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Stephanie Bryant is the co-founder of @incourage and a podcaster at the #JesusLedAdventurePodcast. She owns a Marketing & Business Coaching company. She is passionate about guiding you to your promised land and personal brand therapy. She enjoys spending her days with her husband and their miracle daughter, Gabrielle, on #BryantFamilyFarm....

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  1. Stephanie,
    What can man do to me? Though the enemy stands against me, God is for me, and if He is for me who can stand against me? This piece of scripture has sustained me through some very scary and fearful times. Each time that I have seen God fight for me, my courage and confidence in Him builds. Maybe it’s a lifetime of overcoming fearful hurdles, but I am not as afraid anymore. I know that my God is more than able and ultimately He will triumph. Thanks for an encouraging and thought provoking post!

  2. I was on the same journey…..looking in closets and under beds, not sleeping when alone…..Not being safe as a child carried over into most of my adult years, and there have been many! BUT Jesus has helped me heal, and another tool for me if necessary will be the prayer you shared for your readers. We are never alone! What a helpful post. Blessings……..

    • Renee, thank you for sharing your story…I also grew up in a very harmful and unstable life and even though I knew Jesus and my God, it took years to called Him Father. I didn’t know what having a father was. He is now my Abba Father and I love Him like a Dad. I am 58 yr so it took a lifetime to get to this point. He is so faithful and understanding. Ps 103:13….Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
      Ps 103:14….For He Himself knows our frame;
      He is mindful that we are but dust.
      God Bless you….Darlene

  3. Thank you for sharing this honest, heart piercing truth. This is a core struggle for me that I deal with on a daily basis. It almost feels impossible to know that praying this prayer rather than trying to do things keep myself safe and give me false peace will work. It is a faith issue. Please pray for me that I will have faith enough to reach out and trust rather than trying to find my peace somewhere else. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

    • Jen,
      Just a word of encouragement….Rom 12:3
      but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith….Your sincere desire to trust God will prove His faithfulness. I think trusting God with our lives is more of a learned issue. Renee said it well…if we have not learned trust in those around us it is hard to trust our Heavenly Father. He understands this. I believe Faith is the initial step in our relationship with God. Walking with Him daily helps us grow in that relationship and Trust is developed. Be encouraged…We are all still learning to trust Him in the midst of our struggles. Take Care, Sister in Christ, Darlene

  4. Thank you, this was exactly what I needed to hear today. To know I am not alone in my fears and to be reminded that with Him I do not need to fear.

  5. I always thought I was the only grown woman who was afraid of the dark when alone. Thank you for being so honest and showing many of us we are not alone. My oldest grandson seems to be more fearful of one thing or the other so I have written out your prayer so I can share it with him. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I needed this as I sit at work today. Thank you, some day when we are in heaven I’d love to share how God used this post!

  7. I really needed that, Stephanie. Thank you for your transparency. I’m old enough to be your mother, and I still am afraid at night when alone, especially. I watch waaaaay too much news! That’s part of the problem. Thank you for these powerful, Scriptural reminders about Jesus, the Light of the World. Happy New Year.
    Lynn Morrissey

  8. With hubby being military I can relate — although I started years ago praying that God would encircle our home with his warring angels ( ala Piercing the Darkness and Psalm 34:7) and now sometimes as my friend says I add “big hairy legged angels” :). It’s odd but I really haven’t feared for hubby while he’s been away – multiple deployments to war zones, while my children travel (one is in Africa as I type) – I, however, have different fears now – so I thank you for this even as it terrifies me that in my first read through of this this morning the Lord whispered “your word for the new year is … fearless” eeek!!!! what? … still mulling/praying on that one! 🙂

  9. Stephanie,

    My biggest fear is failure. I left a job (field of work) I was good at and ventured into a different field that I’m not good at. Had several problems with this job and now have one last chance to redeem myself next year. I either do it or I’m unemployed. This kind of scares me a little. I want to do good, but would like out of the current position (job) as I don’t care for some co-workers.

    Through all this I just pray to God to put me where He sees fit. Only God can sustain me through all this!

    Blessings and Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks! My husband recently accepted a promotion working nights & I’ve been struggling with falling asleep & staying asleep. I’m going to be using your prayer.

  11. Thank you for this inspirational way to enter 2015 😉 I’ve copied the prayer in the front of my journal for the coming year…the year I intend to let go of ‘fear’ – Praise & blessings!

  12. Thank you! My whole life has included one form of fear or another – often several at once. It has run my life and this prayer is a step I can make that isn’t complicated, unbelievable, or difficult. I can do no less than try it and see what happens.

  13. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely forward this to people I know that need to see & pray that beautiful prayer. Have a fearfree 2015 & the rest of the years going forward. God bless & a Happy New Year!

  14. Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you so much for your message ~ what a wonderful insight it is to me!
    You’ve helped me to get out of the clutches of the fear-holding obstacle I’m dealing with.

    Blessings to you!

  15. We live in a crowded suburban area, but it’s not a good area, so I can relate about being fearful, although I am uneasy whether anyone is home or not! I’d be more at ease way out in the country. I’ve gotten better though as time has went on and I’ve kept praying and leaning to the Lord, as He has not given us a spirit of fear. Thank you for this post. Many blessings into 2015!

  16. It’s amazing to read something exactly when you need it. That’s certainly God. I also am afraid of being alone in the dark considering I’ve been a single parent for 13 years. I’ve learned to rely so much on Jesus. Your prayer is perfect for this time in my life as I am leaving a job I can no longer physically do with no prospects if a new one. That’s my fear. I’ve whispered it to Jesus many times. He knows, and now you’ve reminded me he hasn’t forgotten. Thank you, all of you.

  17. This truly resonates with me. My husband’s work also involves some travel and at 56…I am still uneasy when it is time to go to bed. Fear can grip me, and I struggle to fall asleep. But there is another fear of darkness that you speak of. With grown children and now grandchildren, I can fear the darkness of this world and the effect it has on those I love so dearly. My mind and imaginings can consume me and the darkness that creeps over my spirit is paralyzing at times. I am very appreciative of your insight here, and the prayer you have put together from God’s word. Thank you for your thoughts. I will use your prayer as a way to rehearse the promises of God over us. God bless you <3

  18. When I was your age, I had several small children and my husband traveled. A LOT. I struggled so much with fear. At night, I would bring all the kids in my bedroom with me to sleep, and I would lock my bedroom door and sleep with the phone in my hand. I would set up “road-blocks” in the hallways or by the front door. I was exhausted all the time, and concerned that I was teaching my children to be fearful. But one day, after an especially stressful night…and much, much prayer…God delivered me of that deep, crippling fear. It took some deliberate (baby) steps on my part, and a lot of faith…but I don’t struggle with this anymore. You are so right…light will overtake the dark, and the Lord keeps His word. Thank you so much for sharing this!