Do You Live Fearlessly In A Fearful World?

Have you ever been so overcome by fear that it has overshadowed every part of your being?

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That is how I felt this past week. My husband was due to go all the way to the U.S.A. from our home in New Zealand for three weeks. The craziest, worst-case-scenario scenes of plane, train, and automobile accidents were flashing before my eyes at record breaking speed.

You see, twelve years ago I went through a huge family tragedy, and the trauma and fear of loss still affect me when it comes to my loved ones taking long trips (will share about my experience with you in the near future).

Paralysing Response to Fear

I simply could not manage to pull myself out of the mental rut of imagining my husband lying in a ditch somewhere, no matter how hard I tried.

I couldn’t.

I felt as though I was in a deep pit, and closed myself in allowing only a select few with me into the darkness:

  • My thoughts
  • Distraught emotions
  • Plans of how I’ll manage should the worst occur
  • Hurt as though something awful had already occurred
  • And Anger at all of the above.

What I didn’t realize, my friend, was that God was in that pit with me, as He is with you in your deepest time of need, too. He is all you need. Even though your fear may blind you, God will lead you graciously by the hand to a place where you can see.

God’s Intervention in the Midst of Fear

For me, this came in the most unexpected place – my Inbox!

The day when my fears seemed to culminate into the most all-encompassing anxieties, I opened an email that I received from WomenLivingWell.org, and what should the title be?

 

5 Ways to Worry Less About Your Husband’s Safety

 

I literally could not believe my eyes when I read those words, and the brilliant, yet simple suggestions that Courtney laid out.

I cried, prayed, and went to sleep.

I woke up the next morning with the greatest peace.

Fear was gone.

Worry stilled.

Joy restored.

Trust renewed.

Such is the work of our great and awesome God!

This was not my doing. I was unable to lift myself out of the miry pit. God used the encouragement of a precious sister in the Lord, through a blog post, to reach me in my time of darkness.

The Worst Case Scenario of Fear

Because, really… if you think about it for a moment, even if the “worst” happened, it would actually be the best that could possibly come to pass, from God’s perspective.

You can trust that out of God’s perfect and holy love for you, He simply would not allow anything into your life that He did not sovereignly ordain for you to handle, with His help and strength. Any circumstance that God prescribes for your life, is ultimately for your best, and for His glory. That thought alone can be life-changing!

The Relief of Getting Over Fear

Well, my husband did make it safely to his destination. We are 19 hours time difference apart, he is driving on the “wrong” side of the road, and I have no control over the situation. But the Lord’s peace is reigning still in my heart.

He is your rock, my friend, and no matter what happens, you can know that your loved ones are dwelling safely in the palm of His beautiful Hand!

These words in Psalm 40:2-3 display my experience so well:

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Have you ever experienced gripping fear? How has the Lord helped you to overcome it?

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74 Responses to Do You Live Fearlessly In A Fearful World?

  1. Hazel Moon says:

    When I am tempted to fear, I put a stop on it. Yell at the devil if you want to, just tell him that the plans he had to harm your loved one must stop now. Then thank God that he is sending his angels and is protecting your darling.

  2. Beth says:

    Just recently I had a similar situation. My son was going out to sled–driving on icy roads to get to his destination. A couple of years earlier, he had had a bad car accident at night that could have cost him his life. I still worry more than I should about him when danger seems heightened and when he’s behind the wheel. It’s an area that I need to yield to God, because, as you’ve pointed out here, God is so faithful to care for us. Even when the worst happens, it’s true that God redeems it all and replaces it with His best. It’s a hard truth, but one I’m learning to rest in daily. Thanks for the vulnerable sharing of your struggle, my friend. And so glad that your hubby made it home safely! (As did my son, as well!)

