Do you struggle with fear, anxiety, worry, and/or stress? You are not alone. I’ve battled fear and its tentacles my entire life, and many other people do, too.
The world is a scary, dangerous , and unpredictable place today. Fear of not having enough money for the future, fear of terrorism, fear of people you love dying or becoming seriously ill, and fear of corruption of government officials are the top fears for Americans, according to the Chapman University Survey of American Fears.
Other fears people commonly share are:
fear of public speaking;
fear of the dark;
fear of snakes;
fear of spiders;
fear of closed in spaces;
fear of heights;
fear of flying;
fear of death;
and even fear of clowns! Whatever your fear is, it can be paralyzing.
Fear can bind and stop you from achieving God’s purpose in your life. Fear is a prison.
God doesn’t want you afraid, but to trust Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus often rebuked His disciples for being afraid and not having faith. I don’t want Jesus rebuking me, but to commend me for my great faith. What about you?
The way we conquer fear is by renewing our minds through God’s eternal word, prayer, worship, and involvement in a community of believers to help our faith grow.
Need to be encouraged and strengthened through hope and faith in God’s word?
I want to invite you to join me on my free telecall on Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. Central Time.
Fearless: Be Set Free From Fear
Here’s the details:
Call into my Free Conference Call line at Free Conference Call Conference Dial-in Number: (605) 475-4800 Participant Access Code: 401886#
The call will be approximately 30 minutes long from 10 AM Central Time (11 AM Eastern Time, and 8 AM Pacific Time).
I will conclude the call with praying for attendees, for God to replace your fear with faith in Jesus Christ. Together we can defeat the enemy of fear so that we can walk confidently and victoriously in our God-designed purpose and calling.
Toward the end of this telecall, I’ll share an opportunity for you to buy my newest book, Metamorphosis: Transformed From Fear to Faith, available as an eBook for Kindle at Amazon. You’re under no obligation to buy the book, but it may greatly encourage you or someone you love or know.
Join other women of God for a time of empowerment. I saw this picture below on Pinterest today, and I felt it was a timely word with the launch of my new eBook on Amazon. “With brave wings she flies.” Ready to fly, beautiful butterfly?
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”–Romans 12:2, NASB
I can’t wait to see you there! Please like and share on your fave social media sites with your family, friends, and peers!
Today is Day 25 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. The suggested blog topic is to give your 2 cents on any topic in the news.
Ebola is one of the hottest news topics today. Sincemy husband Rayis a paramedic working at a hospital ER, which is one of the professions at higher risk to exposure of Ebola, I have a great interest in this topic. Ray believes that most hospitals across the U.S. are not prepared. Those most at risk are health workers treating Ebola patients, their families or those in close contact with health workers who are exposed, and mourners in direct contact with those who have died from Ebola.
I can understand this hesitancy to not want to go near an Ebola patient. I don’t even like being around people who are coughing or have colds or sore throats, or want Ray, my kids, or grandkids around them.
But we can’t panic. We have to trust God to protect us. I am praying Psalm 91 over me and my household, other family members and friends.
Some of Ray’s co-workers are expressing fears about possibly having to treat an Ebola patient and saying they’d walk out and not be exposed. Reassuring, isn’t it? But I can’t blame them…it is really scary. They are in training now for the possibility of Ebola patients, as many hospitals are.
Fox News reports that the two nurses treating Dr. Spencer are taking turns, with one acting as a buddy watching the other.
Dr. Spencer is a Doctors Without Borders volunteer. He was diagnosed with Ebola after one week of returning from Guinea treating Ebola victims.
He is in stable condition and is being confined to a pressurized room, watching t.v. and eating hospital food. He’s not allowed visitors but when his room is equipped with a video camera, he’ll be able to Skype with friends. The hospital where my husband Ray works has a pressurized room but it’s not near the ER, which is not a comforting thought.
Officials said she had developed a fever after arriving. She disputed she had a fever. A forehead scanner showed her fever to be 101, but that was four hours after she had been held. She said her cheeks were flushed and she was upset about being held for no reason. I’d think a nurse would know if she had a fever or not! A female officer looked smug and said, “You have a fever now.”
She was eventually escorted by 8 police cars to a hospital, taken to a tent outside the building. A doctor there said there was no way she had a fever and that her cheeks were just flushed. She tested negative for Ebola. More tests will be conducted to confirm the findings.
This is where I have a problem with quarantines. Overreaction, control, panic. If people are quarantined, they need to be treated with human dignity.
Doctors Without Borders said in a statement that a quarantine of that nature would be going too far and that people who contract Ebola are not contagious until symptoms begin.
My take on it is that we need to take it very seriously. I believe borders need to be (should have already been) closed, and it must be fought in Africa so it won’t spread to other nations. But we must not panic.
We have to trust in God and look to Jesus, who is the Healer. I am praying much about Ebola. Will you join me in those prayers?
The first human outbreak from Ebola was in 1976 in northern Zaire and southern Sudan. It was named after the Ebola River, where the virus was first recognized.
The virus’ origin is unknown, but fruit bats are the likely host. It’s extremely infectious but not extremely contagious.
Ebola can’t be spread through the air, water, or food, and a person infected with Ebola can’t spread the virus to others until symptoms appear.
You can’t catch Ebola from a mosquito.
Usually the symptoms appear 8-10 days after exposure to the virus, but the incubation period can span two to 21 days.
In Guinea, there have been 904 deaths from Ebola; in Liberia 2705 deaths; and Sierra Leone 1259 deaths; and in the U.S. 1 death, originating from Liberia.
There’s no specific treatment or vaccine, and the fatality rate can be up to 90%.
Patients are given supportive care, including fluids, electrolytes, and food.
The signs and symptoms of Ebola are:
Coughing and chest pain
Diarrhea (may be bloody)
Severe weight loss
Unexplained bleeding or bruising; internal bleeding, which can then lead to bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
Initial symptoms are flu-like including fever, headache, and lethargy, and then lead to severe diarrhea and vomiting.
Ebola is spread through:
direct contact (through broken skin or through your eyes, nose, or mouth) with Blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola.
Let’s continue praying fervently about Ebola. God have mercy.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
I recorded a podcast, No Place for Fear, that you can listen to by clicking here. The podcast will be available on Itunes in a few days, where you can subscribe to it.