Jesus Blog: Don’t Be Afraid


More today from Susan Cottrell’s “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you…

So much is going on in your life. You’re afraid. I know.

It’s full to the brim of activity, and thoughts. So much to keep up with. It’s so easy to get pulled down by fears of the unknown, the worst-case scenario – and trying to make things go the way you think they should go!

It’s maddening. Overwhelming.

I invite you not to fear.

If you just pause and experience my presence with you, that fear can begin to turn to peace, and joy. 

Fear is only a story you are imagining about how badly everything might go. But it is not reality.

Instead, let my love fill your heart and mind. Open the floodgates and let that fear just evaporate.

My fully realized love for you will fill its place. Instead of accepting that worst-case scenario, accept my love.

It is truer than any story made-up you can imagine!

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SUSAN COTTRELL is a national speaker, teacher, and counselor with years of Biblical study and discipleship experience. Her books include: Mom, I’m Gay – Loving Your LGBTQ Child Without Sacrificing Your Faithas well as How Not to Lose Your Teen and The Marriage Renovation. Through her nonprofit organization – – Susan champions the LGBTQ community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that “loving God and loving others” are the foundation of the rest of the scripture, just as Jesus said.

She is the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin, and her “Mom, I’m Gay” book has been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign and others. Sharon Groves, PhD, HRC’s Religion & Faith Program Director says, “I often get asked by parents for resources that can address the struggles of raising LGBT sons and daughters without having to leave faith behind. Susan Cottrell’s book, Mom, I’m Gay, does just that. This is the kind of book that parents will love.”

She and her husband have been married more than 25 years and have five children – one of whom is in the LGBTQ community. She lives in Austin, Texas, and blogs at and here in IMPACT Magazine’s FreedHearts and Jesus Blog columns.