Were you ever fearful , or afraid of the dark etc? and how did you overcome?
I use to be scared as hell about eleven years ago I would be so afraid to stay home alone. Go to the washroom by myself etc. I wished so hard that there was only day time, because every little thing spooked the hell out of me especially at nights. My pastor told me to read psalms 27,91 and 23 everyday and it has helped me a lot. I can now stay home alone, walk through the dark etc and I sure do know those psalms by heart. I thank GOD for deliverance from the bondage of fear.
Darkness can be beautiful, such as taking a walk on a night in May, smelling the aroma of lilacs, and gazing at the moon and the stars.
This is quite different to being home alone in the dark. I have two friends who were assaulted in their homes...one in the daylight and the other in the dark.
As a child I was afraid of the dark. My mother/grandmother always kept the door open a little with the hall light on.
I DO NOT like to be in the dark. A lot of it is my fault, I love thrillers on television and at the movies, which doesn't help. My husband and I always watch a comedy before going to bed, which helps alot.
But my husband has worked many nights over the years, and sometimes the imagination can run wild.
I agree with your pastor. I have memorized many Psalms - especially Psalm 23. God promises in His word to protect us from evil. And if it's written in the Bible it is true. God is truly our deliverance from the bondage of fear.
The mind is very powerful, so it is important to focus on good things. When I into bed at night I reflect on the good things that happened that day.
Finally as far as being outside in the dark, common sense is best. If you are at a restaurant late, be cautious walking to your car. Don't put your self in a dangerous situation or a bad neighborhood especially at night.
I am very claustrophobic, so I would never park in a ramp, especially at night. TOO MANY MOVIE tragedy scenes have been filmed in parking ramps. I just do not think they are safe.
Last year I had been very ill. When I got home from the hospital, I had to sleep several nights with the light on. The trauma of the surgery and the awful pain and recovery made me afraid of the dark. I had to have light in the room in the hospital also.
My opinion of anyone who is bothered by the dark is to file that under "normal" ...Darkness is not equal to peace...this is why God has given us LIGHT in the form of the moon and the stars.
God bless, good question, Sparklea
Hi Sparklea what you said is very true. I feel the same at times i will sleep in the dark then other times i would leave my bedroom light on or a night light. Or leave the door ajar. I use to cling on to granny while sleeping. Fear is of the devil.
I started spending a lot more time in the dark, especially outside. Granted, I'm from a rural area where you don't have to worry much about other people in the dark. My mom was raised in a city, and always tells me to stay in lighted areas when I'm out at night. The way I see it is that light just means that I can't see into the dark, and whatever is in the dark can see me. I'd walk miles at a time over back roads where there is no artificial light. Over time, I've gotten much more comfortable being out at night. I prefer dark over daytime. Once I got comfortable with dark where there are no finite boundaries (i.e. walls), being comfortable inside came perfectly natural. It probably also helps that I always walk with a dog -- if I hear or see anything strange and the dog doesn't react, it's either nothing of concern or it was my own imagination.
LOL good idea wychic with the dog you know they sense things very quickly and put you on alert.
I am not afraid of the dark, but am uncomfortable in it. I have trouble knowing up from down and tend to be very claustrophobic in the dark.
I am afraid of tons of other things though...
I don't remember ever feeling a real fear of the dark. I know I don't fear the dark now, but I don't like to sleep in a totatly dark room. There is something a little "uncomfortable" (for lack of a better word) if I wake in the night into total darkness. But, I don't feel fear. I know this doesn't make sense.
LOL no it's not, if you don't feel fear get down on your knees and PRAISE the LORD because it is not a nice feeling. It's like living in torment i have been there and I can testify of it.
LadyFiddler, I know what real fear is...I have a fear of grain elevators...or those building around some factories....don't know why...heart pounds whenever I come near. And, I rely heavily on Psalms 91.....
I am afraid of elevators to i rather take the stairs
When I'm all alone in the house it is too quiet, so I sleep with my iPod playlist on or the television. This also helps me with insomnia.
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