Stepping Out of Fear

  I'm just going to be honest and get this out of the way. The thought of writing this devotional TERRIFIES me! I've never done this before.  When I was told each member of the Sacred Studio team would be writing a devotional, it stopped me in my tracks. I wanted to say, 'Umm, I think you've been mistaken. I'm just here to post on Instagram and make a pretty website!" More truth- I'm a new Christian. I sometimes feel inadequate around more "seasoned" Christians. I have a recurring voice in my head, like a broken record, saying, "You do not have enough knowledge about God's word to be able to relay it to others. You can't discern God's voice from the rumblings of your own brain, so what are you even going to say?"


Then I sat down to pray and God whispered, " Say that."


"REALLY?! Do I have to? "


  Maybe you feel that way sometimes, too. Maybe God has set a task in front of you that you don't feel equipped to handle. Maybe you have that same voice inside your head that tells you lies about yourself. You aren't smart enough. You aren't talented enough. You aren't pretty enough. You. Just. Aren't. Enough.  Fear like that can be debilitating. It was for me for most of my life. Then I adopted 2 Timothy 1:7 as my life verse- For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind. I can't tell you how many times I have sat paralyzed by fear, repeating that verse in my head. Reciting His word gives me just enough courage to push past fear and step out in faith. And boy, does He show up!  When we allow our faith to be bigger than our fear, we allow God to move in ways we never could've imagined. 


  So "Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9


  So here I am, writing about fear in the devotional that has bombarded me with fear. What fear are you facing today? Maybe God is nudging you in a new direction in life and you are worried about failure. Maybe you are afraid to attend this event because you don't think you are artistic, creative, or outgoing enough. Maybe God is calling you to let down your guard and be vulnerable, but you don't want to face the possible sting of rejection.  We have infinite opportunities to allow ourselves to be swallowed up by fear.   My prayer for you (and me) is that you will push past your comfort zone and know that God has greater faith in you than you have in yourself. I pray you will quiet the liar in your mind and listen to the truth God says about you. Because sometimes the things we fear the most, bring the greatest reward.


-Kristin Walker