Every week in our homeschool we study a different worship song. We spend a few minutes every day talking about what each verse says and means and then we listen and try to ingest it. Let me tell you guys, there is nothing like dissecting and explaining topics like grace, humility, and joy to my kids to make me repeatedly realize I don’t have my life as together I thought I did.
This month we have focused on a toughie: fear. My oldest daughter gets nightmares and anxiety more than often than not and they have ruled her dreams and quiet spaces for as long as I can remember. We have tried ALL the tricks for YEARS with no avail. Yet, when we studied the following lyrics a lightbulb went off in her spirit. It has been nothing short of miraculous to watch her sing these lyrics over herself, believe them, and then watch her fears dissolve into nothingness.
“I’m no longer a slave to fear; I am a child of God. I am surrounded by the arms of the father. I am surrounded by songs of deliverance. We’ve been liberated from our bondage. We’re the sons and the daughters; let us sing our freedom. You split the sea so I could walk right through it. My fears were drowned in perfect love. You rescued me and I will stand and sing: I am a child of God.Lyrics from No Longer Slaves, Bethel Music
I feel like every fear has an origin story. While we can’t streamline our lives to never experience fear, I do know one thing for certain: faith has no room for fear in its life and fear and faith ain’t gonna sit down and have coffee together.
Although my own fears have changed, there has always been something that has threatened to steal my joy. What once were monsters in my closet (something that prevented me from sleeping for most of my childhood years) have now turned into fears surrounding failure and the loss of my family. Additionally, I have OCD (actual real, clinical OCD) and overwhelming fear and anxiety have threatened to overtake me if I do not live my life in a certain way. Ick.
For me, it wasn’t until I realized that all of my fears have their roots in the same thing that I was able to free myself from them. Failure, loss, and perfectionism all joined hands around my heart and prevented me from shirking control and letting faith in God’s plan prevail. The days when I try my hardest to control everything around me are seemingly the days in which my anxiety and fear attempt to overthrow me. Unless I consciously choose to let my faith>my fear I have found that I am not able to really conquer the things that put a pit in my stomach. While I still have OCD tendencies and always will, I no longer let the fear of the unknown rule my life.
You see in the depths of every fear you may have, I can almost guarantee that there lies a black spot housing a lack of faith and belief that God’s “got you” and in the fact that He TRULY has a plan to give you a future and hope.
If you need them, here are some reminders that He really has it all under control and your fear doesn’t stand a chance if you stand in his love:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9
Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…Joshua 1:9
The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.Zephaniah 3:17
Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.Deuteronomy 3:22
Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.Mark 5:36
Ok, do you believe me yet? Whatever is sitting
And if you ever need a reminder hear this from the mouth of one of my babes (in her own words!):