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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

Dear Fear

(This is a letter I submitted to Alley Muse (www.alleymuse,com) as part of a 'Dear Fear', encouragement contest, I LOVE their pens- hopefully I'll win some:))

Dear Fear,

We have had this binding relationship for far too long. Over the years I have depended on you to keep me safe, but at the risk of stunting my own growth. You have always been there for me and you have never let me down. Every time I wanted to do something too risky or too exciting, you were right there, pulling me back into my comfort zone.

You kept me in a place where I did not have to worry about anything. A place where everything was familiar and easy. But now, I want you to know that I see you for exactly who you are. I can tell that you never meant me any good. And I can see clearly that your goal has been to keep me from finding out how great I can truly be. So Fear, I rebuke you and all your friends, insecurity, doubt, anxiety, depression and regret. You are no longer a part of my life.

I need you to know that I am moving forward with my life as if you never existed, I will not consider you as I make decisions for my life and your opinion does not matter. To put it plainly you are not welcome here anymore.

So Fear, goodbye and good riddance. I have claimed you as my own for far too long and now I am letting you go. I have a life to live and greatness to achieve and I see now that I cannot do it with you. It's over!

Sincerely Sherry Kirkland

2 Timothy 1:7 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Isaiah 41:10 10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Psalm 27:1 1A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 118:6-8 6The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.

1 John 4:18 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

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