So today is the day we launch Oodalollie and our first blog entry. Oodalollie has been a dream of mine for many, many, (oh and did I say many?) months. I’d have to say that I would have started sooner but sometimes there is this little thing we all have inside us that keeps us from doing a lot of things. It’s called fear. I hate fear, but it often times likes me.
Fear can hold us down in many ways. It can prevent us from pursuing a dream because we never thought it could be possible. Fear will cause doubt in our abilities to achieve something. Fear tells us we are not good enough, not funny or witty enough, not pretty enough or not rich enough. Fear breeds this sense of insecurity in us which can rear it’s ugly head in many ways. It can cause us to become defensive, angry, anxious or run as fast and as far away from something as we can with our tails between our legs. Fear is a master of excuses.
Well today, I am calling fear’s bluff! Enough is enough. I will be focusing on the true meaning of what Oodalollie is all about – JOY! There are so many things in my life that bring me joy. God has blessed me with the best husband in the world who supports me no matter what I want to do, and makes me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. God has also given me 4 of the most gorgeous daughters who are all so uniquely made, and individually bring me so much joy that sometimes I feel like I can’t see straight. I have an incredibly intelligent 5 year old grandson that will lovingly correct me if I cannot tell the difference between a diplodocus and an apatosaurus, and another precious granddaughter on the way that I am so excited about, I am busting at the seems waiting to meet her. I look around me and know that God has filled my life with so many blessings.
God did not promise us a life full of fear, but a life full of joy, and the one thing that can stomp out fear is love! In 1 John 4:18 (The Message) it says, “Well formed love banishes fear”. I’m sure that fear will creep it’s nasty little self into my mind from time to time. I will undoubtedly question my abilities, and more than likely, I’ll feel insecure about myself here and there. But, with the support of my family and the unending love of Christ, I will conquer fear and know that all things are possible!
So what have you let fear hold you back from lately?