7 Bible Verses to Help Fight Fear!

7-bible-verses-to-help-fight-fearIs watching the news and reading the papers leaving you feeling fearful? Are you scared because you just got a troubling doctor’s report or afraid of your upcoming job review?

There’s no shortage of things that can strike fear in our hearts. We all battle fear at different points in our lives.

What do you do with your fear?

I hope you take time to talk to the Lord about your fears, cares, and worries. He can handle them!

Life can get scary sometimes, but we don’t have to be paralyzed by fear. When I’m feeling afraid, I find comfort in remembering how mighty God is and that He is in control! Nothing surprises Him!

I also read and re-read certain Bible verses. I’ve listed a few of my favorite verses to combat fear below to help fill you with courage. I pray that you will mediate on these verses and will believe and receive them for yourself:

  • “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  • “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
  • “‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17)
  • “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” (Psalm 91:1-6)
If these Bible verses have helped to bring you peace, I’d love to know! I’d also love to know what some of your go-to verses are to combat fear. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Blessings to you as you continue trusting God and walking by faith!

 

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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5 Bible Verses to Help You Wait on God Well!

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Are you frustrated or anxious because you don’t see God moving in your life? Are you tempted to give up and walk away from all that God has promised you? Don’t quit in the middle of your journey!

Here are 5 Bible verses to help as you wait on God to move in your life:

  • “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
  • “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)
  • “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
  • “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:20)
  • “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1)

I hope you will pray over, mediate, and memorize these verses and find more in the Bible. If you’d like more encouragement, I invite you to check out my book Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough! You’ll find insightful tips, practical action steps, and plenty of inspiring Bible verses to help as you walk through whatever valley, desert, or wilderness you are in.

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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5 Bible Verses to Boost Your Faith!

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As Christians, we’re called to walk by faith and not by sight. God loves it when His children trust Him!

In Hebrews 11:6 we read, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

But walking by faith isn’t always easy. If you find yourself struggling with your faith today, I pray the following verses will encourage you. I hope you will pray over, mediate, and memorize these verses and find more in the Bible:

  1. “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
  2. “‘If you can’?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.'” (Mark 9:23)
  3. Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)
  4. “And ‘But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.’ But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (Hebrews 10:38-39).
  5. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

For more Bible verses that will stir up your faith and to read about some of the men and women in the Old and New Testament who walked out their faith, check out my devotional Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! (Available on Amazon)

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Many blessings to you as follow God one faith step at a time!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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5 Journal Writing Prompts

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More and more people are telling me that they enjoy writing and would like to one day write a book. What a beautiful dream to have! I like to encourage folks to begin their writing journey by keeping a journal. Journaling helps you to record your life story and to save precious memories. Writing down your thoughts and reflections also help you to meditate and remember all that the Lord is speaking to your heart through His Word.

Not sure what to write in your journal?

Here are 5 Journal Writing Prompts to inspire you to write away:

  • The best thing about today was ….
  • One thing I learned today was …
  • The best way to describe today is …
  • Today I’m feeling like this person from the Bible …
  • Today this Bible verse is speaking to me ….

Need more ideas? You can get a free copy of my “12 Journal Writing Prompts” PDF when you sign up to get my weekly encouraging blog posts emailed to you. This blog is like my online journal in many ways.

I also have stacks and stacks of journals at home. If you’re like me and you never have enough blank notebooks to jot down your thoughts or if you have avid writers in your life, I invite you to take a look at Abounding Faith’s online store to find journals like the ones below (many of the covers feature pics I’ve taken during my travels):

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Blessings to you on your writing journey!

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If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (Part 5)

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I pray you’re having a wonderful August! This week I thought I’d let these images do the talking! I pray they encourage you! To find more images like this, follow Abounding Faith on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Blessings!

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To view “If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” Parts 1-4, click here.
 
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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Abounding Faith on TV

I recently had the pleasure of being invited by Pastor Luis Ortiz of Ebenezer Productions to talk about my books Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith on his TV show. The interview aired live in Brooklyn and on Facebook Live. The above video is the Facebook Live version. I pray that what I shared in the video blesses you! I plan to share the fancier version of the video as soon as it’s ready.

Here’s a pic of me in the studio after the video was shot.

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As a writer, I’m more comfortable being behind-the-scenes but the Lord gives me the grace and courage to speak about Him in different settings including on live TV. All Glory to God!

I plan to keep speaking and writing as long as the Lord keeps giving me something to say!

If this video encourages you, please leave a comment here or on the video. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Blessings to you as you Wait on God Well and live by Abounding Faith!

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Letting God Lead! (Revisited)

When God opened the door for me to appear on the show “Open” on BronxNet last August to talk about my book Waiting on God Well, I prayed and went. It was a different type of mission field. But as long as God was there, I was fine. I couldn’t have asked for a more gracious host than Bob Lee! He even let me pray on air! Glory!

I hope you’re encouraged by taking another look at the interview and the original “Let God Lead” blog post from last year.

Blessings to you as you Wait on God Well!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Living by Abounding Faith – Update!

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It’s been a year since I took the leap of faith and left my full-time job to focus on writing, speaking, life coaching, hosting events, and starting Abounding Faith’s online store.

