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Activated February 2012

Overcoming Fear - February 2012

Fear can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn to face your fears and march right through them in this issue.
 

01-02-2012
Overcoming Our Fears
Overcoming Our Fears

Like life itself, the Bible is full of triumphs that could just as easily have ended in disaster. If the heroes in those stories had turned and run the other way, who could have blamed them? Moses defied the world power of his day to lead his people to the Promised Land. Gideon led a band of 300 against an army too large to number.1 Samson, armed only with the jawbone of a donkey, took on an army singlehandedly.2 Teenaged David, with only a slingshot, denounced and trounced the giant Goliath, who had the entire army of Israel shaking in their...

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01-02-2012
Learning to Trust
Learning to Trust

I’ve always loved cats and felt that I had a way with them, but I met a challenge in J.J. and Felix. They were a gift from my daughter-in-law. Toni had started feeding their mother, a feral cat, shortly before she succumbed to the perils of street life.

When J.J. and Felix moved in with me, they quickly hid under beds. Our relationship began with me lying on the floor and reaching out to them.

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01-02-2012
High Risk, High Reward
High Risk, High Reward

When you get an out-of-the-box idea or an opportunity arises that would be a departure from your normal way of doing things, your immediate reaction might be to play it safe—to shy away from the idea, or to hesitate to capitalize on the opportunity because it’s new and untried and seems risky. But if you wait too long to decide what to do, the opportunity may pass you by. At times like that, you need to calculate the risk.

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01-02-2012
Taking Risks and Overcoming Fear
Taking Risks and Overcoming Fear

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

André Gide (French writer, humanist, and moralist; 1869–1951)

 

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

Herodotus (Greek historian; 490–430 bc)

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01-02-2012
Breaking Down Fear
Breaking Down Fear

It is widely believed that we are born with only three fears: fear of loud noises, fear of falling, and fear of abandonment. These, according to some psychologists, are hardwired into our nature; all others are acquired. Fear of spiders, fear of the dark, fear of dentists, and the rest are programmed into our psyche through either firsthand experience or information we take in.

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01-02-2012
Freedom from Fear
Freedom from Fear

God is our best defense against fear—and against the things we fear.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.—Psalm 46:1–2

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.—Psalm 91:14–15

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01-02-2012
The I-ness of Shyness
The I-ness of Shyness

Once upon a time there was a little girl who spent her days sitting beside a pond, watching a frog on a lily pad. The little girl knew that the frog was probably a prince, and the frog—who was indeed a prince—knew that the little girl could kiss his nose and break the magic spell that a wicked witch had cast on him. But the little girl on the bank of the pond was too shy to begin a conversation with the frog, and the frog simply could not bring himself to tell her how badly he wanted her to...

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01-02-2012
Glossophobia
Glossophobia

You need to give a toast at your best friend’s wedding, or make an acceptance speech for an award you’ve won, or sell a group at work on a new project—and you’re dying inside because this is one speaking engagement you can’t say no to.

You aren’t alone. Also known as glossophobia, the fear of public speaking is one of the very most common fears. As with any fear, the best way to overcome glossophobia is to deal with it at its roots.

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01-02-2012
Love the One You’re With
Love the One You’re With

Some song lyrics have a big impact on me. One example is Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With.” The chorus of which says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you are with.”

It was 1974, my boyfriend and I had just split up, and I was heart­broken. For weeks I alternated between trying to avoid him and trying to catch his attention. Attending the same school that he did was torture! This song helped me then to look outward, to reach out. Half a lifetime later, it had the same effect.

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01-02-2012
The Greatest of All Is Love
The Greatest of All Is Love

A parent’s paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.

If I live for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.

Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

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01-02-2012
Alleviating Worry
Alleviating Worry

Question: Sometimes I feel like I’m being overcome with worries. What can I do to stop worrying so much?

 

Answer: Who doesn’t worry sometimes? We worry about what’s going to happen in the world. We worry about failing in school or in our work. We worry that we won’t be able to make ends meet financially. We worry about how we’re going to make up for mistakes we’ve made or opportunities we missed. We worry about our future. We worry about losing the ones we love. We worry about so many things!

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01-02-2012
Overcome Darkness
Overcome Darkness

Being afraid is like being trapped in a small, dark room. The darkness can be so thick it feels suffocating. You reach out, but you can’t find the exit. But find the light switch, turn on a light, and everything changes. Even a small light helps you get your bearings and shows you the way out.

One thing that doesn’t help when you’re afraid or worried is pretending that the fear will go away if you ignore it. Fear must be dispelled. You need to find the way out.

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01-02-2012
Consider the Sparrow…
Consider the Sparrow…

My eye is on the sparrow as she flutters about in search of food and a place to nest. She trusts Me, and I guide her to a resting place. She doesn’t worry about what she doesn’t have. She just goes about her day and trusts that I will provide her needs. How small and numerous are the sparrows, and yet I know and watch over them all. I remember and care for each one.

You, My child, are far more precious to Me than all the sparrows combined, and if I show such concern for these small and seemingly insignificant...

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