Day 111, Footnotes of Building a Fire in April and Scary Stuff

I won’t lie. I’m freezing. Okay, maybe not literally freezing, but its cold. I thought we were done with this for the year. I guess that’s what I get for thinking. And yes, my son is laughing at me, but he doesn’t get cold with the exception of extreme circumstances. I’m praying that we don’t have any frost, I had nothing to cover my garden plants and the garden is out in the open.

 Due to the cold front coming in, the wind has been blowing hard most of the day. The later it got, the harder it has blown. Have I mentioned that poor, sweet Molly is for what ever reason, terrified of the wind. Bella just sprawls out in the yard and ignores the wind no matter how hard it blows. Molly barks, then cries, then gets up against the door just as close as she possibly can and cries even louder. The wind chimes don’t help I’m sure. 

I’ve heard of dogs being afraid, and I’ve had dogs who were afraid of thunder, gunshots and fireworks. I’ve never, ever had a dog that was afraid of the wind. I have no idea why. I’m guessing that obviously she doesn’t know what it is, all she knows is that the trees are moving around and the chimes are going crazy.

I have to feed Molly and Bella separately because Molly eats so fast she would eat hers and as much of Bella’s as she could. So Molly eats outside and Bella inside. Bella was eating when Cricket the cat decided she wanted to see what Bella was eating. Bella jumped at her, no noise, no growls or snarls or bark, just jumped. Cricket moved for a moment then went back. This time Bella shoved Cricket away and finished her meal. 

Currently Bella is in my, um her, bedroom and Molly is sprawled out behind me. She’s happy, she’s content, she is inside and away from all that scary stuff outside. I don’t recall if either of my two brothers were afraid of anything when we were kids. I don’t remember them ever discussing fears or being in any situation where they had to be rescued. I, on the other hand. had fears and had to be rescued more than once. Which is worse, to be afraid of nothing, to have reasonable concerns, or to have irrational fears?

 If you are afraid of nothing, do you take unsafe risks? Since you think, believe, that you know what you’re doing and there’s no danger. So you climb a rock facing, free fall from an airplane pushing the limits before pulling that chute release, all without worry and tossing caution to the winds.

 Are you afraid of things like heights, spiders, snakes, deep water? Do your fears make  carnival rides more a nightmare than entertainment?Are you afraid of what is or may be going on around you? To the point that you find it difficult or even impossible to leave your home?

 Are you neither too brave or too afraid, understanding that its good to have a somewhat cautious attitude but move forward anyway? Gaining knowledge on the things that concern you so that you know how to carefully act and respond. 

We are not meant to have a spirit of fear. We are to trust in the Lord, to bravely step forward and live a life of enjoyment but of responsibility. I’m slowly learning to move beyond the fears that have paralyzed me for so long. Doing so, because of a deeper trust and faith that I am never alone. I am learning and growing in the trust and faith in the Lord and His great love for me. When I become afraid, I know I can find comfort in His word and in prayer. Just as Molly found comfort by coming inside and being close to me.

Molly curled up, Bella anticipating treats.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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9 Responses to Day 111, Footnotes of Building a Fire in April and Scary Stuff

  1. leendadll says:

    Wind makes my cats crazy. I flipped past a wildlife documentary as they were saying that wild animals get skittish because the wind makes it harder for them to sense predators. For my cats, it seems to be too much auditory stimulation… everything is potential prey.

    Sending virtual earplugs to your puppy!!

    • While I know her fear is real, it is kind of funny watching her. I will let them inside, Bella will sprawl out on the floor and Molly will sit close to me facing the door barking and growling at the wind outside. Letting the wind know that she is now inside and ready to protect me from the wind’s evil ways? False bravado now that she knows she’s safe? Either way, Molly is Molly and she’s a love puppy.

  2. Your two dogs seem like a comfort and security to you!

    • They are, especially Bella. She has been my emotional support ever since my husband died. It is concerning though at times of how over protective she can be, though I do appreciate knowing she would protect me no matter what.

  3. cheriewhite says:

    Wow! The weather did the same here and I’m in the South (Tennessee). And my pets, Rosco, Roxie, and Bubba (one cat, two dogs) wouldn’t go outside like they usually do but didn’t panic. As far as fear, I try to stay in that happy middle- I don’t have irrational fears but I have just enough fear that I respect nature and won’t do anything dumb (like swim in rivers with strong currents LOL) I also have a healthy fear of God. I think a degree of fear is necessary and sensible.

  4. My main concern over high winds is that my house is surrounded by trees, big trees. Memories of Hurricane Hugo pop up when the winds pick up. Molly is this really sweet,lovable, goofball of a dog. She is the most emotional dog I have ever had as a part of the family. You can see them shine, fear, love, guilt, pity me and let me in. I do understand and also hold that respect for nature, because nature is bigger and going to win. I believe, that God is the same in a sense. Don’t so much fear, but hold the highest respect for Him, but then, a dose of fear in with that possibly couldn’t hurt,

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