How to Conquer Fear and Anxiety
It’s been a little over a year since I posted about God freeing me from fear. (You can read about that here.) Last year I allowed fear to keep me from going on an all-expense-paid trip to Mexico with my husband. This year, I felt God putting me to the test as I said YES to the trip my husband earned which was a five day trip to Jamaica! To conquer fear isn’t easy, but it definitely has great rewards!
We just got back from Jamaica last Thursday and it was an amazing experience. There were times when I still felt scared and unsure if I’d be okay, but I pushed through. Every time we hit turbulence on one of the four plane rides I had to take, I silently prayed a prayer or just spoke the name of Jesus. I felt Him calming my nerves and reminding me that He was with me.
One of the things that is the scariest to me is the feeling of not having any control. I definitely felt that way on the plane rides and the bus tour. We had to take a tour bus for a two hour trip so we could hike up this amazing waterfall. It was pretty scary being on the bus. In Jamaica, the drivers are on the right side of the vehicle and they drive on the opposite side of the road as we do in the US. They also drive extremely close to everything. If you were to barely stick your hand out of the window, it would be very dangerous. Had I allowed fear to stop me, I would have missed out on what turned out to be my favorite part of the entire trip.
As I write this post to you, tears form in my eyes. I’m writing to encourage you to not let fear hold you back. But, for those who know me well, they know that even though I’ve conquered a mountain in my life, I still haven’t fully surrendered to the Lord.
I’ve been praying daily, asking God to show me the difference between fear and wisdom…and He just gave me my answer.
I’ve been absolutely terrified of my children getting sick. One of my greatest fears in life is losing my children or them losing their mother. The coronavirus is a huge deal to everyone right now, but I’ve been keeping my children isolated for months over fear of them getting the flu or other respiratory illnesses. The recent developments with the coronavirus have only intensified my fears. I say that I’m not worried and that the media is just causing unnecessary panic, but deep down, I’m sort of freaking out.
I skipped church again today even though I know that I should’ve been there. I miss my church family and I’m setting a poor example for my little ones. As God speaks to my heart, He reminds me that HE is my protector!
Psalms 91:10 says, “No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”
God has opened my eyes today and shown me that I can either trust that His Word is true, or I can continue to isolate myself and my family out of fear.
The coronavirus is Satan’s plan to isolate God’s people and to cause fear and panic. This is a time when Christians must remain strong in His Word so that we know what the truth is. That truth will set us free from fear and anxiety!
How can we be totally free from fear?
The key to conquer fear and anxiety is in surrender! When we surrender to the Lord and face every single fear that has had us bound, we inch closer and closer to true freedom.
I may not be where I want to be (or where I know the Lord wants me to be), but I know that I’m way closer than I was just one year ago. My testimony is that I said yes and I went afraid. Now, next Sunday, I will do the same thing when it comes time for church. I will trust that the Lord knows best and He doesn’t want me to remain isolated.
What fears do you need to face head on? Or what fears have you already faced and what was the outcome? I’d love to connect with you. Leave me a comment or connect with me on my Facebook page.
Be blessed my friends!
I’m Amanda and a Christian homeschooling Mom to 4 awesome boys from ages 4 to 20.
I have an amazing, supportive husband, a passion for encouraging others in their faith, and helping new homeschoolers find their way through their journey.
Thank you for stopping by and getting to know me better.