Don’t Let Fear and Self-doubt Kill Your Dreams

I recently spoke at a women’s event, presenting a 45-minute Bible study I wrote myself. It wasn’t my first time speaking to a group of women, but you might not believe that if you saw my hands tremble and heard the nerves in my voice. Every time I speak, I forget to breathe for the first few minutes. Then, I get into a groove and I’m able to relax. Somewhat.

For years, after I began writing to encourage women in their faith journeys, I wondered if God might ever lead me to speak. I’m not sure why I felt like this was something I wanted to do because holding a microphone made me panic. (And that’s before I even tried to speak into it.)

But God has a unique way of putting a dream in your heart that terrifies you. Those dreams are not meant be accomplished alone. God designs them so that you can work on them together—with Him.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

How often do we forget that wherever He leads us, He will continue to walk with us every step of the way? {Tweet this}


  1. I love what you said about the dreams God puts in our hearts not being meant to be accomplished alone! That is so true. I related so well to your beautiful words. I, too, get nervous about public speaking. Visiting from #momentsofhope

  2. I can definitely relate, Laura. Because I grew up singing with my family, that aspect of being on platform was never a problem. Speaking, however, was a whole different thing! I think that's where God keeps some of us in a very dependent mindset. Or, He sure does me. Thanks for your insight on this topic. {Visiting from #RaRaLinkup where we're neighbors this week.}

  3. Yes. God will provide everything we need as we follow him. All we need to do is to take those steps one at a time. Keep up the good work, Laura! Blessings upon blessings!


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