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Posted by on October 5, 2015

Hashtag-Called2Speak-1-1024x773Nadine Brandes issued a challenge with the release of her upcoming novel, A Time to Speak.

“To encourage myself and you to speak out against injustice, about your passions, for the sake of those whose voices are not heard.”

She has an awesome article that I think will resonate with many, teens and adults alike. An open letter to teens, apologizing for the lack of respect and care the world shows them.

And she invited us to join her tour and post about a topic we are called to speak on. Jason Joyner posted on slavery and human trafficking and who knows what else we’ll see from Nadine’s blog tour, but you can check out the dates and people participating on her blog.

All of it going back to the question. What are you called to speak out about?

I walked away without an answer. I can’t pinpoint anything in particular that I feel that I’ve been called to speak into people’s lives. I’m only just discovering my voice, living my second childhood, exploring what I like, dislike. I have a tangle mess of emotions and passions that run beneath still waters, but haven’t quite grasped them yet. And after listening to the song, No Longer Slaves (to fear) by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser, something came to me.

a time to speakWhat silences us? What keeps us from speaking? From sharing our hearts? Fear. What keeps us from dreaming? What holds us back? Fear. What is my word for this year? Fearless. Didn’t I just stumble upon another song regarding fear? Coincidence? I don’t think so.

For a long time I lived in fear. This past year has opened my eyes to how much I have allowed fear to control my life and influence the decisions I’ve made. Fear destroys dreams, expels love. It devastates life. It hurts everyone. Fear of failure, of displeasing people, of making a mistake, of being rejected. Fears that runs so deep, it shakes the core of our being. It can make us do stupid things.

I know I am not alone. But I don’t have any words of wisdom to speak into your life regarding fear. Except, don’t. Don’t let it hold you back anymore. Don’t let it control you, destroy your dreams. Keep pressing on, pushing through.

It’s been a long journey, but I’m learning and pushing forward. I am going to live fearless. Because with fear, we cannot love; we cannot learn to dream again. Will you join me?

5 Responses to Fearless~#CALLED2SPEAK~

  1. Camilla Cruz U.

    J, that…. <3 May this season of journeying cause our hearts and souls to live intentionally, yes, but also to cast off the weights of this world and our carnal nature… the ones that keep us from going out wholly breathing, living, loving, healing, going. Our lives must reflect our pursuit of Jesus. Our lives must be a sacrifice of joy and praise… of Spirit and truth… Let us do this!!! In Jesus' strength; in His wisdom, His boldness, His courage, His power! Amen!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you Camilla! I’m discovering that living fearlessly is also living abundantly. The way God wants us to live. Like you said wholly breathing, living, loving, healing, going. It is amazing how much fear can keep us from living, from reaching our potential. And I know I can’t do it my own strength, that’s for sure! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. The Artist Librarian

    That’s beautiful, Jennette! I’ve been finally catching up to the blog tour and totally was feeling intimidated by all the “huge” topics people have chosen for their #Called2Speak posts … Thanks for reminding us to be fearless! =)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you! Be fearless might be my new motto. ha!
      Yes, there are quite a few “huge” topics out there. 🙂 I followed the #called2speak posts at first, but got lost in the busyness of life. I’ll have catch up as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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