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afraidI was talking to a good friend yesterday who is facing some big decisions in a bewildering situation.  She is trying to trust and not be afraid, but doggone it, sometimes you’re just afraid.  Even if you believe in God, fear can get a grip on your heart and cripple you.  At one time in my life I was so anxious and afraid my very nerve endings felt on edge, like the tension was churning from within me out through every pore of my skin.   I don’t know why, but our minds tend to always race to the worst conclusion or possibility when we begin letting fear creep in.   Soon, the thing we’re afraid of looms over us and occupies all our thoughts and energy.   It doesn’t have to be this way!

I decided to look up some quotes about fear today to encourage my friend.

Corrie Ten Boom is one of my favorite authors.  She was a holocaust/concentration camp survivor and wrote “The Hiding Place”, one of the best books I’ve read.  The courage she and her family showed in that real-life story is inspiring and humbling.   Corrie said this about fear,

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

I love this one and I don’t even know who this guy is:

“Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.” ~ Usman B. Asif

Here are a few more good ones:

“Fear:  False Evidence Appearing Real.” ~  Author Unknown

“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” ~ Author Unknown

I enjoy looking at others’ quotes but the words that give me the most courage and inspiration are from God’s Word:

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1   (Go read this entire Psalm – it’s one of my favorites)

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  II Timothy 1:7

This verse became my solid rock during a time when I was deeply afraid, facing cancer:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

So fear not!  You are loved.  God is bigger…and He is with you.