dread [dred] Show IPAverb (used with object)1.to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death.2.to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties.
“It’s too hard, and I can’t do it.”
“I don’t feel like it.”
“I don’t want to.”
“It’s too hard.”
“I am too tired to even think about it.”
“I wish I didn’t have to go.”
“How long is this going to take?”
““I’m just doing too much, I can’t do another thing.”
“I want to run away from home.”
“I need to get away from here.”
“I’m so confused.”
“I’m so overwhelmed.”
“I’m so frustrated.”
“I’ll do that later.”
“I dread the kids coming home from school.”
“I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Do any these sound familiar? Most of these statements come out of my mouth on a daily basis and I want it to change. Dreading things keeps me from living fully alive (see my blog post on Excuses below)
Let me give you an example of this in my life. My husband is leaving for Canada for 8 days. I’m dreading (I’m reluctant to meet or experience) him going. Why? My work load changes. I am both mom and dad. Inevitably something always goes wrong when he’s gone. Once I had no power for 5 days. I just don’t look forward to him going! What happens is a week before he leaves, I start shutting down. I get an intense sense of dread that comes over me.
OK I can see where I’m wrong, so what do I need to do about it?? I confess it as sin, repent and ask for God to remove this spirit of dread and replace it with His love.
What about you are you living with a spirit of dread over your life? Take a moment now and identify any areas in your life that you dread doing. List them out and pray this prayer.
Father, I recognize that I have lived in dread in these areas of my life_______________________(name them). I ask you to forgive me for not recognizing it was the spirit of dread. So I cast out the spirit of dread now in Jesus name. Restore me with your peace, love and joy. In Jesus name. amen.”
If our joy is stolen, then our strength is gone. Everything feels hard!
Whenever that feeling of dread comes up repeat this process. Confess, repent and ask God to fill you with more of His love. Dread is really “fear” in another form. And the Bible says that perfect love casts out fear!
I also find that when I’m dreading things it is almost always me trying to do things in my own strength. I forget to bring God into the picture, acknowledging Him in every decision I make because I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13 So can you!