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By: Staci Stallings
As I reported on Friday, I’ve been working a lot with my son on reading. One of the exercises we do is use letter blocks and change one letter or group of letters at a time to make new words. This helps him connect that we take individual sounds and blend them together into words–as opposed to each being a whole unto itself like he used to think.
So it was funny that I picked up a book I read a few years ago about how difficult but important it is for us to stop clinging to our boat, to believe in what God can do, get out of the boat, and trust that God’s going to do what He said He would do.
I often write in books when I read them. It’s kind of like “talking back” to the book, or interacting with it, having a conversation if you will. I’ve found when I don’t do this, passages that have great meaning to me when I read them just float into the haze of living and life. By writing in the margins and highlighting, I can go back, sometimes years later and read a passage and see what I thought at the time.
It went like this fear -> feat -> feet.
I think we use (or let) fear stop us. To go forward in the face of fear is truly a feat. It takes a leap of faith and courage to do it anyway. I heard someone once say, “You’ve got to learn to do it scared.” I think that’s true. We sometimes think those with courage don’t have fear. That’s not true. They do have fear, but they have found a way to do it anyway.
That’s why I think doing it anyway is such a feat. And such feats happen everyday, if we’re atuned enough to see them–in others and in ourselves.
When faith conquers fear, it is a feat that often turns into feet… that is action. It’s like your heart throws you over the bar and the rest of you follows.
I think this week, I will be working on fear to feat to feet.
How about you? What’s fear stopping you from doing?
By: Staci Stallings Happy 2009! The New Year is always ushered in at my house with New Year’s Eve Mass. One of the cool things about the Catholic Church is that no matter where you are, the Mass for that day is always about the same thing. On our way home last night…
By: Staci Stallings “Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” –John 14:27 Fear is one thing. Helpless anxiety is another. Fear brings up your defenses, makes you ready to fight—to take on the aggressor and win. Helpless anxiety, on the other hand, saps every ounce of energy…
Send to Kindle I have the feeling that this lesson could change my life in many, many ways. It’s something I just came across yesterday. By today I had forgotten it until I turned on my copy of Andy Andrews’ excellent DVD “The Seven Decisions.” If you have a chance, get this DVD. It is…