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Kat blogs at Inspired To Action. Kat and her husband Jimmy live in the great state of Texas and have 3 children ages 7, 5 and 2. Kat loves music, running, technology, Jesus and Tex-Mex food. Not necessarily in that order.

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  1. Kat–FANtastic post! I can so relate! Having lost my mother young, the understanding of death and what it means is a constant companion. It’s familiar to me, though it’s not exactly fear driven. But I’ve often wondered if my stupid fear of heights is tied to some death fear, though….

    Anyway, loved this thought:

    “It was as if this horrible, overwhelming monster was revealed to be only the shadow of something small and weak; whimpering away at the sight of a woman in love with a great and glorious God.”

    Fears are small and weak in the presence of God’s glory! Thank you for reminding us of a very important truth!

    xo

  2. I love God’s timing! I’m going in for tests today for endless bleeding : ( My mother died of cancer (uterine) when she was just a couple of years older than I am now. Fear has been the story of my life, but God has been reaching out to me in so many ways – with His Word, with music, and now with your words. Thank you.

  3. This post cut to the very heart of me. I find my fear is rooted so much in selfishness. I am afraid not to win, afraid of winning, afraid for my children, afraid of what might be lurking out of the door of my comfort zone. Some of it is control, some of it is other things. My early life’s decisions were often made of fear, although others mistook it for boldness. I am afraid of not being good enough, afraid of the responsibility of being good enough. This post really blindsided me today, and opened a whole dialogue of conversation with God I think I need–it’s like having a splinter irritate you to no end, but you cannot see it to remove it, so you just live with the pain (and slight modifications in your behavior to compensate for it) until it is a part of every day life.

    Thank you for this post.

  4. Beautiful Kat, what a joy is it is to see your face and words here this morning! I love the quote you shared: “Fear knocked at the door. Love answered. No one was there.” Wow, so powerful. On a day when I’m feeling a bit of fear your post was just what I needed to change my perspective. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for this good word this morning. I never really thought of connecting fear with vanity, but I really can relate to this point. I also loved the words you prayed, “God whatever brings You the most Glory, that is what I want”. This will be my prayer today and everyday.
    Kindest regards,
    b†
    http://www.madreminutes.blogspot.com
    @madreminutes

  6. This post brought tears to my eyes. It is true, my fear comes from selfishness. I am afraid I will lose those I love; afraid they will be hurt and I will not be able to protect them.
    My husband is in the process of starting a new business, and I am afraid – afraid it won’t work out, afraid he will be hurt in the process, afraid we will drift apart in the busyness of it all.
    Thanks for the reminder that God is in control!

  7. I have been through several heartbreaking events this past year – – and I have been struggling – in my relationships with others and in my faith. I have been trying to break free from fear – trying to trust – just for today. But the grief, the broken dreams – such deep hurt make it hard to make it through the day. Your post reminds me that my fear is selfish – – and sinful. I have been trying to find purpose in this pain – – trying to see how God can be glorified, trying to give up me, and let it be Him.
    thank you for this post and the reminder, it isn’t about me . . .it’s about Him. and I love Him.

  8. I have battled fear over losing a loved one and especially of losing my husband. I have had horrible panic attacks and am on many meds for anxiety and depression. Am reading Proverbs and writing down the positive teachings, go to bibe study once a week, and attend church. I need prayer fopr a supernatural healing of my mind will and emotions. Thanks,
    Patricia

  9. Your post rings so true. If we choose, fear can take over our lives. As a Christian my faith is in the Lord. I trust that my life and my future is His! I whole heartedly believe that, I also try to use common sense, wear my seat belt and buckle up with lots of prayer! Thank you for being who you are in Him!

  10. Regretfully, fear has been a constant companion most of my life. My best friend – who happens to also be my sister – is a woman of great faith, and I have shared my fears with her countless times down through the years. One of the scriptures she used early on that has helped me see through my fears is that ‘God doesn’t give the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind’. If fear doesn’t come from God, then we know where it does come from. There is nothing more crippling to a Child of God than the spirit of fear. It robs us of the peace and joy that are characteristic of the Christian faith.

