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“I’m afraid he’ll fall down the stairs.” What will I do if my baby gets sick?” “I’m afraid my craziness will rub off on my child.” “I’m afraid she’s not eating enough.” “I’m afraid …” “I’m afraid …”

It seems that every young mother in the room was afraid of something. During the moms and mentors class, those of us who were mentors (meaning much older) were silent. It had been a long time since any of us had had those fears. As the leader, I didn’t want to diminish their feelings, but knew there were going to be a lot more things in the future that would tempt them to fear.

We grandmothers had experienced years of opportunities to be afraid – sometimes very afraid. Fear of not having enough money, public speaking, flying, spiders, failure or rejection, losing a loved one, disease or pain, death.

One Should Be Enough

I’ve heard it said that “fear not” or “be not afraid” is in the Bible 365 times – one for each day of the year. That’s a great thought, but simply not true. Although I did not research this on my own, others have put the number between 80 and 100, depending on who’s counting. One writer quipped, “Why does it matter how many times it’s mentioned in the Bible? Once should be enough for us.” Another wrote, “When God said, ‘let there be light,’ He only had to say it one time for it to happen. It did not have to be said 365 times.”

The Psalmist mentions fear and being afraid often. I love his transparency and the fact God deemed his experiences important for us to know – both the good and the bad. Although he admits fear and often acts on it, David ends up trusting in God for peace.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise —In God I trust and am not afraid.What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).

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