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Beyond the Comfort Zone

I got you

It feels like I’m starting a new chapter in my life story. And it’s all kind of overwhelming.

Yesterday, I was interviewed about my book, It’s Good to Be Here, via telephone on a live radio show in Nebraska. Today, I will do another interview on a station in New Jersey. Next week, I will be speaking in person to teenagers at a local Catholic school, as well as to their teachers and possibly family members. And I know I can’t do it. Nervousness creeps all through my body like some kind of painful, paralyzing disease, and though I feel silly for being so anxious, I think, “I can’t do this. This is going to kill me.”

Don’t worry, it won’t. But it’s true that I can’t do it.

God can. Through me.

No, I don’t mean that I’m a puppet whose strings will be pulled by the divine master or that I don’t have to do anything in order for God’s will to be done. I’m simply choosing to have faith: I believe in God’s love and the truth of the message in It’s Good to Be Here; I believe that if God wants people to read the book, then the Holy Spirit will inspire me with the right words when needed, as long as I am open to what He has given and shown to me thus far. Everything in my little life has led up to this point.

I know that I am little, but great is God’s love for me — and for you.

(Deep breath.)

Others will tell me, “You’ve got this, Christina.” But I can almost hear (though not actually hearing) God saying, “Christina, I’ve got you.”

I will take my confidence in that … and try not to freak out as a brave beyond my comfort zone.

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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.

4 thoughts on “Beyond the Comfort Zone Leave a comment

  1. Oh, my, that is exciting!! But I would feel the same way. Often we writers are not naturally the best speakers, but as you say, that is not a problem for our Lord. I imagine that the speaking engagements will get a little easier one by one, as you rack up experience of God’s enabling in this new realm. God bless you and I hope you have fun!!

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  2. God does have you. Look at all you’ve accomplished with his support and strength. Let the Holy Spirit flow through you and know God is standing by your side so you can share your passion for Christ.
    I know that your words and passion have strengthened my faith.
    Thank you for being you.

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