In kids’ circles, I’m affectionately known as “Miss Crazy” because I love life, people, and laughter — belly-aching, tears-streaming-down-the-face kind of laughter.
But it hasn’t always been this way.
Not by a long shot.
Before I knew Jesus, I was painfully shy. Carrying my lunch tray across the school cafeteria produced great anxiety in me. Being called on in class caused trauma of epic proportions. If asked my opinion, I watched the eyes and facial expressions of the one I was speaking with to see if they agreed. If not, I changed my opinion.
But then along came Jesus and He poured His love and transforming power into my self-imposed cocoon, caused me to emerge, and gave me wings to fly. And I’ve been learning to fly ever since.
Oh! To be sure, I still battle the demons of insecurity and anxiety, but my wings grow stronger every day.
I want the same for you.
Maybe, like me, you have no self-confidence or suffer from very low-esteem. Perhaps extraordinary shyness prevents you from pursuing your dreams. If that’s the case, I want you to consider this: do all you do for an audience of One. Let your transformation begin there.
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I’m not kidding.
Focus on the One who loves you with an everlasting love, the One who made you and knows all of your fears and doubts — picture Him there with you and find courage. Find peace. Find fortitude to pursue your dreams.
The longer I walk hand-in-hand with Jesus, the more I love Him. The longer I study His Word, the more I understand who I am in Christ — I am His Beloved, the first and not the last, the head and not the tail, I am heir to the Kingdom of God and all the riches (promises) therein:
When I am weak, He is strong.
His grace really is sufficient — no matter what I face.
He has provided for me a future and a hope
He is with me always. I am never alone..
Beneath me are His everlasting arms to catch me when I fall.
When I consider these things, and get them down deep in my knower, I can face anything and I can accomplish my dreams.
So can you.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” ~ Colossians 3:17
An audience of One …
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