1. Hi Jolene. It’s my first time to link up with you – thank you for the opportunity! I hope you wouldn’t be so fearful plunging yourself into following the Lord wherever He’s leading you :). It’s been my fervent prayer to be used by Him for His purposes and so far, blogging and writing are only the things that He has enabled me to do while I wait for complete healing of my body. I so hope to go to far places to share the Gospel and my testimony very soon. More power to you.

    1. Hi Rinu,
      So glad you came by! Our weaknesses, a.k.a. ‘thorns’ are just what we need so He can shine through us! He always has a perfect plan for our lives even when we can’t see it at times! Thanks for your encouragement!

  2. I can so relate!! I have said a prayer for you and I believe that God is working in your favor. It’s scary how I have been feeling the same way and you send this post. Fear freezes you, but He will never give us anything that we’re not capable of handling. Keep me in your prayers as well.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      You are so right about fear freezing us! But God has not given us a spirit of fear…fear comes from the Enemy. And you are right, He’ll never give us anything we’re not capable of handling. I’ll keep you in my prayers!

  3. May God bless you in your endevors Jolene. And I can’t wait for your book to come out! You have the heart of David, the mouth of Moses and the faith of Abraham, God is with you!…Go get em! 😀

  4. Oh Jolene, how I can relate with your words! I have felt the exact same way. It’s how I felt when God called me to write UnEmployed Faith and then start that whole encouragement blog and ministry process. It’s how I felt about a month or so ago when I had to stand in front of a group of women for my first speaking engagement. It’s how I feel now that my reach is expanding and I’m nervous about that. I will be praying for you as you prepare. Know this…God will do great things in and through you during your speaking engagement. When you see the face to face connection you’re able to make with people it will blow your mind. It’s so different than connecting with people through our writing. It’s an amazing blessing. Two books I highly recommend that helped me prepare are: Speak Up with Confidence by Carol Kent and Communication for a Change by Stanley Jones. If you’re short on time to prepare the Carol Kent book will walk you through the entire process of thinking through what you’ll say, how you’ll paint the picture through your words, and how best to deliver the message. Even if it’s a testimony she covers that as well. I read both when prepared for my speaking engagement and it made all the difference in the world. I actually had women practically maul me in tears afterwards telling me how much my words encouraged them and they were repeating back to me the things I had said. That’s a great sign. I wouldn’t have done that well without those books guiding me. As a result, even though I’m terrified of speaking again, I’m totally hooked! It’s an amazing experience. I know you’ll do great!

    1. Hi Rosann,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging words and the book recommendations! I’ve spoken to groups of women before and I know the speaking ministry will only continue to grow (whether I feel comfortable about it or not!) But it’s all worth it for our King! Thanks for tip about Carol’s short book, perhaps I’ll get the chance to look into it before the 12th of March!

  5. I empathize, Jolene — there are so many possible directions I feel God is leading me, and I pray for wisdom to discern His perfect will and follow Him daily. Thanks for the wonderful post & for hosting & God bless!

  6. Jolene,

    I know exactly what you are talking about with the redness. I had a dermatologist tell me that it was just due to my Irish background, but I do have a thyroid condition, as well. I can’t bring myself to speak publicly. Even in just meetings with my boss, whom I love, I turn beet red. It’s so mortifying. Hooray for you, speaking anyway!

    I really enjoyed reading your post, I just wrote one similar yesterday, but I only wish mine could have been “God is calling me, so I am doing”. Keep me in your prayers because I can’t seem to get myself to completely submit.

    1. Hi Working Mom,
      Our redness just shows how weak we are, but the words that spill out from our hearts show the power of the Holy Spirit! I’m learning to embrace the latter! You should too! 🙂

  7. Hi sweet friend! I am so proud of your willing heart! I knew this day would come for you. God is going to do amazing things for His kingdom through your beautiful heart. OF COURSE, you will have my fervent prayers on your behalf (for the speaking engagement and the book). The courage of the Lord will see you through! Lots of Love, lovely sister.

  8. Jolene, thank you so much for this post 🙂 I got so much from it, amazing encouragement. Found you at Women Living Well. Look forward to your return in March. Lifting you up in prayer. Have a blessed day. Tara (The Proverbs 31 Sanctuary)

    1. Thanks Tara. Welcome here! I have some archived posts that I’ll be sharing each week before I come back. So glad to hear that what I wrote ministered to you!

  9. God often calls us to face our biggest fears and to tackle challenges we never thought possible. I wouldn’t have gotten married or have started Becoming His Eve if God hadn’t called me to them and I hadn’t pushed aside some of my biggest fears. Totally hear you – often the craziest things are the things God calls us to – the ones that scare the pants off. But those journeys I find are the most rewarding.

  10. Sweet Jolene, I hear you loud and clear. My flesh is such a pain!! It keeps holding me back from the abundance of joy that God has in store. I cannot depend on my own strength for long before I find I am ten steps behind, regretting my weakness again. Well done on all the success your faith and willingness has brought you. Praise God for the Glory your ministry brings Him! You wouldn’t need Him if it was easy and He wants to to need Him…desperately. One step in front of the other on the tight-rope of faith. I am sending many prayers for you in all the areas you asked (and me too, as they are exactly what I need in my life also). All the best with the book and speech. Blessings to you!

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