Conquer Fear

Conquer Fear

I was 7 years old highly anticipating this once a year event. It had been advertised for weeks. My family had a new color television and we gathered around it that Sunday night.

The Wizard of Oz begins in black and white when suddenly Dorothy’s world changes into living color as she begins her adventure in Oz.

We kids were scattered all over the living room glued to the TV. Mother and Daddy were sitting at the kitchen table drinking sweet tea and enjoying some semi-alone time.

I remember that feeling of fear and anxiety as that green faced witch threatened harm to the girl who was just wanted to go home.  Every time she appeared on the screen, she was more frightening.

Knowing how my siblings loved to tease, I didn’t want to show any fear in front of them.

I kept getting up to see how Mother and Daddy were getting along in the kitchen.  They were fine.  I felt safe being with them…BUT I was missing the adventure in the next room.

I found if I stood in the doorway I could keep my eye on the TV and with a slight turn of the head see my parents.   

It’s amazing how fear lessens when one’s security is just a few feet away.

Fear is such a human emotion.  God knows we are fearful beings.  His Word has over 400 hundred references to the word ‘fear.’

It’s when I keep myself focused on Him to guide and direct that I can feel safe and secure in this scary old world.  “His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” or in this case…my yellow brick road.  

I’m sharing today the recipe for White Chocolate Party Mix.  It’s a combination of pretzels, cereal, nuts, and dried cranberries drizzled in white chocolate.  It’s great for a crowd.  I’m sure your munchkins will love it!

Confectionately Yours,



1 (10-oz.) pkg. mini pretzels
1 lb. M & M’s
5 c. Cheerios
2 (12-oz.) pkg. vanilla chips
2 c. peanuts, salted


In a large bowl, mix the pretzels, Cheerios, Corn Chex, peanuts, and M & M’s.

 In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chips and oil on medium-high heat for 30 seconds.

Stir and continue to heat at 30 second intervals until smooth. Pour over the cereal mix and stir to coat. Spread onto 3 waxed paper-lined baking sheets.

Allow to cool; break apart. Store in airtight container. Yield: 3 quarts