fear {not}

{day 15}

i’m thankful for the Bible and the way God uses it to change me.

about 2 months ago, i was really struggling with fear. i was fearful of e.ver.ry.thing. everything. why? no idea. there didn’t seem to be a reason.

i’ve always battled worry, but this was irrational and i wanted it to stop.

so i decided to look up all the verses with ‘fear’ or ‘afraid’ in them, because i’ve heard that the command, ‘do not fear,’ is the most common in the Bible.

i spent a lot of days just writing them all down. then i went back through and pulled common threads.

  • {definitions of fear} 1. profound reverence and awe toward God. 2. an emotion of dread or alarm caused by danger. <-my issue.
  • the command to ‘fear the Lord’ was used many more times than a mention of fear or a command to ‘fear not.’
  • i honestly found great comfort in the fact that many great men and women were afraid. but God’s counsel was always to fear nothing but Him, often followed by an assurance that He is in control.
  • {how to} fear God: serve and obey was the most common theme, and shunning evil the next.
  • fearing God brings about a lot of good things. wisdom and knowledge, blessings, and victory among the most common.
  • over and over again, it’s said: He is with us. He will help us. He has already won victories. We are His.

i learned so much, but my favorite thing is that as i read, the Lord seemed to- no, He did renew my mind- i wasn’t fearful anymore- and when i was tempted to be, it was easier to stop my thoughts in their tracks. He is so gracious to me and i’m really thankful for that.

ps here are some of those verses in pretty prints:

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  • Selah November 16, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Day 15) Today I am thankful for sleep. Some emotional and physical problems that I’ve been having for the past year are disappearing now that I’m focusing on getting at least 7 hours per night.

    • Caitlin November 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Wow! Good to know…maybe I need to be more diligent about that. I’m glad to hear that it’s making a positive impact for you, Selah.

      • Selah November 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        I was having PMS type mood swings a lot, plus body aches, forgetfulness, clumsiness. My husband had started blaming it on my IUD but the doctor said that was unlikely. Then I read an article that popped up on BlogHer about signs that you aren’t getting enough sleep. It was ALL there. I’m doing sooo much better now!

        • Caitlin November 29, 2012 at 6:18 AM

          Selah, that is incredible. I’m so glad you stumbled across that article! Thanks again for passing it on. I know I don’t get enough sleep, but this has encouraged me to make more of an effort!

  • Sharon November 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Thanks, Caitlin, for your transparency and your research. The world can be very scary when I focus on what is happening, but keeping my eyes on Jesus, looking full in His wonderful face, will cause the things of earth to grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace (hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus).

    • Caitlin November 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      I love that hymn :) It always makes me think of church growing up.

  • Florica November 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Thank you so much for writing this post..

    • Caitlin November 29, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      You are so welcome, Florica!

  • mominlubbockDeidre November 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am struggling with anxiety attacks which in turn have caused high blood pressure problems. It’s TOTALLY crazy because I trust The Lord and have never struggled with fear like I have the last few weeks. This post helps me soooo much!! :)

    • Caitlin November 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Deidre, I am so humbled that the Lord would use what He taught me to bless you. Praying that He continues to help you trust Him and takes away all of the physical symptoms! Fear not! :)

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