Fear impacts us in different ways. Sometimes it creeps in without us knowing it, lying just below the surface. And at other times, it washes over us like a wave and won’t leave.
Today, Diana talks about fear and how to put it in its place:
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(If you want to see the first part of this video, where we discuss the journey to minimalism & the awkward way Tom & I met, you can find it on YouTube here!)
4 Ways to push out fear:
1) Start your day with scripture (no matter what!): I have a new rule that I won’t even check the weather on my phone until I’ve read scripture. I’m especially enjoying reading the proverb of the day (the proverb that lines up with today’s date) in the Passion translation!
2) Cut off the input: the news is EVERYWHERE and it is designed to cause us to have an emotional reaction (and often that emotion is fear). Limit what and how much you allow in.
3) Pray scripture over your life: this morning we’re talking about Psalm 91 (NIV):
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
4) Surround yourself with people who encourage you: This is often easier said than done! Do you have at least one friend or family member who is encouraging to be around? If not, ask the Lord for this friend. He cares about every detail of our lives!
We hope this helps a little and pray that the Lord is giving you strength to protect your mind. That he is restoring hope amidst the uncertainty that remains and grace as we interact with those around us.
All our love!
Diana & Dawn