Creepy Crawly squiggly things…

Picture 134Creepy crawly squiggly things, or long slimy slithering things…

What is it that makes you scream?

This morning my daughter reminded me of how fear can take over our very being causing us to loose all ability to function. She had stepped out into the garage to grab her shoes and discovered a brown recluse spider had joined her. She came running inside and instantly called for help from my husband who went out and conquered the beast. The spider was big enough that he even got the chills down his spine.

Fear is a weird thing. I use to be afraid of flying. It was a completely irrational fear because statistics prove that 1 in 13 million die in a plane crashes (statistics from the top 25 airlines). Despite the statistics, my fear became so strong that I actually would panic on an airplane. Finally, about 2 years ago, something changed in me completely. I took a job that forced me to fly and after about 3 months into this job, I got on a plane one morning and realized I was no longer afraid to fly. Now I enjoy being on a plane.

My other fear is of snakes. They creep me out. Even the little garter snakes give me the heeby geebies. My kids think I am really funny for this fear because they like to catch little snakes. I seriously run if I see someone with a snake. Years ago I tried to conquer this fear by touching a pet snake. It did nothing for me. I still don’t like snakes and don’t enjoy seeing the slithery creepy things.

 Here are the top 10 most common phobias.

Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders. Apparently this fear affects more women than men. September 09 165

 

 

 

 

 

Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes Acrophobia – The fear of heights

Agoraphobia – The fear of situations in which escape is difficult. (Crowds, open spaces, etc.) This fear tends to cause people to fear leaving their home.

Cynophobia – The fear of dogs. September 09 134

 

 

 

 

 

Astraphobia – The fear of thunder and lightning.

Trypanophobia – The fear of injections.

Social Phobias – The fear of social situations.

Pteromerhanophobia – The fear of flying.

Mysophobia – The fear of germs and dirt. Girls scouts pie eating 030

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom line is that if a fear keeps you from living life in a normal way, or prevents you from doing things that will enhance your life, then maybe it’s time to get help. Sure, I am not going to go sky diving or do something that purely is for adrenaline, but I never want me fears to get in the way of what God has intended for my life.

15 years ago I was afraid to go to Haiti to visit the projects of Compassion International. I was afraid of dying and leaving my child parentless. I went on the trip despite my fears and it changed my life. 15 years later I get to help with some Compassion trips and will be going to El Salvador in November with a Blog trip. If I had let my fears control me in the past, I would not be going on this trip. I am so glad that I did not let fear stop me from doing something that God used to change my life.

So what are you afraid of?

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4 Comments on “Creepy Crawly squiggly things…

  1. I’m afraid of ignorance and prejudice, because it leads people to do some awful things.
    I’m more afraid of spiders than snakes.
    I’m afraid of spontaneously combusting.

    I’m afraid of my children predeceasing me; that would be the worst thing of all. I often ask God to protect them from harm.

  2. Kevin,
    I am glad you worked throught the fear. That is what I did for flying (with lots of prayer).
    Patricia

  3. I live in Maryland and I have an irrational fear of crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The problem is that my brothers and sistes live across the bridge. So one day as I was approaching the bridge and my heart was pounding I asked God to calm my fears, and He did. Each time I crossed the bride I would ask and each time He would faithfully calm my fears. Now each time I cross the bridge I praise Him for answering my prayers.

    I sponsor two children in the DR and I noticed that there is a trip coming up. Perhaps I will go.

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