Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fear No More!

Question #4: If you were to identify where the majority of your fears in life come from, what would you say?

My fears:

1. Heights/Falling~ We took a family vacation to visit the Grand Canyon and I will never do that again! Even on firm ground, I felt like I was dangling from a precipice, staring off into this horrific abyss. That was an awful experience for me and had nightmares for weeks after our visit.

2. Tight Spaces~ Last summer, in Ecuador, I was crammed in this bus with what seemed like 5000 adorable, brown-skinned people and all I wanted to do was claw them to death. I felt wrapped up in one of their South American delicacies ready to be devoured. I had to get out of there!

3. Failure/Rejections~ It takes a lot of courage for me to take the leap of faith to try something new. I do it because I have an incredible zest for life, which outweighs the risk for me. When some people fall, they dust themselves off, pick themselves up, and learn from their mistakes. Me ...when I fall it's painful to unravel my pretzeled body, clear my mouthful of feet, and make my way to an upright position again.

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I know if I trusted God the way that I should, I'd still have my bejeebies, but I'm a work in progress and I know God loves me and understands my weaknesses. Here's what I think He's advising me: "My dear, it's not rocket science to figure out that you need to avoid climbing anything that is taller than 4 feet. You're not a burrito, so don't try to fit inside of one. Finally, when you want to try something new, let me know and I'll turn that water of yours into wine and your experience will be GLORIOUS!"

That God, I'll tell ya ...He has an answer for everything!


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Linda @ USSParenting said...

I try and stay away from any movie that is scary. I have enough trouble falling to sleep as it is!

Seriously tho, I think a large part of my fears comes from not putting more trust the the Lord to be the protector and the provider of my life. Prov. 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Thank you Heavenly Father for that promise!

Jan said...

I'll bet this is good book. I enjoy max Lucado's work. My fears? Illness. I went through a 2 year battle with cancer (the same type which took my sister's life). For the first couple of years after my treatments I constantly feared it would return. I'm happy to say I'm 6 years out now and God has taught me how to give that fear to Him and move on. :)

Marisa and Brittany said...

Thank-you, Linda for the reminder of God's promise to be our protector and provider! I'm so grateful I don't have to wade through my mucky fears alone. We can hold our heads high knowing the God of the universe is carrying us when necessary!

Praying along side of you for trust!

Marisa :o)

Marisa and Brittany said...

Jan, you are a true inspiration! What a testimony you have of overcoming one of the most intense kinds of fears. God has tremendous plans for you sista... sit back and enjoy the ride!

I'm so thankful and blessed to be your buddy :o)