Thursday, January 31, 2013

Baby steps to Big Girl Dreams

My heart was racing.  I had a tug inside of me to make a call to the local community college to inquire about teaching a continuing education class.  I had always had a desire to teach, and the bubbly stir inside of me kept pushing me to act.  My only problem was that  the conversation in my head made me want to run and hide.  But the stir was so very strong.  I had to do something.  And then I remembered a teaching I had just heard by Joyce Meyer.  She spoke about fear and how it can grip your life.   Her solution was simple.  She said, "Whatever you need to do, do it afraid."  

A light blub moment!  Her words interrupted that internal conversation, and pushed me to make a choice and shift my thinking.  I marched to the phone....afraid....and made the call to the college.  I asked if they were in need of instructors and before I knew it,  one thing led to another.  By the end of the call, I had an interview lined up and a request to submit a curriculum for a new class I would personally develop.  My head was spinning when I hung up and my heart was jumping for joy.  God knew, more than I ever could, how that call would turn out and how it would affect me.  I soon found myself teaching a room full of adults about the ins and outs of starting a gift basket business as well as classes on the basics of floral design.  When I was encouraging my class, I was on top of the world.  In that teaching setting, I felt like I was doing what God created me to do.  It was a dream come true.  If I didn't trust and face my fear with faith, I never would have experienced the joy of the dream.  

I learned the "do it afraid" tip over 20 years ago, and I still use it today to help me when I feel that scary, bubbly stir inside of me.  That Holy Spirit prompting that says, "go for it."  Yes, the fear is there, and it's real, but God is there too.  The secret?   I leave it up to God because he is the one who started the bubbles in the first place.  I pray the bubbles never run out!

What do you need to do "afraid" today?  God will be with you!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10


  1. I love that idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Keep on dreaming! I guess...especially when you are afraid! {Good news for me!}

  2. Hi Honey...very inspiring expeirence. Your right the bubbling is aways there and the reaching for something to help us get through is always there too. Both real and true. I found a saying in a Oparh Magazine, don't know if she wrote it or if it was from someone else but I remember cutting it said, When we face our fears we find out they are only paper thin. Fear is such a big farse and illusion. but it's something I personal seem to have to go through often and afterwards grateful I didn't experience it along either that someone larger then me was alway watching out.

    1. So true, Laura. We are meant to do life in community...with friends and inspirational people who cheer us on!

  3. Lovely and uplifting post Re! Very powerful words to remember. Thanks for the reminder :)