Monday, March 26, 2012

The one where I preach to the choir...

Do you live in fear?
Not terror of monsters and bogeymen... not that kind of fear... but fear of success?
Fear of accomplishments.
Fear of being bold.

God did not design us to live fearfully.
If there's one thing
I'm good at, it's making excuses and pointing blame.

Do you make excuses for everything?
"But you don't understand... the reason I can't leave this job for one I love is..."
"But I've tried a few times to lose the weight and it just doesn't work for me."
"I'm a pretty good mom. Good enough, I suppose. There are plenty worse than me."
"I'm not as smart/pretty/wealthy/popular as her..."
"I could never be a missionary."
"We couldn't possibly adopt without making more money."
"I'm just naturally not an outgoing person."
"I'm just timid."

I have no idea if this image is actually true, but I found it on the internet so it must be, right? Ha.

Regardless, I love the sentiment.
God wants us to be happy!

A lot of happiness comes from stepping out of our comfort zones.
Why not you?
Why not you that loses the rest of those pounds and achieves fitness your body has never known?
Why not you that starts your own non-profit organization that's always been in the back of your mind?
Why not you that decides to spend less time on Facebook each day, and more time with your kids?
Why not you that vows to make your husband fall in love with you all over again?
Why not you that pursues your hidden dreams and becomes a professional singer or artist?
Why not you that runs a successful business?
Why not you??

We were not designed to live in fear, but live courageously instead.

And you know what? God is cheering you on the whole way.
Reflect him in everything you do, point to him constantly, remember that he is guiding this passion and talent of your's.

He wants you to succeed.


Sally @DrinkingFromMySaucer said...

Thanks. I needed to be reminded.

kraftykash said...

This is really sweet. Thanks for this post today. You are amazing! xoxo

Unknown said...

I was just thinking about this today! We are possibly taking a huge leap of faith and taking an oppurtunity outside of our comfort zone. Its all about what God wants for us and God's timing, not what we want. Thanks Beki!

Ruth said...

Thanks so much for the encouraging words!

Stevie said...

Thank you Beki. Beautifully stated and perfect timing.

Anonymous said...

Wow girl. I so identified with your post today. First, there's the whole "don't fear" thing. We ALL need that reminder. Then I see one of my fave flowers (hyacinths). Then of course your beautiful jewelry. Thank you for the day brightener!

Lisa @ Life is Crazy Beautiful said...

d{thumbs up}b...every time I hear a woman say "I could never" I remind them "Aren't you really saying 'God could never'? I know you don't believe that!" :)

Holly said...

Awesome post! for reals! Have a great day Beki!

Kelley said...

Amen! And beautiful sunset pictures...or sunrise if you wake up that early ;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is such a good post and perfect for me today. I've been feeling overwhelmed. Thanks for the encouragement.

Sarah said...

Great post! I love it when you stop by my blog and leave comments! I feel like a celebrity has visited!!! Happy Monday!

Sarah @ This Farm Family's Life

Laura said...

funny you mention the adoption thing...

I think about it all of the time

the money

and where you do draw the line between fear and being practical?
I have been fearLESS...and made bad choices.
So I pray for clarity...which God may never send me...but still, that is what I pray for.

I do believe that quote is true.
And He tells us not to be afraid because He knows us all so well.

Every morning I ask God to show me just ONE way that I can be a better version of myself in that day.

beautiful sunset, by the way....

~Tanya~ said...

Perfect for me today, thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

So true!
Mrs. B.

Amy said...

I think we have a topic for our next Applebee's conversation. :)

Danielle said...

Thank you for daring to share the truth. I needed to hear this. God is using you in a mighty, mighty way, sweet friend!

Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

Such an amazing post. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Do you remebber the necklace you made for me about a year ago, "fear not" based on Isaiah 41:10? Maybe it could become a regular piece! JenD

merlin said...

Nearly everything going on in the world, near and far, makes me feel fear. Really, 365 "fear not" verses? That's pretty awesome, now to read them and believe. Thanks for the inspiration.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi, found you through Coastal Charm. What a wonderful post. I always tried to inspire in my children that you never know if you can if you don't try. God will help you help yourself!
now a new follower.

Marlene said...

I'm so glad I came here today! This is just what I needed. We are possibly on the brink of something new . . . and I needed to read this. It's going to be okay. God is good and He is enough. Thanks, Beki!

Grandmommy said...

First the pastor now you. Think somebody is trying to tell me something. Thanks for the reminder.

HeARTworks said...

Interesting about the Do not be afraid mentioned 365 times! Never fear , just trust! :^) patsy

HeARTworks said...

Interesting about the Do not be afraid mentioned 365 times! Never fear , just trust! :^) patsy

Ruth said...

I love this :) each time I think I'm being bold and brave, I take two steps and realise I need to ramp it up even more. Dream big, right?