Moving from Fear to Freedom by Grace Fox
I wasn't sure what I would find in this book but was hoping for freedom from the fears I've been facing. I've been recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis and have had some painful flare up's; which is new terminology to me.
Flare up's? What are they? They are red lumps appearing at different times on different places on my body. Please let me back up here a little bit. I've been sick for over a year with all sorts of autoimmune things but with much diligence I believe the doctor’s and I have finally nailed the diagnosis. Now that it's been nailed, I have to admit that I feel like I'm living in fear; fear of the unknown.
I picked up this book called, Moving From Fear to Freedom by Grace Fox which was recommended by The Book Club Network Inc. I have been addicted to this like a chocoholic to chocolate. It is one of those books where you about highlight ever other sentence.
The most moving part to me is where the author suggests that one can jog their memory with journaling. I love, love, love and um, love to journal. It helps me heal. It helps me to get in touch with my feelings and sorts things out. On page 120 you will find her helpful reasons as to why one should journal. Most helpful!
I started writing in a journal when I was, oh let's see, 26 years ago although I owned a diary all through my childhood. I loved my diary with its little lock and key. The real journaling began when I became pregnant with my 26 year old daughter and I have not stopped. I am in agreement with the author that it helps me to release fear, jogs my mind in finding insights from God and it encourages me to keep on the journey of life.
What is fear? I looked up some of the definitions of the word and YUP, right smack dab in the middle of each definition I have found on the floor crying out, Oh God, that’s me. Help me. Please release this fear of mine. My fear is the feeling of anxiety which can make me a very unpleasant person. YUP that's me, again. What's going to happen to my body as this disease takes over and until I find out, stay out of my way; I just might knock you down with my fearful attitude.
Reading this book has given me a chance to ponder and journal about my current fears. But it has also sparked me to really think about my fear of the Lord. That is the kind of fear that I want to obtain. I want to fear God in reverence and respect and even awe of Him. I don’t need to live in fear of what is to come. God’s got this Beth. God’s got every lump, pain, fever, ache and whatever else comes along under control. Just follow Him. I can accept His truth of His perfect love for me by faith, regardless of any fear that is going on inside of me. And, the best part is, He’s not going to abandon me.
Thanks TBCN for the recommendation of this powerfully packed book.