Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Only A Breath~ Do It AFRAID...

Do It Afraid

by Melanie on January 17, 2011
“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.
Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Today I am inspired by these timeless words of Martin Luther King, Jr. I ask myself if I am holding back. Do I resist doing ‘hard things’ because I am afraid or because I am afraid of what others may think or say about me? I have to admit that there are things I have been afraid to do, and I pray God will strengthen my resolve to do the “hard things” by His strength alone without stopping to count the costs.
Is there something that you want to do?
that you feel led to do?
that is the right thing to do?
Is it hard? Is it unpopular? What will people say? What will your friends say? …. Does it matter what they say?
Take that step and do it, even if your palms sweat and your knees knock until you are barely standing. You only get one opportunity to live your life. Afraid or not, live it! Don’t look back with regrets, and “what if’s”.
Move forward, no matter what the cost.
I’m talking to me.

I’m counting gifts with a heart of gratitude. Join me?

This was posted by my OOOOBER special friend, Melanie at Only a Breath...

I mentioned I was going to be making a Change...Which NOW I would like to call it an ADDITION to my blog...Well~  This is a BIG HINT!

PLEASE visit Melanie at "Only a Breath"...Her button is on my Left Sidebar...She is an

I would LOVE for you to leave me a Comment on ANYTHING you are GRATEFUL to God for!  If you do not want to Share...NO WORRIES!  This is NOT to put ANYONE in a UNCOMFORTABLE position!  I want this to be A JOYFUL thing...anything to
Refresh Our Spirit!
AND...HEY!  Im STILL gonna be ME...GOOFBALL and ALL!  Thats just me...Who God made me to be!  He had to make SOME of us GOOFBALLS, right???  No Doubt!

I am GRATEFUL to God for Bringing SOOOO MANY Amazing and truly Special friends to me in Blogland!  Its ALL OF YOU that INSPIRE me to do more and more things to share with you!
I TRULY LOVE and APPRECIATE every single person that visits my Blog!  YALL are why Im here! 
NOW!  If God could just help me figure out a SYSTEM to getting ALL my visits and Commenting to all of you...I would be EVER SO GRATEFUL for that!  WHEW!  Its TUFF to keep up to speed!  I do LOTS of visiting BUUUT, am POORLY lacking in the commenting department!  YIKERS!

Again!  I am Grateful to God for all of you!
What are you greatful for???

ON to Whassup Wednesday!!!   WoooHoooo!  Lets Par-Tay! {Thanks for that one Becca}


NanaDiana said...

Oh- ONE thing that pops immediately to mind is that I have had a chance to meet some true "goofballs" here..and LOVE your and YOUR goofiness...AND your good heart. Back to work for me here now- Hugs-Diana

nomo wino daph said...

Amen my friend!!

Great post! I am thankful to have come across you!!

We would so be buds IRL. Wish I were still in Tx :)

I always try to remember, Jesus didn't walk an easy road. When we follow, our road will be bumpy. BUT ITS ALL OKAY CAUSE ITS FOR HIM!

Be Blessed,

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Hey Girl! Hope your having a great Wednesday. Thank you for hosting :D

The Tuscan Home said...

Hi Kara, Whasssuup? ;)
Thanks for hosting! This is a fabulous post. I second that...AMEN!! I wish more people would put God 1st and not worry about what others think, the world would be a much better place.

I am also grateful to have found you. You are a wonderful person and you have such a genuine, sweet, and giving heart, and it shines through in your writing. God gave you a wonderful gift and that is your contagious personality. You inspire, you make us smile, and you make us laugh. Laughter is one of the greatest gifts EVER, so I am happy to have found you. Keep it up, girl! Love ya, ~Liz

Traci said...

I'm so very thankful that my parents raised me in Church & taught me to be thankful to God for everything - the life I have, the family & friends I have. I'm so thankful for all my bloggy friends too! And, yes, I'm very thankful to have a husband that will shop for shoes with me!!!

Ann H. said...

I have so many things to be grateful for that it overwhelms me to even write down one or two. Of course, I'm grateful for my Lord and Savior. I am so grateful for my beautiful family and my wonderful friends. I am grateful for my health and that I am well enough to start working out with a trainer this week. I've made the commitment to stay healthy and this week is the first week of the rest of my life.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Hey, I posted for Whassup Wed. I am so grateful for so is hard to pick...but I am grateful to my Saviour for allowing me to continue living so I can enjoy the many blessings in my life!
btw, do you use your Blogroll to visit. I tell you, I must be one of the few, but I LOVE my blogroll. That is the ONLY way I keep up with my visits and comments. Of course, I am not getting as many as you are....but still I prefer it.

Ami Allison said...

I am thankful for this amazing and inspiring post! I am afriad of SO MUCH and I DON'T do things because of this. I don't want to be this way! I am greatful for my salvation, my God, my husband and my precious daughter. I want to make all THREE of them proud. :)

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear. Ben Johnson

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear. Ben Johnson

Karen said...

This is a wonderful and timely post for me, I have been struggling to overcome the twin demons of doubt and fear.It's a process,but I'm grateful to still be here and to have the chance to still grow as a person.

Becca said...

Hey, hey ... *par-tay* girl here (lol). Great post, friend (and thanks for the little shout out). Obviously, I am grateful for CHU (that's Becca-talk for YOU), girlfriend. You are fun, talented and willing to put yourself out there, which I love and admire! Thanks for hosting ... I'm grabbing a drink, some bagel chips dipped in Helluva Good French Onion Dip, and I'm off to party, I mean, par-tay! xoxo, Becca

Anonymous said...

I loved this post! It was a blessing.

I left you an email just a few minutes ago because I made a mistake linking to your party! I am so new to this...ugh! Anyway, I think I put your web address instead of my blog address as the link...I can't delete it now because it is in as your web address. Only I could manage to do this - haha. I am so sorry for the confusion!

Vanessa said...

Hey chica! I am grateful that God is God and I am not! :-) Truly, I am amazed at how He loves me all flawed and imperfect as I am and that He covers me with a grace that I often don't even give to myself. He has blessed me far beyond what I could ever deserve and I'm determined that my life will be a reflection of gratefulness to Him! Thanks so much for this fabulous post and for being the hostess with the mostess. :-)
P.S. My son's homework was to tell me who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was and he said, "He loved the Lord, mom!"

Anonymous said...

Thankful for posts like this, that's for sure. I am a person that reflects on things. Lurve it!

Fow what it's worth...I love that you hope over to everyone's blog and comment and thank them for visiting.-- Speaks volumes to me. Thanks, sista.

Have a FAB day.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I am thankful for much..really...I could go on and on! But to keep it short here I am really thankful for this whole blogging adventure! It's not only taught me a few things about the computer, cameras, and friendships. It's also brought back my creative side that was kinda dormant for a bit! I love being creative and sharing it with others too, and I am so inspired to be creative after visiting so many blogs like yours! Woohooo!

Rita said...

So many great blogs. I am thankful for my heavenly Father. Thankful that He changed your dad's malignancy to benign and totally removed the affected lymph node. Thankful that He remains in our lives and I continue trying to understand what He is telling me by the return of your dad's cancer. Thankful for my wonderful daughter and all my special grandchildren. Thankful for my wonderful friends and family. Thankful for sending me your husband to be my special son. Love you with all my heart and I'm so proud of special daughter. Mom

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