Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Who Told You?




Who told you?

 you weren't good enough?

 you can't do this?

 you aren't smart enough, brave enough, beautiful enough, talented enough?

 you aren't capable?

Fear...that's who

He says "Just who do you think you are? You can't do this. You will fail, better give up now.

You will always be on the outside looking in, never accepted, never seen, and never a success.

It's selfish to chase after dreams and try to be different from everyone around you. Just do what everyone else is doing and be satisfied with that. Why do you have to want something more, do you think you're better or something?"

On our bad no good rotten days, it's easy to believe the liar. Easy to give in and want to wave the white flag.

The truth is we are capable and made for more even when and especially when we mess up and feel defeated.



Fearless




It isn't just a word, it's a choice, a lifestyle. A chance to take every opportunity to God and ask for His will to be done.

When we have full confidence that we won't be shamed (Is 54:4) because God encamps, around those that fear Him ( Ps 34:7) and He is pleased to give us the kingdom (Luke 2:32)



I wonder, if we were affirmed of our gifts would it make the fear of using them go away? Would it put a wind in our sails and give us wings? Confidence to go after what's in our hearts?



I recently read this quote,

"If you lose your purpose it's like your broken." Hugo-from the movie Hugo

And isn't that the truth? When we aren't sure what we are made for we wonder why on earth am I here?

Is it hard to believe that you were created for a unique purpose? A special gift that no one else has?

 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen 12:1-3 emphasis mine

Our gifts are the blessing, and they come from God.

What if our gifts relate to our calling somehow? And we are just waiting for someone to affirm it in us?

We are blessed so that we can turn around and be a blessing to others. From the overflow.

Today lets be the person in someone's life that recognizes and affirms the talents and gifts in others.  Lets be someone that bring life with our words because words are powerful and can lift someone up or bring them down low.

Of course we could always choose to do nothing and not step into our calling and miss out on a great blessing, but I don't want to do that, and I doubt you do either.

I hope that when it's all said and done and I'm standing in front of God one day He will say "Well done, my girl, well done"

And all the fear and dragon slaying will have been worth it just to hear those words from my heavenly father.



Where faith starts fear ends.







The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Will you join me and the other dream sisters at Holley's place where we are talking this week about fear and facing your dreams head on anyway?
And also my sisters at Soli deo Gloria, WinsomeWed, Faith Filled Fri, Fellowship Fri, Studio Jru



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15 comments :

  1. "lets be the person in someone's life that recognizes and affirms the talents and gifts in others."

    My mentor affirmed me and that has helped me greatly so I am encouraged to do the same to other sisters in Christ too!

    Love your post, I could really relate!
    I also blogged about something similar so it's definitely in God's perfect timing that I'm reading this !

    Thank you Alecia !

    xoxo
    Esther

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  2. lol, I just finished reading your post Esther and commented. I think we must have been at each other's place at the same time :)
    I'm so glad you have someone that has affirmed you, I think it's so important in recognizing your gifts and then moving forward into your calling. Just as you are doing :)

    Blessings Dream Sister!

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  3. Beautiful Alecia......we so need to hear these words of encouragement.
    As I read the opening.....I remembered being that little girl and then, teen and then woman who dealt with those lies.
    That sneaky devil knows when to strike....praise God that we have a Savior who keeps us standing while telling us over and over..You are precious my daughter.....take my hand....I will never leave you nor forsake you....I will put my words in your mouth!
    Glory!!
    Praying for you....

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  4. Alecia,

    Good stuff, here. Thank you.

    Re your comment on my post "Why You're Never Too Old," I agree! Parenting and being a wife are the hardest jobs I've ever done, but the most rewarding as well! So worth it, so full of joy.

    Have a great week,
    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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  5. Wow! Such an incredible post, Alecia. Very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing this...it's exactly what I needed to hear today :)

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  6. what a truly awesome post. And I love the photo you began with. Such encouragement. Thank you so much. I so often fall and get trapped by fear into not using my gifts or not feeling they are good enough. Your post was so inspiring. Stopped here from Studio JRU.

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  7. Thank you, I snapped that picture while we were at the beach over the summer. I looked up at there was this cross on top of this grassy sand dune, I couldn't take my eyes off of it. Keep dreaming sister, we can't let fear hold us back any longer! You are good enough!

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  8. Good word! I like how you started this especially...(coming from StudioJRU)

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  9. What an inspiring post! It's so easy to give excuses for giving up but we really can be more!

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  10. "Today let's be the person in someone's life that recognizes and affirms the talents and gifts in others. Let's be someone that bring life with our words because words are powerful and can lift someone up or bring them down low."
    You my new friend did just that when you visited my blog and left your warm and encouraging words. I can't tell you how much I appreciate having my vignette called, "art."
    Blessings!

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  11. It was beautiful, claim it girl!! You are an artist!

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  12. a beautiful reflection! love the psalm...sometimes I have to say it over and over and over...

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