For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Timid Spirit

2  Timothy 1:7-9
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus…

Last weekend, Tim and I traveled to Indianapolis for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I’d signed up so that I could pitch my book to publishers. If someone had told me ten years ago that I’d be sitting down with an editor and telling them about something I wrote, I would have doubted. But God laid a story on my heart and gave me the tools and resources to put it together. He also covered me with his power and grace, replaced my timid spirit with His confidence and prepared me to speak.

As remarkable as that is for me, I am even more amazed at the power of his Spirit when He takes away my timidity and replaces it with the His power. Only through the grace of Jesus do I get through each day surrounded by the craziness of the world. One thing I love about God is how He equips me for every circumstance. Whether a battle or a moment of compassion, the Spirit walks me through and gives me grace. Praise Jesus for His purpose and grace.

P.S. Thank you to all who prayed for me as I prepared for and attended the conference-

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