Do It Afraid and Find Joy!

Hello there! It’s been so long since I last wrote here! Hope all is well with you! 🙂

Just wanted to say hi and share what I’ve learned recently about life.

Just a few days ago, I was able to conquer my fear of parasailing in Boracay.

Exactly 10 years ago, I found myself in the same predicament. However at the last minute, when I was already being asked to put the harness, I backed out! I was so terrified, I couldn’t do it.

Fast forward to today, I’m grateful to share that I finally did it! It took a lot of courage and lots of singing worship songs out loud up in the air but I survived! It helped that I had my friend beside me who was also afraid but did it anyway. Together, we faced the heights and winds with prayer and courage.

It was also ten years ago when I was also too scared to jump into the deep waters of the ocean for fear of drowning even though I had a life vest on. I simply did not know how to swim. But last Tuesday, I swam as far as I could away from our boat so that I could see the beautiful coral reefs on the ocean floor. Oh the happiness I could have missed had I stayed in the boat.  While I was there in the middle of the ocean, I realized how far God’s grace has brought me up to this point. I still had my life vest on for safety but I was no longer afraid of the deep waters.

I’ve learned how to swim and float in a swimming class I’ve taken a few years back. God has equipped me for this new adventure.

Through the past years, I’ve also overcome my fear of public speaking. As of today, I’ve given more talks than my hands and feet could count. It’s a big leap from when I first started speaking when my listeners could hardly hear a word I was saying because I was so shy and nervous. Fast-forward to today, I now enjoy speaking and serving in this way, and people can now understand what I’m saying. Hehe. All is God’s grace!

I realized it’s the first step that’s always the hardest to take; it’s also the scariest. Like taking that first step you have to take before jumping off a cliff. But once you take it, there is no turning back. There’s no way to go but to improve! You learn and get better each time you take that leap of faith. At the very least, you’ll gain confidence each time you do what you’re afraid of. All it takes is that first step of faith and God will bring you to places that will bring you joy.

I wanted to thank the Lord and share this little milestone with you! Thank you for reading this. I appreciate you! 🙂

I want to encourage you to take that small step of trust that God is calling you to do— because the big things depend on it. Don’t worry, because your greatest Friend, Jesus, will be there beside you and He will replace your fears with His love.

Sure, there are many more cliffs to jump and deep waters to dive into but God’s love, which is as massive as the ocean, will be there to catch you and help you float. We cannot live afraid. We need to take risks with proper precautions. What helped me was knowing that I had the needed support just in case something happened. I have God, my friends, and trained people who knew what they were doing. Because of them, I found the courage to fly and to dive.

It’s true, you’ll never know the beauty and treasure you will find when you don’t take that leap of faith. I saw it with my own eyes. Friend, do it afraid, joy awaits you!

Blessings to you! 🙂

P.S. Speaking of speaking, I’ve uploaded some videos on my YouTube channel. I’ve recently uploaded self-care tips on managing stress to help renew and restore your heart. I’m still a newbie there but we all got to start somewhere. 😉 May it inspire you to start your own passion project too! 🙂 Stay safe and well! 🙂

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