By Dianne McKim, C.A.C.L.C.
Going through life can be exciting and fun and filled with great things!
Going through life can be scary, filled with painful experiences and loaded with unknowns.
Truth is, most of us have both of these in our lives. For me, I was shy and afraid of so many things as I was growing up and even striking out on my own as an adult. Of course, I didn’t realize how my fears were taking over all those years.
Fear was limiting me in looking ahead to what I wanted in my future. Fear kept my poor choices in darkness so no one would know the real me. Fear kept me stuck in an abusive marriage. Fear kept me from being vulnerable so I wouldn’t be rejected. Fear kept me from so much in life.
As I grew in my spiritual understanding and allowed the Lord to work in my life, it was through that process that my fears started leaving. I let the Light in to my darkness, I let healing come to the wounded places, I opened up and started sharing more of who I was and risked rejection. Amazing things happened. I wasn’t rejected, I was embraced. I wasn’t stuck in life with no dreams,I found hope and desires for my future. I found freedom from the bondage of fear.
If you recognize “Fear Here” in your life, it maybe time to take that first scary step to let a trusted friend or family member get to know a vulnerability. It might be time to seek the Lord and ask Him what He has for you. Because I know Him, I know He does have a plan for you. How do I know? He says so in the Bible in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
You can take this as truth and start to step into it, one baby step at a time. Drop me a note in the comments and let me know how you are doing.
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