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Girl to Girl Talk: How Do I Overcome Fear?

Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!

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Here’s a question from a girl who commented on a post regarding fear and anxiety.

She shares: “Tonight after praying, before I went to bed, I was dealing with a certain anxious fear earlier and started to shake a bit. Does anyone feel that way? As I prayed tonight, I’ve got to let go and let God be in control. Because He is! He knew I was dealing with this, and before I prayed He led me into a word I really had needed to be reminded of in Chap. Isaiah 41. It had talked nothing but GOD BEING OUR STRENGTH and He will HELP US! 
I give all glory to God because He was right there when I needed him. Love all you sisters! Hope this may encourage you

I feel that most people have dealt with some kind of fear or uncertainty in their lives. But we know, according to the Word of God, that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

My aunt used to read the below scripture to me when I would get scared; she would tell me (and I paraphrase) “God has not given us the spirit of fear, that is of the enemy.” God is for you, He is LOVE and He doesn’t want you to worry about your life. Of course, we all have uncertainties and face doubt about our futures, but ultimately we know God is our strength and He does help us out!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

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 than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matthew 6:25).

The Lord also tells us to not be anxious but instead to pray! When we do that, the Lord tells us we will experience His supernatural peace that goes beyond our understanding! Isn’t this reassuring and a great exchange? God loves you and doesn’t want you to stress, be fearful, nervous or worried! He is your heavenly Dad and wants you to know He will take care of you! If He takes care of the birds, the flowers and the grass, won’t He provide for you and be with YOU? AMEN!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).

We all have had our doubts, fears, questions and uncertainties about the future. I personally struggled with the questions of “Will I finish my degree?” “Will I be successful?“Will I be able to serve God like He desires me to?”When will I marry?” The truth is Jesus knows every day of our life and He is the author and perfecter of our faith!  We just need to believe, do our best and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the comfort and strength we need each day. It is human nature to ask questions and sometimes worry. But we can OVERCOME fear and worry with the Bible and the Holy Word of God.

Can you relate, PI readers?  When in doubt, or when fear arises, think about Philippians 4:6 and John 16.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Take our poll about fear and comment below if you have a prayer request! God bless you and may you overcome fear, doubt and worry!

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What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by fear?

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28 Comments

  1. Caitlin1896

    Posted by Caitlin1896 on August 9, 2015 at 18:14

    This is good advice! I looked up Isaiah 41:10;13 a couple of days ago and it gave me the encouragement that I needed along with crying out to God. What are/were your fears or worries?

  2. belladoesntsuck

    Posted by belladoesntsuck on October 23, 2013 at 13:42

    This is good advice, but it’s easier said than done! I try to put all of my faith in God, but it gets tough!

  3. Magnolia

    Posted by Magnolia on March 11, 2013 at 12:37

    I am in constant worry that I will not get things done, or I’m failing. I am worried so much that all that anxiety turns into a panic attack. If you’ve ever had one, you know it is very scary and it’s hard to calm yourself down from having it. I got them so regularly that I had to go to a doctor about it. My doctor said that I should think of something that is Peaceful, when I’m feeling that fear. Most people will think of the beach, but I knew that God would help me more than anything. I prayed to Him over and over, whenever I felt bad. He helped me immensely. I haven’t had a panic attack for months. When you think there is nothing to help your constant fear and worry, God will always be there for you. There is NOTHING to worry about when you know God is there. 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by chicabrava on February 6, 2013 at 14:36

    I struggled with fear for a long time too, and still do sometimes. Fear started as a tiny seed in my heart and began to grow bigger and bigger. I knew that I had no reason to fear. I knew that God was in control of my life and had always had me in the palm of his hand. But the enemy had planted that seed of fear within me, and when I could no longer take it I told my mom about it. She said she had the same exact problem for a long time when finally she went to see a pastor, who after telling him about her fear, prayed with her. The very moment he finished praying, that fear that was planted in her heart vanished and never came back.After telling me this, she prayed that God would take away that fear from within me, and He did. Fear does enter my mind now and then, but I immediately pray that God would give me strength. That is the power of prayer. In John 16:23 it Jesus says: “I guarantee this truth- if you ask the Father for anything in my name he will give it to you.” Sometimes we may feel as if God isn’t answering our prayers, but NEVER give up on God- God has never given up on you! There is a time for everything- a time for sickness and a time for healing. A time for gladness and a time for sadness. God has a time and plan for everything, and will answer your prayers in His timing. So trust in God, and he will give you strength!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by sings4jesus on January 28, 2013 at 09:02

