What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

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When I was six years old, I skipped off to first grade with a fresh box of crayons, a crisp green dress with Swiss polka dots sleeves, and a fresh hope that I would be good enough—that someone would at least like me.

But first grade only confirmed my fears. I wasn’t good enough after all.

From the time my teacher held up the first spelling flash card, I knew I was in trouble. Back in the day, kindergarten focused on coloring, playing, and napping.

But first grade was a whole new ballgame with letters, numbers, and words. First grade had flash cards.

I remember one exercise that makes my palms clammy even today. We lined our miniature wooden chairs up in a row like a choo-choo train. The conductor, Mrs. Morgan, held up a spelling flash card for the lead passenger to identify.

If he or she could not correctly decipher the word on the card, that passenger lost the lead seat and had to go sit in the caboose.

I spent most of the first grade in the caboose. I could not spell to save my life.

Mrs. Morgan decided that she was going to give me a little extra help. After all, she had taught my brother five years earlier, and he was pretty smart. Maybe there was hope for me.

She kept me after school to work on my reading with another little boy named Mike. I might not have been very bright, but I was smart enough to figure out what being singled out with Mike meant.

For some reason I had particular trouble with the word the. In an effort to help me remember that all-important word, Mrs. Morgan made a nametag that read “t-h-e” and pinned it to my little chest.

I had to wear this scarlet letter for two weeks. My peers taunted me with words of their own.

“Why are you wearing that nametag?”

“Is your name ‘The’?”

“Are you stupid?”

“What’s wrong with you?”

After two weeks, I learned how to spell the word, “t-h-e,” but that’s not all I learned. I learned that I was stupid, just not as smart as everybody else, and once again . . . not enough.

Fast forward thirty years, and now God was nudging me to write? With words? Words that I had to spell?

One of my greatest weaknesses?

One of my insidious sources of insecurity?

The very thing that put the rubberstamp on my greatest fears so long ago?

The truth is, I was not stupid. I just couldn’t spell very well. Still can’t.

And even though I graduated with honors, did well in college, wrote a passel of books, there are many times I feel like that little girl sitting in the spelling train caboose. I wonder if you know the feeling.

Isn’t it mindboggling that God will sometimes take our greatest weaknesses and turn them into our greatest strengths?

But that won’t happen until we let go of the fear of moving forward and take hold of the hand of God with grip of trust. We can choose to stay stuck in the caboose, or come up front with the Chief engineer.

I’m still not a good speller. However, I am not going to allow my weakness to stand in the way of my God-given purpose. I hope you won’t either.

God said to Moses, God said to me, and God is saying to you: “I will teach you what to say. I will show you what to do.”

What more could a person ask for? What more could you or I need?

Is there something that you feel God is calling you to do? If so, what’s holding you back?

If you are TakeHoldOfTheFaithYouLongForwilling to take a step of faith, leave a comment and say “I’m willing!”
I’m going randomly pick one response and send a FREE copy of
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181 Responses to What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

  1. Sally woods June 24, 2016 at 4:35 am #

    I’m Willing!

  2. Jackie Monks June 24, 2016 at 4:39 am #

    I AM WILLING

  3. Carol June 24, 2016 at 4:54 am #

    I’m willing!
    The Lord has put on my heart and spoken to me via at least three different people at different times who didn’t even know me, that I am to write a book or books. I have topics already, but when do I start is another thing.

  4. Olufisayo Longe June 24, 2016 at 5:02 am #

    I’m willing

    • Ndudzi August 1, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

      ‘I”m willing “!

  5. Nkem Offonabo June 24, 2016 at 5:11 am #

    I’m willing

  6. Cindy June 24, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    I am willing.

  7. Hilda June 24, 2016 at 5:32 am #

    I am so so willing. I want that faith that God is holding my hand to go toward and never look back. In Jesus Name I Pray!!