  11. Patricia,

    I will pray for you dear Sister in Christ, for a supernatural healing of the healing of your mind and emotions,but most of all we will pray for the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you and to heal your spirit too!! Remember dear Sister in Christ, the Lord is good , a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knows those who take refuge in Him. Jesus did leave us with a Gift, a Gift of peace of mind and heart, not like the world gives, so do not be troubled or afraid. I too take medication for anxiety , as I have a Job where the office politics are rough, salary is needed, a daughter trying to have a baby and aging parents with Cancer. But Patricia no matter what is going on in My lIfe it is an Honor and a Blessing to be your Sister in Christ, You are loved by all of us and in our Prayers
    and Jesus will always have a Christian Sister in your reach as he loves you with an everlasting love.
    God Bless you and He will Patricia,
    Jan Belzer

  12. I’m praying & believing the very best for you Jane. 🙂

    Thank you so much for this. Please pray that Jesus will heal & restore a relationship. I know he can do more than I ask or even dare to dream. I’ve broken up with fear.
    xxx

  13. I too struggle so much with fear. It shows up in many places…and when I think I have it under control, it creeps back into my life. I find it mostly in the places that I feel like I have little or no control. I too want to say, “Whatever brings you glory Lord. Bring it on.” But really those can be hard words to say. So, my prayer would be that I could really mean it when I say “bring it on”. That I would trust Him so completely with my life, that His love would take over so there is no room for fear. Only Him, only His love.

    • Kate,
      You are so wise to know those are hard words to say. It would be easy to just “say” them, but you understand their weight, their power.

      Praying for you with confidence that He’s going to use you mightily.

  14. This post is so true! I too have been waiting and have been fearful in the meantime but God has shown me I can put my trust in Him. God is so good to take me to just the right places when I let Him direct my steps. I go places I would never have dared to go alone. I am becoming the woman I didn’t I could be. Like you, I am a woman in love with a great and glorious God and I have experienced the freedom, love, and hope you talk about!

    Thank you for sharing.
    Girlfriends in Christ, remember, we do not journey alone!

  15. Kat, thank you so much for your post. I needed to read this today! I’m currently facing several health issues that doctors are beginning to think are all connected, and I’m finding myself fearful of the possibilities. I know God does not desire me to live with this fear as He tells us so many times “Do not be afraid.” Currently, I’m in a time of waiting as steps are being taken to discover the underlying issue. I know during this time that God desires me to hand my fear over to Him. I’m just struggling to do so. Please pray that I surrender all my fears to Him, and that I focus on His Will and what will bring Him the most glory. Praising Him~

  16. I love this post! I love that there is hope for those who are fearful and worry. I love that God’s glory trumps it all!!!

  17. Fear that I won’t walk as I have had pain in my foot for 3 years and it isn’t getting better. Please pray for the fear to ease and healing.

  18. This is beautiful Kat…and so true. When we live in fear we are taking credit for being in control. It is amazing how things change when we let go. If only we realized the power of TRUST in God’s heart, by giving God the glory for what He can do through this broken messy life we live!

    • “When we live in fear we are taking credit for being in control.”

      So well said! And isn’t it really amazing what He can do with our messy lives once we surrender them as they are and as they will be?

      I’m honored you took the time to comment, Melissa. Thanks.

  19. I too , struggle with fear . Please pray for me to surrender all my fears to the Lord,
    especially today as I go for my paps test and next week when I go for a cat scan
    to recheck a nodule that was found on my right lower lobe six months ago . Please pray for a good report on all test . Am praying for each and everyone of you , Lord bless each and everyone . Sister In Christ

  20. What a wonderful wonderful testimony. I will try to remember that the next time I face fear…which isn’t very often, thankfully, because I trust in a Sovereign and mighty God. But to be reminded me that my fear is selfish and vain is a perfect thing for me.

