119 || How to Stop Fear from Stealing Your Dream || Merritt Onsa


Fear is a common feeling once you start chasing your God-shaped dreams, but this fear is not from God. We have a very real enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy you and your dreams.

Thankfully, and more importantly, we also have a good Father in heaven who loves and cherishes us, and He wants to empower courage in us, especially in the face of fear.

In this episode, you’ll learn four strategies to overcome the fear and anxiety you feel related to pursuing a God-shaped dream. You will learn how to create your own plan, like I did, to take steps forward, despite your fears.


Fear is the struggle I hear about most frequently from listeners and guests on the show. So, you’ll also hear why it’s important to discern what is driving your fearful feelings and gain insight on trusting God to intervene on your behalf.  

If you feel fear about pursuing your dream, you are not alone. Don’t let the enemy tell you that. It’s a lie. Instead, listen to my story and decide, based on your own situation, what steps you can take next to stop fear from stealing your dream.

This solo episode is tied directly to my last four solo episodes, listed below, in case you want to listen in order. 

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I was recently a guest on The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast, episode 47, with Esther Littlefield.


No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

~ Joshua 1:5-9 (NIV)


Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
~ Daniel 6:21-23 (NIV)


And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

~ Daniel 3:23-25 (ESV)


2:20 – about the solo episodes in 2019
4:00 – this month’s theme – fear is common, but fear is not from God
4:10 – how I signed up my daughter for gymnastics so I could get a weekly block of time to work
5:19 – about the task I chose to do during that time
6:45 – if life feels full and you think you don’t have time, where could you find a 30-minute block each week?
7:39 – don’t miss out on what you could accomplish in a consistent, short period of time
7:49 – how this is different from setting aside a big chunk of time in one day
8:45 – the unexpected benefits I’ve seen of “eating the elephant one bite at a time”
9:41 – create a plan to spread out the work and make incremental steps toward your dream
11:14 – what logic and process can do to assuage our fears
11:31 – pursuing a dream over time makes space for changes to enter in
12:54 – giving myself permission to vary from my original plan
13:35 – you are not alone in your fear; fear is common
14:42 – fear is not from God
15:02 – your fear is an indicator that you care a great deal about this
15:50 – how inexperienced I was when I first began podcasting
17:01 – even the most recognized authors and speakers feel fear too
17:36 – identify and examine your fears, and how to do a fear inventory
19:06 – my real-time example of working through a fear inventory
21:33 – what my foundational fear is in my example
23:50 - how Jesus meets us in our fears
24:25 – message me about your own fear inventory or if you have questions about how to do it
24:39 – my appearance on the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast
26:00 – fear is not from God; He will never provoke fear in us
26:33 – scripture that has encouraged me to trust God with my fears
28:49 – we live amongst and evil one who wants us to be fearful, but God has not abandoned you
29:40 – Jesus came to free us from fear
29:56 – my prayer for you
33:11 – what’s coming up next for listeners
33:48 – season break update
34:10 – mini-episode at the end of May
34:50 – join us in the Facebook Group for listeners

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