Yesterday I slayed some dragons (actually they were dinosaurs.) And the only reason I had to slay them is because they showed up in my dream, which meant, I was having a subconscious confrontation with someone who I really wish would stop coming around–fear. So I had to take another lesson in the book for how to remove fear from mind and heart.
The best book I know for that is, of course, God’s Holy Word, the Bible.
How to Remove Fear from Mind and Heart
This post has been a long time coming. While I set out with high hopes and concrete plans for 2020, much of the year has been ruled by fear.
The coronavirus pandemic shattered our illusion of certainty, and fear quickly moved in.
But the coronavirus fear is a whole other topic. You can find out more about that topic in my post: what the coronavirus can teach us during “these uncertain times” and why it’s important to put your hope in God, who is certain.
On the other hand, this post is about how to remove fear from mind and heart. What does that actually look like practically and why did I have to slay dragons for me to get to this point?
Let me start with the dragons…
One of my favorite get-to-know you questions is “Do you have any irrational fears?” And just because you guys are my faithful blog readers (and also because I kind of already revealed it), I will admit that, yes, I do have an irrational fear.
I know what you’re thinking. Dinosaurs are extinct, Kara. Dinosaurs don’t exist. It is completely impossible that you would ever see a T-Rex stomping around the playground at school (that was an actual nightmare I had, by the way).
These are things that I tell myself all the time, hence, why I refer to it as an irrational fear. And no amount of logic or evidence will ever eradicate that fear from my mind. Guys, I can’t even watch a commercial for Jurassic Park.
Face to Face with Fear
In elementary school, I had frequent dinosaur nightmares. I would wake up in the middle of the night unable to move because I was struck by so much fear in my mind and heart.
Thankfully, the dinosaur nightmares eventually became a thing of the past. One, because of God’s protection over me as I slept. And two, because I learned “Mind Over Matter.” I told myself, while in the dream, that this was my dream. So I can control what happens and I can make any dinosaurs disappear with a snap of my fingers. That is how I got my slaying powers.
Another Date with Fear
So it was very surprising to me when, as a young woman now “adulting” that I was plagued by a dinosaur nightmare last night.
Even though I did eventually slay them in my dream, I realized that the dinosaurs weren’t just dinosaurs. Dinosaurs have always been and still are a tell-tale sign of my fear.
I was being showed my fear last night by my subconscious.
How to Overcome Fear God’s Way
I know it sounds crazy, and maybe it is! But God speaks in amazing ways, and for me, He has often spoken to me in dreams. (Every story I’ve written since I was thirteen came from a dream.)
This dream was a self-check, a reflection, and a realization that I was living my life in fear. God was calling me back to Him because He is the only way I know how to remove fear from mind and heart.
The Truth about My Fear: My Writing Journey
I have always wanted to be a published author. I have memories of carrying around a notebook to the lunch room in fourth grade just so I could sneak in a bit of time to write. Now I scribble in notes during my lunch break at work.
My dream is for one of my made-up tales to reach someone else or lots of someone elses.
But I’m scared. I’m scared that I’m not good enough or doing enough. I’m scared that I’ll mess things up. I fear failure.
I’m scared that people won’t take a young business consultant seriously as a novelist. I fear that editors and agents will look at my modest social media following and just not consider my writing.
I’m scared that I’ll succeed. I’m scared that I don’t even know what “success” will look like.
All of these fears came to a climax last night when I decided to sign up for my very first writer’s conference, where I’ll have the opportunity to participate in writing workshops and pitch my work BLUE EYES to two agents. Not only was the price tag hard to swallow, but I was overwhelmed with fear.
God Help Me Overcome My Fears…
This was my prayer after I woke up from my nightmare. The dragons having been slayed, I lay in bed and thought about all of my fear. Immediately, I knew that I was not living in the victory of Christ.
At the beginning of this year, I wrote my first post on this blog called New Years Resolutions and Best Intentions. My main banner verse for the year was:
“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)
The word I chose for this year was “audacity.” In my journal, I wrote that audacity meant I would “start taking risks and stop playing it safe” along with some 20 other statements. But the statement that really leaped off of the page this morning was this:
“Stop worrying and letting fear drive my decisions.”
Overcoming Fear and Living by Faith
I must hold tightly to God’s promises, remember his faithfulness and character, persevere and endure as I wait. As I wait for the words He has given me as a writer to reach the world.
That may look different than how I imagined it. It may take longer than I want it. Or it may happen very differently than I thought.
But God is good. No matter what happens at the writers conference this weekend, I know that God is good. His Sovereign Will will be accomplished. He is greater than any fear or dinosaur. 🙂
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
“For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:35-39 (NKJV)
So, how to remove fear from Mind and Heart?
- Be honest about your fear. You can’t face something you don’t admit exists.
- Pray. Go to God. Prayer is a powerful way for us to speak to our Heavenly Father, and He is all-powerful, having conquered the world (John 16:33).
- Live by Faith. Cling to God’s promises, remembering that He is faithful even when we are not. He calls us to live by faith–meaning we may not always see but we must still believe.
- Slay those dragons! Let go of the fear.
Check out more posts about Faith and Fear:
- Dealing with Failure by Recognizing God’s Love
- 3 Important Lessons about the Power of Prayer
- God comforts us in the chaos
- God’s Will is Sovereign
- Champion of Hide & Seek: How Can We Shine?
If you’re interested in writing, I have some posts for that as well:
- Advice for Writing a Book
- Making Progress with Writing: Rehearse, Reflect, Repeat
- The Gift of Words: Be Creative and Be Inspired
- Why I Started Blogging
How do you go about overcoming your fears?
I am always looking for ways to serve my readers better. Leave me a note in the comments about any fears you are dealing with or what other topics about fear and faith that would be most helpful to you.
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