If you missed last weeks Monday Musing, you’ll want to check that out here. I promised I’d share what I’d do if I wasn’t afraid, so here are 5 things I would do.
Move across the country
For years, my husband has talked about moving to Washington. If you don’t know, we currently live in Michigan and so does the majority of our families. The thought of moving out of the Midwest was never one that crossed my mind. Take it from the girl that moved one hour away from family after we got married and cried her eyes out. To be fair, I was 19 and living with my parents up until that point. So being away from family wasn’t something I was used to yet.
Fast forward to now, after many visits to the PNW I’ve discovered just how enchanting it is. The idea of living somewhere new has grown on me and you guessed it, fear was the only thing holding me back from taking the leap. We’re now in the process of getting our house ready to sell and making our way west. We’re looking forward to this adventure just the two of us and seeing what else is out there!
Call myself a blogger
I’ve been wanting to be a blogger for many years. If I had taken the necessary steps to overcome my fears, I wouldn’t have been so afraid to call myself a blogger. Thankfully I’m at a place right now where I’m not letting fear control this aspect of my life anymore. Yes, I left my 9-5 to prepare our home to move, but I also left to really see where blogging can take me.
Go on a cruise
Now this I’ve already done, but I honestly always said I’d never go on a cruise. We went on a cruise last year that went to Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico and it was a vacation I will always remember. Not only was I afraid of being on a large boat in the middle of the ocean. I was afraid of snorkeling in the ocean and zip-lining at decent heights. All of which I conquered on this trip and made memories that will last a life time.
One of my biggest dreams also came true on this trip. I’ve developed an obsession with sea turtles in my adult life. I literally have tears in my eyes right now just thinking about them. The one thing I’ve always wanted to see was sea turtles making their way to the ocean. Not only did I get to do that, I got to be the one to dig them out of their nest and release them. I had 10 adorable green sea turtles pass from my palms into the ocean all because I took a leap of faith.
Imagine all of the dreams you could have come true by taking a leap of faith instead of falling into the depths of fear.
Be spontaneous and adventurous
If I wasn’t afraid, I’d be much more spontaneous and less plan oriented. I would be more adventurous and less of a home body. I’m not talking about just flying by the seat of my pants, but I am talking about not taking life so seriously. As I’ve gotten older, the need for change has really taken over. I want to experience life to the fullest and sometimes that takes the ability to be spontaneous.
Our last trip to Washington this May, we took a spontaneous trip to the North Cascades. We made our way to Diablo Lake after 2 hours of driving through the mountains and it was absolutely breath taking. I’ll be honest, I was slightly nervous about driving through the mountains. I was picturing driving near cliffs and small winding roads, but it was nothing like I had imagined.
It’s amazing all of the things I would miss out on in life if I allowed my fear to overpower my spontaneity and adventure.
Build a relationship with God
I almost didn’t share this one with you, because I honestly am ashamed of this. But with these Monday Musings, I’m going all in. I’m sharing the good and the bad, because THAT’S real life! The reality is that there will ALWAYS be something standing between you and your relationship with God and that will ALWAYS be the devil’s doing.
My fear of building a relationship with God, yup you guessed it. That has the devil written all over it.
I’m sharing this for those of you that may also be afraid of building your relationship with Him. Maybe it’s because your past is messy. Maybe it’s because you’ve been hurt by people in the church. Maybe you’ve been in denial that you aren’t afraid of building this relationship, so it doesn’t ever progress.
If any of this describes you, I just want you to know you’re absolutely not alone. I also want to challenge you to take a step back and really ask yourself if your relationship with God is where you want it to be. If its’ not, pray about it…expectantly!! I’ve been so inspired by Jenne’s latest Faith Full Friday post on praying expectantly. If you missed that, you should really check it out!
I should also remind you that God loves His children unconditionally. No one has a perfect past, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 You may also need to be reminded that you were hurt by people in the church, not by Him. You also can still recognize why you’re relationship with Him hasn’t progressed and work on that now. It’s not too late friends!
This is only the very beginning of building my relationship with God, and I so look forward to you joining me on this journey! I’ll be praying for you friend.
Let me know what you have done that you were afraid of and how it changed your life!