Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stepping Away From Our Fears

Fears.  What do they do?  They mock, they tease, but most of all they hinder.  They hinder from moving, the heart from loving, the timid from trying, the ashamed from expecting...

What are your fears?  What are you holding on to as truths that may be nothing more than smoke screens to a better reality and desired future?  I've heard that an acronym for fear is

F - False
E - Evidence
A - Appearing
R - Real

I would like to say that it's easy to shake off fear like a coat or a worn blanket, but that's not always the case.  Yet, we can always overcome fear by just trying.  Make small, concerted efforts to try the very thing you fear.  For example, would you like to sing before crowds but whenever you try you can't find your voice?  Begin by singing out loud while you're walking around outside.  Not boisterously mind you, but loud enough to be heard by people you pass by.  Once you're comfortable with that, find a place where you can sing karaoke.  Then you'll take the next step from there, and the next, until you're finally singing before crowds.

Every fear can be conquered this way.  If taking a huge, tremendous action to face the fear doesn't work for you, then you can find a small step to take towards conquering that fear.  For the more we conquer our fears the more dynamic we will become.

And isn't that what we're seeking?  To become the dynamic individuals we believe ourselves to be?


Have I not command you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discourage, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 NIV)


For another post on fear read Let Go Of Your Fears.

10 comments:

  1. The Bible always tells us not to fear. God doesn't want us to be afraid. He wants us to take courage. Beautiful. :)

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    1. Thanks Lux, and when I actually start doing that what a wonderful world this will be. Hmmm...I think I should expand that to when we all as a collective whole start doing that what a wonderful word this will be. :)

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  2. That's a great verse on fear. One of my favorites. Thank you for a great article!

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    1. Thanks Cindy, and God's Word is awesome!

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  3. I love that verse! we are capable of exceeding abundant things from the Lord if we allow Him to work in and through us!

    Marie
    spreading-joy.org

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    1. And you are a great example of that! Will my compliments towards you ever end? :D {{HUGS}}

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  4. Fear and faith just do not mix well and the one that is growing fastest tends to overtake the other. I believe that is why there are so many scriptures on fear (365) and on anxiety; another form of fear. Thanks for sharing! Love the FEAR acronym, it is very effective!

    Adonna
    livinginHisgrace.me

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    1. Thanks for the words, Adonna! I heard the FEAR acronym years ago during a Bible study. It's one of those analogies that sticks with you.

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  5. I really loved this. Your post has challenged me to sing before crowds again. I used to do it before a disastrous audition. Thank you so much for using singing as your analogy here.

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    1. Lawrence that is so cool! When I was writing would you believe I was thinking, "What a weird analogy to use?" I always smile at the way God does these kinds of things. Now go out and enjoy lifting your voice in song! The one thing I've noticed is that if you enjoy what you're doing other people will too. :D

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