I am enjoying a Beth Moore Bible study on the book of Esther called" It's Tough Being a Woman". I am only 4 chapters into it but it is EXCELLENT. This past weeks section was called: It's hard being a woman in the tight fist of fear. More than any command in the Bible this one is repeated over and over and over again: Do NOT be afraid.
Beth talked about her own fears and how God challenged her to do "the what if game" with it, all the way through. Her greatest fear was: what if my husband leaves me for a younger woman? What if she is really cute? What if my kid's all adore her? ~So, she thinks this though and decided that she would be angry, crushed, broken, a mess. But. Then after a time...that she would get back on her feet again and live. That fear lost it's grip on her and she doesn't struggle with it anymore. She encouraged us to wrote down and fill in the blanks: If ________, then __________. She said, get to the point that no matter what you write down in that first blank, in the second one write GOD! (ie. If my child dies, then GOD!)
God is bigger than even the very big stuff we face in life.
Beth says: "There is no denial in courage. If your Dr. tells you that you have Cancer and you pretend that you don't have it, then that is denial and foolish! Courage is when you look fat in the face of that "cancer" and do not deny it but you deny it's VICTORY over you!"