• Debbie Howell

Standing Against Fear with God’s Peace

I’ve finished the online part of my scuba certification course. In a week I take a final exam and then spend about 6 hours at a pool learning dive skills. Even though I am a lot more knowledgeable about scuba diving I still have fears about applying what I’ve learned under water.

I’ve been talking with scuba divers and have heard everything from “It’s mind over matter. You just have to tell yourself that you can breath underwater even though it doesn’t seem natural” to “You are going to love it!” Yesterday my husband’s cousin, Keith, told me a story about how he tried to swim through a cave while diving and got stuck. He thought he was going to die but was able to finally free himself by digging down into the sand.

We can be very driven by our feelings and other people’s experiences and opinions. I am continuing to daily face my fear by journaling, praying, and memorizing Scriptures on fear. I agree that facing fear is “mind over matter”, but fear can be a real and paralyzing enemy so we need to strengthen our minds with the Word of God.

I want to share with you one of my secrets to keeping God’s Word in front of me throughout my day. In the morning I think through my upcoming day and look to see when and where I might have “waiting times”. For example, we all know that if you or your child has a doctor’s appointment there’s a reason they will tell you to have a seat in their “waiting room”. I make a mental note to take my Scripture journal with me so I can use that time to pray the Scriptures into my heart. In fact, if you make it a habit of taking your journal with you everywhere you go you will find moments throughout your day to spend time with God’s Word. Another example is when we wait in line at a grocery store.

Take time to focus on this Scripture today:

“My peace is the legacy I leave to you.” (John 14:27)

Prayer thought: Today, God, I am receiving the peace that You have promised me.

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