Facing Down Fear– And a Giveaway

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Even though God made us for community instead of doing life alone, it’s difficult to connect in today’s world. Busy schedules, living far from family, and daily distractions are just a few of the reasons we might fail to reach out for the deep relationships we crave.

But more than anything else, there’s one thing that I believe keeps us far distant from each other– a lack of authenticity. I have a confession to make along those lines. For decades, I was reluctant to let others know my struggles. The perfectionist in me wanted to at least look like I was holding it together even when I was falling apart.

The period of time that I wrote about today, when my son was struggling with his fears, was one of the hardest mama seasons of all. I was definitely falling apart. You know how it is. Your kids’ hurts hurt even more than your own. On top of the hurt, there was some embarrassment. My husband and I were both teachers, so we thought we should know what to do and how to handle our son’s anxiety.

We tried everything we knew, but finally, we got to the end of our rope and realized that we needed help. We needed community. We needed support.

Are you there today either for your child or for yourself? I want to share a resource that was a lifeline for us. Focus on the Family has a counseling hotline that helped us through the crisis of the moment and also referred us to a licensed Christian counselor. They were wonderful, so click here if you’d like more information about counselors in your area or if you’d like to talk to one of the Focus counselors on the phone.

I’m also a huge reader, so we read lots of books as a family to address fears generally and also the specific fear. I’d love to offer you two books as a GIVEAWAY today— one for the little girls and one for the big girls! Leave your own comment or just say “Perfect love casts out fear!” to enter to win:

IT WILL BE OK

A copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s book for children, It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change

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A copy of my book Breaking Up with Perfect

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    • I am a 2nd grade teacher and have a student who is currently struggling with anxiety. I appreciated reading your suggestions and am excited about reading these resources!

    • Hi everyone, tks Amy for Ur beautiful & encouraging article. – Perfect Love does cast out Fear. I meditate on that verse & the thought that comes to mind is that JESUS is the Perfect Love that casts out Fear!!? Also I love the verse, -Be still & know that He is GOD!!☺ SO in knowing this we can rest & trust in His care & Love since He knows whats best for us!! Also tks for the Focus on the Family info & hotline# info, this is great to have handy. Be blessed! from Mary Louise

      • Perfect love casts out fear. It’s comforting to know that you and your family were able to connect with good Christian counseling and whatever method they and you all tried was effective. I feel more hopeful.

    • This sounds exactly what my 4th and 2nd grader could use! With all the changes and challenges that have taken place this past year, I have often wondered what Christian resources are available for kids. This sounds like a wonderful and helpful resource. Thanks for the reminder of scripture – “Perfect love casts out fear!”

    • This is such a helpful post as my granddaughter is dealing with fear and anxiety. I would love a copy of the children’s book!

    • I too struggle with fear and anxiety, ever since I can remember. I grew up in a home where it was the norm. It held me back in life ad handicapped. Now, it’s starting to get in between my relationship with God and with others. I’m ready to kick fear to the curb and with God’s help change my thoughts. Thanks for letting me know that I’m not alone in this!

    • Hi,,my name is charity from Kenya ,ive been reading your messages and iv been truly blessed…I have recently been getting serious panick attacks and am on sleeping pills because I cannot sleep.Am trying all manner of things to help me relax and am happy and was encouraged by the story of your son…id love to get more.

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your feelings of being reluctant to let others know about your struggles. I can definitely relate to this because of my son’s struggle with anxiety and my own struggle with fear and the ‘fear’ of embarrassment if anyone knew about them.
    A favorite Scripture of mine is 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV)

  2. Thank you for the devotion and sharing your personal story. My teenage daughter started having anxiety and fear after a long illness. I hurt for her going through this daily and it can be taxing on our family as well. She’s 18 and we are trying to work through getting her to learn to drive. I agree with your statement about the counseling,which is helping her right now. This looks like a good book for her. Thanks!

