Overcome Your Fears

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.  Believe in yourself.  Do what you love.  And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.  – Stacy London

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  – Nelson Mandela

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  – Mark Twain 

IMG_8829.JPG

Peace, Be Still (Matthew 8:23-27)

FullSizeRender-4.jpg

Jesus and his disciples were in a boat.  A massive storm started to toss the boat about and the waves were crashing onto the boat.

The disciples were terrified and frantic.  They called out to Jesus, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” (ESV)

Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (ESV)

Jesus calmed the storm and the disciples were amazed by his power.  In Mark 4:39, we learn Jesus calmed the storm and said, “Peace!  Be Still!” (ESV)

I wonder if those words were said not just to calm the storm, but also to calm the disciples.  Whenever you feel like you are about to drown and anxiety is overwhelming you, remember the words of Jesus, “Peace!  Be Still!” (ESV)

My Fears

I am afraid of failing as Gwen’s guardian.  I want Gwen to be a happy and fully functioning adult.  What I teach her or don’t teach her now will help determine her future.  That’s not something to be taken lightly.

I am afraid of losing my loved ones.  I have lost a lot of people in my life (family and friends).  I’ve attended way to many funerals.  If my mom sleeps late, I check on her to make sure she is still breathing.  I’m not ready for another funeral.

I am afraid of cockroaches.  I am fine with snakes and spiders.  I don’t have any problems with mice or rats.  However, cockroaches are another story.  If a roach comes near me, I will scream like a girl and start shaking all over my body.

What are some of your fears?  Let me know in the comment section.