The wind howled. The rain pelted. The thunder cracked. The sky grew darker. Then bang…

I used to fear a lot. As a matter of fact, fear kept me from doing many things. I didn’t like to eat at a restaurant alone or even with my kids. I didn’t want to travel anywhere by myself.

I really was trapped inside a box of distress.

It kept me from moving forward where God wanted me.

It wasn’t until I released all of this to Jesus that all my fears started to fade away.

I think the worst fear happened after a thunderstorm. Lightning struck our boathouse. The pressure blew the door from its hinges and pieces of wood flew across the front lawn. The tree beside the boathouse had been hit. Everything inside the boathouse broke apart. The cord to the refrigerator completely disintegrated.

The front doors of the boathouse flew open. Praise the Lord, the boat had been taken to the marina for repairs or it would have been ruined.

Back inside the house we were huddled under doorframes. The wind had been tremendous as well and we thought it safer to be under something strong and solid. The cottage rattled.

We heard a humungous crash and bang (I guess that was the door flying off).

In the midst of the noise my middle daughter stated, “I have to go to the bathroom.” There was no stopping her. Later I realized that could have been fatal if the energy from the strike had hit the toilet.

Then BANG. The loudest boom possible. And crack. And then… silence. As quickly as all that happened everything fell silent.

No more wind. No more rain. No more noise.

We went outside to access the damage. That week my hubby had stayed in the city. So we were 4 — myself, my two daughters, and my daughter’s friend. And our little Bichon dog, Simon.

As we returned to the cottage I continued to prepare dinner that we had been ready to eat when the storm hit. We had no power but we thought we would eat cold spaghetti.

As we started eating, my daughter’s friend yelled, “Stop! There is glass in the food.”

The light bulb, that had been on the wall to show any septic problems, had blown completely apart.

Quickly throwing out the night’s meal I sent the oldest ones back to the lodge where they were working. My youngest, our dog and myself set off for another lodge down the road to stay overnight until we could get repairs started.

The line to the phone and to the electricity had melted on the pole. Branches were everywhere.

But we were all okay.

Maybe. Everyone seemed to survive it well except me. For the next few years every time I heard thunder I shook and had to escape where I couldn’t hear it. I wouldn’t go outside if there was even a threat of rain or thunder.

We did learn important safety considerations during that thunderstorm. Take cover. Close all windows. It seems lightning likes the path of least resistance. Don’t use the washroom during a severe thunderstorm. Keep away from the windows.

It took me over 5 years, some hypnotherapy and of course finding Jesus to help get this fear behind me. I am quite calm during a thunderstorm now especially if I am inside.

Here is my prayer for those of you who have fears:

Lord Jesus, we know You are in control of all things. We ask for safety during times of trouble. We know that even in dire situations You will be there. You have this all covered. We will be with You forever. Trusting in You can build a peace inside us that cannot be shattered.

Many of your passages in the Bible address fear. You know it is a great weakness of ours. Help us to give these fears over to You. You tell us to be anxious for nothing. And that means no thing. There is nothing that can come between us. We call upon Your peace to descend on us. You say to not let our hearts be troubled. So come, Lord Jesus, and comfort our troubled hearts — make them new and free.

Let us come before you now in our own hearts and minds and release to you anything and everything that is holding us back from our potential. We want to glorify You. We need to be fully alive to do what we are called to do. Release these fears. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, if you have fears ask Jesus to show you how to release them to Him. Read scripture passages that are about fear. The word fear is mentioned more than 400 times.

God knows we need to have His assurances.

Here are 8 scriptures to help you recall that there is no fear when we trust in the Lord. Write them out on cards. Draw them in your Bible. Paint them. Memorize them. Live them.

Psalm 23:4

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

Exodus 14:13

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

Deuteronomy 31:8

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.

From my Bible Journaling

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Psalm 27:1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?”

Romans 8:15

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Philippians 4:6–7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Visit Janis at www.janiscox.com

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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