Do It Afraid

To start off this Monday morning, we have two very exciting announcements.

1.  Last Thursday morning, one of my oldest and dearest friends, sweet Megan McWaters Rathbone and her husband Dave welcomed baby number two, Micah Jeffrey Rathbone.  Isn’t he adorable?

Micah joins his older brother Noah.  You can read about a post I wrote when Noah was born here.   

2.  Those of you who have been following the Stones’ story will be elated to hear about the miracles that took place in Boston this past week.  God is moving in the life of precious John and it’s amazing to see the way God continues to answer our prayers! 

Mary Elizabeth and John

Now, a little more on fear.  You know, nothing helps face your fears more than a little public speaking on a Saturday morning.  As I was driving to a conference for work this weekend, I kept saying Habakkuk 3:19, “Lord you are my personal bravery.  You enable me to walk and not be paralyzed by fear.”

I love how in the big and the small things, God is with us.

Even in something as small as speaking to a few people, or as big as a major life-altering decision, in moving forward, we still might begin with fear and trembling, but Joyce Meyers encourages to “Do it afraid.”  

You see, it’s in moving forward and facing our fears straight on where we begin to see God move.

How will we know God’s ability to equip and conquer, if we choose to sit back and let our fears take over?  We’ll never know what could have been.  It’s in the midst of stepping out and taking a risk that God enables us to move forward little by little and step by step.   

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Isaiah 42:16

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6

Joyce Meyer, another woman I adore, wrote an amazing article on facing fear called, “Do it Afraid.”  You can read it here.

Happy Monday!


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