Today The Fear List is thrilled to welcome Grace Fox: author of Moving From Fear to Freedom. Grace first approached me about guest posting, and once I learned that she also wrote on the topic of fear, I couldn’t believe my luck! I’ve been blessed in numerous ways already by reading the few things she’s sent me. Grace has many insights and tips when it comes to fear, so make sure to check out her many resources at www.gracefox.com. To learn more about her or her book, check out her interview here: http://wp.me/p132LV-nB
And now, I give you Grace!
God is on Our Side
By Grace Fox
About a month ago, I listened to two different radio interviews. Both hosts wanted to discuss fear. How timely, considering that it was the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and media had splashed the word fear across radio and TV for several days beforehand.
I’ve personally felt fear sneak up on me several times in the last couple of weeks. Not in relation to 9/11, but in other ways. First, a cousin’s 2-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery. Her family still awaits the pathology report.
Second, the 26-year-old daughter of a local Romanian pastor/friend was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.
Third, a 3-year-old boy in BC was abducted from his home while he slept. Having friends who live in that community, and being a grandma with grandchildren the same age, my heart raced each time I thought about the little tyke and what he might be experiencing. (Thankfully he was returned unharmed, although his kidnapper remains at large).
My list contained a couple other situations that I’m not free to discuss, but they, too, rattled my nerves and threatened to topple me into a dark pit. In each case, the moment I felt fear encroach, I turned my thoughts to prayer for the well-being of the precious people involved.
I also trained my mind to praise God for who He is—a God who is sovereign, faithful, wise, able to provide, and filled with unfailing love. That was no easy feat; it took great effort to succeed when my emotions tugged me the opposite direction. But guess what happened when I made the deliberate effort to praise? My fears calmed. Whadaya know? They did exactly what Psalm 56:9 says: “My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.”
I’d be amiss if I failed to mention the latter half of that verse, for it offers huge encouragement in the face of fearful circumstances. It says, “This I know: God is on my side!” These five little words carry the power to transform our minds and perspective. Imagine…God is on our side. That truth means we can always, always rise above whatever we face.
What are you facing today? If fear or uncertainty are stalking you, call these words to mind and reflect on their power: God is on my side. See the difference they make?
Grace Fox lives in Abbotsford, BC. She’s the author of four books, a DVD-based Bible study, and hundreds of articles published in magazines including Focus on the Family and Power for Living. She’s also a popular speaker at international women’s events and the national co-director of International Messengers Canada, a mission agency that promotes creative short-term and career service opportunities in Eastern Europe.