Faith Over Fear: How to ROAR Back When Life Goes UnexpectedlyOct 01, 2021
I want to share a story with you about a troubling time in my life. When all was going well in my corporate job, it felt like my mission in life was fulfilled. I quickly learned that when Jesus calls and the world feels like it’s shattering all around me, nothing else matters except His true calling.
One day, I had a job and the next day, I was informed my position was no longer needed. I can’t tell you how much fear that brought upon me. All the questions ran through my mind about what to do next and what this would mean for my family. It took some time to accept that I needed to have faith over fear because the Lord’s timing is never wrong.
Life can change in the blink of an eye. However, I’m here to tell you that it is possible to ROAR back when things seem to go awry. If you are in a similar situation and you’re looking for some guidance, I want to empower you to have faith. Use those struggles and turn them into strengths because once you do, you will unlock God’s true calling in your life.
What is Faith Over Fear?
Faith is having complete trust that things will work out for the better. Regardless of how troublesome a circumstance might be, having faith means you are releasing your worries over to God and accepting that He has something bigger and better planned for you.
Fear is a belief surrounded by negative emotions. With fear, you believe something or someone presents a threat to you and that is when we make rash decisions in our life in an effort to preserve ourselves. Sometimes fear helps us, but there are times when it does the opposite.
Having faith over fear means you are accepting that something has happened and that God will lead you to something better. It can be easy to hold onto that fear when you don’t know what God’s plan is. However, if you have faith in God, then your fear will be no more.
When I lost my job, I admit it was difficult at the moment to recognize the work God was doing in my life. My faith was tested, but it was during that difficult time that I accepted God’s will, prayed, and found my new calling. “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” -Deuteronomy 31:8.
How to ROAR Back
Similar to the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” roaring back at life means you are acknowledging the struggles, but you are deciding to turn them into strengths instead of being defeated by them. To roar back means you are taking control.
In my ROAR Back book, I teach powerful strategies to help you successfully do just that; roar back! Instead of dwelling on the “Now what?!” mindset, you can start today with your roar back at life.
This book was created on the foundation of my experiences having to roar back and have faith over fear time and time again. If you are ready to roar back at life, this life-changing ROAR method is all you need to get started.
1. “R” – Respond
There is only so much you can do to mitigate or lessen the impact an event will have on your life. As humans, we can only control a portion of our life. The way in which we respond and react to a challenge is something we can control and that will make all the difference.
A reaction is that emotional action we take when something happens in our lives. It is often a “fight or flight” reaction that we expel in an effort to survive whatever situation we are facing. A response is slower and more calm. It is how we take into consideration all the other moving parts in our lives, such as our family members.
Our natural instincts might be to get angry, isolate ourselves, and even grieve what we lost. However, there is a way you can respond that will change your circumstances, such as using declarations and decrees, praise, and gratitude.
2. “O” – Overcoming Obstacles
An obstacle is something we face that prevents us from moving forward. Life is going smoothly and then BAM! An obstacle gets put in our way and we need to overcome it somehow. It’s not about the obstacle; it’s what you do with the obstacle that counts.
Sure, you can choose to play the victim or have a pity party around it. But that won’t solve anything, right? If you have the tools to know how to overcome that obstacle, only then can you be victorious!
3. “A” – Apply
You have learned how to overcome obstacles in past seasons of your life. Now is the time to recall those strategies and apply them to your current challenges.
To do this, there is a roadmap to use to take you back through your life history to map out your struggles and explore them. Applying this roadmap to your life means taking a look at your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, the people in your life, perspectives, patterns, celebrating successes, and putting the story together.
4. “R” – Reveal
We reveal our testimony because testimonies allow God to do it again. We replay our testimonies like memories in our head as we recall all the information from past challenges. Only then can we learn how to move in current struggles.
God has promised that He will never leave or forsake us. That is true even in the most challenging seasons of our lives. He is the answer you are looking for.
Are You Ready to ROAR Back?
Dig deep within and ask yourself if you are ready to make the change to ROAR back at life when it knocks you around. If you are ready to stop playing the victim and become victorious in life’s challenges, then I encourage you to follow my ROAR Back method.
It’s acceptable to acknowledge when something happens in life that makes you have a negative feeling. The point is to move past dwelling on it so that you can truly step into that faith over fear. When Jesus calls us to switch the path we are on, His word is the only word that matters.
Start roaring back today and take the chance on yourself that something bigger and better is on its way into your life. Get ready to transform your struggle into strength with my ROAR Back book. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2.
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