Friday, January 20, 2017

Fear is a Liar

I am crazy fearful. 
I worry about everything. 

It’s something I’ve always struggled with but it seems the older I get, the more fearful I have become. I think it’s because I’ve lived more life and seen so much brokenness and 
sadness and witnessed so many horrible things happen. 
 I know so many precious friends who have lost children, so many who have battled illnesses and addictions, watched so many families explode, seen first-hand so many heartaches and losses 
and conflict that it’s hard NOT to worry because I know how awful life can be. 

I so often stay awake at night 
(thankful to have concealer to cover the massive bags under my eyes- at least partially) 
worrying about everything from a snarky comment that someone left me on social media (Do I respond? If so what do I say? Maybe I should just stop all social media?), to did I pour enough love into my sweet girl while she was growing up (Oh how I pray I did), to a friend who is struggling with a burden so heavy I’m not sure how she is carrying it (& wondering what I can do to help her), to the health of myself and 
those I love (& pondering what I can do to keep them healthy & happy for a long, long time), 
to a million other things- both big and small, real and imagined. 

My words for 2017 are 

Because I KNOW that worrying about everything is NOT what God intends for me. 
I can feel afraid, but I don’t have to live my life afraid. 

God says in Joshua 1:9: 

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. 
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, 
for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Praying this verse for you and for me today- 
that we are able to reminded and say out loud if necessary when fear comes knocking…. 


  1. My goodness, this post speaks to me as well as the Courage themed scripture writing for this month. I struggle with anxiety, and I've determined that it's never going to go Paul was told by the Lord, His grace is sufficient. I memorize scripture to help with this, and I love hiding God's word in my heart. I love Psalm 112:7 in the HCSB transation~He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the LORD. Thank you for sharing your scripture writing plans...I cannot say enough how much this has come to mean to me, and I've shared it with countless others. I help lead teenage girls at church on Sundays, so this is one thing I do with them to get them into the Word. God bless you, my sister in Christ.

  2. I hate that I've become more fearful with age. :-( I've just had the rug swept out from under me so many times now ... I know you know how that feels.

  3. Oh Shannon, I so need this. Fear is so holding my hostage to decisions I need to and have to make.

  4. Hi lovely Shannon. Thank you! My take is that we've been given a great way to combat fear. Your thoughts make you FEEL fear, right? So you need to tackle your THOUGHTS. Then you won't feel the fear. It might have become a habit of thinking for you (as you said, due to your life experiences).

    A great way to start is with all the free podcasts of Brooke Castillo at The Life Coach school. Brooke is a Christian so I think you'll feel comfortable learning from her. I hope this helps a little. It's helped me a lot.

    You're a lovely lady with a lovely blog. All the best!!

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I didn't read your post right away when I received the email, but I sure needed it today! Especially after starting a fire in my oven this weekend and now being afraid of anything that could set on fire (appliances). but He said Fear Not! He is with me (even as flames reach out of the oven door towards me). Do not be afraid! For HE is my God. Be strong and Courageous! He has me in the palm of His hand and He loves me. He loves ME!
    Thank you for your post. I needed the reminder!