  21. Thanks for this post- it is something that I struggle with year to year. I am constantly encouraged by this blog and the inspiring women who contribute- and so many times I feel like their notes are written directly to me.
    I know I am not alone- but it is easy to feel invisible and to feel like God does not see or hear me. To see the answers to prayers to those around me and feel like I have no answers becomes unbearable. Thanks for the reminder to break away from fear and to choose to live in freedom.

  22. Kat,

    This was beautiful! Thank you for sharing. While I am not struggling with anything life threatening, I am struggling mightily these days. I needed to be reminded to throw my hands up and declare “whatever it takes to bring you glory, Lord!”

  23. I’m excited about conquering fear for good and as you would say breaking up with fear. I’ve been really seriously praying about it since summer of this year – like it’s actually possible to defeat fear for good. Fear of man (people) fear of bad circumstances and unhealthy fear of God (rather than really fearing him). I believe I’m more than a conqueror – so let’s go. I ask for prayer to do this today and forever.
    I pray the same for all the women who post on this topic today. In Jesus name – Amen.

  24. What a fantastic post and testimony. I love that moment where you said you realized that fear was based in Vanity and you turned it over to the Lord. I’ve struggled with fear, fear of what people will say, fear of what people will think, for a long time. And breaking free of that and realizing that it only matters what God thinks and what he is doing in my life and through me. I still struggle with it, but it does get easier to remember to pray and put it before Him.

    Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us what is important

  25. It is all about trust, isn’t it?? and whether we believe He wants and will give us what is best. Yes, I have struggled with fear too and still have difficult moments!

  26. I have been learning this as well:

    “And then, somewhere in my journey of waiting, I began to understand that fear is a product of vanity. When my hopes and my dreams were my ultimate goal, I was full of fear, because they were out of my control.”

    Lately I have been feeling a lot of fear in my first pregnancy. Everything about pregnancy is out of one’s control and my husband just keeps telling me to give my fear to God – throw your hands up and let Him have it. Let it be for His glory. It’s so hard to do. I’ve been trying to since I first found out that I was pregnant – especially since it was a surprise to us after being married only for a year. I’m now 33 weeks along and the fear is fading, but is definitely still there – especially my fear of the birth and raising the little one how God wants us to. Maybe someday I will be able to write something similar about “The Day I Broke Up With Fear”! Thank you for your sharing

    • Sarah,
      What if you took those moments of fear as triggers to pray for your child? That’s something I’ve done before that has really helped me. When I feel something I don’t want to feel (fear, anger, jealousy) I use that as a reminder to pray intentionally. I hope it becomes a source of strength for you!

  27. Fear is a funny thing. . .with me it flares up, then dissipates, then flares again. After being home with my kids for several years, unemployment situations have led me back to a couple of part time jobs. I am emotional and scared as I set out to learn new skills. Please pray for His peace as I know He is with me, but my faith is clouded by the smoke of this flare-up of fear. Thank you!

  28. Fear is eating my alive right now, honestly. I can’t sleep, I can barely function. My head hurts, my stomach hurts, I’m constantly sick. I hear the catch phrase, let go and let God. HOW? I don’t know how. How do you let go when you know something could totally ruin everything for you? I don’t know…

    • Mel,
      I’m so sorry you’re in such a difficult season.

      How? A couple thoughts help me. I hope you’ll find something in them…
      1. When I remember that nothing is really mine to lose, fears grip loosens.
      2. Realizing that perhaps my ruin is His glory or another’s healing. And even in my complete ruin, I still have what is most precious. Him.

      I’ll be praying for you!

