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Confidence and courage (with podcast episode #1)

Have you ever had problems with self your confidence or self image, because of the challenges and situations you have found yourself in? I have. John Maxwell says, "Courage is the result of confidence. It is not the difficulties that defeat us. It’s the lack of confidence that defeats us."

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know my testimony. You know there was a time when I didn't walk in confidence. I thought I was confident. I thought I had it all together, but one day I realized that I wasn't as confident as I thought I was. You see, I was achieving worldly goals like gaining an education, I had a good job, I was serving in my church, I had decent relationships (nothing to brag about), and I was the best mother I knew to be. Life was ok. Yet this was the thing: late in the midnight hour, I would be depressed. I would wallow in my grief about the pain I had suffered during different parts of my life like when I lost my twins 5 months in utero or when I missed out on opportunities and thought I should be further along in life. Sidenote: There was much more pain than the loss of my twin boys, but that's for another time. At any rate, I had lost confidence in myself (if I had ever really had it) and I found myself in a bad place mainly at night after I laid my head on that pillow. Mainly at night when we slowed down long enough to be alone in our thoughts. That's when the devil or God can talk to us. I had let the enemy have his way long enough and I wasn't having it anymore. So it's important that people know that what they did or didn't do or what happened to them or didn't happen, does not affect the plan God still has for them. Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture that still applies to that plan. You're going to help many, because of the life you've lived. Your testimony will give you more confidence and courage. Believe that.

I decided I wanted God's help, because I knew there was staying power in Him. I knew His grace. I knew his mercy. And I knew His favor. Then one day in 2013 I work up and I started this blog to write out my thoughts and to tell people how they could make it through. Then I started reading the bible more. Then I started listening to more inspirational people. Then I started hearing about how other people were inspired by my blog. Now I find myself in a great place. A place of confidence, a place of courage, a place of strength, and a place of power in Jesus name. And I figure if I made it through, then God has a great plan for you to make it through too. Why? Because He is the light. John 8:12 is proof of that. In it Jesus say, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Keep your faith up and don't lessen it for anybody, any thing, or any place. It's never worth it. It starts with confidence and courage, not fear. Fear doesn’t come from God (2 Timothy 1:7 says he hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control).
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