F.E.A.R and What You Can Do About It

You’ve probably experienced it. The time when something happens to you, major or minor, and the first person you tell turns around and tells you a story about so and so who had the same thing happen to them, and their horrific outcome. So it was when I discovered a tick buried in my side. I won’t go into all the treatments my mom immediately launched, and the doctor visit, but let’s just say we did all we could to hopefully prevent disease down the road. I wasn’t worried, determined to turn the results over to God.

First person I tell? A beloved friend. First thing she does? Tells the horrors of Lyme disease and how it may not show up for years.

Next person I tell? My beloved boss. First thing she does? Tells of her friend who had a tick and how full blown Lyme developed after four years, eventually putting her friend on disability.

I was tempted to start worrying.

That same weekend, my boss had awful blisters on her heels. Someone asked why she was limping, and after she told them, they launched into a story about so and so who had the same type blisters, got infected and died.

These reaction stories aren’t meant to implant fear in your heart. Often the person telling them does it to keep you from experiencing the same horrors as someone they know. But if you’ve already done everything you can, there’s not much encouragement in a sad story.

Same thing with failure. Have you ever shared a dream with someone and they immediately tell you about someone just like you who failed at the same thing?

Here comes the fear.

Fear of failure is paralyzing. But really, it’s no different than taking every precaution you can for your health problem, and then not worry about what could go wrong. Why even fear something unless it exists?

When you start out to live the life God’s called you to, you can’t let the fear of failure stop you. You just take every possible precaution, do your due diligence, and then do it.

We can choose not to fear, to give our worries over to God. That choice is a daily, sometimes by the minute, decision.

Here’s a good breakdown of fear Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad author) uses:





What false evidence is stopping you today? Share your fears in the comments and leave them there.


For Him,

Sarah Elisabeth


Looking Down on Fear

While on my journey to become a full-time writer, I work a monthly job at a trades day market. It provides the income we need to survive on beans and cornbread (and an assortment of chicken, fish and steak dishes. God is good).

This job is hard manual labor, but I love meeting people and getting out of the house five days a month.

These portable shops are set-up and torn-down each time, and I do some of that work in addition to my sales job. But one thing I always avoided was the ladder. *shiver* Anything over two rungs up and my knees Jell-O.

The day came and the last touch left required decorations on the top shelves running the length of the booth. With other workers occupied, I bravely grabbed the ladder and set to work.

I tried just the first two steps. Not high enough. I stepped to the third one and wanted to close my eyes. Instead, I glanced around. Wow. What a view. Familiar faces and corners took on a new depth, and I felt a rush of elation for no reason. I loved the new view. It was cool.

I remembered my fear of the third rung, but I didn’t tremble. I continued decorating the shelves, repositioning the ladder down the line as I worked. I paused at each spot to take in the view. I felt empowered. Not only was my fear conquered, I found that facing it brought a pleasant experience. I enjoyed it.

What else am I afraid of without cause? What’s keeping me from the wonderful things God has for me? How much have I missed in life because of fear?

Back to writing. I constantly force my characters to face their fears (sometimes I feel so mean). I strive to make the outcome realistic. If you can’t relate to my character, what good is the story? It’s not right when things turn out rosy for them and it could never happen that way in real life. But my characters do have the power to motivate you to face your own fear.

Whether it’s heights or sharing the gospel with someone or visiting a new church, I pray the real fears in life shine through my characters and into your heart; and hopefully give you a fresh perspective.

Rise above your fears–God has a new view for you.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

For Him, Sarah Elisabeth