    • womenabiding says:

      Precious Beth, I can so much relate to what you have shared. It is a daily, sometimes hourly choice to trust in the sovereignty of God and that He will never sleep on the job! For me, it is also a matter of renewing my mind with His Word, in place of all the thoughts and potential scenarios that can bombard it. May God use our fearful hearts to display His faithful love! Blessings and love to you…

  3. Trinity says:

    You cannot know how this post has blessed me! For quite a while, I have been living in constant fear about finances, and honestly still don’t see a way to overcome my problem or the fear that comes with it. However, I know that God is so good and that He does hear my prayers. That’s why I keep on. Thank you for sharing, for helping me to see that I’m not alone, and that our God is bigger than any fear.

    • womenabiding says:

      My dear, dear Trinity. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal and overwhelming struggle. There are many that can relate to you in different areas. It’s hard for me to believe that at some point in every person’s life, they don’t go through these trials and fears. He is able to use our fears to turn our eyes to Him, to His provision, to His sovereignty, and His Grace. Easier said than done, I know. But, that’s why it’s good that He is the one doing it!!! For the most part, when we are in that place of fear, dread, and unbelief, we simply cannot pull ourselves out of it by our own bootstraps! Praise God that He brings strength when we are at our weakest. I absolutely LOVED you sharing your heart and hope that you will come visit me here again 🙂 Consider yourself officially and personally invited! 🙂

  4. Barbie says:

    Fear is paralyzing. Thank you for sharing. Praying you have a blessed week!

  5. Tracy says:

    Hi there, visiting from Joan’s. I love how you say that God is in the pit with you. I often have pity parties and consider myself a party of one, but you are so right, He is right there beside us, waiting for us to overcome with His power and strength. Great post.
    God bless
    Tracy

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you for your great comment, Tracy! It is indeed harder to sense the Lord’s Presence when we are in that pit, but knowing ahead of time, equipping ourselves with Scripture to believe that He is with us when we doubt, helps so much. For some reason, when we are in the pit, lies overcome us. It is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that we need, and it is He who is always there! Much blessing to you!

  6. This is so timely for me. My husband has a fairly long commute to and from work daily. When his office first moved one hour away, he was distracted on the interstate (messing with the radio) and rear-ended another car. The tow truck driver told us, “Be glad you were driving a Toyota, you probably wouldn’t have survived this crash in another vehicle.” Ever since then, I battle fear daily. Thanks for the encouragement this brings!

    Mary

  7. Thank you so much for sharing such an intimate part of yourself. Yes, I have struggled with deep fears in the last few years. I will come back and read this several times over the next few days. You are so precious, my friend and I am thankful that God is giving me the opportunity to get to know you.

    Thanks for sharing this on WholeHearted Home and it is fun to see you linking up right after me on Hear it on Sunday; use it on Monday.

  8. Sylvia says:

    I lived in constant fear for a very long time when my daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer. I still have my moments at times. Lately fear has come back to haunt me as one of our neighbors who had been missing since before Christmas, was found dead not too far from home a few days ago.
    Thank you for reminding me that I need not fear.
    I found you at Mom’s Musings. I’m following on FB, Twitter, and pinterest!

    • womenabiding says:

      My dear Sylvia, sometimes when I hear what people like yourself have been through, I can understand how fear has come in and taken hold. I am so sorry that you have had to endure the trials that you have, and pray that God would truly draw you out into His warm and loving light and presence when your heart fills with fear. He is trustworthy, and our lives are in His strong Hands (something I need to remind myself of daily). Blessings and peace to you today and always…

  9. susan says:

    My entire life was paralyzed by fear. About a year ago, it became so crippling that I couldn’t function and it manifested into a plethora of physical problems. I was so desperate. I knew that I could not, in my own strength, recover. So in my desperation, I begged God for deliverance. And He did – and now, I still struggle against that sin, but I can more clearly see His abundant grace in my life. And my heart overflows with His joy! Thank you for the encouraging post…. it’s a fantastic reminder to keep on going – in His power : )

    • womenabiding says:

      You put it so well, Susan. Fear is a sin. It is the opposite of trusting in, relying on, and looking to God to protect those we love. I’m so excited that the Lord has helped you so much in the midst of this struggle in your life. You are a real blessing to me, and I praise our King that He has been so faithful to you, as He will continue to be. Keep abiding in Him my sweet sister… xxx

  10. momstheword says:

    This is an encouraging post and a wonderful reminder that we can trust in our God’s faithfulness. When the kids were little my husband commuted to another state for his job. He flew out Monday morning and flew home Thursday night.

