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Bubbles and Trouble

May turns to June and we find ourselves embracing summer vacations,

swimming, picnics, watermelon and so much more.

As I reflect upon summer’s past, especially when my daughters were young,

so many memories come to mind.

And one of my favorite is the time we’d spend

simply blowing bubbles.

You know, those big, big bubbles that would glisten

purples, pinks and yellows

in the sunlight.

We’d watch them dance heavenward until puff-

they’d burst and be only a memory.

Alot like worries.

We worry and fret

thinking about this thing or that,

dreading one thing or another

but when it finally comes

only rarely is it a big problem.

No, the problem is in the anxiety connected with it. It can make you sick.

But just suppose you could learn to pop your worry bubbles

and begin to live free.

Free from anxiety.

Free from fear about today, tomorrow and everything else.

We were created to live in love.

to embrace faith, think faith, breathe faith and live free.

But all too often thought patterns develop, fear patterns are created.

and instead of living free

we live in bondage

to fear.

Horrible, suffocating, trapping —fear.

But, we were created for

Life,

Freedom

Growth,

Love

and there’s simply no way that we can do that

as long as we are trapped in cycles of anxiety.

But the fear cycle can be stopped

the chains can be broken

and we can begin to live fully.

Maybe you have tried to stop worrying in the past

without success.

Many people have had success, though, working with a coach –

one with whom they are accountable,

one who will help them meet their goals,

one who is familiar with the tools and techniques needed to burst those fear bubbles.

 

He said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and

DO NOT BE AFRAID. John 14:27 NIV

 

Powerful words. Words of hope and freedom.

Interested in talking more about how you can break the chains of fear in your life?

Contact me at

sharonbranicoaching.com

[email protected]

 

credit – NoelleBraniPhotography.

 

Me? An Overcomer?

Yes, that titles fits. Just the thought of me being an overcomer

brings a smile to my face and laughter within.

Me?

The one who long ago was so familiar with anxiety?

Fearful. Unsure. No self confidence.

Fast forward many years though.

I began to understand that being an overcomer is not about my lacks

but all about His greatness.

Being an overcomer is all about who I am

not how I feel.

It’s about all I have in Him.

It began with a slow shift in mindset.

Is that something you’ve always longed to have?

Weeks ago I was facing a difficult problem.

Wherever I turned there seemed to be no answer.

Closed doors.

Although the stress and strain drained my physical and emotional resources

I knew

that

somehow

somewhere

there was an answer

because He is the Answer.

Instead of reminding myself of what I couldn’t do

and what I didn’t have

I quietly began to speak the truth.

He is able.

He is more than enough.

He has never failed me yet.

Nothing changed

but then again

everything began to change.

My mindset shift opened me to begin to see possibilities

where before I had seen none.

I saw the Lord giving me all that I needed

instead of seeing myself as a victim of this circumstance.

“What do you want?” He gently asked

and I poured out my heart to Him.

His power

right there

met my need and all my fears gradually disappeared.

I began to act like an overcomer.

You? An overcomer?

Yes, He fully equips you and I aug 22 sunrise to be more than enough for any challenge that we face.

So how about you—

Have you longed to be an overcomer?

Would you like to discover how?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yes, nothing would thrill me more.

 

 

 

 

Who me? Worried?

I can still hear the jarring ring of that telephone as it broke through the quietness of an ordinary afternoon.

I can still hear my mother’s voice as she spoke.

And I can still hear the edge in her voice as she said those words,

“How is he?”

Yes, it’s been more than 50 years but I remember that day when my brother was kicked in the head by a horse like it was yesterday.

Fear suddenly wrapped its arms around my nine year old body and held me fast in it’s sickening hold.

My eleven year old brother had always loved horses and used to walk to his friend’s farm not too far from where we lived.

He’d often take an apple or two from home to feed to his favorite horse.

But one day

everything changed when the horse suddenly reared up

knocking my brother to the ground.

My parents quickly drove to the hospital where my brother had been taken.

I sat on my bed in my pink bedroom

and did the only thing I knew to do.

I prayed.

In simple words with tears streaming down my face

I prayed and prayed that my brother would be alright.

That night well past dark my parents came home.

The doctors had stitched up my brothers cheek and gave a good report.

He was lucky, they said.

Even at nine, I knew that it was more than luck.

God had heard my prayer.

My brother was going to be ok.

I dropped off to sleep that evening whispering words of thanks.

It was a time that my family and I drew close together

realizing what might have been.

Life is filled with unexpected moments.

We wonder why some escape without injury and others lose their lives.

This side of heaven we will never understand

but God knows all

and we can trust Him.

It is all too easy to worry about everything

and become paralyzed with fear of what may happen

but that is not the essence of living.

Instead the call is to know God and to live each day

trusting His care and provision.

Corrie Ten Boom said “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

Let’s live each day strengthened by the One Who loves us and gave His Life for us

and let Him have all our unanswered questions and doubts.

My brother went on to accomplish many things in his lifetime

but he always kept his distance from the horses.

I gradually learned to pray about everything

and most of all

to trust.

Do you find yourself worried at times

imagining the worse?

Cast all your anxieties and worries on Him.

He will carry you through everything.

 

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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