Blue flower blog photoFear and anxiety seem to be two constant companions on the battlefield. We don’t want them, but they just won’t leave us alone.

Throughout the past year on my blog, I’ve told you more than you probably want to know regarding my fear and anxiety. I apologize in advance as today I’ll tell you another story. (It’s just a small snippet – you can read the whole story in my upcoming book Nothing to Hold but Hope, the story of my journey through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility.)

When I was a little girl, I was afraid of everything. Literally. Everything. I was scared to death of more than you can begin to imagine. (I still am. I just know how to fight it now.)

One of my fears was of elevators. I could not handle even the thought of being inside of one. This fear cost me something that, to this day, brings tears to my eyes. After that, I made a decision not to allow fear to hold me back again.

It takes more than just a decision.

Fear leads to panic – uncontrollable physical manifestations that can paralyze your entire existence if you allow it. It is impossible to make any real progress on the battlefield when paralyzed by fear and anxiety.

Realizing this, I began to arm myself with the only thing I could – Scripture.

Now, honestly, even when you have scriptures to stand on – scriptures that you know inside out – your mind can go blank when you try to recall them in the midst of the battle.

This is what I recommend. Write some scriptures down that you can “stand on.” By this I mean that you should make these words foundational in your life. Write them down and keep them in your car, purse, wallet, nightstand, or wherever else they are easy to access. Keep them close and read them when fear, anxiety, and panic threaten to cripple you.

I don’t mean that you will always find immediate peace and relief, although I wish it were that simple. I do believe, however, that the power of God’s Word will come to life inside of you and, over time, change the way you deal with fear.

I say this confidently, because His Word has changed me too. I’m living proof!

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
but a good word makes it glad.

– Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)

Let your “good word” come from the living Word!

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