As a parent, it’s easy to let fear creep in to your mind and quickly begin to control your thought process. Afraid our children will get hurt, sick, have behavioral issues and so forth. I’m guilty of letting my fear carry my mind into dark places. Instead of choosing to keep my child in a bubble, I should trust that God’s plans are greater than mine and so is His care for my children. Truly, only He can provide my children with perfect provision. God cares for my children (and me!) in an unfathomable way. As much as I love them, His love is more. Perfect in every way.
Ultimately, they are His and by me choosing to live in fear, I am not being obedient to Him. Fear can be controlling. Fear can be consuming. Fear can lead to unfaithfulness. But if I trust in Him, His plan, His care, His promise, I will be reassured daily of His love and I will also exude my faith through my trust.
Removing fear from your mind isn’t effortless though, at least not for me. With the world we live in, it’s easy to panic and have an over alarming approach to life. Here is what I have started practicing to increase my trust and diminish my fear.
Turn Your Fear Into Trust
I draw near to Him – I begin each day, admitting that my children are not my own. They first belong to God and I thank Him for entrusting me to be their mother.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
I consistently pray throughout the day – I have the tendency to get overly anxious in certain situations. For instance, when my children are sick, or we have to travel in the car. Before talking to a friend, parent or consulting Google, I now pray.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
I ask for self-control – I stopped praying for God to be with us, because He is ALWAYS with us and I started praying for God to take away my fears, remove my worry, help me focus on my tasks (whether its nursing them back to health or driving the car) and have more self-control.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
I dive deeper into His word – I posted Bible verses around my home to remind me not to worry (Matthew 6:25)(Philippians 4:6), not to fear (Psalm 34:4) and to always be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Do you have trouble with letting fear creep into your mind during your daily tasks? What are some things you do to cast out the fear? We’d love to learn from you and share with our readers!