Do it Afraid!

Do it Afraid !

Do it afraid !

A poem written for you by Tracey Russell to help you jump into action!

You’re all set and ready to start,

then something happens in your heart-

Paralyzed, you just can’t jump

 Motivation hits a slump!

Something tries to push you back

hold you down, turn you back!

Is it the thought you won’t succeed?

Will God forget to meet your need?

Emotions swirl and grip you tight,

but this is when you need to fight!

Do it Afraid!

Hold your nose, if you must!

leap with faith, learn to trust!

DO it Afraid, jump in the air

You’ll always find God waiting there!

He gives you strength for each new day

He rewards your effort along the way

Do it afraid, Push back tears

Don’t give into gripping fears!

Remember a time within the past,

You made it through, when you couldn’t last?

You are stronger than you know

God uses risk to help you grow.

So do it afraid, whatever the call

It’s better than not doing “it” at all!



Tracey Russell –








Restless and discontentment : A Place of Progress!


Thomas Edison

Is restlessness and discontentment always a bad thing?

According to Thomas Edison, it was the creative fuel that kept him trying new things.

He had an endless curiosity, even as a small child. When he finally learned to speak at age four, his favorite question to ask adults was” Why? “.

Thomas Edison’s life was full of ups and downs. On his road to success, he encountered restlessness.

His restlessness and discontent lead him to new discovery and invention.

This story was found on a Edison Biography website:

“Deeply in debt and about to be fired by Western Union for “not concentrating on his primary responsibilities and doing too much moonlighting,” Edison now borrowed $35.00 from his fellow telegrapher and “night owl” pal, Benjamin Bredding, to purchase a steamship ticket to the “more commercially oriented city of New York.”

During the third week after arriving in “the big apple” Tom  was purportedly “on the verge of starving to death.” At this precipitous juncture, one of the most amazing coincidences in the annals of technological history now began to unfold.  Immediately after having begged a cup of tea from a street vendor, Tom began to meander through some of the offices in New |York’s financial district. Observing that the manager of  a local brokerage firm was in a panic, he eventually determined that  a critically important stock-ticker in his office had just broken down….

    Noting that no one in the crowd that had gathered around the defective machine seemed to have a clue on how to fix it, he elbowed his way into the scene and grasped a momentary opportunity to have a go at addressing what was wrong himself…. Luckily, since he had been sleeping in the basement of the building for a few days – and doing quite a bit of snooping around – he already had a pretty good idea of what the device was supposed to do.

After spending  a few seconds confirming exactly how the stock ticker was intended to work in the first place, Tom reached down and manipulated a loose spring back to where it belonged.  To everyone’s amazement, except Tom’s, the device began to run perfectly.

The office manager was so ecstatic, he made an on-the-spot decision to hire Edison to make all such repairs for the busy company for a salary of $300.00 per month…. This was not only more than what his pal Benjamin Bredding was making back in Boston but twice the going rate for a top electrician in New York City. Later in life, Edison recalled that the incident was more euphoric than anything he ever experienced in his life because it made him feel as though he had been “suddenly delivered out of abject poverty and into prosperity.”

I am learning to rest in my restlessness because :

Restlessness and discontent can be the birth place of new discovery in our lives.

Maybe the feeling of restlessness in your heart is about to reveal an unexpected opportunity –

The story of Thomas Edison helps shed a little light on the fact that restlessness can reveal rewards!




Do you feel Restless ? The ugly little word guaranteed to make you feel uneasy

Are you feeling a little restless right now?



  • unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
  • synonyms: uneasy, ill at ease, restive, fidgety, edgy, on edge, tense, worked up, nervous, agitated, anxious, on tenterhooks, keyed up; More
  • offering no physical or emotional rest; involving constant activity or motion.


Does this describe a few feelings in your heart?


Shaken with the meaningless and mundane?

Too much routine and not enough rest?

I feel the same way right now.

Ive been traveling all around this summer and seeing my beautiful friends. Most of them are lifetime friends that I can never replace. When I visit, their lives seem to be rich and full of friendships. Every time I return home, I feel as though my life is not what it should be. I return to my home feeling alone and isolated.

I should live closer to these friends…

My husband Should get another job

I should not be feeling so restless and should be grateful !


The first cause of my restless heart is an ugly word called should! Click To Tweet

Have you been should “ing” on yourself?

