Day 15 of the Overcoming Fear Challenge

The Opposite of Fear

Once fear is recognized and asked to leave, fear must be replaced by something more powerful than itself. The best way to fill that void where fear was is to fill that void with faith?a_place_to_meditate

What is faith exactly? According to Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for. What is this substance called faith and how do we get it?

Although faith is often considered a religious term thrown around in religious circles, faith is not as esoteric and many people seem to think that it is. In many ways it is as substantial as the wind or your breath and in many ways just as powerful.

Fear paralyzes, but faith empowers. Faith sees the vision of what we have hoped for. It creates the details of our imagination. It fires the motivation and action that follows. It dominates the human willpower and makes things happen.

How do we get faith? The Bible says that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Too often people think this means that we need to read our Bibles, but I don’t think that is what this verse is really saying. I think that what it is actually saying is that the voice of the creator is whispering ideas of great creative service into your mind. Listen to that voice and recognize the spark. Kindle that  spark of inspiration with the power of faith and act upon it.

Faith without works is dead. Faith without action is as good as the fear it replaced. It has no value at all. If we want our faith to grow, we must act upon those God-given (some people would term them universe-given) breaths of inspiration. What inspirations have you been given? Fan them today with the power of faith. Fear will flee. The life that was so small in the darkness of fear will ignite into an inferno once a spark of faith has touched it.

 

About the Author

2014-04-07 07.07.08Cygnet Brown has recently finished her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga Cygnet Brown resides in Springfield, Missouri.

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Day 12 of the Overcoming Fear Challenge

When Fear Holds Your Dreams Hostage

“When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.”

During the night last night, I awoke and I thought about my current circumstances and how fear has kept me from reaching my dreams. It is as though there is an energy within me that is holding me back and making it difficult for me to do what it is that I want to do. It reminds me of gravity. This it is as though it would take superhuman strength for me to be able to resist the power that fear has over me. It is as though fear holds my dreams hostage.

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Put the rocket of action to use to propel out of the grasp of fear.

I knew that there must be some way to break free of these fears. I knew that the discussion that we discussed in yesterday’s blog was not enough. I knew that there had to be something that I needed to do in order to free the captive dream. What is it that I need to do?

I didn’t know. I am still not exactly certain, but I do know one thing. In order for fear to no longer hold my dreams hostage, I had to do something. It takes action to break free of fear.

I learned something else yesterday that is very important to this situation. I learned that in order to free myself of fear, I need to use willpower and that I am allotted a certain amount of willpower every day. To break free of fear and remain free of that fear, it is important to use the willpower early in the day. I will do what I fear most first. This means that I must not procrastinate. I must let fear know that I am serious when I say that I no longer need him to protect me from the dreams that fear holds hostage.

 

About the Author

2014-04-07 07.07.08Cygnet Brown has recently finished her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga Cygnet Brown resides in Springfield, Missouri.

Get a free copy of her newsletter and a free pdf copy of her e-booket: Vegetable Gardening in the Shade.

Day 12 Overcoming Fear Challenge ©2014 Donna (Cygnet) Brown