Silly Doggie

Silly Doggie

You’re reading a God–Sized Dreams post. Each Tuesday, a team of God-sized dreamers writes on the progress of their dreams, spurred by the wisdom in Holley Gerth’s new book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You. For all my posts in this series, please click here. This week’s topic is: Write a letter that starts out, “Dear Chihuahua of Fear, I have some things I’d like to say to you…”

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Dear Chihuahua of Fear,

I have some things I’d like to say to you…

First, you are a liar.

You bark ideas like:

You can’t do that!

Who do you think you are?

What will people think of you?

You will disappoint people.

You are failing.

What if you’re wrong?

You’ll ruin everything.

It’s a good thing I know where to find the Truth.

‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’ –John 14:6

I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.’ –Jeremiah 31:3

Second, you market in worst-case scenarios.

You’d have me believe:

People will abandon me.

I will be revealed as a horrible fraud of a person.

I will somehow cause irreparable damage to my children.

My efforts will end in shame and failure.

No one will care or notice me.

I will have no support.

But, see here, fear–I’ve got your game.

I know that worst-case rarely, if ever, happens.

And, if it did, I would survive.

And thrive.

‘The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.’ –Matthew 7:25

Third, I know your secret.

You are not the menace you seem to be.

You are a mere chihuahua yapping at me, masquerading as a Doberman.

Fourth, you don’t know my secret: I can do things scared.

It’s called courage.

Fortitude. Which is a cardinal virtue and gift of the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, remember this, fear…

My victory is already won. My job is to believe it and claim it.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit. –John 20:19-22 (emphasis added)

You don’t stand a chance.

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And you? Do you think the bark of fear is worse than its bite?

How do you combat fear?

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Comments

  1. Hi Mandy! Loved your post, and loved your ending statement– my victory is already won. Such a powerful truth that I know and yet sometimes forget. Keep working on your God-sized dream. God’s using you. :) –Sarah :) <3 P.S. I compared my chihuahua to a Doberman too.

  2. Yes and Amen! Our Victory is already WON! It’s praise Time in TN!

  3. Okay so I wasn’t loving the prompt…you did a great job with it! I may try to do my own. We’ll see. I’m scared of dogs…seriously! Jenn
    Jenn recently posted..Mom Monday–The Kid’s Bathroom EditionMy Profile

  4. So strong, dear dreaming sister, you make me want to stand up and cheer. You own this! My favorite line: “Fourth, you don’t know my secret: I can do things scared.” Amen.
    Elizabeth Anne May (@seasonswithsoul) recently posted..Dear Barracuda…My Profile

  5. So many things in this post that I love, friend!

    “I can do things scared…it’s called courage.”

    “My victory is already won. My job is to believe it and claim it.” Yes, yes, YES!

    Thank you for these reminders of Truth…you are such an encouragement and blessing to me. Have a great day, friend! :)
    Mel recently posted..My God-Sized Dream: Dear Chihuahua,My Profile

    • Truly, thank you! Mel, I can’t put my finger on why, but I was so hesitant with writing this post. So, your words mean so much. Blessings back to you!
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  6. The chihuahua analogy reminds me of The Great Oz — pay no attention to the fool behind the curtain! Here’s to NOT listening to the obnoxious yapping!

  7. Whoo Hoo !!!! The victory IS already won !! I posted Exodus 14:15 in my post where God tells the Iraelites to go forward. He does not dismissed the fear but tells them to walk though it. I think that is what He is saying to us dreamers now.
    Amy P Boyd recently posted..Chihuahua of Fear {God-sized Dreams}My Profile

  8. Loved your letter! I love dogs, but the ONLY dog that’s ever bitten me was a chihuahua…and I’ve been bitten by TWO of them! I have great danes. They are truly the gentle giants. I love this linking up with Holly…there are so many great blogs out there and yours is one of them!

    • Thanks so much, Celeste! We had a chihuahua/poodle mix growing up, and he yipped nonstop! Oh, my goodness. Your great danes sound more my speed. I’ve been so blessed by Holley’s link up also. Blessings!
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  9. From now on, fear will always look like a Chihuahua to me…
    thank you for that gift!
    beautiful post, friend {HUGS}
    Nikki recently posted..Intimate Life-Knowledge {How My Prayers Have Changed}My Profile

    • You are welcome, my friend:) Thank you for your kind words–though I must give credit for the chihuahua image to Holley. It’s from her book, although I had one growing up, and I can verify–it’s yip, yip, yip, yip, yip…just like those persistent fears! Love ya!
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  10. you go girl!!
    Lani recently posted..Dear Chihuahua of Fear, I Surrender…My Profile

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