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