To all my readers,

I admit it, fear is no stranger to me. My earliest recollection of its presence in my life traces back when I was 4 years old. At that time, my family lived in a farm far away from the city of the Philippines. My father was a farmer and my mother was a homemaker. I was player outside our house when the twister hits our surroundings. I experienced and watched firsthand the formed of twister that everywhere it passes destroyed everything. I was then blown away and landed in between trees, bushes, and rocks. That was my first. My imagination worked overtime, especially when I was outside alone to play. I was sure that the wind will blew me away and that I would die. My childish thinking told me that leaving the house meant losing my life. So rather than fall prey to the fear of going out to play, I’d  stand at the door and take a flying leap toward where I want to play to get beyond its grasp. My strategy obviously worked-I’m still alive and well today.

Fear stayed with me for quiet a while, but only after mastering every ounce of courage within me, I overcome fear  by reassuring myself that God will take care of me.

As a grown woman, I face other fears. I’m worried about my kid’s well-being. I’ve fretted over my bank account .I worried about the future of my business.  I’ve stewed over my feeling inadequate, I’ve panicked when personal storms have blown in and threatened to shake my world. Can you relate?

Be honest. I know you understand what I’m talking about. I conducted my surveys whenever I talk to men and women. The results only confirmed what I suspected, I’m not the only woman of all ages struggles with negative fear. It affects women of all ages and from all walks of life, often signalling its presence by provoking apprehension, premature wrinkles, stomach pains, tension headaches, and sleepless nights. If left to run rampant, it can rub us of joy and the power-filled life that God intends for us.

Unfortunately, fear is still on the scene today. It can interfere with our relationship with God, just as it did for Adam and Eve. Or – here’s the exciting part— it can be the catalyst for a deeper relationship with Him. Every time we’re afraid, we can either forget faith and try to do thing s our way ( as of that’s really going to work!), or we can acknowledge our fear and call out to God for help. When He answers, we experience Him in a new ways. That’s the upside of fear.

Life is too short to spend it battling fear and its negative affects. Besides, God has better things in store for us. He wants us to embrace each day wholeheartedly and make every minute count. He wants us to live to our full potential and leave a mark coming generations. He wants us to impact our families, our church, our communities, and ultimately the world for Himself. I want that too. Do you?

e429788814c7d0f4fc9e2513590115f3_l1Until next time! : )                     Merly Bayona




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