Are You Afraid? Guest Post by Kimberly Johnson

Today I have the privilege of welcoming Kimberly Johnson to A Bed of Roses. Help me to make her feel welcome.

Kimberly married her college sweetheart and is a graduate of Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons and their yellow lab. Kimberly is an avid reader and loves romance, suspense and romantic suspense. She enjoys playing the piano, hiking and coffee with friends. She loves hearing from her fans. You can connect with her on her website at

Are You Afraid?
By Kimberly Johnson

Just like my character Keira Noble in my debut novel The Christmas Promise I struggle with fear or the habit of being fearful of this or that. In fact I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the topic since I’ve spent the majority of my life fearing one thing or another. Fear of the unknown, fear of what’s next, fear of what if so and so gets in an accident, etc . . . The list goes on and on, but I’ve learned to put my trust in the Lord, because He is faithful and has proven that to me time and again.
Thankfully I can turn to scripture for help during these fear filled times. Proverbs 3:5, 6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
As a Christian I know in my mind that God says repeatedly in the Bible to not fear. As I have matured not only as a Christian, but in life as well, I have claimed many of those scriptures. If you are interested, here are two additional verses that have helped me, Isaiah 41.10 and 1 John 4:18.
I still battle fear on a daily basis, but with God’s help I am improving. Keira, the heroine in The Christmas Promise, fears driving in winter weather, specifically ice. Her fear is paralyzing. Do you know that kind of fear? What do you do to overcome it?
I pray the Lord will bring to mind His promises when fear has us in its grips and that we will remember to put our faith and trust in Him and not allow fear to overwhelm and control us.


No matter how lovely Keira Noble’s smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He’s been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn’t mean he can’t help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son….
Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can’t deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas?

Do you have verses that help you when you feel afraid?