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Fearless Faith

What are you afraid of? A few things probably immediately spring to mind.  Spiders. Heights. Small spaces. Commitment. Public speaking. We all have a fear of something. But are there some intimidating, frightening fears that are holding you back from doing things you’d really like to do?

I have more fears than the average bear. Some of them I came by naturally, some I “learned” and are a residual symptom from experiencing certain situations in life. There is a point sometimes that I allow those fears to have too much weight in my life.  They could even be paralyzing at times.

If you have a fear of heights, you can most likely understand that paralyzing fear when you’re at the top of a high building or even walking on a bridge or on an open stairway where you can see down. I have that gripping fear and I can’t even allow my children to be too close to the edge, no matter how safe I know they really are. When they walked out on the  Skydeck at the top of the Sears Tower, my anxiety level rose to astronomical heights. But I let them do it. I knew they were safe and I knew that I didn’t want to hold them back from experiencing something exciting that they’d always remember and could be a little proud of.

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I’ve tried to start implementing that same attitude towards myself. It’s scary, sure. Maybe it’s a little risky, but I weigh the risk. What’s the potential gain of doing that scary thing? Confidence. Overcoming a fear. Being brave. Stronger faith. If you’re afraid of heights and bucked up and climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, that’s pretty amazing.  You did something you feared…conquered a height…and you were safe and feasted on a magnificent view. It was worth it.

When you’ve stepped outside yourself and done something you were afraid to do, isn’t that an amazing feeling? Don’t you feel triumphant, like you can change the world? Remember that feeling for the next daunting challenge you’re faced with. There’s a great quote “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  It feels that way sometimes, doesn’t it?  If we take that leap, we may achieve greatness.

What can you do today–even a small thing–that’s outside your comfort zone, something that could be a great thing if you could muster the courage? I challenge you to do that thing.  Start to step out in faith instead of hanging back in fear, you can conquer the small fears and then the bigger ones. In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says “God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.”  Remember, if He is on our side, we can be fearless.


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18 Comments

  • Reply KC January 30, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I am the same way with heights, you can imagine the panic that set in when the kids were 3 and 4 and I took them to the Grand Canyon!! We did all survive miraculously though 🙂
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      I fear the Grand Canyon, lol! I’ve never been there but the pictures scare me. I’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building but I was 17 and fearless. When I went to the top of the CN Tower a few years later, I was scared by then. Can’t wait to see how I do at the top of the Eiffel Tower! 🙂

  • Reply Julie January 31, 2015 at 10:15 am

    What a wonderful post! I let fear hold me back from following my dreams for so long. Only when I truly allowed Christ to lead was I able to let go of being afraid. Thank you so much for these encouraging words!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Julie, this is my year of “adventure” and I know that means stepping out in faith and letting go of those fears. I believe God understands and is patient with us through this. I’m so glad I could encourage you!

  • Reply Rebecca Ray January 31, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I can certainly relate to having quite a few fears, and I was okay with that until recently. I noticed that my daughter was prey to more than a few fears and worries, and I wanted better for her. I realized that better for her started with better for myself and more trust in God for me modeled to her. I’m constantly clinging to this Timothy verse through my worries though!!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Rebecca, I’ve noticed my children have “acquired” some of my fears and THAT makes me want to step outside myself and trust. My kids worry because I worry and when I worry, they worry more. My Mom was a worrier and I need to break that cycle. Thank you for sharing that you have fears too. I appreciate that!

  • Reply Deanna Wiseburn February 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I love this because in all reality fear is the opposite of faith. Yet we all to often allow our fears to stop us, at least I know that I do. I’ve been meaning to read this since it was posted, but I get so very far behind on things. I have found that it is only by stepping outside of my comfort zones that I begin to live the life God has meant for me to live.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Deanna! You’re right: fear is the absence of faith. I struggle so much with that and I’m really working on not worrying and fretting. I like what you said about stepping outside your comfort zone and then you can live the life God intended. That’s a great quote!

  • Reply Jennie Goutet February 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I do push myself quite a bit outside of my comfort zone. I hate to be held back by fear. But I have to say that I am a homebody, which is not a very courageous way to live. 😉
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Jennie, I’m a homebody too. Home is safe and tidy and comfortable. It’s out there in the world that’s scary. Going on this trip, that’s a huge step out in faith for me. I’m facing a lot of fears and anxieties, but I have to do it. I’ll regret it if I don’t. God will be with us!

  • Reply Andrea February 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    One of the hardest things for me to do as a mother is not to project my own fears onto my kids. At a certain point I had to step back and realize that they aren’t ME, that God made them just as they are and they will have their own fears.

    I agree that it’s a great feeling to conquer a long-held fear, even if the outcome isn’t always successful.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Andrea! I had to stop myself from being so open about my fears in front of my children because they were “adopting” some. I’m a worrier so they started worrying about me worrying. See that lovely cycle? 😉 I try to be braver and be an example of them to fear less and have faith more.

  • Reply Hillary February 10, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    This was a wonderful post, an empowering one. I often struggle with fear, and I also have to train myself not to teach my children those fears. It’s very hard. I love how you are challenging us in this post to confront a fear, to take a little risk, and thus to gain confidence and greater faith. I will try.
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  • Reply Kaylene Yoder February 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Nothing scares me more than seeing my children do something that could get them hurt. I’m not afraid of heights, but you put my child on a ‘height’ – I’m scared. Watch my children climb trees – I’m scared! Watch my children’s heads go under water – yup! I’ve got an elevated heartrate! But, I love the reminder here. God IS in control! He Has overcome! He WILL provide all I need! And greater is He who lives in me than he who is in the world. Thank you for sharing at Grace & Truth, Melanie!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Kaylene, I do the same…fear when I see my children attempting things that I fear. It can be paralyzing. I try to remind myself each and every time (each and every day actually!) that HE is in total control! Thank you for coming over and reading and sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Clarke February 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    This post resonates deeply with me. I’m in awe of this God who assures us that He doesn’t give us a spirit of fear. In fact, Psalm 34:4 states the psalmist’s experience of God’s deliverance from ALL his fears! I’ve found that this deliverance doesn’t always come in the way I’d like; sometimes it comes after I’ve been forced to face my worst nightmare, only to discover God’s faithful presence and abundant provision through it all. Thanks for sharing this at the Grace & Truth linkup! This will be my featured post at A Divine Encounter tomorrow. 🙂
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Jennifer, I’m so glad my writing touched you in some way. Fear is a powerful thing, but God is more powerful! I was on vacation so I apologize for the delay in responding. I’m so excited it was your featured post! 🙂

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Jennifer, I’m so excited and honored to be your featured post! I was on vacation so I’m just now reading this and shared your blog post about it. Fear is powerful but God is more so! Thanks so much! <3

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