    All that flying was a bit nerve wracking to me, plus I had to handle some situations at home regarding the house (thankfully I called my brother or some of my husband’s friends to come fix it, lol!)

    Both my boys drive now. Every couple of weekends my oldest drives to another state to visit his girlfriend and her family (they met at college), or she drives up here. I don’t like him driving that far. But, as you said, I am able to rest knowing that the Lord is watching over him. It’s something that we just have to get used to as these kids get older!

    Congrats on your fifth baby. What a blessing! I always wanted a big family but God only gave us two. I am so thankful for those two though.

    Thank you for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday! I’d appreciate it if you’d put a courtesy link back to the linky part on your post so that others can join us too, thank you, my friend!

  11. momstheword says:

    All that talking and I forgot to answer your question. Yes, I used to have overwhelming fear, although the fear wasn’t really “real.”

    I used to suffer from anxiety attacks and they were awful. One day I had a really bad asthma attack and my inhaler felt like it wasn’t working well so I started to get anxious. After that episode I started having anxiety attacks.

    My doctor told me that sometimes when you have a health scare (or a car accident or something) that your hormone levels get raised really high and can’t come down on there own, so they need some medical help to bring them down to normal levels. At least that’s what I understood her to say.

    So I went on some meds for three months which brought those levels right back down again. Over the years I have occasionally had maybe one or two anxiety attacks a year, if that. I am no longer on medication for them as I don’t need it. although I do have a pill to take if I have an attack and need to take it.

    I learned a lot during those months. Your body starts to panic and goes into “fight or flight” mode and it’s very uncomfortable.

    But, besides praying, I envisioned myself holding God’s hand or sitting in His lap. Another thing I did was write out some comforting Scripture verses. It is hard to think truth when your body is panicking and you feel like you can’t breathe and your heart is pounding.

    So I put God’s truth into my mind by reading those verses of Scripture. I carried them around in 3×5 cards that I put in my purse or back pocket. They calmed me down and allowed me to meditate on His promises during the worst of the attacks, while I waited for him to deliver me from them or through them.

    The funniest thing was that when I was diagnosed with them, my doctor suggested that I talk to my pastor’s wife. Well, my hubby is a pastor so I AM the pastor’s wife, lol! I told her that I’d be staring at the mirror talking to myself and that I didn’t think that would help my cause any, hahaha!

    As I said, I don’t really hardly ever get them anymore and usually it’s my body that starts to go into that “flight or fight” mode. But my mind recognizes it for what it is, and so usually my mind is calm and at peace and basically ignores it until my body calms down.

  12. Hazel Moon says:

    Thank you for sharing your sweet story at “Tell Me a True Story, of how God gave you peace to calm your fears by sending you a surprise e-mail!

  13. Marty says:

    What a great post on dealing with the fearful things in life! My oldest daughter was little when the whole Polly Klaas thing happened and I remember being so afraid. I finally realized that my fear would not stop whatever would happen from happening and more importantly, that God loved my little girl even more than I do. We just have to trust…knowing that He is the author of our faith and He will supply enough to walk down that dark road if He calls us to.
    Blessings to you!

