God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
My diva wonder dog, Zoe, has been an incredible addition to our family. We adopted her from the animal shelter the week of Christmas as a gift to our kids. They had been asking for a dog forever. I hesitated because I knew exactly how much work an animal would add to our busy lives.
My husband brought her home, bathed her and she promptly crashed belly up on the couch with my kids watching a Dr. Who marathon. A perfect pup.
But our perfect pup isn’t always so perfect. She has unparalled fear and anxiety when she is left home alone or a thunderstorm occurs. The thunderstorm fear is a bit of an issue as we live right next to a train building yard and she cannot always discern the difference.
Her muscles quiver and quake. She paces and pants through the house. Her body temp rises. And, when she is alone, mass destruction ensues. Since mother’s day, she has jumped out of every screen in our house, eaten a dog cage, my living room and bathroom curtains, bathroom trim, bath towel drawer, the bath towels in it and more Walmart bags, cotton balls and Q-tips than I can count.
She is perfectly safe in her environment. She has everything she needs in our home. Unconditional love (obviously), food, water, shelter and comfortable conditions. But her fear overcomes her and drives her to actions that are not a normal part of her character. My diva wonder dog transforms into the incredible hulk with no explanation.
Then I think of the feelings fear and anxiety drive in me. Fear prevents me from leaving my comfort zone. What if I fail in this new adventure? Even worse, what does it mean if I succeed? So I stay. I never move forward. I never dip my toes in water. I never know the fullness life has for me to experience because I let fear beckon me to stay in what I know. My fear causes me to hold those closest in my life back from experiencing their lives to the fullest.
Just this week, fear caused the deaths of 9 innocent people in a church prayer group. Fear has cost a 22 year old man the rest of his life behind bars.
What irrational action is fear leading you in today & who might be harmed as a result?
What is fear keeping you from becoming ?
My five minutes are long past gone and a storm is rolling in. Let diva wonder dog duty begin.
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