Photo Caption: If you know me at all, you know that I live with a lot of fear. I used to have a paralyzing fear of calling the pizza delivery. I'd rather have gone hungry than talked to a stranger on the phone as a kid. I'm always afraid I'making someone mad or upset or distrustful of me- whether it's a close friend or the person I accidentally cut off on the road. I create a lot of boundaries to protect myself from fear: I order pizza online (seriously- game changer); I keep people I love at a distance; I am probably the most passive driver you know. The more I put all these precautions in place, though, the more I miss out on the opportunity to trust God with my fears. The little ones, and the big ones too. The fears that control and hold us captive-- faith can heal them. Bartimaeus was blind. And when he called out for Jesus, people told him to be quiet. "He doesn't care about a blind beggar. He's got more important things". We tell ourselves these same lies: "he doesn't care about your small fears. He doesn't care about your insecurities. Get over it already". Jesus does, however, stop for him, ask what he wants, and heals him. "Your faith has made you well". Letting faith rule instead of fear or insecurities or lies we tell ourselves is what Jesus calls us to, and it's what I'm praying for today. Increase my faith, Lord.

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