  8. Tena Smith June 24, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    I’m willing

  9. Marisa Daniels June 24, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    I’M WILLING

  10. YVONNE SHOEBRIDGE June 24, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    “I’m will!”

  11. YVONNE SHOEBRIDGE June 24, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    “I’m wiling!”

  12. Rachelle Craig June 24, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    I’m willing!

  13. Sally Coles June 24, 2016 at 6:31 am #

    I’m willing

  14. Shannon Payne June 24, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    I’m willing!

  15. Remy June 24, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    I’m willing.

    Thanks for stepping out in faith. Love from Australia

  16. Karen Pope June 24, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    I’m willing!!

  17. Sue H. June 24, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    I’m willing!!!!!

  18. Vijaya stewart June 24, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    “I am willing “

  19. Elizabeth Willingham June 24, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    I’m willing

  20. Patricia Diamond June 24, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    “I’m WILLING “

  21. Yvonne Smith June 24, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    This story made me cry for many reasons. To be a child and be wounded in your little heart and mind is unacceptable. But then our Lord was wounded and beaten for far less. He is THE great I am.
    Thank you…from a former teacher, stories like this melt me into tears….oh our precious children. Let’s give then God.

  22. Jenny Rutan June 24, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    “I’m willing!”

  23. Carla Nicolls June 24, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    I’m willing!

  24. Patti Zishka June 24, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    I’m willing after a life of abuse and poor choices looking to a Heavenly Father to build my confidence. I have several of your books and read them over and over. God bless.

  25. Carol Catto June 24, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    I’m willing 🙂

  26. Diane June 24, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    I’m willing!

  27. Marcie Lane June 24, 2016 at 7:22 am #

    I’m willing❤️🙏

  28. Jessica Ritchie June 24, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    I’m willing!

  29. Janet Blavk June 24, 2016 at 7:28 am #

    I’m willing!

  30. Kiwana Byrd June 24, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    Good morning, I hope all is well. It’s 7:17 am and I am crying ad I write this comment…it’s been that kind of week. It’s been that kind of year…years. Whenever I read blogs I never leave comments and I’m not sure why. This morning as I read this email it spoke to me in a way I can’t explain. I’m afraid, I’m unhappy with myself and fear holds me hostage. Fear is what keeps me from doing what I know God instilled in me. I believe once I face my fear I will feel better about myself and be able to move forward in my life. Today, I’m willing!!!! I’m willing!!!

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      Being willing is the first step! It is like running. The hardest part is putting on your shoes. Now, take the next step. I’m cheering for you!

  31. Denise Grosz June 24, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    I’m willing! Yes I am in a place that “I’m willing” is going to be a must in my life. Thank you.

  32. joanne thompson June 24, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    “I’m willing!”

  33. Lynn June 24, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    I’m willing.

  34. Shalon Day June 24, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    I’m willing!

  35. Pam Craig June 24, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    I’m willing! Thank you for your encouragement!!

  36. Cathy June 24, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    I’m willing! I am introverted and shy and filled with anxiety. This holds me back from mamy things I would like to participate in.

  37. Nancy T Johnson June 24, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    About 10 to 12 years ago, I and my family were missionaries in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I loved people but was timid and lacked confidence. Nevertheless, one of my favorite things to do was cook for people. After one dinner for new teachers at the school where my husband taught, one woman suggested I write a cookbook for expats living in Almaty. Who, me? Really? I chose to ‘take hold’ and step forward, and I did write a dual-language cookbook, which I printed and bound at home and sold over 300 copies before leaving Kazakhstan.
    Fast forward to today, I am teaching in an international school in China along with my husband, but having been out of the workforce for many years, I feel like an old dog learning new tricks – especially with the pressure to use all the new technology. I really struggle to be a teacher of excellence when I really feel like the only reason the school keeps me is because my husband is an excellent teacher, and we were hired as a couple. I am now, again, in a place where I need to take hold, move forward and have confidence in what God can do with my weaknesses.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 8:28 am #

      I’m so proud of you!!!! Thank you for sharing your story!!!!

  38. Beverly Thomas June 24, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    I AM SO WILLING!!!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

  39. Marilyn Hall June 24, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    I’m willing!!

  40. Kimberly Ball June 24, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    I’m willing. That’s all… a first step…

  41. Debbie Garrison June 24, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    I’m willing!

  42. Susan June 24, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    I’m willing!

  43. Brenda bunch June 24, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    I am willing

  44. Katherine Swarts June 24, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    You must have a great proofreader. I’ve never noticed a spelling error in your posts!

