Do not be afraid
God says to you: "Do not be afraid of holiness; do not be afraid to aim high, to let yourself be loved and purified by God; do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit."
-Pope Francis, general audience, Oct. 2, 2013
I was scared. When I was seven and scared of everyone (I was shy). When I was a teen and didn't know who I was. When I was first with my husband and didn't know where life was going. Every time we move (we're military). It's a chance to start over. It's also closing your eyes, falling back, and hoping someone catches you. New house, new town, different state, no local friends, no family, and the million things that need done. Optimistic phrases and smiles only cover the fear.
Looking back- and I'm still fairly young- I see a pattern. When I took a deep breath and actually let it go...let myself fall back into complete darkness...when I stopped trying to do it myself.......I never fell. The rough times were necessary to make me the person I am today. I know there will be struggles in the future- I think a well-lived life will be filled with adversity.
Today I pray: I always, each and every single day, remember to take that deep breath, cross my arms, close my eyes, and fall back. Take the chance and trust God; open myself to receive the guidance He wants to give me.
"I only see my goals, I don't believe in failure. 'Cause I know the smallest voices. They can make it major." - Lukas Graham
I suggest turning up the volume. Very powerful.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
Who am I? Freelance writer (magazines, websites, & copywriting), Catholic, military wife, and Mensan. Double Bachelor's in History & Psychology.
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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