No Fear Campaign 2015

God has not given us a spirit of fear...2 Timothy 1:7 Just leaving a few last brain cells on the page…a couple cob webs to take down from the corners of 2014. A few drippy-drops to leave behind from the old year.

Something I really soaked in this past year was that God is passionate about calming our fears. I grew up in church, and actually, many pastors do a great job of instilling more fear into people instead of inspiring courage. The opposite of what the Bible reiterates. This isn’t a tirade on the way some churches use fire and brimstone to scare their congregation into submission, however. I am not against the church as a whole.

I grew up afraid of a lot of things. I won’t tell you all of the things I worried about and feared as a child; those fears were not my church’s fault. As a teen, I had anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. No one realized it, but my mind was spinning with worries and fears all the time (not unlike so many teens). Now that my chronic illness is at the point where I’m no longer able to go to church, I have found reading scriptures on my own and journaling about them has been an excellent learning experience.

I’ve stumbled upon so many verses throughout this past year regarding fear. PS, the Bible has a lot to say about not being afraid and having courage. The biggest realization for me is that most of these verses are not only discussing fear, God actually COMMANDS us not to be afraid. That’s pretty major, don’t you think? I think so.

I was going to do an entry listing verses like this, but someone told me there are 365 “Fear Nots” for every day of the year. After researching, God tells us not to be afraid of life and then gives us a different reason for each one 103 different times. But fear is discussed over 500 times throughout the Scriptures! God really wanted to send a message, don’t you think? You might be wondering: if He did not want us to fear, then why create us to be such scaredy cats in the first place? Well, He didn’t. The Bible says that we were not created with a spirit of fear or “timidity” but of power, love and self-discipline. (2 Tim 1:7)

However, He also knew ahead of time that His children would live in an increasingly frightening world. We would have so many terrifying prospects to face every day, so many things to worry about in the future, and we would be petrified when going through risky, unfamiliar circumstances. We are reminded to have faith and not to be distracted by all of the anxieties that fill our minds with doubt.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:9

Three years ago my health and pain conditions got so much worse than I could have ever anticipated. I spent the first 7 years worrying about what the worst case scenario might be. I protected myself from so many things, hiding from potential threats to my “deteriorating” health- things that might make me worse which anxiety had cooked up in my mind. Yet I never could have foreseen what has happened to me; fear did not help me at all. And I’ve now been through worse than my fears ever prepared me for. Seriously, I’m SO over being afraid! 

God keeps reminding us to be courageous, commanding us not to fear, and instilling a sense of His own strength in us. In the coming year, throw some caution to the wind! Take risks. Worry less. Go on more adventures. Say YES more! Give more. We have a God who promises to be with us always and an awesome afterlife waiting…

Several of my friends deal with anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and are looking into the coming year with a feeling of doom brought on by fear bombarding their thoughts. So many I know are awaiting very scary test results that will determine all they will be dealing with in the coming year, and it feels impossible to shoulder. If you are living in a constant state of terror now that you have been diagnosed, or will be facing major surgery or multiple invasive procedures this year, I would like to leave you with a few verses to take with you which also are a comfort to me. He knew fear would be one of the most overwhelming and distracting emotions for us and wants us to live a good life, focused on things that can help ourselves and others grow, not live bogged down by stress and dread; otherwise, why would He have been on such an anti-fear campaign?

Have a Happy, Fearless New Year!

~Peace~

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“Do not be afraid. I have set you free. I have called you by name. You are mine.”  Isaiah 43:1

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:13-14

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

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“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”  Psalm 56:3

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”  Prov 31:25

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on December 31, 2014, in Fear, HappyNewYear, Inspiration and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. lifeinslowmotion

    Wonderful campaign! Thank you so much for sharing the verses. When I start to make progress, my fear skyrockets. I am terrified of the next time I am going to crash. For the past two years, I follow this cycle of making progress and then crashing every. single. time. It is so incredibly difficult to not live without that mindset of just waiting for it happen, so incredibly fearful for when it might come. Keeping this verses on hand as reminders.

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    • It’s very difficult not to wonder when the next shoe will drop again. Fear has a great way of distracting us, doesn’t it? I hope you make some good progress this year and are able to enjoy the rewards of your labor.
      Happy New Year!

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  2. Thank You for the scripture, every support system helps. Happy New Year, and may this one be a wonderful fealess one for us all.

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  3. What an apt topic, not only for the new year but also for the chronically ill who are accustomed to flares and spreads…worsening, in general. It’s so easy to dread or fear a new year when the previous one was so trying. And I know there were times in my past of waiting for the other shoe to drop and fearing so many things overall. I’m grateful for the teachings of the Bible and the power of God that equips me to not fear (in general). Thank you for reminding us to have faith and to keep perspective. I am always impressed at the amount of research you do for each blog post and how very wise you are at such a young age. Thank you for being such an inspiration to all.

