Struggling with Fear

It’s that time of year again. Comical ghosts and witches hang from people’s trees, and corn mazes are celebrating Halloween by putting scary components into it.

Who knew that fear could make such money! Billions upon billions of dollars are spent a year to make us jump and scream, as we watch movies and videos that fuel our deepest nightmares. Why such an odd relationship with fear? We love it, but we hate it.

In the real world—past everything Halloween has to offer—there is much to be afraid of. Fearof.net reports the top 100 phobia’s list, with arachnophobia (fear of spiders) coming up first. Outside of our personal phobias, we fear death, destruction, and rejection. What are we to do, as Christians, when the pangs of fear come and anxiety causes us complete distress?

Psalm 56:3 gives us the antidote for ANY fear we might be facing.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3, ESV)

You may be saying, “Annalee, you don’t understand the amount or complexity of my anxiety. This just seems like an easy answer, a band aid to put on my problems. I need much more than this!” Friend, I want to encourage and be honest with you: I know the problem of anxiety well. I have been dealing with social anxiety and emetophobia, the fear of throwing up, for a little over 5 months now. At any time, my thoughts turn towards a plethora of anxiety-inducing thoughts, including the fear of throwing up in front of people, and the idea of throwing up itself. It has caused me extreme distress, not only mentally, but emotionally and physically, too. As if this were not enough, I am taking a Public Speaking class where these fears seem to have a much higher chance in my brain of actually happening!

Today, on the eve of having to give a group presentation, I want to say that I, too, know what you are going through—and that Jesus wants to give us truths to hold on to when the enemy and our own minds try to lie to us. I encourage you to place these verses in your arsenal when attacked by the enemy with fear!

In the panic of anxiety, remember who you are, and whose you are. Your Father in Heaven is faithful; Jesus will never leave your side, and the Holy Spirit is your Helper (Deuteronomy 7:9; Matthew 28:20; John 14:26). Things get scary, and terrifying even, I know. But Christ has gotten you this far, hasn’t He? May God comfort and still our racing hearts as He reminds us that 1) He is with us, and 2) He will help us, just as He always has.

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Do you know Jesus?

…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
(Matthew 28:20, ESV)

These were some of Jesus’ last words before He ascended up to heaven. He promised this one very profound thing, because He knew it is what people need most: First, His Salvation, and two, the knowledge of His near Presence.

Where are you at today with Jesus? Is He a myth to you? Are you confused about why He came and died in the first place? Learn more about Jesus here.


Please pray for…

  • The Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu. Reports have said that Leah is being held as a slave. Pray she returns home soon!!!
  • For all those struggling with anxiety, depression, and mental illness. There are many more people in this category than we could know.

 Thank you for your prayers.

 

 

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PASTOR BRUNSON IS FREE!!!

It is with great joy that I am able to report that AMERICAN PASTOR, ANDREW BRUNSON, HAS BEEN SET FREE!!!

After a little more than 2 years in Turkish prison for “Christianization,” Pastor Brunson was freed yesterday thanks to the efforts of the ACLJ, President Donald Trump, and most of all, the fervent prayers of those praying for his release! Please pray with me in celebration of his freedom!

“Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You for all You have done! Thank You for proving Yourself to be faithful, true, sovereign, and mighty in Pastor Andrew’s life and in the life of his loved ones. Please help him to be re-situated as a free man in the United States!
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Amen!”

Learn more about Jesus, the One who truly sets us free, here.

Prayer for Our Nation

Hey friends,

I was just going through my Facebook feed, and what I saw sickened me. Video after video created by both sides of the political spectrum showed merciless anger toward the other side, making fun of everything from women crying over Kavanaugh being appointed, to a video of a young woman punching a conservative man’s sign out of his hand. Has it really happened—have we really lost all our humanity?

I don’t want to go on and on in preaching about this. We all know how divided and evil this nation has become; how intense the need is for Christ to come back, and make all things right.

What I do want to say, though, is that this reminds me of what God says in scripture:

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7:14)

And,

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)

What do both of these verses have in common? They both declare that prayer to Jesus—not mere signatures on a petition, or signs from both political parties waved in the air—is what will truly save and change this country.

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It is with this in mind that I ask we take some time out of our busy schedules, and really spend some time in prayer with Jesus. He sees and knows exactly what is going on. Only He can bring such a fractured state of affairs to wholeness.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee

Random as it may seem, I want to dedicate this blog post to those who are especially hurting right now: mothers and fathers who have lost their children in utero or as babies. This month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and if you would keep those hurting in prayer, that would be wonderful. Go over to Katy’s post for more on pregnancy and infant loss.


Do you know Jesus?

In Jesus alone, there is real, true Peace. Learn more about Jesus, the Prince of Peace, here.


Please pray for…

  • The United States of America. We need prayer now more than ever.
  • Other governments and nations in the world. We are not the only broken ones.
  • Since it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, please pray for those who have lost their children and are commemorating them this month.
  • Please keep the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu’s freedom in your prayers, as well.

Thank you for your prayers!

 

Prayer in times of Persecution

Hi friends,

Today, in church, we talked about the worldwide persecuted church. In North Korea, approximately 50,000 people are incarcerated, simply for being a Christian.

That is 50,000 people, living in prison cells, away from those they love the most.
50,000 people, given little to no rights, for doing nothing more than loving and following their Savior. Continue reading

Praying to the God Who Hears

“Please, whoever you are, please,” he cries out.

Up at 3 o’clock in the morning, a man prays to be able to see his family again. Desperation fills his voice as tears run down his cheeks. He hangs his head low. “Do you even care?”

This is the situation countless Nigerians have found themselves in. After their families and loved ones have been attacked and kidnapped by Boko Haram, all those left behind have are pictures and prayers. Continue reading