    • womenabiding says:

      Absolutely agree with you, Marty! Fear over something happening to my children has been known to keep me up at night, but the only true remedy that can bring peace to our hearts is God’s Word, and knowing that He is indeed in control, never sleeps on the job, and that if anything does happen, as you so wisely said, He will be with us in it, and provide all the grace and strength we need to endure it. Oh how I pray that we will never need to endure such a trial, but if God chooses to carry us through it, may His Name be praised all the way!!! Appreciate your comment…

  14. There are many times where I have to tell myself, out loud, “I refuse to fear.” Fear is so debilitating and it eats at every area of our lives. I’m glad you found peace.

    I’m a new follower via GFC. Glad to “meet” you!

    • womenabiding says:

      Yes, fear is debilitating and affects every area of our being. It doesn’t go away on its own either. We have to actively replace it with something! May God help us both in our times of need and when fear overtakes our hearts… Blessings to you today…

  15. Thanks so much for writing this! I have a few things in my life that take my breath away with fear… God is faithfully leading me on a trust-journey, teaching me to remember just what you’ve beautifully written here. “He simply would not allow anything into your life that He did not sovereignly ordain for you to handle, with His help and strength.” Oh yes, remembering that allows me to breath!
    I’m so thankful for the peace He’s given you for your husband’s safety!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

    • womenabiding says:

      Mary! Thank you for your kind and precious words! Our minds and thoughts can really do a number on us, and that is why it’s so wonderful and necessary to fill them with His Word, replacing those meditations on fear. I truly appreciate you stopping by. God bless you my sister!

  16. Jen Ferguson says:

    Fear has played such a prominent role in my life. I am so grateful that He has helped me harness that fear and allow Him control over those parts of my life (well, all my life, really). This post is so important!!

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you much, Jen! Always a blessing to hear the testimony of other believers who are leaning on and looking to God to have Lordship over their lives and fears… You are an encouragement!

  17. Tracy says:

    Hi Again, thank you for linking up on Winsome Wednesday. I love this post and glad others will get to see it here.
    God bless
    Tracy

  18. Sarah C. says:

    Praise God that He met you, right where you needed it. Isn’t it just like Him to lovingly help! 🙂

  19. Kacey says:

    Wow, wow, wow. What a powerful word of encouragement. I believe fear is the easiest way for the enemy to sneak in and keep us from fulfilling the life God has for us – which is one of abundance in Him! Such an encouraging post!

  20. Jordy says:

    That’s what is crazy about fear – it truly is a mental rut! Thanks for sharing your story.

    Stopping by from A Royal Daughter. 🙂

    Jordy | http://www.jordylizblogs.com

  21. I soaked up your post like a sponge does water! I struggle from time to time with fear as well. Thank you for taking time to write this poignant post! Would you consider linking up with me at my blog so that my friends and readers could read it as well? It’s http://www.nanahood.com

    Hope to see you there!

    Teresa

  22. That’s amazing! What a blessing to have God so clearly show you that he hears you and is answering…awesome! 🙂 We’ll take good care of your husband over here…and try to stay on our own side of the road! 🙂

    Blessings…and thanks for linking up!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  23. This is a really powerful post and a great reminder about how BIG our God is, thank you so much for sharing on this week’s Things I’m Loving 🙂

  24. Michelle says:

    Fear. I was at a conference earlier this year where one of the speakers spoke about it being an idol. I had never thought about it that way before, but when we let it control us and determine our actions it does become one. I think this is why the Bible says “Do not fear” so many times. God knows that we carry so much fear as part of our need to control. Thank you for linking up to the Prairies. It’s nice to meet such nice people from the commonwealth.

  25. Wow, I can imagine the fear and how it just gets to be overwhelming. But I love your thoughts on trusting in God’s sovereignty. That’s ultimately what we have to do. It seems to me that seeing all of God’s attributes together is what helps me. He loves me. He’s omnipotent. He’s omniscient. He will always do what’s best!

