{Celebrating Beautiful} Overcoming the Fear of Rush, by Kelly Balarie

In blogging for the last 5 years, I’ve written about many different topics, but one theme that has remained constant has been my focus of sharing about how our family is discovering the beauty in difference and choosing to celebrate the incredible beauty all around us, and how we want to encourage others to do the same. After connecting with and reading about so many amazing people and families doing so many amazing things, I started a guest blog series called Celebrating Beautiful, as it relates to beauty however it can be interpreted: motherhood, faith, your kids, an experience, home, and so much more.
 
I met Kelly Balarie when we attended a writer’s program together last year, and we bonded while cruising around Nashville! She is so encouraging and such a bright soul, and her first book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, was just released in January! I can’t wait to dive into it.
Here is Kelly Balarie on Celebrating Beautiful…

CelebratingBeautifulTime never stops. I think this is what most aggravates me about it.

Sometimes, every tick is a tock that seems to reminds me: I have so much to do. Time is passing. I need to move faster. There is a window I might miss. There are people who may run there faster than me. I am late.

I used to wake up in the morning already feeling behind. As my coffee would drip in the pot, I would consider, “Okay, I have 1 hour to get my kids breakfast, get them dressed and get them to school. I can’t be late.”

Time used to make anxiety crawl up my skin.

It made me pulse with a nervous spirit. Have you ever found yourself on edge?

It made me rush my family. Have you felt behind?

It reminded me how little I was able to do. Have you felt ineffective before?

But through all of my rushing, I came to realize that to be strapped for time is to be strapped to a hurried pace that almost always steals God’s grace. For when you are in a rush, you can’t find your place of hush that lets you hear God. Don't rush ahead of

How I know this to be true – oh yes, I do! Yet, there is a difference between knowing and changing. We can know a whole lot of stuff, but at the same time, change nothing about our lives. God is much more about seeing our lives transformed, I believe, than seeing our minds filled with Christian-ese knowledge.

So  I continue to tackle this bear of time. I’ve been turning to God to tackle the issue in my heart and not my mind, and in the process, I’m learning:

  • God does not wear a watch. He is not limited by time. With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2 Pet. 3:8)
  • The fear of missing out is unfounded. Our God, who is unlimited in power, can break the limits of time – in half. He can help us do more than we ever believed we could, as we rest on Him.
  • What joy we crave, is only available in the present moment. By rushing ahead, we run past God. Life is found when we stay in step with the Holy Spirit. This is where we find beauty emerges.
  • What we cannot do, behind the scenes, God can. He can do more than me, always.
  • We step out of the pasture of peace, when we live by the urgency of the clock. If we pace ourselves to God, he will bring us exactly where we are supposed to go, but, with him, we’ll go with rest and fullness of heart, rather than tiredness.

We have a God who is unbound by limitations. There is nothing that can stop his power, except our mind that doesn’t believe.  What if, today, we step out, fearless, and walk – not hurried, not strapped, not overwhelmed, not agonizing, but at rest into his calling? What might God do?FearFightingAuthor and Speaker, Kelly Balarie is both a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She leans on the power of God, rests on the shoulder of Christ, and discovers how to glow in the dark places of life. Get all Kelly’s blog posts by email or visit her on her blog Purposeful Faith. Kelly didn’t always fight fear – for a large part of her life, she was controlled by it. Yet, in her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly charts a new course. Join Kelly on the journey to go and grow with Christ’s bravery, the Spirit’s counsel and God’s unending love that squelches fear. Buy Fear Fighting today or Join the 4 Days to Fearless Challenge!