Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Outside My Comfort Zone

Insecurity.

Self doubt.

I don't like to fail.  You could probably say I have a "fear of failure".  In fact, I try to avoid it when ever possible.  To the point that if I think I might fail at something, I either a) give it up quickly or b) never try to begin with.

I have thought "Oh, I could never do that!" about so many things in my life.

Staying safely tucked into my comfort zone.  Making excuses.

"I could never do that!" 

But scripture tells us: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" ~ Philippians 4:13

What's the old saying?  About how if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it?

If God calls me to do something - I can do it!  He gives me the strength of Christ to help me through anything he sets before me. 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

God never sets us up for failure!  I need to stop doubting myself.  And start trusting God.

7 comments:

  1. I am the same way!! I HATE to fail. It is such a hang up of mine. The funny thing is, when other people try something and fail I certainly don't consider them failures.

    Love the way you tied this to Scripture. :)

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  2. Hi Beckey, great post, short sweet and to the point. I too need to start trusting that if God brought me to this thing, He will bring me through it. God bless and thank you for linking up with Winsome Wednesday. I look forward to seeing you there again next week
    Tracy

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  3. Great words of encouragement, Beckey! And the best part is they are straight from God! Why we don't claim these verses and truths more in our lives, I'll never know! But you've encouraged me to stand on them today!

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  4. Oh, I'm with ya on the not even trying part. I have to continually force myself - and those verses are perfect boosters!

    A few years ago someone challenged me that "my comfort wasn't serving me well". And it was true.

    I really love how you expressed the dilemma of being comfortable and yet knowing God wants us to stretch.

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  5. Hi i'm Beba Jude, thank you for your words of encouragement. I have being through so many failures but today marks the beginning of my new story in Jesus' name.

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  6. Some twelve-odd years ago, when we only had the two boys and they were still quite young, my MIL tried to get custody of them. Not exactly high on the self-confidence scale to begin with, this devastated me. A counselor at the WCTC in Fort Worth set me up an appointment with a lawyer. I went to the office, in the only time I can remember keeping a non-holiday secret from my husband, as by the wording of the notice could be construed as asking for custody between MIL and my husband, pretty much leaving me out of the picture. Then I found out about West Texas Legal Aid. Walking into the place, was one of those "footsteps in the sand" moments, when God was carrying me, because I know I didn't get in there on my own power. Coming out of the office, I WAS WALKING ON AIR! Why? I had found out that MIL did not even have "standing" to try and get custody of the boys for herself. I think I could have done just about ANYTHING that day.

    I haven't thought of this incident in y-e-a-r-s. Thanks for this post today that not only allows me to share this story of encouragement, but lets me relive the whole thing ... and feel those "Oh, YEAH" feelings again!

    My favorite saying along these lines is that God fits the burden to the back. *HUGS*

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  7. Can't tell you how many things I failed to attempt because I was afraid of trying. But God gives us antidote right in His Word. May cling to those verses as we move forward in Him. Blessings.

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