    • Mel, I am reading a book called Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose & Provision in Suffering (Guthrie, 2010). My friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Each page inspires me in the midst of this season of heart ache. I wonder if you would enjoy it too…

  29. I relate to you and the commenters! Fear is one of the top 3 most used words in the Bible!!! “Fear NOT” is the greeting always used by the angels….fear led Adam and Eve by the nose! It glues me to my couch some days, makes the phone weigh a ton, and the day seem impossible. The truth is, though, that my God has brought/carried/ LOVED me through all of it (terminal illness diagnosis, chemo, years of physical therapy, 2 years of my husband’s unemployment, heartbreaking marriage disappointments) ALL OF IT. I focus on ONE DAY AT A TIME, turning my will and my life’s outcomes over to the care of GOD. It is a surrender of what how I think things should look or end up, and a willingness to live THIS day to the best of my ability–which is all God asks of me–and leave the outcomes up to God! When I choose to live in this state of surrender and willingness, fear disappears and JOY comes in!!! It truly is a day by day or hour by hour proposition for me, but seeing myself nestled into the lap of my loving God allows me to surrender my illusion of control and my fears. Blessings my sisters in this journey of faith not fear!

  30. This was very appropriate for me to read today because I am struggling with fear in lots of areas just now and yet I know that “perfect love casts out all fear”. Fear seems to have a grip from time to time, whether it be to do with my husband’s health, children, job etc. I need to be able to “trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own understanding”. Please pray for the fear to be lifted and for me to walk in His ways and His plans.

  31. Yes, fear has been my master instead of God for far too long …
    “Abandon all and abide”… underneath are the everlasting arms.
    I can let go!
    And this today, a reading at the table, of Jesus walking on water: “Have Courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.” Whatever comes to me in this moment, is from God, allowed by God. I can have courage. Jesus is here. Do not be afraid.
    That changes everything.

    Your post, Kat, is a gift.
    *You* are…

    All’s grace,
    Ann

  32. “Fear is a product of vanity.”

    Wow! Certainly I’d thought of fear as a loss of control, but never as vanity. Wow again!

    I’ve been there lying in the earliest of morning wondering where my daughter was and who she was with . . .

    Praying for you. Wondering how the biopsy came out.

  33. A beautiful post – and so timely! I have lived with fear & anxiety for much of my life. I have just begun to realize how fear can paralyze us to inaction. Inaction means we aren’t living the life or serving the purpose for which God intended! How selfish!

    This past week in our area, a young man by the name of Nathan Stiles fell unconscious during his last football game of his high school senior season and later passed away. His friends are revealing that his passion was to turn his high school to Christ! He shared the love of Jesus Christ to all he touched. Nathan had it figured out – feared not – & served his purpose on earth! I do not know Nathan’s family – but my heart aches for them. Through Nate’s life & death, may it serve as a reminder to all of us to conquer our fears, move to action & live the life that God has purposed for us. Please pray for the Stiles family & community – and pray that this young man’s life continue to touch COUNTLESS souls!

  34. There is not a person alive who would not benefit from this post. I’ve been through a lot of things in life and rarely experienced fear until my Dad passed away 4 years ago. Now I struggle.

    I just finished crying in the shower. I miss my Dad. My Mom just received a “bad report” medically speaking–again. And I fight fear.

    Thank you for this very encouraging post. I know that it is possible to be free from fear as we abandon ourselves to His perfect plan. Guess I needed this reminder.

  35. I can so relate to this post! I really struggle with fear a lot and I agree with the previous comment that EVERYONE can benefit from this post. How freeing to read that if we just give it to HIM, we can let all of our fear go and give the control to Him! We miss out on so much in life because of fear and I am talking about me here and it is sad!
    You have inspired me today and I thank you for that and I pray that your biopsy turns out fine!

  36. I to am learning to put fear behind. My beloved husband of 44 years has a liver mass and a stomach mass which at this moment is being biopsied. My daughters thankfully took him for me as I could not take another unpaid day from work. What ever God’s will is I praise him …I know he only wants good to happen and I declare to fear..I will not be cowered..God is with us every step of the way through this trial!

