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Riding out the Storm

Hail violently pelted my car. Knuckles white and body tensed, I gripped the steering wheel, gently apply pressure to the gas. I expected a window to bust out at any moment. I couldn’t find any place to safely shelter. Cars sat stubbornly beneath the overpasses, leaving anyone stuck behind them with nowhere to go. My… Continue reading Riding out the Storm

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Pandemic and Panic vs. Perspective and Prayer

According to the CDC, roughly 56,000 people die from the flu each year.

According to the NHTSA, 36,560 people died in car accidents in 2019.

At the present time, there have been 12 deaths from Coronavirus in the U.S. 

Yes, you read that correctly: that’s a two-digit twelve without any additional zeros. 

It’s possible that the virus could become a pandemic. It’s possible that more will die. It’s possible that the fears are legitimate, but that could have been the case with Ebola, SARS, MERS, etcetera.

I could panic…

…Or I could face the fact that death could come at me in other ways—car accident, tornado, cancer, flu, etc. 

Some things are just beyond my control. It's time to accept our limitations.

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Dangerous Doubts

The deceitful and cruel nature of humanity molds many of us into skeptics. We have no desire to be duped into evil schemes. Investing, for example, often feels like an exercise riddled with doubts. Experts tell you to hang on to your Mutual Funds for 20 years and they will yield a decent increase. All… Continue reading Dangerous Doubts

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Does Fear Affect My Behavior?

We all fear someone or something. If anyone says they are totally fearless, they are either being dishonest with themselves (or you), or ignorant of the truth. Whatever or Whomever we fear impacts the choices we make every single day. If, for example, I drive close to or under the speed limit, it is not… Continue reading Does Fear Affect My Behavior?

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How Do You Deal With Fear?

Mountains, beautiful and majestic, serve to remind humans of their mortality and insignificance. There are those who climb the mountains "because they are there," and we consider them fearless. Don't be deceived---they are not without trepidation. They are fully aware that one misplaced grip, one sudden avalanche, or one failure in equipment could lead to… Continue reading How Do You Deal With Fear?

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If You Worry About It, You Can Pray About It

As our car pulled out of the church parking lot on Sunday, all five of us spotted a cloud of smoke billowing on the distant horizon. My oldest daughter’s voice rose in panic from the backseat.  “Do you think our house is on fire?!”  My husband, in his calm reassuring manner, replied, “No, honey, it’s… Continue reading If You Worry About It, You Can Pray About It

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For those who are struggling with fear

According to the popular YouVersion Bible App, “the bible verse that was shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global Bible App community in 2017” was Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you… Continue reading For those who are struggling with fear

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When We Try to Do it All

The drive to be seen and admired is an ageless problem. Ambition and prominence have been the unquenchable desire of men since time began. In our modern selfie culture we post the best parts of ourselves so others will perceive that we successfully "juggle it all" while inserting just enough self-deprecation to be "real."

Inevitably, the time comes to all when we start dropping one of the many balls in our juggling act.

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Who Do I Fear More: Man or God?

When I choose the wrong path while under pressure, is it mere weakness or something more? I lived in California for over 30 years. I learned early-on that I was often in the minority religiously, morally, and politically. In fact, if one held a remotely conservative view, silence was the recommended modus operandi... unless you wanted to… Continue reading Who Do I Fear More: Man or God?

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Coming Catastrophes

I've heard it three times this past week:  "A major market crash is coming soon to a 2017 near you!!!" OF course, there are multiple suggestions as to how to avoid said calamity: "Be an entrepreneur" "Invest in business" "Buy gold and silver" "Shore up your food supply" "If you're going to buy a house,… Continue reading Coming Catastrophes