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"Our struggle for freedom is a long one, and we must recognize that none are safe when hard-won basic human rights are unraveling all around us." Yulia Gorbunova, human rights defender who attended our "Freedom from Fear: Securing Rights in Challenging Times" forum in May. #humanrights #Russia #humanrightswatch #freedom #freedomfromfear

Like a good American whiskey, we didn't produce many. But for those who partake, you'll know you're a part of something special.
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For episode 111 of #Americangothic you can see the amazing art team's tribute to Freedom From Fear in the top of the collage and the original Rockwell painting below on the right. I had the hardest time thinking of what to make when I realized that's is those who I love in life that take away my fear. So I took a key and wired it to hang from a heart that had a lock in the middle. I wrote on the back "Love is the key to Freedom From Fear." I knew I was going to give one to the director but I hadn't decided who to give the other one to. For some reason when we were filming on July 4th (it's not a holiday in Canada😝) I grabbed both of them and brought them to set. While filming I noticed @virginiamadsen 💓 seemed a little sad. Then I saw on Instagram that she posted that her dad who had passed away last year (and who has a crooked smile like me) was born on the Fourth of July and this was her first July 4th without him. Who gives you more protection, more love and more freedom from fear than your daddy? I knew I had to give her this piece and I didn't wait until the end of the season like I did for everyone else. I left it in her trailer that day. I miss her a lot and can not believe I was lucky enough to work with her for six months! @americangothiccbs @cbstvstudios #freedomfromfear #love

Yesterday I shared with you that fear almost took my legs out from under me during our adoption process. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what is out of my control. Fear of the what-if's and the not-enoughs.
Lately, as I've shared more of my story with friends, I keep hearing the same words echoed back to me. I'm not alone in feeling held prisoner by fear. But I'm also not alone in realizing that this does not have to be our reality. •• As we put our faith in Christ, God promises to take care of us. NEVER to leave us. We know this, in our heads. But still we are so afraid in our hearts. Afraid of not enough.
1. That we will not *be* enough. This one is personal. (identity)
2. That we will not *have* enough. This one is provisional. (trust)

Both are an affront to who God is. The God who lives in us and shepherds us with utmost faithfulness and ability. He cannot be anything other than enough. HE is the God of more than enough. He is a good Father. And He promises abundant provision as we seek Him. Whether that's provision of wisdom in a hard decision, energy in parenting, courage in new relationships, strength in weakness, financial provision, deliverance from crippling anxiety, joy in mourning... I've realized that I have to be able to say “ENOUGH!” in the mocking face of fear. "I've had enough!" Because fear holds me back no more. It is for freedom that I've been set free.
Because God is more than enough for me. And He will not fail to meet me when I call on Him.
The same is true for you dear friend.
"And God is able to make ALL GRACE ABOUND to you, that always having ALL SUFFICIENCY in EVERYTHING, you may have an ABUNDANCE for every good deed." 2 Cor. 9:8.
#freedomfromfear #realloveinreallife #adoption #imagebearer #beingmadewhole

I went ahead and pushed past fear today ... I have lived in my neighborhood for 4 years. Most of those years I've been behind the walls of my home, continuing to adjust to a new norm. I have always loved others, meeting new people and getting to know them, but my time and heart have been full with the litltle souls within my home. I have had a deep trust that the natural love for others placed within my heart would be free to shine again in coming seasons... And today it was so incredibly lovely to watch that unfold! We spontaneously planned a bike parade down our street this morning! We handed out home made flyers yesterday, and today we had about thirty + show up to just be together. Neighbors came out and waved and everyone genuinely enjoyed the idea. And to think I was afraid of offending others or being rejected... Freedom is always happening. #freedomfromfear

I realized that in the past I have sentenced myself to the comparison prison. I catch myself tripping over my words and stumbling through life because I get nervous I will "say or do the wrong thing". But I want to pursuit a life that is so genuine and so passionate! I'm determined to celebrate exactly who God made me. And that includes the parts of me that might not be appreciated by the crowd. I want to stare my fears in the face and conquer them without relent. I will no longer allow this "fear of not being accepted" straight jacket my freedom. The pursuit to please everyone is exhausting and will always leave you feeling dry. #freedomfromfear #madewithapurpose #screwperfection #mustardflowers

⚡️⚡️Today I touched a part of the Berlin Wall.⚡️⚡️ #FreedomFromFear #EdwinaSandys

Berada di padang gurun tp tidak untuk berputar putar...😛#freedomfromfear #holylandtour2017#egypttrip

We stand in solidarity with all the individuals fighting for peace at Standing Rock and with every other human being taking a stand for life in these critical hours on earth.
#nodapl #humanityconvenes #freedomfromviolence #freedomfromfear


had a first this weekend: got stung by a bee. learned a few things: 1. it sure hurts. 2. i will NOT have an anaphylactic reaction when stung. 3. I *am* allergic, just not *that* allergic (it swelled up pretty decently). 4. aspirin paste is basically magic. it eventually took the pain away (or most of it!) and made the swelling go away. there is still a light red circle where it swelled up but no pain. i tested i was allergic to bees when i was little so i have lived with fear of being stung truly not knowing what would happen. God sure is kind to allow something momentarily painful to free me from a fear of the unknown. the Lord knew what i needed every step of the way. thankful for a perfect day with some great friends. #bees #juststandingthere #beauty #lakeday #friends #freedomfromfear #strangeblessings #perfectday

