"The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?" Psalms 118:6
Lately I have been experiencing a huge amount of fear and anxiety and I'll be honest this is totally unlike me and my body doesn't quite know how to handle it. Fast forward to last week there was a house in town that was robbed and in a pretty violent way. A few days later a house on the same street was robbed luckily this time the homeowners weren't home, without going into details.
These incidents have put me into pure panic mode. I'm not kidding like full on basically putting our house on lockdown as much as I can. I refuse to go to bed without Kyle, I watch in all directions every time I leave the house, I lock the door behind me when I let Haddock out, gun on nightstand, etc. I'm almost positive I'm driving Kyle crazy! I told him no more late night fishing trips until our alarm system was reactivated and now is, praise the Lord!
I hate this, with every inch of my body I hate this feeling. I'm ready to feel safe again in our own home. Others that live close to me as well think I need to calm down some, i.e. my husband, but for some reason I can't shake the feeling. I even panic for Haddock while we are gone but he is home.
Anyways, with all this fear I've been diving face first into God's promise of protection. Reading nightly devotions based on fear, praying my little heart out while I lay in bed and it feels like it is literally beating out of my chest and then waking with the sun in the morning feeling safe from the night and thanking our great God for his watchful eye overnight.
I thought I would share a little of what has been helping me if any of you are going through a spurt of fear or anxiety.
What I explained about is straight fear. When fear becomes anxiety or worry, its a bad thing. God didn't create us to live our lives in fear. He created us to live with power, love and sound mind or courage. God has given us a spirit to overcome that fear. One of the worst things fear does is it keeps us stuck, it causes us to freeze.
Fear will make you miss out on great things and keep you from having great relationships with people. There is so reason to be afraid. If we let Him, God will be in control of our lives. He will take away our fear and give us strength to get through it.
When we understand that God is always with us and we're in a situation that makes us feel fearful, we can stand strong and know, "I'm going to get through this. I can do this. This ain't no thing," because we know God is right there with us. He can help us get through anything.
This is what I have been repeating in my head each night. I literally beg God to overcome me with calmness and pull my anxiety away so I can rest. Kyle snores away and I toss and turn thinking I hear every tiny noise in our house.
"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discourage, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Are you experiencing fear and anxiety? How do you cope?