  3. HI Amy,tx for sharing your heart on what you went through with your child. I had tears streaming down when I read it, I’ve just been going through 2months of pain and agony seeing my son transformed due to being name called and pick at at school,he is also 7. He changed from a secure happy boy to a depressed child. I have to work and leaving him at school has been pure agony, I must say,my faith has been deeply shaken as I try to trust through the pain,speak to the School and take him to counselling. I am glad to hear your son is OK today,one looses perspective in the middle of the situation. I need so much wisdom and direction in this situation that I have been an anxious heap,it’s been difficult to trust that God will bring this to good while I see my son ache. I really need to memorize these scriptures with him, I need to remember that God’s arm is not too short. TX again,may God bless you

  4. My son, too struggles with anxiety–and as a teacher I too feel I should have the means to help! Thank you for sharing this and tips on how to help!!!

  5. Amy, thank you for sharing that Perfect love does cast out all fear! More of an affirmation and a reminder for me today! But , today I can do anything as long as my mind is on God and his direction. Happy Monday!

  6. Both of my kids have certain fears and anxieties about different things. I know this book would be a great addition to our bookshelf. I love Lysa’s writing! And a book for big girls might be exactly what I need to step out past my fears. Thank you for your inspiration!

  7. Thank you for writing about this on your blog. Both my 10 year old daughter and myself struggle with anxiety, she often has panic attacks. We are thinking of seeking the support of a Christian counsellor.
    Anxiety is so hard.
    Perfect love casts out fear.

  8. Thank you for sharing your story and including many practical tips for parents. Our 7 year old daughter has been struggling with anxiety for the last several months, which we’ve hoped has been a phase but seems to be developing into more. Thank and praise God that he gives us His word as a tool to fight anxiety such as, “Perfect love casts out all fear!” Amen!

  9. Perfect love casts out fear! My 8 year old nephew Asher struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. Thank you for sharing your story and providing the name of a book written for children struggling with fear.

  10. Fear seems to be my constant companion lately. My oldest is a Marine and is wrapping up a deployment that has had me on pins and needles. I was so happy to start counting down the weeks till his return. Yesterday my daughter in love told me that he won’t be here long before we start this all over again. I still have a little one at home and it is so hard to keep on my happy face and do this daily, never knowing when you may get a call or visit that will change your world forever. Not to mention the day to day routine of is he eating , sleeping, cold, etc. I know he’s not a baby, but he is my baby. Just for today, this morning, I hate this!

  11. Perfect love casts out fear….thanks so much for sharing your story. It helps to know that I or my son isn’t the only one who struggles with this. Things have been pretty good for me but jusy this morning I woke up early with anxiety and it was so neat to see the title of the the devotion this morning!

  12. My 7 year old struggles with different fears and anxieties so I was deeply moved by your devotional today on P31 Ministries. I know childhood is a scary thing, more so now with the way our world is. Thank you for the reassurance you provided! Your sons story has touched so many hearts and it will touch even more as they come across it. I’m so glad he gave you permission to share it!

  13. Thank you for sharing your son’s story! I struggle with fear, and I see it in my daughters’ lives as well. I appreciate the steps you shared for overcoming and facing down those fears. I would love copies of these books!

  14. I grew up with a mom who had severe anxiety, fear and depression. I started having the same after Lyme disease and sudden death of my dad, along with other serious family sicknesses. I believe it is a generational curse and I have rebuked it in the Name of Jesus. I am believing for a healing and stopping it from going into future generations. Staying deep in the Word, proclaiming scriptures out loud and standing in faith not feelings is what I do to stir up my faith, letting God do the healing. I write scriptures on index cards and walk around proclaiming His Word. That way I have the Word right at my fingertips and it as I seek God ,His Word gets in my heart and mind and brings me the, ” peace that passes all understanding” And when I feel anxiety I proclaim, ” Lord I believe, please help my unbelief” and then I stand on His Word. Thank you for sharing your story today. I pray mine will help many too. God is faithful! We must seek Him with all our heart. He is our Father, our Savior and Great High Priest and our Comforter. Always with us , walking right beside us.

