Conquering Fears

A lot of people claim one specific word at the beginning of each year as a theme for the year. While I like the idea behind it, I can never narrow it down to just one word. I wasn’t really feeling inspired until today when I realized that this year I am grabbing my fears by the horns and conquering them. This year I am conquering fears.

Did you know that, “do not be afraid” is the most used phrase in the bible? That has always fascinated me.

I have become aware of quite a few things that I have avoided doing out of fear.

I fear that I will never lose weight; that my body is physically unable to.

It’s completely illogical, but who said fear is rational?!

Until a few days ago, I was petrified of playing piano in front of people. In fact, I have made a point since high school of not telling people I play. Saturday I made myself play for two very accomplished musicians and the risk was worth it. My fear was that any mistakes I made as a pianist would reflect on me as a person. Completely irrational, but something I have struggled with for 10 years.

There’s no pressure. As I discover an irrational fear, I try to figure out how it developed and how I can overcome it. No deadlines, no number of fears to overcome, just working through them and living with more awareness. I refuse to be held back by fears any longer.

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3 Comments

  1. Kim Stirtan on February 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

    That is an amazing attainable goal!!! Jesus will be your example, guide and helper. I will happily pray for you daily 🙂

  2. Laurie Buckley on February 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Becky, yesterday I had the privilege of speaking with my 10th grade students about fear. The bible passage we read from was Matthew 14:22-33. I was reminded in my study that there were 2 miracles of walking on water. The first was our Lord Jesus and the second was Peter. Because Peter trusted, he ventured out of the boat and experienced the miracle of walking on water. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he was able to walk on water. The rest of the disciples remained in the boat. They did not get to experience that miracle. Personally, I have to learn not to let my fears and doubts get in the way of my trust in His care for me. God be with you and your family!

    • Becky M on February 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Laurie, thanks so much for continuing to follow my journey. What a blessing it is for your students to hear truth!

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