  37. I have cancer. I know the post-biopsy fear, the going-into-surgery fear, the waiting-for-radiation fear, the alone-without-your-family-because-you-have-cancer fear. Which also means I know how many fears God can liberate me from, IF ONLY I will turn away from fear to face love.

    Love, love that proverb. So much I am going to paint it on my wall. Seriously.

    A prayer the other day at my latest cancer appointment, when I found out my next scan & treatment will take place earlier than I’d hoped, that I have to wean my desperate-for-breastmilk baby girl with the brain injury yet again. (my heart whispers through the strained tears, How Lord can you expect me to do this again? From whence will I get strength enough for this?)

    Lord, fill the cracks where Satan splits my life.
    Let those cracks run red with Your blood.
    Forgive me, for all the times I fall short,
    for all the times my lips spill unholiness,
    forgive me for the known and the unknown.
    Make our paths straight.
    Lead us in the ways of righteousness.
    Redeem these broken lives we offer You.
    We love you, Lord.
    It is such a comfort to have the Words you gave…
    What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee…
    I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to break up with fear too. And make new, sweet bonds with the Jesus, the Savior, my freedom.

  38. Fear is a BIG problem for me. Always has been.

    It effects everything, doesn’t it? Your attitude. Your outlook. Your health. And so on.

    Oh, to experience freedom from it. Let it be, Lord.

    Great post. Thank you 🙂 Have a great day.

    – Kate 🙂

  39. Wow. I was suppossed to read this. I am not sure how I got here anyway since I have never heard of this blog! It’s beautiful. Kat, your guest post was wonderful. Thank you for being open to God using you.

    I never realized I had so much fear in my life. I have a 16 month old son and went through a very discontented then depressed (PPD) period in the later months of his short life. I believe I have come through the worst of it but cannot shake this spirit of fear. I am constantly battling fear of what I did or didn’t do or didn’t control in his short little life. Did the paint he chewed off the toy hurt him? Things like that. And moreover chasitsing myself for not taking it away in the first place for fear of upsetting him. Fear has run rampant. And now I fear that something might have upset his development and it really has been affecting my relationship with him. Instead of being able to sit and play with blocks, I watch him, wondering why he is not able to do it himself. THings like that. The Lord has told me when I fear to be thankful and that has helped. I just don’t know how to “get over” it.

  40. This economic downturn affected my family long before it hit the newspapers. In ’95 we adopted our second daughter and spent several really rough months as she determined we were ok , my father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, we moved into the house of our dreams (with a hefty mortgage payment), I was had a hysterectomy because of a nasty pap. I was roughly the same age as my grandmother was when she died of the same thing. Then in 11/96 my hubby was laid off. He brought in the lion’s share of the income in our family. In fact, we were planning on me quitting work in the next 6 months to stay home with our girls. Long story made short, he was not able to find another job, the unemployment ran out and there was no benefit extension at that time. He has taken a 100% commission job with no benefits. I don’t have to tell anyone that commission jobs in this economy don’t bring in much, often months without anything. Our home has been in and out of foreclosure a couple of times, bills are rarely paid on time, and there days that I am not sure where the money for food is going to come from. I have suffered from panic attacks and depression.
    But something happened this past summer. Somewhere along the line the Holy Spirit was able to sneak in between the attacks on my soul and flip a switch within me. He reminded me that I am God’s child. I am worthy of all His spiritual gifts. He reminded me that the only opinions that matter are those of God, my husband and my children. As long as I am taking care of the gifts that I have been blessed with – my family – then I am doing what He requires of me. I feel freer now. If we lose our house, we lose the house. It is only a place. As long as we have a solid roof over our heads and food for our table, we are doing better than many in this world. These years of stress have done a number on my marriage, though. I would ask for prayers for healing. I would also ask for prayers that I continue to listen to Him and not to any earthly opinions.

