Be Not Afraid

31 Days of Facing My Fears: Day 19 Strength, Wisdom, Courage, and Clarity

As I lay sick on the couch today, it was difficult to muster up energy to entertain John Paul with books, toys, smiles, and laughs to distract him from his newest obsession:  the DVD player.  Despite a strategically placed ottoman and my admittedly half-hearted attempts at distraction, John Paul could not be deterred from his newfound love.

The poorly hidden DVD player is spotted:
Baby and DVD Player

After mulling over the situation for a few seconds, John Paul takes action:
Baby and ottoman
Baby and ottoman

Temporary defeat:
Baby in living room

He wasn’t successful on his first try, or on his fortieth, but you can bet he’ll try again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, until he reaches the beautiful, glowing, green lights of the DVD player.  And as I watched him try and try again today, I couldn’t help but smile, partially because of his cuteness (those thighs-come on!), and partially because it continues to amaze me how much this little man is teaching me.

A few days ago, I gave voice to my dreams under a star-lit sky.  But, I still have so many fears.  I still have so many doubts.  I still hear so many voices in my head telling me that I shouldn’t even try to reach my dreams because I’ll probably just fail.  And yet, I’m learning every day I spend with John Paul about going after what I want and facing my fears with passion, confidence, and perseverance.

I pray that God gives me the strength to learn from my son and to go after my dreams the same way John Paul approaches his, simple as they might be.  I pray that God gives me the wisdom to discern which dreams will bring me and others happiness and closer to Him, and which dreams will not.  I pray that God gives me courage to follow Him in all the ways He is calling me.  And above all else, I pray that God gives me clarity, and makes my desires and dreams for myself smaller, and His dreams and desires for me clearer.

My prayer for you today is exactly the same as my prayer for myself.  May God grant you strength, wisdom, courage, and clarity.

Thank you for joining me on my 31 day challenge!

Previous days:

Day 1: Be Not Afraid
Day 2: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Day 3 Keeping a Faithful Heart in Light of Suffering
Day 4: Facing Fears with Laughter
Day 5: Listening to My Heart
Day 6: Daring to Love Myself in Order to Love Others
Day 7: Opening Up My Idea of a Remarkable Life
Day 8: Giving Voice to My Fears
Day 9: Being a Bearer of Joy
Day 10 & 11: Give Everything
Day 12: Switching My Focus
Day 13: Reaching Out
Day 14 & 15: Letting Go
Day 16: Giving Voice to My Dreams
Day 17: Putting Fear into Action
Day 18: Clear Eyes, Full Heart

Check out these 31 Day blogs I’m currently enjoying:

31 Days of Letting Go
31 Days to Change the World
31 Days of Seasoning
31 Days of the Little Things
31 Days of Autumn Recipes
31 Days of Art

There are so many other wonderful blogs I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but I’m slowly working my way through the list.

Click here to read all the other wonderful blogs joining in on this challenge!

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12 comments

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