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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

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
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
As a writer and speaker, Shellie Arnold has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum, taught at writers’ conferences, spoken at homeschooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage - what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at
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