Controlling Your Fears: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life
Updated: Aug 7
Have you ever felt impressed to do something? And this something was outside of your comfort zone. How did you handle it? Did you procrastinate? Did you drag your feet? Did you avoid doing it? Or did you ignore the feeling? Or did you step out and do it? Since writing my books, The Flip Side and Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters, I've discovered a few things about myself that I knew but hadn't accepted.
Writing the devotions was the easy part. I had received good teaching and training for the previous 13 years. The hard part is marketing, especially getting out and meeting people, especially with COVID lingering around. Now, I never was a person who liked being in crowds or around a lot of people, but marketing the two books has placed me in a unique situation. I do it, and I'm getting used to it, but this wouldn't have been my first choice. My first choice was to sit behind the computer and pray that the book would sell itself. Not so.
My second issue is going live. For some, this seems so effortless. For me, it's a mountain, a mountain for which I've been dreading. I'm going to do it. I've slowly started with pre-recording. I've done one go-live with a friend. And I've done a recording at an event. My next stop is to go live on the spot. It's taking me a while, but I'm getting there.
The question I've been asking myself is why. Why don't I want to go live? I believe it's a pride issue, wanting everything to be perfect. In my head, I know that there's nothing perfect, but in my heart, that's what I expect from myself. So, I'm going to bite the bullet and move forward.
I went live. Check it out on my Youtube channel.
We talked about one of the devotions out of "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters ". You'll also enjoy "The Flip Side" both were created out of a desire that God placed in my heart. Have faith in who you believe in. God is in control.
Some steps I have continually taken are:
Don't allow fear to control you, you control it. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
If God gives you something to do, He has you. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
We are not perfect, just do your best. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4