You know the Bible says you should not be anxious or afraid. But sometimes those thoughts and feelings seem to overtake your heart and mind even when you don’t want them to.
Cooperating with God to overcome your fear and anxiety will involve many things; caring for your physical health, optimizing your lifestyle, learning to take charge of your thoughts, and practicing standing firmly on God’s side in the controversy between good and evil. Of course one of the most powerful tools you can use in this journey is God’s Word.
Here are 10 Scriptures for overcoming fear and anxiety to put in your mind and heart, with some brief commentary. Meditate on these Scriptures, and your mind and emotions will become freer and more positive.
1. Fear is NOT from God.
“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 is a natural human response to many things, but it does not come from God. When you feel fear, you can know that it is not God speaking. The mind God has promised you is clear, strong, and more than able to deal with whatever He allows into your life. You can claim that sound mind today.
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No, I’m not really alone. I never have been, and I never will be.
But grief is hard. My husband died exactly one year ago. I don’t think I’ve ever been through anything so exhausting – not OB-Gyn residency where I’d spend long nights in the hospital with little or no sleep, not the weeks caring for my husband as he became increasingly unable to completely care for himself. They say losing a loved spouse is like losing an arm or a leg. I think it’s more like losing most of who you are.
Grief hurts. In some very real ways I’ve come to terms with the pain, and most of the time I focus more on the future than on the past. But there’s a treasure in grief that you can’t purchase any other way. Words don’t do it justice, and you’d never choose the pain you have to endure in order to get it. But for those of you who are walking a similar journey, perhaps these ideas will help you find your own treasure.
This is in response to some of you who have asked me to share more about my journey as a widow. I’ll try here to share some thoughts about what helped, and God’s place in the journey of grief.
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The in-between times can often be one of the most challenging. The Christmas celebrations are over. The New Year is not quite here. For many of us long weeks or months of winter weather lie ahead.
The emotional letdown after a holiday can be difficult. Perhaps your expectations were met but you’re still wondering, “Is that all there is?” Or you’re trying to take a breath after a whirlwind of activity. Or you may be relieved that the holiday season is just about over.
Holidays and celebrations are good. We need them. God directed His people to set aside times for gathering together, celebrating the past, and looking forward to the future.
But we don’t live there all the time. We can’t. Our human psyche was not built to sustain that level of intensity.
So we’re left with “What now?” It’s a very long time until Christmas next year. How do we go about living today, tomorrow, and the next day? How do we keep going in the in-between times?
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The media’s depiction of Christmas leaves us expecting it to be the most wonderful time of the year. And I hope your Christmas is awesome!
But sometimes your expectations at Christmas get disappointed.
The Hallmark channel doesn’t always get it right. You don’t always get a boyfriend for Christmas. Your son or daughter doesn’t always come home for the holidays. You don’t always get a box of firewood and food on your front porch. Families don’t always reconcile on December 25.
The first Christmas was about the birth of a Baby. And what can create greater expectations than the birth of a baby?!
Satan tried to turn that first Christmas into a tragedy. And he’s trying to do the same thing to your Christmas this year.
But thank God that’s not the end of the story! Divine intervention kept Satan from accomplishing his plan at the birth of Jesus. And the same Divine intervention can keep him from accomplishing the tragedy he wants to create in your life.
As an OB-Gyn physician, I love to tell new parents as often as I can, “A new baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on!”
And this Christmas is God’s opinion that YOUR world should go on too!
Are unrealistic or failed expectations stirring up the Holiday Blues for you this year? You’re not alone.
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In the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving today. It’s the least commercialized of our national holidays – at least until the stores open this evening. For a few hours the focus is on friends, family, and gratitude.
This holiday season is bitter-sweet for me. It’s my first Thanksgiving without my husband Al. I’m still profoundly grateful this year, but the focus of my gratitude has shifted. It feels deeper, even more real than before.
That’s why I’d like to share with you three things I’m grateful for that may seem surprising. Perhaps this will help you see some things you are grateful for as well.
The grief process.
Grief hurts. There’s no way to make death OK. It’s never OK. God didn’t create you and me to live and then die; we were created to live forever!
But the process I have gone through in grieving my husband’s death has made me a deeper person. As a result, there’s more substance to who I am, what I write, and what I have to offer others. I’m not alone in this; others who have experienced grief and loss sometimes tell how life has become more meaningful as a result.
I’m not grateful that my husband is dead. But I am grateful for the gift of his life, who he was to me and to others, and how our marriage matured me. And I am profoundly grateful for who I have become as a result of the grief process God has taken me through since that day. I know that process will continue.
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