  15. I believe this is a blessing from the heavenly Father to answer my recent and fervolous prayers for helping my daughter and I overcome anxiety. I’ve battled it my entire life, and now my 8 year old daughter is suffering the exact same path. I would love to share stories with her that could encourage her strength and lessen her fears. I know God has been my anchor and I would love to be able to share stories and versus with her that she would understand and be able to use for her shield.

  16. This devotional was just what I needed today, my 9 year old daughter is going thru a season of fear & anxiety and it’s been hard for us. Thank you for sharing & thank to your son for allowing you to share!

  17. Perfect love cast out fear. It was good to read your devotional, we have a child as well that struggles with anxiety.
    Thank you

  18. Perfect love casts out fear! We have a 9 year old daughter with lots of fears and anxieties. It definitely can control what you can do in your life. Thank you for a great post. We had a bad year last year but good this year in school. I like and will apply your snowball idea! Have a great day!

  19. Perfect love casts out fear. I still remember the look in my daughter’s eyes, when panic and fear immobilized her, or the other times it created a fight or flight response in her.

  20. Perfect love casts out fear! I have been battling with anxiety lately and was checking my email and saw your devo from Proverbs 31. So needed for myself.

  21. I wonder if your son is autistic? My son fears many things, especially change. Knowing he has autism has enabled me to help him manage those fears, and he’s actually tried new things without being asked!

  22. Your email in my inbox this morning was an example of God’s perfect timing! We are seeing our son struggle with anxiety, too. And, we’re at a place where we know that we need other resources to help. Scripture is indeed, something we need to use often! 🙂

  23. Thanks for sharing. We are starting to see some anxieties within our son and this devotional helped me today. I would love to win the book “It’s ok”. Perfect love does cast out all fear. Thanks again for sharing.

  24. Your story really resonated with me. Our son has been struggling for the past two years with anxiety and he is only 12 . It’s hard as a parent and at times I feel so helpless. Thank you for sharing your heart and reminding me that we are not alone in our struggles. Would love a copy of either book!

  25. Yes, indeed! Fears.
    Fears of future for kids. Have I taught them well?
    Fears of loss of job.
    Fears of uncertainty of everyday. Happy? Angry?
    Fear of not doing what God wants from me.

  26. Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything. Phil 4:6.

    My 7 yo daughter went thru a real rough patch w fear of spiders. We would find her sleeping everywhere in the house, but her bed, because she feared spiders. She’d wake exhausted from her nightly wandering ritual of seeking safety from spiders.

    This was the verse that she used to overcome the fear. Funny thing happened though. Being in 100% touch w Daddy’s anxieties of daily life, she frequently interrupts my distrustful thought patterns and reminds me, “Daddy, don’t worry about anything, pray about everything.” My goodness how life-changing those reminders can be.

  27. My daughter and son have been through so much but I see the fear and anxiety build up as things in life change or new things happen. Thank you for the advise and hope given today.

  28. “Perfect love casts out Fear”

    “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”

  29. What a blessing it was to read your story. I struggle with anxiety and worry about my 8 year old little girl that she too will have these issues. It provides so much hope to know there are such wonderful resources out there to get through these difficult times. God bless

    ” PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEARS”

  30. Thank you for the reminder that perfect love casts out fear. I was in desperate need of that reminder as well as the list of scriptures. If I’m not careful, I find myself trying to fix everything on my own…. Not giving it to my Savior who has infinite wisdom and only love for me. Excited to have found your blog as well! Truly encouraging. ?Praying your day is blessed! ❤

  31. I have 3 beautiful granddaughters that I have Bible Study with, so we can grow and learn about Jesus Christ together. The youngest is 4 and will be starting Pre K in fall..the book for little ones would be perfect for her! The older two are 9 and 10..the book for the older gals would be awesome for them! It’s never too soon to begin our walk with the Lord, learning His will, and abiding in His love. They LOVE to read!

