Facing the Fear.
In February 2014 I wrote a post, Facing the Fear. “I have true fears. Fears that have been founded on some event imprinted on my life. It’s an imprint I cannot deny for it lives within me. Do I allow that fear to control me? How much power am I willing to relinquish to this FEAR, that I am unwilling to let go?”
Fear is real and the more we try to deny it, the more it slams us against the hard wall.
I had to come to a place where was I going to allow fear to keep controlling me and making my decisions for me? Or was I going to stand up to fear, face him head on and take control? When I found the ability to step into the fear, I was not as much fearful of failing and making mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s even okay to fail.
I knew God was greater than my fear.
God was greater than my doubts.
God was greater than any mistake I would make.
God was greater than any of my high or low energy days.
God was so faithful during my two years of not sleeping, the depression that surrounded me and the deep hole I was on some days content to wallow in. During that time, though I didn’t always feel Him, He was there in my presence. Everyday. I knew because of His word and the truth He speaks to us.
Afraid to do the Write 31 Days.
During all the times I have stumbled and fallen, He was faithful. I was fearful to do the write 31 days in October. I really didn’t know if I had it in me. My past had shown I did not have what it takes, for each time I tried, I failed.
I decided it was time, once again to face the fear. Step into the fear. And even if I didn’t manage to complete all of the 31 days and fell short, God is still faithful.
Most of us spend our lives clinging to a known, safe place, avoiding change. We say we believe, but we don’t live out our belief in God that His way is best. Obedience may hurt a bit at first, but it will never destroy us. Once we are in Christ through personal salvation, we have the rope of God’s love surrounding, supporting, and protecting us from destruction. Obedience leads to real life! (Entrust)
When we choose to remain safe and comfortable, we can never experience the full strength of the rope and therefore never really experience the full power and provision of God. (Entrust, “Developing a Discerning Heart”)
I have been one of those, standing on the edge of a cliff, afraid to move one step forward. We get stuck.
I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as binders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom-how great is that? ~Soledad O’Brien
God walks us through our fear.
We are never alone, if we walk with Christ. If we have given our selves over to Him and sincerely given Him our selfish desires, He walks with us. Every step. If we are willing, all we have to do is take our Father’s hand.
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
God is right there with us. We do not need to hold onto our FEAR for He will help us and walk us through it. It is a promise we can cling to.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10-11)