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Want Confidence?

So what do you think?

Is it possible to grow in confidence?

To really change?

Many folks will tell you yes and share stories of how they are different today.

How did they do it? Well let me share with you one way.

Visualization.

Hm, that’s a big word but it’s easy to understand.

Begin to picture yourself as you’d like to be.

Yes, get a clear idea, for instance, of how you see yourself confident and full of courage.

Smile. That’s quite a picture isn’t it?

Years, many years ago, I ran for Student Council Treasurer in high school.

At the time I was very quiet and didn’t want any attention but I did want to serve my high school class.

I did want to be available to help others.

But to get the office

    I had to win a school election.

That involved giving a speech to the whole school.

Dear me, I remember even today my overwhelming fears as I practiced and practiced that speech.

But in addition to going over the words I also imagined myself winning.

Yes, as I prayed, I began to see myself hearing that I had won and taking my place with others I looked up to.

I saw myself giving that speech with heart and pouring myself into the delivery.

I saw myself even to the colors I dressed in that day.

Somehow that visualization worked in a powerful way.

Seeing myself as successful worked far better than seeing myself as a failure.

And yes, I won. But the real win was in discovering that when God calls you to do something

He Himself enables you to do it.

He is your Strength within.

Visualize yourself performing that very thing that causes you to be afraid.

Visualize yourself succeeding.

As you pray give it all to the One Who loves you.

Speak words of truth and confidence to yourself.

Trust Him and He will bring it to pass.

 

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

The Peril Of Having Sight But No Vision

Move forward. Yes, keep moving forward.

That’s where the joy is. That’s where the adventure lies.

Keep moving forward.

But in order to do that

you must have a vision.

Without vision people perish. (Proverbs 29:8)

Without vision we stagnate

continuing to do what we are comfortable doing.

Staying in our nice safe box. Doing what we know best.

But life is about moving forward,

stretching and growing

seeking, reaching, sometimes leaping.

So how do you get a vision?

Ask yourself “If you could do anything what would you be doing?”

“If you could meet anyone

who would you want to meet?”

Or “If you could go anywhere, where you would go?”

Or “If you could write anything knowing it would sell, what would you write?”

Those questions and more will begin to give you an idea of your heart’s true purpose

and a vision.

Spend time in prayer seeking His Will for your life.

Work with a coach who is equipped to lead you in your discovery.

Read books of others who are doing what you’d like to be doing.

Keep moving forward

to the Light of His Purpose.

Life is lived forward

not backward.

Yesterday is gone. What we hold in our hands is the gift of today.

Think vision, dream big and listen to those gentle whispers.

“The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.”
― Helen Keller

Now is the time to set your sails and let Him lead you.

You have no idea what you could possibly accomplish in your lifetime

but He does.

Keep moving forward today.

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

The cold February winds blow against my window

causing it to rattle

and shake.

Daffodils are growing taller by the minute

but it’s still a long way till Spring.

Tiny buds on the trees;

new growth on my rose bush

but another dusting of snow last night.

Life pulls us in seemingly opposite directions.

Indications of growth and moving forward

but then sudden setbacks.

seeming to mock any progress.

Growth is more often than not

three steps forward

two steps back.

All too often when we find ourselves going backwards

we panic and beat up on ourselves

with ‘shoulds’ and ‘coulds’.

Discouragement seeps in.

But like one season transitioning to another

a step backwards is not final.

No, it’s only one more opportunity to start pushing forward again.

Our vision is important.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

God has a vision of drawing all to Himself.

Constantly working,

in ways we often cannot see,

He transforms the wounded soul

into a man and woman of faith.

Emptied of self and filled with His Spirit.

Keep your eyes on Jesus

the Author and Finisher of your faith,

rather than on your little progress or lack of it.

Instead of constantly taking your own spiritual temperature

allow Him to do in you what He has promised.

Step into the flow of His Spirit

Feed on His Word

and you will discover a peace that passes all understanding.

Letting go of what lies behind

and pressing forward.

Grow little daffodils grow.

Your time will come.

Never fear those harsh cold winds.

They are coming to pass.

And so are yours.