Dare

I am not the me I used to be.  Now I dare to share. http://wp.me/s2UZoK-dare via @blestbutstrestThe funny thing about growing up in a conservative Christian community is that I never learned to share my faith—after all everyone I knew already believed the same things I did. I went to church with the same kids I went to school with. We had the same Bible classes from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

If someone asked me what I believed, I always happily shared, but I’ve never been the strike-up-conversations-with-strangers-about-Jesus kind of gal. Frankly, I suffered from fear. Fear of people not understanding. Fear of looking foolish. Fear of saying the wrong thing or offending someone.

It took almost losing my husband to give me confidence to share Jesus with strangers. It didn’t happen overnight, but on one of my many plane trips between Bozeman and San Francisco, I found myself chatting with my seatmate.  About God.  About the miracles that He had orchestrated time after time throughout Pedro’s long illness. I realized that when I focused on what God had done, I could actually dare to share our journey.

Since that moment, I’ve prayed with a distraught customer in the Christian bookstore where I moonlighted. I’ve prayed with students. I’ve prayed with friends over the phone. I’ve told whoever will listen about Pedro’s miraculous healing (and thus this blog and the #write31days challenge).

I’m not the me I used to be. Full of fear. Now I dare to share. (tweet this)

And like Paul, I have confidence that because of the hard road we’ve traveled, I have so much more to say and I understand the urgency of saying it.

God loves you. He wants you to get to know Him. He wants to lead you and guide you into a life of freedom on earth and eternity spent with Him. It’s never too late to say “Yes” to God. He can handle all of your questions, your fears and your problems. He loves you.

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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • This is so cool, Anita! I totally relate to being fearful when it comes to sharing my faith. You’re so right that when we focus on God, the fear melts away and we can simply talk with people.
    Marie recently posted…Five Minute Friday: DareMy Profile

    • It’s crazy how that works, isn’t it? Less of me, more of Him.

  • Oh, this post makes me so happy. I was actually praying earlier this week specifically that God would make me more bold in my proclamation of His praise (which sounds really churchy and pompous, but really, to have that sort of exuberance and excitement about what He’s doing that I tell every person I run into).

    There IS hope for me yet. So happy to hear how He made you more courageous and daring in sharing your faith. Much love to you, #fmfparty sister!
    Asheritah recently posted…Dare to Surrender:: Abiding in Christ {Day 24}My Profile

    • Oh, there’s always hope for us :). I’m an introvert–so me being able to share is a true miracle! Hugs to you :).

  • Beautiful dear! Your stories here about Pedro’s illness and God’s providence are moving to me, and probably nearly priceless to someone who is struggling in that same situation. Your words are powerful, and speak of the God of love, who reaches out again and again to help us. And they testify to His glory!!
    Jen @ Growing in Faith recently posted…#write31days {Five Minute Friday: Dare}My Profile

  • I applaude your boldness! I am a greeter at my church and sometimes after I leave that building I still have trouble talking about Him to others. A shift of focus is a brilliant insight! Thank you!
    Mollie Hardman recently posted…Dare To Be BraveMy Profile

  • I love your post. I’ve always been hesitant to share my faith with others, telling myself that my actions, my lifestyle is my “testimony”. Your post gives me something to think about. 🙂 And your husband has been cancer-free for 10 years — praise God!!

    • Amen! I tease him about being ‘really young’ since the transplant coordinated designed transplant day as his ‘new birthday'(he even had to get all of his puppy, er, childhood shots over again). Take courage and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your conversations.

  • I love this, Anita and I love who God has transformed you into being! God is a rewarded of us taking risks… succeed or ‘fail’… to Him – it’s that we are willing that counts the most! Love you, girl! Dare to keep on sharin’!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted…DAY TWENTY FOUR – DARE (A Five Minute Friday post)My Profile

    • Thank you, sweet friend! Life without growth in Him is just a slow death.

