I also know the exhausting work involved in trying to manage my fear all alone.
The desperation of keeping it hidden from everyone around me only hindered my ability to have authentic, honest relationships.
The limitations I placed on my life in an effort to “not feel” what I could not control only gave more power to the fear and less space for me to live a life of joy and peace. This vicious cycle of manipulating circumstances and yes…even people, left me weary, trapped and hopeless.
Oh sure, I believed in a God who could do amazing things, even free someone from such chains. I had witnessed His power in everyone else.
But, truthfully I did not think He would do this for me. My scars were too deep, the lies too strong, and the journey too long.
I believed in God, but I did not BELIEVE God. I did not believe His promises of deliverance and strength were for me…and the longer I stayed in hiding, the deeper my fears resided.
There is a truth which silences this lie:
In What Women Fear, Angie Smith is asking us to do just that, to grab our fears (kicking and screaming) out from the shadows where they gain power through doubts and lies planted in our hearts and expose them to our God. Our God who understands….who can and will transform.
Angie’s heart for us:
- Be honest enough to admit we have fears…to declare they exist.
- Be brave enough to confess these fears and their harmful ways.
- Be transparent enough to allow God to shine the light of His truth where the darkest fears reside.
- Trust God’s desire to redeem our struggle just as He did for so many throughout scripture.
Because only in this will the fears lose their influence over our beliefs, emotions and behaviors.
So, how will we do this?
TOGETHER, IN COMMUNITY, with friends who will share encouragement, prayer and strength along the way. We will not make the mistake of thinking it will be easy or painless or that tears will not be shed along the way, but we will come expectant of God’s workmanship within us…. “to the praise of His glory.”
Is our goal to eliminate fear completely from our lives? NO…it is not possible.
Fear is a human emotion as any other, but through our journey, we will gain insight and tools which will help us balance this emotion with God’s truth, power and promises.
–We will learn to discern truth from lies.
-We will practice replacing doubt with promises.
-We will walk in faith instead of crumbling in defeat.
And….We Will Be Transformed!
We will begin this week by readying chapters 1 and 2 of What Women Fear by Angie Smith, and we will share comments and discuss here and on our Facebook Page.
Just like today, each Monday we will meet up at one of our blogs and share what we have learned and processed from our reading.
Our Schedule for Reading:
• September 30 – Chapter 1,2 (Lisa)
• October 7 – Chapter 3,4 (Crystal)
• October 14 – Chapter 5,6 (Lisa)
• October 21 – Chapter 7, 8 (Crystal)
• October 28 – Chapter 9 (Lisa)
• November 3 – Chapter 10 and Wrap Up
Today our adventure begins!
How could gaining freedom beyond our fear not be an adventure? Lisa and I pray for God’s grace over each and every one, to give us hearts eager and able to encourage, support and share with one another in this community committed to walking in a transforming faith.
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Remember….There is power in declaring our fear! Fear loses its grip when it can no longer hide in the shadows!
We are honored dear friend to encourage you and pray for you and with you along the way!
Are you ready to say goodbye to doubt and lies?
Are you willing to fully embrace the truth of God’s desires for you?
Are you ready to walk in a faith that transforms?
You Are Next!