2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
FEAR ~ Can stop us from doing amazing things. I was kid about the age of 9 when my dad threw me into a creek. He said I would either sink or swim. I started to sink and a fear came over me for a lifetime to my now. Over 50 years of the fear of water. Yesterday, I got on a boat to watch my granddaughters go tubing on the Lake. Their faces were priceless and hearing them laugh was so fun. I asked my son (Chad) if he thought I come do it and he said yes, go with us mom. We went for about an hour and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Let me go onto accomplishing more water things. I was told I should learn to float in the pool with a life jacket on. Sounds like a simple task of floating, but not to a person who fears water. So there were six kids under the age of 12 that were watching me. I had the life jacket on and was able to float in the pool. Then my granddaugther (Brookley) said, "Grammie,jump in the pool with me. I'll be right by your side. She is 8 years old and as I looked into her eyes, I needed to do this afraid. So I got out, Brookley, Willow and Ryan all jumped with me. I DID IT ~ I JUMPED into the deep end of the pool for the first time in my life! Over 50 years of staying in the shallow end and just standing. It sounds crazy writing you, but it's all true. Look how fear stopped me from fun water things.
FEAR ~ I need to learn to swim
I'm 62 years old and never swam in my life. The water experience yesterday, made me want to learn to swim. Plus after I jumped, the grandkids shouted out, "GOOD JOB" and their smiles again was priceless. I faced fear yesterday and I did it. The evening brought us all getting into boats and going down the lake to see fireworks. AMAZING 4th OF JULY!
CELEBRATION CONTINUES ~
Fear is gone from the water in my life. I can't swim yet, but I'm determined. I guess it's easy to write about fear and facing it. It's another thing when it's you and you must be an example to others too. I loved hearing everyone say good job to me and shouting it. My daughter (Tracy) said, "I missed it, you jumped"? I said yes, but Chad got it on video and I'll jump again. So two times for me and my heart beating fast. My family has encouraged me to swim forever. I can't get back 50 years, but I face today with courage.
GOD HAS NOT GIVEN ME OR YOU THE SPIRIT OF FEAR ~ BUT
POWER, LOVE and A SOUND MIND
What do you fear today that you need to face? The unknown is the unknown until we go for it. I heard that his peace and fear can not live in the same place. Sure there will be things that scare us because we are human. Yet, there are things we can do something about in life. Being a doer and not living in fear is a must.
Philippians 4:13 New International Version (NIV)I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Doing somethings afraid just happens. The 4th of July this year brought freedom of the lake and freedom of a jump into a pool. Even if I had a life jacket on, it was still a bunch of fear and I had to do it. I accomplished big things for me and I'm proud of me today. I hope this day is amazing for you and count blessings of things you do have in life.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.