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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Week Fifty-Five: Beth Ziarnik

                           The Fear

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind”—2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Fear gripped me in the pre-dawn dimness. Had I tackled a writhinganaconda?What made met hink I could weave all the intriguing elements of fiction into flowing perfection? What made me think I could capture readers’ attention...entertain them...inspire them...make them feel all my characters’ passions as they pursued their dreams?

I squeezed my eyelids shut and burrowed my head in the pillow. Even if—by some fluke—I managed to do all that, what made me think someone would want to publish my novel? The marketplace grew tighter every day, the competition greater. I was getting older.

I groaned. Was I out of my mind? O God, you gave me this dream. I’m doing my best, but I’m scared to death I can’t pull it off.
*God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.*

Wha...? The words wrapped me like a warm blanket, words I had written on a note card and kept on my desk to remind me that fear is not from God. His enemy uses it, pressing in to squeeze the life from my creative efforts, to stop me from accomplishing the good God gave me to do.
I threw back the covers and bolted from my bed, wielding the words like a sword. “God has not given me a spirit of fear!” I shouted, “but of power! Of love! And a sound mind!” Fear slithered away.

I took a deep breath and marched into my home office, vowing to fight fear with the Word of God every time it showed its scaly head. For “I can do everything through him [Christ] who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13, NIV)” and “with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, KJV).”
Sitting down before my computer, I prayed and booted up. Time to get to work...with the Lord.

Beth Ann Ziarnik enjoys writing and speaking to encourage Christians to push past the fear and use their writing gifts to further Gods kingdom. Discover more on her Web site at

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