It is not easy to Fight our Fears.  We all have to battle it, and from time-to-time we lose and fall to the floor in a puddle of despair. Fear is a mean adversary.  This year I have battled fear in several different ways.  I’ve also had to guide my family through some of their own fears.  I have learned a lot and I hope that I will start seeing the fruits of those lessons learned!  

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Fear is Defeat

When I felt led to turn Teach Me Joy into a blog, I was terrified!  I am an introvert and had no idea what I had to say to the world.  I was also way behind in technology.  I have lived overseas for the last 5 years.  Our internet is sketchy and I had no idea how to set up a blog.  The Lord showed me a blogging course by another Christian homeschool mom (Heather at Homeschool Blogging & Life of a Homeschool Mom).  I felt like I had run out of excuses.  The fear of the unknown could have held me back from experiencing a great community all around the world, but instead, it gave me wings to fly!  

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear is Don’t Try

Being the completely self-conscious introvert that I am, the first time I saw the 2019 Mom’s Convention Speaker opportunity I said, “Not for me!!”  It took encouragement from Katie (Blogging Successfully & Paradise Praises) and a few other mom bloggers for me to turn in my proposals. 

They accepted both of my proposals for the conference and that opened up a new world for me.  I finally had to tackle making a video, which I plan on using more of this year!  It also got me in contact with a great group that have similar goals and are willing to help each other out.  If you allow fear to keep you from trying, you will never find out what God has in mind for your life!  

Fear Creates Anxiety

My son really struggles with fear daily.  He is hates to fly, but his father is a pilot and we live in a town completely supplied by air!  That means there is no option for driving. I can’t count the number of times he has come to me with worries.

Some fears are very real:  Getting cancer, AI robots taking over, Dad dying in a plane crash, Having a terminal sickness, leaving home, internet dangers, etc.  It can go on and on!  We have spent a lot of time talking about why we have fears and how to conquer them.  He said it himself the other day, “I shouldn’t worry, should I, Mom?  I mean, I can’t change any of it!”  So True!  How do we fight this?

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.  ~ 1 John 4:18

 

Don’t Focus on the Fear

We need to focus on LOVE to combat this fear.  Think of ways you can spend your time showing love to others.  My son made another observation during one of our talks, “When I’m busy, I don’t worry so much!”  Sometimes it is a forced decision and exercise in self-control to keep our minds and hands busy and focused on what is good.  God’s Word doesn’t just tell us what not to do, it also gives us wisdom on what we need to do instead!  Philippians 4:8 says it so well!
 
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
 

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