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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Tara Rye and Jodie Bailey

Episode 7: The Courage to Let Go of FOMO

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Psychologists say a growing number of us have developed a fear of missing out. We’re afraid if we don’t respond to that message now, our friends will contact someone else, form stronger relationships with them, and we’ll be excluded. We worry, if we don’t accept that opportunity or say yes to that client, we won’t get that promotion.

In each of these instances, if we dig deep enough, we’ll often discover a core need has been threatened such as the need for purpose, love, security, or belonging. The problem comes when we attempt to meet our needs in our own strength and wisdom. As with any fear, fear of missing out pushes us into self-reliance, which distances us from God and hinders our ability to hear Him and receive His guidance. To overcome, we need to trust in Him, follow Him, and lean on Him.

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Group Discussion Questions:
1. What are some ways you’ve seen the fear of missing out present itself in adults’ lives?
2. Pause to consider—what deeper fear, related to a core need, might have been triggered?
3. How does or has FOMO pushed you into striving and self-reliance?
4. How easy is it for you to trust God’s sovereignty in your life?
April 01, 2020
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Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at
Tara Rye incorporates biblical storying along with inductive Bible study methods in small groups at church, in a homeless shelter, on mission trips, on the radio, and at speaking engagements. She served for five years as the Dean of Women of Grace University and taught courses on Orality, Biblical Womanhood, Team Dynamics, College Orientation, and Interpersonal Communication. She also taught public speaking and oratory skills as an adjunct professor at Nebraska Christian College.

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Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at
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