Have you encountered life circumstances that created the opportunity for fear and anxiety to crash like ocean breakers over your heart and mind? There may be times when we are caught off guard by life circumstances, experiences, illness, you name it….and find ourselves amazed at the sheer velocity and quantity of fearful thoughts that threaten to wash us out like a huge Tsunami.
During one such season in my own life, I took my weary heart and mind to Him, and asked God to help me deal with the onslaught of anxiety and fear I was experiencing.
As clear as day, in my mind, I saw the words “TOSS” it. I asked my heavenly Father, what does that mean? Below I will share the flow of thoughts I began to journal.
What God gave me has tremendously helped me. I hope it will help you too, whenever you are faced with fear or anxiety! You don’t have to live with it. TOSS it!
Here is my journaling:
Lord, thank you that you hear my prayers….thank you that You are my compassionate and good Father, and will train me in how to overcome fear with faith and trust in You.
My precious heavenly Father spoke these words to my heart, using a clear thought that came to my mind: “To deal with fear: TOSS it!”
I asked Him what that meant, and the acrostic “T.O.S.S.” spontaneously came to me:
TRUST. OBEY. SURRENDER. SING (His praise!)
And thus began my adventure in journaling the thoughts I believe He continued to inspire, to expound upon what the above meant:
When fear-inducing thoughts strike, God challenged me to confess this:
I believe that you are my good and compassionate Father. I trust your power, wisdom, and goodness toward me. I trust your nature. YOU are the answer to everything I seek. No matter what problem or question, the answer/solution is always YOU! You are enough for me! No matter what!
I believe Your Word which says, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) and “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God lovingly challenged me to take to heart His Word, which carries “the power of life in it” (John 6:63, Proverbs 18:21)
Therefore, I told Him, I will choose to obey Your Word and cast ALL my cares upon you once and for all.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
I refuse anxiety about anything and instead turn my worries into prayers, praying from a thankful expectant heart.
I align my heart with the scripture found in Philippians 4:6-9,
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state… being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
I choose to obey Your Word which tells me what to think on:
“whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and lovable, kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]….and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.” ~ Philippians 4:8
I confess out loud that You “have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 Therefore, I choose NOT to be anxious, but to share my concerns with You, Papa God, and pray with thanksgiving, and trust– then I will experience Your glorious peace, which guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
I choose to obey Your two greatest commandments which are to LOVE YOU, and LOVE OTHERS. I will obey your call to live an other-centered life.
Therefore, God, let every trial in my life, only serve to remind me to pray for others going through similar things. Help me to “count it all joy” because any trials I experience are “developing patient endurance and steadfastness and making me mature and complete! ” ( see James 1:2-4)
Thank You, God, that You are the “Father of compassion and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in ALL our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
With Your help, God, I choose to “capture every thought and bring it into obedience to Christ.” ~ 2 Cor. 10:5
You are God. I am not. I do not control outcomes. I yield to you. I make my requests known, but trust ultimately in your wisdom, power, and goodness…. so I release, surrender and yield my life and my concerns to You.
I turn my will and the entire care of my life over to You, asking only for the knowledge of your will and the power to carry it out.
SING (I choose to praise You)
I practice thanksgiving, praise and worship, flowing from my grateful heart. I choose to worship You.
(Definition of Worship: Focusing all of my mind’s attention and heart’s affection on you!)
I choose a lifestyle of worship, which is what I am created for – a relationship of loving adoration and mutual intimacy, which fills me with joy and total satisfaction! In You, “I am complete”! (Colossians 2:10)
I CRUSH FEAR with my songs of deliverance, thanksgiving and praise.
Since no person can think two thoughts at the same time, I choose thoughts of praise and thanksgiving, which honors You. I don’t praise You in order to feel better (to get rid of anxious thoughts….that is a byproduct) I choose to praise You, my KING, for who are….no more. no less.
My sole desire is to love, adore, and honor You, my King.
Lord thank you, that by the power of your Holy Spirit living in me, you have given me the authority and power to t.o.s.s. fear forever. I bless Your holy name. You are the God of faith, hope, love, truth & every good thing!
and Your “perfect love casts out all my fear!” ~ 1 John 4:18
Now, precious one reading this, may I say a prayer for you? 💛🙏💛
Dear Lord, I pray that you will fill this dear one reading this with such a revelation in their hearts of your love for them, that they will become “rooted and established in love…filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17) May your love CAST out fear as they choose to T.O.S.S. it! May their victory be sure and lasting, in Jesus mighty name!
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