  45. Comitia June 24, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Even with fear and trembling, I’ll take the bold step of faith and proclaim:” I’m willing”.

  46. Tammy June 24, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    I’m willing! Thank you Sharon for this devotion. I was a fat kid and have always been heavy since. I never felt good enough…couldn’t do what a lot of kids could do so mocked…last chosen for teams….couldn’t wear cutesy clothes cuz not in my size and wouldn’t look right on my large body any way…etc. I too remember the pain of loneliness. But the Lord used my gifts to help todays children’s self esteem in schools. I work w/ special needs children in schools, but I find those without the labels who just don’t fit the norm are the ones I seek to help most. God is good…using our past to help others in the future. Praise God! And thank you Sharon for sharing!

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 8:39 am #

      That’s awesome!

  47. Jill Walsh June 24, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    I am willing.

    Originally I was going to put an exclamation mark as the punctuation and then I thought, I really feel like a question mark is a MUCH better description of my true feelings. So, I went with a period; some where in-between. : )

  48. Sandra June 24, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    I am willing.

  49. brendalynn Williams June 24, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    I’m willing

  50. Sandra Hogge June 24, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    I am willing to take the leap of faith and trust the Lord to guide me in taking over womens ministry in our church.
    I have prayed and believe that this is God’s will . I am someone who has a hard time speaking in front of others. I
    don’t mind answering questions or giving short views on things but have a hard time remembering all that I want to
    say on a subject unless I have it written down. Then I tend to want to read it instead of just saying by memory. I
    just fill that I don’t have what it takes to speak in front of others it scares me to death. I hope this makes since to you? But my heart is for others and I want to be obedient to the Lord! Please pray that I can be all that the Lord
    desires me to be!! Thank you for your time and God bless you.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      Oh girl. It gets better with practice. God will see you through. You might like my book, Building an Effective Women’s Ministry. It has lots of helps!

  51. Melanie June 24, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    I’m willing!

  52. Gina June 24, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    I am definitely willing. Sharon I don’t consider myself a good speller either but I managed to graduate from college earn my masters degree and run my own business as well. Thank God for tolls like thesaurus and spell check.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      My son isn’t a good speller either, and he’s a writer for an advertising agency.

  53. Renita McRae June 24, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    I’M WILLING!

  54. Karen June 24, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    I’m willing!!

  55. Colette Rizk June 24, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    I’m willing!
    Some years back, God told me to start crocheting little dolls, teddy bears, etc with “God loves me” written on them.. He told me to trust Him to provide the children for me to give them to. I’ve been procratinating a lot. Many are in progress but none, not one of them is completely finished! I’m ashamed of it. Don’t I want to do this for my Heavenly Father!?

  56. Sandra June 24, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    I am willing !!! Enough is enough!! God has called me to be a leader and I will move toward that!!!

  57. Sharon Thompson June 24, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    I’m willing!!!!

  58. Dori Jenkins June 24, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    This is perfect to forward on to my sister who has been stuck in fear, stuck in covering her fears with drugs & toxic relationships. It’s a deep, deep pit of fear & blaming other’s for the choices she makes. She is 47. Thank you for your transparency & the Hope you show through Jesus!

  59. Teena Friend June 24, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    I am willing? I am willing. I am willing! I AM WILLING!!

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Love it!!!!

  60. Melissa Gooch June 24, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    I’M WILLING!!!

  61. Rosie Williams June 24, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    I AM WILLING! It is time to do what I know I am called to do. Sometimes you just gotta step out and do that thing in fear and faith combined! Lord hold my hand tightly…here we go!

  62. Donna Doverspike June 24, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    I am willing

  63. Denise June 24, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    This really hit home with me!
    I am willing!

