August 7

You came near when I called you; you said, ” Do not fear!” Lamentations 3:57 

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt 

Fear starts early……..monsters under the bed, in the closet, in the basement, (ours was called Norman). Some, like these fears are imagined, but there are many fears that are all too real. 

There are two kinds of fears, healthy and unhealthy.  Healthy fear is jumping out of the way of a speeding car, going to the Doctor when we feel a strange lump. Healthy fear is clear, concise and usually pretty obvious. Unhealthy fear is the kind that keeps us from being ourselves, that stops us in our tracks when we try to take a risk, that whispers in our ear that the world is too dangerous for us to try something new or make a change. Unhealthy fear is a bully. This bully is the inner voice that tells us we aren’t good enough or smart enough or together enough to be whole. This bully is fear run amok; it is Chicken Little and the boy who called wolf. But like real bullies, the best way to approach this unhealthy fear is to face up to it.

Easy thing to do? Ya, right! But we are not alone. We have a guardian, a protector, a safe haven, loving arms to hold us. All we have to do is ask. 

“Take courage my friends. The way is often hard, the path is never clear, and the stakes are very high. Take courage. For deep down there is another truth; you are not alone.” Wayne Arnason 

Thank you, Lord, for encircling me with your loving arms when I cry to you out of my struggles and fears. Thank you for entering into my life of pain and for bringing me healing and peace. Help me to respond to others who are hurting and fearful.  May they feel your healing presence through my words and actions.  Amen. 

Peace,

Susan Hanson