Month: October 2014

Fear…an unpleasant emotion…

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Fear is something everyone has experienced in their life. Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. So basically fear is an idea that something or someone will hurt someone or something you love. I have quite a few fears one of them being harm done to my family. I always worry that something bad will happen to one of my family members; whether it be physically or emotionally – it worries me. Most of the time, this happens when I am about to go to sleep because I have nothing else to think about. So when I pray right before bed, it helps because I know that God is present and will watch over them while I am sleeping. A specific verse that gives me comfort at night is Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” This is totally true for me because God is definitely there for me and he comforts me. – Isabel


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I was scared when my dad was diagnosed with cancer, and we couldn’t see him for a very long time and no one would tell me and my sisters why.  Then one day, we were able to go hang out with him and he wouldn’t tell us anything only that he was very, very ill.  He kept telling us he would be fine despite the fact that we weren’t able to see him on our normal schedule for months.

He did recover fully and was fine for years until he was diagnosed a second time.  Only this time, we were able to see him like normal when he wasn’t in pain or feeling tired or weak.  We would have to leave his house early or just wouldn’t be able to go there.  But God would remind me everything would be fine just like in John 14:27 when God said, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give to you.  Note as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

Phobia? Are there monsters under your bed?

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If you Google the word ‘phobia’ there are at least 14 pages of websites that will spell out exactly what we humans fear most (number one is public speaking and number two is death!).  In a lot of movies when the hero admits to being afraid, the wise character tells them that it’s human to feel that way. No one likes being afraid, and the feeling that you can’t rationally explain what you’re so terrified of is part of it. Sometimes, when we simply get if off our chest, it makes us see how silly we’re being. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Most of the time, we continue to be irrational. When I was younger, I was always afraid of someone pulling me underneath something. I know I’m completely insane for thinking that, but I had a hard time keeping my feet on the floor. I used to check under my chair five times a day to make sure a monster wasn’t lying in wait. The knowledge that monsters didn’t exist didn’t help at all. I was sure that something was going to get me.

I’m no longer afraid that Dracula will kidnap me while I’m taking a math test, thank goodness, but my fears have evolved into things that resemble adult-like worries: grades, college applications, and my life plans. All these things have the power to wake me up at night and keep my mind going. Someone suggested that I read one chapter from the Bible every night before I go to sleep. I took up with Proverbs first and then went on to Psalms. Psalms, if you didn’t realize this, have a really soothing effect (some of them, anyway). I couldn’t count how many times they tell me not to worry and trust in God. Everyone knows the famous Psalm 23 ‘the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’, but some of the lesser known verses include Chapter 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted/ and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Every time I think I’m afraid I’ll live out my days as a hobo or a crazy cat lady with nine million cats (I told you I’m irrational), I just turn to that Psalm and relax a little.  Then I’ll turn to Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”.

I know that God takes care of everyone and is willing to help me. He knows I’m terrified of not getting into a good college, but by simply telling Him this, I realize He has a plan for me. If His plan involves rescuing fifty million cats, then I guess Purina is going to love me. God won’t let anything happen to us without a reason. He’s always there to protect us, and when we’re scared, we just have to remember that God is there for us. He’ll always give us the extra courage we need. We only need to ask. – Sarah