Facing Your Fears Give Away with Micca Campbell

Happy Monday, everyone. I just returned from a fan-tabulous weekend with the awesome ladies of Peace Lutheran Church in Beavercreek, Ohio. What a great time I had!! Everything was so well done–from the planning to the decor to the delicious lunch made and served by the men of the church to the dozens of cool door prizes they gave away. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and, after two days alone in a beautiful hotel, feel refreshed and renewed AND ready for the second installment of our Spring Has Sprung Give Away. 

Today, meet my dear friend and fellow Proverbs 31 speaker Micca Campbell. She is a prayer warrior, godly Bible teacher, home decorating expert, funny lady, inspiring writer and awesome speaker. Oh…..and about the speaking part….she has the thickest southern accent you’ll ever hear. She jokes that when she speaks here in the Midwest, she needs an interpreter!!!! Good thing you are reading this instead of listening!!! :-)

Micca knows all too well the unpredictable nature of life. As the 21-year-old mother of an infant son, her world was shattered when she lost her husband to a tragic accident. Reeling from her loss, Micca feared for her future, and struggled to overcome her aching loneliness. Yet in her darkest moment, she discovered God’s remedy for our deepest fears. In Micca’s book, An Untroubled Heart, she presents a woman’s guide for living a carefree, worry-free life. She explores the anxieties of every woman’s heart from insecurities, to finances, to marital challenges, to raising healthy children. You’ll be encouraged to lay down your worries, trust in your Heavenly Father, and embrace a life marked by peace and joy. Bible Study Questions at the end of each chapter. Micca is also a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries who is touching and transforming the lives of thousands across the US.

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Micca, tell me a little bit about what life is like at your house these days.

In one word—busy. I have two teenagers so my life consist of what every other woman’s life consist of who also have teens. My world is filled with homework, baseball, hormones, report cards, and a lack of energy! 

You went through a real time of testing in your young adult life. Tell us what happened.

 I awoke one morning alone, a new mother, and a widow at the age of 21. I met my husband Porter at nineteen. He was such a looker that my friends had only one word to describe him—“Mercy!” He had a cute little dimple in the middle of his chin and a picture perfect smile. His eyes were like deep pools of rich chocolate that his brown, wavy hair framed and nestled on his collar. Most important, was his way of seeing the best in me and others always putting his self last before the needs of his family, friends, and co-workers. Porter was the perfect package both inside and out.

We didn’t date long before we were married. When our son came along a year and half later, life was going just as I had always planned. It couldn’t have been better. I was living “the fairytale.” Then, tragedy struck.

While waterproofing the basement of my sister’s home, there was an explosion that left my husband badly burnt over 80% of his body. He lived in excruciating pain for eight days at Vanderbilt burn center before he died. When the funeral was over and the people were gone, I realized I was living my worst fear—the death of my spouse.

 

The newspaper called me a survivor. I didn’t feel like a survivor. Instead I was consumed with fear, grief, and anger. That’s the bad news. The good news is that with each passing day, my future grew brighter as I clung to God and His promises.

 

In my book, I take the reader along on my journey as I moved from fear to faith. This is the life that God intends for us. While this world is full of things that can cause us to fear, God doesn’t want us to become worry-warts. Because we were created to live by faith and not fear, a worry-free life is possible for all.

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How did you get the idea to write this book?

Having faced every woman’s greatest fear and, indeed, surviving, I knew I had to write a guide that would encourage others in their anxieties. Whether your concern is due to illness, a strained marriage, the unknown future, or you’re a fear driven parent, there’s hope. My desire was to share that hope so that others could find freedom from fear.

What have been some of the biggest fears you have faced or still face today?

That night when my husband didn’t come home for dinner, I waited and waited on a phone call that never came. It wasn’t until my dad arrived at my front door that I became aware of the accident. So, when a loved one of mine is running late and they fail to call me, I imagine the worst! That’s because our past fears tend to fuel our present fears. Until we are willing to invite God into our present, we will continue to be haunted by our past.

What to you most want women to know about facing their fears, whether big or small?

I want women to know that a life worry-fear life is possible. 

Are there any verses that are especially meaningful to you on this subject?

Yes. There are several that I discuss in my book, but since we have limited space here today I’ll share one with you.

Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

In this verse, God gives us 5 reasons not to fear:

Fear not—I am with you

Fear not—I am your God

Fear not—I will strengthen you

Fear not—I will help you

Fear not—I will uphold you

That’s support we can bank on!

You’ll be offering a giveaway to our readers this week. What is it?

I’d love to give away a copy of my book, An Untroubled Heart. We all have something that spooks us. No matter what your fear is, my book provides practical and spiritual ways to be an over-comer.

Thanks so much for visiting with us here today, Micca and for encouraging us as we face our fears.

It’s been my pleasure, Karen.

Now for the give away…..

Leave a comment here. It can be anything that has anything to do with fear. What fears you face or have faced in your life. What verses speak to you. Why you could use this book on fear–whether for you or a friend. Or if your day is swamped, just leave a comment and say “I’m in!!” I’ll announce the winner mid-week.

Sweet Trusting-not-Fearing blessings,

 

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26 Comments

  1. Karen,

    Thank you for allowing us to get to know Micca at a deeper level. Micca,your story is one that inspires. You wouldn’t have planned it, but God knew you would be ok. What trust and faith He had in you to give you such heavy grief to bare at that young age and a young baby.
    Your story is now blessing others because of how you allowed Him to use you and become closer to Him. All praise to Him and His goodness.
    Blessings,
    Diane

  2. When I was baptized at age 11, my pastor asked me to quote my favorite verse. So, standing in front of the congregation in a shaky voice, I said, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.” I have had to go back to this verse over and over again. I remember how often God tells us throughout the Bible “Do not fear”. I know that God is in the process of setting me free from so many things that worry me. I realize that many of the things that I fear are not nearly as paralyzing as the fears that other people have.

    This book is something that I think might just be perfect to share with my nieghbors. Maybe a we could have a “mommy book club”. I have 2 dear neighbor girlsfriends. Our houses are side by side by side. Three in a row. We are all pregnant. My neighbor that lives next door lost her first baby at 20 weeks. Her second child is healthy, but stopped speaking a few months ago and has some problems with muscle control, so daily her mom is worrying about whether or not she will be okay. She also have a fairly traumatic 1st half of her pregnancy. SHe is doing well now, but seems worried all the time. My other neighbor has also lived through a miscarriage. She has two healthy children, but is always looking for the best ways to protect them. She is too nervous to attend church, in 6 years has never had a babysitter other than her mom. When we talk about these current pregnancies, their daily stories are fillied with concern and fear. I feel like in the middle of life, God’s joy is really my strength. I feel like my girlfriends are missing out on the beautiful joy that God has for them. I have been so blessed in life and my fears seem not nearly as serious as theirs. I also feel like I do not know what to say because I have not really experienced the great loss that they have. I feel like this book would be very useful and inspiring for them. And, my prayer is that God would set them free as He continues to work on me too.

    If I win the book, I’ll only need to buy 2 copies for my neighbors. If not, I’ll just buy 3. I think this will be a great gift to all of us. I really enjoyed this short interview. Micca- thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  3. I remember a speaker coming to our church just over a year ago and the very first statement she made was, “Imagine a day without fear.” She had my attention! I am a very fearful person and the thought of an entire day without fear seemed like a dream to me. I don’t think I even heard what she shared over her next few minutes as my mind tried to fathom the freedom that no fear would allow. The Lord is definitely working on ‘fear’ in my life, but oh for faith to trust Him more.

    Thanks for the book offer. I certainly would like an “untroubled heart”, not just to read about, but to experience,
    Joy

  4. Although his job seems very secure right now, I find myself worrying that my husband will be laid off just as so many, many others we know. I know and believe my security is in the Lord, but this worry keeps creeping up on me…

  5. I would love to read Micca’s book. This week I am struggling with fear about growing old. We are in a bit of a crisis with an ailing 92 year old father-in-law, who has become uncooperative and difficult. I have already apologized to my children for what I may someday say and do!! But watching first my parents and now my in-laws deal with old age has been disheartening. \

    Thanks for the post!

  6. I think I’ve come a long way in handling my fears, but I still get a little panicked about dumb things people do every day- driving in major traffic, flying. I try to remember to pray and capture those thoughts of panic to remember who I belong to and who is truly watching over me. I have nothing to fear, I only need to remember that.

  7. I was privileged to hear Micca speak at the Hearts at Home regional conference in Rochester, MN. What an inspiring testimony! Her workshop on Cultivating a Heart of Contentment has really stuck with me. Everything she said was rooted in the Scriptures. This woman knows and speaks Truth!

