Finding Faith in Fear – Tuesday at Ten: {FAITH} 5/20/16

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Finding Faith in Fear

Finding faith in fear is challenging in the best of times. Fear is rarely experienced in the best of times so finding faith in the midst of fear is a miracle of God. Faith is defined as a mysterious place where we find courage to believe in what we cannot see and in so doing can let go of our uncertainty. Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The role of a leader is to step into the unknown time and time again. with trust and faith. Fear can not exist with faith. The two contradict each other. Your are either afraid and living in fear and the unknown or you are at peace and living in faith in the unknown trusting God with the outcome.

So what can you do?

  1. Listen to yourself. What is happening inside? Listen to your thoughts and feelings and compare them to the facts (real not imagined).
  2. Investigate. If you are feeling a lot of fear, investigate the cause of it…facts, please. Describe the fear in detail including characteristics and qualities. Don’t avoid it or stay in denial about it.
  3. Make a choice. With the facts at hand and having evaluated your thoughts and feelings, choose faith or fear as your attitude.

What the Bible Says…

When we are gripped with unbelief and become believers, we still have fears that we need to deal with that were part of our character prior to being saved. These fears may have been with us for years, even since childhood. Faith is not something that we produce ourselves but is a gift from God. It is described as a “fruit” or characteristic which is produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (ESV)For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works so that no one may boast.”
Galatians 5:22 (ESV)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

The Bible also reminds us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. By hearing God’s Word frequently, it becomes part of us, our inner soul and spirit.

Romans 10:17 (ESV)17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

 

David, the Psalmist after God’s own heart, wrote many psalms revealing his growing trust and faith in God. There are so many that I can’t begin to list all of the verses but just search the Psalms and you will see how much David loves God and trusts and has faith in him even when he is afraid. His faith overcomes his fear.

 

Remember that when you are faced with a choice between fear and faith, faith is the better choice every time. Choose faith.

 

Susan…

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Do You Have Anxiety or Fear?

 

Do you have anxiety or fear? Some of us say, “anxiety” while others say, “fear.”  I have anxiety. It is well controlled most of the time at this point, but there was a time when I was anxious to the point of frequent panic attacks. I will start with some definitions. First, anxiety is an uncomfortable state of inner turmoil. It is accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, complaints of body aches or illness and questioning your feelings. An anxious person has unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events and can even have feelings of imminent death. Fear is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat. Fear is directed toward a specific thing or event whereas anxiety is nonspecific and the cause can’t be specifically identified. Panic attacks are intense fear or apprehension of a sudden onset of symptoms such as  heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality. Panic attacks last from minutes to hours.  Panic attacks usually begin abruptly, peak in 10-20 minutes, and then subside but can recur again and again. It is one thing to define anxiety, fear and panic attacks but if you ever experience these symptoms listed, your life changes from that point on. You experience life through a fogged lens of colored glasses that distort your reality.

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Some things that I experienced were:

  • My mind was constantly racing with ideas especially at night when I was trying to sleep.

  • I was always second-guessing myself and my decisions.

  • I couldn’t turn the anxiety off and would even have anxiety about being anxious.

  • I couldn’t remain present, “in the moment,” but was either ruminating about past events or worrying about the future.

  • I didn’t want to be a burden to others and my friends and family often didn’t know what to do to help me.

  • I knew there were things that could help my anxiety, but I felt anxious about trying them.

 

When I finally started counseling I felt the relief of being able to talk to someone about my anxiety and knew the counselor understood what I was experiencing. Controlling my anxiety was the focus of my life and my recovery. Without anxiety, I learned to know my inner self, inner soul and experienced a life I had never known before.

 

                    

Some of the things I used to control my anxiety were:

  • I shared my fears taking away a lot of the scariness. I talked to a partner, someone I trusted such as a friend, family member, or counselor about my anxiety or fears.

  • I learned the hotline number to call 24/7 when I couldn’t reach family, friends or my counselor.

  • I learned the “what is the worst and best that can happen” scenario in the situation that caused anxiety and knew that somewhere in the middle would be the outcome.

  • I practiced staying “in the moment” and reset myself thinking if I started to worry about the past or future.

