Isaiah 43:1-7 (NIV)
But now, this is what the Lord says--
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth--
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
God has given us each confidence and we must rest in knowing he is able
As a kid, I wasn't a very confident girl. Kids made fun of me, teased me and I felt so alone. I remember wanting friends and I didn't like it when kids called me dumb. I was taught to raise my hand if I had a question. When I did that, the kids would laugh because I was asking how to spell a word or what did the teacher mean. I was in forth grade and found myself closing off inside. I never wanted to raise my hand again and I learned a new way of doing things. If I didn't know how to spell a word, I would change the complete sentence. I became very good at that over time and I still do it. My confidence of reading, spelling and writing was low. I write today in confidence but I do have some people who tell me I should learn how to spell before I write a blog. Guess what? I'm doing my best and I have full confidence that God uses my blog to help someone.
I like who I am today and I have grown into a confident woman of God. I allow him to use my life in teaching, leading, helping others and doing my best daily. I do make mistakes and I am human. I give God all the credit for helping me write and lead. It's not me, but it's him using my life and yes, my yes to him makes a difference. I hope you walk this life with confidence and allow God to use your life. Each of us are important and we make a difference on our journey of life. It is good to hold your head up and do your best daily. Nothing is too big for God and he is able to bring our lives from a dark place to a light place. Live in the confidence God gives you and let nothing hold you back.
I heard this at youth camp:
God doesn't call the qualified, but he qualifies the called.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.