I’ve been giving fear a lot of thought lately.
I’m just so tired of it. Tired of it holding me back, forcing me to play small and robbing me of living my life to the fullest. Let’s see, there is fear of lack, fear of loss, fear of change, fears surrounding control, fear of illness, fear of being alone, fear of missing out, fear of not knowing enough, fear of being judged, fear of getting it wrong, fear of not being enough, fear of being vulnerable, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of screwing up, fear of …fear of….fear of….Whew….it feels good to say these out loud and get them out of my head!
In my desire to grow closer to God, I ask God daily to take these fears from me.
This week, specifically Monday, I noticed an eerie calm, an eerie peace about me all day. Even as I write this, it continues. I realized that saying that I’m afraid of (fill in the blank) has become habitual. In my peace state, I’m realizing that my fears are not all real. I’ve made most of them up. Some have substantiality based on past circumstances which I’ve then created “proof” around the fear to give it the support and belief that it demands. But I’ve noticed that this week in my eerie calmness, I would resist sitting in any kind of fear. Even saying the words “I’m afraid” or “I can’t do that” or “That doesn’t happen to someone like me” or “What if I get it wrong”, and just looking at my situation other than it’s truth has not easily rolled off my tongue as in the past.
Fears have stopped me from growing. Fear has for sure slowed my success. I must say that it feels really good to cut the energy from their existence. This past week in my eerie calm, I’ve noticed something magical happening. I’ve begun to live in the moment. Gratitude has consumed my body. Appreciation is real. The days seem longer (in a good way!). I’m grounded and have greater patience. More understanding. Greater joy. I feel more at ease. So how has this happened?
Prayer, surrender and amazing tools that have divinely been sent my way! God has moved the right people into my life to give me the tools for minimizing my fears and God has poured His grace (unmerited favor) upon me through trusting Him and having faith.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
What if there is a master plan for you and everything is really going to be alright.
Everything up until this point has worked out exactly as it should, and everything is going to work out exactly as it should. We may not like everything that happens. We may not get everything we want. And we may have to endure some serious trials, tribulations and losses. If you could trust in this master plan, would fear wash away and you would allow yourself to live more freely in the present moment? Would you go after those dreams you’ve kept hidden away for years?
This is exactly where everyday living with God comes in.
I rely on the Word of God to help crush my fears. To help me go after my hearts desires. See, those desires that keep knocking to get your attention, they came from God. He’s not going to give you a dream or a desire and not help see it to fruition. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV says: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Every day I cast my cares upon the Lord.
Sometimes it’s out loud, sometimes it is to myself and other times I’ll write it in my journal. Every day, I’ll say to myself numerous times, “God has a good plan for me”, “God has a plan to prosper me.” These can be used as affirmations when those fears start to creep into your mind and your heart. Let God bring help into your life. Do something every day that brings you one step closer to realizing the dreams and desires your heart carries. God wants us to take action so He can move us farther and faster to realizing those dreams than we ever could have imagined. Don’t let these fears stop you!!!! Cast your cares on the Lord! Cast all your anxiety on Him!
Scripture to use as affirmations!
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 55:22 NIV
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3 NIV
Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NIV