"I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”-Cheryl Strayed
What does fear mean to you? How does fear play a role in your life and in your daily decisions and thoughts?
For years, fear has always played a large role in my lack of pushing myself as far as I know God has created me to go.
What would happen, if instead of using fear as an excuse and allowing it to hold us back, that we took fear and used it to step forward into the greatness that God has waiting for us?
If I have learned anything in the past several years of battling Lyme Disease, it is that God designed me to be capable of pushing farther beyond fear than I ever imagined was possible.
In November of 2015, while my sister was rushing me into the ER, I had tears running down my face as I held my children’s hands, feeling like I was minutes from death. In those frightening moments I felt God, but I also felt fear. God reminded me again, ‘My child, I am here. You are not alone. Do not fear.’ I made it past those fears and that leaves me feeling completely brave, unstoppable and like I can defeat any fear that comes my way. There is nothing that God and I can not conquer together- nothing.
‘I will not die an un-lived life,’ I will not allow fear to hold me back any longer. A new me is being born, and I am over being inside of the cage called fear. God gave me wings and I was meant to soar far above any fear.
Every fear a stone ; Kelly Whitman
Fear is a series of stepping stones , a path to follow forward,
Into the greatness God has created, one pace at a time.
Every fear a stone, each step moves us.
Every fear a stone, each step changes us.
Every fear a stone, each step strengthens us.
Every fear a stone, each step pushes us.
Fear moves me beyond what my mind is capable of understanding,
Into the light that God is shining, at the end of the path.
Fear gives me motivation to show life, that I am strong.
Fear moves me to prove to the fearful,
that fear is nothing more than a series of stepping stones,
Leading us into a greater life and bigger purpose.
I will no longer be a slave to fear- but instead I will take my fears and lay them down, creating a path that will lead me, exactly where God wants me to be. It does not mean, that I won’t have fears, but it means I will trust God to lead me along the path and to be right by my side as I conquer my fears, one by one. He is my lamp, and He will lead me every step of the way.
Have you overcome any fears lately? What were they and how do you feel now that you have stepped beyond them?
Thanks for reading,
— Kelly W