We have 867 surveys complete! God did exceedingly more, didn’t HE?? That’s 367 more than my original goal and only 133 less than 1000 – my “God it would be amazing to get 1000 ” goal! I just have to go for exceedingly, abundantly more, don’t ya think?
If you haven’t had a chance, please Click here to complete my mini-survey. It’s only 6 questions about our doubts, and you will help me reach 1000 this week! (I don’t know why my font is so big in these first paragraphs in Explorer but I can’t seem to fix it. I promise I’m not yellin’ at ya!)
If you complete the survey, please let me know in the comments under today’s post. I’ll draw another name and give away a copy of my ‘Beyond the Shadow of Doubt’ DVD filed at She Speaks 2008. I’ll also give a DVD to an extra winner from the first 862 surveys from Thursday’s post.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me get this far!Your comments about the survey were a huge unexpected blessing because they showed me we have doubts we don’t even know we have and they affect our lives. That fueled my heart to keep going and get exceedingly more of my proposal completed.
All I have left is a sample chapter to finish. That means I’ll turn in my book proposal to my literary agent this week. Then she sends it to different publishers to consider while we pray and wait. In the meantime, I plan to keep writing chapters.
I sense God’s calling me to write this book so that He can come alongside women, the way He’s come alongside me, and walk them out of the shadows of their self-doubt so we can live in the confidence of who we are in Him. We know it in our heads but if we are honest, we aren’t living it in our hearts and in our everday lives. But it’s time – girls it’s TIME!!!
More thoughts about our doubts…I used to pray and pray and beg and beg God to just take away my doubts and zap me with confidence. Instead of removing my doubts, many times God uses them to lead me into a deeper dependence on Him and His truths. When I am honest with Him about my insecurities, uncertainties and questions, He encourages me to turn my eyes away from my circumstances and emotions, and surrender to His promises.
His Word diminishes the darkness of doubt…doubts that make me believe, ” I’m not good enough. I’m not smart enough. I”m not confident enough,” as He whispers, “You are…
“For you are a chosen (woman). You are a royal priest, a holy (daughter). God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1
“You are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you.” Isaiah 43:4
I will not forget you. “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16
Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
“You are my witness,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.” Isaiah 43:10
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:26
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD , “and will bring you back (set you free) from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:13-14a
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19
You are….You are exceedingly more than what you can think of or imagine!
PS. It’s taking me a little while to organize the hundreds of comments, emails and facebook posts of survey “completers” for the book give-away. I’ll post later today RIGHT HERE :->.