Since I was very little I’ve been hearing stories about the holocaust. These were not stories that a friend of a friend told me. These were my family stories. My grandmother used to tell me about the times she was separated from my grandpa, not knowing if he was alive. Whenever I wouldn’t eat she would bring up stories about starvation in the labor camp she spent years of her youth. The holocaust has always been present in my mind making me appreciate the life that I have and fear the possibility of something similar happening again. Read more of this post
Note how Harry deals with fear in preparation to make the ice climb of his life
and during the climb. Do you know how to challenge your fears to conquer them?
Vertical Free Ice Climb
Ice climber Harald Berger has waited patiently for one of Austria’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls to freeze over. ‘The Supervisor’ is as high as the Eiffel Tower, a cascade of frozen water that entices and threatens through its fragile beauty. But without the security of rope, Harry’s ice-pick and wits are all there is between him, a thousand feet of ice and air, and a first ever free solo ascent.
“Fearlessness may be a gift but perhaps more precious is the courage … that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate ones actions.” — Aung San Suu Kyi
The prophet Jeremiah is a striking example of the Biblical paradox that surrender means victory, that in losing our life we find it. (Jesus Christ identifies with Jeremiah more than any other prophet and quotes him most frequently.) In the year 625 BC, the Lord summoned Jeremiah to a prophetic career. Jeremiah’s immediate response was reluctance. “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” he said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young” (Jeremiah 1:6). He was nineteen at the time. Jeremiah was not the confident, self-assured type like Amos or Isaiah. Sensitive, accustomed to the quiet of small-town life, he was temperamentally unsuited for public life and the harsh treatment that is the customary “reward of the prophets.” Read more of this post
There are so many elements to fear. It is a vast subject. Fear is an emotion that is so harmful and negative that we respond with the most immediate action we can take to remove it or eliminate it.
I want to face my fears. I want to conquer my fears. I should say that I want God to enable me to conquer all my fears. Will I ever? I don’t know.
I know that I have Him and He opposes all the fear I experience. I am seeing fear is a wrong response and has elements of non-faith.
I want to get to the root of my fears and place them where they belong, in God’s care.
Ann Voskamp has made a statement or two about fear that speaks to me. She has written as though God is speaking. Maybe He communicated this to her in some way. Her book, one thousand gifts, does not designate.
All fear is but the notion that God’s love ends. Did you think that I end, that My bread and warehouses are limited, that I will not be enough? But I am infinite child, what can end in Me? Can life end in Me? Can happiness? Or peace? Or anything you need? Doesn’t your Father always give you what you need? I am the Bread of Life and My bread for you will never end. Fear thinks God is finite and fear believes that there is not going to be enough and hasn’t counted the one thousand gifts, exposed the lie at the heart of all fear? In Me, blessings never end because my love for you never ends. If My goodness toward you ends, I will cease to exist, child. As long as there is a God in heaven, there is grace on earth and I am the spilling God of the uncontainable, forever-overflowing-love-grace.
From the Lotus Effect. Over a billion live in a world of fear. See the diagram for more data. They are not safe nor secure because of the threat of violence and crime. It is time that we wake up to the need. Read more of this post
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin Hebrews 3: 12-13
…callousness happens (in our hearts) when we continue to indulge in anxiety, which always springs from the belief that God isn’t able to care for us properly or that what he provides isn’t enough for us. Such a belief is really unbelief.
What are we to do if we detect hardness in our hearts? We…rightly identify our anxiety as sin.” We acknowledge our anxiety and consciously name it what it is, ‘unbelief.’ “Unbelief underscores every fear and every act of sin we commit. Unbelief is the assertion in our hearts, even if it doesn’t appear to be so, that God cannot be trusted.
Unbelief is the source of all our fears, because unbelief, taking up residence in our minds and hearts, cast aspersions on the good character of God. When we doubt God’s kind intentions, we will certainly go astray in our hearts and eventually become hardened to the comfort he would bring us. We can turn away from the lie of unbelief right now and put our faith in our good Father.
Whether I want to admit it or not. The source of my conflict, despair, and heart pain is my unbelief in the goodness of God–not believing His trustworthiness. He is trustworthy and His promises to us are true. I must cling to that truth, then, I will be at rest no matter what comes.