Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Only my immediate family immigrated to America. So growing up, all my relatives lived overseas. I spent many summers back home visiting. I can remember flying in prop planes across the ocean and it taking so much longer than current planes. I never minded flying, that is until one summer in the 1970s. We were flying home from Belfast to Scotland to stay with an aunt and uncle before catching our U.S. flight. This was also during the height of The Troubles in Ireland. About halfway through the flight, we heard a large bang and we dropped thousands of feet. Several people on the flight passed out. It terrified me. Since that time, I have not liked flying.

I continued to fly but was usually white knuckle the entire time. Years go by and God calls me into mission work. My first mission trip was to Haiti, so short flights. However, as time wore on, God called me further and further from home. This meant longer plane rides and many more tiny aircraft, which I feared the most. Each time I walked from the terminal and spied a small prop plane, my heart sank and my hands sweated. Sometimes the fear almost paralyzed me. God, why do you keep calling me to this? Finally, I felt the Lord impress upon me, I want you to trust me fully. I had a choice to make, fully rely on God when I flew or travel in fear. I finally got tired of the fear. I prayed for the entire week before a trip for God to help calm my fears of flying. Slowly, I felt a change. With perseverance, I finally was able to release me fear to God. Now, I fly without that fear in the pit of my stomach. Praise the Lord!

God is our refuge and strength, turn over your fears to Him so you can spend your time enjoying the life He wants you to live.

May the Lord Bless you and keep.


Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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  1. I flew to Europe 18 years ago with my high school strolling strings orchestra. It was a memorable experience, one I will never forget. I hadn’t been on a plane since then until this year, and had the same fears. I prayed for God to take away my anxiety and He did!!!! Praise the Lord!!!

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