Friday, February 1, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Afraid

I wonder how life would look different if we didn't have fear, if we were never afraid.

I wonder if we would be more than conquerors or if we would just end up doing stupid things, like pet a rattlesnake, or surf in a hurricane, or try to take a cute bear cub from his mother.

I also wonder, though, how fear stops us from living the fullness of the life that He has planned.  I wonder how it stops us from having relationships that could hold untold riches for our hearts and our souls.

I wonder how often we use fear as a comfortable bed in which to lay our head, blocking out the big dreams, the next steps, the voice that calls to us in the night.

I wonder what would happen if we just admitted our fears and then moved on.  Pushed them aside and focused on the eyes of God.  Not worrying about the future, but seizing the now.

What would happen if we weren't afraid to live in the now, consumed by His presence and His peace.  Can we hear His voice..."Do not fear, for I am with you?"

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I re-read this post after the 5 minutes are up and I think that it is not good enough.  By far, just not good enough.  And I don't want to hit publish because, well, what would people think?  But this is just another fear, isn't it?  Afraid that I will not be good enough for you.  And so, I step over the wall that I have constructed, the one that tells me I should care about being good enough, and I move on...to the orange button.  And I publish.


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I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


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12 comments :

  1. I wonder how fear stops us from living the fullness of the life that He has planned... I love this part. And the end, the part after the five minutes is up, it is perfect. I'm glad you were my neighbor today :)

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    1. Awesome loved this... the words blocking out our big dreams... touch my soul. We do that don't we let fear block out the life He planned for us. Love this

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  3. Hi Jen
    Now why would you want to do such a thing! It is your heart that counts, dear one, and I saw your heart in your words!
    Much love
    Mia

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  4. Beautifully said, as usual. I, too, can relate to the additional part at the bottom. : )

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  5. Fear as a comfortable bed... Isn't our bed where we stay when we refuse to face the now with our focus on Him?

    I'm so glad you hit publish. xo

    Oh, and like that sign, reasonable watchfulness SHOULD be sufficient to avoid snakebite... Stand guard against that ancient snake--keep our eyes on Jesus.

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    1. Oh my! Sandra! I didn't even think about correlating the snake warning sign with the Serpent. You are brilliant!!

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  6. So glad you climbed over that wall and hit Publish! This was most definitely 'good enough'! I think we would be surprised at what all fear can keep us from doing! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. You sweet one, I am glad you published. You are looking fear squarely in the eyes and you are beautiful...your words, your heart, your voice your insides and outsides. be brave, be strong, be bold. So privileged to know you.

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  8. Love this, Jen. I'm glad you clicked 'publish'. I think it's so important to stop and evaluate what fear is holding us back from.

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  9. This is it: "What would happen if we weren't afraid to live in the now, consumed by His presence and His peace." Yep, that is where I am at. Yes,sirree. I found you from Lisa-Jo's.

    Ps. Plus you stopped by my "place" yesterday, from Laura's. Thanks. :)

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  10. If we didn't have "reasonable" fear, more of us would be dead early. Since Dave died, I've had plenty of opportunity for unreasonable fear. That's the fear that comes at 3 a.m. and wakes me up with night sweats, tears and wanting to end it all.
    What kept me from ending it all was God's small whisper, "And, Sandra, if you do end it all, you'll miss all the blessings I have for you."
    Blessings? All? Yes, it's hard, each and every day it's hard...decisions, decisions, decisions: financial, farming, home, animals, vehicles, property...it never ends but having devotions each morning and reminding myself of God, His presence, goodness, mercy, grace and love keeps me going. Every morning and night, I throw myself into His lap and say, "Abba!"

    Jen...you're not good enough for me; I'm not good enough for you. We'll let each other down, time after time after time...BUT you're better than good enough for God. He loves you unconditionally; underneath are His everlasting arms to catch you/us when we fall/fail. "Put your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will seem strangely dim, In the light of His mercy and grace."

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