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Looking For Confidence?

Confidence? How can you possibly have confidence in a world that can crumble unexpectedly?

It might seem completely illogical but having confidence is not only possible but necessary.

For without confidence we become dependent on circumstances, feelings, politics, etc.

Always changing.

Up and down. And sometimes way down.

But a confidence that doesn’t change with changing circumstances

must be based on something unchanging.

What in your life is unchanging?

For me, it is God – the One Who loves and keeps working to draw us to a saving knowledge of Himself.

The One Who is there when everything goes wrong.

The One Who held me steady as a opened my business doors in 1999

    and wondered if anyone would come.

After teaching school for over 20 years I went back to school and studied to become a counselor-

   always longing to help others.

But just having a license didn’t give me confidence.

No, I remember sitting in my room waiting for that phone to ring –

    waiting for someone whom I could serve.

In those early days the wait was very hard. I had a little one to support. God knew the pressure I felt.

Where did my confidence lie?

Not in myself. I knew that I was and am fallible.

Not in my abilities. No, I was just a counselor in the making. Still becoming. Still am.

My confidence came in the One Who had walked with me through every college course I’d taken,

    through every long night of studying, through each hurdle that I had jumped to get to this point.

I knew that He had called me to serve Him.

I just didn’t know how long it would take to build a practice.

Slowly one person called. And then another. And then the phone began ringing more frequently.

I was so excited to meet with each person who came to see me.

It was a holy calling.

Today as I serve Him as a coach for women – helping them increase their confidence,

    and develop clarity and grow courage-

I’m grateful for those hard lessons in confidence building that I experienced.

They hold me steady when nothing seems to be happening in my life now.

They keep me grounded when discouragement could easily overcome me.

But feelings can lie. Circumstances can confuse.

But the One Who is the same yesterday, today and forever calls us to keep our focus on Him.

Believe that what He called you to do 

     is still there.

Believe in Him and trust that He has equipped you. Fully.

Weary mother—He will give you all that you need.

Busy working mom- He will strengthen you one day at a time.

Grieving widow- He knows your every need and has already planned to provide for all your needs.

Single woman – He knows your deepest longings and desires. Let Him hold your heart in His.

Our beliefs give us a filter through which to see everything.

Recheck your beliefs. What is your mindset?

Confidence comes as one day at a time we trust Him and receive from Him all that we need.

Confidence- let’s grow your confidence strong.

A confidence that can face any storm in life because you know who is right with you through it all.

Now that’s a confidence that’s worth having.

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from Him.
Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
    He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1,2

Shining Moments

Nothing is ever wasted in God’s economy.

No, He used is all.

Every failure. Every pain.

All those moments of foggy confusion where His Hand seems hidden from sight.

My heart rejoices in knowing that He uses it all for our good and His Glory.

Years ago while in Maine

I experienced being surrounded by a thick fog.

Day after day I awoke

hoping that this would be the day that the sun would break through

but night after night

I’d crawl in bed to the sound of the lonely foghorn

sunk in fog where you just could not see anything.

Day after day went by.

I knew the ocean was close by

with the lovely beaches and soft sand

but I could not see them.

I only knew because at one time

I had seen.

Sometimes in life

more times that I like

I must live by faith and not by sight.

Yes, He’s shown me glimpses of His Love and Grace

but then seems to withdraw  from my view.

Life becomes a moment by moment journey of trusting in what I cannot see.

Holding on to those Whispers

those remembrances

simply holding on

and

letting ourselves be carried in His Everlasting Arms.

Living by faith and not by sight.

And then came that morning

that memorable morning

when I awoke to the sun streaming through the window.

Running outside and seeing the vast ocean that had been so close but hidden

climbing down my beloved rocks again and being so happy.

Shining moments!

But as I think back again this morning

maybe the Shining Moments were also during those long days of thick fog

when I had to trust in what I could not see.

Yes, maybe that is what He has been teaching me all along.

To trust Him

and not my own sight.

To lean upon Him and not my own thoughts or understandings.

So that whether I see something or not

my faith is unwavering in Him.

Yes, my God of Love works in ways we cannot see but we can always trust Him.