  41. Fear continues to overwhelm me in my life right now. I have a serious chronic illness, and the neurological symptoms are so severe I feel like I’m going crazy. I battle doubts, and the fear of doubt, panic attacks, and severe anxiety, disorientation, and memory loss, in addition to pain, fatigue, and brain fog. A year-and-a-half ago, I was still really sick, but my brain worked, and I with God’s help I overcame. Now, the symptoms are so bad I’m drowning in them. This disease can cause so many neurological and psychological symptoms, and it’s impossible to distinguish between thoughts and doubts that are caused/exacerbated by my illness, and those that are really me. Every day I wake up to a living nightmare, trapped inside my own body. I fear the present, I fear the past, I fear a future of more of the same… or worse. Most of all I fear losing faith.

  42. I don’t do this normally, but I’m at a point I just need something to work. I’m almost 30, live with my parents, have $40 to my name, and no job. Nothing makes sense. I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, and guilt since I was 15. I feel as though Im just going day by day. I lay in my bed every night and pray that tomorrow would be the day that SOMETHING would happen and it never does. And every time I question God (because there is NO evidence of His workings in my life AT ALL) I hear people say, “oh He loves you and is with you and would never leave you, etc etc” but it doesn’t make sense to me. I would understand if you’re running from God why He wouldn’t be seen or heard but for someone who is mentally sick to cry out for God to touch their life and release the struggles of the better part of 15 years, and still nothing…. that makes less than no sense. I literally have more evidence against God’s existence than I do for it at this point. But yet I believe. I pray EVERY night. I try.

    Please pray would God would just do SOMETHING. And I guess, most tangibly right now, for a job.

  43. I so needed to read this. I live in fear, my husband is living with cancer , it’s real and it is very rare malignant tumour.
    He had surgery to remove most of it, they could see. Then radiation therapy.
    He is ok but we don’t know if the cancer is gone.
    The uncertainty makes me so anxious and fearful .I feel overwhelmed …I have fears of my own too because I have a genetic disease.
    I’d appreciate prayers.
    My heart goes out to g too…I will pray for g & katie.
    I shouldn’t be so fearful for I am reminded by many scriptures of God’s promise to us.
    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
    I should bring my fears to HIM instead.

  44. I was so blown away by this post. You spoke to my heart a message that I’ve been hearing so clearly from so many directions most loudly the Lord & His word. I know I need to surrender my fears… fears about my chronic health problems & pain, fears that the desires of my heart to have more children & to be healed will never be met & most of all the fear that if I surrender the Lord will ask something big & painful of me… take away one of my children, my husband or set more physical struggles before me. I am challenged & humbled by this post… I am getting closer to freedom in Him but feel like I still have so far to go.

  45. Thanks, Kat. Thanks so much. I really needed this today as I was just sitting here struggling with fear. My husband is changing jobs in the next few weeks and I have been in the town we are moving to searching for a rent house we can afford with the space we need. I have found one and am doing the lease application, but the big black cloud of our financial struggles is looming over my head making me worried that our credit may not pass the test for the lease. Then the what if… becomes what if we don’t find a place to live quick enough to have time to move in before he needs to start his new job…and so many more what if’s.

    BUT GOD…

    He directed me (after I finished my morning Bible study time) to come read your post. He is the best Daddy I could ever imagine. He is holding me and loving me and protecting me and I know He will provide in His perfect time. And ultimately, I know He will be glorified no matter how this situation works out…and that is all that matters.

    Thanks again!

  46. Kat- Thanks for this post, I have walked through the same experience and I have a friend that is too right now. I have lived most of my life in the bubble of fear and it takes life from us. I recently read this post by Rick Warren and he has some great insights about fear.

