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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

Walk on Water? Me?

47204_1440670775650_1219156_nFrom as far back as I can remember, I have been afraid.

Afraid of the big dog that lived by my girl friend’s house.

Afraid of the new class of students that stared at me as I stood at the door on my first day of school. Afraid of the new teacher.  How long would it take her to discover how little I knew?

Afraid that I’d never be able to find my way home.

Afraid that I’d fail the course and so embarrassed at that very thought.

So when the pastor preached that Sunday about having a great faith

my ears perked up.

If anyone ever longed to have great faith, I certainly did.

Yes, I believed. From the time I was a young child and prayed for Him to come into my heart

I knew that He was with me. But somehow that belief was not enough

to keep me from being afraid.

Fears grew like quickly forming snowballs blocking me from life itself.

Faith in the Lord will cause your fears to disappear, I heard.

So I prayed and prayed and prayed some more

But I was still afraid. Chicken Little had nothing on me!

So how did I begin to learn to walk by faith?

It will take much longer than this blog to tell you but the key really was connected with what

I focused on.

Focus on the blowing winds and the high waves,

and I always sank.

Focus on the others watching me in the boat,

and I sank even faster.

Focus on my lack of ability and why, I was a goner.

I had to focus on the One Who was Lord of all heaven and earth.

The more I learned Who God really was

and what He was able to do

the more my fears began to lessen and I began to tap into a power I had never known before. It wasn’t about me.

In a world where anxiety disorders are escalating at a rapid pace

wouldn’t you like to learn

how to develop a walk on water faith?

It’s possible. Oh I wish I had known it all years ago

but at least I know it today.

How about it?

Want to know more?