Face Fear through Spiritual Autobiography
You can face fear and overcome it through spiritual autobiography or spiritual memoir. This page can help you to use a spiritual journal to face your fear and overcome it. Spiritual journaling can help you overcome debilitating fear, and it can also help you understand the role of fear in your story.
Things start to fall apart when you have fear. The power of fear is controlling, has overwhelming physical effects, leads to feelings of abandonment and can cause isolation, depression and other crippling emotions. That's why I share my stories about facing fear. They help others know that they are not alone and that the physical and emotional effects of fear can be overcome. When things are falling apart, for a fearful person, a simple story of victory can help them overcome fear's controlling power.
I really believe that God has put people in our lives just for us. I believe He talks to us through people. At the point in my life when I was most afraid my friends spoke peace to my fears without even realizing they were doing so. They had no idea how powerful their words of encouragement were. When stuff got scary, God used people to speak to me. Because of them I started trusting God a little more than I had before.
In my low places my church has been a powerful source of hope in spite of my fears. The people there see me with God’s eyes. A lot of the time it feels like they see the opposite of what I see in me. When I see weakness they see strength. When I see fear they see courage. When I see instability they see confidence. When I struggled they didn’t quietly remove me from the scene. Instead, they called me out to be something more than I already was. Fully knowing the challenges and difficulties of my life, they spoke of my giftedness, insight and potential. When I saw darkness creeping in they saw greatness. They saw light. They spoke of promise and potential when I saw nothing. They’ve been like angels.
Does God speak to you through people? Have you ever had someone speak words of courage as you faced your fears? Did they do this without even comprehending the timeliness of their words? Did someone's stories about facing fear make all the difference? Consider how the words and experiences of others have helped you overcome the controlling power of fear. Say a prayer for fear: ask God how to overcome it and ask Him how fear fits into your story. Let your stories about facing fear become part of your spiritual autobiography.