Archive for the Fear Category

My Anxious Thoughts …

I had trouble going to sleep last night because I couldn’t turn off my anxious thoughts. Thoughts like: How am I ever going to get this done in time? What am I going to do if this happens? I don’t know what to do in this situation. What if . . . ? You can probably add your own anxious thoughts to that list. This morning as I was journaling in my quiet time with the

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Lessons Learned From a Rock Badger

Where do you run for strength, protection, and security when life gets hard and you find yourself in the midst of one spiritual battle after another? Isaiah 26:3–4 points us to where we should run, if we’re wise. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” The key word in this passage is

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God Is Faithful

Today I received word that a dear friend (43 years old) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. My heart sunk as I thought about the road ahead for her – surgery, radiation, possibly chemo. Many of you have already walked this road. How do we respond when we get news like this in our own lives that we didn’t want to hear? For me, fear sets in. Worry and anxiety take over. But this morning,

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Anxiety and Fear

Fear is something we all face at some point in our lives. I experienced fear this week as I had to go to a doctor appointment I didn’t want to go to. But those fears were unrealized. What I had imagined might happen didn’t. Why did I waste my energy worrying about something that might never happen or wasn’t as bad as I had imagined it would be? I have learned that God will give

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Change Is Hard

Change is hard. I admit I don’t always look forward to change because it’s more comfortable to stay with what I’m used to and what I know. After all, I’ve eaten Eggo waffles for breakfast almost every morning for 15+ years and I don’t want to change! But change is good for us. This week I changed the design of my website. It was a hard, long process, but in the end, I feel it

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When I Don’t Know What to Do

I don’t know about you, but there are times when my life seems overwhelming and out of control, like a tornado. Responsibilities continue to add up, deadlines need to be met, people need to be seen, and unexpected surprises interrupt the plans for my day. Life gets overwhelming, and fear creeps in. How am I going to get everything done, Lord? How am I going to deal with this overwhelming situation? I don’t know what

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How NOT To Deal With Fear

 Picture yourself in a small boat in a large body of water. All of a sudden, a great storm comes up and the boat is being flooded with wave after wave. The sky is getting darker and the wind is blowing fiercely. I admit I would be scared. We face storms in life and our fears surface in those storms. We read about a similar situation that took place in a small boat on the

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What Are You Afraid Of?

What are you afraid of? I’ve heard it said that at the root of every fear is the fear of losing control. But none of us are ever really in control. God alone is in control. In last week’s post, we began our discussion about fear, and we will continue our series on fear for the next few weeks. If we’re completely honest, we all have fears. See if you identify with any of these:

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Fear: Friend or Foe?

What fears are you facing today? Fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Fear of change? Fear of rejection? Fear of being alone? We all have fears of some kind in our lives. I admit I do. The command “fear not” is mentioned 365 times in Scripture. Obviously, we deal with fear daily. Fear can be our greatest enemy or our greatest friend. Fear can be our greatest enemy in that it can paralyze us, keeping

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