"It's awfully hard to be b-b-b-b-brave when you're such a small animal." Piglet, in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, 1968 film based on A.A. Milne's Classics
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you." The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne, 1928.
We need to be SURE of God in order to calm our fears. There are several ways I do this:
Reading the Word
Counting my Blessings
Prayer is my constant. When I start to panic, when my mind starts racing, when I SEE in my mind my fears actually playing out...I turn to prayer immediately to get my mind out of that rut.
Reading the Word is something that takes me more time to "remember" to do...it's something that I forget, but helps me so tremendously. Even if it's just taking time to read a few Psalms or Proverbs...even if it's not a daily study; rather a discipline I develop in counter-acting my fear, IT WORKS. God has told us that His word will never return void. His Word always WORKS on His behalf. Keep your Bible app handy, or keep some note cards around that have favorite scripture on them so you can turn to it when you have fears that are bombarding your mind.
Counting my blessings may sound trite, but it is not. I believe that THIS is what Piglet was referring to when he said that by standing close to Pooh he felt more SURE of him. When we look back on our scariest times and see how God has stood CLOSE to us...has BLESSED us...has made ALL things work for our GOOD...when we can see those worries in hindsight and see how they all turned out (be them painful memories or not; we DID survive) we remember that God is our Protector, Shepherd, Stronghold, and Anchor.
There's one more thing, which kind of goes along with counting my blessings, and that is to give THANKS.
As I look back at my blessings and recall the fear I felt at those points in time, I give thanks to God for having been there, for never leaving, and for having all of my life in HIS control...He is a good God; loving, gracious, and forgiving. I thank Him for all that He has done for me, and for all He is yet to do. How can fear still reside in me when I see how much I have for which to give THANKS?
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV
Pray: Heavenly Father, you have given us EVERYTHING. You hold our future in your hands. We can't control what is going to happen to us...only YOU know our stories completely. But wherever we are in life, we ONLY want to be there if YOU are with us. We want only to be IN YOUR WILL; for that is good. Help to calm our fears today. Help us to remember that we can be SURE of you. Amen.