Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward – Part 5 of 9

Welcome back to part 5 of my 9-part  series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that new found wisdom to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.

There’s a brief recap at the end of the post if you want to catch up on the first four parts.

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Today, I want to address the idea of going forward – or to borrow Joyce Meyer’s phrase, “stepping out to find out” if we’re heading the right direction.

“There are times in life when you must take a step in order to find out, one way or the other, what you should do. Some doors will never open unless you move toward them.

Sometimes the only way to discover God’s will is to practice ‘stepping out and finding out.’ If you have prayed about a situation and still don’t know what you should do, take a step of faith.

We can stand before an automatic door at a supermarket and look at it all day, but it won’t open until we step forward to trigger the mechanism.Trust God, take a step, and see if the door opens!”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right” [Day Oct. 18]

What is your take on this idea? I love the example she uses about how that automatic door will never open on its own until we step forward and trigger the mechanism. It seems moving forward in our lives, leaving the past behind us, requires much of the same action: taking a step forward to open the door to the next chapter in our lives.

 

 

Here’s the recap on the first four parts:

*On Friday, 7/5,  I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year, mentioned how we often fear both the known and the unknown, and reminded us that Jesus knew what it was like to face fear and provided us with an example to follow in how to handle fear.

*On Saturday, 7/6, I shared the devotional thought, written by author Max Lucado, regarding the connection between worry and fear, and expanded on what Jesus endured in His battle against fear.

*On Sunday, 7/7, I discussed how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.

*On Monday, 7/8,  I addressed how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward.

 

5 thoughts on “Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward – Part 5 of 9

  1. This is a great post!!! I will have to go back and read your other posts as well. I so know all about facing your fears and moving on!!! I love Susan Jeffers book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. After years of abuse in my marriage, I had to learn to face my fear after I left and divorced him…25+ years of marriage. It was hard to face my fear but oh so rewarding in the end.

    I love this and people need to know they are not alone in facing fears. Thanks doing a great article on this subject.
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  2. I think we do need to step out in faith. That’s when we realize God is there to hold us up. And if we sink, He’s there to pull us up again. I personally have a list of things I need get over fearing. Some are more mountains to me but I know that I will one day face them. I don’t want to fears to direct my path. They are not in control of me.
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