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Anjuli grew up as a missionary kid secretly wondering, “Why does everyone else understand what a relationship with Jesus is, but me?” It wasn’t until she ran into her fears instead of from them, that Anjuli found her voice and the love of God meeting her there. She is a...

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  1. Thank you for sharing your feelings. I am so grateful that Jesus is always sitting with us.

  2. This is me!! I’ve been praying for peace and calming but the fear sneaks right back up to almost a self sabotaging place. I’ve been asking for my fears to go away, but when you say the goal is to be with Jesus in your fear it puts things into a whole new perspective. Thank you I needed this more than you know!

  3. Yes and amen. Jesus is here and has promised always to be. You are experiencing Him in a fresh, beautiful, surrendered way. I like how you envisioned it as a table conversation (goodness, do I miss hosting friends and family at the dinner table), and that you and Jesus will co-lead and control the dialogue. I believe this is one of the things that delights Him most, to hear from His kids. I pray we can all embrace your process during this time, however long it lasts, knowing Jesus and love will outlast this.

  4. Anjuli, I greatly appreciate your raw honesty. Surely we need that among Christians… and maybe especially women, because we often repress our fears in terms of expressing them. My many fears though have often controlled me. As I read your list of fears, I thought how long I had exactly the same ones . . . though COVID 19 was never on my list (or anyone’s!), for that matter until now. I’ve feared death, myself, and death of my husband, child, mother, and my own death in this virus era. I think you are absolutely right. Fear needs to be admitted to (like the sitting at your table). It should not be repressed but expressed to the Lord. I think though I have a slightly different take on it. I presume that you mean that when love counteracts fear, it is Christ’s love. And Jesus obviously has a seat at your table, actually at the head of your table. I love how you invite him there and don’t hide your other guest of fears from Him. The Bible teaches us that perfect love casts out fear–Christ’s perfect love for us. So, in my case, I surely want to admit my fears to Jesus, who knows them all anyway, but I am not asking mine to take a seat at my table. Rather, I am relying on Him to cast them out. The Lord miraculously healed me of fear at a Christian women’s retreat in Iona, Scotland three years ago. It was an extraordinary healing and freeing of the fear that He showed me had dominated my life (nearly every area of my life) for many years. My fears were not rational. And even if so, Christ has the power to overcome them. The Lord showed me that Satan had erected a stranglehold of fear in my life, and when I gave them to Christ, He overcame them. I know He did not want me to have fear any longer, except fear of the Lord (in the sense of reverence). Jesus has set me free! I don’t even think of those fears anymore. It was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences I since my conversion to the Lord years before. And when the Lord sets us free, we are free indeed. I never want to be imprisoned by fear again. And thus far I’ve not been. Recently w/ all the fear that most people experience re: the Corona Virus, I could tell that fear was trying to rear its ugly head in my life. But as I gave it to the Lord, He removed it. So I’m thinking, in my own case, I don’t want fear to be a companion at my table. I want the Lord to send it packing. When I am fearful, I am not filled with faith. This is just my opinion and how the Lord has shown me to deal with fear. He has set me free from it. And the Lord has given you a beautiful metaphor to deal with your fear. My post is not a criticism whatever, but I just wanted to take a moment to share how the Lord has dealt with me, personally, and to say that it was remarkable how many fears you and I shared. I think your transparency is rare, and it is surely a blessing!!
    Love in Him,
    Lynn Morrissey

    • Lynn,
      Thank you for your beautiful response! I love how God has transformed your fear. What freedom! Essentially we are saying similar things. More than anything, I don’t want to avoid my fear, but know that God is with me in my fear. I spent a lot of my life avoiding fear. But transformation comes when I find Jesus with me in my fear. May God give us the courage we need for today. Thank you for sharing your experience. It was so encouraging to read.

      • You’re so kind and gracious, Anjuli, and I”m glad you received my response in the spirit that you intended it. Yes, that’s it! We just not cower in fear but call on the Lord, and the only way we can do that is to express our fears to Him and know He has not abandoned us in them. He absolutely grants courage! May He continue to encourage you all your days. I notice you have a new book out. I literally just read about that, and now I am having a mentalpause moment, and can’t recall where!! I need to let my fingers do the walking over to Amazon! All the best on your new release.
        Lynn

  5. Anjuli,

    Thank you for sharing raw honesty. Most people are a bit more fearful these days. Hard to know what’s going on in this world anymore. It is alright to admit our fears out loud & to God. He will alleviate them. Only He has the perfect peace to calm our weary souls. Instead of ingesting a lot of bad news I simply read my Bible, pray, work on two Bible Studies & read devotions with hubby. Putting more of God inside me helps me handle all fears. I’m working on getting hubby to trust God in the way I do. He was put on furlough from hospital last week. Now waiting on link for government assistance. Never in 31+ years has he had to do this & he is super fearful. We know that Jesus is the only solution to driving out fear.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Have you read Hindes Feet On High Places? By Cynthia Hubbard. The main character is little much afraid .Its an allegory. One of my top favorite books.

