The invasive kind of fear that often originates in childhood and permeates our lives in ways we don’t always see. I don’t consider saturating fear a conscious emotive response, but equate it with the “spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV) that the apostle Paul spoke of in his very personal letter from prison to his spiritual son, Timothy, shortly before Paul was beheaded. Saturating fears are probably the hardest to eradicate because they soak into our personalities and become so enmeshed in the fiber of our being, we have difficulty recognizing their individual threads. We don’t like them, but we learn to live with them. Sort of like those muffin tops spilling over the waistbands of our jeans. We cover them up or excuse them, telling ourselves, “That’s just the way I am,” rather than viewing them as something that could potentially be changed.