Hey hey hey, how are you? I hope that everyone made it through Irma. We actually had the day off work yesterday due to the tropical storm! Definitely not something I’ve ever experienced before in north Alabama! I can’t complain about a free day off though! We’re praying for all those impacted by Irma, Harvey, and the fires in the northwest!!

So a couple weeks ago I was beyond excited to discover that Netflix had one of my all-time favorite movies: A Cinderella Story. My 16-year-old self flipped out! In high school, I was obsessed with Hilary Duff. I’d print out her pictures to get my hair cut just like her, I’d model my fashion choices after her, I just really hoped that one day we’d somehow become BFF’s. LOL So, of course, I had to watch it immediately!!

I’m not sure how familiar you are with that movie, its essential your typical Cinderella storyline staring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. Sam (Hilary Duff) works in a diner that her dad used to own. When her dad owned it, there was a quote on the wall that gave Sam the courage to defeat her step-mother. I also learned this is apparently a quote from Babe Ruth, great baseball legend.

This got me thinking too. I don’t know why, on the 100th some odd time I’ve watched this movie, the quote finally got to me, but it did! I thought how many times have I let fear stop me from doing something? It’s probably a lot more often than I’d like to admit to myself.

I think fear is something a lot of us struggle with that holds us back. In the movie, it’s fear of failure that prevents Sam from moving forward. For me, it’s fear of what others will think. I dealt with this more in high school than I do now honestly, but every once in a while it snaps back up.

One time I wore my brand new Lilly Pulitzer shirt to work, and we were sitting in a team meeting and my co-worker said “Oh Kristy wore her nightgown to work today!” It made me feel terrible, but I laughed it off and replied “This is a Lilly Pulitzer, thank you very much!” We all laughed and continued on with the meeting, but I never wore that shirt to work again until I left that office.

Now that isn’t a huge deal, but it caused me to question everything I put on for work for a while. Plus I love that shirt! Now I know this is a first world problem, but it’s still a problem, and the root is something a lot of us deal with! Note: I did wear that shirt again eventually, and in our amazing engagement photos!

I believe sciencey people say fear is some sort of natural reaction to keep us from doing something that will get us killed. I believe fear of failure or fear of what others think are the fears that truly hold us back though. People are paying money every day to jump out of airplanes, which is something we should have a “natural” fear of. How many of those same people are afraid to apply for a promotion for fear that they won’t get it? How many are afraid to start a project for fear of what others will think?

I’m here to tell you that you do not have to deal with this anymore!

Fear isn’t from God; therefore, we do not have to allow it into our lives. In fact, God has given us power, love, and a sound mind to combat fear. The Bible goes on in 1 John 4:18 to say “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,”

We know that if we are born again we have love because 1 John 4:7-8 says “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Since God is love and love drives out fear and God has given us a spirit of love, we can drive fear out of our lives!

Simply speak God’s word against the fear whenever it tries to pop up in your life. If a part of a tv show kind of freaked me out then I walk through the house and see a shadow, I say aloud “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind.” If I’m afraid to speak up in a group of people because I’m afraid of what others will think, I say to myself “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind.” Honestly, I even dealt with fear about starting this blog. What would people think of me or what I had to say? Every time I had those thoughts, I said aloud or to myself “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind. And I’m really glad I didn’t let that fear hold me back because I really love sharing with you all and it’s been absolutely nothing but positive so far!

I’m here to tell you that this works! These aren’t just words written in a book. If you’re dealing with fear, of any kind, I encourage you to drive it out using the word of God. Do not let that fear hold you back from doing something you love!!

And just for fun:

My Hilary Duff inspired haircut from 2006-07 ish. Also half of my best friend, Regan


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