  • Anita, I had never thought about how growing up surrounded by Christians caused me to be inhibited to share Jesus. It’s true. I never had a need to because everyone around me was a Christian…or at least they looked like one. Like you, it wasn’t until I was in a place in life where I had little other than Jesus that I would be compelled to share Him. Great post. Popping in from #FMFparty.
    Leah Adams recently posted…Five Minute Friday ~ DareMy Profile

    • Hey, friend! Thanks for stopping by. Sometimes it’s hard to smell the roses when you grow up in the rose garden. I’m so glad God works with us and teaches us, no matter where we are!

  • It’s never too late to say “Yes” to God! What a beautiful lesson. Isn’t it amazing how God is able to speak through us, if only we let Him? Beautiful post!
    Kristin recently posted…Day 23: StrongMy Profile

    • Amen. I think I had my ears plugged for a long time :(. Thank you for stopping by, Kristin :).

  • “I’m not the me I used to be. Full of fear. Now I dare to share.” I can confidently say the first part but it’s that dare to share I’m still working on. On my computer screen is comfortable, but I want to dare to share with the people God places before me in real life. Inspired by your post and the reminder that it’s never too late.
    Blessings.
    Beth S. recently posted…God will accomplish His purpose {Day 23: #write31days}My Profile

    • Thank you for stopping by, Beth. I agree–it’s much easier on a computer screen–but it’s getting easier in real life–it just takes practice and the willingness to be open to the Holy Spirit whispering, “Go talk to her!” in your ear.

  • Yes and AMEN!
    Janice S. recently posted…Day 22: You are here – a brief recapMy Profile

  • I guess our fear is the enemy’s most powerful weapon against the Kingdom. I’m so glad that you’re overcoming. I’m learning as well. And I love your emphasis on God’s love for us. That is the big message, after all, isn’t it?

    • Is is! God’s love for us is the life-changer and it rules supreme.

  • We are on sequential pages of the same book today. 🙂 I appreciate your encouragement!
    Melissa recently posted…Being Daring – 31 Days – Five Minute FridayMy Profile

    • It’s good to know I’m reading the same book as my friends ;). Thanks for stopping by!

  • Thank you for sharing! I too find it hard to witness to others about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit…I am a Christian; born and raised and born again!! Others around me KNOW that I am a Christian and I speak openly about that fact; but have always found it hard to just sit down and … witness with the words that are found readily in the Bible. I appreciate your words – and will find time really soon to go back and read your 31 day posts and your journey with your husband!!
    Barbara London recently posted…Day 24 – How Caring for Others Affects YOUMy Profile

    • 🙂 And I, likewise, will be going back to your series and reading through from start to finish :).

  • I don’t feel like I am good at sharing my faith either. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Melissa recently posted…Kiddie WarsMy Profile

    • Sometimes, our actions are enough, sometimes, we need to use words. Sometimes it’s hard to know what we need to do because our insecurities get in the way :).

  • I love this! I often feel the same way about sharing my love for Christ. I never feel good enough or confident enough to share. I guess if Paul can do what he did then we can do even a fraction of it. Thank you for sharing
    Rachel shewmaker recently posted…When You Just Got to Say, Oh Well, and Move OnMy Profile

    • I ‘dare you’ to try sharing–it’s not as hard as I expected. Each time it gets easier.

  • amen and beautiful- visiting from the #fmf community Love, Traci Michele http://www.tracimichele.com

    • Thanks for stopping by, Traci! I love ‘meeting’ fellow FMF people :).

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  • sharing the Gospel with others is something that I struggle with. I was raised in a Christian home and lived in Christian community for much of my growing up time so I never really felt compelled to share and now when i have the chance, I often don’t know what to say. I guess i don’t want to offend which makes me ashamed because I shouldn’t be afraid of offense of other but rather offending my Lord. this is definitely something that I need to work on. WHat God has done for us is a beautiful thing that everyone needs to know. So beautiful that God used your travel to share with others. Thankful for the 10 years of your hubby being cancer free.
    Janel Andrews recently posted…#FMF – DareMy Profile

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