Do things in life seem chaotic and out of control? Do you feel like you are sinking? Are the waves of life making you fearful?
In 2014, T was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma. It is a time in my life when I was truly scared. Oh, don't get me wrong, there have been other events in my life that have scared me, but this one is the "big one".
It was a very hard time for me. I spent a lot of time crying, curled up in the bed, and I spent a lot of time praying.
I can't help but think about the story of Jesus and the disciples on the boat when the storm hit. The disciples were scared, even a bit panicky. However, they had Jesus with them the whole time. They finally go to Him and wake Him up, and tell Him about the storm pounding their boat. What did He do? He said, "Peace, be still!" And then everything was calm. (Mark 4:35-41 NKJV)
I don't know about you, but I like that image. When everything around me seems chaotic and out of control and I feel like I am sinking, there is Jesus standing there saying, "Peace, be still!"
Yes, I live with fear, anxiety, depression. It is just a part of who I am.
Tips to Help With Fear1. Pray
Turn your worries, fears over to the Lord. Picture Him telling everything around you to "be still".
2. Take a walk.
When you are in a fearful situation, it might help to distance yourself, clear your head and give yourself some time to calm down.
3. Picture a happy place.
Close your eyes and think about a place that makes you feel safe. For me... sometimes, it is snuggled up in my bed. Other times, I picture a swing and Jesus is sitting with me.
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Dear Father, thank You for always being there. Please help me to remember that when I feel overcome by fear, You are there with me. Help me to remember that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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Do things in life seem chaotic and out of control?
Do you feel like you are sinking?
Do you have any tips that you can share to help with fear?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
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