Mar 12, 2021

Fighting Forward Through Fear

It was Thanksgiving of this year and I had just walked through a heartbreaking experience and was not looking forward to the holiday season. However, I got up and went with the motions. The family began to come in and my brave face was painted on like a beautiful piece of artwork. Faking it and facing it was not only the expectation I had for myself, it was also the little fight I still had left in me to show up and be okay. I was not okay—I was in pain. I walked through the day and kept walking forward because what other option did I have? I couldn’t sneak into a dark closet for no one to find me or hear me cry. I had kids, family, a role to play—though I didn’t want to face any of it that day.

I work with people every day who experience grief, heartache, pain, and trauma. Living life when you are experiencing any of these experiences and emotions is almost impossible at times. That’s why I chose the topic “fighting forward” to focus on the next few months for our Pastors’ Kids ministry. I believe within each of us there is a spark, a fire that we feel has died out but that still exists in the depths of who we are. Maybe when God created us, he made a place within our spirit that shouts “LIVE” when we feel like giving up—a voice that says “FIGHT” when we are facing the battle. I feel it, I fight it at times, and I embrace it most days. God created us to live and to live with abundance—not free from pain but free with His hope.

Isaiah 43:1 – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”

This is one of my favorite verses. I believe it’s a favorite because of how personal it is. When I am afraid, it helps to visualize our creator and the creator of all things simply saying my name…MY name. There is a peace that overcomes my feelings of inadequacy, doubt, questions, and confusion. These root up from fear, but through the redemption of Jesus Christ, we are seen, spoken for, fought for, and redeemed. And with that truth, we are more than conquerors and we can fight forward through these doubts and fears.

I want to encourage you to take a few minutes today to reflect on this verse in Isaiah. Take time to speak truth over fear and take time to remind yourself that you still have fight in you to move forward.

By <a href="https://pastorskids.org/author/krissieg/" target="_self">Krissie Glass</a>

By Krissie Glass

Krissie was born and raised in Texas. She has two amazing boy/girl twins, Joah and Selah. Krissie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For over 8 years, Krissie has counseled with people of all ages and from all different backgrounds. Her experience and training have prepared her to work with individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, and everyday life stressors. Krissie has an extensive background working with local churches and ministries. She grew up a pastor’s kid and served in the ministry alongside her husband for eight years.