Author: Allen Quist

FaithWriter’s Conference

FaithWriter's Conference

FaithWritersFor all our readers, potential writers, and illustrators, this weekend presents us an opportunity to expand our horizons at the FaithWriter’s Conference. We will hear some great speakers and meet many fellow authors.
If you are not already coming, you might consider coming this evening or tomorrow (June 28-29) at the Radisson Hotel by the Portland, Oregon airport.

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Fear and Courage II

Fear and Courage
Fear and Courage II

Responding to fear

Fear and CourageDuring my early years, I did my responding to fear and courage without courage. I wanted to live void of fear and full of courage. After all, fear causes many unpleasant sensations like feeling hot yet with cold skin, shortness of breath, a knot in the stomach, and the strong wish to just run away and somehow hide.

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Fear or Courage

Fear and Courage
Fear or Courage

Climbing up behind Christ

Fear or CourageFear or courage are interesting emotions, especially when we are climbing up behind Christ on His stallion. Simplistically, fear first occurs in an area of the brain called the amygdala. This is an important lifesaving brain part. Your amygdala sometimes moves you to escape even before you are aware there is a life-threatening problem. Certain of your sense organs (eyes, ears, tongue, skin and nose) constantly send signals to your brain. Your senses (what you see, hear, taste, feel and smell) filter into your brain, including through your amygdala, which evaluates those signals and decides if you are in danger. If the amygdala senses a threat it will communicate with your whole including with the motor area in your brain to take the necessary steps to prevent your injury. You need this protection. At this point you do not need courage, therefore you do not have a fear and courage conflict. You do need to protect yourself. The fear or courage problem surfaces when reality warrants the fear reaction and yet for your personal reasons  you seek to ignore your fear, such as saving someone out of a burning building.

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