When Life Intimidates Me

I’ve been fairly silent lately*, at least on Facebook and e-mail. I do continue to max my DWQ (daily word quota) at home though – just ask my family. It has become a Terrible Favorite of mine to start talking and then proceed to see how many sentences I can string together before pausing for air. You can ask my family about that too.

But in the last 24 hours I have been mulling over this paragraph from the Jesus Calling devotional:

Don’t let any circumstances intimidate you. The more challenging your day, the more of My Power I place at your disposal. You seem to think that I empower you equally each day, but this is not so. Your tendency upon awakening is to assess the difficulties ahead of you, measuring them against your average strength. This is an exercise in unreality.”

Guilty as charged: I have been letting life and tests results and the things on my Daily Planner intimidate me.

And I know from past experience that writing out what I’m feeling often helps me see things from an entirely different perspective. And vocalizing the things that intimidate me and shame me breaks the power of intimidation and shame. And though writing publicly is not a prerequisite for the Good Life it does have a way of keeping me accountable – of pushing me forward – and allowing God to get glory from my story.

So goodbye intimidation and hello (to the phrase from Scripture), “As your day, so shall your strength be.”


*Clarification: I actually wrote this post two years ago… exactly two years ago on November 12th. That was a loooong time before I had a blog. The thing is it’s all still pretty much the same: I still talk a lot, I still let some circumstances intimidate me, and I still firmly believe that vocalizing the things that intimidate and shame me breaks the power of intimidation and shame.


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