What Scares You? Day 2 – Handmade

Afraid

DAY 2, OCTOBER 2

If you scratch deep enough, you’ll find a fear.

Everybody is afraid of something.

Day 2 Afraid

I’m afraid of heights.

And that includes bridges. (Did you know it’s called gephyrophobia?)

Last week Jeff and I toured through our home state of Alabama. In Selma, we wanted to walk across the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the horrific beatings on Bloody Sunday, March 21, 1965.

bloody sunday_selma

On that day 53 years ago, the marchers feared for their very lives.

On my day in 2018, I only feared falling off.

Facing my fear was much easier than what they faced.

What Are You Afraid Of?

As we look at our stories, we inevitably will uncover fears.

Sometimes we run to God when we’re scared. Sometimes we run away from God because we’re afraid of him.

Think about your reaction to things that make you afraid.

Here are our three questions of the day:

(1) Are you afraid of the dark?

(2) What is one fear you wish God would take away?

(3) What is a recent scare you’ve had, big or small?

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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.

My answers:

(1) I’m afraid of SOUNDS I hear in the dark.

(2) Among other fears, I’d like God to remove my fear of the unknown. But instead, he just keeps riding along with me head-on into the unknown.

(3) We had a mouse in the house a few weeks ago. I know it’s small and I’m big (comparatively), but the thought of it scurrying around my kitchen really bothered me.

More here

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Be Afraid
    God knows we have dangerous tasks to do. Even if we’re afraid. Can he have courage for us?
  • Are We Scared of the Wrong Things?
    Instead of being scared for our safety, what if we took Jesus at his word and refused to be intimidated…welcoming whatever comes because God is with us?
  • Everybody Is Scared of Something
    If even a Navy SEAL can have fear, we can, too. Everybody is scared of something. But fear won’t win if we’ll go forward anyway.
  • When Desire Is Greater Than Fear
    Behind many of our fears is the lack of control. But the way to overcome fear isn’t to have more control; it’s to replace it with something stronger.

 

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9 thoughts on “What Scares You? Day 2 – Handmade

  1. blankAndrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Sorry I have been away for so long, Lisa. Things have been bad, and are getting worse. Two kinds of cancer and multiple infections…

    It’s something I thought I would fear, but now…well, I joke about it being scary, and it IS scary in a way, but being that there isn’t anything I can actually do to make it go away…the fear’s kind of an abstract thing.

    One can hide under the metaphorical covers or only so long; then one has to return to where the very real monster is tapping his foot and looking at his watch.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2018/09/your-dying-spouse-521-show-your-heart.html

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Keeping fear as an abstraction is likely a blessing, Andrew. I tend to make fear too real a thing. 🙁 But you’re right; hiding under the covers is only possible for so long. Our preacher made a joke this Sunday about getting rid of monsters under the bed by cutting off the bed legs. We all have our ways I suppose.

  2. blankTrudy

    I enjoyed your September highlights, Lisa. Thank you for posting the CNN article on why victims of sexual assault don’t report it. As I examine my heart today, I’m really afraid of justice not getting done. It scares me so much how men of power can get away with things. And some don’t seem to care about it. Justice was never done for myself and other siblings, so it seems to double my fear for others. I’d like God to remove that fear from me. I want to fully embrace that He is always in control, even when it doesn’t always look like it. He is still working behind the scenes and in the hearts of people. Love and hugs to you!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I’m so sorry that you weren’t able to get justice, Trudy. 🙁 Not yet anyway. I believe in the end you will receive your full justification, just probably not in this world, unfortunately. Sad things like what happened to you and others just breaks my heart and makes me cry out, Why, God? Yes, I want to fully embrace his control as well, even when I don’t see it. I know he is there. He is bigger and stronger than all else. Love to you, my friend!

  3. blankBethany

    Hi Lisa,

    Oo, I would be nervous too. Not a fan of heights (unless it’s a mountain because those didn’t give way so often!)

    I’m answer to your questions-

    1. Yes! A bit.
    2. Fear of the unknown as well.
    3. A spider.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I wish mountains didn’t bother me either, but they definitely do. 🙁 Well, skinny mountain roads bother me, I should say. I’ve about decided it’s the edges that I’m afraid of, not how high up I am.

      Sorry you had an encounter with a spider–I saw an enormous one yesterday eating a butterfly! It was horrible. ha.

  4. blankJerralea

    I used to be afraid of the dark but God delivered me from it.

    I’m teribly afraid of mice, dead or alive.

    Recently my daughter had a seizure the one and only time in her life, and I felt a lot of fear. But all tests have come back that she is fine! Praise God!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Praise God for delivering you from a fear of the dark, Jerralea. Anytime that happens, I’m in awe of his power. Oh, how wonderful that your daughter’s tests came back clear! That would instigate a lot of anxiety for me, too. 🙁 One day I would love for God to deliver me from all my anxieties, but until then, I’m glad he stays with us in the midst of it.

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