Journey Through October: Conquering Fear

~week one~day three~

The Reason to Keep Breathing

There are reasons to read on though.  His kindness leads us to repentance.  Romans 2:4.  There is no greater love than He who lays down his life for His friends. John 15:13.  He didn’t take you this far to leave you.  Philippians 1:6.

There are also reasons to keep breathing when you are suffering.  None of us fully knows the kindness of God until our need supersedes our abilities.  Somehow when the impossible flows into our reality, we finally recognize that our human efforts can only take us so far.  We can’t change people.  We can’t alter circumstances with our influence or smarts.  We can’t carve out a way when there is no way.  We can’t work all things together for good on our own.

We can, however, choose to keep breathing.  As we breathe, He shows us that there is no distance He will not go to prove His love.  There is no width He won’t go to put our pieces back in order.  There is no depth He won’t go to show us how very much He loves us.  He is interceding for us; placing in us His strength, so that we can in fact breathe through our pain.

It is worth it to keep on breathing.  He did not take you this far to leave you.  He has plans to give you a hope and a future.

I remember looking into my dad’s eyes as He crossed over to heaven.  As I said goodbye with my eyes staring into his eyes, I distinctly remember knowing that His love was greater than the heartbreak of goodbye.  His wisdom was higher than my thoughts of keeping my dad here.  At that time, I did not know the true depth that would result from continuing to breathe.  I would not know for quite some time the value of breathing as we suffer.  But it is for the same reason I picked up again those two books on Fear.  He has a message for us at all times.  But especially when we suffer.

Keep Your Hand Up!

Do you systematically underestimate your abilities as a woman–especially when it comes to work and ministry? Are you taking a back-seat approach with your God-given gifts and talents due to the current busyness of your day-to-day life? Has it become easy to forget that God has big plans for you?

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Psalms 139:14 NJKV

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NIV


Check out the discussion below led by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, as to why there are so few women leaders throughout the world.

Maybe you have no desire to be a CEO or to reach the highest levels of your workforce. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and certainly, those jobs should never be viewed as the ultimate measure of success for one’s life. At the same time, could Sandberg’s words possibly still apply to other areas of your life, especially when it comes to your calling, dreams and aspirations?

“Well, I’m in grad school. I’ll get involved with my community when I’m a real adult.”

“I have two kids. God will understand if I go to church later…when I have more time.”

“I’m unemployed right now. My first priority is to pay the bills.”

Click here to hear Sandberg’s discussion…

To use Sandberg’s words, do you no longer keep your hand up? Have you “left” before even leaving? Have you dropped out of the race?