Conquer Your Fears

by Mary Fairchild from

Jesus spoke the Word of God throughout his ministry. When faced with the devil’s lies and temptations, he countered with the truth of God’s Word. The spoken Word of God is like a living, powerful sword in our mouths (Hebrews 4:12), and if Jesus depended upon it to face challenges in life, so can we.

If you need encouragement from God’s Word to conquer your fears, take strength from these Bible verses about courage.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Isaiah 41:10
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 41:13
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 54:4
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Matthew 10:26
Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.


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The 20 Things I Wish Someone Told Me at 20

The 20 Things I Wish Someone Told Me at 20

As college doors start to swish and swing open, slurping young people back in for fall classes, I feel compelled to put my hand up and say, “Wait, you forgot something.”  Here is what I would say:  Precious young person, before you leave, can you turn off your phone and let me share something valuable with you? I know you think I am too old to understand you, but I promise, some days I feel closer to your age than I do my own. I haven’t forgotten.  What I see in front of me is a life that is valuable and worth more than you can possibly know today. I hope to save you a lot of time, pain and regret, if you listen to what I wish I’d heard before I put the car into drive …

  • Hold tight to your real friends and don’t forget the closeness that you feel now…  Life will try to tease those connections away. They will mean everything.
  • Although you’re smart … your brain isn’t done maturing. Listen to your parents more than you want. REALLY.  Your brain doesn’t fully connect all of the dots until you’re about 23. Trust me. Trust THEM.
  • Keep the joy of being ‘in the moment.’… You will have to focus on the future so much as you get older — being mindful to the moment becomes a lost gift (you do this better than we do).
  • You will miss your youthful body one day — love it and take care of it…There will come a day when you become nostalgic for all of those body parts that you don’t like now. Take care of them, exercise and enjoy the freedom of your abilities.
  • If someone has cut you down, that is about THEM, not YOU…Unkind words are used to cut a strong person down to make the insecure one feel better. Don’t let them stick.
  • Apologize: mean it & make it better…Say “I’m sorry,” drop your ego and fix things humbly, without excuses.
  • Education is THAT important… With 100% certainty, you will be proud of your degrees … and you will regret it if you don’t complete them.
  • You can say NO to intimacy before marriage… You own your body. Walking away is tough in the moment, but your spirit will thank you. And, trust me, in later years, those decisions will fill you and your partner with pride.
  • Whatever you POST is PERMANENT… Envision that picture, video or comment being pushed across the desk to you as you interview for your first job.
  • Trust the calling on your heart…Don’t quiet the voice inside your spirit. DO the work to get where you are called to go … even if it is not where someone else thinks you should be going.
  • Spirituality/Religion will be what saves you when the world goes out… Always keep a personal spiritual relationship with God – this will guide you, strengthen you & bring you peace. Pray. Meditate. Listen. Every day.
  • Travel… Seize any (safe) opportunity to journey to a new place, immerse in a new culture, or experience new landscape. Your mind will open in immeasurable ways.
  • Don’t poison yourself. Don’t smoke. Don’t take drugs. Don’t drink soda… Toxins affect your outward beauty, the way you radiate, and the way that people experience you. Treat your body as purely as possible. It will show.
  • Consider the other side of the story…Listen to someone that you don’t agree with – ask them where they came from and why they feel the way they do, without judgment. Be OPEN.
  • Talk yourself out of the need to compare yourself… Strive to be the best YOU, not a copy of the person next to you. Know your strengths. Don’t belittle your weaknesses.
  • Talk to your educators. Ask for help. Be known and be memorable…By being known, teachers will be more invested in you and your success. You might also gain a mentor.
  • Love your parents. Love your grandparents…Look them in the eye and listen to their stories. Honor their lives and the legacies of those before you. You never know when it is going to be too late.
  • People will treat you the way that you allow them to… You have half the power to determine how every relationship goes as a whole. Be empowered to keep positive people close and negative people at bay. You do have a choice.
  • Pay attention to how people treat their parents … and their waiters…The way a potential partner treats his/her parents is a good predictor of how they will be in a marriage. The way they treat a waiter (or any service person) shows you their character.
  • Listen to that still, small voice…God gave you a spirit that speaks to you from that spot deep in your core. You can feel it give you a stinging “bzzzz” when you should not be somewhere, and a feel-good “lalalala!” when you are in a very good place. Trust those GUT feelings. Your intuition is your superpower — use it and you will diminish your chance for regret … and increase your chance for wonderfulness.

Be Good To Your Body

place to liveBe Good To Your Body

We all have those days that we don’t want to work out even though we know we should.   When you need a little motivation, look no further.  Here are some good reasons you shouldn’t skip your workout today.

Because it makes you feel confident

  • Because it helps you get stronger
  • Because exercise helps combat depression
  • Because you want to move forward, not backward
  • Because it improves your heart health
  • Because it prevents diabetes
  • Because you want to be a good example to your kids
  • Because you want to feel good in your clothes
  • Because it reduces back pain
  • Because it strengthens your bones
  • Because it helps you lose weight
  • Because it helps you de-stress
  • Because it’s cheaper than therapy
  • Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
  • Because it keeps your mind sharp
  • Because it helps you sleep better at night
  • Because it gives you energy
  • Because you want to stay healthy as you age
  • Because it boosts your immune system
  • Because it reduces your health care costs
  • Because it’ll give your skin a glow
  • Because it reduces your blood pressure
  • Because you’re tired of being tired
  • Because you’re not a quitter
  • Because it improves your cholesterol
  • Because it boosts your metabolism
  • Because you want to be stronger than your excuses