Want to hear something ironic? I was afraid to share this. The thoughts that went on in my head sounded a lot like this, “This is going to make someone uncomfortable. Maybe I’m not well enough to write this. What if I write this, and then continue to struggle with anxiety? What are they going to think? I’m not an expert. People are going to think this is too spiritual. They are going to think that I’m judging them.”
What does that sound like? Fear? Yes. I was afraid to talk about fear. How silly is that? It took reading scripture to realize that what I was thinking didn’t line up with what the Lord was asking me to do. Throughout my entire experience with anxiety and depression, God has asked me to step out and share. It certainly is not because I want attention, because believe me, I am not a huge fan of sharing painful parts of my life. But God has been calling me to shine light over those dark places nobody wants to go, and although my pride takes a hit, I know that obedience to his calling is always the best for me. While I have been going through the book of Matthew, a scripture in particular jumped out at me.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you ? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
The Lord was revealing to me the importance of shedding light on fear itself! God has brought me through a lot of horrible stuff, and now he wants to show the world what he has done in my life, so why should I be afraid? That’s why I’m sharing this my friends.
This is not a spiritual platform. I am not a perfect person, but through Christ I have found victory over anxiety, and therefore I will not put a basket over that light! I will let the Lord put my words on a light stand.
One of the lies that anxiety tells us is that we cannot control our thoughts. I know this is a lie, because through prayer and reading scripture I have been able to take those initial thoughts captive and release them.
“For thought we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
God offers something that the world cannot. His word. It’s still alive and active, as if Jesus was speaking to us today. So if the Lord commands us to take captive every thought, cast all of our cares upon him, and give him all of our fears, why should we even hesitate to do so? It’s our freedom he’s after! He wants to set us free!
“I want you to be free from anxieties. ” 1 Corinthians 7:32
My prayer for all of you who read this, is that you will find your victory in overcoming anxious thoughts, and live in the freedom that the Lord always meant for you to have!
My dear friend Becki has a beautiful shop on Etsy called the Love Note Shoppe. These cards are just gorgeous and hold onto the power of God’s word. I have taken them with me in my car while heading to numerous doctor’s appointments and hospital procedures.
Have you seen the movie War Room? It does such a good job of showing how powerful the word of God and prayer are in a believer’s life. After watching that film, I decided that it was time to create an atmosphere of truth in my own home. I wanted a place where I could visibly see God’s truth spoken over me so that when the fear and anxiety swell up, I could fight them head on and conquer.
This process may be self-explanatory to some, but basically you’ll measure the length of jute, adding a few inches on either side so that you can attach them to the nails or whatever you use to hold up this banner. Then, you’ll have to measure and put nails that fit the length of the jute. Each card is 2.75″ x 4.75″ and there are 24 total scripture cards.
So if each card is about 5 inches long, that should help you measure the total length of the jute. What I did was measured 5 feet of jute and laid it down on the ground, put a few cards across it to see how many cards would fit within the five feet of space provided.
You could also hang a second layer under to the original string of jute in case you want to hang more than just a handful of scripture cards.
Another option for this banner would be to jazz it up with some beautiful greenery. I had a garland from a while back that looks awesome with those little scripture cards hanging down.
Why the clothespins? So that you can easily take off a card and carry it with you. If you are in a state of battling anxiety, you know that it follows you wherever you go. So why not take a weapon with you?
I hope that this post encourages you to fight fear with God’s word!