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One weekend I was babysitting for some of our grandchildren. We arrived at church and I was taking the children to their classes. I was dropping off the last and youngest grandchild (he is 2 years old) in his class. I sat him down at a table and gave him a puzzle. He started playing. I walked out and went down the hall and around the corner. Suddenly I heard a voice cry … “MAMMY!!!” I quickly turned around and our grandson ran into my arms. He was clinging to me and was not planning to let go. Instead of sitting in his class, he stayed with me during church. He enjoyed snuggling close to me. He had a fear of a new classroom, new faces, and a new teacher. Nothing looked the same as his church. But he was safe and comfortable with his Mammy.

We too, have fears and worries—fears of the unknown future, fears of the dark, fears of war, fears of talking in front of people, fears of mice or snakes, fears of death, fears of becoming sick. There are many fears that a person faces, but there is hope! There are arms waiting for you to run into and find safety. Run into the Savior’s arms! He is ready and waiting for you when you call out to Him. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

How do you get rid of fear? For my little one, it took me speaking softly and calmly in his ear. I reassured him that everything was okay and that I loved him. We sat in church and sang songs of praise. He loves music! His heart calmed down. It is the same for us when we face a fear. Run to the Word of God and remember that He loves you. He can take care of those fears. He will strengthen you and help you. “For I, the LORD thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:13). Claim His promises. Stay focused on the Lord Who is able to help in every situation. Don’t focus on the problems that pull you down. Look to the Lord and rejoice in His goodness. I have a bookmark in my Bible that says, “Hello, this is God. I’ll be handling all of your problems today. I won’t need your help. Have a nice day.” This assurance helps me and it can also help you.

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