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God will make a way even where there seems to be no way.
"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19


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May 24, 2017:    

What can I do when I'm afraid?
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Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Regardless of what you might be facing now or recovering from, fear is probably part of the “package deal.” defines fear as: “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.” (Emphasis mine). Sometimes our fear IS based on the “what ifs” that never happen. However, some of those fears are justified, and we’d be silly to deny that. So, what can we do? Using REST as an acronym, take a look at the following suggestions.

R: Reach out for help. If you don’t have a supportive circle of friends, develop one. Many people, myself included, have found comfort in Alanon and other support groups and the relationships they developed there. Reach out to help others. There is great comfort and even joy in service…regardless of our circumstances. Remember you are not alone. Others have walked your path and survived and even thrived. You can too.

E: Employ the tools you have. Support groups, sharing, exercise, music, prayer, and reading uplifting books including, but not limited to the Bible. Some or all of these tools will improve your outlook even if your circumstances remain the same, They will also help you to respond rather than react to fear.

S: Set a specific time for worrying. Make a 30-minute appointment with yourself and designate that time to worry. Rail against your circumstances, cry, pray, rant or do whatever you want during that 30 minutes. However, when you’re done with that 30 minutes, you’re done worrying for the rest of the day. That other 23½ hours of the day belong to you. When fear taps you on the shoulder, remind yourself it belongs in the 30 minutes assigned to it and focus on something else. It may sound silly, but it works.

T: Take care of yourself. That means you eat when it’s time to eat, you go to bed at bedtime, you discipline yourself to get some exercise. It means you get your hair done, you get a shower and get dressed every day, you call a friend. You find a way to reach out to others and you work on your spirituality, whether through meditations each day, church attendance, listening to tapes or going to a support group. You find something to smile or laugh about each day. In other words, you do what you would be doing if you were not afraid and live your life one day at a time.

There are some days when I’m great at utilizing those suggestions, and there are some days that are more of a challenge. Those are the days when Harry tells me I must think my worry is very powerful since I do so much of it. And he’s right.

So, the last suggestion is for those days. I remind myself that my worry is not powerful to help anyone, but destructive to my hope. I also remind myself that, whatever it is I’m facing, “The eternal God is my refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Then I try to give my fear to the One who can do something about it.

Challenge for Today: What if, just for today, we chose to take control of our fear instead of letting it control us?


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