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An excerpt from A Mom’s Battle Cry to Overcome Fear

By Laura J. Marshall

The other day, I was driving the car and I heard a very loud buzzing in the back seat. Over the past year, I have had two experiences where large bees have flown into the car. Those memories assailed me as I drove. I was so distracted and worried over the sound that I swerved into the oncoming lane. I righted the car, looking for somewhere to pull over. Houses lined the narrow street with nowhere to pull off. I heard the buzz again, closer to the back of my head now. I was so scared that I took my eyes off the road and looked back, again swerving into the other lane. (I was so grateful that during both of these times that no cars were coming the other way.)

Reason returned. I remembered my lessons, what we’ve been talking about in this book: Taking my thoughts back, giving my anxieties and fears to Jesus and leaving them there. I prayed. It calmed my nerves. I drove straight. I didn’t look back. The buzzing ceased. I didn’t give it another thought. I got to the grocery store, completely forgetting to look around in the car for the source of my fears. Here it is two days later, and I realize I never gave it a care or worry again. Jesus took it, that drive into oncoming traffic body reaction and mind-numbing fear, and worked it out.

I worry and fear over late buses or when my children run outside without me as I finish the dishes. Make me wise, Father. Make me aware of danger, but not to fear for I trust in your constant continual care over my children and our lives.

In the free dictionary online, danger is defined as the state of being vulnerable to injury, loss, or evil; risk. A person or thing that may cause injury, pain, etc. I found it interesting that the word danger was derived from the Latin form of dominium/dominus which means sovereignty, lord, and master.

Let us not let danger be the master of our lives. There will always be danger. However, it does not have to rule or have dominion over us.

In the little worries of life, in our todays and tomorrows (the beginning footholds), seek God. Trust God. I have security. No matter what happens, He is with me. He is with us. He stands guard and sends His angels forth. He is my hedge of protection and strong tower where I run.

DO NOT GIVE IT A THOUGHT. Examine it. Recognize it. Pray for discernment. Do not think on it for one minute if it stems from fear. Give it to the Lord to carry.

And so I breathe…and pray. I surrender anxious thoughts. I make wise choices and decisions.

Isaiah 26:3 says, You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You.


Laura J. Marshall is the mother of five sons. She writes the Amazon best-selling Battle Cry devotional series and 912418_10201425853594119_628508200_nChristian romance and suspense. You can find out more about Laura and her books at

A Mom’s Battle Cry to Overcome Fear (Battle Cry Devotional  Series), a 7-day devotional for busy Christian women and mothers can be found on Amazon here:


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  1. Brie

     /  June 30, 2013

    I love the way you put your words and thoughts together. I’ve found myself in a state of fear and panic many times and the verse you shared has helped me so many times.

  2. Cherese

     /  June 28, 2018

    Another wonderful post Laura. Thanks. Fear is something we all struggle with at times and if we remember to turn it over to God I’m sure we all will be in a better place. God Bless to you and your family.


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