I told a friend in an email last week “I’m getting braver and braver.”
I’ve always laughed at the idea of me being brave because I am an introvert and quiet (well, at least until I get to know you!).
Sure, I made choices to marry and have children young, go to another country and learn to live and work there.
But I did it while shaking in my boots half the time! Much of the time I was a real scaredy cat!
I would want to run away from public speaking as we prepared to go overseas. Thanking my God in heaven every time that “opportunity” came up that my husband was great at it and didn’t mind getting up to talk for us.
Even in sharing what I’ve learned with other young women who would come into my home on a regular basis in Peru I found myself chickening out often times. How do I really know what I am talking about? How can I tell them with certainty that what I have to share is something they need to know?
So “getting braver” for me has been surprising at first and yet I realize with delight that to stand on Truth and believe brings a peace and a confidence that surpasses my fears. Even in my uncertainties I can stand on something completely sure.
As I learn to let go of lies that try so hard to keep me trapped, I find I can go ahead and speak TRUTH right out loud! Or even just allow myself to believe them and KNOW they are true!
Like for instance, here’s a statement of standing on truth, believing and being brave if I’ve ever read one:
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
When I believe this and stand on it, I am letting go of lies to the contrary and God does things I never thought possible.
Well, duh! It’s because it’s in HIS strength!
So here I am jumping into some new things that I’d never thought I’d do. Ever.
And because I don’t have to do it in my own strength,
Because I don’t have to have it all together to do it…I feel braver.
The freedom found in this is moving me forward and helping me believe more in this God who “loves me and gave himself for me”.
Believe that He really IS the God of the impossible!
Tomorrow something is coming to my blog and more than that, into my life. Really it’s already a part of my life!
I can’t wait to share it with you, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow!
It’s totally God’s idea, He nudged me to get involved and I am just along for the ride! I look forward to this and share it with you because it really has nothing to do with me and I can’t wait to just let Him take HIS idea and run with it!
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:19