Fear and worry had gripped my heart. The “what ifs” were filling my mind. Thankfully I didn’t stay stuck in my fear and worry for long. I was able to work through it and want to share how you can too!
I’d grabbed my to-do list for the day and was looking over the projects I needed to work on. I chose one and was super excited to start working on it. But as I started thinking about the end result fear gripped my heart and stopped me dead in my tracks. (What if the project doesn’t work out? What if this happens? What if that happens?) I had to decide whether or not to continue with the project.
I realized that there were a few things I needed to do to process through before I could let go of the fear and worry.
Share Your Feelings With Someone
I knew the first thing I needed to do was share my feelings with someone, and that’s exactly what I did. I texted my sister. She’s my voice of reason and I know that she’ll shoot me straight even when I don’t want to hear it. She’ll be totally honest with me.
I want you to do this too! Whenever fear or worry grip your heart text, call, email, whatever you need to do but share your feelings with a trusted friend. Not just any friend but someone you know will shoot you straight.
Ask them if the feelings you’re feeling are normal or if they’re unhealthy.
Why is this so important? Because Satan wants us to keep those feelings inside. He knows that when they’re shown to the light things get better and healing begins to happen. But when we keep them in the darkness of our hearts it’s unhealthy and they begin to fester.
So find a trusted friend that you can share with!
Process The Situation Through To The End
A few months ago my pastor said that when fear or worry grip your heart to go ahead and process through that situation and see what it will look like if it actually does happen.
If “this” happens what will the end result be? He reminded us that it’s highly likely that the situation won’t turn out as bad as we’re fearing or anticipating.
So I applied that to my project and processed through to the end. And, of course, I decided that it might be not be as bad as I was thinking it would be. Enough so that I started working on my project a little while later.
I want you to do this too. Whatever you’re fearful or worrying about process through to the end.
It might be super hard.
Now, I realize that it might be super hard to process through that situation but just start working through it step by step. What if this happens…then what will happen after that?
Like my pastor reminded us, it’s probably not going to be as bad as we think it will be.
As I was processing through that end case scenario of what would happen in my own situation the Holy Spirit nudged my heart and said, “Trust me.”
Those two little words were a beautiful reminder from the Lord that if I start doing the work on myself and my worries that He’s going to be faithful and show up too.
It’s highly likely that as you start processing through that the Lord might ask you to trust Him too.
Whether it takes weeks or minutes, days or months I’m confident that healing is on the other side of you processing through that fear or worry. Freedom will come and you’ll be able to back away from the fear or worry that we have.
All it takes is starting!
Start by sharing with a trusted friend and then start processing.
I pray you will be able to step away from the fear and worry that are clouding your heart my sister!
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