Fear and anxiety

Overcoming Shame

Shame can haunt us due to a variety of reasons. Perhaps our family upbringing involved us wearing worn out hand me downs and it was embarrassing. Perhaps our family had few social skills and that was embarrassing.

These things can mean that there are times in later life when we still feel ashamed. 

There is healing in sharing our shame with others. A person who lessens our shame will:

See beyond the shameful circumstance to our inner person,

Understand the humiliation and pain associated with our shame,

Take steps to alleviate the pain and protect us from humiliation,

Be available and be in a position to help cover or replace some of the things that cause shame or the fear of exposure.

This person will love us enough to help you see yourself in a new light.

Where Does God Live?

My heart is God's home.

The promise of God's presence is for all time.

We may hurt and fear and face frightening circumstances but regularly handing one's life, particularly our areas of hurt and fear, over to God, reminds us that He is infinite.

The heart is God's dwelling place and hurtful emotions are not from Him.

Nor does He think less of us for feeling these emotions and having fearful thoughts. If these though linger in our mind and heart, we can push them out.

Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

The reminder of God's perfect love continually can renew our hope.

A New Life

Perhaps we need a new start in life. This can occur for many different reasons whether we have moved from home or lost a loved one.

No matter what the event, starting anew takes time and requires forming new habits.

We can pine after the old life and this is essential to a degree but we cannot continue to dwell on the old life. We cannot keep trying to bring the old into the new life.

At times, we may feel unsafe but we must call on God's name.

At times, we might try to fill areas of anxiety with wrong things. In our weakness though, we must call for God's strength.

We believe at times that God is invisible and so we reach for the tangible. God though manifests Himself as we call on His name. As we determine to not give up, we find God's strength. (Proverbs 18:10, Phillippians 4:13)

The Beauty of Anxiety

Anxiety should not always be thought of as a disease. Nor should we merely quote Scripture at one who claims to be anxious.

Anxiety is not a pleasant feeling but it can be constructive.
Anxiety often points us to an area in life in which we should invest.

Perhaps we have some unresolved hurt from our past or an apology that we owe to another.
Perhaps our anxiety is connected to our present situation and so we work on this situation and find comfort in God.
Perhaps our anxiety concerns our future and so we do all that we can to secure that goal but again we trust God. He holds our future in His hands.

Anxiety can be a friend rather than an enemy. Anxiety is a natural emotion for each of us at times. It does not have to be a dreaded emotion but a cause to inspire change. 


Brave Christianity

He stands strong and planted in God's House despite trials. (Acts 20:19)

He refuses to fold or compromise his faith despite  unfair attack. (Romans 8:35)

He stands firm and planted in God's House despite controversy. (1 Samuel 30:6)

He stays in God's House, even though confused, when feeling misunderstood and unheard. (Psalm 119:23)

He stays and serves in God's House, and refuses to bend to self-pity, when feeling overlooked. (1 Peter 4:11)

When the present and future are cloudy and unknown, he knows that God is God and God does not fail. (Isaiah 40:28-31)