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Catching and Releasing our Greatest Fears, Anxiety, and Control

Controlling our greatest fears, anxiety, and worries is not an easy mindset to have. We research, we
question, or we begin to put our walls up around our feelings and emotions only to brace ourselves
for the negative impact that is about to occur.

We catch ourselves staring off into the distance thinking about our next steps, our next career, our
next potential relationship, or our next way of handling grief and loss. We think to ourselves, I
don’t know how much more I can take. Better yet, we ask ourselves, alright, what is going to
happen next?

When we fear for our future selves, we also begin to ask the “what if” questions. Some of these
questions tend to look like:

What if my career falls through?

What if I don’t get that promotion I always hoped for?

What if my girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé, wife, or husband stops falling in love with me each day?

What if I lose him/her?

What if they are pretending to like me, and they aren’t actually my friend?

These questions cause us to worry and make us fall into the spiral of anxiety, fear, and barriers.
However, aren’t these questions just simply fear talking? The “what if” questions are normal to
experience, when we are worried about our future ahead, but most of the time, these questions are
caused by the devil himself. These questions are not from God.

The negative thinking, our fears, and our worries makes us believe that, if we don’t have control
over our own lives, circumstances, and other people around us, we are doomed for good. On the
other side, when we follow Christ, trust in Him, and begin to align our thinking with Him, we can
find a peace that surpasses all of our fears.

With positive thinking that aligns with Christ, we could turn the negative, anxious questioning into
positive questioning and thinking about our futures. Some examples are:

What if God has something planned for my life that is beyond my own understanding, but it is just
on the other side of that fear that has been holding me back?

What if God has a better plan?

What if God has something greater in store for me?

How can God use me, as a disciple for Him, in all of these mind-boggling circumstances?
Our fear can be the only understanding we have sometimes, but God could be trying to tell us
otherwise. My friends, sometimes we have to catch ourselves in the midst of our fears, release our
worries, and release our need for control in our lives to the Lord.

Identifying the Fears

When we are experiencing an unsettling circumstance in our lives, our first step is to identify the
root of the fear within ourselves. Fear is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as, “an
unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.”

What are some unpleasant, strong emotions that you are feeling right now? What are your biggest
fears that are inside of your head? Is it future dreams, relationships, starting a new job opportunity,
or losing a loved one? What is causing you anticipation or awareness of danger right now?

Challenge yourself to identify at least three or four. Keep track of these specific fears. Write them
down on a piece of paper or keep them within your mind for a couple of minutes.

Catch and Release

Now that we have identified those fears, our second step is to grab a hold of them. Grab each fear,
worry, and anxiety one by one whether this is inside of your head, out loud, or writing it on a piece
of paper.

Think of this exercise as grabbing a random cloud in the sky or reaching for a star at night. The
cloud or star may seem so far away, but it is always possible to get above the clouds and the stars.
Finally, after grabbing a hold of each fear, release them to God. Close your eyes, take a deep breath
in and out, and release the fear, anxiety, and worry to God.

This technique is called catching and releasing. 1 Peter 5:7 asks us to do something similar. 1 Peter
5:7 (NLT)
asks us to, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

When we capture the negative, pessimistic, and anxious thinking and finally release it to God, we
are capable of experiencing peace like Philippians 4:6-7 describes to us.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) shares that, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live
in Christ Jesus.”

The peace that Philippians 4:6-7 is sharing with us is a peace that goes beyond understanding our
current circumstances, having control over how people react, and having control over what
happens in our daily lives. It is understanding that God has the wheel in our daily lives, and we have
chosen to not let fear, anxiety, worry, and control dictate our lives.

As we go throughout our daily chores and tasks, let us challenge ourselves to catch and release our
greatest fears, anxiety, and worries to God. In addition to this, let us challenge ourselves to choose
God’s peace over our fears.

Today and always, let us catch the fears and release them to the Father in Heaven. In the end, it
shows trust, it shows a positive change, and it shows that we choose our faith over our own fears.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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