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Face Your Fears

“Fight your fears and you’ll be in battle forever. Face your fears and you’ll be free forever.” ~Lucas Jonkman …

It is difficult to face our fears… especially when we do not have any certainty of the outcome. But there is one certainty we do have: if we do not face our fears, we will not overcome them, and will be faced with them yet again in the future. In a very real way, fear is something that we do to ourselves. We give into it, we hand over control to it, and we refuse to deal with it.

Perhaps you are afraid to get up in front of a group of people and talk. Well, one thing you should know is that if you are unwilling to confront this fear, then as Lucas points out, your fight is a never-ending battle; you will forever be afraid to speak in front of others. So can you really control your fears? Can you still function even in spite of them? Believe that you can, but that you must build up your confidence and resolve–“I must face my fears and overcome them little by little”. And if you are able to do so, you will find yourself freed from the power they once held over you.

Too often in life we let our fears dictate our actions (or lack thereof), and our tendency is to blame those fears as the reason for our failures or shortcomings. But this only serves to feed the beast, as it helps fear to not only thrive, but to grow in our lives.

Fear will most likely always be a part of your life, and that is ok. The important thing is that you remain in control of it and always work to minimize and overcome it. Awareness of our fears helps us to know when and how they will affect us so that we can develop healthy and effective techniques in dealing with them.

Try to face a fear of yours today.

Questions to consider:

What are you afraid of? What caused these fears originally? Are the same factors still in place now as when the fears were first created?

In what ways can we face our fears?

What happens to fear when we accept it for what it is instead of fighting it?

For further thought:

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Clear Out Some Of The Sentimental Clutter In Your Life

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” ~George Carlin …

It is difficult to let go, of our past, the material things that hold memories and emotional bonds, the trinkets and odds and ends that may just be useful someday. As I grow older, I realize quite a few things about our relationship between memories and possessions: Continue reading

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Seeing Great Things From The Valley

“Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” ~G.K. Chesterton …

When we place ourselves among the lowliest… we have nowhere to look but up. And as G.K. mentions, when we look up we see grand things, such as massive snow covered mountains and skyscrapers that touch the sky. However, when we place ourselves above others, we begin to find ourselves alone, looking down upon all that is below us as small and insignificant things of another world. Continue reading

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You Owe No One As Much As You Owe Yourself

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” ~Mandy Hale …

Concern for oneself enables one to show concern for others. Yet most of us tend to consider self-concern as a negative thing. But does it really make any sense to never have any care or concern for your own needs and well-being? You may have heard it said before, “You have to love yourself before you can love others.” There is much truth in this, for if we wish to be of any use to others in our life, we need to take care of ourselves first. Additionally, if we cannot love ourselves, we will have no love in our bucket to give to others.
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Thirst Of God

“It’s not about finding ways to avoid God’s judgment and feeling like a failure if you don’t do everything perfectly. It’s about fully experiencing God’s love and letting it perfect you. It’s not about being somebody you are not. It’s about becoming who you really are.” ~Stormie Omartian …

The view that God is strictly judgmental of us is usually a projection of our feelings that we have of ourselves. If we judge ourselves, we are going to feel that others judge us as well. And if we judge ourselves harshly, we tend to see God as someone who judges us harshly. But we should not have to concern ourselves all too much with God’s judgment, for life is not about this. Life is about redemption and forgiveness–it is about “becoming who we really are.” Continue reading

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Embrace Determination To Accomplish Your Goals

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ~Thomas Edison …

For much of my life I believed that inspiration was the key to success. I used to think writers were inspired with their words, that inventors and scientists where inspired with new inventions and discoveries, and that those who attained wealth, power, or fame, did so through some special inspiration that they came to discover. But as Thomas points out… the reality is much better. We do not need any “special” inspiration in our lives… all that is necessary is determination and a little elbow grease. Continue reading

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Face Your Challenges With An Open And Willing Heart

“Sometimes God does not change your situation, because He is trying to change your heart.” ~Unknown …

I can recall times in my life, in which I had asked God for a specific outcome to a situation that never did happen. Of course, this left me feeling a little let down. But as time went on, I began to realize that by not getting what I had hoped for, I had been given the chance to gain something else that was necessary for my personal growth–perseverance, integrity, faith, hope, humility… and the list goes on. Every time I felt that I knew what I needed, I have found that not only did I manage without receiving it exactly as I had asked, but that I had been given an opportunity to discover necessary growth for my journey through life. Continue reading

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