Recently, I spoke in front of 50+ women on a subject that I am passionate about…simplifying your life.  It was great.  I put together a nice little presentation on Power Point, added in some stories and jokes along the way and I delivered, what I think was, a pretty nice little talk.  I took up the full 30-35 minutes I was alloted, and there were questions afterwards and I even had a few follow-up emails.   The biggest kicker for me……I wasn’t even nervous.

In school and beyond, I had a huge FEAR of speaking in front of people.  I hated it.  I dreaded teachers calling on me and I would get so anxious before any type of report I had to give in front of the class. Yikes.  I NEVER could see my self speaking in front of people…..and enjoying it?

Even worse than that, I could never in a million years imagine singing in front of others.  My husband, as I’ve mentioned before, encouraged me to sing…in front of other people.  I was SO scared to do that, but once I did it a few times…it was actually fun!

I am writing all of this to make a point.  Fear holds you back.  Fear holds you back, not only from things you may end of loving….but fear can also hold you back from things you are really good at…AND that God has called you to.

Do not let fear hold you back…..from anything!  “Fear not” is one of the most used phrases in the Bible.  That’s because God doesn’t want FEAR to get in the way of us living out His will for our lives and bringing Him glory!

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


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