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Fear or Faith

By: Emily Dean
Ladies, I want to share with you about something I am really good at. In fact, I could really consider myself an expert in this. I am really good at being afraid. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Have you ever felt so well acquainted that fear could be your constant companion? Whenever a frightening situation comes up, I know immediately how to be afraid. What I'm not always so good at is exercising faith in the midst of fear. Since childhood I have experienced all kinds of fears: fear of the dark, fear of bad weather, fear of mice (what can I say...I grew up in the country!), fear of people (people pleasers, anyone?), and fear of public speaking just to name a few. The last one is the most ironic because as a ministry wife and teacher I have found myself in front of more than my share of crowds! Where...

Fear

Once again, I have been reminded that living in the glass house brings with it a loss of anonymity.  People will know details about you and your family and in reality you could never pick them out of a line up.  Most of the time this will not be a cause for concern but let's be reminded we are living in times that we need to "be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove." My family is familiar to ministering to the needs of many.  In fact,  it has been a common practice all of our ministry lives to shelter or feed any who have need.  It has not been uncommon for us to have late night visits or to have people who are in crisis show up at our door.  Recently though, my young adult daughter was home alone.  My husband was headed to a Wednesday night prayer time, out...