CONQUERING OUR FEARS

By: Darlene G. Snyder

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2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

 

Read Psalm 22:23 & 1 John 4:18

 

All of my life, I have been terrified of worms.  Go ahead and laugh, I understand this is a foolish fear. Nevertheless, I despise all worms.  As a child, my brothers were all too eager to exploit my fear.  We would be playing outdoors when suddenly one of them would remember how fearful I was of the worms.   All that it would take was a threat and I would run to safety.  Sometimes they would dig one up and chase me with it.  I remember jumping into an automobile parked in our drive, locking all of the doors, and rolling up the windows in order to escape from my tormentors.  There I would be, sitting in a hot car while my brothers dangled a worm in front of me.  Sometimes they would even place the worm on the windshield. I would stay there until they got tired of tormenting me.

 

Being afraid of worms caused me to foolishly lock myself into a hot car.  I have an aunt who is afraid of cats.  She is frightened to visit people for fear they might own one.  I’ve heard her scream and watched as she ran hysterically away from an animal she thought might be a cat. Both of us act unreasonably because of our fears.

Fear causes Christians to lose focus.  That is what Satan wants. He promotes fear.  Christ is the “perfect love” that cast out our fears.

 

 

Prayer

 

Heavenly Father I commit my fears to you today.  Help me to always trust in you completely.  Thank you for giving me the resolve and courage to face all of my fears. 

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is easy to say we trust Jesus, but it is harder to show through our actions that we trust Him.

PRAYER FOCUS

The lost, for they have reason to fear.

 

 

 

 

 

A Cattle Trough Sled

 

By: Darlene G. Snyder

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All this snow and talk of snow reminds me of sledding. If you check the archives of this blog, February 08, I believe, you will find some of my childhood sledding memories.

Today though, I want to share about a sledding experience I had as a young adult.

In 1989 or early 1990, we received a lot of snow. School was out and most of our family was off work because of the snow/ice covered roads. My husband worked for the road department at the time and was working sixteen-hour shifts.

My brother-in-law, who lived on a large farm at the time, had to feed cattle. While he was out, he got the idea of pulling a feed trough with the tractor –using the trough as a sled. He called all of us and invited us to come to the farm for an afternoon of sledding.

We put enough clothes, socks and long warm underwear on that we wouldn’t freeze. We met at his house, loaded in his big four-wheel drive truck and headed to the backfields.

I’d dare not guess how many times all of us, except my brother-in-law, who was driving the truck, piled into the long narrow trough and held on tight as he pulled us around the farm. It was a total blast!

I think I would be to much of a chicken at my current age to participate in such a scheme as the trough sled, but it sure was a fun time.