Though I don’t know where your fears started or how deep they sit in your soul, I do know this: Fear is a heavy burden. One of the heaviest you can carry. It’s exhausting and overwhelming. And it’s not from God.
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In 1978, I watched as my thirteen-year-old classmate entered our classroom and killed our teacher. As a witness to one of the earliest school shootings in our nation, I faced years of paralyzing fear and an intense distrust of God. But God relentlessly pursued me and, over time, broke my fear addiction.
Let’s talk about how we can trust God in the midst of our fears about violence, disease, and personal tragedy. Together, we can ask “How do we live unafraid? How do we remain aware of world events without giving in to fear? How do we make everyday choices to stop letting ‘What if?’ control us?”
It is possible to break fear’s grasp on our lives. We can be aware of the terrible without forgetting the beautiful. We can look up with joy and realize the remarkable truth: Jesus wants to take our fear and give us, in its place, true peace. Walk this liberating journey with me and learn what it means to live unafraid.
I don’t know all that God might be asking you to move through but I do know that God is a compassionate teacher and a trustworthy Father. And even in the hardest situations, he is always seeking our best. It’s because of that, we can find confidence to live life unafraid.
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