Conntecting the Dots

Facing Fearful Circumstances?

Yesterday’s “FamilyLife Today” radio interview went well, I believe. Incoming emails seem to indicate so, too. The second interview airs today, and I’m doing my day’s tasks while asking God to do astonishing things through it.

“Please, God, use Moving From Fear to Freedom to encourage women of all ages. Direct listeners’ and readers’ hearts into the fullness of Your unconditional and sacrificial love. Protect them from the enemy’s tactics by guarding their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Thank You in advance for answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen. ”

If you’re interested in knowing more about the upcoming corresponding study guide and 7-part DVD teaching series for Moving From Fear to Freedom, fill out the form on my website home page and I’ll send you info when it’s ready for release.

Speaking of moving beyond fear, I’ve meditated on Daniel’s life this week. Imagine what he may have felt like when he learned about the law written to kill him. Frightened? Probably.  Angry? Perhaps. Some people might have flown into a rage at the injustice. Some would have run for safety. Who would blame them? Not I.

But Daniel was no ordinary guy: “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God” (Daniel 6:10).

What enabled Daniel to defy the king’s edict despite facing death in the lions’ den? His faith in God, built over time spent in His presence on a regular basis. That faith far outweighed fear, filled him with courage, and even enabled him to express thanksgiving in the midst of knee-knockin’ circumstances. Wow.

Daniel’s example inspires and encourages me. I hope it does the same for you. It proves that fearful circumstances needn’t knock us off our axis. They needn’t put us into a panic. When they strike, we can stand firm in our faith and trust God – with whom we’ve been pursuing relationship – to see us through.

What difficult circumstances are you facing today? An abusive relationship? The recent loss of a loved one? A heart-stopping medical diagnosis? A job lay-off? Whatever you’re facing, know that God is bigger. Go to Him in prayer. Read and believe His promises. Give thanks that He’s sovereign, powerful, wise, and loving. Take practical action if your circumstances warrant them. And then be still and let God be God.

Know you are loved, my friend.

2 Responses to “Facing Fearful Circumstances?”

  1. Deanna Bartlett

    I posted your blog on my FB page. Thank you for addressing FEAR! I have husbands ask me to help their wives with this. Maybe that is why God is allowing me to go through it myself.
    I also signed up for your study on fear. I have 2 Bible studies that women from all over my community come to. This may be something we consider doing!

  2. Grace

    Hi Deanna:

    Feel free to share any of my blogs with your contacts. Yes, fear is a big deal. And you’re right — perhaps God has allowed you to walk this road to better equip you to minister to others struggling with it, too.

    I’ll be happy to send more information about the study when it’s ready for release. A book trailer about it was released yesterday and is on YouTube. This whole topic of fear isn’t gonna go away anytime soon!


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