Monday, July 25, 2016

Fear is just a feeling

Today I felt the need to address the topic of fear.  I know, I know.  It's a nasty little word that carries a lot of weight.  But do you know what makes it so great?  It is not the truth.  (Let that last sentence linger in your mind for a moment.)

I'm serious guys!  I put the Google definition below.

Fear noun
  1. 1
    an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Fear is simply an unpleasant emotion caused by a belief.  If you pick this definition apart the words that stand out to me are unpleasant, emotion, and belief.  Yeah, it's unpleasant and it's also an emotion. It is an unpleasant emotion that our mind and the enemy uses to try to steal our joy.   Emotions are something which I personally struggle controlling.  Most importantly it is a belief. Beliefs are not facts. Beliefs are not the truth! Take comfort in that.  You should also take comfort in knowing the feeling of fear is not of God." So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?"  Hebrews 13:6.  Sometimes when I'm having an extra hard time with my emotions and negative self talk I will say this verse.  Most of the time I just say the last section, "What can mere people do to me?"

Many times in life we are struck with fear.  We can't help it.  If you're anything like me you probably fear the most ridiculous things and think to yourself - late at night in bed - feeling lonely, "Is anyone really my friend or are they all just pretending to be nice so they don't hurt my feelings?"  (I told you it was ridiculous.)  This is not truth.  Again, it's just that stupid feeling of fear.  He's coming for you when you are by yourself and have nothing better to think about.  With that being said, I suggest giving someone a call or text, pick up a book, or turn on a good 'ole episode of Parks and Recreation.  Leslie Knope will honestly make you want to save the world.  Boom, instant shut down/distraction of the beast we call fear.  How?  Because you are taking more than 5 seconds to focus your attention on something else.  If you don't believe me than I challenge you that the next time you feel fear within 5 seconds try and distract yourself.  I know this has helped me tremendously and I hope it does the same for you.

Love you always,


  1. Hey Leah! Are you anywhere near Nashville? I am looking for a guest speaker for our women's retreat, and this is exactly the message I want someone to speak about!

    1. Hi Steph, thank you for stopping by the blog! I am actually located near Philadelphia. But I have always wanted to visit Nashville! I would love to hear more about the women's retreat. Could you send me an email/message with more info?

  2. Thank you so much for this! You have no idea how much it has helped me!