"Come and listen…and I will tell you what He did for me." Ps.66:16

Faith or Fear?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV),

FEAR. We’ve all experienced, felt, and seen it. Some even live with it every day.

How do we define fear?faith bigger

What is fear to the five-year-old whose daddy flings a plate of hot spaghetti through the air, followed by a chair aimed at the TV? Will her mom be the next thing he hits; or will it be the girl?

What is fear to the little one in the police cruiser with her younger sister, not sure what she’s done wrong, only to find out her daddy broke the law by not following the custody ruling.

Or to the eight-year-old who hears the heavy footsteps of the neighbor getting closer to the bedroom door. She lies silently, hoping the evil man will pass the door. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t.

Or to the forty-year-old, alone in the doctor’s office. The doctor gently says, “I believe it’s cancer. We’ll take it one day, and one test, at a time; we’ll pray you through this.”

Surgery removes the lump near her vocal cords; it’s not cancerous. But the roller coaster dips two days later: it is cancer—the fastest growing kind. Another surgery is needed ASAP. Three days after this, the diagnosis changes again. After a second surgery six weeks later, she’s told they got it all. Does she believe them this time?

What is fear to the fifty-year-old driving with Melissa Taylor when she hears, “Donna, you should be speaking and writing. You have lots to offer. I want to see you doing these things.”

Those were, and some still are, my fears.

For years my fears ruled my life and my emotions.   I allowed fear to become anger; the kind of anger that I would bottle up and unleash on the most unlikely candidate at the most inopportune times.  At times I would let my fear hold me captive to living in the shadows, hiding and sulking from my family and friends.  Sometimes I would even profess hate at either the circumstances or at the people involved and yes, even at God.   And other times I questioned why God would allow all of this to happen.

I don’t have all the answers.  But I realized one day that I had a choice.  I can let my fears rule over my heart, mind and soul, or I can allow God to heal me with His grace and truth, and give me hope to share with others.  Some days I make the right choices and some days I don’t.

Over time I’ve discovered I don’t have to let my fears define me.  2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God keeps the promises His Word is filled with. He’s given us a spirit of power and a sound mind. Although some will probably debate if I have a sound mind {and I would probably lose!}.

Despite my fears, God has shown me He has plans to prosper and not harm me, plans to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He’s revealed Himself to be my Healer (Exodus 15:26); my Prince of Peace (Judges 6:24); my Protector, Defender and Abba Father who loves me no matter what (Psalm 68:5-6). God is my Daddy whose lap I can crawl into any time I become fearful.

Let’s begin to let go of our fears and take hold of these promises in His Word. We’re His daughters, protected and defended by His peace. Fears may have shaped our past, but they don’t have to define our future.

God, I praise You that You’re my Future and Hope, and that You love me no matter what. Thank You that I can run to You and crawl in Your lap when fear overtakes me. Thanks for being a Promise Keeper, and the Author and Perfecter of my faith. Help me seek You with my entire being and remember Your faithfulness. I love and thank You for the life You’ve given me in You. Cause me to honor and glorify You with my life, actions, speech and heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you are joining me from Tell His Story, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you can visit often. And much thanks to Jennifer Dukes Lee for hosting and helping this non-technical person out!

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Comments on: "Faith or Fear?" (13)

  1. Donna, I for one am so thankful you overcame your fear and started writing. Your words have blessed me many times!! It is a wonderful thing when we realize the truth about FEAR and it no longer hold us captive.

    • Wendy, dear sweet amazing friend and Jesus sister, your words encourage me so much as did your story. God has used you in amazing ways in my life to help me overcome my fears. I praise Him and thank Him for you and your amazing gift of friendship! You inspire me like crazy!

  2. Melissa Taylor was right. You do have a story. And you do have a gift. Thank you for sharing both. Your posts always bless me.

  3. Beautifully written and so vulnerably shared… I love your heart. So very nice to “meet” you. Stopping by from #TellHisStory Blessings to you!

    • Thanks Danise for stopping by. I love your encouraging words. And it’s all Him, the fear crept in again as I was ready to hit the publish button! So thankful for the strength that He fills me with …. couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do it in my own that’s for sure!

    • Damn, I wish I could think of soitehmng smart like that!

  4. Donna,

    Every time I hear your story, my heart breaks for that little girl so frightened and feeling alone. I am so blessed that God has brought you through and you are now encouraging me and others.

    Love you lady! ❤
    God bless what you and what you do.

    • Thanks Catherine…. you have no idea how your words bless me today and every day! Thanks for allowing God to use you as a source of encouragement for me and others! Love you back and miss you!

  5. “Fears may have shaped our past, but they don’t have to define our future.” I loved this! (May I quote you?)

    My focus this year is being fearless, so your post really spoke to me. I like the imagery of climbing in our Abba Daddy’s lap. So glad He is there for us!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. And yes, feel free to quote that line but put Renee Swope’s name by the quote …I got that phrase from a conversation with Renee. I would highly recommend her book – A Confident Heart along with Micca Campbell’s book – An Untroubled Heart and Wendy Blight’s book – Hidden Joy. It has been through God using these amazing ladies and their stories in my life that has given me the courage to share my story. Praying for your journey of being fearless!

  6. Jerralea, it sounds as though we’ve traveled similar paths. For so long fear was my constant companion. We must, moment by moment, choose to believe God’s promises are true and fear is a liar. Fear tried to keep you from hitting ‘publish’… I’m so thankful you overcame that fear! Beautiful post!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

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