Fearless and Joyful

So I did a thing yesterday…

Shout out to Kao at Artistic Ink in Guntersville! ❤️

Then I got to thinking, I didn’t think I had ever explained why “Fearless and Joyful.” So here you go!

“Fearless” comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” I’ve always been afraid to be myself. I’ve been a chameleon of sorts – adapting to and reflecting whoever I’m with. Being whoever I thought they wanted me to be. Hiding parts of myself. So, a few years ago, I latched onto this verse. I wanted to stop being afraid to be who God wants me to be. I want to use my voice, if you will, to better love and serve Him by loving and serving others.

“Joyful” is from 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – “Always be joyful.” It’s something I’ve always tried to do. Life is not always happy. There are sad or angry moments, scary or frustrated moments. And sometimes we just feel “blah”. But I want to overall have a spirit of joy. The definition given by Miriam-Webster for joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. It doesn’t mean “happy all the time,” but more a feeling of peace and contentment to be where you’re at. When the fruit of the Spirit is listed, joy comes right after love, so it must be pretty important!

Even the butterflies in my logo have significance (besides being pretty!) For one, the symbol of metamorphosis. The changes I’ve made in my life and in myself. And two, referencing the butterfly effect. The idea that one small action can affect other people or other situations you had no idea about and couldn’t even imagine. And maybe you never realize that one action was the catalyst for whatever happens, but it was.

Maybe that wasn’t too rambly or jumbled. Maybe it gave you a little more insight to my brain and where I’m coming from and where I want to be headed.

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