Fear

Dogged By Fear

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“Mommy, will you please hold me?” Peter asked as we knocked on the door at a friend’s house. The thought of being greeted by a dog, no matter how small, nice or mellow struck fear into the deepest part of my then five year old son.

I wanted to reply, “Honey, God doesn’t want you to be afraid.” To me, facing a dog is a normal part of life. To him, fear of the unknown loomed larger than anything else in the moment.

As I considered the terror my son had of dogs, I thought about a Bible verse. “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).” It is easy for me to spout these words to my boy, but how do they apply in my life? What are the “dogs” I face? An unstable economy, difficult people, sickness and other concerns all fall into the “Things I fear” category.

This verse made me realize I cannot react in fear to a situation and still think clearly about it. And, I can’t work through it with God’s power and with His love if fear determines my steps. One half of the verse or the other will dictate how I respond to life’s challenges.

A spirit of fear persuades me to flounder through trials and uncertainties with my own strength rather than trusting in God. It encourages me to focus on myself rather than on Him. When I choose this manner of getting through tough circumstances, I end up confused, exhausted and defeated. If I choose to trust God in the scary things of my life, I can rest in Him and know that He’s “got it.”

That day at my friend’s house, I held Peter’s hand and stepped inside with him close at my side. How wonderful to know that God does the same for me. When I call out to Him, He gives me what I need to overcome fear and to walk with confidence through the situation.

Your Turn: What helps you to work through fear?

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9 thoughts on “Dogged By Fear”

  1. For me, I try to lean into Him. I was in a situation once, a riot actually, and nothing kicks in the prayers like looking down the barrel of a water cannon. “Help!” is a great prayer. And yes, I lived to tell the story.

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    1. Wow, you lead an amazing life, Jennifer. 🙂 I’ve never looked down any kind of barrel, besides a rain barrel. “Help!” is definitely one of the best one word prayers. And for the record, I’m so GLAD you lived to tell the story! Thanks for stopping by today.

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  2. I love that Bible verse. I repeat it often. It’s a good reminder that fear and doubt is NOT from God! And I’m glad you took your son’s hand and walked in beside him. Just having my hand held gives me courage. 🙂

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    1. Sandra, you are so right, Sandra. Having someone walk with us through the difficult times makes it easier to go through. Thank you so much for stopping by today! I was traveling on Thursday and I couldn’t get online. 🙂

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