    To Hear God, Get Near God.
    by Rick Warren

    Noah was a righteous man … and he walked in close fellowship with God. Genesis 6:9 (NLT)
    Walking with God means saying, ‘God, I’m going in your direction, not my direction. I’m going at your pace, just as fast or slow as you tell me.’
    This week we’re looking at some of the pitfalls you will face as you chase your dreams during the decade of Destiny. Yesterday we talked about the voices of doubt, those DreamBusters in your life. Today I want to continue that discussion and talk about the antidote to those voices.
    Noah built the ark in faith. “He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.” Hebrews 11:7a (NLT) How did he believe these things that had never happened before would actually happen?
    Because he could hear God. Noah could hear God. So how do you do that? You say, ‘I want to trust God, but I don’t hear him’. To hear God you’ve got to get near God. You don’t hear God when you got the TV on. You don’t hear God when you are listening to your iPod. You don’t hear God when you are listening to the radio. You don’t hear God when your mind is filled with a thousand other distractions. You’ve got to get alone with God and be quiet.
    The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” That means sit down and shut up. That’s how you hear God and get near to God. You got to sit alone and just be quiet with your Bible, and say, ‘God, is there anything you want to say to me’? You read God’s Word and you talk to him about what’s on your heart.
    You hear God by getting near God. The Bible calls this walking with God. Noah walked in close fellowship with God. If you want to hear God, you’ve got to walk with him and, in the next ten years, that means saying, ‘God, I’m going in your direction, not my direction. I’m going at your pace, just as fast or slow as you tell me.’
    What is the result of walking with God? You fear nothing. Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. (Psalm 23) Why? Because when God is near, you lose your fear.
    • If you are fearful about your future, you are not walking with the Lord.
    • If you are fearful about your finances, you are not walking with the Lord.
    • If you are fearful about your marriage, you are not walking with the Lord.
    Because the more your life is filled with the love of God, the less fear you have in your life. Love and fear cannot operate in the same heart at the same time.
    Pray — God, I want to listen to you, not the voices of doubt. I want to hear you and I promise to then obey you. I want to be one of the people that you can use and bless in the next ten years. I want those years to be a Decade of Destiny for me and my family.

  47. your post today was perfect timing for me. i struggle with fear, almost constantly it seems. i had shoulder surgery in july and have been having problems with it, that just today has set me back on a course of “what if’s” and fear. the scared little girl in me begins to rise up again. thank you for reminding me that we have a Heavenly Father to run to and that we are perfectly safe in His arms!

  48. I have suffered from panic attacks for the last six years. Once I think they are under control, they sneak up in the most unexpected of times. I have to constantly throw myself at God’s feet begging Him to take the fear away, and He prevails each time. If only I would trust that BEFORE the fear creeps in…

    Thanks for sharing. This post rang true to me the whole way through.

  49. I’m a little behind on my blog reader, so I just got to this today, and it was the perfect day. I have always been a ‘worrier’, but in the last 2 years my fears and anxieties have intensified to the point where they are starting to take over my life. Some days I feel on top of the world and others, like today, the fear takes my breath away. I’m still struggling with how to get myself out of this hole of fear. I want to cast my cares on Him, but continue to take them back so many times. I’ve begun trying to memorize more scripture and fill my mind with God-like things. The verse I’ve clung to the last few weeks is : “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ” Phillipians 4:6-7

    Thank you for being open and sharing this with us. In the minutes before I read this I was at a loss for how I was even going to get through the intense fear I was experiencing. God used you to remind me that whatever brings Him glory is what I want. what a beautiful way of putting it, thanks.

  50. AS a child I grew up with a mother who worried about everything, I said that I would never be like that as life couldn’t be that bad that it wouldn’t take care of itself. As an adult I turned into my mother and began to worry. I worry about losing loved ones everyday of my life. I am on meds for anxiety and panic attacks and depression. I have been reading proverbs each morning and have a bible study that I attend. I worry that my brother didn’t make it into heaven although I prayed scripture with him on the telephone-he never answered-he was too weak from the cancer that was taking his life. I surely need deliverance I feel too weak to overcome this by myself.