  32. I love your blog! I have struggled with anxiety off and on as a result of my own perfectionism. Thank you for your message with the three practicals-I found it very helpful!

  33. Perfect love casts out fear. The beginning of college in the fall can cause some anxiety as we take care of all of the details. Looking for some things to ease this transition.

  34. I’d love to win these books as resources for my kids and I 🙂 And perfect love does cast out fear!!

  35. We will be moving away from family this summer for my husbands job. I have some fear of how my little girls will react to so much change. Lysa’s book may be a huge help during the time of transition and unknown. Thanks for letting us know about these resources.

  36. As the mother of 2 boys- 7 and 3, we are preparing to move to another state, again. Our oldest is a little nervous about a new school and making friends. Our youngest doesn’t have that issue yet, but he has cystic fibrosis and there’s always anxiety that comes with a disease. This book will enable me to be prepared for both their futures! And of course we know that perfect love casts out all fears!

  37. Perfect Love Casts Out Fear!!!! My 9 year old is on the autism spectrum and he deals with a lot of stress, fear and anxiety. I’d appreciate the book for him.

  38. I would LOVE to win these books. I’ve suffered with anxiety my whole life. I think I’ve dealt with it fairly well, but there is always room to grow. The children’s book would be excellent for my nephew, as I’ve seen some anxiousness in his young heart as well.

    Perfect love casts out fear!

  39. another moment when God put the right words where they were most needed.
    Thank you for your story which gives me even more drive to find the right resources for my anxious child. I also appreciate the Focus on the Family link for a Christian counselor. I pray we find the right fit for my daughter.

  40. I have suffered from anxiety my whole life. Now my daughter is dealing with the same thing. So hard to see her stuggle like I did. Would love to have a copy of these books.

  41. Perfect love casts out fear! I struggled with anxiety for many years. I still struggle periodically but it doesn’t cripple me like it used to. I am slowly learning how to overcome it’s grip. Reading and memorizing Scripture and God’s promises to me is ultimately what helped the most and was a turning point in my life.

  42. Perfect LOVE casts out fear! When I was in college, I realized that I suffered from anxiety. I didn’t know how to define my condition until I became closer to His word and became aware of such a thing. I pray through my anxieties now, although there is so much room to grow. My daughter now shows signs of anxiety and I would love nothing more than to teach to her calm her fears through God’s loving words. That would be PERFECT!

  43. Fear & Worry are my worst enemies, the Lord has strengthened me and yet is still showing me that fear still holds me in different areas. I see this in my sons too. My oldest has nervous ticks and my youngest is just plain scared to try anything new. He has melt downs about school. It is hard to make your children face their fears when all you want to do is protect them.

  44. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words today. I will stand with you to proclaim that perfect love casts out fear… A reminder that needs repeated verbally in my home. Thanks!

  45. Ive definitely had my own struggles with fear and it often has to do with my expectations and perfectionism so your book would be perfect.

  46. Perfect Love Casts out fear!
    Thank you for your ministry! This is a great book by Lysa. My kids got it from the library and I wanted to get it for my cousins children, but can’t afford to do that right now. A giveaway would be fantastic!
    God bless you!

  47. Our 9 yr old grand daughter was in kindergarten the year those beautiful kindergartens were killed in their classrooms. That kicked off her fears and anxiety which worsened when she broke her arm in 2 places on the playground that same year. Once she realized bad things can happen she stopped trusting in the innocent way she previously had. Elevators, escalators and sleeping alone were her biggest fears. She stills creeps downstairs to sleep w/her parents during the night. They have a 3yr old also so my daughter has not had good sleep in years. It has taken a toll on the both parents. Soon they will move into a home where all the bedrooms are on the same floor and we pray that will bring an end to her nighttime fears.

