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Friday, January 6, 2012

Confidence!!!

Proverbs 3:6

Seek his will in all you do,

      and he will show you which path to take.



Job 8:14
Their confidence hangs by a thread. 
They are leaning on a spider’s web.

In the past I've allowed others to intimidate me....with their education....their appearance.....how they dress....their occupation....even how they've treated me.  Often I felt as though my own confidence was hanging by a thread.  I've allowed people to make fun of me and question my intentions.  I've had words that I've spoken twisted and turned around and used against me.  This past year has taught me so much.  A LOT happened....not all what others would see as good....but God meant it for my benefit....to teach me lessons He knew I needed to learn.   

Genesis 50:20a
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. 

One of those lessons....was to help my confidence....
....especially to trust my instincts. 
 I think what's called instinct....or "trust your gut"....or, even "woman's intuition"....is simply the Holy Spirit trying to prompt us!!!  When I pray for His guidance about a certain situation....I need to trust that feeling I have in my heart is His answer....whether it be an "uh-oh" feeling, something I need to get away from, or don't go near....or a green "go ahead" light!!!

Job 4:6
Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence
Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

If we pray expecting God to answer....shouldn't we have respect for Him that He is going to know what's best for us....even if at the time His answer seems somewhat radical....to us, and especially to others?  Have you done something that others just can't understand....they question you, and even turn away from you because they disagree?  God did not call me to be timid in my faith....but to step out boldly in what He asks of me.

 Hebrews 4:16
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. 
There we will receive his mercy,
and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me of my sins.
Thank you, precious Lord, for your mercy.
Thank you for having ALL the answers.  
I pray, dear Lord, that You will give me wisdom....and discernment....to know when You are speaking to me....to make the right choices and decisions.  
I thank You, Lord, for the confirmations that You send when I step out in faith and trust and obey You. 
Please be with me and my family, dear Lord.  You know the things we are facing....but I know without a doubt that You have a plan....and it's a good one!  Thank You for the prayers You've already answered.....
the miracles You've allowed us to witness!!!  

In Jesus Most Precious and Holy Name....AMEN!!!

7 comments:

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  2. Thanks for this enlightening blog today!

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  3. Yes, I've been "there", Deb! One feels very alone in those times....but it's like Daniel in the Den or the 3 Men in the Fiery Furnace--Another One is there, too--unexplained, unidentifiable by "outsiders". But Daniel knew. The 3 Men knew! And so do we! Be strong. He is with you.

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  4. One thing you mentioned, that is a heart breaker for me and really gets my blood boiling is when someone takes my words and twists them into something totally opposite. But, like you say, these experiences can bring us closer to the Lord and that will increase our Confidence!

    You are such a dear heart. Thanks for the encouragement and CONFIDENCE!

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  5. What a beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing your courage and teaching me so much.

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  6. Very good post. You are one awesome woman and I wish I was as confident as you are.

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24