It’s here! The day 2600 women have said, “I am going to fear LESS and LIVE MORE!” I’m so excited for each of you I don’t know what to do. So, I thought I would write you a note of encouragement.
If you’re visiting from today’s devotion, Stop the Masquerade, Welcome! Often times we mask our fears but we don’t have too. We can throw away the masks and develop the courage to be ourselves–and love it! If you haven’t signed up for the online bible-study of my book, An Untroubled Heart, it’s not too late. Purchase a copy today or leave a comment and enter to win a copy. Hop over to Melissa’s blog and get started!!
Now, back to my note. Let’s be real. Fear is a powerful emotion. It can keep you up during the day and shut you down at night. Not only that. Fear robs you. It robs you of our peace, joy, and confidence. It also robs you of your relationships, dreams, witness, and opportunities. But no longer!
I encourage you to write that verse down and tape it to your mirror or keep it on your desk. Place it anywhere you send lots of time. Then read it as a prayer. Believe it as truth. And when fear tries to spook you, the Holy Spirit will automatically remind you that you’re not timid. You have power, the love of God, and the discipline to walk away.
That reminds me of an acrostic for fear that goes like this:
Like a scaredy-cat I use to do just that whenever I was afraid—RUN! Not any more. Well, I still run but not because I’m afraid. I flee from fear so that I don’t fall into its snare. I do that by not giving what spooks me the time of day. I don’t allow myself to dwell on what’s scary. I refuse to let it paralyze me, worry me or rob me of my peace and joy. So yes, I run from fear but with a different purpose.
You’ll learn to do the same. I promise. It takes time, faith, power and discipline. …just what God has provided for us.
Listen, I know some of may already be battling fear—fear of taking this study—wondering what it will reveal—fear that you’ll not be any better when you cross the finish line than you are now. I understand.
I realize what a huge step this is for you.
Think for a moment about the 11 disciples who stayed in the boat instead of stepping out onto the water with Peter. They missed an AMAZING opportunity to walk on water with Christ! Sadly, most of us living in the safety of the boat our entire lives and then wonder why life is so dull and uneventful.
I can almost hear the 11 calling out to Peter in fear. “Don’t do it, dude!” “Are you crazy?” Peter could have listened and stayed in the boat too. But he didn’t. Though the 11 tried to cast doubt and fear into the heart and mind of Peter, he courageously threw one leg over the side of the boat and then the other. Before he knew it, Peter was walking on water.
Don’t let the voice of fear keep you in the boat. Throw over one leg at a time, and I promise you at some point during this study you’ll be walking on water with Christ
I’m praying for you today!! …and thanking God for the privilege of speaking truth into your lives. His truth. Truth that transforms fear into faith.
Love you from the top of my head to the bottom of my coral toenail polish!