Do something everyday that scares you

As I have continued to challenge myself by doing things that scare me I have spent time reflecting on some of my past fears(now overcome). What I discovered through my reflection is a true testimony of the progress we make in life as we partner with God in the plan He has for our life.

I can recall a time in the not so distant past that I almost forfeited an opportunity to attend what was an amazing Christian conference because I was too uptight to spend time in the same hotel room with a few other sisters. Since that time I have traveled to several foreign countries, alone. The first of these trips was to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti. I wasn’t even sure where Haiti was when the opportunity presented itself but I said YES immediately. I would not have been able to do that a few years earlier. Now this isn’t to say that it wasn’t scary because it was. I remember being completely unnerved when in a very crowded airport I became separated from my passport as the airport porter made me lay my bag on the conveyor belt. This may not sound scary if your travel has not taken you to poor, underdeveloped countries that have just experienced a gigantic influx of travelers all on a journey to offer care after the most catastrophic earthquake to strike this hemisphere in recent memory.

I remember how scared I was what I would feel prompted by God to share a word with the congregation during a Sunday morning worship service. Nowadays I am quick to obey when I feel the Lord tug at my heart and even breath the entire time!

Even something as simple as deciding to ride on the commuter van was scary. Getting into a vehicle and riding 2 hours a day with complete strangers was overwhelming. Today I can call each of those “strangers” friends. But even having accomplished this feat I am intimidated to ride the city bus. Not that we have a real city bus where I live here in rural Southeastern CT but nonetheless, I intend to get on the bus one day soon and experience what it is like to have to use this as my only form of transportation for a shopping excursion.

Going into a yoga class or any exercise class for the first time was scary. Now I am eager to find a yoga studio and attend a class everywhere I travel.

Last year I embarked on a new and scary adventure when I felt a prompting from God to teach a teen girl Sunday school class…well more than teach, initiate. This has turned out to be a remarkable blessing in my life. And I can understand at a greater level how investing into lives of those entrusted to us has such great value.

It is important that I keep staring fear in the face because that is where the growth occurs. I am so thankful for this idea to conquer scary things on a regular basis this year.

So what have I done recently? Well last week I needed to reach out to someone who would agree to be a model family for a class  was taking…this was scary for sure… but not only was the answer yes, they really enjoyed telling the story to me. Sadly I have been the person to engage the painful life choices conversation with several of my oncology patients whose disease is progressing. This is always a scary conversation, necessary but scary. And I have had to face the scary truth that I may not get a perfect score in this class I am currently taking. But I will still be okay at the end of the day.

So what have you done this week that is a scary challenge? I would love to hear from you.

 

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simple-woman-daybook-large.jpgFOR TODAY
Outside my window… the ground is snow covered and more is on the way.
I am thinking…what a very busy week it is going to be.
I am thankful…for the opportunity to have some much needed fun this weekend!
In the kitchen…I used some of the fresh farm produce from the most recent CSA share. Golden beet and fennel soup. Sausage, sweet potato, kale soup. Pepperconi Pork Tenderloin. My house sure has smelled yummy this weekend.
I am wearing…a warm thermal top with some pretty scrappy sweat pants.
I am creating…the life I want to live.
I am going…to soak in the bath tonight.
I am wondering…how I will manage to  get all this school work done this week.
I am reading…My Year with Eleanor from the library.
                            Watershed Year on my Kindle.
                            Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore on Audible.
                            A daily bible reading plan.
I am hoping…the weather is not bad in tomorrow morning so that I can get to work without much difficulty
I am looking forward to…completing all the assignments I have this week.
I am learning…to recognize all the new things I do each day.
Around the house…I hear my hubby watching the game.
I am pondering…the vision for this season in our lives.
A favorite quote for today… Rise up. Take courage and Do it. ~Ezra 10:4
One of my favorite things…is to get into my bed at the end of each day and snuggle under the covers book in hand.
A few plans for the rest of the week…it is going to be an incredibly busy week. I need to complete a MAJOR assignment for this class and it is going to be quite complex.
A peek into my day…

Ezra 10:4

Ezra 10:4

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