Feels great to be back out there. This is the start of getting fit again. I'm finally feeling physically great again after a year and a half of vision problems (dialating pupils), headaches, mental lapses, facial flushing, waking up with facial numbness, back & body aches, nausea & way too much anxiety. Feels SO good to feel back to normal, finally! #running #oncearunner #triathlete #cancersucks #anxietysucks #freedomfromfear #powerbar

"Our struggle for freedom is a long one, and we must recognize that none are safe when hard-won basic human rights are unraveling all around us." Yulia Gorbunova, human rights defender who attended our "Freedom from Fear: Securing Rights in Challenging Times" forum in May. #humanrights #Russia #humanrightswatch #freedom #freedomfromfear

I feel like my life has been full of powerful reminders of just how precious each day really is, from losing my mom to breast cancer as a teen, to birthing a child with a blood disorder who had 2 blood transfusions, a cat scan, a catheter and a spinal tap by 8 weeks of age alone, to a perfectly healthy second baby who spiked a high fever that landed us in the ER last night. God knows my greatest fears and struggles are wrapped in the fear of loss, and that the hardest place for me to be is a hospital. So he keeps bringing me back there. Not to scare me or torture me but to grow me, to help me break free of fear, and to lean on him in my weakness and realize just how much he loves me and my boys. And he does.
So this morning I am taking it extra slow again. Joshy isn't feeling all better yet but we are home, no one is poking him anymore, and for now he is okay. And for that I am grateful. ❤️ Remember that this life is fleeting and there's nothing like a health scare to remind us of that. Hug your babies tight. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Rest more. Be more present. Slow down more. And live with gratitude for all you have.
#perspective #gratitude #joshuadavid #secondbaby #healthscare #momminainteasy #amotherslove #holdthemtight #gratitude #sundaymorning #pancakes #itsthelittlethings

Don't demand
Seek to understand
For it is those we feel we cannot love
That need our hearts and love the most
#dontdemand #hearts #lovethemost #faith #amedicinalmind #understandingeachother #remainhumble #freeinfaith #freedomfromfear #yoga #mindfulness #mindfulnessmeditation

#doonethingeverydaythatscaresyou. Made it to San Diego, the first huge leap into this adventure! Conquered that flight like a pro...well, at least with much less anxiety 😌 Excited to sleep, I'm real good at that! Thankful for all your prayers and support, more than you know. You all have really been spurring me on and I'm so grateful for each of you. You are sharing in these victories. Sharing in the glory of freedom and life and joy! Thank YOU for daring to believe in me. Praise God for friends like you.
#daretobegin #glory #freedomfromfear #bold #braveones #reaumeforadventure #sleepismyfavorite

Politicians take note, we will vote! We will more than resist - we will oppose. We will live by the words inscribed on the base of this emblem of freedom - "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I saw this and it just rang so true for me. I wanted to share it, but doing so without explanation would most likely send the wrong message. I would love to be comfortable being friends with everyone, but my anxiety just wouldn't allow it. 40 million people in the world suffer with some form of anxiety, it affects everyone differently and what triggers some people's doesn't trigger others. My biggest fear is the fear of judgement. And this has spanned across so many aspects in my life. From career choices, to three failed driving tests. I have zero control of the little electrical impulses in my brain that send me into an inside panic. Those that suffer with anxiety will know that feeling. Drowning in your own over thinking, like someone is sitting on your chest, not being to able to breathe and searching for a place to escape to, while trying to control the shaking and sweaty palms. Now depending on where your anxiety fits in with your life this will be triggered at different times. Mine is social. When it comes to social situations I drown. Even more so if it's new, a new place or new people. Conversations are near on impossible as I can't cope with the irrational thoughts in my head and speak at the same time. So I just smile and remove myself to a "safe" place and hope that's enough to come across as a normal person. Which in fact probably comes across as the opposite. Those of you that know me will probably have witnessed this on more than one occasion.
I suppose this post is less about me, but more about raising awareness. The next time you see someone who doesn't involve themselves quite so easily, doesn't make easy conversation or just seems less approachable, don't judge them. They may be having their own battles in their head. This doesn't make them rude or unfriendly, just means it takes them longer to settle in with the crowd. Give them time.
And if this describes you, I get it!! You're not alone.
#hiddenillness #socialanxiety #awareness #youarenotalone #freedomfromfear #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters

So funny story. In yesterday's #donotfear post, I mentioned Psalm 118:6. Guess what? It's today's #donotfear verse! 🙈 I love it when God does that. Have you noticed in your own life how one scripture verse or passage will lead you to another similar verse for maximum encouragement?? Love that!
I'm going to share my favorites from Psalm 118 below. I choose a pretty picture of a dancer with the sunshine behind her for two reasons: (1) I'm watching So You Think You Can Dance with Marc for the first time ever and loving it!! So much talent. I wish I had a body and could move like that. Wowza! #sytycd and (2) because verse 5 pretty much sums it up: "Out of my distress I called out to the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free."
Be encouraged today: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever” ‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭118:6-9, 14, 17-18, 27-29‬ ‭ESV‬‬)! #dance #freedomfromfear

Today, singing in hopeful expectation of freedom from fear. #loveisall #freedomfromfear #havecourage #wearehereforyou #abortiondoctor #clinicworkers #attwn #prolove.com

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