Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you afraid of the dark?

a shout out to all the 90's kids out there!

I've always been afraid of the dark. Like always (yes, including this very day). My husband teases me about it & my friends think I’m crazy but I am truly, 100% scared of the dark. It’s not that I've actually experienced anything bad in the dark to make me scared, I've just always felt this overwhelming fear that there’s something there. Maybe it’s all the scary movies I watched or maybe I’m just a wimp, but it’s a fear of mine that only ONE thing can cure – LIGHT.





Today on Wednesday’s Words we are discussing surrendering our fears to the Lord but first I want to say that not all Fear is bad. Scripture even commands us to fear our Lord. (Deuteronomy 10:20). But this fear is not the kind we are discussing today. I firmly believe that, like most things that God created perfect, the enemy has twisted & changed this once holy attribute into a sinful, wretched idea that we deal with on the daily.

Lately I've really been struggling with putting into words my goals and aspirations for this space and in life in general. I haven’t wanted to share all the messy details going on with life & it’s really taking a toll on me. I've been saying things like “I don’t feel like it,” I've been making excuses, & I've been putting things off. It would be really easy for me to say that now is the time to stop that & that I will be bringing purposeful living to a new level. I could tell you all about my new schedule & how my goals are going to make this ALL better. But if I’m being real honest here, I’m overwhelmed & stretched way to thin. I took on too much & now I’m paying the price. It’s not that I said yes to things I don’t love; it’s that I've said yes to way too many things. I've done a million things terribly rather than just one thing right & that’s tough. It’s also tough for me to tell you all of this but if we are laying all our fears out there and TRULY surrendering them, this is what it’s going to have to take.

If you really want to get to it, here they are. Here are the fears that keep me up at night far more than when my night light burns out…

…I fear what others think of me…
…I fear letting others down…
…I fear being judged, let down, & talked about…
…I fear not being a good enough wife, daughter, friend…
…I fear that I won’t be able to do it all…
…I fear that one day I won’t be able to have children…
…I fear getting old…
…I fear not being good enough, pretty enough, or rich enough…
…I fear failure…
…I fear regretting things…
…I fear most of all that I’ll gain the things of this world and loose what really matters…

There are many more things that I could add to this list but if there’s one thing that I know about fear, it’s that we ALL experience it. Maybe the things on my list are totally different than yours, but maybe some of them are the same. And that’s where I feel like surrendering our fear comes in. To truly surrender our fears, we've got to own them, admit them, face them, and confess them. Without facing the fears we experience daily, we will never be able to overcome them.



For me, facing fears requires me to admit them to the Lord because I know that there’s a MUCH deeper root to that fear. For example, if I’m truly afraid of what others think of me, it’s because I’m not viewing myself as a daughter of the King. If I’m afraid of failing at something it’s because I’m not trusting in His perfect strength. When we really get down to it, our fears are rooted in lies about who our God really is. We believe that he is not big enough or great enough to cover that aspect of our lives & what a LIE that is y’all! I am in tears as I type this because I KNOW that I have been believing that lie & because of it, I fear SO many things.

Friends, surrendering your fears are not about just getting over them – it’s about finding the root of the lie you are believing & confessing that to God. If we don’t begin looking at those lies & the fears they cause, our fears and excuses WILL become barriers for growth in ourselves & for those around us.

1 John 5:19 says, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the Evil one.”
I know that I am of God & no matter what the Evil one does to sway the world, my worth comes from the Perfect one. No fear is too great or too powerful to overcome our savior. Take heart in THAT friend!

Just like the flip of a light switch can cause my fear of the dark to subside, I know that Jesus can cover every fear of mine AND yours!!!


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4 comments :

  1. Just as dark is the absence of light so is fear the absence of faith. Our God is awesome.

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  2. Jenni I love this post! I've been struggling with anxiety, so it's encouraging to know that God is good and doesn't want me to suffer from this.

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  3. Jenni I am terrified of the dark too girlfriend. My husband was with a friend last night and being home alone in general just really freaks me out. I love you so much and thank you for being so encouraging!

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