  7. May I suggest you get a hand full of sticky notes & write on them, “The Joy of the Lord is my strength” & stick the notes all over the place as a visual reminder that fear does not come from God. That verse comes from Nehemiah 8:10. The AMP reads as “And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.” Blessings.

  8. Thank you for reminding us we can fight fear with God’s help. There seems to be so much to fear in the world at anytime and with the virus it seems that fear is heightened even more. I was walking around my garden a few days ago, taking pictures of my remaining spring flowers when I decided to sit at the end of my patio to get a better picture angle of tulips. I turned my head to see a garter (garder) snake leaning against some brick work. I was so startled and frightened, I jumped up! I know they are harmless but it still scared me. I thought how close I was to sitting on it! It didn’t slither away as I expected so I guess I had more fear of it than it did of me. It reminds me that God will always protect us from anything that we fear. That, it is the fear that is worse that the object or things we fear. Keep our eyes and thoughts fixed on the Lord and we will get through this trying fearful time for God has this!

  9. Remember God love you. You are beautiful child of his. The Devil want you feel all this fear. Especially at this time of the Coronavarius. But remember what it say Anjuli in Gods word. Especially in Philippians 4 verse 19 And this same God who takes care of ME will Supply all Your Needs from His Riches which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. New Living version. But same meaning in most Bibles but wrote differently. God will take care of all your needs your money needs for all your bills. You have to pay. Your Husband job. Take care of You your Kids. Not Your greeds. So if you read his word pray leave all your fears and worries at the foot of the cross. Say Lord hear I am. I can’t take this anymore. I taking it out on my family. How I feel it not fair. Please help me to trust you more that you will meet all my needs and my husbands. Help not to let fear get the better of me. I know it not easy. Especially at this time we live in. When the world and things are the way they are. But we have keep trusting God. Keep praying reading his word the Bible standing on his promises. Playing God music more. Not let the Devil whisper in your ear. I have you where I want you in fear. Now where is the God of yours. We have be able to say back to the Devil. I have big mighty God who is looking after me. Will help me get through this. It hard yes. But with God we can and we will get rid of the fear. Xxx

  10. AMEN, sister! This is exactly what God was teaching me last night! His timing is so cool!

  11. Dear Anjuli,
    Thank you! Your honesty was so inspiring and helped me to understand through someone else’s eyes. My daughter and a few others I know have these same fears. I much of the time just am not able to encourage them in the right manner because I seem to not have the right perspective as I should. The Table has given me a very different perspective because Jesus is there too. Psalm 23:4 says ; I will fear no evil, for You (Jesus) are with me. Verse 5 says; You (Jesus) prepare a Table before me in the presence of my enemies . You (Jesus) anoint my head with oil (the Word of God through the Holy Spirit). My cup runs over.
    There is the “table” again. King David wrote that from a heart that was like the heart of God but a man that dealt with many enemies.
    Thank you Anjuli for helping me see and understand more clearly.
    God bless you richly in the Presence of Jesus that makes our enemies flee.

  12. Dear Anjuli,
    I have found you words so healing in so many ways. My story is one in which I struggle with the isolation not so much fear. As a child I learn quickly to love and care for those around me. As I grew into adulthood this became even more a part of who I am. Doing and being busy kept my own pain hidden. Yesterday after listening online to our church service, something broke inside me. With tears falling I heard the Lord saying, “come my precious one, let me hold You close while your tears fall”. There snuggled in His loving arms those areas began to be exposed. Throughout your book there have been moments where I felt those “bandaids” I’d so nicely covered my wounded heart with being removed ever so gently. All along I have carried everyone’s hurts yet stuffing my own in a box. Little did I realize just how much your words written would help me to fully understand that I needed to stop and listen to the Lord’s still small voice. He is here and together we will journey through all this. Thank you so much for being so open, sharing from your heart those things I needed to read at just the right moment. God is using You in a powerful way. I am blessed to have opened the first page and read the word STAY. Each page drew me deeper and deeper into God’s word. I am forever grateful for your openness.
    Snuggled in the loving arms of Jesus we sit together, and I hear Him say, “I have waited for this moment”. Tears of JOY fall. Blessed beyond measure.
    Sandy Rousseau