Category Archives: fear and anxiety

When Fear Threatens You

It happened in 1953.

The Polio Epidemic.

I have no memory of the fear that must have swept the country

as polio attacked so many – especially adults.

Leaving many paralyzed, some on iron lungs, some fatalities.

I have no memory.

But  I remember summer 1953 being a busy time

as we moved from Allentown, PA  to Levittown, PA.

My little baby brother was born in March 14, 2020

and there was so much to think about

for a little girl of 4.

Big bulldozers outside my window moved the dirt in the yard

and literally terrified me.

But there was something worse that would cause me to fear

for many years to come.

Polio.

I don’t even remember that word

until summertime

when my world was turned upside down.

After a time at the pool

my mother got a severe headache.

Suddenly a doctor was called.

Hushed voices.

My older brother and I stood in the hallway

waiting to hear about our mother.

The doctor came out of her room,

gave us each a shot

and made arrangements for my mother to be taken

to the hospital.

She had polio.

The next few weeks and months were a blur

as I was taken to Long Island to stay with my relatives.

I had no idea if I’d ever see home again.

Strange memories of those days

and lonely weeks.

Tasteless scrambled eggs

and long days.

I feared that my mommy had died

And I would never see my Daddy or brothers again.

How I wished to have the chance to be a good girl.

I knew that I would never cause them any trouble.

 

Today we face a the Coronavirus Pandemic

and daily news of how it’s spreading across the globe.

Schools are closed, churches will not have services

and many businesses are silenced.

Day after day I hear of more closings

and with it that sense of fear mounts.

But in the midst of it all

my heart remembers.

Long ago.

That verse of comfort and hope.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

That verse reminds me of Who is in control.

It reassures me when I begin to wonder.

What’s going to happen next?

It comforts me and gives me clear direction.

Trust. Don’t trust my own understanding.

Acknowledge Him

and then there’s that promise …

He will direct my paths.

He is close, personal and has promised to be there.

I never have to feel alone

like that little girl of 4.

Never again.

No, God has promised

to take care of me as I trust in Him.

Years ago I waited for months

with no word about my mother.

Years ago I had no hope.

But suddenly when that car pulled up

and my Daddy came to the door

my heart overflowed with joy.

We were reunited again as a family.

The lessons remain

God is with us.

We can trust Him.

We must not lean upon our own understanding.

But acknowledge Him

and let Him direct our days, weeks, months and more.

No one needs to be overwhelmed by fear.

No one.

If you are reading this

and struggling at times

with fear.

Remember His promise.

It’s for you.

Trust Him.

Put your faith in Him.

He will guide, direct and protect you.

Always.

 

 

 

 

 

How’s Your Temple Care?

I guess I heard it years ago – that phrase ‘temple care’.

I listened as the conference speaker spoke of the importance of caring for our bodies.

The need to be intentional about self care –

 sleep, exercise, eating nutritionally, drinking plenty of water, etc.

I remembered those words – Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? I Cor. 6:19-20 Msg.

My, very body – my 5 ‘ 2” body a sacred place?

Our bodies are the place where His Spirit dwells in the life of every born again believer.

The more I thought about it the more I realized that my body

 was not mine to just do with as I saw fit.

Stay up late, binge on Doritos, deprive myself of sleep as I stay  up reading or

watching a UVA basketball game.

No, my body belongs to the Lord – the One Who gave His life for me

and it was up to me to take care of the temple.

Yes, this earthly body of mine made of dust and aging rapidly.

To intentionally care for it – with this understanding was a change for me.

I needed to respect the limits of my body.

Get enough rest.

Say no to over extending myself. Make time to exercise.

Not necessarily spending all my resources on health supplements

but choosing to eat nutritious food.

Temple care. Yes, good temple care.

Oh, I still have those moments – particularly when under lots of stress –

that I’ll reach for that red bag of Doritos.

Yes, my weakness –

But then I’ll remember – almost as if there’s little voice inside –

and I hear that call to good temple care.

Resting in Him – in His Presence-

God cares about it all. He not only created us for His Purpose

but He calls us to be wise stewards.

Taking good care of our bodies.

So how are you doing with that, my friends?

Join me, won’t you, in asking the Lord to give you wisdom and strength to

practice good self care-

temple care.

Trust in His care to provide for all your needs

and practice good temple care.

It will make a greater difference than we all realize in the moment.

Prayer Powered

Recently I’ve been engaged with a group that has added so much strength to my life.

The 31 Day Prayer Challenge for Coaches and Entrepreneurs is lead by Kim Avery.

Every morning I am greeted by a short video, verse, and reminder about the importance of prayer.

Throughout the day one person after another comments how the emphasis has touched them.

How prayer is making a difference in their day.

Each morning I’m excited to get up, turn on my computer or cell phone 

and listen to a reminder that knowing God, talking with Him day after day

really does reduce stress and increase joy.

Although this particular challenge will end on January 31

I decided to invite the women entrepreneurs in my area to learn about prayer too.

Together we will study how to run a business through the power of prayer;

how to live our lives prayer powered.

I’m so excited to get together with these women in my local area.

Prayer changes things.

So no matter what you are dealing with right now

take time to pray.

Yes, lay your burdens down at His feet.

Turn it over and discover the spirit filled, prayer powered life.

You will not be the same.