Second Chances

Lisa O'Rear Second Chances

Fear either debilitates or elevates. 

For I have not been given a spirit of fear, but the spirit of power… (2 Timothy 1:7). 

Fact. On 4/13/2011, at 34, my vertebral artery tore and I had an ischemic stroke. 

Fact. I lived.  

Truth. This was not my end, but a new beginning. 

Truth. I wanted a do-over. 

So, I prayed. 
And, worked. 
Overtime on most days. 

A neurologist, cardiologist, physical therapist and psychologist all walk into a bar… Just kidding. But, not really. #SquadGoals

I focused on relationships. 
I forgave others. 
I took steps to forgive myself. 
I prayed more. 

Every morning, I made empowering decisions.  
Get up. 
Keep moving. 
Be grateful. 
Faith over fear. 

Fact. I started doing and living despite my past and current situation.

For so long, I allowed the opinions of others – no matter how right or wrong they may have been – to dictate my words and actions. It was fear that kept me chained to jobs and relationships past the expiration dates. It was fear that whispered to not even attempt some. 

Fact. I acted despite my fear.

You don’t need to have a health scare to get a second chance in life. Each day and every breath is an opportunity to experience a do-over. YOU decide. Either give yourself permission to get up and move forward or be shackled by fear.  

Truth: YOU ARE: 
Empowered (Ephesians 1:18-20); 
Strong (Phillipians 4:13); 
Valuable (1 Peter 1:7);
Victorious (Romans 8:37). 
Accepted (Romans 15:7); 
Forgiven (Psalms 130:3-4):
Loved (1 John 4:16, 18); 
Chosen (1 Peter 2:9); 
Enough (2 Peter 1:3); 
Called (1 Corinthians 1:26); and
Irreplaceable (1 Corinthians 12:15-18). 

Your second chance awaits.