Happy “Miraculous” Monday!
I pray all had a blessed weekend and your week is getting off to a good start. I pray miracles great and small over each every life that has the opportunity to read this message in this coming week.
Today (actually for the last several months) I’m contemplating the role that fear has played in my life. Contemplating the root causes of fear and how it has caused me to be in a place of stagnation for far too long. How fear has kept me from completing and bringing to fruition that which God has placed in my spirit. How fear has caused me to be hesitant to take the steps He has guided me to take. How fear has kept me in a place of playing small when God told me that He has a grand purpose for my life, a purpose greater than even I can fathom. Contemplating what is it within me that keeps me beholden to a spirit of fear.
As I delve more into the journey of strengthening my faith, God revealed that this is the next phase of my spiritual evolution. During my time of devotion this morning, God shared that He is preparing to remove a spirit of fear which resides deeply within. Now on the surface that Divine guidance sounds like a wonderful blessing, an answer to my prayers. However, as I continue to travel down God’s pathway of healing and transformation I know it will likely not be as simple as I might like. After being on this walk for some time now, I know God’s process of extraction will come with some pain. However, as He always does I know He will bless me with beauty in the midst of any pain and discomfort that comes my way.
As much as I embrace this next phase of my spiritual evolution, I know God is going to work in ways I do not expect – it will shake my countenance a bit. But I also now know that if it had not been for God’s shaking, I would not be transformed and healed at an unbelievable level thus far on this journey. So, I’m taking a deep breath in preparation for another one of God’s extractions. Taking a deep breath, releasing it, calming my spirit and focusing on again putting my complete and total trust in Him.
“Courage is taking action when you feel afraid” – Joyce Meyers
Through one of her teachings, Joyce Meyers shares the seven secrets of a confident woman. In providing this wonderful guidance, she shared some words that deeply resonated with my spirit. She guided that fear is a reality of life, one which we will always have to deal with at some level. However, we can either let fear overtake us or choose to overcome it. She shares so eloquently that the key sometimes is to just “do it afraid”. So, as I progress forward, I’m embracing this as my new personal mantra to just “do it afraid”.
While I know that fear is something we all must deal with, I’m so ready to cast the spirit of fear out of my life. It has held me hostage for far too long. So, while it has been an unfortunate constant for the majority of my life, the time has come for our divorce. I’m ready to end my dysfunctional marriage to fear. A marriage that was never meant to last in the first place. I will no longer allow fear to lessen my trust and faith in God. I will no longer allow fear to keep me from bringing to completion and fruition all of the wonderful gifts and ideas that God has placed with me. I’m going to “do it afraid”.
In making those statements, I know that God and the universe will orchestrate things to test my commitment and resilience to remain steadfast to this new mantra. I also recognize there is no other way for transformation to occur. In order to truly move forward I must face my fears. Not just some of them, but all of them. So, as I progress forward I’m going to leverage every single resource God sends my way to conquer my demons when it comes to fear. In his song “Not Afraid” Eminem hits the nail right on the head for me.
“And I just can’t keep living this way
So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons
I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!”
So as I step forward in courage, as I step forward with confidence and step forth to “do it afraid” and I will embrace those words, but especially continue to embrace God’s word to sustain me on the next phase of my spiritual evolution.
Psalm 27:1 – 6
“The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.”