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    Held Captive by Fear

    By Susan Aken

    "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

    I was a prisoner of timidity. 

    Being shy and introverted, I tended to avoid attention. I was usually the one standing in the corner. I refused to attend youth group where I might have to join in a game. After college, I ran into a high school classmate I'd always liked and was crushed when he commented he didn't remember ever hearing me speak. 

    Moving into the dorm as a freshman was a challenge. I started attending the Baptist Student Union noon meeting where I loved the safe and familiar environment.

    But each day one of the students gave a testimony. In misery I began going straight to my room after class. My heart pounded as I imagined being asked to share my testimony and I refused to take that risk. I wanted to go but felt trapped thinking, "This is how God made me. I can't help it."

    Praying and reading the Bible, I found 2 Timothy1: 7.

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