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What fear seems overwhelming to you right now?

A situation that your child is in? Something God is calling you to do? A diagnosis that you’re unprepared for? An uncertain future?

My friend Dawn Wilson says, “I’m naturally timid, but a Walt Disney Film about a young princess taught me an important lesson about courage.”

Dawn shares her heart in my guest blog today and offers five keys to fighting your fears and upgrading your courage:

In the release of Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, young Princess Mia Thermopolis drew strength from a letter her father wisely wrote for her teenage years. The king wrote, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

At the time, I was terrified of beginning a speaking career. I had plenty of reasons why it wouldn’t work and why God must be making a mistake to call me into speaking. Yet when I heard the king’s words to Princess Mia—“courage is not the absence of fear”—I was motivated to discover the King’s perspective on courage in the Word of God.

Here are five courage-builders that have helped me, and they can help you too.

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open door to skyAre you willing to walk through that open door?

Life is full of uncertainty.  But life is also full of doors that God swings wide open for us to walk through …if we would just trust Him.

The older I get, the more I realize that God wants my faith to be extraordinary….not a faith that follows Him as long as I can see exactly where that open door or path leads. In fact, that isn’t faith at all. That is simply following directions. Yet, many times, God’s “direction” is as sketchy as “Go (from all that is familiar to you) to a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).

We all want to grow in our faith, experience God at work, and live our purpose before Him. But I wonder how many times He gentlemanly opens the door for us and we stand there, stare into the dark void, and say “Uh, no thank you…..I can’t see where that leads.”

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