What Is There To Fear?

"My sheep recognize my voice;
I know them and they follow me."
John 10:27

Well, when God wants you to do something or teach you something, He sure does let you know!

In the past couple months, I've felt God speaking to me, calling me to go out and DO, to put my faith into action. But I've been trying to ignore Him, I'm not gonna lie. Because I'm scared. I'm scared of what He is going to want me to do. 

Fear is stopping me from surrendering completely to His will. I mean, it's just easier to float through life, taking the easy path, focusing just on myself and living my "happy little life" all about me...but I just feel that God is calling me to something more than that. And it's scary.

Lately, I keep hearing "mission trip"....those words just keep popping up everywhere: the radio, a church sermon, a book or something I've read, or online. I keep trying to ignore it and push it aside...but God is making it pretty obvious. I also feel that I need to get involved more in church in serving and volunteering, as well as getting involved in a group Bible study. All things that are out of my comfort zone!

I've always wanted to go on a missions trip some day...but when I think of all that it involves- the money, the time, the work, fear of the unknown, getting out of my comfort zone, interacting with people I don't know...all of those things terrify me.

I find myself often making excuses for why I can't do things. "I'm too shy", "I'm not a good speaker", "I don't have any talents or skills", "I'm not good around people"....hmmm...the same type of excuses that both Moses and Gideon used when God asked them to do something! But did that stop God from using them? No-God used them despite their excuses and weaknesses.

God knows the right path for me, and I can't let fear hold me back from surrendering to Him. If I believe and trust in who He is and know that He is with me every step of the way, what is there to fear? With His power in me, there is nothing I can't do. I have let fear and insecurity hold me back for too long. It's time to step out.
 But he said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9

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  1. If you end up going on the trip, I wish you the best of luck! Your fears have been the same as mine for a while now! But one thing is sure, it will never be regretted once you go :)

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    1. Thanks! I think it's something that God is calling me to...I always thought I would take a missions trip one day, but it was always far off in the future. I can't keep putting it off...but if it's meant to be, God will make a way! I trust in His strength to empower me!

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  2. Hi Linday,

    I'm a long time lurker and just wanted to share my experiences. Mission trips are sometimes scary, particularly if you've never done one before, but personally I have always been so blessed when I go.

    Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard, but know that God is there, and by being in such an unfamiliar environment, you will really learn to trust and to depend on God to provide you with all your emotional needs (and quite some physical needs too).

    I definitely encourage you to try it. =)

    God bless,
    Cheryl
    (http://lift-love-laugh.blogspot.com)

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    1. Hey Cheryl! Thanks so much for commenting! I think it's a desire I've always had in my heart, but something is telling me that now is the time. I am going to keep praying about it, that God will give me peace and help me to trust Him to be with me if the time comes. It's definitely out of my comfort zone, but I don't think God uses us in our comforts zones!!

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