  64. Phyllis Weiler June 24, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    I ‘ m willing!!

  65. Joyce Ywaya June 24, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    I am willing

  66. Beth Higgins June 24, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I’m willing!

  67. Rhonda June 24, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    I am willing

  68. Valerie Whorton June 24, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    I’M WILLING! Thank you Sharon!

  69. Auryl June 24, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    I am willing!

  70. Sarah June 24, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I’m willing! (And I even need strength for “being willing!”) Our precious daughter who always loved the Lord, and we believe still does, has been living in the gay lifestyle for 4 years. She is obviously very confused. There is love between us and her brother, but we certainly have drifted over the years. A once very close relationship has become very broken. As my husband and I continue to persevere & wait for our 31 year old prodigal, we both admitted last night how tired we are…even as we rest in Him! He said he felt “emotionally flat”, which perfectly described my condition, too. So, your blog couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I’m willing.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Oh sweet friend. I have a friend who lived the gay lifestyle for several years. God delivered her…and it was rough. She is now married and has two children. Don’t give up! Consider yourself hugged today.

  71. Lillian Curtis June 24, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    I’m willing!

  72. Sandra McGhee June 24, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    I will let go of fear and I am willing and eager to move forward!!!🙌👍😘

  73. Bisi Oyenuga June 24, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    I’m willing by His grace, to walk out of the old into the NEW!

  74. Jamila Brown June 24, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    I’m willing!

  75. Tammy Dobson June 24, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    I Am Willing to take a Step of Faith!!!

  76. Sherry Fisher June 24, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    I am willing. I just finished reading To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal. As I was reading it I noticed it was not so much as what she’s saying but what God was saying to her, and what He needed me to hear from Him Love the book.

  77. Theresa James June 24, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    I am willing… been struggling with just such feelings most of this year.

  78. Christine McCown June 24, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Just what I need to hear this morning as I am making career choices. I am willing!

  79. Joann June 24, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    I’m willing!!!

  80. Nancy Griggs June 24, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    I’I’m willing to move forward in whatever the Lord would have me do.

    • Janis Cartmill June 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

      This story reminds me so much of my life and still today! I too wasn’t a good speller or reader. My mother would work with me over and over. But when I got to school I’d get all nerved up and wouldn’t remember again. Always hearing why can’t you be as smart as your oldest sister? I know she didn’t mean any harm but it hurt me inside. So far as I remember my first day of first grade. All excited when I can home off the bus, mom asked me who was my teacher? When I told her she said “there must be something wrong she teaches the SMART kids”. That devastated me for life. When I’d mention it she didn’t even remember it. But me and my middle sister of three girls still jokes around about our oldest sister being the ” smart ” one. Well we started our own family prayer group on a closed site to mainly help my niece with a family mater of her daughter and her son with the boys birth father that needs to find the lord bad! Well its became a court thing. So my neice been asking fore prayer. My oldest sister came up we all meet on our site at 9:00pm all together and pray continually for a good 5-10 mins each , that God would hear all our prayers at once and have more impact. Well last night I reminded everyone it was time. My neice was on and her sister and my oldest sister their mother. The smart one lol. And her sister in law. Anyway my neice was getting horrible texts from the ex boyfriend. Blaming her family for his behavior and mistakes. Well my neice Jackie was really upset! So I just right out said an additional prayer writing it out on our site. It went back and forth but mainly Jackie and I. Me giving her biblical advise and scripture. I noticed my sister wasn’t saying anything for quite awhile. Toward the end after I was done, my sister ( the smart one) texted “I don’t know when Jan got so smart, but she’s right in all of her saying!”. Well that totally had me flying high!!!! Then my neice came back and said ” yes she is and what she’s saying makes total since”. Praise God I felt like maybe I wasn’t as stupid as I thought all my life!!!! Well about a year ago I heard God telling me my calling was to help women that husbands that died and still was faced in racing a young family. And to help women that has been or going through physical and emotional abuse. Since the other day when I started this 2 days ago I was looking on my Facebook and God placed this older woman that posted my cousin in another state her husband drank and then would get both verble and physically abusive. I intro diced myself and I reached out to her. She friends me and thanked me and said she was glad I was here for her! Praise the Lord he makes things possible. God Bless and keep posting your a blessing! Sister In Christ, Janis Cartmill

  81. Shari Mack June 24, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    I am definitely willing. I refuse to let fear and negative thinking hold me back. I am moving forward.

