I've always struggled with fear and worry and anxiety. I know how paralyzing it all can be. I know how quickly your mind can turn on you and convince you to dwell on worst case scenarios. I know how silent sins can cripple in so many ways.
But there is great hope. There is always hope.
And that hope is found in Jesus. When you trust in Him and follow Him, He is with you always. And His presence brings peace and contentment and joy. He has the authority to tell us to be strong and courageous and to not fear or worry. His Word is Truth; He is completely trustworthy and good; there is power in His name.
You can face each day without fear because Jesus is on His throne and He works all things for the good of those who love Him and for His glory. No matter what the circumstances look like or tragedies come your way, God is still good. You can search the Scriptures to be reminded of His past faithfulness. And you can hear the testimonies of believers to take notice of how He is working in our time.
Dwell on the graces you've been given and your mind will turn from being fearful into being grateful. Dwell on the promises of God and your heart will turn from being anxious to being calmed.
And when you do fear, speak about it out loud. When you tell trusted others, you'll be reminded that you are not alone in those silent struggles. Community helps to cast them out. And others will fight for you in prayer when you are struggling. There is always help and always hope.
Jesus will be with you. You can trust Him, in the good times and in the hard times. He knows all you need and will take care of you. Go forward each day with that confidence.
Constantly Casting Aside Fear,
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, now about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither so nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single house to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."