Frozen by Fear — What Do We Do?

Cadence original oil painting of woman walking on beach by Steve Henderson

As long as we’re walking, we’re not frozen in fear. So let’s wake up, and get walking. Cadence, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and Framed Canvas Art.

The other day, I found myself in the middle of a church picnic.

It was totally unintentional, and I’ll tell you the story someday, but the upshot is, I was chatting with a safe woman from the group, when I tossed out my usual question to determine whether or not a person is awake:

“So, do you completely believe and unquestioningly accept the government’s official version about 9/11?”

“Oh, no,” she replied without hesitation, then stopped, troubled. “It’s disturbing to think about the ramifications.”

Well, that’s an understatement, but at least I could see that her eyes were open.

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But then she went on to a statement that I hear on a regular basis:

“There’s just so much going on, and we don’t seem to have any power to stop any of it. I don’t know what to do, and I don’t see any value of being awake.”

That’s a valid statement, and I sympathize with the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Please follow the link to Once You’re Awake — Now What? at my BeliefNet blog, Commonsense Christianity. Christians really can and do make a difference in the world, but when we focus on fear, discouragement, and the sheer size of the enemy camp, we freeze.

This does not have to be.

This article is linked to Time Warp Wife, Cornerstone Confessions, Paradise of Praise, Kathe with an E, Oh My Heartsie Girl, The Shady Porch, This Mommas Ramblings, The Life of Jennifer Dawn, My Daily Walk in His Grace, Wholehearted Home, We Are That Family, Homemaking Link Up, The Mom club, True Aim, My Disorganized Life, Moonlight and Mason JarsGraced SimplicityThis Sweet Life,  I Choose JoyHope in Every SeasonJenni MullinixShine BlogMom on DemandChildren Are a BlessingSimple Moments StickMissional Woman, Christian Mom BloggerEssential ThingsFellowship FridayFamily Fun FridayFriendship FridayHungry HippoLove Bakes Good CakesA Look at the Book

 

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
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3 Responses to Frozen by Fear — What Do We Do?

  1. Thank you Carolyn for sharing your inspiring post and linking back. Its women like you that make a difference, please keep up your good writing!!!

  2. Susannah says:

    Wow, what a profound and scary thing for her to say. I think so many of us feel that way!

    Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

    • Thank you, Susannah. Yes, I think that the natural and normal response to all that is going on is to feel frozen, not sure of what to do. The easiest response is to dip our heads down and get involved with something, anything else, so that we seem to busy to have to think about it anymore.

      The solution, for Christians, is to look up and reach for the hand that is ready to clasp ours. “What do you want me to do?” Six simple words, asked of our Father, each day. What else can we do, of any import? The only person to ask for the answer is the Person with all the answers.

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