On Day #10 of Believing Big When You Feel Small, author and speaker Kelly Balarie joins us. You may have seen her recently released book, Fear Fighting, listed as one of Kathie Gifford’s favorite things on Today Show!
Kelly has graciously offered to give away one copy of her book (just leave a comment), and in today’s post she shares what faith looks like in the face of fear. Thanks, Kelly! ~ Suzie
Fear . . .
It’s like a snowball. You look uphill and begin to worry. . .
What if my kids grow up and don’t like me? The ball begins to roll . . .
What if that mole on my arm is skin cancer? It grows larger . . .
What if I never amount to more than a dish-washing woman? It gains steam . . .
What if I never change?If I never stop feeling worried or anxious?
It’s pummeling right towards you . . .
Your head looks back at it, then forward, looking for safety. But, with fear, there’s never a safe place to hide. The ball of anxiety follows, reminding you – you’re sure to be ruined. You can’t stop looking. You keep tabs on it. It’s all you can think about.
I’ve lived like this – running.
Running from friends who might hurt me with a misplaced word. Running from invitations to events, because my clothes weren’t “cute enough.” Running from dreams because I believed they’d fail me. They’ll all laugh. Running from calm because the threat of germs, other people’s sickness or accidents was too great. The world is scary.
I’ve noticed, through all this, if you’re in the throes of fear, it’s very hard to rest in the arms of God .
One is like oil. The other’s like water. One is anxiety. The other is peace. One pushes you away from God. The other sits you close under his wing of protection. One makes you feel guilty. The other makes you feel empowered.
The stark contrast is obvious when viewed from afar. But, when you’re in the center of agony, running in fear, it is so very hard to be centered on God’s truth, life and resurrection power.
Where are you running from fear? Where are you quite certain you might be flattened like last Saturday’s pancake?
I wish I could give you a big hug, friend. Because, from one fearing gal to another, I know the pain is real, tangible and horrible. I know walking around with a huge weight chasing at your heels is no small thing. I know you probably try to seek God, like I do, but still, you get nowhere.
I understand. I’ve struggled this way too.
Yet, recently, I’ve started to look at that snowball differently. Rather than seeing that ball’s high-pace avalanche power, I’ve chosen to see Christ’s grace-extending power. It stops fear. It implants the cross on top of whatever is coming against you. It melts the burden of fear, guilt and regret.
Instead of running toward fear, I choose to run toward a God who loves me. https://ctt.ec/Ua1T5+
This is how I do it.
I say to myself: Kelly, Jesus forgives you right now for taking your eyes off of him. He does. Now, you can move close to him again, knowing: You are loved. You are adored. For, Jesus is not angry at you. He is not surprised you are scared. He is not far away. Let him hold you and he will help you. You don’t have to beat this huge snowball alone. He will give you strength.
Usually in this place, God reminds me of something like this:
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)
He reminds me of the prodigal daddy, who loves a child’s grand return. There’s no shame in my coming back, but celebration.
How might you need to run back into the arms of your prodigal daddy?
What words might he speak to your tired, weary and fear-saturated heart?
We serve not a God who is distant, but a God with such all-encompassing strength, he can push back whatever is trying to roll us over. He can move mountains and calm seas. He can heal heartaches and our pains. He can reroute burdens and problems.
We serve a God who can push back what is trying to roll us over. @kellybalarie #FearFighting https://ctt.ec/0Z619+
God is our answer and resting in him is our way. When it comes down to it, no matter what appears to be coming against us, always, we are safe in Christ.
Author and Speaker, Kelly Balarie didn’t always fight fear – for a large part of her life, she was controlled by it. Yet, in her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly charts a new course. Join Kelly, on the journey to go and grow with Christ’s bravery, the Spirit’s counsel and God’s unending love that squelches fear. This book reads like a love letter from God, while offering practical heart-calming prayers, anxiety-reducing tips, and courage-building decrees that will transform your day.
About Kelly Balarie:
Kelly is both a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She leans on the power of God, rests on the shoulder of Christ, and discovers how to glow in the dark places of life. Get all Kelly’s blog posts by email or visit her on her blog, Purposeful Faith. You can also find a variety of resources for your fight against fear here.
Day 10 of 21 Days to Believing Big When We Feel Small
On Day 10, write down a fear that you have experienced (or are experiencing).
Q: Where do you run when you are afraid?
Q: Isaiah 41:10 offers encouragement. Based on this scripture, what might you gain if you run to him?
Join me at 3:00 CT for this week’s Facebook Live broadcast. The topic is “Where do I run?” We’ll look at where our fight or flight wants to take us, and how faith can help us run in a new direction. If you can’t join me live, the recorded version will be on the Living Free . . . together! FB ministry page.