Truth be told, I would never be able to compete in any of those contests!
I am a fearful person. I am afraid of birds. Oh yeah, those pretty birds that everyone else but me seems to enjoy. I could never place a bird feeder in my yard. No way, birds are not invited to my house.
I am afraid of change. The bank I am currently banking with is far from where I live yet I am terrified to change it. There is a Chase bank within walking distance of my home but I am afraid what will happen when I move my money from one account to another. Will I forget about a check that hasn't cleared yet? Will I be fined for closing an account? Will I forget that I changed banks and try to deposit money there? I don't know. They all seem very illogical now that I am writing them down.
Most days, I just allow what ever is going to happen, happen. I don't try to change things. I don't try to disrupt the flow. I just pray that most days things will go my way.
As of recently, God has been trying to get me out of my comfort zone. He is telling me to take a leap of faith. He is encouraging me to trust Him to take care of me.
So, here I am standing at the edge of the cliff.
Do I jump? Do I take the leap of faith that God has been nudging me to do? What is a fearful person like myself to do?
I really want to follow what God wants me to do. We all know that His plans are way better than any plan we could come up with for ourselves. But when it comes down to it, it is scary.
So the other day I dove into God's word to look and see what He has to say about fear. This is what I found ...
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
I want that perfect love with my God. I want to trust him with all my being.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
This verse definitely helps take away the fear I am holding on to.
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Exactly, I have nothing to fear because I know where I am going in the end.
Aren't two sparrows sold for only a penny? But your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don't be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.
Amen to that.
God needs me to trust Him. He needs me to fix my eyes upon Him.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil;
For you are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Please pray with me as I take my leap of faith in order to follow the path of righteousness for my Lord. Pray that I will not be afraid but that I will take comfort in Him. Pray that though I cannot see what the Lord has in store for me my fear in the unknown will subside and my trust in the Lord will flurish.
If anyone has a prayer request that they would like me to pray about please let me know. If you do not want to share the details of your struggles that is fine but I will lift you up to the Lord.
Also, Lynnette Kraft is asking for prayers. Please head over to her blog and lift her up to the Lord as well. Great things happen when groups of people pray.