Fear. Anxiety. Worry.
These are some words I am very familiar with. Fear in the unknown. Anxiety about every little detail of life. Worry that I’m not doing things right, and then anxiety again when I make a mistake.
Stepping out into something new creates a great amount of fear in my heart. I worry about what people will think, every small thing I say and do, and the people pleaser in me twists in my stomach.
In joining a network marketing business I am being asked to step out of my comfort zone. Which you can imagine is quite uncomfortable! I have to be okay with talking to people and sharing with them why I’m so excited about this new adventure, and then being turned way. I have to learn from mistakes that I make starting this as a brand new consultant and not obsess while I’m trying to go to sleep each night. If I didn’t have God in my life, there would be no hope of sleep.
This morning I was checking through my emails while drinking my morning coffee. And by check through, I mean I read the one and only email in my box this morning. It was a message from my amazing Dad.
My dad is one of those people that you cannot help but love. He is kind-hearted, thoughtful, giving, a servant leader, and truly trusts God with it all. He has been sharing the daily devotionals from Our Daily Bread through email with all of his kids (3 of us) each day. Sometimes I read them. Sometimes I open the email but don’t actually read the whole thing. This morning I read it and I think God knew that I needed these words today.
“Imagine what it would be like to be released from your greatest anxiety and to run free. It can happen!” – David McCasland
“I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free” Psalm 119:32
Starting something new is stressful. Even when you feel that this is where God is leading you. I do believe that God has orchestrated perfectly the introduction of Arbonne into my life at exactly the right time. But I’m also stressed and anxious. How wonderful is it then that I can rely on God’s strength and wisdom and knowledge when my own is lacking. I can follow his path, do my very best every day, and rest in the fact that he has brought me here and will be by my side every step of the way. My greatest anxiety is everything. And God has set my heart free so that I may wake up each day refreshed and my cup filled. I am able to put myself in uncomfortable places because I have faith that God is there with me and will provide guidance and security. He has given me the ability to make the choice of faith over fear. Not saying there won’t be moments of fear, anxiety, worry. But that he will be there in the moments and will bring me through.