    Shari

  82. Dawn Rathbun June 24, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I am willing. Your srory is familiar, I had a second grade teacher call me stupid once. I can still hear her voice when I mess up. I have struggled with insecurities, some I have overcome through Christ…Some I still battle.
    I know God is calling me for greater things. Yet, currently every direction I take, contains a road block that only God can move….so I wait & keep searching.

  83. Ileana June 24, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    You know, you always make the point with me, well God thru you. English is my second language and I have not mastered yet. But my job is marketing coordinator and I write business proposals…in English. What a contradiction right? My grammar is less than perfect, my spelling and punctuation skills too. I even was given a written warning for not spelling correctly a name of a person in an email. On top of that, I don’t see very well even with glasses, so I have to really look into what I’m typing. Isn’t that a very good joke?
    I got into this job through God 10 years ago. I started in this industry as an Administrative Assistant, not marketing coordinator for the A/E industry which is highly competitive. All the time I have to ask my son to review my writing, to look up in dictionary.com meaning and synonyms of words, stop and ask the Holy Spirit to give me ideas and words, and sometimes I feel plain stupid. But something I have learn (and you Sharon, have some credit on this) and it is that I am not alone in this journey, and that what I do he wants me to do it, and He tells me how to do it, and gives His amazing grace to shine thru. And like if all of that is not enough, He has surrounded me with amazingly smart and grammar conversant people that help me without making me fell less or stupid.
    One of the latest proposals I lead from the marketing point took me 8 months of coordination, meetings, writing, reviewing, redoing and redoing, endless days of work, etc. Yesterday was the committee meeting and we won the project. It is a major accomplishment for the company, probably the most important win this year, because of what the scope of work entitles. It’s a unique opportunity. This morning I got an email from the Vice president of the company addressed to all employees (many, many, many people). He was thanking all the team and he said …“Ileana should be especially commended for her efforts in leading the proposal development…” To me that is an amazing display of His Glory, Grace, Unfailing Love, and all the other words that I fall short—describing if there are enough words to describe—what He is and what He does for and thru us. It reminded me immediately of 1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” Isn’t He extravagant in His love display?

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Amen! Love that verse.

  84. Rachel Hyland June 24, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    I needed to read this today. God is calling me to be a group leader in a women’s Bible study at my church in the fall. I have always lead children, not women. God is definitely calling me out of my comfort zone!! I am praying that God will help me every step of the way as I go through this spiritual growing time in my life.

  85. Stephanie Beavers June 24, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Wow. This is so God speaking to me today! I have been working on becoming a Virtual Assistant and I have just been putting it off thinking I’m just not as smart as all those Virtual Assistant Groups that I am online with. Just yesterday, I stuck my head out of my shell and contacted someone that hopefully will help me get involved with realtors so I can learn this as a niche to start with. I love what you said.
    “God will sometimes take our greatest weaknesses and turn them into our greatest strengths? But that won’t happen until we let go of the fear of moving forward and take hold of the hand of God with grip of trust.”
    I’m tired of staying stuck in the caboose!

    Thank you for this!

    Stephanie

  86. Patricia E. Brantley June 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Read your blog everyday. St art’s my day off on the right foot a n do path.

  87. Roxanne Leonard June 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m willing!

  88. Kimberley Nelson June 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    I’m willing

  89. Debra carter June 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Amen. I did just that…. Let go and let God lead.

  90. Susan Culbert June 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Fear of other folks reaction and that my response will not make sense to them. In the world we live in today where the trend is to think that everyone’s perception is their reality I’m not sure how to overcome their mindset. This is my biggest stumbling block

  91. Sandy Besse Smith June 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    I am an educator becoming acquainted with a new teacher evaluation system. My biggest fear is that my appraiser will accuse me with my weaknesses and not be my advocate to help me improve myself. So, I am really seeking ways to use weaknesses in a positive manner.
    Thank you for providing this example of how Jesus is our advocate for our weaknesses. Jesus modeled for us how being weak will make us strong.

