This is one of the chapters that really came close to home. Joanna Weaver's book brings a fresh look at where our priorities should truly be as a Christian woman. She brings out the notion that being shallow and insecure, loud and obnoxious, pushy and anxious could come from fear. Our fears can come through so many things.
Our society puts such an emphasis on appearances and a scripture that shows us where our true focus should be,"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." I Peter 3:3-4.
Joanna Weaver gives the following helps for Fear Busters:
1. Turn On the Light--Tell a Godly friend about your struggle.
2. Interrogate Fear--Ask yourself ,"Is this danger I feel real or imagined? If the situation is out of your hands, place it in God's.
3. Speak God's Truth Out Loud--Replace Satan's haunts and taunts with Scriptures.
4. Follow Fear to Its End--"What's the worst thing that could happen if this fear comes true?"
Look for signs of God in your worst-case scenario. Remember He loves you and has good plans for you.
One of my very favorite scriptures reminds me to not fear, but trust in Him no matter the circumstances, Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I need the peace that comes with knowing He loves me no matter what, young or old, thin or heavy, dressy or casual.