How to pray when you feel afraid

6:22 pm Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

How to pray when you feel afraid

When my husband Xylon was diagnosed with cancer there was so much I didn’t know. 

We had never imagined we would spend our first two wedding anniversaries fighting for our marriage in oncology wards, while he received chemotherapy and then a bone marrow transplant. 

Maybe the biggest thing I didn’t know was about how the fear of cancer never leaves

How even after the Oncologist tells you they can find no sign of cancer, the creeping anxiety remains. Or how the smallest thing can set the fear off, a cold, the stomach flu, pins and needles. Common ailments that we all get, but when my husband has them it’s a fight not to succumb to the fear that the cancer is back. 

This battle with fear isn’t isolated to cancer; it’s just that for us it is where it rears its head most at the moment. In the past I have had to fight the fear of losing my job, of not finding a job, of a family member dying in a car accident, a family member dying, of speaking in public, of failing…I think you get the idea.

I have become rather systematic now when I feel fear.

Instead of letting it overtake me I start fighting it. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Any time I feel fear sneaking in, I remind myself that fear is not from God, that God is love, and that there is no fear in love (1 John 4:18) and then I fight fear with these 5 actions that I'm sharing over at iBelieve.com today.


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