  26. Hannah says:

    What a beautiful, heart-revealing, gut-wrenching real post! I think many wives struggle with this at some point during their marriage. My husband used to work late nights when we were first married, and we lived in a bad neighborhood. I was always afraid of being home alone, afraid of what would happen if my husband didn’t come home. That fear was paralyzing. I couldn’t enjoy my evening solitude, I couldn’t get anything done, and I was afraid of being alone all the time. It took nearly a year into our marriage before I bawled my eyes out one night in bed and gave my husband over to the Lord. It was the most painful, yet healing moment I’ve ever experienced. Trusting God with my husband was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Occasionally, I still struggle with it, but I recall to mind that verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 that says “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.” Thanks for sharing your heart!

  27. Sarah Brooks says:

    Praying for a safe and QUICK return for your husband! Praise God you can await his return with joy and anticipation instead of fear!

  28. Penny Roach says:

    We serve an amazing and holy God. That is a very inspiring post and thank you for the reminder. I found your blog via the MTM mixer today and I have been blessed by your words. I hope you’ll consider visiting and subscribing as well. Also following your other channels. Peace be with….from 19 hours away!!

    Penny at Green Moms and Kids
    http://greenmomsandkids.wordpress.com

  29. Ruth says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I have struggled with incapacitating fear as long as I can remember. Recently, it came to a head after some unfortunate circumstances and I was unable to see God in the midst. After seeing a physician to get the physical under control I was able to start seeking God whole heartedly. He led me to scriptures that I keep with me and start praying whenever I feel the fear creeping in. His word and promises are my life line. And where before I would retreat to the television, now I seek God’s word and praise him. I see most of this fear is from the enemy. I sometimes wonder if he thinks he should have just left well enough alone,before I was just stagnant in my relationship with Adonai. I imagine the evil one saying. “what have I done? I think I just opened up a new can.” Before I was crying out, “God why have.
    you abandoned me?” Now I see that like a parent who watches over their child, allowing them
    to walk a dangerous path, yet staying close by to keep them from destruction, God was
    always. near, protecting me. Now I am begining to thank Him for letting me go through the fear
    so that I would draw closer to Him. It is still a long road, but knowing that I have friends praying
    for me is such encouragement. It also blesses me to read the other comments, knowing that we are not alone.

  30. I absolutely love how GOD works! He speaks to us every day, if we only take the time to listen…I am glad that you hubby arrived safely. It isn’t so scary over here in the USA! 🙂 Here’s to letting go of our worries and placing them at His feet!

    Thanks for mixing with us this week!

  31. Jenni says:

    Beautiful post! I love hearing of a brave soul facing fears because the Lord is on her side! He uses all this, even the fears and our failures, for His glory and for our good. Yep, learned the hard way, but now I KNOW He’s got me. =)
    (visiting from link up at finding joy)

  32. kelly thompson says:

    I love when God specifically speaks to us about something troubling us- it makes me feel so loved!

  33. WOW! yes! i spent some time in fear while my husband was deployed to Iraq several years ago + then again when i had our second born and i couldn’t stop thinking about how i would rescue both kids out of our house if something happened.

    my dad soothed me with words about our gracious & loving God and that he poured out daily in prayer for our safety. i am off to read Courtney’s post to help me get through the next time this might arrive. thank you!

  34. How wonderful that God gave you a word via email. He knows just what we need!

    I struggle with fear from time to time too. It’s so easy to fall into bondage. My husband and I had a decision to make just this past week. The one thing that would have stopped us from saying yes was fear, so we said yes, because God doesn’t want us to live our lives in fear. We don’t always say yes. Many times fear gets the upper hand.

    So glad you linked this post to Saturday Night Stars. It blessed me!
    ~FringeGirl

  35. Deanna says:

    Great post! Fear is not from God and when it creeps in, we have to recognize its source and squash its efforts to turn us away from the one who is bigger!

  36. Jann Olson says:

    This is a wonderful post that everyone needs to read. I am usually a very positive person. However, every once in a while I become fearful. I rely on God to carry me through. Prayer is a wonderful blessing. Not a day goes by that I don’t lean on him. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. Hope you will share often! Happy to be following.
    hugs,
    Jann

  37. momstheword says:

    I’m sorry. I thought that I had left a comment. last week when visiting your blog. I know that I read your post. I must have been called away before commenting!

