Fear is a funny thing – and by funny I clearly mean not funny at all, in fact it’s terrifying. Not a profound statement, I’m aware, but how do we fight a case of the fears that seem to creep into our minds during certain seasons of our life? History would tell me that I’ve battled this crippling thought process for years: am I good enough, what if I fail, what if I do all this for nothing? But faith and the truth in God’s vision would tell a different story…
In every circumstance where fear has crept in, I’m quietly reminded that my fears are not God’s plan for my life. His plan is ‘to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future…’
I’ve been blogging for 6 years now, never really knowing where it was going but continued to feel purpose in writing and sharing. It’s helped me stay open, vulnerable and connected to those separated by zip code. Over the years my blog has evolved, just as I have in what I’ve learned, experienced and come to find are my passions.
So what does all of this have to do with fear, you ask? Well, everything really. With each season and evolution I’ve gone through seasons of fear. I’ve shared my struggles with secondary infertility and found peace in God’s purpose and timing, I’ve shared my (multiple) rejections to a Masters program and career changing internship. I’ve shared my (many) ventures in an entrepreneurial path, some of which have flailed, failed or evolved to an occasional hobby. And now in this new year and new season of pursuit I’m feeling pushed by something greater to take a leap and see where I land.
I’m putting myself out there more than I can ever remember to pursue my passions in photography. With both the Print Shop and pursuing new clients, I’ve come to accept there will be failures, there will be rejections, and there will be setbacks…but ‘fall down 7 times get up 8’ right?? In my moments of fear (even currently as I share this with here with you) I continue to hear the sweet whispers of truth of where and whom my purpose lies in…and I am encouraged to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
So for any of you stuck in the fear factor of life at the moment, know this: It is not the truth. It is not His truth. Is it not your truth.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will callon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13
I hope today brings you encouragement in your passions and confidence in your pursuits of them.
Lemons to Love,