  • I learned to close my eyes,  meditate, and visualize a safe place when my anxiety started.

  • I looked into my inner soul wisdom where I found my peace.

  • I learned to measure my anxiety level from 0-10 (similar to a pain scale). 0 was no anxiety and 10 was the worst level or panic attack level.

  • I learned that if I could use relaxation techniques such as deep breaths, visualization, or meditation, I could decrease my anxiety before I reached level 7 (my trigger level) and prevent my panic attacks.

 

It took about a year to learn the steps above. The steps aren’t learned in the order listed because some symptoms, like panic attacks, needed immediate attention so that the panic would decrease. I also had the help of anti-anxiety medication in the beginning and still use a low dose. During this time I had more success with the steps above and they became a routine that I practiced subconsciously. As I used the steps above I became less dependent upon my medication.

Today, I still experience social anxiety above a level 2-4 and try to use my steps to control this. I would be less than honest, though, to tell you I am comfortable in a crowd of people. I do best with small groups that I know.  But I caution you that the help of a counselor to guide and support you as you practice these steps is invaluable for learning and accountability. With this help, you can learn to control your anxiety and fear rather than letting it control you. There is inner soul peace and wisdom with practice?

May you listen to your inner soul and experience life “in the moment”.

 

Susan…

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References:

24 Things Only Anxious People Will Understand- http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/things-only-anxious-people-will-understand#.ta62VrlV1

Ten ways to fight your fears- http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/overcoming-fears.aspx

 

 

Night Walk Alone: Weekly Writing Prompt #22 2/4/16

 It has been a while since I have shared some of my poetry with you. This poem was written to some prompts and is not necessarily inspiring or motivating but I believe all women have found themselves in this situation at least once in their life. I know I have several times.

This was written to a prompt from  The Secret Keeper called Weekly Writing Prompt #22 this week. Prompts are: SENSE | SECURE | WALK | TIME | ALONE. To read other poems, click on the link above and look in the comment section where they are listed.


Night Walk Alone

My sense is that I am not secure
as I walk these streets alone.
At this time of night, there are
fearful dangers that await.

 

Senses enlighten me to insecure
dangers when I am walking alone.
Time stands still as a sense of
danger and fear surround me.

My heart begins to race and pound.
My breathing quickens shallowly.
My hands become cold and tremble.
My eyes widen looking for jeopardy.

Should I run? Should I stand still?
Should I fight or should I flee?
Am I strong enough to fight?
Am I fast, cunning enough to flee?

No time for questions now. No time.
I alone sense I should flee right now.
Quickly, I dart and run, and jog away
until I am safe to walk alone secure.

I walk alone, but I am secure and safe.
My heart rate slows and stops pounding.
My breathing eases with each breath.
I am alive, I am safe, I am secure again.

Don't Worry – Susan's Devotional Journal 1/16/16

 

Day Sixteen: 

Scripture Devotional Series,  “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

 

 From the Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

My Thoughts

We are following the Devotional Series: Quiet Moments with Jesus, Book 2, IN THE SECRET: A 30 Day Devotional by Adam Houge. This evening, Jesus reminds us in the Devotional not to worry about tomorrow because He will provide. 

QUESTIONS

1. What does the unknown do to you?

i2. What does Jesus tell you to do instead?

3. What else has Jesus been doing for you besides providing? 

4. What will faith in Jesus guide you into?

5. Read several versions of the above verse in Matthew 6:34 and memorize your favorite one. 

PRAYER

 Holy Jesus,

You are my provider and you always have been. What do I have to fear or be anxious for with You as my provider and my savior? Stay close beside me and help me develop more trust in You.  Remind me when I begin to feel anxious that You are there and You are in charge so that I don’t need to worry. Thank You and Praise You. You are my Lord, Provider, and Savior.

Amen, Susan…


       Susan’s Devotional Journal will continue with my new devotional that is on my Kindle through Amazon.com. The Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus” is a devotional written by Adam Houge and includes a series of six devotionals that are 30 days long each, totaling 180 days. If you are interested in this Devotional, then you can purchase it by clicking here.

**All of the teaching and readings from Susan’s Devotional Journal are from the Devotional, “Quiet Moments with Jesus”**