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Dealing With Fear

Cory Cole

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"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore."

- PSALM 125:1-2

Fear. It's the quiet yet incredibly loud voice inside our heads that leads us astray from reality. It's the lie that we confuse for truth, a vehicle for Satan to draw us away from God. They say that the greatest fear is fear itself, and yet it is so easy for us to fall into its trap. So then why do we do it? Well, as I reflect on my own trials, I think my fears consume my life most when I try to deal with things without God. I'll put my trust in others, sometimes in my own abilities, or sometimes I'll just bottle up my fears and not trust them with anyone. And what happens is that I become more and more insecure, almost fragile and ready to break.

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But what brings me back from the spiraling chaos of fear is realizing how incredible God's faithfulness. He promises safety in his everlasting love, but without trusting him to do so, we let fear take control and lead us into darkness. I love reading the scripture above in Psalms because of the visual analogy it gives being protected by God's love like being surrounded by mountains. To endure life's earthquakes, storms, fears and tribulations, and not be shaken by them, is the fruit of trusting in God. I think this is a lesson we all need to keep in our hearts nowadays, and it's something we should definitely share with one another. It's easy to feel like we're alone in our fears and our worries, but we're not! Something I've lost sight of is how we can encourage one another in our trials, which is something that campers at Holidays at The Swamp had an opportunity to do.

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Trusting in God was one of the most essential devotionals taught at H@TS two months ago as middle schoolers and teens from all over the Southeast gathered to kick off the New Year. Spending four days in fellowship, these campers were able to spend time with friends, do fun group activities and prepare their minds and hearts before returning to school.

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Being at Camp Swamp is always a time of encouragement for campers, but it's especially encouraging for these kids to spend time together at the most special place in the world in the middle of the school year. For first-time H@TS camper Lola (12), learning not to worry and learning to trust in God was one of the most impactful takeaways from the retreat! She also enjoyed the annual New Year's Eve party and spending time with friends!

Thanks for reading guys! I encourage you all to find time this week to reflect and remember God's promises and how far trust in Him takes us. I also encourage you to take time to connect with others and share in your journeys together!

It's not too late to sign up for the upcoming Mother Son and Daddy Daughter Retreats, click here for dates and registrations. ALSO, we are just three months away from the first week of camp! Click here to register for your camp sessions, there's still availability in all seven weeks of camp as well Family Camp!

Until next week,

CORY

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