It was a trip to the Nature center to see up close, the area’s residential creatures that we may and may not see often, that I came within half a feet of my arch-nemesis, the cottonmouth. For those who are unfamiliar with cottonmouths, they are very aggressive snakes, when they are antagonized and so name for the “cotton” like texture of their mouths, when they open them wide to hiss and warn off the potential trespasser.
However, it wasn’t the cottonmouth, that I was less than half a feet from, but your average, lazy corn snake and though the kids were braver than I to feel the “nail like” texture of its skin, I just stood there, still working on the courage to follow suit, all the while, smiling the “I will not turn and run screaming” smile that I could manage for mine and the kids sake.
This is a great reminder, how, a lot of times, the things we fear are often the fears we create for ourselves, or as we sometimes see, people looking for things to fear, rather than focus on the joy and reasons we have NOT to fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
As, “NotConsumed.com” shared, “Recognize that the enemy wants you to be afraid and refuse to let him have the satisfaction.”;
I have to add to that, that its easier to give more power
to fear than to our Father in Heaven that we say have power of all things; If that is what we truly believe, how is it than, that fear can play a part?Now, I’m not a perfect person with a white picket fence, but I do strive to not be a Negative Nelly either and wear blinders to the point, that I see evil like the pastor made the mistake doing in Pollyanna, in the process, missing all the good and the blessings that our Father in Heaven has given us.
There was a quote that caught my attention by Hannah Whitall Smith, that goes, “Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.”
Reading it, it reminded me back to, 2 Timothy 1:7, and who is it that really is in charge than? Our fear of everything that goes bump in the dark or God as we claim?
If God, than in the words of, ~ Francis Frangipane” ,
“Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith.”
Overcoming fear is not the easiest thing for many, and we will have our phobias and we will have those things that we may think are real, but we have to face the fact that, most the time, the things we fear are more in our imaginations, than in reality, so instead of letting our fears hold us back…we must be strong to not let our fears to keep us from our futures.
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