There are a lot of things to be fearful of these days. I won’t list a bunch that come to mind here, your list will be different from mine, but we all do have our own list don’t we? I bet as soon as you started to read this your own list popped to mind.
Each of us deals with and react to that list in our own way. Sometimes it is an emotional response, sometimes it travels deep inside into the gut and just sit there, at times it flares up in the form of a panic attack or even depression. And sometimes it is a paralyzing combination of several.
For the past few days I have been hit with what I can only describe as a spirit of fear. My list recently seems to be growing…
- Fear of launching my new website, what will people say?
- My finances – I’m working hard at saving, paying off debt and increasing my income will it ever improve?
- My Mom is getting ready for a potentially big move – fear of not being able to get her ready and fear of her moving so far away.
- Fear of stepping out of what is comfortable and pushing past my comfort zone to generate new business and increase my network of contacts and potential business leads.
- Fear of not being able to get it all done
So how should we deal with a spirit of fear?
#1 – Realize it is NOT from our Heavenly Father.
This is an important one to remember, recognize it for what it is, an attack of flaming arrows. This morning it hit and hit hard, it was practically a panic attack. So in my devotions this morning I read about coming to God and drawing closer to him. But I also read my go-to verses for times like these.
#2 – Pray, Pray and Pray Some more
#3 – Listen to Uplifting Messages
Today after praying and reading and praying some more, I needed to get to work. One of the great things of working from home is that I get to choose my working environment and today it was Andy Stanley and the Northpoint Ministries team. It was quite incredible to realize that after diving into some work, focusing on someone else’s needs and listening to a few messages of what an amazing God I have.
I have come to appreciate Andy’s style of teaching and bringing straight forward messages with humor, gentleness, but not backing down on what God says and teaches through his word.
#4 – Realize I need Rest
I’ve been thinking about this a lot today and realized that when I am tired, stressed, stretched to the max (nothing unusual there lately! Working on that…) that I am a lot more susceptible to the flaming arrows being shot my way. But it also shows that I need to take a look at where I am trying to rest. Am I resting in my own strength or in the one who is control? Where is my focus? Where am I placing my trust?
Looking at these wonderful verses it makes me think that there are more I need to commit to memory!
I’m grateful that today the Lord met me where I was at and provided relief in my time of need. I hope that these verses encourage you on the days that you are fearful.
In looking up some of these verses (I remembered many in snippets but couldn’t always remember the exact passage) I came across this quote that struck me as fitting:
Rest is important to your spiritual walk with the Lord, and many Christians today don’t appreciate the value of rest or keeping the Sabbath day holy. www.BibleStudyTools.com
Next on my list is to read more about the Sabbath, I’ve heard of some great books on the subject, I’m looking forward to diving in. I’ll let you know what I find and read.
How do you deal with fear when it strikes you?
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.