#lent #day15 #donotworry
The words ‘do not be afraid’ and “do not fear” or “do not be anxious” appear HUNDREDS of times through the bible. Jesus spoke these words throughout his life when he was teaching and is an integral part of the message God wants us to know.
In life, we all worry. Whether it’s been at stressful times in our lives, or whether, like me, you’ve struggled with anxiety disorders and panic attacks; fear, worry and anxiety are all things that each of us have experienced.
Of course, when Jesus tells us not to worry - it’s easier said than done. Overcoming anxieties for me was never an overnight change. It’s been a gradual and “one step at a time” journey in which learning to take each worry and fear, and channeling that into prayer and worship has been an important part of that. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been a battle of highs and lows; but it all started with me, sat on the office floor of a church in York three years ago. I was utterly broken, a sobbing, exhausted mess. In that moment I cried out loud to God. I was done. I was not going to live my life this way anymore. I poured out my heart and my worries to him. I wanted to live my life free of fear. Starting then. And that - is exactly where my journey really started. From that moment, God has taken me on a crazy rollercoaster of a journey that has been both the most exciting and joy-filled, but also the most difficult and painful journey. It’s been long, and it’s still a journey that’s ongoing, but when I look back to that sixteen year old girl, The girl I hardly recognise as myself, realise that it’s been well worth the battle.
One day during lent, I will try and share more of my testimony (but I may start up a blog soon and share it on there!) But in the meantime, remember that no matter where you are or what place you are in, God has the heart to, and the power to free you from all fear and worry. He IS love, and where God is, there is no place for fear. .
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