“There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a Hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it.”
HOPE IN FRONT OF ME by Danny Gokey
Jesus Christ reigns still, my darling readers! He is our hope. And we can be brave like those passionate souls gone before us, in troublesome times. It makes my heart swell with some beautiful, unnamed emotion when I catch a glimpse of the truth – that God’s Hand is holding me, and I can be brave through His strength.
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Because I know what it’s like to be drowning in fear. I know what it’s like to lie awake at night, deep within anxiety’s clutches. When it feels like your chest is going to split open and your heart fail within you.
Fear is real. Irrational anxiety is real. Sometimes when I was set off by something … news of a shooting, an alarming disease, terrorist attacks, the presidential race … I would go into a daze of sorts, walking around as if I were stuck in a terrifying nightmare.
I would retreat within myself. Not talk. Watch fascinating movie after movie, where ordinary people defeat imaginative monsters, as if that would somehow make everything better when my reality was crumbling around me.
Sometimes I agonized over the thought: What if somebody I love dies? I could imagine the accident. See their face, still in death. Feel the tearing, searing, unbearable emotions of them being gone forever and I didn’t say ‘I love you’ … Tell them everything they meant to me. Hug them one last time.
Flying on airplanes, vacations, being out in a boat, sometimes just getting into the car struck dread in my heart.
Sometimes feelings of fear constricted my soul so that I literally cried out, unable to stop myself.
It’s been a long journey. Years. I went to a single counseling session a few years back. I wrote a novel that somehow pulled out the deepest emotions of my soul. And something opened within me. I started talking, to my mom, my aunt, my friends, about my anxious heart and many fears. I described what I felt, and listened to their experiences. I learned how to pray to God: “Help me, Lord! I’m afraid! But You are here. I know You are here. Help my unbelief.”
See, I felt the need to control everything. I didn’t know if I could really, really trust God. I had to open my heart to Him. To pray again and again: “Help me surrender”. To be honest and real and raw when I cried out to Him.
And that’s shown me something. While my feelings are real, they are not always true. But God is truth. He is. And His ways are higher than mine. When I cling to that, with all that I am, I’m able to see the dawning light. I’m able to see that His hand is holding mine.
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
The enemy, Satan, likes us to think we’re alone. He likes us to doubt God, to wonder if we can trust Him. He wants us to be fearful, fretting, listless, and without hope.
It’s time to say, “No.” I happened to come across a clip of Sadie Robertson speaking about anxiety. Seems she’s struggled heavily with fear as well. She said something that struck me: that we defend our fear; we say “It’s okay, I have anxiety.” That’s why I feel this way. That’s why I can’t do this.
But my friends, we don’t have to live like that! We don’t have to cry through anxious nights and struggle through fearful days – that’s not what God wants for us! He wants joy for us. Peace. Hope. Passion. LIFE.
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
We need to fight! It’s not over! Darkness has not claimed the victory. In fact, the victory is ours, through Jesus Christ!
I still struggle with fear and anxiety. It’s an ongoing battle. But I sense myself strengthening, with His strength. When those feelings of dread clutch at me, I cry out to God right away.
Don’t linger in your feelings of fear. Talk about what you feel with people you trust.
Call out to God. Pray. Talk. Read Psalms aloud. Fight.
King David had fear and anxieties, and because of that, some of the Psalms have been so powerful to me.
We are not alone. And He will never leave us, nor forsake us. No. Matter. What.
I know who stands behind
Is always by my side.”
10 thoughts on “Say No To Fear”
I really love how you shared your story of anxiety here! There are so many people who struggle with this, and it’s good to know you’re not alone and be reminded of God’s Truths!
May His hand be in your ministry here.
Thank you so much, Loretta! So glad you think this post can be encouraging to others struggling with anxiety. ^_^ That is truly my hope.
Thank you! 🙂
Wow, really good post! I don’t know what it’s like to have anxiety, but once in a while I get a moment of fear like that, and it’s not fun. But Jesus said “Do not worry”, which is nice, because then we can know that we really don’t have to, and shouldn’t, be worried and afraid. 🙂
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thank you, Natasha! No, it’s not fun at all! But yes, isn’t it so wonderful to read Jesus’ words, and just know that we can rest in Him. No worries. 🙂
You’re welcome! 🙂
I just want to say thank you for this post. ❤ I have some major fear/worrying problems myself, and I still haven't learned to give it to the Lord… I'm trying. This post is a wonderful reminder and just… I wanted to say thanks for it. 🙂 Praying He'll help you with this and your other troubles! ❤ Love you, dear! ^_^ Thanks for being a voice of encouragement and light. ❤
Aww, you’re welcome, Deborah. ❤ I'm so sorry you have to deal with fear and worry, because I know how incredibly hard it is! My heart goes out to you, truly. Keep crying out to the Lord; He's holding you!
Thank you so much for your prayers! Love you too! ❤ ❤ Know you're in my prayers too.
Praise be to God! Thank you, I hope my posts continue to spread hope and light, to you and others, my friend!
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Wow You have a lot of wisdom! Sounds like you are on the right path. Jesus makes all the difference for believers because He gives us hope for a better tomorrow. And Hope does not dissappoint…
Thank you, Naomi! I certainly am trying to seek the Lord. So true! We simply need to cling to Him and the promise of being with Him in our real home someday! ❤
Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this! I struggle a lot with anxiety and fear and it is so encouraging to see how God has worked in you! ❤
You’re welcome, Marita! Ah, it’s such a hard struggle, isn’t it?
I’m truly happy this post encouraged you! ❤ Praying for you! 🙂