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    4 Truths to Overcome Fear

    We can learn a lot of things from our experience with the novel coronavirus and how it has affected our lives. We can learn the value of considering others as more important than ourselves as we choose to let self-sacrifice win over self-centeredness. We can learn how to be creative during our “shelter in place” time. We are learning how to love our neighbors from six feet away whenever we are able to do so. We’ve repeatedly scrubbed our hands, sprayed doorknobs and light switches with Lysol, worn gloves to go to the grocery store and wiped down every item brought into our house, and disinfected even our mail. And,…

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    Finding Faith In an Unplanned Pregnancy

    The home pregnancy test showed an electric blue stripe. Pregnant. Definitely pregnant—and at the worst possible time in our married life. For months I cried and called out to God. He met me in my pleas and led me to His words for help.

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    “When” I Am Afraid

    You know that feeling. The pit in your stomach, pounding of your heart, and rush of your thoughts as you go from the possibility of a job loss to being homeless on the streets — all in a matter of seconds. Gripped by fear, albeit an imagined one. The news about the release of 5 top Al Qaeda operatives in the prisoner “exchange” over the weekend, and the damage they can now do against us here in the United States, reminds me just how much fear is an ever-present emotion with me and with most women — both real fears (terrorists are real) as well as any imagined ones. Fear…

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    When I Am Afraid

    You know that feeling. The pit in your stomach, pounding of your heart, and rush of your thoughts as you go from the possibility of a job loss to being homeless on the streets–all in a matter of seconds. Gripped by fear, albeit an imagined one. Recent tornadoes in Texas and several events affecting my family this year remind me just how much fear is an ever-present emotion with me and with most women–real fears as well as imagined ones. Fear is a normal human emotion designed by God to alert us to danger so we will take action against it. It has a purpose. Yet, fear can take root…