UPDATE: The winner for this week’s giveaway is Cheryl. Please email your shipping address to Leah.Proverbs31@gmail.com. That way I can send you a copy of “Untroubled Heart” this week. Congratulations! Leah
When I was in my early teens, I lived a pretty sheltered life. I had the mentality that nothing bad would ever happen to me. Then, one day I found myself right in the middle of a really bad situation. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time resulted in a pistol being put to my head. A robbery that was sudden and unexpected, yet terrifying for this naive teenage girl.
“Don’t move or I’ll shoot!” The words of my abductor rattled me to my very core. As I stood there shaking uncontrollably, I could feel the pistol resting against my temple. The hard steel surface of the gun’s tip pressed forcefully into my head. As my heart pounded rapidly a repeated thought kept running through my mind, “I’m going to die – my life is over.”
Fortunately, that day was not my last and by the grace of God, I’m alive today to share my story. Although I had no physical wounds from that horrible experience, the emotional and mental scars were carved deep into my heart, penetrating to the center of my shaken soul. It bubbled up to the surface in the form of extreme fear that haunted me for a very, very long time.
Replaying the horrible scenario in my mind would keep me up many nights and when I was awake, I would be afraid to go anywhere alone. Or, be left alone.
What if I ran into this person again? What if he recognized me? What if he had followed me home that horrible day and knows where I live? What if he came looking for me?
I didn’t feel safe…anywhere.
I was afraid….most of the time.
I worried…. and the “what ifs” haunted me.
Looking back, I realize fear ruled my life and dictated my decisions. My biggest regret is not having God’s Word hidden in my heart. If I would have taken the time to memorize Scripture during that season of distress, my fearful thoughts could have been replaced with God’s promises of protection.
When the “what-if” worries came, I could have traded those thoughts in for God’s truth. For it is the truth of Jesus that sets us free.
On those nights when I was lying awake in bed, I could have been reminded of this promise:
When I worried about my intruder coming back for me, I should have remembered this promise:
Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them (him). For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (HCSB)
When I was alone and scared, I would have focused on this verse to calm my heart:
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)
Have you experienced something tragic in your past that has left you fearful? Maybe a situation in your present circumstances is haunting you with “what-if” lies and worries? Do you lay awake at night gripped with fear and anxiety?
If so, I understand and I have the answer that can get you past your fears and propel you into unshakable faith! Do you want freedom from your fears? I do.
Real and sustainable freedom is only found in Jesus and His powerful Word.
If you don’t have God’s Word hidden in your heart, you can start fresh today by memorizing a couple Scriptures verses. Feel free to use the ones I’ve posted above. Speak them out loud and let them mend your heart and soul. Fear comes from the enemy and he can’t stand to hear the Words of Jesus. So, speak them loud and clear – it will send him running every single time.
Question: What is your greatest fear? Are you still struggling with it or have you overcome it?
Goodbye Fear Giveaway
To help you along your journey, I’m giving away a copy of Micca Campbell’s book, “An Untroubled Heart – Finding Faith that is Stronger than My Fears”.
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