The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? ~ Psalm 118:6
For God id not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
I WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR!
I've known I've needed to work on this one long before I even heard of Joyce Meyer.
For too many years I allowed fear to keep me:
* silent when I should have spoken up about wrongs committed against me...
* walking down a planned path when I really didn't want to be on it...
* isolated from people
* comparing myself to others
* closed off
* lacking faith
* from sleeping
* full of self doubt
* from feeling valued
* feeling disapproved of
For too long I focused on what I wasn't, what I didn't have, what I couldn't do and what I would never be. About 15 years ago I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I still struggle with this, but it's not as all consuming as it once was. I can choose now to feel fear, but to act anyway.
As Joyce says, "Fear and faith cannot coexist." I don't have to know all the answers, but instead I can be excited about being part of God's mystery.
I'm not where I need to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be! God is so good!