Shut Up and Dance With Me

Man, I love that song! If you, for some bizarre reason, have not heard it yet I give you permission to go listen to it right now! Stop reading and click this link:

Actually, even if you have heard it put it on because it’s awesome and will be really cool to have in the background while you read!

Seriously, play the song. Like, now.

Ok great! You have the song on and are feeling pretty good, let’s get into it. I have decided to try something new. It is definitely not a new concept nor is it an outlandish idea at all, but very few people actually do it. If you love God you’ve probably been told over and over to do it and you know it’s the right thing. Everyone toys with the idea and maybe even will try it for a short time but usually they can’t keep it up for very long. So what are we talking about?

Trust in God. Oh, that. Yeah, I know it’s basic stuff. So why has it taken me 22 years to start doing it with my entire heart, mind, body, and soul?!  Why do so many Christians walk around terrified about their life? Why do some people never fully trust God even when they love Him and know it’s right?

Fear and worry.

Our brains are wired to keep us alive and safe, that’s called caution and common sense, but when we let it rule our lives it becomes fear and worry.

This subject really gets me fired up so I’m about to get ruthless and honest (even more so than usual), so buckle up.

Fear is satan’s power. Fear separates us from God. Worry is a sin. Worry is an addiction. Worry shortens our lives.


Most people believe things like Fear is a natural reaction, it’s a mother’s job to worry, God made me this way so I can learn to lean on Him. What a load of crap. God didn’t call us to be like most people, He calls us to be extraordinary and supernatural. Forget the excuses, because God did not give you a heart of anxiety and fear. He gave you a heart of courage and strength and told you to trust Him with the rest!

We live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

“Worry is simply the lack of Courage and Bravery. To achieve bravery you must relinquish fears and anxiety and lean on God knowing in faith that He will provide.”

I wrote that while reading the Bible last week. I wrote it after my next – and final – surgery was scheduled for April 14th. Only 19 days away! It is incredibly exciting that after so many tough and trying months my intestines will be back inside me – no more ostomy! But there are a lot of things that could go very wrong, or so the world tells me. Jesus tells me that everything will be perfect and not to worry about it; He told me it’s no big deal. No really, He literally told me that during a prayer.

Now I have a choice: Who am I going to listen to? Jesus or the world? Well, my past 9 years have taught me that listening to the world leads to disaster, pain, trauma, fear, death, and desperation. Soooo, this time I’m going to listen to God. I am going into these next few months with a total lack of fear or worry. I am picking up the armor of God and heading into battle with His entire army of angels around me and Jesus leading our battalion.

I’m not stronger than others, not braver, more Godly, more faithful, or more trusting; No, I have just made the choice to surrender my life and put it in God’s hands. Let me tell you, it’s the best decision I have ever made. I can physically feel my heart relax, my future is clear and bright, and I want to Dance instead of walk. I am Free. I can’t believe I have never tried this before; I would certainly recommend it to a friend. I give it 10 out of 5 stars.

Because I live in a broken world, bad things are going to happen in my life, but good things are also going to happen so I refuse to wait in fear and worry about things out of my control! I’m trusting in God now, moment by moment. So next time you ask me if I’m nervous or afraid, or if you are worried or anxious, I am just going got say to you, “Shut up and Dance with me!”


Be young.

Be wild.

Be free.

With love,

❤ Mariah


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