“Just because you feel fear doesn't mean you can't do it. Do it afraid."
I'm looking forward to the New Year - the possibilities, the hopes, the dreams and the plans. Not necessarily my own plans, I've come to rest assured in God plans for my life. "For I know the plans he has for me..."
Reflecting on 2012, I call it a year of lessons. Snapshots of time periods and scenarios that were filled with life gems. Some lessons I grasped quickly, others I think will be revealed over time. It's the beauty of life, we must constantly learn in order to change and grow.
In all the lessons that I learned, I did not learn how to be fearless. I know that statement might sound odd, but I've always wanted to be fearless. I prayed to know how to be fearless. Yet God answered my prayers in a different way. I am not fearless.....yet. But I've learned something else; to do that thing I'm afraid of doing in spite of my fears. In other words to do it afraid. I do not know if it's possible to have a human existence without feeling afraid sometimes, but I do know that what we do when we're afraid can profoundly affect our lives. As the saying goes, "courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it."
Before I moved to California, I was afraid. The excitement was definitely there, but one night I lied awake thinking about the gravity of my move. I was moving 3000 miles away from everything I knew to a place I've never even visited. I had no family there, and except for a dear friend who lived 5 hours away in San Francisco, I had no support system. Yet despite these fears I moved anyway. So far it's been awesome.
That's just one example of the many things I made a conscious decision to do afraid. It's not confidence in myself, it's confidence in my Father who will never leave me nor forsake me.
As we move forward to anther year, I challenge you to try it. What is it you want to do but you haven't because of fear? Do it anyway and do it afraid! A fear is so much smaller when you face it head on.
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Such an encouraging post! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you! and thanks for reading.Delete
I fear many things and have been finding myself to overcome them. Despite, this fear not showing I too have them but choose to allow GOD to advise in the path I should take. A few things I have done, I have recently went to a few events solo..I would have never done that in a million years. I recently started blogging and the responses have all been GREAT. Now that you are in CA perhaps we will be able to connect in person @ the next BLMGirl meetup if your NOT that far away. #BLMGirls #BLMBlogHopReplyDelete
I'm so happy you are stepping out and facing those fears and yes, I look forward to meeting you at the BLM meetupDelete
Nika, you're so brave! I'm sure God is proud of the way you stepped out in faith during your move to CA. I've longed to pick up and move to NC, but my hubby doesn't want to. I think what I'm afraid of is becoming an esthetician full-time once I graduate from school. My 9-5 gives me stability and health insurance for my family. I think my prayer is for God to show me when to "go" and tell me the direction to go in. I have to stay in my Word because it's a "lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." God bless you Sis!ReplyDelete
Love from one CA sista to another!
Thank you sis! I do believe it's so important to act in God's will so I think you are doing the right thing asking for His direction in making a decision. All the best sis!Delete
I just admitted to my husband last night that I was scared. People have no idea how hard that can be to admit! Thank you for inspiring me to work on through the fear... :) #blmbloghopReplyDelete
You're welcome! Go and face those fears! (they are not as big and bad as you think, believe me!)Delete
I have some fears that I definitely need to get over. It gets pretty draining being a prisoner. I hope I find they same courage that you have so obviously tapped into. Hoping on the bandwagon with Mylah..."Love from one CA sista to another!" #blmbloghopReplyDelete
Awesome post sis...I definitely need to start doing some things afraidReplyDelete
Thanks sis! Just do them afraid :)Delete
I read a quote somewhere that says, "Decide that you want it more than you're afraid of it". Fear is an obstacle. That means it's able to be overcome. I love that you are inspired to let go of your fears and work through them. Keep on keepin on!! #BLMBlogHopReplyDelete
I am so excited for you Nika. For us to move to the next demension God has for us we have to step out to to find out and you did just that. God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.ReplyDelete
Thank you lady! And I LOVE that verse, thanks so much for quoting it and reminding me!Delete
Thank you for this post. I have been wanting to move back t California and asking God to make things comfortable. I keep making excuses about work and cost of living and what about my son? But the bottom line is I'm afraid. I will certainly be working on doing this thing that is in my heart in spite of my fears. I know that God has the best for me and that he will give me the desires of my heart.ReplyDelete
Stay blessed :)
Great quote! #blmhopReplyDelete
Thank you :)Delete
Lovely post! I agree wholeheartedly! Fear can leave you paralyzed and you'll never get to live the life God has truly intended for you! Good luck on your journey to becoming fearless! ;-) #blmhopReplyDelete
Wonderful post! Fear is tricky, it can hold us back or move us forward. Let's all move forward. Have a great holiday!ReplyDelete