For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
~2 Timothy 1:7
“I rock at karaoke,” I wrote on the piece of paper, smiling at the audacity of my “false fact” in a guessing game at a recent Christmas party. The truth is, it has always terrified me.
Do you live with fear? Mine range from the serious—like a fear of swimming (I make certain my kids learn how, so that they don’t share this)—to the trivial.
My 15-year-old son told me in advance that he planned a duet with me at the New Year’s Party we attended Friday night. He put his arm around me and we sang into that mic and I faced my silly fear.
2 Timothy 1:17 not only tells us that God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but what he does give us: power, love, and a sound mind. Whenever I have an unreasonable fear, this is the verse that puts it in perspective for me.
On the way home from the New Year’s party, I pondered whether this should be a year of drawing on the power, love, and sound mind that He gives me to battle the fears that He doesn’t. Starting small is okay.
Do you struggle with fears, large or small?
Please visit the other ladies participating in 31 Days of Ministry Online at A Woman Inspired:
- Amy Bayliss – 31 Days of Heart Matters
- Karin – 31 Days of Intentional Parenting
- Jen – 31 Days of Social Media
- Lisa Boyd – 31 Days of WordPress
- Karen Lewis – 31 Days of Praise
- A Martha Heart – 31 Days of Prayer
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