"Afraid" is a word I like to avoid. Not that I'm scared of it; I'm just tired of it and its influence on me. I don't want to pass it on to anyone else. I don't want to give it undue power over me.
"I'm afraid we're going to have to . . . " It's just an expression, but I'm not really fearful when I say it. So I don't say it. If I AM afraid, then I have other things to say.
"God, I'm afraid we're going to have to . . . Help me to believe. Help me to see. Help me to trust. Help me to receive and give love."
Because perfect love, received and given, casts out all fear, I don't have to be afraid of ANYthing! God loves me perfectly, eternally, inside and out, and He is committed to what is best for me.
I think He knows me pretty well, too. He knows all of us. Notice that the Christmas angels open their messages with "Be not afraid, " even though they're bringing the best news ever.
Let's take that counsel and not be afraid!