Fear has no place here.


My heart that is. Fear and Faith simply can’t coexist. I woke today to a text from a friend and client who offered gentle encouragement and she reminded me of this. It got me to think a little bit deeper about what fear really is and how it BLOCKS faith! When you block faith (and hope) you block every chance at living a happy life. Think of it… can you imagine a life with no hope or faith in anything?

As I pondered these thoughts I could not help but smile. Somewhere deep in my heart I have held the key to this knowledge of self belief and faith for almost my whole life. It is what pulled me through the messy times and helped me to persevere. I mention “self belief” because having faith to me means believing in myself and having faith in my human ability but even more importantly, in Gods plan for my life.

Precisely why I am posting this blog for you tonight. Our world is so conditioned to think fear, sadness and stress are a necessary part of life. Work more, play less, and at the end of the day… have no faith. The typical “it is what it is” mentality. In fact, most people live in certain places and work certain jobs because this is “just where they ended up”.

Fear of failure and fear of the unknown block so many amazing people from living carefree, happy and abundant lives! Living a life of fulfillment and joy is much more attainable than most think. I am here to tell you that it IS totally possible to live a joy filled life! No matter where you are in your  journey you can change your circumstance. Only if you grasp this simple yet profound concept : Fear and Faith simply cannot coexist. You must have faith in the unknown. You must have faith in yourself. You see, this really is the foundation to it all. Faith means believing in yourself and the divinely beautiful plan laid out for your life… yes, before you were even born.

I remember a time in my life where I was so down and depressed. I was not happy with myself and I had gone through back to back trials that most would never imagine (knowing me now). I was quickly becoming a product of my environment and dealing with issues that most my age  were not. Things that caused me to sink deeper and deeper into this “hole” if you will. I began to lose hope and faith in life and in myself. Yet, in my heart there was this little ember burning. It was like “fear” and “faith” were at war in my heart. I knew that I could get out of this rut but it meant facing fear. You see, it is NOT easy to avoid fear. In fact, at any given point in our lives we will come into contact with it numerous times. How do you succeed? You face fear head on! How?? By having faith!

I was able to overcome and achieve the life of my dreams by fueling up on faith and believing in the amazing abilities that I was born with! You have these same amazing qualities but if you continue to allow fear to stop you.. well, you will always turn locked doors. If you want the door to open, you have to let faith in.

Friends.. have faith in Gods plan for your life and all of the amazing abilities he has instilled in you! Stop going by societies norm and create your own norm. Is there something that you want to do but have been holding off? Start! Right now, do not wait! Is there a place you want to live or a business you want to start? Have faith in yourself and start it… do it… BE IT!

Have you ever wondered if God exists? He does. He knew you before you were even born and he so divinely created you to be something wonderful! Faith, hope, courage and love… those are all from him. The other junk just isn’t. So today, right now, start to search your soul and light that little ember that is burning. Start believing in yourself and all of your worth and stop letting life get in the way.

I encourage you to find some time alone. Time spent driving in the car or a quite place to break for lunch and think about this post. Think about what you want out of your life and think about those things you love about yourself. Think of your life and the lessons you have learned and how you can use these things to help others (if even in a small way). Write down a list of all that you thought of and reflect on it daily.

Likewise, write a list of your fears. Those things that scare you and are blocking you from living a fulfilling life. Write it ALL down and when you feel ready to let faith take over…. burn it. Open your heart to Gods plan for your life (and if you don’t know him) open your heart to God himself… you want to live a joyful life? There is your answer.

Fear and faith cannot coexist.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Fear has no place here.

  1. Ashley Poptodorova says:

    I found this bit of info on what the bible says about fear. I thought it was very interesting as many people have different opinions… 🙂 Read on my dear friends and as always- thank you for reading this blog!

    The second type of fear mentioned in the Bible is not beneficial at all. This is the “spirit of fear” mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). A spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God.

    However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). No one is perfect, and God knows this. That is why He has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. Beginning in the book of Genesis and continuing throughout the book of Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”

    For example, Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Often we fear the future and what will become of us. But Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds of the air, so how much more will He provide for His children? “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). Just these few verses cover many different types of fear. God tells us not to be afraid of being alone, of being too weak, of not being heard, and of lacking physical necessities. These admonishments continue throughout the Bible, covering the many different aspects of the “spirit of fear.”

    In Psalm 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. As Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 NKJV).

    Once we have learned to put our trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence “…let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11).

  2. Rosanne Hall says:

    Great words of wisdom. It was a joy to meet you at the office and talk to you more at the conference. Thank you for sharing your story and the hope we know is Jesus Christ.

    • Ashley Poptodorova says:

      Thank you so much Rosanne! Jesus Christ is my superstar! I appreciate the kind words and it is my hope that if one person can come to know of Gods awesomeness through my story- then I am pleased. I appreciate your warmth and hope to see you next year my friend!
      God Bless,
      Ashley

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