Face Your Fears!

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On Friday we went to Air Trampoline Sports to celebrate my niece’s 12th birthday. One of the activities is a set of walking sticks that get higher and higher. All of the kids were climbing them and so Andrew decided he wanted to give it a try – even though he has a fear of heights.

I am not sure how he developed that fear, but he has mentioned it to me a few times. Therefore, the fact that he gave it a try was awesome, BUT then he got to this point:

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I was so amazed! I thought he would stop there, but no, he went one more:

20150710_204635Then, he actually made it to the top!

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This was HUGE for Andrew! I can’t tell you how proud I am of him for going all the way to the top. More than that, I can’t tel you how proud he was of himself. But what you need to know about these pictures is that it is the SECOND time he made it to the top! The first time he made it to the top I was in the bathroom (of all places) and missed getting the pictures. When I talked to Andrew about his “rise to the top” in part told me,

“I am afraid of heights and when I was on the walking stick (3rd from the top) I was going to stop, but Uncle Dennis kept telling me I could do it and I kept going. Then after I did it once, I had the confidence to do it again.”

Wow. He took an act of faith by facing his fear, and not letting it stop him, he wound up having fun, and he gained a newfound confidence in himself.

This is actually a good lesson and reminder for me. I have an anxiety disorder and sometimes it prevents from doing (or prevents me from wanting to do) things I want/need to do. But, I also know from experience that when I trust in the Lord, take the leap and do whatever it is fear is trying to stop, I do find a new confidence, too.

Maybe this is a lesson for you, too? Is there something that you fear or is there something that is holding you back from living the life you want? Then my prayer for you is that God will strengthen you and help you to step out in faith and face that fear, and that you will be filled with a new level of confidence in yourself.

God bless!

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Comments

  1. Carol, that was an awesome article you wrote about facing fears. Its a lesson for both you and me.
    Love, Mom

  2. Anyone can run away from their problems and fear but being courageous doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid of anything, it only means that your strength and faith is more powerful than your fear. Let’s admit it facing your fear is a difficult one but it’s going to be worth it.
    Carol Newlands…recently posted…Set Your Own PriceMy Profile

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