Faith & Life: Dealing with Feelings of Fear


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Dealing with Feelings of Fear

Trusting God to Overcome My Fear

by J.M. Troppello


Life is fluid. Things change. This carries over into every area of your life. As a three-part being—body, soul, and spirit—you’ll experience change in all those areas throughout life.


When I had COVID back in January, it was an extremely rough 3-4 weeks. I felt exhausted for a few weeks afterward. My daily exercise routine suffered. My daily Bible reading suffered. However, I got back on track with both of those areas last month. I’ve been consistent with my physical exercise and spiritual ‘exercise’ since then.


However, my prayer life still felt stagnant. During COVID, I prayed ‘arrow prayers’ all day long, like God help me, please. Since then, I’ve still been in communication with God and praying throughout the day. Yet, my consistent prayer and praise time – where I set aside a specific time in the day – suffered.


A few days ago, I was getting ready for bed and suddenly feelings of fear overtook me. I had no idea why. It was irrational. But something very good came from that experience. I finished getting ready and knew I needed to spend time in prayer and praise and worship.


My husband had already gone to bed since he needed to get up early for work the next day. I didn’t want to make any noise and wake him up. Yet, I knew I needed to get rid of this fear. I immediately started reciting the following verse, which I had memorized.


For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

That helped so much. I know that God is not the author of fear. He’s given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. I do not have to give in to feelings of fear. I need to pray and ask God to help me overcome that fear.


One important way that I moved beyond this paralyzing experience, was to put on my earbuds and listen to praise and worship music from my favorites list on Spotify. I started singing quietly, praying, and praising God. Soon, the feelings of fear fled, and, in its place, came a beautiful, overwhelming peace.


I knew that God was still in control. I didn’t have to give in to feelings of fear. God is my rock in every situation. He doesn’t move away from me. I move away from Him. He wants to have close communion with me. He wants to expand my mindset and help me to continually grow in my spiritual life.


From this experience, I’ve gotten back on track with my prayer and worship life as well. This week, I’ve spent the last few nights (about 15-30 minutes) in prayer and worship. Reading the Bible and studying it daily is so integral to my spiritual growth. Yet, spending time with God in prayer, communion with Him, and praying in specific time blocks, has also been an integral part of my spiritual growth in the past.


I’m so glad God helped me to overcome those severe feelings of fear and get back on track with my communion with Him. Have you ever experienced such a time away from communion with God and then relished in reuniting with Him?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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