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When I was a little girl, my mom gave me the greatest advice that I still find myself leaning on heavily. She said, “Annie, when you want to do or achieve anything in this life, don’t look at people’s faces for approval. Just go with God.” The most intimidating thing about any new adventure is first the decision to take on that adventure. There are so many scenarios you play out in your head, and so many ways you try to talk yourself out of taking on this new adventure. The unknown is often the scariest. You ask yourself how will this change my life, the lives of those I love, my comfort and my normal? But the key to moving beyond the fear of the unknown is to know what’s real and what’s dependable. For me, it’s always been God’s love for me. His love has never been abstract. It’s the most powerful and real force in my life. It carries, lifts, lead and covers me. So with any new adventure, I go with God. Not in a religious sense but in a relational one. He’s with me. I take my fears and frustrations to Him and He renews my focus and my joy. He reminds me who I am. I am His. That doesn’t┬ámake me immune from struggles,challenges and my persisting flaws. His love simply makes me unstoppable and unbeatable because my identity and contentment are grounded in His love.

After you’ve silenced the voice of every insecurity you didn’t even know you had, you must now face the opinions of others. What others think is never more important that what you know and believe. When I know God is with me, I’m confident. I’m courageously me. With all my imperfections and frailties, He loves me. How can I not walk with confidence and peaceful assurance? Every new adventure brings moments of vulnerabilities, no matter what anyone says or the voice of doubt tries to tell you, just know you are where you’re supposed to be; so enjoy and live in the moment. Don’t try to get too far ahead of yourself. That induces stress and anxiety. Take each day as it comes: one day and one moment at a time.

Remember to have fun and laugh often. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Anything worth doing is worth enjoying. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do well at it. Stress has never made anyone look good. Cry before God and smile in front of God. Face each knowing His love got your back.