I discussed this with some women on my online board awhile ago, but I think it's worth discussing here too. All around me, I see fear. I see people make decisions based on their fear. I see people using the concept of fear to pursuade others for or against a certain argument.
No question: it's hard to not know what's coming next. I lay awake at night and feel anxiety and uncertainty about my life, but mostly where money is concerned. Because I'm self-employed, most of my "fear" comes from not knowing where the next paycheck is coming from. This is the cycle:
Business slows down.
I get anxious.
I get more anxious.
I continue to pray.
I remember that God will provide. (Sometimes I hear God say, "Calm down. I got it." And on really bad days I hear God say, "Seriously? You again? I said I got it."
My prayer is answered.
This is the greatest area I have fear, just because of the nature of my business.
Overall, I am not a fearful person. I make a conscious effort not to be, and an absolute effort to be trusting and positive. I feel angry at people who prey at others' insecurities and create fear. Obviously, I'm referring primarily to politicians, but I see it in other areas. We cannot use fear to get our way. It's unkind.
My pastor has a blog (long story, post for another day). He's sick and has left the church to get well. I miss him dearly, and am grateful he has a blog. He talked about fear the other day on his blog, and I loved reading it. It again cemented that there is no reason to worry, or fear. Everything will be okay, by the grace of God. (If you want to read the part on fear, you have to scroll down to his January 22 entry. For some reason, I was unable to copy that link.)
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more important than food,
And the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air;
They do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your Heavenly father feeds them
Are you not more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
I am comforted by scripture. I am not afraid.