Give Me That Mountain

Fear of…

Day One...

Fear is a lot like mold. It thrives in complete darkness, or in areas of little light. It can survive in many harsh environments. So much so that you will think you've completely rid yourself of it, only to have it reappear when the conditions are right. Without warning it can make you sick, leaving you with no trace of the cause of your misery. Although it won't usually kill you, it will make you vulnerable to stuff that can.

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Day Two...

Yesterday, we began a study of fear. If we unwrap the failure and disappoint in our lives we will usually find fear lying unnoticed, in some corner of our frustration. We don't know much about it, because we don't think much about it. We just live with it, largely unaware of how much it hurts us.

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Day three...

Fear is a bully—but not like the playground bully you had in elementary school. That bully was mouthy and wanted to be noticed by everybody. This bully doesn't want to be noticed. If he remains in the shadows it's easier for him to convince you that his threats are indeed facts—something bad is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it.

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Day four...

So you're convinced that you need to take action against the fear breathing threats against you. And you're asking, “What's next?” The next step is to learn how to separate mere threats from truth.

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Day five...

“God, I don't want to wake up in the morning.” For about eight months, that was my request each and every night as my head hit the pillow. God heard me but He obviously didn't answer my request.

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Day six...

I have an amazing ability at avoidance. I suppose I'm not the best, but I'm pretty close. I can look right at something that needs to be dealt with and completely tune it out.

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Not All Emotions Are Necessary

A Change of Mind. Day four...

I don't like being around a drama king or queen. To me it's like having to walk through an emotional minefield. And emotions should never be given that kind of preferential treatment. When emotions rule a life they ruin a life.

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A Renewed Mind Has Access to the Things of God

A Change of Mind. Day six...

“The young lady's shoulders are heaving with hysteria as the villains approach. The hero is doing everything he can think of to calm her panic and protect their hiding place. Finally, as he realizes that they are in mortal danger from her out‐of‐control emotions, he reluctantly slaps her across the face with the back of his hand—harsh but effective. Startled, she suddenly comes to her senses and regains her composure—just as the footsteps of the bad guys come within earshot.”

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Isolation Is a Threat

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

In working with people who are homeless and people who live in chronic poverty, I have found that isolation is one of their greatest threats. Isolation leaves men and women alone in their minds—and I've never known this to be a good thing.

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The Safest Place

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

Where is the safest place to be if you're having an issue with your health? A hospital, right?

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