Fear drives faith #TheRunningWriter

Fear drives faith

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There’s is an awesome song out there by Lecrae called I’ll Find You. I had it on my 50k or Bust playlist while I was training for my 50k race last March.

A phrase in that song really stuck out to me: Pain strengthens and fear drives faith.

Read that one more time: Pain strengthens and fear drives faith.

I can’t think of anything more true. I look back at the pain I’ve experienced, both physical pain and emotional, and I do believe it made me stronger.

Sure, it hurt while I was experiencing it, but when I was on the other side of it, I see how it helped me. Made me stronger.

But that second part about fear driving faith….So true. I think about how scared I was to send out my first manuscript to agents and publishers. I took a step out in faith that’s for sure.

When I’m scared of something I tend to pray more. Do you? Looking for strength. For calm through the stormy emotions fear can cause. I trust that I’ll get through whatever I’m facing. That I can learn and grow from it. Each step forward I take I take in faith.

As the song says, just fight a little longer, my friends, it’s all worth it in the end.

Be the difference #TheRunningWriter

Be the difference.

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Be the one who picks up that random trash on the ground.

Be the one who doesn’t brush it off to, “That’s someone else’s job.”

Be the one who smiles at the check-out person whose line is horribly long and people are giving her/him guff.

Be the one who helps someone unload their groceries into the trunk of their car if they need help.

Be the one who pays it forward a cup of coffee to the person behind you in the Starbucks line.

Be the one who offers to let someone go ahead of you in the grocery line if you can tell they’re in a hurry.

Be the one who gives up a key parking spot to someone.

Be the one who lets a car merge into traffic, even when it’s not their turn.

Be the difference.

What color are your wings? #TheRunningWriter

What color are your wings?

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There’s this great verse is Isaiah that I just love. It says, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

I always imagine myself with giant pink wings. Pink wings? you ask…. It’s my favorite color.

I’ve been thinking a lot on this verse lately. Been needing it because life has been making me weary lately. It has a way of doing that sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Whether it’s work, family, death, life, finances….you get the picture.

Right now it’s death and loss that make my heart heavy, and those wings like eagles are carrying me along.

It’s ok to feel the sadness for a bit, because I know it’s temporary. I know each day will be a bit better. But some of the minutes within each day are a struggle right now.

I’m thankful for my pink wings, my hubby, my friends.

I’m thankful for the confidence that this, too, shall pass.

I’m thankful for the strength I know is deep within my heart and soul that will help me through.

I’m thankful for my trails that I can laugh and cry on, they help absorb the sadness.

I’m thankful for memories. Even though they hurt a bit right now, eventually they will make me smile once the pain recedes a bit.

So today, this minute, I will let my pink wings help me soar. What color are your wings?