If you are going deeper with your spirituality, both fear and faith will be a part of your marvellous journey.
The spiritual journey is one in which we allow God or Spirit to lead us.
It is a journey in which we are invited to let go of attachment to anything that we value more than the spiritual connection. This can mean there are times of perceived loss.
A moment of spiritual surrender is often a moment of bliss or peace, but the moment before it happens can be a moment of fear as we wonder what will happen. It can feel like a risk to hand over our lives to God.
For all these reasons, a person of faith is less likely to live a comfortable and predictable life than someone who walks only in this world.
Fear may accompany many different life challenges, especially if a series of difficult events leaves you facing an uncertain future.
As people of faith, we can use such challenges as an invitation to put our roots down into God's love.
Through our spirituality, we can find a stability in a time of change.
My main life challenge has been to live with severe chronic illness (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /CFS).
Fear and illness often go hand in hand.
It is natural at times to feel more fear as we imagine what a symptom means or how long it will last.
Again, we can call on God in such times to be our stability.
We can allow God to be the rock on which we build our lives.
Fear Definition: Fear is when we react to an undesired event as though it is already happening.
Now, let us consider a similar definition of faith:
Faith Definition: Faith is when we react to a desired event as though it is already happening.
This is such an important definition of faith that it is worth repeating:
“Faith is when we react to a desired event as though it is already happening.”
With both fear and faith we feel the way we would if something that has not yet happened is already happening.
If we are an expert at fear, we can learn to be an expert at faith.
It is the same skill directed differently!
We can love ourselves complete with any feeling of fear. And then gently direct our thoughts and emotions towards calm and peace - a place of faith.
Fear vs faith
What do the letters FEAR stand for....?
What do the letters FAITH stand for....?
Whatever fear rises in you today, I pray for God's love to enfold you and remind you that you are Love itself.
Please say this prayer for me too :-)
This little prayer to overcome fear is based on the following bible verse about fear.
perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”
(1 John 4:18, NIV)
With the Love we are,
Katherine T Owen, webmaster,
Author of Be Loved, Beloved (Kindle)
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