    Wow! I have struggled with severe anxiety ever since I started doing college full time in my junior year of high school! It’s so bad that I will go to bed at 10pm and be so anxious that I can’t fall asleep until 3am. I don’t know if other people out there have this problem but this post helps so much! It’s crazy cause I haven’t even thought to rely on God in a long time! Instead I’ve just been taking different sleep aids and relying on those. I think remembering that God is in control and He wants what’s best for me will definitely help me sleep better tonight. (:

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Carbarrawr on January 28, 2013 at 08:11

    Thank you! Really love this article 🙂 Lack of faith in situations that create fear is one of my flaws, so I’m glad you posted this 🙂

  7. Rachel223

    Posted by Rachel223 on January 28, 2013 at 08:09

    I have panic disorder and have struggled with panic and anxiety attacks. I encourage any of my fellow sisters who struggle with overwhelming fear and anxiety to also get professional help or counseling. Counseling really has helped me with anxiety and it’s been an absolute Godsend! I just also have to remember to not worry – we’re in the palm of God’s hand!

  8. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on January 28, 2013 at 07:01

    Because of my family’s difficult circumstances in the past several years, I have been having extreme amounts of worry and fear. Please pray for comfort and peace. Thank you very much! God bless! 🙂

  9. devsings

    Posted by devsings on January 27, 2013 at 16:06

    I have a big struggle with shyness and overcoming it. I recently saw the Phil 4:6 verse on pintrest and I liked it so much that I wrote it down and it is on my wall in my room. Every time I look at that verse, it reminds me that I should pray to God and He will help me.

  10. hola_its_camille

    Posted by hola_its_camille on January 25, 2013 at 22:17

    Whenever I’m really nerveous or worried or scared the only thing that calmes me down is saying this “God will take care of it.” Its the only thing that relaxes me and let’s me know its gonna be ok.

  11. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 22, 2013 at 20:17

    (Psalm 27:1) A psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?

  12. pipo_star

    Posted by pipo_star on January 22, 2013 at 14:28

    Sometimes we do feel fear, but we arent suppose to go according to our feelings. Our feelings could make us make some bad decisions rather than using logic or walking that path of righteousness. Jesus will help us,as long as we trust in Him.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer619 on January 22, 2013 at 13:14

    Tell me if I’m the only one that feels this way. Every time they say that bad weather is coming my way I get anxious and shakey and I can’t think straight! I know that it’s silly but I’ve had this problem for about two years and it’s driving me crazy!!!! I let it go all the time but it keeps creeping back into me…

    • devsings

      Posted by devsings on January 27, 2013 at 16:08

      You are not the only one! I have felt that way for as long as I can remember! I hate thunderstorms so much! I was taking a practice ACT and there was one in the middle of it. Lets just say its a good thing that it wasn’t the real thing. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! 🙂

  14. carri_annee

    Posted by carri_annee on January 22, 2013 at 07:09

    This is just what i needed to read.cause ever since I was little I struggled with this.Every time I leave the house I feel really sick to my stomach. sometimes I shake or feel like I’m going to pass out.I pray God saves all of us from this anxious fear.†

  15. carri_annee

    Posted by carri_annee on January 22, 2013 at 07:08

    This is just what i needed to read(: cause ever since I was little I struggled with this.Every time I leave the house I feel really sick to my stomach:( sometimes I shake or feel like I’m going to pass out.I pray God saves all of us from this anxious fear.

