Give Me That Mountain

Only God Is Big Enough to Fear

Fear Exposed. Day three...

Have you ever had a reaction in your body to something completely unknown to you at the time? If you were able to trace the reaction back to its source, did you continue to expose yourself to it without having some remedy handy—such as an allergy medicine, a dust mask, an antacid, a pair of gloves, etc?

Yet every single day of the year we have a reaction of some sort to a source we never bother to acknowledge or understand. And that source has something to do with fear.

rash on hand

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Coping with Fear is Not an Option

Fear Exposed. Day two...

One of the responsibilities a good father assumes is to teach his children to face their fears and to push through them. This is true for the Christian and non‐Christian father alike. A mother assumes some of that same responsibility (especially, if she is a single mom) but a father has more of a natural inclination to push his children through whatever is standing in their way.

We know this trait is hard‐wired into the father because the Bible indicates that it's the father who runs the risk of pushing his children too hard. God issues this warning to fathers:

father encouraging son

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Fear Is Our Response to a Real or Imagined Threat

Fear Exposed. Day one...

Remember the room with the closed door that nobody ever went in? Remember the window you never looked out of after dark? Remember the area of the yard behind the bushes that was surely home to hideous creatures when the sun went down?

To a child, fear lives in the unknown. Surely whatever lurks beyond what is seen has to be scary. And the imaginary world of bad, bad things can become so fully developed in a child's mind that what's imagined is acted upon as if it's real.

scared kids

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Oh, the Things We Don’t Know

A Change of Mind. Day fifty-three...

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” (Albert Einstein)

When it came to things in the natural world, Einstein understood how critical it was to keep elevating thought to the next level. When it came to things in the supernatural world, however, Einstein (as far as the record reveals) was not able to move to the level of understanding a personal relationship with God.

einstein

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The Unintentional Victim

A Change of Mind. Day fifty-two...

“How did you get those kids to behave? They don't pay a bit of attention to me.”

Children quickly recognize authority. It takes kids a very short time to figure out who has authority and who doesn't—no matter what the adult's appearance, demeanor, or tone of voice. Kids can quickly sort through what they see and hear from adults to tell who means business and who doesn't.

class discipline

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Who’s in Charge Here?

A Change of Mind. Day fifty-one...

After surviving my so‐called prayer, as described in Thursday's article, I spent the day trying to understand God's question to me: “Have you made a decision?”

In my rage, I didn't say anything that God didn't already know. Maybe it was me who needed to hear what I was saying.

determination

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Fed Up

A Change of Mind. Day fifty...

There's no cure for the common cold, right? At least that's what Sherrel and I thought until late in the fall in 2007.

We had sold our previous house and on the night before the move Sherrel began to experience all the normal cold symptoms. We both looked at each other in disbelief. What were we going to do? We simply couldn't afford for her to be sick.

common cold

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At the Root of the Problem

A Change of Mind. Day forty-nine...

A couple of years ago my daughter, who is a physical therapist, did an evaluation of my workstation. She found several violations of neutral body positioning. Some of them I suspected and some I didn't. The incorrect positioning of the arm rests on my chair was my biggest surprise.

For many months I'd sat at my desk with the left arm of my office chair positioned higher than the one on the right—seemed logical to me, considering the position of my mouse. My daughter, however, told me that such a set up would cause issues in my left shoulder.

ergonomics fail

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Freedom Still Has Rules

A Change of Mind. Day forty-eight...

While it's good to be on a first name basis with an accountant, it's not so good to be on a first name basis with a bail bondsman. But sadly, those in the bail bonding industry all have their regular customers.

Repeated destructive behavior results in repeated negative consequences.

bail bonds

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God’s Grace Is Bigger than Our Faith

A Change of Mind. Day forty-seven...

“Yes, I can fix it for you. But if you don't stop using it for what it's not designed to do, you'll just keep tearing it up.” Sound familiar?

Sounds all too familiar to me. I've both heard it and said it.

broken bicycle frame

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