I’m sure many of you ladies can agree that the pressures and the burdens that we place upon ourselves can be rough at times. The fear of doing-all and being-all can be all-consuming.
As much as I like to be of courage and one of encouragement, I’m just as afraid.
I’m afraid of what others think.
Even as I write this blog, I wonder what you – the reader – thinks? Do you get what I write? Do my words matter? Does anyone really care what I think, say or feel?
I’m afraid of failing as wife.
Am I doing my part? Am I meeting my husband’s needs? Is there more I should be doing?
I’m afraid of failing as a step-parent to my stepson.
Does he accept me? Does he love me? Am I making the right decisions?
I’m afraid of failing as a mom.
Have I failed? Will I ever be given that chance again?
I’m afraid of making the wrong choices.
Am I fulfilling God’s will and His purpose? Am I where I’m supposed to be? Is there something else I’m meant to be doing?
The list goes on and all of these thoughts and fears run through my mind on any given day but then, in the midst of all this chaos and fear it never ceases to amaze me how God’s voice speaks to me, so subtly but oh so powerfully.
He tells me to trust in Him and not to lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5); He tells me that He will direct my path (Psalm 32:8) and will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10); He tells me that His rod and staff will comfort me (Psalm 23:4) and that He will work all things together for good because I love Him (Romans 8:28) and just like that, in an instant, my fears turn into faith. His promises come flooding in like a spot light piercing through the darkness of night.
I now get why He tells us to meditate on His word day and night (Joshua 1:8); I get why He says to keep his word in your heart and tie it around your neck (Proverbs 6:21-22) because when you need them, there they will be, like an army ready for battle.
So the point of this is not to say it’s okay to be afraid but what can we women do to protect our minds. We all face the same types of fears; even if you’re a woman of faith your mind is always under attack.
In one of my recent posts, I wrote about the armor of God, not only should we prepare ourselves physically and spiritually but we must also prepare ourselves mentally because the devil prowls around like a roaring lion ready to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Though these thoughts may creep into my mind from time to time, they no longer have power over me.
As women, we tend to take on so much and bear such a heavy load, but you just need to know that you’re doing enough; you need to know that you’re doing a great job.
Don’t let your fear, your thoughts or the enemy steal that away from you. Stand proud and firm where you are and if you’re afraid, whatever it is, do it afraid.
Always remember that if you keep God’s word and His promises buried deep inside your heart, when you need them, there they will be.
What are you afraid of? What fears do you face? Please feel free to share in the comments below.
Thank you for stopping by and God Bless.