Closing Comraderies: February {Lung Leavin’ Day}

Closing Comraderies: February {Lung Leavin’ Day}

closeAfter reading Heather Von St. James’s blog, I decided to feature her as my Closing Comrade for the month of February.  Here’s a little more about Heather and how you can partner with her:

Nine years ago, Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma and given just 15 months to live. She was determined to beat this disease both for herself and her new daughter.  Family shot

After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born.

Lung Leavin Day logo

In honor of the fear that she was facing the night before my surgery, her family and friends gather around a fire in their backyard, write their biggest fears on a plate and smash the plates into the fire. LLD_plate

She has created an interactive page that tells the full story of her special day and allows other to be involved in smashing their fears.  More information on mesothelioma can be found here.

Heather also asked me to share one of my own fears.

In high school, I would have never claimed to be a fearful person.  I love to travel and be adventurous, I have been zip-lining in Costa Rica, flown into the second most dangerous airport int he world, rappelled down a 90-foot cliff, climbed numerous rock walls, and jumped from a 60-foot free fall.  I held a snake in Trinidad and went scuba diving in Tobago.  In Honduras, I was the person selected to remove the tarantula from our room.  Me? Afraid? Never!

In college, I realized that there are fears other than arachnophobia, acrophobia, and hydrophobia.  In fact, I am a chronic sufferer of atychiphobia, the fear of failure.

Thankfully, God does not expect me to do anything in my own strength.  He is omnipotent and ready to help me succeed.  In Luke 18:27, Jesus says, “What is impossible for man is possible for God.”  Also, Second Corinthians 12:9 says that Christ’s “grace is sufficient for you, for [His] power is made perfect in weakness.”

We need not fear anything on earth.  God “protects our lives and does not let us be defeated” (Psalm 66:9).  Nothing is impossible for Him.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

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