  48. I have a grandaughter that is so afraid of many things. I would love to be able to share this book with her. Perfect love casts out fear. Thanks for your tips!

  49. I’m having surgery on Wednesday and I’ve been feeling anxious about it. I’ve had several surgeries but never felt anxious beforehand. Your devotion has helped to calm my nerves. Thank you for sharing your life experience.

  50. Thank you for such a great post. My daughter and I both have anxiety and I would LOVE to win these books for her. I have learned to control mine over the years, she is not quite there. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    Perfect love casts out fear!

  51. Amy,
    Thank you for your encouraging devotion. Our church family is so much bigger than our eyes can see. We are blessed to have the connection with electronic sources. Proverbs 31 and Focus on the Family have always been great for my family. Life is tough but thank GOD we are not alone in it. I pray your mission field grows.

  52. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God everything you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7. Perfectionism and anxiety are such a constant struggle! But, I am thankful for God’s word which gives me instruction and promises to hold onto!

  53. I struggle with fear and control and I see the pattern in my son already. I would love these books as resources.

  54. This is such a good reminder for my niece who was adopted and is fearful of many things living in a new country and learning to trust that her parents will not abandon her. It is so hopeful to remember that perfect love drives out fear!

  55. What a blessing it would be to win these books! Today’s devotional was so encouraging as I struggle to overcome postpartum anxiety. Please tell your son thank you for allowing you to share his story to bless others; what the enemy meant for evil, God uses for Good! Thank you for sharing.

  56. It Will Be Okay.
    Amy. My almost 7 year old is fighting anxiety about school. I can’t believe that the devotional this morning is about this, this post means so much today. I would love to have a copy of this book. Thank you SO much for sharing, this gives me hope!

    Jen H

  57. I know my grown son struggles with anxiety as well. He has never asked for prayer but I pray God will help me see how to bless him and scripture to share.

  58. My son suffers from this…today is the first day back from spring break and he was worried that he had forgotten to do something (ie homework) and would be in trouble, although there was nothing listed in his planner. It breaks my heart to see him so stressed over everything and literally nothing.

    • This very similar thing happened at my house last night, Sandra. It is heartbreaking, but I pray both of our boys will have a successful day back at school!

  59. I cannot thank you enough for your blog post today! My son also deals with fear and anxiety and the resources that you shared are so valuable! Thank you so much for sharing your son’s story on a day that this mother needed to hear it! Perfect love indeed casts out fear!

  60. Thank you for sharing and being authentic. I am going through big changes in my life and need all the help I can get. Thank You Lord Jesus

  61. Perfect love casts out fear. We are human and often struggle with that perfect love because we cannot comprehend this.

  62. Perfect love casts out fears. Recently I have been challenged with facing my own fears. I want my children to trust in God to help overcome their own fears too

  63. Having struggled with fear and anxiety more than half my adult and now watching my 5th child struggle and I so blessed by your writing. Perfect love casts out fear!

  64. My husband struggles with a lot of fear and anxiety. I’m always looking for tools to encourage him in the heat of his attacks. Thank you for your words today, they were very timely.

  65. We have been through a lot of changes in the last few months with more to come. It’s hard to know how to assure your child (or even a spouse) that even though things seem uncertain or that people who were once more involved in your life aren’t around as much now that it will be okay. As a mom of three girls who deals with perfectionism, both these books look great! Thank you for your devotion today. It was very timely.

  66. Thank you so much for sharing this devotional! My daughter has been going through fear of a child at school for a long time now. We have talked to her about it and encouraged her to pray about it and talk to a counselor at school who might be able to give her ways to cope with this child’s behaviors. today she did talk to a counselor and I am so happy! This book woulf be wonderful to have for her.

  67. My son is suffering from fear and anxiety, and I think this book would be helpful. Perfect love casts out fears! Thanks.

