I am super excited to feature my new friend, Kelly Balarie on Fresh Market Friday today! In the short time of being on the launch team of her new book, I’ve come to know her as a compassionate and fiercely courageous woman of God. A woman who knows not only what it’s like to be crippled by fear, but also what total freedom through faith looks like for the one who is willing to take God’s hand and “kick fear to the curb.”
Not once, but daily, for as long as it takes.
This book is a game changer in the fight against fear, and it’s chocked full of fear fighting weapons to make a lasting impact on how we live out our life with strength and assurance. You are going to love her tenacity, her heart for living out bravery and her deep conviction that God truly does have a courage awakening plan for each one of us that is more remarkable than we can every imagine. One that thrives in confidence and stands strong in the perfect love of God.
And she has a few surprises that you won’t want to miss…Enjoy and grab her book available now for preorder!
I hugged that girl yesterday!
Would lice go from her hair to mine? Would I be cleaning the entire house, washing every sheet and stuffed animal, and pulling a thin comb through every inch of hair on my family’s heads from now until eternity? I can’t handle this thought. Next time, fist bumps will trump hugs.
Fear is the plumbing of discontentment.
It is the spillage of hesitation and loneliness.
It is the brakes to love.
It is the bulldozer to close relationships.
It is the boundary holding you back from God’s unlimited plan for you.
Fear is the rain cloud that always follows, the homicide to all God has, the breeding ground to insecurities, the shortness of breath that wakes you up at night, the cemetery of faith, and the artery blockage to the Spirit’s leading.
Fear is the wildfire that makes you run so far that you find galaxies of space between you and your great maker.
It is the blocked artery to faith. It is the burden that keeps persisting. It is the laryngitis to the voice proclaiming God.
I hate fear. I’ve written all about it in my new book, Fear Fighting: Awakening the Courage to Overcome Your Fears.
It makes my eyes pulsate. I get angry at it.
But, here’s the thing about getting angry – the second I do is the second I have a deep gnawing feeling God wants to say something. Somehow, I know, if I don’t listen to it I’ll miss out on – amazing.
So, I search and uncover God’s heart. What I come to is: “Faith, dear child, faith.”
Faith says, you can. Fear says, you won’t.
Faith ignites passion. Fear depletes it.
Faith brings hope. Fear fire hoses it.
Faith changes lives. Fear wrecks them.
Faith makes Jesus shine. Fear desecrates his name.
Faith charges lives. Fear zaps them.
Faith walks in hope of eternity. Fear cowers down to death.
Faith doesn’t have to be huge. Fears always are.
Faith exalts Jesus. Fear bows down to the devil.
Faith speaks humility. Fear listens to pride.
Faith accepts grace. Fear hugs shame.
Faith knows it’s not perfect. Fear thinks God leaves the imperfect.
Faith wins every time.
Faith takes I-am-going-over-the-cliff moments and turns them around. Suddenly, you realize you aren’t going over the cliff to die, but to fly.
Where do you need faith? How can you create a second of space, before rapidly responding in fear?
I’ve found if I can just halt my response for a second, I have a second to choose God. And, when push comes to shove, even if we make the wrong choice, God knows, we always have next time. He is full of grace. He is rooting for us. There is freedom for those in Christ Jesus.
Interested in fighting fear? Join the 4 Days to Fearless Challenge!
Author and Speaker, Kelly Balarie didn’t always fight fear – for a large part of her life, she was controlled by it. Yet, in her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly charts a new course. Join Kelly, on the journey to go and grow with Christ’s bravery, the Spirit’s counsel and God’s unending love that squelches fear. This book reads like a love letter from God, while offering practical heart-calming prayers, anxiety-reducing tips, and courage-building decrees that will transform your day. www.fearfightingbook.com
Kelly is both a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She leans on the power of God, rests on the shoulder of Christ, and discovers how to glow in the dark places of life. Get all Kelly’s blog posts by email or visit her on her blog, Purposeful Faith. You can also find a variety of resources for your fight against fear here.
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Thank you to all those who are participating in the Blogger Holiday Gift Exchange!
It is underway, and everyone is busy putting together a special gift for their Secret Swapee. This is an opportunity for bloggers to connect beyond our blogs, and it’s so much fun to see the special gifts being prepared and secretly delivered to doorsteps. If you missed out, there’s always next year!Each week, it’s my pleasure to select one writer from the link-up to showcase on my blog for the entire week. As you know, I’m all about fresh goodness! And with so many amazing bloggers joining this community, I want to make sure Fresh Market Friday honors all who share the many areas they practice living out of a place of intention and passion.
So let me thank all of you for making this such a sweet place to gather every week as you share your passion for life and all the ways you practice living with intention! From celebrating Christmas in England (A Mama’s Story) to making special memories with fun Christmas traditions (Imperfect Disciples)...that’s the beauty of a fresh market. It offers something of value for everyone!
I’m excited to announce this week’s Featured Fresh Find is Karrilee Aggett!
Karrilee writes at Abiding Love, Abounding Grace, and I just love her joy for life and her whimsical spirit! She helps us understand the gift of “Now” and challenges us to make step away from our procrastinating tendencies in this season, in this life and make more room for Christ now. You’ll love her pictures, her message and her ability to leave you feeling refreshed and encouraged.
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