Feb 1, 2013

Afraid - FMF

The word: Afraid


I am afraid that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket.  
I am afraid that my kids won't be successful
I am afraid that some idiot with a gun or a knife will randomly kill a kid I know 
and I can't control any of it. 

I am not afraid of tomorrow.  
The reality is that I can't change what will happen, I can only change my reaction.  

What are you afraid of?
The dark?
The boogy man?
Being rejected?

I have been afraid, but often stop myself with the word "Why?"  

Why am I afraid?  What is the worst that can happen?

A lot.  A lot of really bad stuff.  Horrible, heart wrenching stuff.

But the reality is, being afraid won't keep those things from happening, it just steals my joy.

So I choose to {attempt} to live life without fear. 

I choose to be joyful, hopeful and believe that no matter what comes, I can handle it, because I am never alone.

God is with me.


This was written as a part of 5 minute Fridays over at Gypsy Mama
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  1. Love this and your reminder to not let it steal our joy. Thank you!

  2. This is the truth: "But the reality is, being afraid won't keep those things from happening, it just steals my joy."

    Fear steals JOY. And I totally believe that peace is found in giving it all to Jesus.

    Great post,

  3. I love the first line... :) and the last.

  4. I am visiting your blog from five minute friday, great post all of your fears resonate with me, wouldnt it be good if we could just wrap our children in bubblewrap!

  5. I have allowed fear to steal my joy on many occasions. What a wonderful reminder that God is on our sides and always with us.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. AMEN!!!! I'm so glad you stopped by my post so I could find yours!!!

    Choosing joy is not easy. It is really, really hard. I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer about a year and a half ago now. Throughout his battle with cancer we had a choice, we could either wallow in self-pity and depression or we could take full advantage of the time we had left together. We chose joy. Not that we weren't completely heart-broken, scared and all of the other things too, but we chose to make the very best of every minute that we had together. When he passed away, I didn't have regrets. I had peace that we had been happy together. It is truly a gift from God to be able to choose joy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. My grandmother used to say that fear was merely a distraction. Something trying to pull you away from the Truth. I think she has a point...

    Regardless, I'm with you. I'm choosing joy!
    thrilled to meet you via FMF!


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