…Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:36 NIV
Let me first start off by wishing my late, great father, Robert Foreman, a very happy 65th birthday. Seventeen years ago this month he passed away abruptly and without warning.
The last several years I have done better coping and managing my grief, reminding myself that my dad always said never to mourn those who have passed–that it’s our selfishness and not our obedience to God and respect to those who have gone on to the next level of existence, that we hold on to and harbor these depressing feelings about that person leaving.
My spiritual side gets it; my human side wants my dad here to sit down and chat with me, get my sister aligned, and encourage my mom to reach out and grab those dreams.
My human side wants my dad here to walk me down the wedding aisle, to hold his grandchildren, to trash-talk me through my gym workouts, and to help me see clearly through business deals to see past my fears.
My spiritual side knows that he is definitely in a better place with God and our loved ones. My human side misses him and cries out from time to time.
This is where my faith needs strengthening. This is where my human side must align with my spiritual side if I am going to make that next step on my journey as an ambassador for Christ. I must walk the walk.
I must face and overcome my fear of loss, failure, too much success, death, not becoming a
wife and mother, and not thriving on every level of my life.
I must face my fears and overcome them if I truly want to live. I must rise each day with conviction, purpose, and a plan—and then run like crazy to make things happen each and every day.
If I don’t face my fears then they will hunt me down and turn my nightmare into a reality. My fears will lead to my demise. How ironic is that? A fear of death leading to death. Wow!
What are your fears?
Where are you in your life at facing down those fears? Are you sick and tired of coming up short in so many areas of your life? Do you know this is only happening because of your lack of faith in God?
Are you ready to take that first step towards stomping on one of your fears?
Then let’s do this!
I want to live a long, loving, joyful, healthy, rewarding, successful, wise, and prosperous life, how about you?
So let’s open our eyes and take that first step today!
Father I have to believe that You will protect me from harm, that You will guide me down the right paths, prepare me for what’s ahead, and that You will always make a way out of no way.
I have to believe that if I have the knowledge then I can jump into any waters and come up unharmed. I have to believe that if I face any real or psychological storms, that You will calm them just as You did through Jesus during the storm in Galilee.
Father I’m praying for my release from fear. I’m praying for the ability to not be afraid even when facing death, and I have to admit that I’m no where close to being there. Day by day please help me to overcome and remove my fears so that I can, through You, replace them with complete faith in You.
I pray these things with the deepest of sincerity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
P.S. Happy birthday Dad. I promise I will get this right and make both of us proud! ￼
Please Note: This message was originally written and published on July 3, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting, and to reflect current dates and figures.
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