Plan B

Plan B

I recently attended Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for abused, abandoned and neglected children where I’ve served as a volunteer since 1999. I served in a role where I help kids who are struggling behaviorally to enjoy their week at camp. The week ended with our Director, Darren Edwards, reporting that this was a week of “plan B”. We had to come up with alternatives to our original plans. To name just a few changes, there were adults who serve in important roles who got sick during the week and there were people stepping up to serve many roles instead of just the job they were assigned to. Also, the water was cut off for two hours one morning as the kids were arriving for an indoor activity of kids club. What do you think happens when you tell adults and kids they can’t go to the bathroom? All of a sudden, people need to go. In addition, a big wind and rain storm came one afternoon and cut off power during chapel time. Can you imagine what it would be like to have 132 kids and over 100 adults in a dark room while it’s storming outside and maintain a sense of self- control? The activities were conducted with a flashlight for about 35 minutes. Then, because of the big storm, the outdoor activities after dinner had to be altered. The kids had looked forward to this time of jumping houses and the rock climbing wall. Activities were changed to indoors and outdoor activities were postponed to the next day. The camp motto is “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” There were many opportunities to be stretched that week. It’s a life lesson for all of us. Sometimes things happen in our control and sometimes it’s out of our control. Plans change, a loss happens, someone else’s choice deeply impacts us. How are we going to respond to it? We have choices in our response. What will you choose?...

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Facing Fear

Facing Fear

If you struggle with fear, anxiety, dread, you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are a major health problem in America. Fear steals. It steals our joy. It keeps us from moving forward in progress. It steals our purpose. It brings about torment. Freedom from fear means to not let the fear control us. We will never completely be rid of fear. If we are trying to bypass what fears us, often times we create more angst for ourselves by avoidance. Depending on life circumstances, there may be something that we are dealing with that brings about a feeling of fear. Typically new opportunities can bring about new level of concern. For most who know me, I am not a technology fan although I understand its benefits and have learned to embrace them regularly. For those of you who love technology, you may not be able to relate to this, but I bet you know someone like this. A parent, a friend or someone you care about. You might experience fear of imperfection, fear of rejection, fear of things not going your way, fear of losing a relationship. The list is many on the different kinds of fears. It’s not about avoiding them. It’s about facing them-learning how to confront them. I got a friend to train me about technology which has helped empower me to progress forward and face that fear. The more you confront your fear no matter what you feel, the more the fear will lessen in your life. The more you give in to fear, the more we let it control us. Courage is when we keep moving forward, making forward progress while you still feel afraid. It’s up to us to learn how to face that fear, to press forward and jump into the midst of fear. God’s word speaks directly to these concerns. The real Healer has invited us to cast all our anxieties on Him because he cares for us (I Peter 5:7). He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) We can be confident in that He will meet all our needs according to His riches in Glory. (Philippians 4:19). Life is not easy, but God has equipped us. We can feel afraid, but we don’t have to BE afraid. Learn how to do the hard things with Him....

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Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy

This therapy involves changing one’s perception, thinking and false beliefs. At its core is the belief that how one thinks affects how they are in life. Seemingly developed in the last century, it is not a new concept. Solomon, the wisest man ever said, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Not only this, but we are told by Paul in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” It is a safe assumption that Paul and Solomon knew that changing and growing required the choice to think, perceive and believe in new ways....

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