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Calming Fears & Anxieties

Are you up against obstacles that are keeping you up at night? Share your fears and anxieties here. Help others who are paralyzed in doubt, hardship, and pain.

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Songs about overcoming fear and anxiety

Started by Jen W.. Last reply by Jennifer schneider 13 hours ago. 5 Replies

I have battled with fear, insecurity, and anxiety my whole life.  I have leaned on Christian music heavily during the times when I feel most discouraged and afraid.  The song "Voice of Truth" by…Continue

Aunt.

Started by Brad Jones. Last reply by Rhonda Sue Davis Oct 5. 1 Reply

 I'm Brad your brother in Christ. And I've been struggling for the pass 3 years. It all began in 2011. I was a christian at the time but i wasn't as strong. In august of 2011 i lost my mama to…Continue

Falling Apart

Started by Sha Christa . Last reply by Sha Christa Mar 27, 2013. 2 Replies

My 13 year marriage began to crumble two years ago.  My husband went through serious depression when his mother got sick and when he came back he ended up cheating on me.  We tried for a year to put…Continue

Tags: marriage, depression, anxiety

Concern at Work

Started by Susan Derrick. Last reply by Sha Christa Mar 27, 2013. 1 Reply

I have a wonderful job and recently made an error in judgement (gossip). I realized how much what comes from our tongue can lift others up or bring them down.At church our pastor asked us what gift…Continue

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Comment by Wally Long on June 13, 2011 at 12:21am

Tara, I want you to understand a few things.  Don't feel guilty about your church attendance or lack thereof or any other area of your Christian life.  Condemning ourselves only adds to the stress and anxiety of life.  Christ died to set us free not burden us with guilt.  That being said, you really should be active in a church body somewhere.  Not for the sake of attendance but for the sake of the Body of Christ.  The Church needs every member and without you there the Body is lacking.  God has given you gifts to use in the Body.  Being an active member of a local church benefits the church, you and those around you.  Your daughter certainly needs the influence of being in Church.  And you need the security of being a part of Christ's church.  In the past 4 years I have gone through one terrible tragedy after another and I don't know what I would have done without my Christian brothers and sisters in the church.  They came along side me and walked through my darkest hours with me.  They helped me keep my focus on the One who heals and works miracles.  Your husband needs to see you live a consistent Christian life.  Not out of duty but out of love for Christ and His people.  This will be a greater witness to him than any words you could say.  And words without actions supporting them are utterly without power and influence in eternal matters.  I will pray for you.  God bless!  Wally

Comment by Tara Calderon on June 12, 2011 at 9:05pm

I just need some prayer..I have been going thru alot..I read my Bible..But i cant seem to get to church ..I was going last year faithfully...but then got discouraged..My husband is not very religious...the last time I went to church was a month ago....I love my church and y daughter loves going to..she is only 4 years old...I have alot of anxiety and I have OCD..which is not good... It interfers alot with my daily life..any advive would help.

 

Comment by Brian D. Elder on June 8, 2011 at 12:04pm

John, I appreciate the post you made from Abiding Life. I feel it is spot on regarding are fears and anxieties.

Brian

Comment by John Barbour on June 6, 2011 at 11:00am
The last comment is from Abiding LIfe (see link) By faith I'm inviting Jesus publically into my storm. In Jesus name, Amen
Comment by John Barbour on June 6, 2011 at 10:58am
Abibing Life

Have you noticed how much of your life gravitates toward fear?

Why?

To the world, the events and circumstances of life appear random and disconnected.  Life lives hopping from one unknown dot to the next.   And amidst all that jumping, each time you land, your foot finds a puddle of fear.   

But all those random, seemingly disconnected dots scattered throughout life, God sees as a straight line pointing you toward Christ.

Do you remember the story in the bible where a few of the disciples--seasoned fishermen as they were--struggled in their boat to make it through a violent sea storm?  You and I would probably be awash in fear, but not these men.  For them, a stormy night on the water served as just another day at the job.

But what is surprising is the fear they expressed in seeing Jesus walking on the water in the midst of the storm.  Yes, I imagine seeing someone walking on the water would stir up some concern, but this was Jesus, the One who taught them and walked with them, the One whom these men knew.  

Yet, they were still afraid.  The experience of the disciples, and how they responded to seeing Jesus in the middle of their uncertainty, serves to illustrate a greater spiritual point. 