  16. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on January 22, 2013 at 05:17

    i have a ton of things to worry about like if i write a comment i go on and on about i am sorry if bla bla bla was offensive when it realy wasn’t but in my mind it was thanks for writing this! i realy needed this 🙂 i love you sister in CHRIST! <3

  17. alwaysemilie

    Posted by alwaysemilie on January 21, 2013 at 21:56

    I get anxious about all kinds of things. In certain situations and around certain people, I have really bad social phobias. I worry that people are always talking about me and laughing behind my back. I’m constantly paranoid that I’ll slip up and say something stupid, just so people can make fun of me. I’m afraid people don’t like me because of the way I look. I have this weird fear that everyone has something against me, no matter how small or insignificant it is.
    If you have a moment, could you please pray? Thanks so much.

  18. Milana16

    Posted by Milana16 on January 21, 2013 at 19:36

    I feel like that sometimes, but you got to remember have faith in God, trust him. If he brought you to it he will BRING it though it! God wants you to go to him and tell all your worries make him your first priorities, like praying and asking God to give you a good day at least 5 min a day.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Butterfly24 on January 21, 2013 at 13:13

    When I have fear, I always ask myself if this fear is because of God or is it just me worrying about something. Most of the time after I think about why I have fear, I realize that the fear I have was not because of God. It was because I worry too much about what I want my life to be, not what God wants my life to be. A lot of times when I am fearful I pray and ask God if the fear is from Him. When I pray I can feel some of my fear leave because God is always with me.

  20. theoutsidersgirl

    Posted by theoutsidersgirl on January 21, 2013 at 11:57

    But what about fears like of heights or getting kidnapped or chased by a dog. I am scared of all of those tings. my friend is trying to get me to go on a rollercoaster someday, but i cant, and whenever i leave the house i feel like im gonna get kidnapped of attacked by a dog (i was chased by a dog once and i almost got kidnapped coming home from youth group one night).

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by inna on January 21, 2013 at 11:45

    I thought I was the only one with this problem! When I either come from church or when I pray before i go to sleep, I lie awake in bed with this fear. My heart pounds really loud and I can’t seem to fall asleep.When I sometimes miss church I don’t have this fear. I pray and try to go to sleep.

  22. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on January 21, 2013 at 10:25

    I have anxiety, and panic attacks come and go as a part of life for me. Luckily, I don’t need to be on medication for it because through the help of my family, boyfriend, and of course God, it’s gotten much better. Whenever doubt and worry hit, we need to remember that God works out ALL things for the good of those who love Him!!! I tend to worry about the future a lot, so this was great to read 🙂

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on January 21, 2013 at 09:44

    i have a huge struggle with worry…. it gets soo bad sometimes i cant even think clearly… sometimes i feel like im drowning in a pool of doubt and worry…. i pray and remember God is with me but sometimes i forget or my feelings are soooo overwhelming … yes these things help but they DONT fix the problem permanently… i guess its just a character flaw… that’s okay because everyone has 1 or 2 of those…. im better now than i was back then though… because through experience i’ve been able to cope with it….
    PLEASE PRAY FOR ME TO REALIZE I SHOULDNT WORRY OR DOUBT GOD….PLEASE PRAY FOR ME TO RELAX AND TO REALIZE NO MATTER WHERE I GO IN LIFE, GOD WILL BE THERE TO SUSTAIN ME!

    • hereigns56

      Posted by hereigns56 on February 28, 2013 at 20:13

      Hey. I struggle with this as well. Last week was a time when I was especially. One thing my youth leader said was that God was Holy. And I’ve begun to realize how important it is that we just take time to affirm God’s goodness. I’ve begun to just remind myself of God’s goodness throughout the week. If you don’t know where to start, or need some new ideas: scripture uses so many adjectives to describe Him–it’s amazing! You can also always read a psalm that praises the Lord! Worship music helps to.

      • hereigns56

        Posted by hereigns56 on February 28, 2013 at 20:20

        But don’t feel like you have to hide part of yourself from God–that He doesn’t want to hear your sadness, that you’re not supposed to be sad before Him. If you feel sad, take it to God. That’s a form of praise. But like the verse says “by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, take your requests to God.” (Phillipians 4:16). Thanking Him doesn’t only honor Him, it reminds you of how good He is! And I think we all need a reminder of that.