Sooooo.... here goes my first blog entry. I would love for it to be a long, thought out, beautifully written dissertation on how on bold and confident I am, BUT that would not be genuine, as I truly am a work in progress. So for now, I thought I'd share what inspires and reminds me about who am I am in Christ, as I begin to enter this new phase of my life - one that is full of unknowns, concerns, questions, and yes - from time to time - a little fear. I hope this encourages you as much as it encourages me.
I know you might have concerns… but walk boldly.
I know you might harbor doubts… but don’t wallow in them.
I know that others may not believe in you… but bring your fears to Me.
When I am the Truth on which you stand, your foundation is sure.
When I am the place where you run for shelter, your defense is solid.
When I am the Voice that you make time to listen to, your confidence can be real.
Not because you have all the answers.
Not because you can see the future clearly.
Not because you don’t ever feel afraid.
Be bold because you trust ME.
You can absolutely be brave when your knees want to buckle.
You can positively have courage even when you lack confidence.
You can certainly be gutsy when you believe that the God of the Universe lives in you and cheers you on.
Don’t indulge your fears.
Don’t rehearse what can go wrong.
Don’t give power to those people, places or situations that threaten to bring you down.
Focus on ME.
Make ME your place of refuge and safety.
Choose my protection and authority.
Trust what I say about who you are and where you are going.
BELIEVE that I will go to war on your behalf if necessary.
And, that I always win.
So be bold.
Don’t let anything or anyone intimidate you or make you live your life in fear.
Don’t let any voice drown out the directions I give you for what steps to take next.
Don’t let any uncertainty you may have about your abilities override what I see you are capable of.
Finally, know that I am here when you need to stop, catch your breath, refuel, and emerge again ready for battle.
Source: Chrystal Evans Hurst