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
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
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
We may be required to do it afraid
Someone is depending on us
This picture of our granddaughter
Hannah and her daddy
Says more than my words can convey
Trust that her daddy will hold her
Trust that her daddy will NEVER hurt her
Trust that her daddy will keep her safe
She has Learned this trust and
Her daddy has Earned this trust
How much more ought we to trust
Our Heavenly Father
We can trust Him to hold us
We can trust Him to NEVER hurt us
We can trust Him to keep us safe
We can Learn this trust
HE has Earned this trust
Hannah & her Daddy
I want to live now
With Purpose & Passion
I intend to start
There are so many things I want to do
So many projects I want to start
Piles of books to read
Many things to try
Sights to see
Here I sit
The books gather dust
The material sits uncut
The pattern in the package
The words still in my head
The world still far away
The projects left undone
Because I’m afraid
Afraid of the unknown
Afraid of failure
Afraid of rejection
Afraid of accomplishment
Did I just say that?
Why would that be scary?
If I accomplish reading a book what would happen?
I would be accountable for what I had learned!
If I accomplished sewing a dress
I might be called upon to do it again!
If I accomplished making a meal
I might decide I like to cook
And I might have to do it again
And for strangers!
If I accomplished writing my thoughts
What would happen?
People would know just how weird my thinking really is!
I need to decide what my Purpose and Passion truly is
What I want to be when I grow up
When you have Purpose and Passion
Nothing can stop you from reaching forward
No fear is big enough to stop you
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Let your Faith be bigger than your Fear
Sickness and disease
All these things can fill you with fear
But God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of love, power and a sound mind!
Franklin D. Roosevelt in his first inaugural speech said
“Only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
We often dwell on our fears and they keep growing and growing
We have to choose to let Faith take control of our minds
Quit dwelling on the negative
Speak the Word
Say it aloud
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you…” (Isaiah 43:1-2)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
This morning I, like everyone else in America, awakened to destruction and tragedy in the news. Massive quake hits Japan. Followed by a tsunami. Such devastation. Fear and panic can be seen upon so many faces.
My prayers go up to my Father and my heart goes out to the people; friends, loved ones and total strangers.
Then my eyes fall upon the facebook status of my friend:
No fear Friday, cause I’m reading, thinking about and speaking I John 4:18. Why don’t you join me…”There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
As I walk in love, I can’t walk in fear. The fear of being rejected. The fear of being used. The fear of being hurt. The fear of loss. Those things lose their focus in my life as I walk in love.
Fear not! For I AM with thee. Spoken by our Father. He is ALWAYS with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. These are Words to live by, not only in the times of crisis, but daily!