Frozen? Let It Go!

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Are you afraid?
Is there something in your life that you feel you should do or say
But you don’t because
You are afraid?

Do you feel a prompt to act or speak
But you are frozen by
FEAR?

Do you look at those around you and think
I wish I was more like her?
She has it all together
She is full of confidence
She isn’t afraid of anything!

Did you ever stop to think that she is afraid?
That she really doesn’t have it all together?
That her heart pounds almost out of her chest at the thought of doing that
One thing?
That she loses sleep at night thinking about how she could have done things differently
Or not at all?

Embarrassment is her middle name
Palpitations are the drumline of her heart
Scared Sweat is the glisten on her skin
And the sour taste in her mouth?
It’s as common as the air she breathes

Do we wait until we are no longer afraid to do the things we know to do?
Do we wait until we’re comfortable?
Do we wait until we’re confident?

How does she do it?
She knows that the gut-gripping fear is not her gift to keep
She recognizes from where it came and refuses to let it rule her
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. NLT

We need to step out in faith
Knowing our Father goes before us
Trusting Him even though we can not trust ourselves
Finding our confidence in Him

Life is short
Time is slipping
Deeds need done
People need us
We need each other
We do not have time to sit and wait for the
Perfect
We may be required to do it afraid
Someone is depending on us

But, She Has Purple Hair!

She walks into the room and wonders

Will they ignore me?

Will they laugh at me?

Will they reject me?

She goes to class and wonders

Will they like me?

Will they talk to me?

Will they snub me?

She walks into a church and wonders

Will they accept me?

Will they scorn me?

Will they hurt me?

Who is this she?

She is the woman next to you in line

She is your Mother

Your sister

Your teacher

Your supervisor

Your neighbor

Your friend

She is every woman reading this

How do I know?

Because

She is

Me

It doesn’t seem to matter how confident we may appear

Inside

We are little girls

Longing for acceptance

Friendship

Validation

Love

My challenge to each of us today is this

When you walk into that room or class or church

Remember

It is full of women just like you

Be the first to make eye contact

The first to speak

The first to share

The first to reach out

And see what a difference YOU can make

When Life is Hard

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path
Proverbs 3: 5 & 6

When all in life is flowing smoothly this verse rolls off my tongue with ease
But give me a bump, a blip, a crack in the road
And I start crying, Please!
Please, Father God let this be the one
Please, Father God let this be done
Please, Father God don’t let this be
Please, Father God help me to see
Please!

I desire to place my trust, my hope in You
Even when I can’t see how things will take place
I choose to not only seek Your hand
But Father, to seek Your face

I know You have a plan for us
And have from the very beginning
Nothing comes to us that You don’t already know
You are never filled with misgiving

I will keep my confidence in You
No matter what comes my way
Nothing and no one will persuade me
To cause my heart to stray

Have confidence and hope in the Lord with every fiber of your being and don’t try to reason things out in your own way

In every step that you take and every breath that you make give God the credit
And He will show you the way to go