What a year it’s been! God is Faithful!

Has the year been easy? Nope! Has it been worth it? Absolutely!

I could not have made it through this year without the support of my loving family and friends! You know who you are! Thank you for being there to listen to me, rejoice with me, and to offer guidance along the way! Thank you for believing in me and praying for me and thanks for your moral and financial support!

I am in awe of what God is doing in me and through me. My goal is to continue to live out the call God has placed on my life to communicate Christ through writing and speaking. I hope to continue to share God’s love with those who are hurting, lost, or discouraged. I want to encourage and empower men and women to grow in their faith in God and to live the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10!

I look forward to continuing to encourage you to Wait on God Well, live your God-given dreams, and believe God for the impossible!

I’m grateful to my readers and online community! I’m touched that you are being blessed by my writing and speaking and that you are telling others! I appreciate how you are helping to spread the word about my books, online store items, and events, etc.

I’m delighted by the ministry partners the Lord has connected me with in this season. They include my friends at Queens NY AGLOW, WOW! Women of Wonder, Heidi Jensen author of the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear curriculum, Chaplain Jamary of Woodcrest Nursing Home, Pastor Gary Fishman, and Pastor Luis Ortiz of Ebenezer Productions.

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These women and men have been a source of great encouragement for me during this past year in particular! I’m blessed to co-labor with them to do Kingdom work!

What’s ahead for Abounding Faith? I’m praying about it, but God willing it includes more writing and events and continuing to grow my online community. I’m also looking to expand my network of partners so stay tuned!

When you think of me, please pray! Thank you in advance! I look forward to having much more wonderful news to share! All for the glory of God!

If you’re looking for ways to show your support for Abounding Faith, here are a few ideas to consider:

God bless you as you continue to walk by Abounding Faith!

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45).

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Storms Don’t Last Forever – Vacation Greetings July 2016

Here’s a short video I shot during my recent family vacation. I pray it reminds you that storms don’t last forever!

Hope you’re having a blessed summer!

To view more encouraging videos from some of my past vacations, click here.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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5 Tips for Christian Speakers

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The Lord is opening up more doors for me to speak lately, praise God! It’s always a blessing to get to talk about God and to encourage others in a group setting or while out on evangelism outreaches!

It’s so rewarding to have people say that they were blessed by the words I shared. Some have been moved to tears and have said they were touched because what I said was exactly what they needed to hear.

A sister-in-Christ recently gave me one of the best compliments I could ever hope for. After hearing me speak she said, “That was not you speaking. That was God.” Glory to God!

Our goal as speakers should not be to draw attention to ourselves, but to Jesus. He is the One who died on the Cross for our sins and gave us the gift of eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

We are His ambassadors and witnesses. Our message should point people back to God and His love for us!

If you’re being called to speak in your small group or even to larger groups, I’d like to share a few lessons I’ve learned along the way.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re speaking to 10 people or want to speak to 10,000, your preparation should still include:

Remaining Prayerful  Pray as you prepare your message. Pray for those who will be listening. Ask God to give you the right words to share and to help you share them with the right heart and attitude. As you practice what you’re going to say, ask the Lord to show you which Bible stories, points, and personal testimonies should stay and which should be cut. Jesus should be the center and hero of your message. Don’t forget to pray right before you give your message. If you have prayer partners, ask them to pray for you as well!

Knowing Your Audience  Learn as much as you can about who you will be speaking to. Is the group composed of mature believers, new believers, seekers, or mixed? What is their average age? Will males and females be in the audience? Ask your host what topics the group has been studying lately or what issues the group members have been struggling with. This information will help you as you decide which stories or verses to share and will help you share a timely word with them.

Being Sensitive to the Holy Spirit  Even after you’ve prepared, let the Holy Spirit take the lead. You’ll find yourself sharing parts of your testimony or Bible verses you didn’t plan on talking about. That’s fine. Have a plan for your message, but remain flexible. And remain calm if you find people shedding a few tears. Let the Holy Spirit do His work.

Being Prepared in Season and Out of Season  You never know when you’ll be handed the microphone in a prayer meeting or asked to share a testimony at a gathering, so it’s important to continue spending time with the Lord on a daily basis. It’s out of that ongoing relationship with Jesus that you will find fresh words to say. The Holy Spirit will bring things to your remembrance at the right time!

Arriving Early  It’s always good to arrive at the meeting place a bit early so you’re not in a rush and flustered. You’ll have time to compose yourself, get familiar with the space, and ask your host any last minute questions. You might want to pray before the place starts filling up or greet a few of the guests as they arrive. As the time gets closer for you to speak, remember to get quiet before the Lord so you can hear any last minute instructions.

Having Fun!  Here’s a bonus tip, remember that in the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Give your nervousness to the Lord. It’s a privilege and honor to speak about the King of kings! Smile, laugh, and interact with your audience. If you start to cry while sharing your testimony, that’s ok. You’re human. Shed a few tears, but keep going! Be yourself and share the message that God has placed in your heart with love and compassion for your listeners. Amen!

I’ll be sure to share more tips with you soon! If you’d like to learn more about having me come speak at your next event or gathering, please click here.

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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