Note: This is the strangest thing, but when I posted about Texas on Tuesday March 3rd (showing up as the post before this one) it knocked out this post which was originally posted last Tuesday February 24th but combined the comments on this one with my Texas post. I have no idea what blogger is doing, but it's strange. So...I will be posting for Friday March 6th soon.
When my husband Gene was in the 4th grade his teacher told him to come to the front of the classroom and figure out a math problem she had written out on the chalkboard. He tried to get out of it, but she insisted that he do as he was told.
With much hesitation Gene placed his hand in the palm of Fear as it led his little body to the chalkboard. Standing in front of his classmates he became so overwhelmed that he couldn't solve problem that he had an accident in his pants.
Filled with not only fear but also shame, he stood with his chin on his chest as his teacher ridiculed him and pointed out to his class that his pants were wet and that he didn't have an answer to the math problem. To this day when Gene tells that story you can just see how much affect it has on him even though he is now 44 years of age.
That day in 4th grade at the sweet age of only 9 Gene was given something no teacher should ever give a child...fear.
From that day forward, he would be afraid to speak in front of people.
Afraid of not knowing the correct answer if asked a question.
He would be afraid of looking stupid in front of his peers.
When we are fearful of something it can overtake us like a wave crashes over a surfer. We can drown in the pool of fear so quickly that we just stand there not even trying to be rescued because we feel so helpless.
A four letter word with a huge impact on us if we allow it the freedom to come into our lives, get our focus off of God and immobilize us.
So how do we take something like what happened to Gene as a child and process it differently in our mind when we become an adult? What happened to Gene as a child does not fall into the category of "most embarrassing moments". Instead, it is a memory that if Gene allowed it to flex its muscles could still cause his bladder to lose control if he chose to keep this to himself. It could keep him from being a youth leader in our church and talking in front of teenagers. It could keep him from sharing Christ with his friends. It could keep him from forgiving others and hold grudges. It could..but it doesn't because Gene chooses to trust in God.
There are many reasons as women that we face fears.
Fear is not from God and he doesn't want us to live in a state of fear because then we are not able to be completely used by Him and for Him.
We have to trade our fear in for trust and learn to believe in the God who is the Conqueror of Satan, the father of fear.
So how do we do that?
How do we take what happens in our life and allow God to use it for His glory instead of allowing the enemy to use it against us?
How do we become a woman that takes her fears and says "here Lord, take this from me because I want to live in freedom"?
Honestly...I have no idea as I have fears of my own, but I know of a woman who does know how and wants to share the journey God has taken her on with us. She wants to teach us how to live a worry-free life right here every Tuesday.
from the speaking team of Proverbs 31 Ministries wants to teach us how to turn our fears into faith. I had the privilege of hearing Micca speak at the She Speaks conference this past summer and she was such a blessing! She has a testimony that God keeps adding to and has blessed her with the gift of communicating His greatness in a way that you want to know more of her Jesus.
Just this month she has come out with a new book that I am proud to say will be our 5th
YES to GOD blog study book...
This month Micca is also featured in the Proverbs 31 Woman Magazine with a story titled "Overcoming the Fear Factor". She also graces the cover of this monthly magazine with her beauty.
See, here's my copy... If you have never read this magazine I HIGHLY recommend it. You can click on the name of the magazine to start getting your subscription too!
So...join me on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 as we begin the next YES to GOD blog book study and learn to live a fearless life with our sister in Christ, Micca Campbell.
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