  68. Me and my 5-year-old son deal with anxiety. We are in the process of moving out of the country for missions, and your devotional today hit me hard (in a good way). Thank you so much. I would love to win this book for my children.

  69. My son who is now 22 is struggling with fear anxiety and panic attacks.
    Your devotion today was perfect timing and I Thank the Lord for His leading me to it today!!

    “Perfect Love casts out Fear” ❤️

  70. My son who is now 22 is struggling with fear anxiety and panic attacks. Been a long hard road.
    Your devotion today was perfect timing and I Thank the Lord for His leading me to it today!!

    “Perfect Love casts out Fear” ❤️

  71. Perfect Love Does Cast Out Fear! It’s something that we all need to remind ourselves of.
    As a school psychologist I work with many students who have anxiety to varying degrees and it’s heartbreaking to see. I love to use books with some of the students b/c it’s a way for them to relate and see that other people have the same problems with anxiety.

  72. Perfect love casts out all fear!

    This is something I will probably struggle with my whole life. My Mom still, and I am now a married adult, calls me out on moments of fear and points me to my Savior. My husband, and my family do the same. God is SO much bigger than what I fear!!!

  73. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, whom shall I be afraid. When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my foes and enemies attack me. They will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear. Though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. Psalm 27

  74. Fear is such a real thing…Only my God can deliver me from it. I would love to get this book for my Granddaughter who struggles with fear. Thank you for your helpful information to get her help….

  75. This was helpful. I have two daughters that struggle with terrible anxiety. Not only does my heart break for them but I feel guilty too because I have also struggled my whole life with it and I think they got it from me.

  76. I just bought the children’s book for my nieces, who are experiencing a lot of change lately. Now I wish to give a copy to my nephew, who is currently facing a lot of fear and anxiety.

  77. The story of your son and his struggles with anxiety was so encouraging to me! It is helpful to know that we are not alone; my 7 year old has been struggling with paralyzing fear. It started 7 months ago and has improved, but he is still unable to attend school. This has been a very difficult season for our family, but the Lord has blessed us in many ways during all of it. Today, I am thankful for you and your son and your message of hope.

  78. I have always been an anxious person, but lately the more I age, the more anxious and scared I get. I know that having faith and trusting in God can help diminish these fears, but sometimes the feelings just take over. Thank you for reminding us that perfect love casts out fear!

  79. Thank you for tour specific recommendation of Focus on the Family as a resource. I have started to call before so its good to hear first hand of someone’s experience with the. I won’t hesitate to now. My 10 year old daughter definitely tries to do it all perfect and deals with a lot of fear and anxiety. I would love to read your book. Thank you for sharing with us about your son and encouraging outside help as I have thought about this many times myself and just never made that call to do it but have felt many times like I just couldn’t help my daughter they way she needed. Thank you.

  80. oh thank you for the chance. i have to take a moment and thank you for your book. I was in tears by the time I finished the first chapter — finally someone who understood. Your comment on how perfectionists are masters at the blame game has changed my life. You are just absolutely fantastic and have recommended your book to many, many people.

  81. My youngest struggles with anxiety and fear too…. it’s hard as a mom. But we read a devotional every night and it is slowly getting better. I remind her of verses or just to simply repeat “Jesus” three times. It is scientifically proven that repeating Jesus’ name lowers blood pressure and heart rate in stressful situations… it works for her. Thanks for your blog post as it is refreshing to see that kids can grow through this issue, and I applaud your son for letting you tell his story.

  82. My 11 year old daughter has accepted Christ but has enormous fears especially at night. She sleeps on a palette on the floor at the end of our bed.
    PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR!!!

  83. God is Love. A Mother’s love is an extension of God’s love.
    “Perfect love cast’s out all fear”

  84. Thank you for the great blog! My son struggles with anxiety. It seems to come and go in waves. I love the quote “Perfect love casts out fear and the resources you gave. Thanks again for sharing!

