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Tag Archive for ‘fear’

Going against the current of fear

Then Jesus said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall compare it. It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches. Luke 13: 18-19 There is always […]

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Fragility: The life that develops as we age

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,  they comfort me.” Ps 23:4 Each stage of life is important; that of course is not rocket science.  However, many people seem to think that each successive stage after a certain age, then life […]

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When life feels cold and dark and I am naked and shivering within

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you: Psalm 56:3 Sometimes I feel fear. It is when I become strongly aware of the suffering that goes on around me. On how common it is to have sick friends, people I love who are dying and my own aging as well. It is as […]

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Fear does not work

When young I was taught about sin, a mark on the soul, a stain, perhaps leading to death separation from God for all eternity. Confession, a way to placate a deity angry, always watching; my image of God at that young age was of a being with millions of eyes attached to long tentacles watching […]

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Fear is important but can also be a hindrance

We need fear in our lives to protect us. Fear can also build up such high walls around us because anxiety keeps us within a limited zone that some consider comfortable. Some walls are there to keep us out for good reason; others are made to be stepped over before they become too high to […]

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Are Your Decisions Born of Fear or Love?

Do we choose the conceited illusion of control, or do we trust in God? Recently, I spent time talking to a man who seems to exist in a permanent state of rage about everything — headlines, the Church, the pope, the presidential campaigns — and it seemed to me that the taproot of all of […]

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The struggle

I suppose one of my greatest struggles is to free myself from what others think or feel about me. This has been something that I have worked with from childhood and am not sure actually how much progress I have made in this matter. Like most people, I would like to be understood, my intentions […]

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Defenseless

The child comes into the world helpless, in need of constant love and care, it reaches out, it’s need apparent as it whimpers for the touch, the mother’s smile, totally dependent, the weakest of the weak, defenseless before those who do not love. To be held, caressed and treasured, to feed from the mother’s breast, […]

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The Spirit of Fear

Do you suffer from the spirit of fear? Most of us would say “no” — until we delved a bit deeper into our own psyches. For fear entails more than we commonly acknowledge. It is nervousness. It is anxiety. It sometimes crosses over into impatience. It involves phobias. None of the above are of God. […]

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