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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

40 Day Challenge Check-In

So I am 18 days into this 40 Day Challenge that I am participating in with Overcome the Lie. I have to say that it's going pretty well. I wasn't quite sure, at first, how I would like it but honestly each day I become more and more involved. Plenty of days I've felt like it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I am always in awe when God speaks directly to me like that. The twitter parties are pretty amazing and it's just so reassuring to connect with other girls who feel the same way I do about things. Maybe that's weird, but it's always comforting to me to not feel alone in whatever emotion I am feeling. The set up is a daily email format with a simply challenge. You are paired up with a partner that you can talk to along the way. And as an extra, we were asked to "give up" something during this 40 days as well. A sacrifice of something that maybe took our eyes off God or something we needed to go to Him with help for. My sacrifice was fast food. You know my food struggles. I had lost a few pounds, but I did some GOOD eating last week at that conference so I'm about even with where I started now. It hasn't been easy, and I did have ONE Starbucks drink but that's not really food - RIGHT?!?!
 
The OTL theme for the month of February is: fearlessness.

What would you do if you weren't afraid? I've been asked this question so many times recently, so I definitely feel like it's something I need to think about. Fear doesn't have to mean the HUGE things in life that make you want to pee your pants. One of my huge irrational fears in life is ghosts. Don't even get me started on why or talk about it because I will cry. Silly as it may sound, that's just one of my things that terrifies me. Fear in this case, is more like being bold. I have been praying a lot recently that God makes me bold - in my heart and my actions. You better believe I can get real bold when someone makes me angry, but that's not the way I want to be. I want to be bold & fearless in a more positive manner. In an ideal world, if I wasn't afraid I would go boldly in the direction of where God calls me. I feel like He is stirring up something in me and calling me, but I'm just not 100% sure in which direction yet. Sometimes these callings cause us to step far beyond the bounds of our comfort zones though and that be scary.
 
So my question to you is - what would YOU do if you weren't afraid?

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14 comments:

P!nky said...

WOW! This study sounds super awesome! Good for you girlie and keep it up!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

hmmm....i can't think of anything that i'm afraid of...other than ghosts. maybe i would watch more horror films? but for real-life stuff, there's not much i'm afraid of.

-kathy | Vodka and Soda

Joey said...

There's a lot I would do if I weren't afraid. It seems like lately that's all I am: afraid. It's stupid, really. But it just seems like all my insecurities got hand delivered right back to me on my 27th birthday with a note from my 12 year old self saying "Here, it's time you take these back." I need to overcome it.

Elle said...

I think I'd move to California. I LOVE it there, feels like home. But no stable job and family.

I'd also travel all over the world if I didn't fear the language barrier and all the political issues...would love to see the world.

Shannon Q. said...

I'm so glad that it's going well for you! Ashley is amazing with a capital A, she's such a fire and encouragement!! I love her emails...and so with you on knowing you're not the only one feeling or having an emotion. Connection is rad :) Luv ya!

Ashley - Married to the Game said...

I normally wouldn't walk around the city by myself for hours, but I decided to be brave and give it a try over the weekend. I'm so glad that I was fearless in that moment because it ended up being a great time!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Good for you for tackling your fears. I would probably go to culinary school if I wasn't so afraid.

Reba K. Writes said...

I would take a job that involves A LOT of traveling

Amanda aka Manda said...

I would quit my job and become a full time writer!! I know The Lord is working to do big things in your life! I can feel it in my bones!! And thank you sharing with me your feelings about this challenge as we do it together!!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I'm not afraid of much. Wait. I'd watch ET. That guy scares the shit out of me!

Jill @ Bluegrass Belle said...

Such a loaded question :) I don't know that I know the answer right now.

Jordan said...

I have a fear of opening up to people. I know this sounds weird coming from someone who blogs, but it's so much easier to type something out, or at least it is in my head. Because of things that have happened to me in the past, I have a billion and one walls up and it is so difficult to allow new people into my life. I wish I was the kind of person who could just go into a room full of people and end the night with a bunch of new friends but the fear of being judged, disliked, ridiculed, or not taken seriously overrides my desire to make new friends. It makes me come off as snobby and rude but I just have the hardest time getting to know new people. If I had no fear, I would be more open to new friendships. I wouldn't be afraid that people would hurt me. I was never this cynical growing up and the more I realize it, the more I hate it. I want to see the best in people and I pray that the more I work on this, the easier it will come to me. It's a lot harder than I expected it to be though. I regularly joke that "I hate people" because making it a joke is easier than accepting how horrible that really sounds. I don't want to hate people and I don't want to expect the worst of them. It is such a work in progress though haha.

Sorry for the novel. Loved this post and wanted to join in. :) Thanks for the inspiration, I may make a blog post of this one!

B said...

go for you for doing this! so great you are trying to grow through your struggles. you rock lady! :)

Kristin W said...

I love the idea of tackling fearlessness. I've heard the quote, "do something every day that scares you." While I think that's a hard sell, I would like to tackle more things that scare me, especially the introvert in me!