  85. Perfect love casts out fear!
    My daughter and I are one and the same – full of anxiety.. something we need to get through.

  86. I’m entering, hoping to help our two grandsons, 5 and 7, who are moving a thousand miles away from all their grandparents, and friends and neighbors, this week. I know they feel lots of uncertainties about what it will be like in a new school. Things will be so unfamiliar and their parents aren’t the most in tune with these boys’ emotions and explaining feelings either. This book might be a help to them. Thank you for this encouragement today. Perfect love does cast out fear!

  87. Trusting God because of His faithfulness and His being true to His Word is so important to help with fear and anxiety that we deal with. Thanks for the reminder of memorizing Scripture and practicing Phil. 4:8.

    Retraining our thought process is so important to renew our minds (Rom 12:1-2) to be able to grow in Christlikeness.

    Thanks for your devotion and blog.

  88. I have the book for the kids It will be Okay but would love to gift one. And man do I need the Breaking Up with Perfect book! I know I am no where near perfect and don’t care to be but why do I still try?!

  89. Perfect love casts out fear!!!! Such great tips you gave today to help me help my son who is 6 and has mild anxiety. Thank you!!!

  90. I really want to win these for my daughter-in-law and granddaughter. My granddaughter is nine and has many fears that cause her to have way too much anxiety for her and her mother and father.

  91. Perfect loves casts out fear…..oh, we so could have used this book last night with my youngest son!!!!

  92. “Perfect love casts out fear”
    It’s about replacing fear (faith in the wrong things) with love and faith in God.
    Luke 10:41-42
    41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

    Philippians 4:6-9
    6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
    8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

  93. My 8 yr old daughter will be changing schools this fall and it will be a big source of anxiety for her! I’d love for her to get this book!

  94. I am a perfectionist – I admit it. Although the Lord is working in me in this area I know I still have a long way to go. It is my true desire to rest in His perfection and His grace and, through the current circumstances in my life, I am learning to lean on and trust in Him.

    My niece’s 5-year old son is an anxious and fearful child, and I know she would benefit from Lysa’s book for children. Would love to send it to her!

    His perfect love casts out all fear. Praise God.

  95. As I get older, fear and anxiety grip me tight, to the point of paralyzing me from comleting daily tasks. Thank you for your post and advice today. I would love a copy of your book. I feel like you are looking in the window of my life; I strive to do everything to perfection and when I fall short, I become anxious, overwhelmed and nonproductive.

  96. Perfect love casts out fear!

    My daughter deals with worry and I have as well. These resources sound great!

  97. Hi Amy, thank you for your wonderful devotion. It was a great encouragement to me. My daughter’s anxiety has increased this year and I have often felt inadequate in my ability to help her. I know that outside help is now needed and will start walking down that road. In the meantime, i plan to spend more time talking/praying with her about the anxiety (and will use your “snowball rolling” illustration:)

  98. Perfect love casts out fear!
    I’m so glad I found your blog, you have a wonderful way of clearly describing what I’m going through and new way to go about dealing with them. Thank you!

  99. Perfect love casts out fear! I constantly struggle with not being “perfect” enough and fear no one will like me if I make a mistake. This is definitely a difficult topic for me.

  100. “Perfect love casts out fear!” I struggle with being a perfectionist, and would love to read your book! If I don’t win it, then will put it on my “to buy” list when God blesses me with a job – hopefully soon! Thanks for your devotional and blog!

  101. “Perfect love casts out fear!” I am so excited to learn more about how to get rid of fear and anxiety

  102. Anxiety and fearfulness in our children is so difficult for parents to deal with. We need all the resources we can get.

  103. Wow, did this speak to me today! My husband and I are both teachers and we are trying to figure out to deal with our son’s anxiety and fears!! Loved the suggestions and we are going to look into counseling! Thanks for your words and the opportunities to win the books!!

  104. Perfect love cast out fear! I would love this book for my kiddos! I have two teens and three tots =)! Great article!

