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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: My fears cripple me


My fears cripple me.

I don't know about anyone else, but my fears cripple me. I fear what others say; and what they think of me. It is a fear that I fight with all the time. I can't seem to over come this fear.Time and time again Isa.41:10 will pop in my head to remin me hat if I put my fears in God He will take care of everything. But at the time I want to hang on to my fears, not that they give me any comfort but because I just want to keep them close. I know what God's word says, I just like the idea that I have some contorl over it or so I think.Yeah, my fears are going to be taken care of by me, because I 'm gonna sit up all night worrying over them,and get up in the morning only to find that I now have extra worrys the devil has thrown at me just to keep me busy.Oh ok I want to rethink this, Isa.41:10 says, not to be afrid, God will take care of everything. He cares for me even when I'm still trying to hang on to fears that I can do nothing about.I think it would be easier on me to let God have them all. Oh I could sleep well at night knowing that God is on duty and I can rest. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do, let God do the worrying for me.

Ok, Father, here and now I gve all my worries. I know I can do nothing about them,so I want to be a good child and let you take all my cares. You know what they are. I put them in your hand, I don't want them back, you keep them. I don't want anything to cause me stress about what I can't fix.
There now I feel so much better.

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Connie Husby04/27/06
My instructor in college once told me to do the things I fear the most. This is how I would get over them, NOT!

I've struggled with this also all my life, until recently someone in my bible study told me how I could handle fear, anxiety and worry.

This is a visual of course:
Take your fear and wrap it up in a present with a bow, and then walk up about 10 flights of stairs...open the double doors...then enter, and place your box under the foot of the cross, and walk back downstairs. Now, she told me when that anxiety or whatever comes back, I needed to climb those stairs...open the doors... pick up my present with that anxiety in it...and carry it back down 10 flights of stairs...unwrap it...and place the anxiety back inside, wrap it...place the bow on it and haul it back upstairs and place it at the foot of the cross again.

Believe it or not, it's working! Fear is not of God, and He does not want us to carry it around with us to worry about. Try carrying a backpack around all day with all your fear in it, how would that feel? HEAVY right? Take your backpack off each morning, and live for today knowing God will take care of you and send his angels to protect you.
Fear NOT! Place your fear in God's hands and Trust HIM to remove your control button. Just lean back into our Savior's arms and rest...AAH, doesn't that feel better. God bless you, and thank you for sharing.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/29/06
Critique: The first paragraph needs to be separated into a couple paragraphs...to make it an easier read. Spelling and/or typos need to be corrected and then you would have a pretty neat story here - as it has a very good message. You might also quote the scripture you are referring to,(Is 41:10) in a footnote, so that we don't have to look it up. A good job, however.
Birdie Courtright04/30/06
Thanks for sharing your solution to a problem that can indeed be crippling. I have no doubt that by openly sharing your heart and your solution, someone else will be blessed.