I would awaken to her tiny, sweet face staring at me, close enough that I could feel her panicked breath on my cheek. Then, like a record on repeat, I would hear that same little human voice begin to spill out the terrors of the night, the things she imagined in the dark corners of her room.

Of course I knew there were no one-eyed, hairy monsters (thank you very much, Monsters, Inc.) lurking under her bed or evil creatures sneaking around in her closet. But because it was three o’clock in the morning and I was in the midst of sheer exhaustion from a very full life—four kids and a church to pastor—I would grab her tiny body, wrap my reassuring mama arms around her, and pull her into bed with me. Both of us were quickly engulfed in the warmth of blankets and pillows, as I tenderly prayed and quieted her fears until she dropped off to sleep.

This continued for weeks, until one night I realized all I was doing for this little one was soothing her fears, rather than showing her how to break this nightly routine of terror. All I had to do was remind her that she had a light switch in her room; that as tiny as she was, she had the power to switch the light on all by herself to expose the fear and silence her roaring imagination.

What about you?

How often does fear, the disappointment of an unmet expectation, or an out of control imagination scream at you, making you forget you have the power to turn on the light and expose it? God has an extraordinary plan for your life. Every single one of His promises has the power to silence any fear or disappointment in your life. It’s time to stop soothing your fear and turn on the light.

What do you need to bring out of the darkness? Having that conversation? Starting a business? Writing a book? Stepping out of your comfort zone in order to chase a dream that has been stirring around in your soul and keeping you awake at night?

Perhaps this is your first time looking at the fear head on.  Or maybe, like most of us, this is not your first time to the rodeo.  You are well aware of the fear that is keeping you lassoed, locked down, held back, muffled, and gagged, with your stomach tangled in knots the size of Texas.

Fist pump.

You get the picture. If you’re nodding your head right now and thinking, that’s totally me, then you’ve picked up the right book.

You see yourself, bold and brave. Even kindergarteners know their aspirations to become President or to change the world. But somewhere in the wait, between five-year-old you and adult you, life happened. Between the joys of life and the stretching difficulties, you might have begun to feel as though the potential wasn’t as great as you thought. This sobering realization has the capability and potential to paralyze you with fear and rob you of a bright future.

And so you settled into the dark room—comfortably uncomfortable—waiting for someone to turn the light on for you.

But it’s time to turn your own light on, dear one.





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