My fearful thought: “ I keep thinking I’m going to get this virus and die, or that someone in my family is going to get it and die. I want to stop thinking these fearful thoughts, God!”  

Holy Spirit speaking to my heart: “Remember, ‘Perfect Love casts out all fear’.  I am Love. My love is perfect. My Love casts out all fear. My Perfect Love is the antidote to your every fear.” 

My Response: “Thank you God that you love me! You’ve even told me that Your thoughts toward me outnumber the sand on the earth….there’s a LOT of sand in the world, so I don’t even know how that’s possible!  That’s the point, I guess. You’re amazing, God!!! Your love and Your ways are beyond my comprehension!”

I’m so glad that I have a God that can count the sand, and Who thinks about me that much!  Who rejoices over me with singing, and Who knows everything there is to know about me—things like  how many hairs are on my head, every word I’ve ever spoken, every thought I’ve ever had, and every hurt I’ve ever done to someone else, and every hurt I’ve ever endured! And…He loves me!!! How great You are, God!!! How great is Your love!!!”

My Desire: “God, I want to be like the Proverbs 31 woman who, ‘laughs at the time to come’.  Who laughs not because the current situation is funny, because it’s not, but I do want to be FULL of Your joy, Lord, and to laugh because I KNOW and BELIEVE that, “no weapon formed against me can prosper”! Because I KNOW and BELIEVE that You have the final say! That my life is Yours; that I was bought with a price, the price of Jesus’ precious blood, and that I can trust You completely, and I can trust You in ALL situations and for ALL things!!!”  

My Profession of Faith: “Lord, since You’re for me, who can be against me?! You did not spare Your own Son, but delivered Him over for me, how will You not also with Him freely give me ALL things?!!

I love you, God!”

Shortly afterward these thoughts assail me: Hmm, my throat hurts again…I think it still hurts…. Yep! It definitely still hurts!  That’s one of the symptoms.  If I have the virus, would there even be a ventilator for me?   What if I have it and the hospitals are all overrun with people in need and they have no way to help me?!  (visualizing the chaos at a hospital and being left alone.. perhaps untreated and on my own…dying)

Me Taking that thought captive: “Thank you, Jesus, that You intercede for me!  I know You pray for me, and You wouldn’t do that if You didn’t love me!

Thank you, God, that NOTHING will separate me from Your love… no tribulation, nor distress, nor persecution, nor famine, nor nakedness, nor peril, nor sword… nor this virus can separate me from Your lavish, unfailing love!”

My prayer: “Oh, God! Remind me at all times how much you love me!!!”

Fearful thought arises again: Would they even be able to have a funeral for me if I died?  Maybe a funeral via Zoom? 

Me taking that thought captive: “Focus! Help me to focus my thoughts on You, God! You promise to give me perfect peace when I fix my eyes upon You. Help me to keep my eyes on You, God… and to get my focus off of the situation that wants to distract me and cause me to doubt You and Your love for me!”

Let me get in Your Word! That’ll help me focus my thoughts on You, Lord. Where do I start?   

I’ll start here: … For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV

“Ahhh, that’s amazing! I so desperately needed to hear Your Word to me, Lord!  Thank you, God, for Your peace that truly does surpass all human understanding, and can get me through every circumstance! Thank you that You don’t give us peace, ‘like the world gives’, but that Yours is a peace that cannot be taken; that in You I am a part of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken!”

“I love you God!!!  Thank you for replacing my fear with Your love…a perfect love that casts out every and all fear!”

Written by Jamie