5 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Overcome Fear
“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling in place.”
I have been struggling with some really weird stuff lately. It comes in the form of not knowing what the next steps are in my life. I think it is normal to go through this but when you are in the midst of this feeling, it can be really hard.
I read this book called Nothing to Prove and I was not really prepared for the emotional trials I would experience with reading this book. After reading it, I can’t put it down, but man it really put me through some tough emotional stuff.
While reading this book, I struggled with questioning what my purpose is. Am I doing enough to help other people? Am I doing enough for God? Am I doing what God wants me to do now?
Let me go back a few months. In the fall of last year, my husband and I started talking about how we needed to find more balance in our home lives. We were both working like crazy and we felt so rushed and our lives felt out of control. We started praying about what to do and finally after prayer and talking it over amongst ourselves, we felt it would be best if I left my job.
I quit my job in December 2016- well kind of. I ended up staying with my current employer and I work very part-time- about 10-18 hours per week.
I don’t regret cutting back. I am happy to have more time with my kids and family, but I didn’t expect to be hit with the feeling of not knowing if I was enough because I wasn’t the breadwinner in our family anymore.
I know this sounds stupid, but for our whole dating life and married life, I have made more money than Greg. It was just normal in our household…. Until now.
I started to question the value that I have in our relationship. I know this sounds completely silly, but I felt like my job was what I had to contribute to our relationship. It is almost like I question my self worth based upon how much money I make… it sounds completely absurd.
Then, I read the entire book of Nothing to Prove and I started to see that maybe my feeling of inadequacy had everything to do with me not knowing Jesus as well as I should.
Here is what I know. God puts us in the exact places He needs us because it gives us the opportunity to know Him better. Nothing happens by accident. You meet the people you meet for a specific reason. You read the books you read to learn something you are meant to learn. Nothing happens by accident.
Jennie Allen was the messenger God sent me to really know Him.
In fact, most of the people who have sparked my spiritual curiosity have been authors. Mark Batterson, John Maxwell, Rory Vaden, Jim Rohn and Jennie Allen. These authors paved the path for me to know Jesus more.
“I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun- not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.” C.S. Lewis
Faith is this odd thing that we cannot see but we have to trust that it is real. Faith has gotten me through some really hard times.
- A really bad fight with my parents after I told them I was pregnant before Greg and I were married.
- A terrible fight with my sisters that ended with us not speaking to each other for a long time.
- Hard times in my marriage
- Ending an engagement one month before we were to be married
- Dealing with my Mom’s cancer
I know that God is real and He is for us. I have no doubt about that, but I didn’t know Jesus like I should and I didn’t have enough faith that He would completely help me in any situation in my life. I didn’t have enough faith for Jesus to handle the everyday stuff. I didn’t have enough faith to give my life over to Him… until recently.
“The phrase “do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times. That’s a daily reminder from God to live every day being fearless.”
I don’t think anyone really gets rid of fear, they manage fear. I think this is true for most of us. We don’t have to work on getting rid of our fears because I don’t think that will ever really happen. I think it is easier to find ways to calm your fears or give the fear to Jesus to handle. When you put that off on Him or you pray for guidance on how to handle a situation, that’s when you become stronger to deal with fear.
For me it is incredibly calming when I read passages from scripture about how Jesus wasn’t afraid. If I am really doing life with Jesus, I can’t be afraid because He gives me strength where I am weak. He knows I am afraid, yet he can handle that and work through me to overcome the fear. I hope that makes sense.
I don’t want to be crippled by fear my entire life. I want to live boldly and make an impact on other people not for me, but because I want them to know Jesus through me.
“No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.”
This seems hard to believe sometimes. When we are in a difficult season, it is so hard to find anything good out of it. When we are past the most painful part, we are just happy to have it behind us, but the further away we get from suffering, it is easier to find purpose from the pain.
Maybe it is through the people you met or the strength you gained from the experience.
Maybe it was a health related thing that really got you thinking about how it is the time to take care of your health.
Whatever it is, it may be hard at the time, but when you are able to look back, you will see why you went through the pain.
“If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.”
Sometimes we want to create our own door. We want to forge ahead and just make things happen. I know I am guilty of this for sure. I want to do it all on my own and feel empowered that I did it on my own. That’s not the way it should be though. The older I get and the more connected with church I become, the more I realize that life is so much easier with community.
If things are really hard and aren’t working out the way you think they should, ask yourself this question “Am I meant to do this?” If you pray and the answer you get is “yes,” then ask “what am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?”
Sometimes when we begin things, we start boldly in one direction to realize that our passion fades or that it isn’t as easy as we thought.
I started this blog to be all about finances and then I kinda got bored just talking about money so I switched directions after praying about it for a while.
Maybe your finances are suffering and you want out of debt. The Total Money Makeover helped me get started with that and maybe that’s why you are reading this right now.
Maybe you are in a really difficult season of life and you wonder if God exists. You are reading this right now because He does. I am your messenger. Know Him and you will find peace like you have never experienced.
There will always be periods of turmoil in your life. I have found that reading different motivational quotes has really helped me put things in perspective- maybe that will help you too.
Alternatively, consider reading a great book or talking to someone about your situation. Think about keeping a journal of your thoughts to get everything out on paper. Or just go out and be fearless and do something that scares you. It is ok to do it scared.
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