What are you afraid of? Letting others down? Failure? Snakes? Spiders? Heights? We all experience fear and anxiety, but we all react to it differently. Some people allow fear to paralyze them. Some sidestep their fears by focusing on something else while still wishing the fear would good away. Others have embraced the saying that fear is false evidence appearing real and charge right through it or even punch it in the face. And some have found themselves in each of these scenarios depending on what the fear is they are dealing with.
One year ago I was wrestling with my fear and anxiety. I had wanted to create a blog to help women. I had a vision of a community where women could unite, encourage one another, and carry out their ideas, goals, and dreams. I kept dismissing the idea because I wasn’t good enough, didn’t know computer coding, didn’t have time, no one would like it, and the list went on and on.
One day I decided enough of the excuses. I pulled out a few books about blogging and started reading. I got excited. I read some more. I started talking about it to Jason. He supported me (thank goodness). Soon the fear was more like a whisper than a yell. It still is. I will always have some fear associated with this blog. I put myself out there everyday! People comment on my posts (which usually leave me feeling happy, helpful, or blessed in some way). There will always be fear but the more I work on what I’m afraid of, the less I am afraid of it.
Here are a few ways to help you tackle your own fears:
- Just start. You know the cheer, “Action, action we want action!” (For those of you who don’t, you aren’t missing anything, I have been to a lot of football games lately!) If you are letting fear hold you back, take some action. When you start, it puts you on the track to defeating your fear. Find a small task and get going!
- Decide what is the worst thing that can happen if you start.
- Decide what is the best thing that can happen if you start.
- Evaluate what is truth and what is a lie in your fear argument.
- Give up on perfectionism from the beginning. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s part of life.
If you are still having problem tackling your fear, here are 6 great Bible verses to help you when you are afraid:
- Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
- For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
- Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
- David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
- When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
So, what are you afraid of? Do you let fear rule your life or do you take action to eliminate your fear? Do you have a favorite Bible verse to help calm you down?
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