Archive for the Fear Category

The Impact of Fear

The Impact of Fear

Last night my cat Hannah got herself into a challenging predicament and panicked. She jumped on the top of the TV armoire in my den, which almost reaches the ceiling. She had watched Hobson (my other cat) jump up there many times, and I’m sure she thought it would be fun. So, she got into position and gave it all she had to launch herself off the arm of the sofa and land safely on

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Fighting Fear

Fighting Fear

From the first time I laid eyes on little Hannah, I knew she was the one I wanted to take home with me. I was planning to adopt two kittens and had gone to the vet’s office to meet four kittens up for adoption. Hannah drew my attention right away. Not because of her beauty or size, but because she seemed overwhelmed and frightened. I knew from the first moment I looked into her eyes

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A Major Meltdown

A Major Meltdown

I had a complete meltdown Tuesday night. Ouch! I cried out in excruciating pain and began to yell at the one who inflicted this pain on me, telling him to get out of the room. I was angry as I blotted the blood running out of two deep wounds on my foot. Hobson was in trouble. For those of you who don’t know, Hobson is my lovable, but challenging, two-year-old cat. He didn’t mean to

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Running the Race

Running the Race

Several years ago, I ran a 10K race. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I almost quit after five miles, but thanks to a friend running beside me, I finished the race. Jenny wouldn’t let me quit, and she spurred me on step by step that last mile. Painful? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. The Christian life is a race, and there are times we want to quit running and sit on

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No Regrets

No Regrets

I just returned from a trip to Israel. What an incredible time of studying and walking through the land where our Savior walked. God taught me much during the days in Israel, and I’m still processing everything. One morning we went to Masada, and several in our group wanted to hike to the top. I went back and forth – should I attempt it or not? Finally, I decided to go for it. About 15

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Are You “Belly Up” With God?

Are You "Belly Up" With God?

Last week I woke up and saw something that brought a smile to my face. My sweet kitten Hannah was lying next to me on the bed belly up. I’ve heard that when a cat exposes her belly, it means she trusts you and has no fear. It has taken a while for Hannah to get there, so this was a sweet moment. Then I thought about how that parallels my relationship with God. He

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Living in Uncertain Times

Living in Uncertain Times

It’s gotten to where we never know what breaking news is going to come across the radio or TV on a given day. A few weeks ago, we watched the unfolding situation with the shootings in San Bernardino, California. It’s not unusual to hear of a shooting at a mall or theater or school. Terrorism is a daily threat, not just in other countries, but right here at home. The week of Christmas, Denton Bible

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Settling for Status Quo?

Several years ago, I climbed Mt. Shavino, a 14,000 foot mountain in Colorado, with a group from my church. After only 45 minutes, I was ready to quit, but my climbing buddies wouldn’t let me. They kept spurring me on and wouldn’t listen to my reasons why I needed to quit. After four hours of hard climbing, we reached a boulder field, and I was content to stay there. In my mind, it wasn’t the

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Impossible. Difficult. Done.

Hudson Taylor faced many hard situations in his endeavor to win China for Christ. He counted three phases in most great tasks undertaken for God – impossible, difficult, done. Monday night I attended an art class, which is completely out of my comfort zone. I am not artistic or creative and it stretches me to use that part of my brain. But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do something that

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Balancing the Seesaw of Life

When I was a kid, we had a home-made seesaw in our backyard, and my brothers and I, along with friends, would often play on it. The objective was to balance the ends so that you could have an enjoyable up and down experience. However, sometimes the objective was to stay on the ground and keep the other person stuck in the air. You always wanted to be the one safely on the ground, and

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