Blogging Challenge – Day 15: Phobias

Blogging Challenge – Day 15: Phobias

Going into writing my response to today’s prompt, it was challenging to find a way in which to discuss my phobias/fears, and still give myself hope in the end. In the first draft, it really sounded like these things trouble and haunt me, but that isn’t really how they affect me at all. At some times more than others, my phobias trouble me, but they are mainly reoccurring aspects of my life that upset me – I act very phobic about them. (Is that a word? It didn’t underline it. Oh, well. Haha!)

For example, one of my fears is darkness. I don’t become afraid in all sorts of darkness; it doesn’t bring about certain awful memories or anything like that. But the void of light is often a trigger for me; I don’t like being unable to have a full awareness of my surroundings.

Another fear I have is of indecision. Since I was little, I’ve struggled to know which are the right choices to make, the right step to take, and it’s bothersome to me. I fear that I’ll really mess up on some important choice one day … whether that’s applying for the wrong job, or making an unnecessary purchase, stuff like that. As I get older, that’s something I’ll overcome in time šŸ™‚

The other two are assault and separation. No one likes the thought of being attacked, although I often fear it unnecessarily, and separation has to do with my family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. So the thought of being taken from them – whether it’s unpreventable, or someone else’s doing – frightens me. Not all the time, but it is troubling.

So, as you now know, those are the four main things that really frighten me. They’re more along the lines of ‘fears,’ although I looked up the word ‘phobia,’ and found out that they’re basically the same thing. That’s why I wanted to write about them today.

As with all the other prompts that might have been sad or negative up to this point, I found a way to answer this one and give it hope and some positivity, to end the post on a good note, not just for myself, but for the readers, too. For each fear, I’ve found a Bible verse that conquers it – which is pretty awesome! I hadn’t ever thought of consulting the Bible to overcome the things that trouble me … but now I can see that that was a great idea. šŸ™‚ I also found a verse to end this post that fits just perfectly with the prompt. ā¤ I hope you enjoy.

You can read about what this challenge is here. And make sure to check out Cheila’s and Angela’s posts for today, too – we’re all doing the challenge together!

Phobias

Darkness. “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all.” ~ 1 John 1:5 NLY

Indecision. “The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].” ~ Psalm 37:23 AMPC

Assault. “The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.” ~ Proverbs 19:23 AMPC

Separation. “Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people, both now and forever.” ~ Psalm 125:2 AMPC

And here is the verse that goes along with this post …

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:4

What is YOUR phobia/fear? How do you conquer it?

Have a great Monday, everyone! I hope that this post has taught you a bit more about me. Oh, and before I go, I’ll go ahead and mention two other phobias I didn’t touch on, but are still a huge part of my life lol: germs and needles. Anybody else? Those are two of the things I avoid most in life! Haha.

— Maggie

34 thoughts on “Blogging Challenge – Day 15: Phobias

  1. Let’s see…I’m terrified of elevators, I will avoid them at ALL costs. Boats, specifically when they are in the ocean, not so much the lake. Drowning, even though I can swim like a fish. Flying over water (clearly there is a water theme here – lol). And massive crowds…I’ve gotten a little better with this one, but I have to actively work at not freaking out when I go to music festivals and stuff like that! I’m a mess, I know! lol.

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    1. I’m scared of elevators, too!! If at all possible, I take the stairs, even if it’s an inconvenience, lol. Large crowds are very frightening…there’s waaay too much going on in one area. It’s scary!

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    1. Ughhhh, spiders are the worst, aren’t they? I definitely freak out, too, haha. If I spot a spider, and someone else braver than I is on hand to kill it, I let them do the dirty work. I’m pretty sure the killing of spiders is scarier than first seeing the spiders hahaha

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  2. We share quite a few phobias, I didn’t think about assault or separation, but they’re definitely up there. I love that you find a way to make the prompts positive, those verse are really nice šŸ™‚
    I also kind of fear germs, cause I hate getting sick XD Needles I’ve been alright with, vaccinations and tattoos have helped me conquer that one at least šŸ™‚

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    1. Some of the prompts have been harder to answer than others, but I’ve enjoyed writing about them all the same. šŸ™‚ Yes, those verses are of great comfort to me. Seriously haha, in the same way; I mean no one likes being sick, but I’m afraid of it lol. I’m glad that vaccinations and tattoos have helped you conquer the fear of needles! I’m alright with vaccinations (unless they’re really painful), but IVs scare me to death. Ugh!!!

