We pray you all have blessed by the writing this month focusing on the fears we all face at one point or other. How good it is to serve a God that uses us through our fears!
Congratulations to last month’s winner, Marie, who won a copy of Jaimie Bowman’s new book Breathe: 31 Moments with God for Moms.
This month, should you share with us a fear you have outgrown
, you have the chance to win a Farmhouse Bag with Sari Trim
(the kinds we received at the women’s retreat a couple years back) from freeset.com
. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on July 2nd.
I used to have a great fear of failing, but the Lord shook that free from my grips back in my mid-twenties. I also used to have a fear of spiders, but having somehow acquired the job of spider-killing within my family that fear is now gone. Suzie, I got your back!
A fear I’ve out grown the fear of being accepted.
I use to fear confrontation or uncomfortable situations. Anybody??? But now, not so much. I have learned that confrontation and uncomfortable situations stem from truth working it’s way to the surface. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like confrontation or uncomfortable situations – not at all! But now that God is teaching me through these situations, I tend to fear them a whole lot less.
You could say I’ve overcome none of my fears, or I’m in various stages of overcoming all my fears. One or the other.
Several years ago, my family got annual passes to Disneyland – and let me tell you, when I first started going, I highly dreaded the “rollercoaster” rides. I wouldn’t have expected God would actually teach me something through Disneyland (of all places), but surprisingly, He did. As I continued going throughout the year and as I prayed for God to help me not be afraid, He allowed me to let go of my fear. By the end of the year, one of my favorite rides was “California Screamin” – and on that ride, you flip upside-down!!
Suzie: I thought I had outgrown my fear of spiders but then on Saturday night while I was driving home by myself in the dark… suddenly a big spider started dangling down. Inside my car. Right in front of my face. I held my breath and tried really hard not to get into a wreck but my heart was beating so fast, I thought it was going to jump out of my chest. Finally, I got to a red light and rolled the window down. The spider started lowering himself so I grabbed my water bottle and gave him a big wack and my water bottle went flying out the window. I’m not sure if the spider ever left the car. I didn’t sleep all night. So to answer your question… maybe the dark. I’m pretty sure that’s the only one I’ve outgrown.
Victory: I suppose that one of my biggest fears was that if people REALLY knew me… I mean REALLY knew me – they’d figure me out and move on. I grew up rather lonely, and so the idea of long-term friendships in which I was truly known and loved was intimidating to me. But God has put some incredible people in my life – who have seen me at my ugliest – and oddly enough, they still love me!!! This is definitely a place where God still has to complete His work in me, but I am finding it easier and easier to be REAL and not shrink back in fear that rejection will soon follow.
What about you? What’s a fear you’ve outgrown?