Encourage me today about: Fear

Fear. I hear so much about fear, don’t you?

Face your fears.

Conquer fear!

Don’t hide behind fear.

Fear is behind so many problems, isn’t it? It hangs out with the need for control. It’s good buddies with insecurities. It’s even around the need for attention. We are afraid we won’t get what we need from God, from our family, from our friends. So, we worry. We overcompensate. We make decisions based on fear. We justify our fears and we embrace them as part of us.

I continue to struggle with fear, but it has changed. I have spent less time worrying and fretting about smaller things, because when larger things in life happen, it’s hard to care so much about the fears that used to control my days. One book that helped me a lot was Maria Furlough’s Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart (affiliate link). Realizing that you have gone through one of your worst fears, yet God has brought you through it, was life-changing for me.

Another book I would recommend is Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart Devotional: 60 Days to Stop Doubting Yourself (affiliate link). I am almost halfway through this devotional. It has encouraged me through some difficult times, and I am thankful for the wisdom in these pages. I have not read the original book, A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God’s Promises (affiliate link), but I own the Kindle version, and I hope to read it soon.

Of course, books are great and helpful but let’s always start with and return to Scripture. My favorite verse about fear (and prayer, too!) are Philippians 4:6-7 ESV.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Below, I’ve written a prayer for myself today. God will hear the prayers of His children! If you find it hard to pray today, pray these words along with me. Otherwise, feel free to reflect on the verse above and pray it for your own heart and mind today.

Lord, I pray today that You will help me to not dwell on the worries of the day and of the future, nor dwell on the past. Instead, help me to pray to You, cast my burdens upon You, and be grateful for who You are and what you have provided in my life, even trials. I pray that You will guard my heart and mind with Your peace, which I can’t even understand! I ask these things in your name, Amen.

May God bless you today as you follow Him.

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