Overcoming Fear by Doing It Afraid – October 16 Devotions

Friday has arrived again, and along with it, the day has brought my contract for the new position with my current curriculum client–effective immediately. 🙂 In addition, my darling hubby created brackets and hanging rods to help me organize my sewing and quilting area. Yes, as a friend said, decluttering and organizing are good for the soul!

 

Another activity that’s good for  the soul is to face fears and worries, stare them down, and overcome them–by the grace of God–in order to achieve goals and fulfill dreams. Sometimes that means taking action even when we’re nervous or scared…in other words, doing it afraid!

 

 

Onto this Friday’s devotions…

 

“Fear is nothing but a feeling

that causes certain manifestations.

It causes us to tremble, sweat, turn red, shake, and have wobbly knees.

The Bible doesn’t say, ‘Tremble not’ – ‘ Sweat not’ – ‘Shake not’ —

The Bible says, ‘FEAR not.’

The word ‘fear’ implies running away from something.

In other words, God is saying when FEAR comes,

don’t let it stop us.

We are to DO IT AFRAID!

We are cowards only if we run.

Maybe you have been allowing a FEELING

to control and determine your destiny.

Maybe you think that some people

have fear and some don’t.

But the truth is

 fear comes to EVERYBODY.

What we do in spite of that fear makes the difference

between victory or defeat in our lives.

So…DO IT AFRAID!”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

This concept of  “doing it afraid” is one I’ve had to employ a few times, in personal relationships, freelance work opportunities, dissertation studies, and other life situations. It doesn’t usually feel comfortable at the time, but the outcome is normally a positive one that yields a sense of accomplishment.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do  you agree with the strategy to “do it afraid” and not allow doubts and fears to keep you from fulfilling your goals and dreams? How about putting your fears behind you and your dreams in front of you?

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. I don’t like change, but I do try to face fears sometimes.

  2. That’s very true! If your face your fears, you’ll do much more with life than you thought you could do. This post is so motivating!

  3. I am so afraid to face my fears it was really hard for me. i have a phobia of commuting because we had a car accident a few years ago. until now i don’t want to go outside alone.

  4. I have faced alot of health issues over the last three years, so I actually feel steongly that I have faced so many fears and I only fear loosing my sense of strength in overcoming illness = awesome post

  5. Sometimes, fear gives a positive outcome. Think of an actor’s nerves before a performance.

  6. As a Christian I am constantly casting my fears and burdens to God. He is in control but sometimes we need reminding.

  7. I like it! We can’t do things that are new and scary without being a little afraid.. And I think that’s OK. Because if we give our fears to God, we’ll make it through.
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  8. Fear is something I dealt with for a long time. I missed a lot of LIVING. One day I came to the conclusion I will just do it afraid. I refuse to let fear hinder me any longer.
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  9. I was once told that the definition of courage is doing something even when you’re afraid. Sounds like this is spot on. Thanks!

  10. I’m an odd one that doesn’t really mind change. My hubby and daughter however Ughhh…. Total opposite.

  11. We have to work hard to overcome our fears and not let them stop us.

  12. I am afraid of a lot of things, but i am learning to overcome them.

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