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Overcoming Fear with a Spirit of Faith

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Overcome Fear with Faith!

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Similar to another recent post about sending faith to answer the door when fear comes knocking, if we rely on our faith in God (or another higher power, if that’s your preference) instead of our emotions, we’re more likely to overcome fear.

I know during the blizzard here in Maine during the second weekend this month, I had to continually trust God to keep my daughter Joy and 2-month-old granddaughter Lilly safe. They had a harrowing ride in an ambulance from one hospital to an acute care hospital a few towns away, during the height of the blizzard, because Lilly was having trouble breathing.

She was diagnosed with RSV, a nasty respiratory virus, and had to stay in the hospital for three days. I’m four hours away, in another state, and all I could do was pray and trust God to keep them safe and bring my precious Lilly out of danger! She is now recovering well at home, by the grace of God.

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Your inspiration for what seems like a “second Monday” this week…

“We should strive to do everything with a spirit of faith. Faith is confidence in God and a belief that His promises are true. Faith will cause a person to go forward, to try new things, and to be aggressive. Fear causes people to bury their talents due to fear of failure, judgment, or criticism. It causes them to draw back in misery and live in torment.

God wants to teach us to walk in the Spirit, not the flesh, and that includes emotions. Unless we make a firm decision to ‘fear not,’ we will never be free from the power of it. I encourage you to be firm in your resolve to do whatever you need to do, even if you have to ‘do it afraid!’

To ‘do it afraid’ means to feel the fear and do what you believe you should do anyway.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

 

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My Reflections

This one speaks to me, because I think I really have at times allowed fear to hold me back – fear of making mistakes, fear of rejection, fear of ridicule. I think I might have to try this “Do It Afraid” strategy!

And in the case of when something goes wrong with loved ones, as I shared at the beginning of this post, the only thing I can do is pray and trust God to drive the fear away!

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

Do you find that fear holds you back from realizing your full potential?

Or are you blessed with a health dose of confidence?

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3 Comments

  1. Ashvin Nankoo

    This is such a helpful post. Today for me was not the best day. The constant fear of what the future is going to bring and if god’s promises are going to come to pass. This has motivated me to keep the faith and keep going.

    Thank you!

    21 . Feb . 2017
  2. Annika Barnett

    Fear can definitely keep you from achieving f dreams. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    21 . Feb . 2017
  3. Beth Havey

    Yes, I have my fearful moments. And then I push through them. And you might laugh at what some of those moments are: having to drive in traffic and make it to a doctor’s appointment. Or making sure that I handle a conversation with my daughter that didn’t go so well the last time. These are MINOR things and my way of looking at them is to plunge ahead, sometimes praying as I do so. And when I’ve achieved my goal, I always say a prayer, something simple like THANK YOU GOD. Thanks for this post.

    21 . Feb . 2017

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