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SO, if you are an active follower of my blog then you know that *gasp* I didn’t post yesterday! In the morning I left for church, when I got home I slept, ate and then went out again until around 11:30 and I really COULD have squeezed out a really teeny tiny post like I had done for the past two days but I hate myself for being lazy like that.  SO what did I do?  I promised myself that I would write two posts today.

All morning I was thinking about what I could write and I finally settled on a topic, fear.

The type of fear that I want to write about today is a specific type of fear, the type that stops you from doing what you are MEANT to do because well, your afraid.

One thing I’ve always been at the very least a little afraid of is a dog killing me.  No really some can do that…  I wasn’t crazy-ily afraid, I would go near a dog if it was caged or if I had a protective barrier between the dog and myself, but to actually go up to a dog and pet it? No WAY, at the very most I’d poke it and then move away slowly.

While visiting a friend’s house with my brother the first thing I was afraid of seeing their pit bull.  I was told it had never bitten anyone and was REALLY friendly, but I was still really afraid of it.  It wasn’t a cute little puppy I could try to outrun, it was a HUGE dog that seemed really intimidating to me.

BUT I decided that I was done being afraid of dogs and slowly approached him and I DIED AND WAS BITTEN AND— no no no, I realized he was ADORABLE! I still get a little afraid when he starts to jump or gets really excited but conquering my fear made me realize how stupid my fear was to begin with.

I realized that should I have remained afraid then a week from now I’d approach their house cautiously and  avoid their dog, but now I purposely WANT to see their dog. I could have missed an opportunity to make a new friend as odd as it may sound!

Yet another example of an irrational fear of mine that I am very embarrassed to admit, would be falling off of stages.  I am in my church’s choir and would miss practices because I was afraid of being on stage[and because I wanted to sleep in on Saturday mornings] .  It all seems very silly to me and I admit I still remain just a little afraid to stand on stage now but what the real problem was not my fear [in my opinion], but how my fear how the power to hurt me.  It stopped me from putting my all into choir and it was actually very DUMB!

Today I want to encourage you to conquer your fears.  So many times I didn’t go for one thing or another because of stage fright or the idea of failure when I needed to realize that you can’t let fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!

Proverbs 3:25-26

Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

Psalm 56:3-4

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

See you tomorrow,

Nina

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