Faith Over Fear

“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

Reporting to you live from Bree’s Quarantine Life!

It’s Week 4 of Working From Home and I feel like I’ve finally settled into my routine and work schedule. It seems like most days I can’t catch a break with back-to-back conference calls, Zoom Meetings, and telehealth therapy sessions with my clients. Yet, I’m grateful for the opportunity to remain employed and fulfill my duties at home.

As I settle into this New Normal, I’m giving myself grace and taking things one day at a time. Instead of complaining about the lack of freedom, I’m embracing the stillness.

On the other hand, I know that everyone won’t adopt this same mindset.

While I may not be worried about the situation at hand, I am worried about the reactions of others. The virus has created panic and hysteria not only in our immediate community, but also around the world. I’m thinking of those with mental health illnesses and how quarantine, isolation, and social distancing can cause extreme anxiety. I’m thinking of the elderly, who cannot visit with their families at this time or shop for groceries at the store. I’m thinking of the essential workers who are putting their lives at risks, for the sake of helping others. I’m thinking of those Black and Brown men and women who are incarcerated, locked in cages and without proper medical care. I’m thinking of the families who have been impacted by the virus and those who have lost loved ones as a result. I’m thinking of the homeless community, especially the homeless youth that I serve. I’m thinking about the future of humanity as a whole.

Despite all of the uncertainty I find myself at peace.

I believe it’s my faith and belief in God that’s carrying me through. Faith is having complete trust and confidence in something.

None of this is a surprise to Him! While we must exercise common sense and abide by the rules/regulations put in place, there’s no need to be fearful.

God is in control.

Like the song says, He’s got the whole world in His hands. I’m here to remind you that God won’t leave your side during these unprecedented times.

Here are some scriptures to meditate on:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” – Psalms 94:19 NIV

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34 NIV

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

“Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalms 55:22 NIV

“Trust in the Lord and lean not to your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” – John 14:1 NLT

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches and glory in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:19 NIV

I’m praying that no hurt, harm, danger, or traces of the virus impact your family! Remember we are all in this together and I’m trusting that God will see us through without sorrow!

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