BRAVE HUMILITY 

Shunning off FEAR. That annoying Fear that follows me around day and night begging for a snippet of my soul.  

Here’s an analogy (that most men won’t ever have to understand): Fear is bad. It’s like cellulite. You can change your diet, excercise…get lypo….😬……BUT stop any of your efforts to remove it, and it SHOWS BACK UP. Suddenly, you realize: it’s Summertime!!! Yay!!! Pool time!!! Then you remember, you’ve slacked on your workouts- the cellulite is right back where it was.  It’s one of those things (unless you’re genetically blessed to be free from cellulite) that takes WORK. Constant work. 

How do I conquer FEAR so that it isn’t “following” me around constantly? 

The first answer is: I (me, myself) cannot conquer fear alone. (I can’t get rid of cellulite while sitting around eating really great chocolate.)  I need God. I need true friends through God. I need encouragement when I can’t see beyond the thick blanket of weariness that accompanies fear. 

Number 2:  Humility. The undestanding that fear will always come lurking and my imperfect being HAS to continuously work and be ready to face the fears. (Knowing I’m not genetically inclined to wish away cellulite!)   

One more answer:  Faith. Without faith, I have no hope. Without hope, my soul withers like the grass mentioned in Isaiah 40:6-8.  What’s the point of trying if there’s no reward- no hope for anything better?  

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’re probably thinking, “wow! This girl is really stuck on the fear topic…” Well, I am.  It seems as though I am having to work overtime to overcome some major fears.  Praise God for providing us with direction and faithfully showing us what we need to see! 

The title, “BRAVE HUMILITY” represents my realizations that:

  •  I must be brave- not cowering under adversities. 
  • I must stay humble- not balk at the trials and training God blesses me with. 

Endurance wins the race.  Even non-believers agree with that statement. Cliché, yes, but true. 

To keep with the cellulite analogy- We may need to work overtime to get rid of the winter buildup, and in the mean time, humbly accept that it is a battle we will always have to endure.  Until then, pray for God to help you focus on the beautiful progress you’re making: not that annoying fear that trys to steal your precious soul.  

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a new way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:18-19

I love these passages from Isaiah! God is speaking to the Isrealites- blessing them with His Mercy after they had completely gone astray.  

He is such an Amazing Father! 

He does the same and MORE for us!  Suggested reading:  Isaiah.  This book has given me incredible insight on who God is and how MUCH He loves His people. It energizes my faith and helps me shift my focus onto His glory. 

Humbly,

Greta

🌹Bravery inspiration for today: One of my long-time, much cherished friends, Amy.🌹

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  1. My other site was not working properly, something messed up with RSS feed. I tried to fix it for hours finally just said heck with it, started over, ugh. But enjoyed your blog so came to add you on this name.

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  2. Chatterbox Chick June 18, 2015 — 1:29 PM

    I love your cellulite analogy.

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    • Oh, sweet cellulite! Speaking of which, I really need to work mine off. The problem is I’d rather read than workout!

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      • Chatterbox Chick June 18, 2015 — 5:09 PM

        I haven’t seen a gym in the last decade, okay maybe not that long ago, but yeah I am horrible at the work out thing.

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      • Oh, good! I’m not the only one!!!! Yay!!!! My husband used to compete in Bodybuilding so we’ve always been major gym goers, until this past year. It’s so strange to think it’s been a whole year! A few months ago, we were relaxing together and I saw an ad about muffin tops- then realized…I had one! Then, of course, I asked him if he liked muffins…which then led me to researching ideas on how to dress appropriately to “mask ” the muffin top… Ha! Ok, yes, I have issues on many different levels.

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      • Chatterbox Chick June 18, 2015 — 5:48 PM

        Well I have and always will have weight issues, I may blog about that even one day. Ever get to the perfect weight and than yeah, you want to lose 5lbs more. I mean are we ever happy? I do believe bettering ourselves is essential but I know for me personally its never good enough *sighs* and oh how exciting to be married to the hulk, I mean body builder. I bet that is fun, do you find that makes you even more critical of your body image and looks? Ha to muffin tops. Now I have to google the exact definition.

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      • Me, too on the infinite body issues. My hulk of a man was my trainer and inspiration for a long time and since I am very competitive, I did a lot of comparing and worrying over little deposits of chub. He’s never complained ever, though. Body building is a rough sport, too- he has has more surgeries than ANYONE I’ve ever met- hips, shoulder, knees, neck!

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      • Chatterbox Chick June 18, 2015 — 6:07 PM

        Awww sorry to hear about the surgeries, that bodybuilding is rough, sports dont help. I am very competitive even at 45. That’s half the problem. You know Im not a barbie type. I mean I love all things girlie and consider myself a pretty little tomboy, but the having no wrinkles, dressing nice and looking good is huge to me. I think b/c no matter what ppls say about judging others we do on appearance as its the initial thing we see and notice.

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  3. Greta this is so true and you are so right fear snips at your heels every day. I can vouch for that. I pray all the time and take great comfort from a Psalm can’t remember which one Greta when God says ‘I will deliver you from all your fears’. I hold onto this all the time. Brave Humility what a great title and is perfect for this subject of fear. I take great comfort in knowing the greatest of saints have gone through this …. it is the devil’s most powerful weapon. But I know I am growing and learning as you are and some days are better than others. It is true Greta I totally agree with you it is a battle we will always have but Praise the LORD we are not alone. Love jacqui xx

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