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  3. I struggle with driving. It took me almost two years to get comfortable to drive (basically) a straight line when I lived in Little Rock, and I’ve only driven in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl twice. I’m from a small village, not large enough to be considered a town. So tourists, state capital traffic, yeah, not my thing at all! I’ve barely touched a highway in Little Rock, except three times. It’s hard to conquer my fear as there are valid reasons to be cautious while driving, and you can’t really experience a panic attack on the road. But every time I’ve driven, especially in new areas where I work again panic, God has guided me, and protected me. When I move back home, I hoping the smaller areas will be more encouraging to get used to. Going from a population of 15,000 (of what I was used to) to 400,000 is quite a jump.

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    1. Driving in busy areas is no fun for anyone, so I understand what you mean. Busy, overpopulated cities (especially on Friday afternoons fr) are so stressful on the roads! I’ve been in Atlanta at different really busy times and my goodness; it really feels like everyone in the state of Georgia are all on I-75 or I-85 together. I haven’t driven in that myself yet, but I have dealt with the hectic metro-Atlanta traffic, lol. Yes, that is quite a jump. It’s smart to become more comfortable with driving in less busy areas than to force comfortability when you’re not ready to handle it šŸ™‚ I wouldn’t drive in downtown areas for a while when I was learning to drive, but now I’m alright with them.

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  4. I also love applying scriptures to things we struggle with in life. Here is one of my mine when I struggle.

    (NET) 2 Timothy 1:17, “For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

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  5. Great post, I’m sorry that you feel afraid of being assaulted, I can say that phobia bothers me as well. I don’t like heights at all, elevators scare me, I was on one today, and I felt sick. šŸ˜¦ I also do not like cockroaches, if I see one, I freak out! That phobia probably sounds stupid, but I don’t like them. :’D Anyway, I love this post!

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, that is a frightening thing to think about. I don’t like elevators, either – when I can, I take the stairs! Cockroaches are horrid – we used to get them quite often where we used to live, and they terrified me, but thankfully they don’t come around where we live now! ā¤ Thanks so much!

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this! I LOVE how you included Bible verses for each of the fears!! My greatest fear is actually quite similar to ‘indecision’. I am scared that in the decisions I make I am going to fail God and His future for me. I know it’s quite ridiculous, because God is always going to lead me the right way, I am just nervous that I am not following that specific way. BUT, I do know that God is One who forgives and He can make any situation turn out just beautifully ā¤ ā¤ ā¤

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    1. Thank you!! I enjoyed finding a Bible verse for each one; it helped conquer my fear a bit more. ā¤ Girl, I have the exact same problem!!! I'm also afraid that I'll make the wrong choice, or make the right one, but too late, or something. It's definitely a fear I have to leave in His hands because like you said, He will still make my story turn out beautifully.

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  7. great verses Maggie! I’ve always had a fear of darkness, but just the darkness in my house at night – and I definitely understand the fears of assault and separation. I think one of my greatest fears is being alone – but God will never leave me or forsake me, so when I’m scared, that comforts me. And ever since I was little, I sang a song I learned that somebody wrote with words from the Psalms: When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Sometimes I still sing that when I have to walk into a dark room in my house! But it works šŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! I have that same problem; I don’t like dark rooms at night, especially when I’m the only one up. It makes me feel so spooked! But I know and trust that He is with me, no matter what. ā¤

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  8. I was so proud of this post. I know I didn’t write it hahaha but it made me proud that you were able to go to God’s word and find the guidance He left for you to overcome those phobias. That’s why I like to say that the Bible isn’t a book of rules and regulations, its a guide book to all the things that God knows we will do, and go through and how to over come it.

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