Right now, times are uncertain. Fighting the mental battles of regular life and the new battles with the fear in the economy. 

Are you looking at your bank statements hourly, trying to figure out how you will pay for groceries? Are you closing your eyes every time you have to fill up at the pump? Or are you trying to buy a house and wondering if your mom will let you stay indefinitely?

Fear seems to be all around. 

A lot of things are worth your concern. But I urge you to keep the fear in check. When it comes to the uncertain economy, you have to concentrate on what you can control. Two things you need right now more than ever are: 

1- God, yes, that simple you need to put your faith in God. 

I thought it would be a good idea to share some rubber meets the road scripture to battle against the fear. Hope and faith are tools that everyone can have in their tool belts.

How do we get those tools, though? Can we find them on Instagram? There are pretty pictures there, but our newsfeeds are so flooded with things that even if there is a hopeful post, chances are you are not giving it more than 30 seconds of your time. 

Where should you find your hope? Simple answer: God. How do you get truth into your tool belt? Repeat Scripture over and over. Every time you feel fear, you repeat scripture. When you are getting anxious, you repeat scripture. Every time you are afraid to leave the door, you recite scripture. 

How do you find scripture? If you are intimidated by where to start, I will give you some scriptures at the end of this post that has helped me combat the fear. Either print them out, write them on your phone’s notepad or put them on a sticky note that you will see clearly. 

I have scripture on my iPhone notepad. And I have scripture written down in a notebook that I bring everywhere. 

When I was battling depression, I had notes everywhere I went. Now I have a few that I read on purpose when anxious thoughts creep in. 

The biggest battle you have is against yourself. You can not let yourself dwell on thoughts that are anxious or fearful. TAKE HOLD. Capture those thoughts. Stop going down that path. God is bigger than your fear in the economy. Expand your faith and trust in Him. Read a scripture you have picked out that gives you God’s hope and truth. Repeat it. Think about what the scripture you picked out means. Meditate on that scripture. Thank God for His truth and promises. 

Replacing the negative for the positive is the only way to change your future. It is the only way to combat the mind battles in your head. 

When the negative thoughts creep in, not if, when, have your scripture ready. Pull it out, and say the quote out loud.

2- The second thing to help you combat your fear of the economy is to get a plan or, in other words, a budget

Yes, I am a Ramsey Preferred Coach, so I am 100% going to tell you to do the tried and true method of the Baby Step Plan. 

It has worked for millions of people and can work for you. Dave Ramsey uses Biblical principles to tackle debt and build wealth. Your budget you can control. I won’t go into all of the steps right now. Instead, you can go to Ramsey Solutions, read the steps, or click my Calendly to get an appointment. 

Right now, if you are in crisis mode, Get a budget. Write down where every dollar of yours is going to go. 

Get down to basics if you have to. Get honest about what you need to spend on groceries and gas. Cut out the extra stuff. Maybe make a game with your spouse about going thirty days with no spending except on the bare necessities you pre-discussed? The possibilities are endless. And know that this will not be forever. Life will get easier if you learn to live within your means and attack your debt. The fear of losing your house or getting the car repoed will disappear. 

Concentrate on what you can control in your situation. And give your anxiety to the Lord. 

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

2 Corinthians 4:18

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Romans 12:12

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

Romans 15:4

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”

Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Psalm 62:5-6

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

1 Peter 5:10

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Colossians 3:1-2

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.”

Lamentations 3:21-23

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

With Joy!

Jenny Cioto with Pursuing true North