What Does It Mean to Live Fearlessly?

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What is Living Fearlessly?

I started this blog to help encourage not only you, but me, to Live Fearlessly.  But what does that really mean?  I think it can mean different things to different people. For me living fearlessly doesn’t mean living unafraid, but going for it in spite of any fear.  We can try to will ourselves all we want to not have fear, but sometimes it is there nonetheless.

For me, I have been dealing with anxiety that caused me to hold back in my life. To limit my options.  To let fear rule the day. To not live life to the fullest and I don’t want to be like that anymore. I want to live my life in freedom.

Some of us live with fear of failure and that causes us to not go for it. For others it may be fear of rejection or worrying about what others may think of us.  Just think for a minute of all the things you would have done, places you would have gone, if you hadn’t let fear or anxiety take over.

 

How Can We Breakthrough?

So what can we do to breakthrough and move beyond our fear?

  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Limit contact with those who tend to tear you down.
  • Say positive things to yourself each day.
  • Give to others. By doing this, it builds up not just them, but you as well. (Read Doing Good for Others Provides Benefit for Us)
  • Make a list of Goals. Include the things you have wanted to do, but have previously let fear hold you back from them. Have Daily, Weekly, Monthly goals. Write them down or put them on your phone. Set alarms to remind you of them.
  • Listen to music that moves or inspires you.
  • Talk with God. Pray, read His word if that is something you believe in.

Having a plan can help you get on track to live the life you have always wanted. Full of freedom and fear-free!  We can do this!

 

More Than A Conqueror

More Than a Conqueror

Yes, you are more than a conqueror. Romans 8:37.

God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Claim these truths for yourself. Anytime you feel weak, defeated or fearful, quote these verses and claim these biblical truths for yourself. If you know Jesus as Savior and Lord of your life, you have a right to these promises.

Who Are You?

At various times in our life we all have moments or segments of time where we feel we are going through the fire. I urge you to lean on His word and remember who you are and whose you are. You are a child of God.

When you feel afraid remember His words. Your identy lies in Him, not in yourself or your circumstances. I challenge you to search through the scriptures to find out what God says about you. How he sees you.

He created you and knows everything about you yet still loves you and calls you more than a conqueror. Isn’t it time you get to know Him?

There is Freedom in Forgiveness

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Freedom in Forgiveness? Really?  Forgiveness is often a confusing topic. For some it seems nearly impossible. For others improbable. We all have things in our lives that give us reasons to be unforgiving towards others. Towards the person who hurt or offended us.  We can go for years or seemingly a lifetime harboring anger.  As research has shown, anger and unforgiveness is actually detrimental to our own health.

Why Would I Want to Forgive?

If you have someone or several someones who have hurt or betrayed you, the first question is really, why would you want to forgive them? We might  think, “They deserve for me to by unforgiving.” So what then? Do we forgive  to release them of the responsibility of the hurt they caused or to make them feel better?  Sometimes that may be the case. But more often than not the real reason we need to forgive others is to release us from the power that the hurt or pain has caused. Purposefully forgiving someone doesn’t give them a release from the consequences of what they did or said, but it releases YOU from being bound to that person in a negative way.

Do you have someone in your life right now that you are still harboring anger towards? Does it consume you or your thoughts? Does it affect decisions you make?  Whether you realize it or not that person still has power over your life. The person could be alive or deceased but by you holding on to the anger and unforgiveness, they still have power over you.  Don’t you want to release that?

Yes, But How Do I Forgive?

There are some things in our lives that are so very painful that we in our humanness  can barely even begin to think about forgiveness. So what are we to do? We want to release this pain and anger but how?

  • Write a letter to the offender. You don’t necessarily have to give it to them. This is more for you to release the pain. Start by addressing it and describing what happened and how it hurt you. Then move on to write how you will no longer let this have control over you and you forgive this person and release all the hurt and the pain. You may need to re-read this several times to help yourself move into forgiveness.  Some situations you may be able to give the letter to the offender and perhaps reconcile that relationship. Other times that is not reasonable or rational.
  • Decide daily that you will forgive this offense until it no longer holds power. If you are a praying person, pray for the person who offended you. Ask for them to be able to see what they did was wrong and for them to have a change of heart moving forward. Pray for yourself. Pray for God to be able to help you to let go of this hurt and remember that He forgives you for everything that you do and that we are instructed to do the same. (Colossians 3:13 NIV Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.)
  • Focus on positive things in your life. Find things that bring you joy each day and seek them out.

Now what?

Okay, so you have decided to make an effort to forgive. You have made a commitment to moving forward. Give yourself permission to be FREE.  Holding something against someone, causes you pain. Releasing it, moves you towards freedom.  You deserve to be free and fearless. Claim it for yourself!