We expect Jesus to deliver us from our trials, but never expect to see Him in the midst of our trials.  Honestly, at our worst moments, we prefer to forgo seeing Jesus in the middle of our muddle.  We just want Him to patch up the holes and make everything better. 

I guess this follows the logic that says if Jesus is down in the mud with you, how can you expect Him to save you?  To see Jesus in the midst of the storm conjures up fear, because how can you expect Him to deliver you from what He Himself is standing in? 

There is a belief-system that prefers to lay the blame for any personal discomfort at the feet of Satan, because doing so allows you to explain the reason behind your distress.  After all, he is out to steal, kill, and destroy your life.  Ironically, this fact alone brings you a sense of comfort as to why the trial exists in the first place.

But nothing falls into your life without first falling through the hands of God.  Before you can deal with the trail or tribulation, you must deal with the fact that God is permitting something He easily could have prevented.

But why does a loving God do such a thing?  Doesn't it make more sense that God would prevent the trial or suffering instead of permitting it? 

For this answer, we need the end of the story.  With the disciples terrified at the sight of Jesus walking on the water, Christ said to them, "It is I, do not be afraid."  And when the disciples willingly invited Jesus inside the boat, immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

From this story you learn that you must first receive Jesus in the midst of your trial, tribulation, or suffering in order for Him to do the deeper work in your life.  The deeper work is NEVER to remove you from your suffering, (if and when He chooses to do so simply serves as secondary), but rather to carve out from your life what really hinders you most--fear. 

The issue is never the storm, but rather your fear amidst the storm.  The problem is never the problem.  Life's problems serve as nothing more than the scalpel Jesus uses to cut away the real issues holding you back, like fear, worry, anxiety, and all the other antagonists which tie your life into knots.

So what's your story?  What trial or suffering are you in?  God may allow it to remain or remove it all together--that's up to Him.  But I will say that no tribulation leaves your life without first doing the bidding God sent it to do.  And the spiritual gremlin common in all your angst which He wants removed is fear.  Fear of the unknown, fear of what could happen, fear at the loss of control. Fear. Fear. Fear.  It all has to go.

Fear begins the mass exodus from your life when you receive Jesus coming toward you in the middle of your storm. Once you become content with Him sitting next to you--and not necessarily out fighting the storm--once you ultimately see the muck and grime falling into your life through His fingertips, He will gladly offer you what you want most in life: Peace.

When peace finally enters into your life and beats back fear, does which way the outcome of your trials fall really matter? 

Victory isn't defined by a life absent of problems, but rather by the Life (Jesus) who stands next to you in the midst of your problems.

Comment by Bob T. on April 10, 2011 at 8:38am
Please pray for my wife, who does not manage stress well.  Her parents are both in poor health, which is both a cause for more stress for her to manage, as well as a prayer request in itself.  Her mother has dementia and her father is having bypass surgery on his leg on April 13.  Thanks.
Comment by Angela Coleen LaPat on March 30, 2011 at 6:05am

Isaiah 40:31 (King James Version)

 

 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Comment by Tara Deihm on March 18, 2011 at 8:42am
Next Saturday, I will join my best friend, and an awesome man of God, in marriage. However, the joy in my heart is marred by fear for my body. Shortly after the wedding I will begin a series of surgeries that will be painful, and hinder my ability to be a wife. I know that God has blessed this union, and that it is for a higher purpose (because He told me so). I know that God loves me, knows my fear, and knows the pain I will experience. Yet I slip into moments of deep sadness. I have moments of fear that reduce me to tears for hours at a time. I know all of the "fear" scriptures. I know what the Bible says. That does not change the reality of this fear and sadness. Most of the time I am strong, hopeful, and focused, but every now and then . . .
Comment by Redeemed on March 8, 2011 at 3:14pm

Stand Back

One thing I have learned concerning hurtful ordeals is that if I stood back mentally and visualized the past few weeks up to the point of the incident, I could see how God was at work and if I trusted Him enough, I had peace that everything did happen according to plan.  I remind myself that God is in control and He only wants whats best for me and can see where I need to grow.  Then I can breathe a sigh of relief and thank Him for his intervention.  And of course, I still become sad from time to time and cry over what has happened which is perfectly normal and I know I am a work in progress.  God is my strength and my refuge!

 

 

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