Releasing My Fears {5 Minute Friday: Afraid}

What am I afraid of?
I jumped in, feet first and have realized in one short week that I actually do know how to swim. 
Or at least keep from sinking. I can tread water.
 Maybe I can do this?
What am I afraid of?
That I can’t?
But here I am, one week later…
and the water’s not bad.
There have been some questions about some details, but all in all, 
I realize I am not in the water alone. There have been others to help buoy me. 
I have made it through a week and I am learning to 
“just keep swimming.”
Am I afraid?
Yes and No.
Am I double-minded?
I am afraid enough to recognize I can’t do this apart from Him.
That I can’t lean hard into my own strength. 
That I need to swim toward Him and if I start to sink, will He not walk right over and pull me up?
Oh, sweet Jesus, I am counting on you.
My one and only true Life Preserver. 
If I swim, you empower me.
If I sink, you lift me up.
Therefore, I will keep on swimming. 

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

6 thoughts on “Releasing My Fears {5 Minute Friday: Afraid}

  1. “But here I am, one week later…and the water's not bad.”Love this line. I may have to tattoo it somewhere :)(Linked here from Five Minute Fridays page). Keep writing!


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