I'm so sorry about my absence! Last week I had the stomach flu and was sick, so I missed writing the Weekly Princess Inspiration, and then this past Monday it totally slipped my mind! Ah! So instead of missing another week completely, I'm still posting, just a couple days late, but I hope you don't mind! ;) On Monday I'll begin posting normally again!
Well, dear heart, my message for you today is simply this...
You are courageous.
You might be looking at me like I'm crazy or hanging your head in regrets while thinking, "I'm not courageous at all!" Or maybe, "I wish I would've been more courageous and brave in my life."
Give me just a moment to lift your chin up and look into those beautiful eyes of yours as I whisper some truth to your soul this Wednesday.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is not being fearless.
Courage is fighting the fear and winning the battle anyway.
You see, fear is a battle. Fear is a war. And when you let it win, it's like a prison with bars that keep you locked away. Locked away from your dreams, your vision, and your future. Fear is the lie that whispers in your ear all of the things that could go wrong, all of the reasons you shouldn't do it, and all of the what if situations.
But you, brave girl, have been given the heart of a warrior to fight this battle. Because the truth is that your Prince, your Hero, is the One who says to you, "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
And in 2 Timothy 1:7 we are told that, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Don't you see the truth?
You have no reason to be afraid. You have no reason to live your life in fear. Because your Chain Breaker has already broken the chains of your fear and He stands with you and has given you a new spirit.
Does this mean you won't ever feel afraid or feel fear? Absolutely not.
Even though being onstage and performing with my sister is my joy, I still get terribly afraid before I walk onto that stage. Even though writing and sharing my words with others is my greatest joy and passion, I'm still terrified to do so because of what people might think.
And you'll feel it too. Whatever it is that you are meant to do and called to do, will probably make you afraid. Because the enemy knows how amazing it will be when you pursue God's plan for your life, so he tries to stop you with the daggers of fear in your heart.
So you don't win this war by putting on a façade of fearlessness. You don't win this war by fighting to not be afraid. You don't win this war by trying to prove that you're fearless.
You win this war by doing that brave thing, in spite of the fear. You win this war by admitting that you are scared and that you can't do it without Jesus, and yet pressing on in His strength anyway. You win this war by being courageous, even when you're trembling in fear.
So, brave heart, won't you keep moving forward and doing the next brave thing God asks of you?
I know you can do it. He has made you courageous.
Keep fighting bravely.