(Christine Caine | Fox News) I am well acquainted with fear.
As a girl, I watched my dad battle cancer and will never forget the fear that word – cancer – struck in my family.
So when I heard it again years later, but in regards to my own health, the suffocating effect of fear struck again.
I also see fear in the eyes of every girl who’s a victim of human trafficking, fear that often lasts long after their rescue due to the immense, unspeakable trauma they’ve experienced.
Throughout my years in ministry, I’ve seen friends, family and complete strangers paralyzed by fear, as they are faced with the unexpected, plans went awfully awry or received news they never wanted to hear.
And if we’re not careful, it’s easy to succumb to fear and let it run our lives. Here are three signs that fear might be running yours:
1. It’s overwhelmed you.
Are you constantly worrying about your circumstances? Are you overwhelmed by thoughts of what could happen?
Do you find yourself having a hard time focusing on anything other than what it is you’re afraid of?
When I found out I had cancer, I could feel fear setting in, trying to grip me like it naturally does, but I knew I couldn’t let it overwhelm me.
I had a choice – walk in fear, or walk in faith.
It was faith that had always propelled me forward through my circumstances in the past, so I chose my faith in that situation. The fear didn’t go away, but I knew that being tempted with fear wasn’t the same as giving into it – and not giving into it was the only way I could overcome its grip.
Christine Caine is the founder of A21, an international anti-human trafficking organization, and Propel, a women’s organization dedicated to helping women realize their purpose, passion and potential. She is the author of seven books, including her most recent, “Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure.” Read the full story at foxnews.com.
INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE CAINE | PropelWomen.org
Propel: Tell us about the need you’ve observed for your new book, Unashamed.
Christine: From my own experience, I know that shame can be a prison.
Shame can come from many different angles, and when we are exposed to a violation of God’s intentions, we feel fouled, violated, soiled to the core of our being either by something that was done to us, or something that we ourselves have done.
Then shame wraps its deceitful tendrils around our hearts and whispers such lies as I am unlovely, unlovable, worthless, repelling, ugly, repulsive, horrid, loathsome, offensive . . . the list goes on and on. Those are lies, and this is the power of shame.
Propel: Can you briefly tell us about your childhood experiences with shame? What was the catalyst that made you decide to leave your shame behind?
Christine: I learned the lesson of shame well in kindergarten as I was isolated for my ethnicity, challenged on my desire to lead, and violated through years of sexual abuse. I spent the first twenty-two years of my life shackled by shame. Looking back, I realize I had always felt it. It had been a part of my life from my earliest memories.
Once I became a Christian, I began to discover the power of God’s Word to break through the lies I had believed—and to reveal the truth of who I am and why I was created. Notice that the key word in that sentence is began. Read the full interview at propelwomen.org.