Learning to Laugh Without Fear of the Future

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She laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25


Even though mostly unrelated to current national events, this topic felt timely to me today as I began writing this article. I must admit, even as I write to you, fear circles ever-so-close to my heart like the enemy he is. It's hard not to be afraid during these times, isn't it, dear sister?

Actually, in all times of uncertainty, feelings of fear and anxious thoughts seem to slip so quietly through the door of our soul that we forget to notice. In the next moment, we are wrapped up in worry and completely unfocused on the present moment. And most of all, we've forgotten the One who holds it all.

So today, I wanted to share with you a few ways to let go of worry and fear in moments of uncertainty, like with Tuesday's election, or waiting to hear about a job interview, or listening for God's calling on your life. Today, I am sharing my secrets to living out Proverbs 31:25.

 
Learning to Laugh Without Fear of the Future - Cultivate Grace - Proverbs 31:25
 

Focus on this very moment


This is SO much easier said than done! I believe focusing on the present moment takes intentional practice. But I also believe that's what makes it worth our time. By focusing our hearts on living for Christ, we literally run out of space and time for worry.

Instead, we can find purpose and contentment in the present moment, without anxiety for tomorrow. "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34


Make a list of 1,000 Gifts


One of my favorite books is called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. She calls it, "A dare to live fully right where you are." It's an incredible read, and it will really challenge you to look at daily life differently.

The challenge is to begin looking for gifts from God in your everyday life, like a scavenger hunt of sorts. So, I started with the big things, like a beautiful warm day in November and a gorgeous country sunset.

But then, once I ran out of those things, I started to notice simpler things that also felt like gifts. Joy-bringing gifts like warm biscuits from the oven and hearing my husband pray over our country before dinner. I promise, once you start your own gift-list, you'll be amazed at how God begins to remove your fears and replace them with gratitude.


Faith before Fear


My final secret to living out Proverbs 31:25 is the idea that faith is greater than fear. My women's study bible calls worry "the paralysis of faith." And isn't that how it feels to worry? The anxiety is all-consuming and fear takes over. What happens when we worry is that our mind strays from the sole focus of living for Christ.

Have you ever heard anyone say that fear is the opposite of faith? It's true! To conquer fear and put faith back in charge of your heart, start by acknowledging the worry you've focused on and repenting before the Lord. Know that you've been forgiven by the blood of Christ and be assured by Romans 8:38-39:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

[insert all the praise hands here]

 
Proverbs 31:25 - Cultivate Grace
 

Simplicity Challenge


As we enter Tuesday's election, I hope that you'll join me in praying for our nation. This week's Simplicity Challenge is just that - simply pray for our country! Comment below to let me know you're praying & how I can be praying for you as you learn to laugh without fear of the future.