Fear is a funny thing.  Everyone is fearful of something.

For some of us, many things seem scary.

I’ll go first- I am scared of roller coasters, heights, being underwater and… that I will get cancer. Crazy I know, but the last one is a real fear most likely instilled in me after watching my Dad’s horrible battle with cancer. If I tell people that this thought crosses my mind more times than not they look at my like I’m crazy.  Fears aren’t always rational but the thoughts surroundins them at times can be consuming. For instance, I try to monitor the foods I ingest and products I use, in hopes I can control the in-my-mind inevitable.

My mini-me is equally fearful of many things, including heights.

I heard a fantastic sermon on Fear versus Faith recently and it has me starting to reframe my thinking.

It said, in part, that fear and faith have something in common… both ask us to believe something is going to happen that we cannot see.

This child?  Fear? Not so much.

Fear is using your faith in the wrong direction. I love this perspective.

More times than not, fear presents itself much bigger than it really is. So true.

After some tears and attempting the course a second time, Miss Thang went a zippin’

Instead of focusing and waiting for something bad to happen, I am going to retrain my mind to tap into my faith instead.

Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?”

I love thay my guy is tough on the outside, but tender on the inside.

No fear.

Okay, so maybe he was a little afraid at first.

Instead of wringing my hands afraid that my children will become ill, or that we will be in a car accident, or they will drown, or get mixed up in the wrong crowd one day, get abducted, or something will happen to Mike, or my Mom, or or.. the list could go on forever. Instead I am going to invite blessings into my life knowing that God will protect me and my family. I can’t see this outcome but I choose to believe this.

I want to enjoy my time with my family and focus my energy on all the good that surrounds me.

Because the blessings are everywhere.