The Story Behind the Celebration

I remember it like I was yesterday.  With my notes and my Bible in hand I sat in a circle with 20 fellow fearing women.  It was day number one and we were all nervous.

As we looked around at eachother you could notice clearly the hesitancy in our eyes, “Do we really want to be here? Can we really have the courage to tackle this thing in us called ‘fear?'”

I remember wondering, “How did I get here?”  I was only 6 months from losing Gideon, and my heart was still raw from having to give him up to God., but there was something inside me that burned a fiery flame that I could not ignore: killing fear is possible.  I had to tell them.  I had to show them.

At the end of that 10 week class, none of us wanted it to end.  Through our tears our vulnerability and our encouragement to one another, our class had become like family.  Every beautiful face in that room seared into my heart forever.

I penned the pages to that study, here:

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Can you believe it?  Like what on earth is that?  The fact that I chose a scribbled on inside cover to my journal is beyond me, but it so accurately matches the messages I wrote about.  Its not going to be pretty.  It might look like a mess, but we are doing a lasting fear fighting work.

Today I have the book in hand that started in that class and I most assuredly give all the credit to the work that God began in our little fear to faith class.  That’s why I want to celebrate.

Will you join me?


On March 3rd at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC at 6:30 pm we will be holding a worship celebration for all that God has done.  Make no mistake, this is not about a book.  To me it is about God and the story of us that He chose to begin in the walls of Lake Forest Church.

For those of you whom enjoy details (and who doesn’t), I wanted to provide a run down of the evening so you can know exactly what to expect.

-The event is free and will have yummy desserts and beverages.

-I will be joined by amazing worship leader Nichole Broome who shares her own story of anxiety and fear.  It is a true God story how Nichole and I first crossed paths! Here is one of Nichole’s music videos, She will have cds available there as well.

I will share about my own battle with fear and the story behind the book.  While my sharing will not be specifically geared at kiddos, I will promise to not go long so families are more than welcome!  (The Furlough children will be running amuck somewhere I am sure).

-Books will be for sale at the event, available to you even before the official release date!  And I will also have other fun goodies for sale like t-shirts and necklaces.  Ya know, cause who doesn’t like a soft pretty t-shirt and a hand painted necklace?


-We will also be joined by our dear Caterpillar Ministries women “Artistic Freedom”, they have created a “Fear Not” sign specially for the event and will also have many other amazing things for sale.  You can learn more about them here at their etsy shop.

-Yes, please register!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!!! I am Italian and it is like my worst nightmare to not have enough food to go around.  Also, I am a woman and it is my second worst nightmare to have an extra billion chocolate desserts laying around.

Of course, send me any questions you can think of and I hope to see you there!!

Can’t be there in person?? No worries, I will be FaceBook Living it all 💙💙💙💙

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