I think as a Christian there is always something you are struggling with or something God is teaching you. It’s been really cool to see how God uses people to challenge and to encourage me in my walk of faith, as well as seeing other people grow in their faith. Something I have been personally challenged and convicted with this past year is the fear I have allowed to overwhelm me. Even control aspects of my life. I had a friend point out the fear in my life one day at school. I denied it right away, shrugged it off insisting that he was wrong. Who was he to think I walk around scared? But as I said goodnight, and lay in the darkness of my room- those words stuck in my heart. They wouldn’t stop ringing in my ears. Was it true? Was I full of fear? Of course it was true. I always knew I had fear in my life. I never saw, however, the negative affects it was having on me. I had been blinded, thinking this fear that was encasing me was in fact normal. God revealed to me that it is not how He intended me to live. Slowly, I started praying, and God took the blinders off my eyes. As He slowly peeled away layers of fear, I began to experience…. freedom! Beautiful freedom from crippling fear. Just by praying and surrendering it to God. I am still fighting this battle, but God is so faithful and patient!! He showed me this verse the other day that I quickly wrote out and taped to my bible.
“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