Confidence in the Lord

Confidence, it’s something that I wish I had.

Butterflies flare up when I stand up front. My shoulders tense up in pain when mama bear wants to rip out. Tears flow when someone offends me. Knees jerk in response to injustice. And through all of the physical reactions, a blubbering fool comes out of my mouth and I feel rejected, foolish, stupid and small. My passion isn’t enough and no amount of knowledge saves me from the wall I so desperately wish to be come part of.

But no amount of failing can take away from the love and passion I feel in the heart knowledge I have of truth. Truth stands with me, holding my hand as I want to throw down all the problems with the world. Truth stands with me in the hurt and tears. It holds me, soothes me, and dries my tears.

Too bad truth doesn’t cause the butterflies to leave or the raging bear to be a calm dove.

My passion doesn’t get put out so easily, but maybe that’s what truth does.

Truth guides and directs. Discernment follows in its path and soars above skewed thoughts. Truth makes the road tough, but gives you hope in the journey.

Where my confidence lacks, God sends His Spirit and fills in the cracks, He refines me in every way.

Isaiah 54:17 NIV

no weapon forged against you will prevail,
    and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.

While I work on my dealings with people, I do have confidence in the Lord. He is working and molding me according to His will. Because of His indwelling spirit, I do not fear the darkness. No evil forged against me shall prosper. Try as it might in online battles, lack in self-esteem, and tifts among family, the Lord follows through and upholds His loved ones.

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While I rage against myself in trying to build up gumption to speak my mind or stand tall with words, I am at peace in knowing the Lord is with me through it all. In that, I will have confidence.

This post comes from the 20 Days of Devotionals series.


7 thoughts on “Confidence in the Lord

  1. I am not always confident in new ventures but what I love about obeying God even in uncertainty is that He gives me peace as I obey. I may be nervous about how my audience recieves an article I’ve written, but as I obey God’s peace surrounds me.

  2. So true! I am not always confident. I am shy and quiet, but when God says speak He gives the strength to do it.

  3. Great focus, and I love your graphics.

  4. “Truth makes the road tough, but gives you hope in the journey.” I’m all about that hope!

  5. That Andrew has a lot of time on his hands! Confidence is akin to trust – do you agree?

  6. Truth guides and discernment follows. Yes!

    Confidence in front of an audience…uh, NO.

    Fancy a poem? It describes my first presentation to the California Department of Transportation’s structural division.

    My first big presentation,
    I wanted to run and hide,
    from that creepy sensation
    of sweat sliding down my side.
    The handed me the mike
    and I tripped over the cord.
    Powepoint didn’t much like
    me, and there was no blackboard.
    Three hundred Caltrans engineers
    laughed behind blank faces;
    minutes later I was chugging beers
    in the hotel bar’s dark places.
    But I was remembered, by and by…
    “Oh, hey, weren’t YOU the guy..?”

    #1 at FMF this week.

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