“For God hath not given me a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7. I remember when my husband first starting talking about getting a dog. I wanted to be supportive but I was unsure how I felt about it. I was deathly afraid of dogs and could hardly stand to be around them. People often asked me if I had been bitten by a dog and I’d always respond in the negative. Maybe I just had bag dreams about them growing up or watched the wrong movies. Whatever it was, it just rocked me to the core.
We started going to the Humane Society and spending short periods of times with dogs in a small room. We took the girls with us and they stole most of the attention so it worked. I started really warming up to the idea. I guess my husband thought I was completely open so one night he showed up with an American Pitbull. Maxx was 8 weeks old and was super small. It was Christmas Break during one of my law school years and I knew there was no way I could be left at home alone with the little pup. So, yes, Oliver had to take a day off from work.Since then Maxx has found his way to doggie heaven and I found myself completely devastated. Shortly thereafter, Mystic, my current Blue Nose Pitbull, was born and found her way into our home and family. She is everything to me: my protector, my alarm system, my garbage disposal, my fitness pal, my stumbling block in the dark, my late night companion and much more. I am so thankful that I allowed myself to open my heart and my mind to new possibilities. Instead of letting fear overtake me, I overcame it. I now know that I can do anything. Nothing can hold me back!
What are you afraid of? What calling has God placed on your life that you have turned away in fear? Yes, I had my husband right there with me to hold my hand. Know that you are not alone. God is always with you and He wants you to let Him hold your hand. God wants you to face your fears. God wants you to walk into your destiny. You have what it takes! What are you waiting for?