  105. Striving to maintain an image of perfection can lead to anxiety when things don’t work out the way we planned and the messiness of life unravels. I would appreciate reading your book “Breaking up With Perfect” and having my daughter read “It Will Be Okay” as we work on keeping things real, honest and balanced.

  106. This came at just the right time. I was dealing with fear today. Thank you for sharing. I would love a copy of the children’s book for my preschooler. She could definitely benefit from it. And a copy of the big girl one for me would be awesome!

  107. This sounds so much like my 7 year old son. My heart aches for his anxieties and fears. These books sound perfect!

  108. WoW!!! Thank you for this amazing message today! Fear is such a struggle for me and I tend to focus on it more than anything. I love your encouragement on not letting your snow ball to continue to roll and get bigger and bigger. I will remember that for sure. I am going to start writing scripture on index cards and put them in my purse to pull out and read over and over to let that be my focus instead! For Perfect Love CASTS OUT ALL FEAR!!!!

  109. Thanks for your sons story, it’s a reminder that im not the only one. And if he was able to overcome anxiety and fear than so am I.

  110. I struggle often with anxiety. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. Would love to check out these books. Perfect love casts out all fears

  111. Thank you for this devotional! My daughter has a lot of fears and this is so helpful. Perfect love casts out fear!

  112. I have always battles with fear and anxiety. Now that I have 2 small boys I have been trying to teach them that God is always there and we have been working on memorising scriptures. This is such a great giveaway. What wonderful tools. Thank you.

  113. I pray constantly to give my fear to God, but I wake up each day with it still facing me. My fear of being alone, as my long long marriage has ended and I’m devastated. Please pray for me/my kids.

  114. I would love either of these books, mostly the children’s book, though. Summer break is around the corner and the kids & I need to read, read, read!

    Perfect love casts out fear!

  115. Oh my how my 7-year old needs this!! He is TERRIFIED of the dark and of sleeping alone. I have tried everything but he is still so afraid of being alone in a room at night. He won’t even brush his teeth unless I’m standing next to him. He will cry until he is sick and can’t breathe. I don’t even know where this fear is coming from. His 9 year old sister isn’t afraid at all. Help!!

  116. I would love to read these books! My counselor actually emailed me the devotion for today because we were talking about fear and trusting God… definitely relevant to my life. 🙂 I’m especially interested in the one for children because I work with little ones!

  117. Perfect love casts out fear! Would love to bless my sister with this book. Her little boy is very afraid when it comes time to go to bed. They have tried so many things but nothing seems to work. We continue to pray for him. Thank you for the article!

  118. thank you for sharing, its very hard to deal with children as they grow. I have learned to lean on God in prayer and living out his word. “Perfect love casts out fear!”

  119. With so much to fear, I’m so thankful that perfect love casts out fear. Jesus You are my perfect love!

  120. as always, this devotional was exactly what i needed today. i am wrestling with how to tell my kiddos about an upcoming change that i know will just make them both so sad. i just texted my sister, asking for prayers, and then read this devotional {i am behind a day!} and it was exactly what i needed. thank you!

  121. Prefect Love cast out Fear is so true my son would hear voices telling him to hurt himself he would run in the house and ask me to read Romans 12th chapter to him and we would repeat it over and over then we would say At what time I am afraid I will trust in God. God healed my son. It will be alright

  122. Perfect love cast out fear. This devotional really hit home for me. My 10 year old has been struggling with fear. I was beginning to be concerned, because nothing I would say would calm her fears. The Lord sppke to me and began to reveal that it’s time for her to know ME for herself. We talked and prayed, and I directed her to scripture concerning fear. I am now equipping her to develop her personal relationship with the master.

  123. My 9 year son just started struggling with anxiety so bad that he didn’t want to go to school. It breaks my heart and I am so grateful for your words of hope. Thank you! Perfect love casts out fear!

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