  8. This weekend in church the pastor talked about fear. Which of course I thought had nothing to do with me (LOL). I realized that I have to let God handle situations and not be fearful. I have to let go of my weight issues so that I can be the person God wants me to be. I have to trust that God has my best interest in mind and will provide for me. I also have to remember that according to God’s word he has promised to collect “all my tears” because he loves me.

  9. I would love to give this book to a young mother that is in my life that worries all the time – a trait taught and passed down from grandmother, to mother, to her. I’m in!

  10. I would love to read Micca’s book. I feel like a lot of what I’ve struggled with has a root of fear….

    I’m in!!!

  11. I knew Micca in high school but lost touch shortly after graduation. I just recently got back in touch via facebook and had no idea of her life’s challenges until today. What an amazing story!
    My greatest fear is that of losing one of my children. My youngest child had a rare disease that went undiagnosed when he was a baby. He was so sick and we thought he might not make it. Thank God the doctor’s finally made a proper diagnosis and I’m happy to say that he is much better today. He still has treatments and therapies and is fed with a feeding tube, but he is otherwise healthy and such a gift to us.
    I still have the fear, however, that something could go wrong or that my other son will have some unforeseen accident or disease. It’s hard not to feel that way when we came so close to loosing my younger son.
    I plan to read Micca’s book, whether I win it today or not. Can’t wait to be inspired!

  12. I would love to give this book to a friend of mine. She lost her husband to a tragic work related accident 3 months ago. She is now raising a 1st & 3rd grader as a single parent. She seems so strong but I’m sure she can find some encouragement through this book.

  13. I am trying NOT to live a life of fear….unfortunately it tends to run in the family. My mother is a “worry wart” and I tend to be as well. However…the good news is that as I grow and mature in my walk with Christ, I realize it’s a complete waste of time to worry and be plagued with the “what-ifs”. HE is in control. I gave my life to Him and He knows my needs and desires. So, fear does creep up….usually it entails me being fearful of my daughter’s safety or my mind starts to wonder if I’m doing a good enough job bringing her up to love God. When those thoughts start creeping in, I take them to God and ask Him to replace them with loving thoughts.

  14. I saw Micca speak at Hearts at Home in October and cried my eyes out. I lost my fiancee at age 24 – and had to start all over too. I don’t know what my biggest fear is, probably something happening to my children. I would love to read her book – watching her speak was amazing!

  15. My fears are really fears of life itself, if that makes sense. I’m afraid of my husband’s driving, heights, grandsons getting hurt, grandson going to day care…a lot of “what if”!!! I realize I truly need to “let go and let God” in so much of this…I don’t fear death, because I know I’ll spend eternity in heaven…but I do have way too many other fears that I truly wish I could overcome!!!

  16. I have battled fear my whole life! My brother used to call me Sammy Safety…

    I have to capture thoughts… win the battle in my mind. For me that is done through praying the WORD… and I have seen the LORD replace my fear with faith. When I feel anxious and fearful that is only thing that brings me peace.

  17. With today’s economy, it’s hard not to have fears. Things like: will we lose our jobs, will we have enough money to pay the bills, etc. Also I tend to fear for my loved ones safety. I try to spend time in God’s word daily and hand my fears to him but it’s hard to let go.

  18. I love Micca’s transparency and sharing hope from God’s Word about the most difficult of life’s circumstances, losing a loved one. I have a daughter with special needs, multiple medical issues, and I worry about her care at school, and if I am doing enough for her to be the best she can be with her severe disabilities. Sudden death is also something that can happen with her condition. Although I don’t think about that much, I so want to give her the best care God would want for her. God’s grace and strength gets me through, but it can be an all out battle at times. Thanks for your encouragement today.

  19. Because I was abandoned by my biological mother, I have had to deal with the fear that others will abandon me as well. God is faithful. Isaiah 49:15 says “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

  20. I’ve been interested in Micca’s book since it came out. It seems there is always something to worry about. Mostly finances or jobs lately. My position is one that is the last to be renewed each year. I love working where I do but it’s hard to not know from year to year what will happen. I think reading Micca’s book would help me gain insight into how to deal with the uncertainties of life.

    Oh, and from your post the other day, my kids complain about not having a lot of that “other” food around too.

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