Since I’ve written the book I have been shocked at how many people around me have mentioned things that hadn’t come up before regarding their personal fears. Several said that they worried they would be seen as less than holy if they admitted them, and others just felt like theirs were silly. One woman wrote me a lengthy email about a very specific fear she was dealing with and she thought it was perfectly absurd. The incredible thing was as she processed in the email, she started to remember an incident from her childhood home where she had felt threatened by a similar situation, and really started piecing together memories from there on out. I think she had held it in so long and felt like others might not perceive it the same way she did so she hesitated to share. As a result of making herself vulnerable in community, she started to process it in a new way, and a way I hope the Lord will use to shape her and bring her courage.
I don’t think I ever would have done a book like this in book club form if it wasn’t in a place where I knew that those who entered in with their own fears would be accepted, cherished, and prayed over. That’s what Bloom (in)courage is about.
Last week, we hosted a giveaway and invited you to share a fear.
The comments were overwhelming and incredible (click here to read them).
This week, we want to go a step further.
Will you take some time to blog about a fear that you have? This may be a chance for you to further expound on what you shared in the giveaway comments, or something new. It can be something so small that it seems insignificant, or something you aren’t even able to articulate. You can share in as much detail or lack of detail that you feel comfortable with, but know that we are reading your words and asking the Lord to bless you in this specific area in the coming weeks. If you have a few minutes, go ahead and click around and visit with your fellow (in)courage bloom friends, encouraging them as we go.
Know that we don’t take this opportunity lightly, and we are convinced that God is going to do powerful things through His word as we go. I am praying that the weight of your fears will lessen over the course of this study, and that you will not feel alone in them anymore. One of Satan’s greatest schemes is to convince us that we are the only ones who feel this way…and I for one am through with letting him try to convince me. Ladies, you aren’t alone in this.
Settle in for the journey and know we love and appreciate you.
So…today’s question is simple. Take some time and let us in on your world by answering-
What are you afraid of?
Please be sure to link directly to your post, not just to your blog in general.
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