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Conquering Fear

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. I John 4:18 (KJV).

So many precious people suffer from fear every day of their lives. I, too, suffered for years without really even knowing it. I thought I was fine. I had the American dream, wonderful husband, great kids, etc. Yet, there were stupid, little things that kept holding me back from what I wanted to accomplish in my life.

I am one of the piano players at our church. We have a wonderful church that I am so blessed to be a part of. However, I wanted to improve my skills. My husband is a professional musician, a violinist. He doesn’t play the piano, but he is an amazing coach. With me, unfortunately, I did not take his criticism well. He believed in me, but I didn’t believe in myself. Every time he tried to help me, I either argued with him or clammed up. I immediately felt like a failure. That wasn’t what my husband wanted for me and it’s not what God wanted for me either.

One day, it hit us both, two things really. One was that I was really a negative person. I didn’t believe I could actually do it. I didn’t believe I could change. The second thing was, because of my personal belief, I didn’t really want to even try to change. I didn’t have the ‘want to’. I realized that I had actually allowed myself to be bound by fear and my subsequent actions (and reactions) were based on that basic belief. Well, God’s Word has a little something to say about that.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” (KJV).

I think one of Satan’s biggest tools against us is to get us to believe that we can’t do something and we simply don’t have a choice in the matter. That’s just ‘the way things are’. Well, I decided to believe all of God’s Word and take it for myself. I started believing I really could change, I really could improve. I could be a positive person and I could even get better on the piano. Know what? My playing changed overnight! My husband commented on my touch on the keyboard and how I was better able to communicate with my music. It was amazing. I could hear it too. Playing was actually easier. The interesting thing is, when I started believing in what God could do in my life, my whole life changed. Not only was the piano affected, but my whole world changed.

So, I started being a positive person and I believed I could change. Fear couldn’t hold onto me anymore. What a difference. However, that was only the beginning.

How has fear messed with your life? What have you done to conquer it? Be sure to tell me about it in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in encouraging posts

 

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Defeat Fear Forever now available on Amazon kindle!

Defeat Fear Forever is now available on Amazon kindle! Check it out! 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Read an E-Book Week!

This week is National Read and E-book Week! To celebrate, my book, Defeat Fear Forever, is available for 1/2 price from now until March 12, 2011. You can download it into your i-phone, your kindle, your personal computer, or pretty much whatever e-reading device you have. God bless all!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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BookStore

Just made a few changes to my bookstore. Check it out!

BookStore.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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SundayScholar.com–Christian Resources, 21st Century Delivery

 

 

 

 

I am so honored to have my book, Defeat Fear Forever be a part of SundayScholar’s amazing product line! Their offerings include all kinds of Christian resources including books on parenting, Bible studies, health and nutrition, and self-help (depression, poor self-image, etc.). There are books for children, adults, and everyone in between.

Check out my book, Defeat Fear Forever and surf around to look at the many other wonderful offerings at SundayScholar.com!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Why Self-Publish with Smashwords(e-book) and CreateSpace(print)?

To be honest, I didn’t want to wait. It takes months for publishers to just look at a book much less decide whether or not they want to publish it. Also, publishers don’t like risk and therefore aren’t that excited about new authors. They prefer proven sales. (Makes sense to me.) Lastly, I thought people really needed to hear how to Defeat Fear Forever sooner, rather than later. For me this is more about ministry than money. I want to bless people more than I want to profit.

Why choose Smashwords? I was really impressed by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. He made publishing easy and accessible to everyone. He created a resource that makes e-books available to just about everyone on the planet (for just about any reading device), and he’s constantly working to make Smashwords even better.  He is also quick to respond to questions and problems. He believes in Indie authors and he helped me to believe in myself. One of the best things about Smashwords is it’s free to publish with them. That sounds win/win to me. In exchange for an incredibly small amount from each sale, I get to be listed with Smashwords and extended distribution outlets world-wide and I get my own author page. How cool is that?

Finally, why CreateSpace? I did a lot of research and found them to be one of the most high quality, inexpensive sources for print-on-demand books available. Their free services (cover creator, etc.) made my book look professional. I’m proud to sell the book on Amazon as well as give it out as gifts or donations. CreateSpace also provided me with my own e-store. Their services are excellent and their delivery time was prompt. I can’t complain. Now, my book is available on Amazon.com as well as other booksellers across the globe. (I got an author page on Amazon too.)

For a newbie, I think these two sources are a wonderful place to start. There is something indescribable about seeing your own name on a book. I’d love to see others experience their dreams come true as well.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Defeat Fear Forever

Writing a book has been a crazy ride. As I wrote each chapter, I preached it to the prisoners at the Federal Medical Center here. I figured that would give me the best feedback. Their response was great. I also let other friends and family read it as well. Anyway, it’s funny, now that the writing is done, it seems the hard part is here! I’ve learned how to format it for an e-book (at http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ChristinaLi) and how to put it into print through Amazon. It’s great having the technology to do these things, but it’s a little scary to actually put my book out there. My goal is ultimately to help others get the same victory I’ve gotten. Praise the Lord for His timing. The ride is just starting and, unlike a roller-coaster, I’m not sure where I’ll come out in the end. I’m sure it’ll be some place amazing!

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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