{ Facing Fears}

I walked into the kitchen this morning at 5:50 a.m. Adrenaline spiked my groggy self when a mouse scurried out from under a bench.


Have you ever heard a muted scream?  It takes energy to suppress yelps of disgust while shivers are making their way up your spine.

He ran into the back hall bathroom — smart guy. There is a convenient hole inside the bathroom cupboard. It’s like a rodent’s Grand Central Station; a place for making swift exits, smooth transfers and safe journeys.


I was getting ready to leave for early morning shopping, so I left a message for the family:

Gird up your loins. Refresh the mousetraps. Search & destroy all invaders.

xoxo — Mama

I did have a brief, brave moment.  I grabbed a broom, thinking he might come out the same way he entered.  I thought to myself: FACE YOUR FEARS.

It seems to be the theme this week.

  • The Sunday sermon was centered on Barak, who had to be coaxed by Deborah to “Get up and face your enemies!  God will surely give you the victory!” (from Judges 4)


  • My son showed me a TED talk given by Jia Jiang.  He had a recurring fear of rejection, so he decided to get out there and look for rejection on purpose every day for 100 days.  He learned a lot about himself and became less fearful about rejection in the process.


  • Even the book we have been reading this week,  Treasures of the Snow, reminded me that “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18)


I’m still working on facing fears, whether they come from situations, people, or unwelcome rodents.

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt 

“There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.” –Shannon L. Adler


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