I have been listening to the song You Make Me Brave over and over again.  I’ve never seen a force with a stronger grip that can keep us more bound up than fear.  It is as crippling, as it is paralyzing.  I’ve been writing a lot……….nothing will keep a story untold more than fear.  It’s been almost a year since I spent 2 weeks fighting for my life in the hospital.  I consider that time more of a divine encounter.  I know I was never the same when I left.  I struggled with fear a lot prior to that experience.  Fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of the past, and anxiety about certain situations and outcomes. What I learned is that if we believe that God is in control, then we have to be willing to relinquish control and fully put our trust in him.  Fear causes a healthy dose of what I like to call, faux anxiety.  You allow mountains to be made out of molehills.  Fear causes us to look at life through our rearview mirrors all the while missing the opportunities of the wide open windshield in front of us.  In Philippians 3:13 it says “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”  Fear mutes the powerful words of our heart and silences the ability of our minds to think as God would have us to.  We can be assured of a couple of things if fear is in our driver’s seat:  we have made a choice to let fear drive and we have told God that we do not trust him enough to handle our lives.  How silly is that if you think you think about it?  I couldn’t tell Toyota how to fix their cars, they made them.  Likewise, how silly of us not to trust the God who made us, went before us, and has already gone ahead of us.  I pray that we all learn reject fear’s whispers of intimidation.  We have no reason to be afraid and therefore if God brings you through it, he has done so for a reason that is meant to impact more than just you.  Do not be afraid to share what He has done!