Do you live in fear?
You can stand and face your fear square on with these tips.

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When there’s a catastrophic event or a tragedy like the horrific school shooting in Florida many of us find fear paralyzes us.

Events like this cause parents to hold on tightly to their kids.

Students and adults alike are worried about the future and about potential violence entering their smaller worlds, like schools.

And this event is just one of many gone awry in our world.


Jesus said in the midst of very tumultuous and troubling times… not entirely unlike ours…


Scripture verses to remind us not to worry. Worry usually come from fear. Click through to learn how to overcome fear.

“Don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34


When it seems the world as a whole is spiraling out of control… remember…

there is nothing to fear… because God is with you.

But.  But.  But.

I know…

Do not allow your mind to go off on all kinds of tangents.

Instead… focus on TRUTH.  God’s word.

Do not be afraid—I am with you!
I am your God—let nothing terrify you!
I will make you strong and help you;
I will protect you and save you.
Isaiah 41:10

God is our strength.  God is our help.  God is our protector.


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The battleground of fear is not in our politics, the media or whatever happens in the world.

The battleground of fear is in our heads.

Fear is a head game.  The enemy knows it and knows that as long as either of us maintains our focus on fear and what we fear we’re withering imbeciles.

Strong language, I know.


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Consider how fear reduces our ability to think straight.

Consider how useless we become when we are overcome with fear.

When we are fearful we have a choice to make.

  1. We can give in to our fears and allow them to overtake us… set up camp… and render us totally useless.  OR…
  2. We can choose to trust God.  It may take every fiber of our being to do that… but we win (and fear fails) when we do.

This verse is short and sweet.  And if you struggle with fear it’s a great one to memorize and write on a small business sized card to keep in your wallet, at your desk, or in your coat pocket. I also created a printable for you to download, print out, and frame as a continual reminder.


Pretty 8x10 Scripture -- I trust God, So I am not afraid. -- Free Printable to download from

I trust God,
    So I am not afraid.
Psalm 56:4

Download your FREE 8×10 I trust God PRINTABLE here.


Fear is an awful thing.  I have areas in my life where I especially struggle with fear.  Especially fear of the unknown and winter driving.

Where does fear repeatedly strike you?

A special friend was given an index card prayer that her mom had written for an elderly friend.  It doesn’t speak directly to fear, but it does speak to having complete trust in God.  This thoughtful seasoned friend knew my friend was struggling and so she sent wrote another copy of the prayer for herself and sent the original, well-worn index card, penned in her mother’s hand to her as an encouragement.  I’m blessed that she shared the words from her mother’s index card prayer with me.

I Believe that with You, Jesus living in me today by the Holy Spirit, my life can be calm, restful, happy and peaceful… I believe that You will order the affairs of this day if I hand control over to you. I do that now and refuse to take anything back into my hands… I commit myself and my day to You. In faith, I go into this day with quiet (godly) confidence as my strength….  In Jesus Name, Amen.

I encourage you to write this prayer down on an index card, too.  Place it in a somewhere you can refer to it often, if not daily, like in your car.  You might pull it out just after you pull into your parking spot at work and prayerfully read it out loud before stepping out of the car and into your workday.

It’s a centering prayer.  One that helps us center our hearts and minds on the Lord. It reminds us Who is the source of our ultimate trust. When God is our center, fears will still come our way, but they don’t have to take camp in our minds and souls.

And then when fear sweeps in… remember to let fear hear you say this to your loving, strong, protecting God…

When I am afraid,
    I will trust you.
Psalm 56:3

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It’s JoyDay!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks together in this space is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God…

  1. for being our strength, help, and protector so that we can say, “NO!” to fear.
  2. for sunshine and melting snow.
  3. for your touch of healing on Tim’s back.
  4. for a wonderful night out with my dear sweet friend. 
  5. for extra work and the double blessing in it because though it is hard, I am helping someone.
  6. that You are faithful, loving, kind, and always with me.
  7. that You are our redeemer, restorer, and rebuilder.  Trusting you for good things ahead.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

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  1. Judy says

    This is just a treasure to me ..after selling our home.. the feelings of moving forward have seemed overwhelming at times. It is such a Great Reminder that God is in control and Trusting in Him makes all the difference! God Bless you Diane … you truly have a gift ! Love,Judy

    • Judy, though I was much younger when I left what we thought was our forever home, I know too well how easy it is for fear to set in. I know the overwhelming feelings of figuring out what to take and what to give away and then unpacking in the new home. Leaning hard on Jesus is the only thing we can do that will make the difference and I know you are leaning hard Judy. Shortly, you’ll look back and see how God has held you and blessed you and some days carried you. Praying you make the transition easily into your new home. {{hugs}}

  2. dolores says

    Cannot begin to thank you so very much for this post and the reminders of Gods great love for us………… every aspect of our lives….. i have so many fears,and i strive constantly to breathe and let go…and let God. You are a Blessing and i did need this today……………love… dolores

    • Dear Dolores… we know how wonderful God’s timing ALWAYS is. I’m blessed to be a small part of his tangible love for you. Praying for you now to be able to breathe in the freedom that he has for us… freedom from fear and for fear to be replaced by God’s amazing peace. {{big hugs}}

  3. Debbi Saunders says

    Thank You God…..
    1. For the wonderful, peace filled and restful Spiritual Retreat our School Faculty and staff attended on Monday, President’s Day….An awesome way to begin the week!!
    2. For the means, if I should have to replace my entire sliding glass door, that was shattered by a piece of hidden debris when my yard was mowed…
    3. For ordering my days and walking with me each step of the way…
    4. For a gorgeous sunny Saturday strolling around another quaint and charming little Florida town’s Annual Vintage Market ….
    5. For a wonderful conversation with my Brother….
    6. For your protection and provision….
    7. And for wonderful, memorable, ending to my week with the unexpected, moving,heart warming surprise of Diane sharing one of My Mom’s “index card” prayers, which she was famous for among her Family, Friends and Church Family… , with a all of her reader’s in today’s JOY DAY blog post…. Mom would have been so pleased… and today would have been my her 94th Birthday!!!
    Thank You Diane for making this day a sweet, very special memory for me….

    • My dear friend, I know I am so very late in replying to your comment… please forgive me. Time goes by too quickly!!
      I rejoice with you in God’s provision of rest, finances, comfort, delight, and encouragement at the exact time you needed it. Oh, how HE LOVES YOU!! May you walk with confidence and courage this week, spreading joy wherever you go! xoxo

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