March 25, 2011

Trying to Be Courageous...

I have never thought so much about "courage" before!  It's kind of fun really watching it pop out everywhere in my life as I focus on it this month.  I am proud to say that I have really tried to push my boundaries and step out and not hesitate, and say "yes" more and say "no" more. So far so good!  I am really pumped to be leading worship next week!  I am a little embarrassed to say that this is an act of courage for me.  I guess I rely on my husband's great song-list/band-directing skills and don't step up and do the preparing myself once in a while (even though we did both go to school for the same thing). =)  So here I am, taking the challenge!
I've also realized a lot of fears that were in me these past three weeks.  Some of them go so deep they felt almost as if they were taking over!  I have been spending time talking with God and digging through the roots of those fears, asking Him to search my heart (Psalm 139:23) and show me what is in there, where and why ... and help me to trust Him completely with those things.  He has been holding my hand and walking me through the process - I've already seen some real progress!  It's pretty amazing.  I realize that this is going to impact my life so much!
So even though it hasn't been EASY thus far, I am glad I've taken the challenge to step out, face fears and trust God ... let's see what this next week brings!  Can't wait.
"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

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