Be not afraid!

Kenya_2015b Posted by Kenya META 2015 on Thu, 09 Jul 2015 | 3 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

It has been a crazy week, trying to cram into a few days what would normally take a fortnight, and that doesn’t even include the packing! One of the consequences of this is that I am waking at exactly 5.30 each morning, my brain swirling with all that needs to be done.

Over the years I have learned that the best way to cope with the early morning anxieties that come with an overactive imagination is to get up and get going. Somehow, doing something takes the mind off the fear, but of course this is just like kicking the proverbial can down the road, it just lies there, waiting for you to catch up; and so the next morning the fear kicks in a little bit earlier and the cycle continues.

We have always tried to teach our kids the importance of going ‘through’ the fear rather than ‘around’ it. Avoiding the things that terrify us means we become defined by them; facing them, though difficult at the time, is much better.

And so I lie here in bed, typing this blog in the way too early hours, not to distract myself from the darker thoughts, but to face them with the assuring words of Scripture, especially the Psalms:

God is my refuge and strength…

Be still then and know that I am God…

Wonderful stuff! Have a ‘fear-free’ day.


Rev Baden Stanley is one of 12 team members heading to Kenya tomorrow on a CMSI META Mission Experience Team Abroad. Six of the team are from Christ Church, Bray (Baden’s Parish); six of the team are from St Mark’s, Dundela (led by Rev Adrian Dorrian).


Gillian Maganda said Thu, 09 Jul 2015 11:40AM
Kirsty, Baden and Team - praying for you all, be assured or our thoughts and prayers. CMSI Team xo
Roger Thompson said Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:32AM
Praying for your whole team - hope it all goes well! Please pass on my greetings to Louise, Lucy and all at UDP.
Fiona Hart said Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:58AM
Very best wishes to you all. I hope you have an enriching experience, and a safe one. xx

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