1. Thank you for this. You ministered and encouraged me today, my friend! I was asked to speak at a women’s conference in front of about 75 women in a few months. I don’t mind speaking in front of children, and I don’t mind teaching my women’s class at church, but I don’t like speaking in front of people. Especially THAT many people.

    Plus, I’ve never really given a speech before and so now I have to write the thing, lol! But I have been trusting God’s faithfulness and yet at the same time, wishing that I could cancel. Thanks for reminding me I need to get out of the boat and get out of my comfort zone.

  2. Oh Jolene, I just love you, girl! I thoroughly enjoyed watching your interview and I’m telling you, we are so much alike in so many ways. I love what you said about not putting others on the pedestal, that spot is reserved for Jesus. Those words are so powerful to me because my greatest struggle in writing and ministry is feeling like I’m not as good as the Christian women around me. I’m not smart enough. I’m not a good enough writer or speaker. I’m not educated enough. I’m not fill-in-the-blank. So when I think that way, I’m essentially putting others around me up on that pedestal. Why is it so hard to accept that we were made by the hand of God and He doesn’t make mistakes? Why is it so hard to put a wall up and NOT listen to the lies the enemy places in our head? Whew…this journey of writing has blown me away (I started around the same time you did). I sit in awe of how God has moved and grown me and pushed me out of my comfort zone time and time again. I can so relate with what you talked about in the video. Thank you for your constant transparency, friend. 🙂

    1. Rosann, you are God’s masterpiece and don’t let the enemy tell you otherwise! You have a purpose that consists of your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Every facet of who we are is to bring Him glory and praise. Press on dear friend!

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