    I do understand that kind of fear. I feel it whenever my two children are out and about driving around. I felt it years ago when my husband used to have a temporary job in California and he would fly out on a Monday and fly back home on Thursday.

    But I have also learned God’s peace, just as you said. He is faithful! I will continue to need to trust him because my children will be driving for a long time! 🙂 My mom still worries about ME driving from time to time, lol!

    Thank you for linking up to “Making Your Home Sing Monday” last week. The linky is live and ready for posts and I’d love to have you join us this week as well!

  38. My husband travels world wide – and I have learned to hit that fear battleground with trust – and it is a battle – to give that worry to Him:)

  39. Laura says:

    I LOVE how the Lord knows just how to encourage us!! And I totally relate on fear… my husband has been traveling a lot recently and I have struggled with the exact thing. Thank you for the reminder to look to Jesus!!

  40. Thank you my sweet friend for sharing this encouraging post over at WholeHearted Home this week. I hope all is going well for you this week?

  41. When I feel fear, terrified. I pause and take it all in. All kinds of feelings, positive or negative, I welcome them. Because it’s such an interesting feeling, it makes you feel alive. Then when you know the fear, the cause of it, that’s when I pray. Because with faith in Him only can I overcome it.

  42. Sarah says:

    Thank you SOO much for posting about this topic!!! I found you from Growing Home’s Tuesday Link Up. One of the hardest parts of being married has been my husband traveling for work. There have been times where I have absolutely been so siezed with fear that panic attacks have left me breathless on the floor. Not a good thing with kids who depend on you!!!

    The two biggest things that have helped me have been humbling myself to ask my friends and Sunday School for prayer, and to start being more dependant on God than on my husband. When I force myself to repeat Philippians 4:8 over and over to myself and really focus God, the fear wanes.

    Life is ever changing, but God is constant!
    Take JOY!
    Sarah

  43. Thank you so much for this powerful and meaningful post. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the same situation as you and have felt the same way. Every time God uses something or someone to bring my eyes back to him…just like the email got to you at the right time! Some people would call it coincidence, but I call it grace and providence. 🙂 For me, worrying is a big challenge, one that God is enabling me to deal with every day. I really struggle with it. But one verse that God brings to mind whenever I worry about my husband being safe on the road or while travelling is Psalm 121:8 “The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” This is the promise I claim everyday when my husband leaves home for work. Thank you for an encouraging post! God bless you! 🙂

  44. Heather says:

    What a fantastic post. You are right. All it takes is being willing to put it all in the hands of the Lord and step out in faith, and He answers us every single time. Many times I have been in a dark place, and the Lord sends someone to speak truth, and peace, and faith into my life. Thank you so much for linking this post up over on our Welcoming Wednesdays Link Party. It really made me sit back and think, and praise the Lord for the people He brought into my life this last week to speak that kind of encouragement and faith.
    Blessings to you and hope to see you back sharing more tomorrow.
    ~Heather
    The Welcoming House Blog

  45. Rhiannon says:

    Fear is such a wall to love and even though I know how detrimental it is, I still find myself becoming fearful at times. I think it’s human nature. However, as you’ve stated, I find myself comforted by the fact that there is a grand design that I am a part of that I can’t see. God has a greater plan for my life than I could even imagine for myself. Surrender is what helps me to be fearless.

  46. That peace that surpasses all understanding is such a gift. A couple months ago I was in a plane that was rocking and dropping at a pace so quickly I was pretty sure this could be the end. The young man next to me was in an absolute cold sweat. The flight attendants ran (literally ran) down the aisles to their seats. We were dropping fast. And that peace you mentioned gripped me and I simply began to pray. I began praying for my husband’s life without me and that God would truly bless his days ahead. I prayed peace over him in my absence (and I, selfishly, prayed it would take him at least a few years to find a new wife – LOL). But I had complete calm. I guess when you know you’ve overcome death, it’s not as scary. NOW, on the other hand if this was happening to my husband, I’d be all kinds of messed up – sobbing and such. I guess it’s easier for me to accept my time on earth coming to a close than the ones I love the most.