In an article from Psychology Today, author Susan Heitler explains:

Should sometimes gives good guidance.  More often it just sets unrealistic expectations, induces guilt, and decreases your desire to do what you otherwise might want to do.

A backwards-looking should also can be problematic blocking learning.

This word can cause the strongest heart to rest- less and worry more .

Inserting the word “should” makes a judgment on your life. It invalidates what you have and implies your life needs to be different in some way.

Have you been should ing on yourself too?

Is there a situation that is really bothering you?

One Quick Solution: change the sh to a c! 

Another point from the article stated:

Eliminating shoulds toward yourself will enable you to stay personally empowered.

Eliminating shoulds directed toward others will block the inappropriate sense of entitlement that provokes anger in both you and in others.

By contrast, using the words could and would like to sustain personal well-being and positive relationships.

Change the word Should to Could or even Would> This changes your perspective! Click To Tweet

Take that stinky little word and toss it right on out! It’s a good sign that your mind is not open to alternative ways to feel in your given situation.

Today – Just make one simple word change to help you stress less and rest more!

Life requires a lot of flexible thinking and choices.

I ” should” know that by now…..( just kidding)

Do Godly women feel overwhelmed?

Do you think Godly women feel overwhelmed?

     Yesterday, I read a Facebook post from a very mature Christian woman in my church.  At first, I saw the  scripture on thankfulness she wrote and had a quick cynical thought, ” Great, another scripture post telling me to be thankful from a happy person .” (sigh) Then, she admitted to being overwhelmed by an aging parent and the fear of uncertainty in her life. Because she told her struggle, the  scripture she shared came alive with possibilities for me when I feel overwhelmed-

Our hearts resonate with authenticity and honesty.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”― Brené Brown



In a place of acceptance, we find grace and mercy to change and grow.

We need more Christian women to admit to feeling overwhelmed …


This is a small sample of  her post….

1 Thessalonians 5:18 — In everything give thanks for this is the will of God inChrist Jesus concerning you.

He said it says “In” everything not “For” everything! Right now for me I have been emotionally overwhelmed with my Moms recent health changes. It’s made me sad and to be real honest I have had moments of fear of what’s ahead. But this morning God used this precious man and this scripture to speak to my heart. God spoke to me ” Be thankful in these days with your Mom and in these circumstances and stages of her life that have changed! I’m not asking you to be thankful for it but be thankful in it! “Wow! In my heart I do believe the thankfulness for it comes after the storms because then we can look back and see the hand of God and we are better for it but I’m choosing today to be thankful in everything! 

Do Godly women feel overwhelmed?


How about you?

Are you feeling overwhelmed about a certain situation? Are you feeling overpowered or fearful about a some thing you can’t change?

 Would you like to share your own situation or some thoughts? Feel free to add comments and join the discussion of feeling overwhelmed

I would love to hear from you-

Risk Becoming Overwhelmed


Summer is a hard time for me as I remember the loss of my nine year old nephew, Philip. He died from a very rare case of PAM- primary ambeobic meningitis contracted from lake water. The hot humidity in the air feels like a slap in my face every time I walk outside and feel the sting of reminders. Memories can overwhelm me.

Recently, my sister in law (Phil’s Mom)  posted a quote she found written in his last science report for school.

He penned these words,

“To me, science is so complicated that when I try to figure it out, I feel like I could get amnesia. But I am still so interested in why things happen that I enjoy the risk of becoming overwhelmed by it.”

This summer God has given me Phil’s own words to comfort my own heart and gain wisdom for the future! 


I must begin to risk becoming overwhelmed 


Risk becoming overwhelmed when I am  sad and don’t have all the answers ….

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Jeremiah 33:3

Risk becoming overwhelmed when I am afraid and fear I don’t have words to comfort my family…

“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants–from this time on and forever,” says the LORD.

Isaiah 59:21

Risk becoming overwhelmed when I am mad my resources seem limited….

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:19 

Dear God-  

Even as I write these words, my fingers and heart tremble because at times, I am so scared.

Help me run the risk of daring greatly in this life, when I don’t have all the answers, when I seem to be overwhelmed with uncertainty.

Help me trust your overwhelming power, peace and joy that will enable me to live for your great kingdom purposes.

Release my hold on my small plans to play it safe in this life-

Oh God, help me risk becoming overwhelmed…


Thank you Phil- I will always love and remember you ! You will always be my precious nephew!