Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Liberation from the F Word

I bet all of you and your dirty little minds went directly to F@#$. I will not lie. I have, on occasion, let that particular word escape my mouth. Believe me, I can say it with conviction and in context. However, somewhere down deep inside me is a little voice that says, "You know better!" That voice sounds a lot like my mother.

This little voice tucked away down deep inside leads me to talk about the real F word. The word that I am talking about it is FEAR. Everyone has things that make them feel afraid. I am not talking about the kind of fear that makes you think twice about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane or the kind of fear that might keep you from trying something new. I am talking about the kind of fear that paralyzes you and keeps you from living your best life.

I lived through the of the kind of fear I am talking about a few years ago. In 2008, my Dad passed away unexpectedly. I was devastated to say the least. I watched my mother, my kids and even my husband struggle with this loss. You might be thinking so what, everyone suffers loss. Well, it just so happens that in a period of about 36 months, my mother's side of the family suffered not one but five unexpected losses.  I let fear take over my life. I was afraid to let my children and my husband out of my sight. If my mother didn't answer her telephone, I went into complete panic mode. I lived in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

The reason I shared this is to let you know that fear is a liar and a bully. No one every has to live with that kind of stress and worry. Liberate yourself from the F word. Don't be afraid to take chance and live your best life because wonderful things await all of us in this crazy, beautiful messy world.

Deuteronomy 31:8 "He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

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