Purpose of pain. Purpose in pain. What do we do with our pain? How do we not let the pain of life grip our hearts in paralyzing fear? How do we break the fear cycle?
Whatever you are fearing right now – God is bigger. There is nothing that will come as a surprise to Him, nor our response to the fear. When we feel out of control, it’s a good reminder that He is better at being in control than we are. There is nothing in our lives that God cannot comfort. What are you Braving right now?
Are you humbled by illness?
Do you have sleepless nights waiting up for your prodigal?
Is your marriage hanging on by a thread?
Are you staring at the divorce papers?
Do you fear death? Yours, your spouse, your children?
Are you feeling pretty beat up right now by a relationship?
Do you fear cancer knocking on your door…again?
Are you proclaiming that pornography won’t snare one more?
In her new book, Breaking the Fear Cycle, Maria Furlough shares an intense, personal, glimpse of pain and grief. Her story of Gideon and the wrestling with God through that trial teaches us that we can find purpose in the pain. That nothing is ever wasted. God can and will redeem our pain for our good and His glory.
Maria takes us through the fear journey and helps us take those thoughts captive and work through them with Scripture as our guide. She reminds us of God’s promises and that we should not fear the pain, but press through it to see the bigger purpose – peace.
“Obtaining peace is not a blissful walk in the park; it is a hard-won battle, and peace is the prize.” ~ Maria Furlough
It’s hard work, but we can break the fear cycle with God at our side. It does not mean that there will not be grief or sadness, but rather, God – who is with you, comforting you as you walk that path with Him, will ease that pain.
In Chapter 8 of the book, Maria lays out God’s Promises of Protection. There are 14 promises backed by Scripture that not only give comfort as we confront our fears, but offer us a guide to proclaim God’s truths and soak in His goodness.
I so needed to hear these words. Reading this book was balm to my soul right now. As I face new crossroads with my health, my homeschooling teaching career, a new transition, and new projects on the horizon, there are a whole lot of fears creeping in lately. This book has allowed me to pause and realign my fears with new clarity. Breaking the Fear Cycle was just what I needed in order to put things in perspective and help me bring my fears to the feet of Jesus… again.
I wholeheartedly recommend Breaking the Fear Cycle to anyone looking to overcoming their fears. Pick up your Bible, pick up this book and absorb all the gems that God is whispering to you. There are questions at the end of each chapter that help guide you through each section. One of my favorite parts are the prayers at the end of each chapter as well. Maria’s words that pray over you as you face your fears. Prayers of encouragement and love.
Fear can either paralyze you or it can be a catalyst for growth. Which do you choose? What Brave thing are you confronting?
If you want to find peace and break through your fears, pick up a copy of Maria’s book HERE
Or better yet, enter to win a FREE copy of her book with the special Freebie offers included, exclusive for you! I’m excited to share this FREE book to my readers! I hope you will enter to win! Simply fill out the form below and share with me what Brave fear you are confronting now and why you think this book would benefit you. This giveaway is open for a short time, so enter today!
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