Fear is a trick and treat!

Fear Not !

Fearan unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat

Fear is a trick? 

Our minds think fearful thoughts – a lot!

Minds are wonderful at thinking lots of thoughts. Thoughts love to attach themselves to emotions! One of our survival emotions is fear. We see a fire and think, ” fire is hot and it burns! ” Then, we feel the emotion of fear that the fire might burn us. Of course this thought and emotional reaction happen very quickly.

Fear can be a protective mechanism but it can also become an overprotective menace! Click To Tweet

The problem is that sometimes we can feel fearful of things that are not dangerous. For example, imagine a fire is in a self-contained grill. There is little chance that the fire could really hurt us or burn us. The fire can actually help us cook food, stay warm and roast a marshmallow.Do we need to be afraid of all fire?

Our minds can trick us into believing every fearful thought is true, when most fearful thoughts are false! Click To Tweet

Heres my real life example:

This year, we made a lot of educational changes for our kids. Basically, everyone is in a new school situation. This summer, I made myself sick with worry and doubt about our decisions. I treated our school change like a life-threatening illness! What is it doesn’t work out? What if this is a bad decision? What if I make a mistake?  I felt so afraid of the changes, when in reality:

Did I really have something to fear that was dangerous? NO!

The worse thing that could happen would be that we tried something and it didn’t work out. We could make another change and find a new solution.

I carried that sick, fearful feeling around for weeks until I encountered this truth:

Fear is a treat! 

It’s okay to admit you feel afraid. Fear is a valid emotion and can be met with self-compassion.

If you feel fearful, give yourself a hug and not hammer! Click To Tweet

Stop beating yourself up for feeling fearful and do a little research on why you feel this way. Maybe there is something in your heart that you need to think about with some reassurance from God?

Fear can actually be a catalyst to make me take my anxious thoughts to God in preparation for an act of faith.

Fear can be a signal that God is calling me into a time of deeper Faith! Click To Tweet

Fear makes me dig deeper into God’s bag of treats in His word: ( look what I found!)

Psalm 34:4 says

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears!

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

Seriously, I love how generously God reaches out to people who feel fear!  I praise God for the faith I am walking in today. I have to admit, I did fear this summer- Well, okay I more like stressed my entire family out and had a complete melt down…. but the point is that now….today, I am walking in faith.

I may slip into the trick of fear, but God provides the treat of truth to give me faith again. Click To Tweet

Hey, and let’s face it ! A treat from God’s word is a whole lot less calories than the treats my kids bring home!

Blessings to you !

Tracey

 

Welcome to the Compassion House in Tanzania!

Come and see the home we helped to build !

After years of fundraising, our Freeride 836 effort was combined with the Women of Compassion annual fundraiser. Together, along with many other generous donors, the Compassion House in Tanzania was built, at three times it’s original size! Because of this home, 30 orphaned girls in Africa will have a family.

Dedication day was a glorious celebration of the completion! 
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The home is so much bigger than I expected and the first 10 little girls have moved in!

Here’s one, meet Zawati!

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Zawati giggled as I painted the bottom of her feet for this picture.

I wanted to capture an image

of her “small steps” in life !

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Zawati’s Story

Zawati  was orphaned as a very little baby and was taken to a local orphanage. In African orphanages, children are subjected to poor living conditions and malnutrition. Zawati’s condition began to deteriorate. Her grandfather heard that she was dying of malnutrition in the orphanage. He went to the orphanage and brought her home to live with a relative. The relative was unable to care for her. The grandfather contacted Juma, who is the local operations manager of the Compassion House, in Tanzania. He told Juma that a beautiful little girl needed a home. Juma visited Zawati and brought her to her forever home at the Compassion House.  She was confused and cried when she was taken away from her relative. She didn’t know what was going to happen to her as she was loosing the person she thought would be her caregiver.  Within minutes of stepping into the Compassion House, she was laughing and giggling with her new sisters and house mothers. She realized she was in a safe and secure home, where all her needs would be met with love. I enjoyed watching her play during my stay in Tanzania. Seeing the joy on her face, I could tell she is happy to be a part of the family at the Compassion House.

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This home is not your typical institutional orphanage.

Inside this beautiful home you smell the scent of fresh baked bread each morning.  Life-giving sounds erupt with joy from little girls laughing and playing. Food is served fresh and hot on a family style table where the girls gather to say grace and share three delicious meals a day.

Jerry and Christi Haag,  Florida Baptist Children’s Home President and wife,  came to the dedication in Africa !

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They toured the grounds to see the beautiful self-sustaining property-

The property grows coffee, vegetables, bananas and fresh fruits.

There is a community well and a Tilapia fish pond for protein.

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Scripture is written above the door of the home.

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We are so grateful for the partnership of  Orphans Heart and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

We continue to appreciate their care and concern for orphaned children in this world,

and especially the ones in Tanzania.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! 

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Just remember today,

every small step of compassion matters in your life #smallstepsofcompassion Click To Tweet

You never realize the impact of generous giving until you see the faces and smiles of the children you have helped.