    • womenabiding says:

      Wow, Fawn! What an ordeal! I read your comment out to my husband and we were both reliving that tense moment with you. Praise God for His peace that surpasses understanding, and how focused you were in those potentially fatal moments. I’m with you on not really minding if anything happens to me… I know where I’m going… it’s not wanting anything to happen to my loved ones that is the hard part.

      I’ll have to remember to pray that my hubby takes a few years to find someone again 🙂 LOL…

      Blessings, dear one xx

  47. How have I missed this post when I thought had read everything on your blog already. I just posted about overcoming anxiety and fear – and not two hours later, I am feeling all anxious and panicky. An attack by the evil one, I am sure. But, it does truly help to remember who is in control. And who gave the gifts of peace and love. And who gave us fear.

  48. Anna Smit says:

    Visiting via Beauty In His Grip blog link-up. I am so sorry for your deep loss. I cannot imagine receiving such news. But oh am I thankful to hear of how God has walked beside you, gently guiding you into the power of His Love for you. It encourages me so much to read this.

    God has been amazing in guiding me into His Love as well. In the past one and a half years, He has encouraged me to face my worst fears, by leaning into His soothing, shielding and embracing Love, through the awful clutches of PTSD and grief, into His loving arms. I am still walking a difficult path, stumbling and falling, but He is busy completing His work in me and I am beginning to taste the fruits of freedom. It is SO exciting and freeing!

    • womenabiding says:

      Oh Anna! Thank you so much for sharing your struggles and walk of faith through them. YOU are the encouragement and inspiration! May the Lord continue to strengthen, support, and grow you through the trials that He has found you worthy to endure… God bless you, my friend. Glory to glory!!! xoxo

  49. I love your thoughts here on faith vs. fear. I had a similar realization a year ago while I was sitting in the hospital waiting room practically having a heart attack during my baby’s surgery. God really does take care of it all.

  50. Allison says:

    When fear rears it’s ugly head, I have to just speak God’s truth over my life. Or sing songs in worship that remind me of who He is and all He’s done. Lately the song from Bethel, I’m no longer a slave to fear…has been on repeatedly on my playlist. My kids even sing it too. It doesn’t take much for the enemy to take the slightest “in” in our lives so I’ve found this helps when I want to be fearful. And trust me, I’m in circumstances where fear easily can grip me. Thanks for sharing.

    • womenabiding says:

      I must look that song by Bethel up, Allison. You’re so precious to be so vulnerable here, and to so openly relate to my story and the fear that can so easily entangle us. Worship is also a fantastic way to get our minds off our fearful thoughts. Thank you so much for stopping by here. I loved having you!!! xoxo

  51. Powerful post! Jesus is with us in the pit, giving us everything we need. Thank you for the wonderful encouragement. Many blessings to you!

  52. Tai East says:

    Amazing post, Tehila!

    “God was in that pit with me, as He is with you in your deepest time of need, too. He is all you need. Even though your fear may blind you, God will lead you graciously by the hand to a place where you can see.” <— This is such an encouraging and powerful truth!

    Thank you so much for sharing this, beautiful friend! GOD bless you, Love! 🙂

  53. Ugochi says:

    Fear is a tool of the enemy. It is confident in satan over God and His word.
    Thank God for His presence even in the midst of the storm. Thank God for your husband’s safety.

  54. Sarah Eliza says:

    Wow, what perfect timing, and such a blessing! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frivolity!

  55. Laurie says:

    Wonderful article. I enjoyed reading it. Tweeting to share your message.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your post with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    ~Laurie

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