I’ve always been a person paralyzed by fear. I was trapped inside my mind. A mind that wanted to pursue things like a law career, doing Air Force ROTC, running, you name it. I had serious ambitions in my early 20s but I allowed fear to overtake my mind and stunt my ambitions., Then in my 30s, I got sick with serious health issues and the fear once again easily crept into the corners of my mind overtaking any glimmer of hope of health. It wasn’t until I hit 39, staring at my 40s and looking at a scale that said 315 that the fear of further health issues like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, ANOTHER stroke, really propelled me forward. This time fear was the catalyst to move me forward.
So I decided to be brave. I decided to take hold of my life and no longer give in to fear. Absolutely it was hard!! Something my husband has ALWAYS said to me, “Angie the lies, the fear that are being whispered in your ear, it’s really just satan lying to you” He has said this for years and years, but it finally clicked. I realized, yes, I could choose to be caught up in the lies, the fear….OR I could choose to be different. There is something about turning 40, atleast for me there was, I want the next 40 years of my life to be different, I want the next 40 years of my life to be marked with bravery. I will no longer give into fear, I will no longer be paralyzed by fear. I will choose health EVERY day that I’m given on this earth. Health is not just physical, it encompasses mental and spiritual as well. I will be healthy!! But you have to choose it…..daily…..or fear creeps in and paralyzes any effort you make toward health.
Lately, I’ve been listening to a song called, “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel Music. I no longer listen to secular music while I work out (no I don’t think it’s wrong, it a personal preference) Anyway, there is a line in the song that says, ” You make me brave
You make me brave
You called me beyond the shore
Into the waves
I will no longer sit on the shore. I will allow God to call me out into the waves.
Be brave today and everyday dear friends, move out from the comfort of the shore into the waves and see what beauty lies there