It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;…for he will never be shaken;…He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is upheld, he will not fear. (selections from Psalm 112:6-8)
What do you fear the most? What causes your heart to panic or your mind to race? What takes your appetite away or intensifies it?
Our fears, varied as they may be, are rooted in common insecurities. Whether you’re afraid of natural disasters, spiders, car wrecks, going outside, your spouse being unfaithful, losing all your teeth, getting sick, dying or making phone calls, those fears find their basis in a core insecurity that keeps you from experiencing freedom and rest.
So that, of course, leads to the next question: what makes you feel insecure? What are you not sure enough about so that you can rest, cease striving, let go, and laugh freely?
I’ve noticed some common insecurities in women, including myself. I’m no psyciatrist or counselor, so I may be way off on this. But from personal and interpersonal experience, I’d say that many women are insecure about one or more of the following:
- their physical appearance
- the state of their relationships
- their ability to get the job done