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    • Thank you for your comment , Jane. It was a big revelation that not fearing is a commandment from God. We talk about comfort and peace a lot in the chronic illness community, like you said, because of flares and spikes in pain. However, we don’t consciously think about comfort and peace being the opposite of fear and turmoil.
      It burdens me that others in so much pain and with terrible illnesses are also dealing with feelings of dread and doom, waiting for things to worsen. That medicine doesn’t help. I’ve tried it.
      Just like you, I appreciate a God who looks out for our best interests and left us with a guide to try to help us live better.
      I appreciate your kind words on the blog posts. Your comments always are an encouragement. Happy New Year!

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  4. Thank you SO much for posting this. You write with conviction and power, and I can feel your passion about this topic through your writing. Thank you for your firm belief that God is always with us. I love the line you used in the beginning of your post, you said – “God is passionate about calming our fears.” I have a firm belief as well, that He is so much more mindful of us than we think He is! He is always trying to find ways to bless us, and make us happy. I, like you, have a lot of anxiety, so knowing that I need to push it away, and not lean on it as an excuse so much is something that I am working on. But it is good to know that I am not the only one working on pushing away at my fears. There is this awesome video clip about the New Years, that I hope you will watch. It isn’t too long, just 2 to 3 minutes – but the message it has to share is powerful! I hope to hear your thoughts on it, when you get the time to watch it 🙂 Thank you again, God bless you!

    http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=910930409001

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    • Emma,
      Thank you very much! I really enjoyed the video you shared. Such a great message about looking forward and trusting what the Lord has in store for us.
      I hope your new year provides you with more reasons to have true peace in your life. Happy New Year.
      I loved your comment. Thank you again.

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      • Thank you for responding to my comment, that is so kind of you! I am so glad that you enjoyed the video! I wonder if there is a way that we can get in contact through facebook or email, I would love to keep talking with you 🙂 I have a great respect for people that are so open and willing to share their faith.
        Have a great day, and God bless you my friend~

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  5. Yet another amazing post!!! Thank you for sharing the verses. I am in the fear part of recent diagnosis and trying to find a way out. I am trying to get some courage and go on “adventures”. Thank you for being my fearless leader. 💜N

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    • Nikki,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment.
      You’re at the beginning of your journey, and there is a whole host of emotions that bombard the thoughts of anyone freshly diagnosed- certainly including fear. I think letting our emotions come is very important, but in my situation, I focused so much on the things I was so afraid would hurt me more, it only propelled more fear. And I got worse anyway! So, I really hope you can try to enjoy your life (while being in excruciating pain, of course), and have some good stuff in your new year.
      I’m very grateful to be a part of your journey ❤

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  6. What a great reminder as we head into a new year!

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  7. Thank you for responding to my comment, that is so kind of you! I am so glad that you enjoyed the video! I wonder if there is a way that we can get in contact through facebook or email, I would love to keep talking with you 🙂 I have a great respect for people that are so open and willing to share their faith.
    Have a great day, and God bless you my friend~

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  8. I’m going to go ahead and save this post to my MAC’s reading list, so I can refer to it again! Thank you so much for sharing such a brave, insightful post. It’s hard to be without fear, but I have found that it is harder to live a life in fear than it is to let it go. I wish you a very happy new year, and truly thank you for all of your support and encouragement these past few months. ((Hugs)) to you!

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    • I’m so thrilled you stopped by!
      It means so much to me that you, one of my faves enjoyed something I feel so passionately about. Happy you are feeling me on the no more living terrified end.
      You’re right that it’s impossible to live completely without fear… but living inside of fear so that we can’t seize the day, so we are always concerned what setbacks tomorrow will hold- happily letting it go.
      So, when I say “PEACE” to you for your New Year, you really get my full meaning 😉
      Big hugs back at ya!

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  9. Add my name to the list for the NO Fear Campaign please! Thank you for reminding us of the strength God gives us. I have a habit of panicing first and praying second (surprised I am sure 🙂 ) However, I always find once I ask for help and give Him back my fear I feel somewhat calmer. Now, I spend a LOT of energy taking back the fear over and over but thankfully, God is very patient.

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    • You are on Kathleen!
      I like that you say you pray first and give your fear back to God. What a great method for managing your worry.
      When I say “peace” this year, you’ll know I’m saying NO to fear!
      So,
      ❤ Peace ❤

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  10. you honor all of us every day of the year with your constant persistent and courage. you never give up or put pressure on anyone to just ” snap out of it”. you have the soul of the most determined woman I know. I love you girl and without you I don’t know what I would do when i feel down and out. You are an inspiration to so many of us all… love you so much!

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