"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).

"I'm never going back to the mountains again until we have a better car," I said resolutely to my husband. This trip was the last time I would risk getting stranded because of car problems. Our homeschool field trips to isolated mountain areas in Colorado would just have to wait until we could afford a new vehicle.

Many months went by before the urge to see God's wilderness drove us to try again. With the same car, our family ventured out with a picnic lunch, hoping for a wonderful day of hiking in the woods. As we headed west of Denver, I noticed the engine beginning to sputter. Cars were flying past us as we slowed to almost a crawl on the busy interstate. Both my husband and I wanted to cry as we pulled over again to the side of the road.

Together we said a quick prayer and tried to reassure our four children that all would be well. Opening the hood, my divinely-inspired husband removed the air cleaner from the top of the engine and plugged the hole with a handkerchief to prevent dirt from being sucked into the engine. Restarting the car and pulling back into traffic, we unbelievably regained normal speed. For the remainder of the trip, we had no problems. The easy fix to our car's high-altitude problem mocked me as I thought of all the trips I had forfeited because of fear.

What blessings from God are you missing today because of fear? Are you afraid to fellowship in large crowds, travel to see your family by car, plane, or boat, or enjoy new experiences because of the unknown? God promises in Proverbs 3:25-26, "Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken." God is in control, and you do not need to be afraid. As Christ calmed the storm for the disciples in the boat, He is more than able to protect you from unknown problems. Will you give your fears to Him today and receive His blessings?

Lord, so many times I miss Your best because I am afraid. Please, walk with me through these fears and help me to see You in every situation. In Jesus' name, Amen.