illness?  What if one of us loses their job and we can’t pay our bills?

This doesn’t mean I never worry, but I have to consciously take every thought captive and replace lies with the truth.  The Enemy of our souls would like us to think that the sky is falling and we are weak and defenseless victims, but the truth is, those things probably won’t happen, but if they do, my God is there, He is able, and He is everything I need.

I read an article last week titled Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware.  I’d like to share two of the five with you.

  •  I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

Walking without fear also means that I will not allow fear to keep me from stepping out and doing the things I want and need to do.” Lori Fink

 

There are so many verses and passages in God’s Word that speak to fear. To be honest with you, I’m still knee deep in my study on fear in God’s Word.  And even at this point I can tell you it could be an eight-week study all on its own!  But I’ll share a few insights on what I’ve observed and learned so far.

Reading through Scripture we find people who were fearful.  Fearful of their current circumstances, fearful of an uncertain future, fearful of approaching enemies, fearful of a daunting task to which God had called them. There is not enough room to share all those stories in this devotion. However, I did discover a common thread running through them all —God’s response to their fear:

Then He replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6

Don’t be terrified of them, for the Lord your God, a great and awesome God, is among you. Deut. 7:19

Haven’t I commanded you:be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you.’ 2 Chronicles 20:15-17

But immediately he [Jesus] spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. Mark 6:50-51

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

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,  “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me. Hebrews 13:5-6

 

God’s presence is with us always. He will never leave or forsake us.  His presence will give us rest and peace.  God does not desire nor intend for us to walk through our days in bondage to fear, whether it be fear of the future, uncertain circumstances, other people’s opinions or trying something new.  In Christ Jesus we have been set free to live fully for the glory of God knowing that He is with us every step of the way and we are secure for eternity in Him! 

 

Our part? Believing and placing our trust in Him day by day, moment by moment.  Whenever fear strikes, we call out to the One who brings us security and peace. Whenever I find myself paralyzed by fear, I will often quote God’s Word and remind myself of Who He is and that I am His!  It’s amazing the peace that floods my soul.

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  Psalm 56:3-4

Fill your minds with beauty and truth and Walk Free!

 

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Rehearsing Beauty & Truth

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The next time you are having a meltdown, one of those dwelling sessions that is turning into a melt down, pity party, worry fest, take a moment to read through these verses. They are great to rehearse to renew your mind and perspective.

Psalm 73:25-28

Psalm 62:1-2

Psalm 59:16-17

Psalm 46:1-5, 10

Hebrews 13:5-6

Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 3:20-21

Philippians 1:6

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Romans 8:1

And these are just a few to get you started. We encourage you to begin to keep your own list of verses the Lord uses to comfort, strengthen and encourage you. Whenever you learn something new about his character or nature, record that verse!

 

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