Fighting the Fear

I’ve had enough. Fear is launching an all-out assault today. It is attacking me. It is attacking my husband. It’s attacking other family members and friends I love like family. And I’m done.

It seems that the common thread in these attacks is circumstances that seem overwhelming or impossible. There’s a deadline, and the whispered thought tells us that God won’t come through in time. The phone rings, and an innocent question becomes ammunition that the enemy uses to torment us further. We take one thought captive, only to have ten more rise up to take its place.

Where is our faith? Mine is there, but it’s reeling under the relentless assault. I still have that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I’m angry now. I’m fighting back. Here’s how:

  • Being thankful for every little thing I can think of. I have so much to be thankful for, and taking the time to remember that takes my mind off some of the “what ifs.” (Philippians 4:8)
  • Remembering God’s faithfulness to us in the past. I have so many stories of times that God showed up for us in ways that were nothing short of miraculous. He has never failed us.
  • Prayer. I have gone to God more than once today, confessed my fears and failures, and asked for His help and His peace. Now I need to decide to leave them in His capable hands, trusting that He loves me and will take care of us. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • Meditating on God’s promises. His Word promises that He’ll never leave us (Hebrews 13:5), that He will provide for our needs (Philippians 4:19), and that He will work everything out for our good (Romans 8:28). I’m not claiming that His provision and the “good” will look the way we expect them to. Nor am I claiming that He’ll do things in the time frame we want Him to. But He always takes care of us.
  • Doing my regular Bible studies. It never fails that, if I will go ahead and do my daily devotions and Bible reading like usual, God will meet me in those and minister to my spirit. Today, as part of my Bible in 90 Days reading, I read 1 Samuel 30 and especially like the way the HCSB begins verse 6: “David was in a difficult position . . .”. I feel just like that today! The verse goes on to say: “. . . David found strength in the Lord his God.” I have made it my goal to do the same!
I don’t know how our story or the stories of others I’m praying for will turn out, but I know the One who knows and will guide us through anything that comes our way. I’m trying to rest and trust in that today!

Are you in a war with fear and anxiety today? What weapons are you using to beat them into submission?

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12 Responses to Fighting the Fear

  1. Maggie Barry says:

    I am remembering you in prayer, my sweet friend.

  2. Jami says:

    ***hugs*** Love you Sweet Momma friend!!! Praying for you all.

  3. Karen says:

    You go girl! We have been made more than conquerors!

  4. Joy says:

    What am I doing? Doing the same as you! Praying, praying and praying. When I feel like I have prayed enough, I will more more. I am also ready my bible as much as I can. God has never let us down and He never will. :)

  5. Stephanie says:

    I have struggled with it too, and I try to make myself refocus on thankfulness and remembering God’s faithfulness. It is definitely WORSE when I am not meditating on Scripture or studying God’s Word. Fear is an awful feeling, and it’s hard and exhausting to do battle with it. I said a little prayer for you, hoping you find freedom from your fear today!

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