  92. STEPHANIE June 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    I’M WILLING!!!

  93. Laurie Arndorfer June 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    I will!

  94. Linda Neely June 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Oh, so willing!

  95. Daisy Coffie June 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    IM WILLING!!!

  96. Daisy Coffie June 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Thank you 😀

  97. Daisy Coffie June 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m willing!!!

  98. Karen Carlson June 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    I AM Willing!!

  99. Marjorie June 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    I’m willing! This just confirms what I’m thinking after I wrote a note regarding the beans in my garden yesterday. It’s time for me to come up from under the dirt! Thank you.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      That is awesome!

    • Beckie Potterfield June 25, 2016 at 6:28 am #

      I love this analogy. May I use it?

      • Sharon Jaynes June 25, 2016 at 9:25 am #

        sure

  100. Sonya Hull June 24, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    I’m willing

  101. leah June 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    im willing

  102. Barbara June 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I am willing!!

  103. Michaela Klein June 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    I am willing!! So very willing! <3

  104. Veronica June 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    I’m willing! I’m willing to let go and let God!

  105. Cindy Burchfield June 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    I’m willing ! My childhood has many memories such as yours; I am in the same car with our Chief Commander, The Lord Jesus Christ.. Thank you for the reminder. Praise God ! Love ya …; )

  106. Tera June 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    YES! I am willing! By the way perfect timing for me!!!

  107. Cindy Burchfield June 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    I’m willing… My childhood has many memories such as yours. I am in the same care with our Chief Commander, The Lord Jesus Christ.. Thank you for the reminder. Praise God ! Love ya.. ; )

  108. Karen Guylee June 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    I’m willing

  109. Christen June 24, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your struggles of unworthiness from that time of your life. Your message reinforced what God has been teaching me in the midst of my trials. Currently I am faced with one of the biggest “unworthiness” moments in my life. My husband said he was moving out after 21 years of marriage with no warning. Now, God is using this time to renew me in seeing how he will be my strength through my weakest moments. and lead me to the realization that he has equipped me to shine in every way He meant for me from the time I was created. He has blessed each of us with specific talents and once we realize them, we can be our best with His guidance. He is directing me back to a career field where I truly felt my best and I am embracing the future ahead. Thank you for sharing your talents and gifts with all of us!! I am WILLING!!

    • Sharon Jaynes June 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      I am so sorry about your situation with your husband. Take a deep breath, a big step, and get ready for what God has for you.

  110. Tanya Chitwood June 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    I’m willing!

  111. Mary June 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m Willing!………I’ve spent the last 55 years being told I wasn’t good enough by everyone important in my life except my Grandfather, Step-Dad and a high school sweetheart that I’m now engaged to. Sadly I never could live up to the expectations of the many influential women in my life.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 25, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      And praise God, you don’t need to live up to anyone’s expectations. God says, you are my daughter, whom I love, and with you I am well pleased.

  112. Norma Brubaker June 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    I am willing so God help me.

  113. Sarah Loomis June 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    I am willing. But weak and scared to reach out to people. Always been an introvert. Thanks for sharing.

  114. Launa Strickland June 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    I’m willing!

  115. Christie June 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    I’m willing even though I’m fearful. I can really relate to what you shared about feeling stupid and in other ways. I definitely want God to turn my greatest weaknesses into my greatest strengths!

  116. B June 24, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    I AM willing!!!

  117. Mercedes June 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    This reading has brought me to undestsding that I have allowed fear on man, fear of rejection to hold me back from serving my purpose and destiny preordained of God. I choose to move forward allowing God to perfect all concerning me!

  118. Beckie Potterfield June 25, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    I am willing. I have learned and relearned so much reading and studying through your book, Take Hold, with 15 women. We will finish up Monday night. Thank you for writing this book and taking hold with God so that others can, too.

  119. Anne June 25, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    I am sooo willing. God please teach me what to say and show me what to do. I put my trust wholly unto you. In the most powerful name of Jesus. So be it!!!!

  120. Sandy A. June 25, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    I’m willing to move forward and no longer be held by my fears or worries of this world!🤓

  121. Tiffany June 25, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    I’m willing

  122. Deb dunt June 25, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    I am willing!
    I have been held back for years now. Fear has held me captive, and the lies from the enemy.
    I am choosing to step forward in little baby steps of faith. God has a plan awaiting me.

  123. Tracey wright June 25, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    I’m ready! … This was a boost this morning that I needed as I prepare for doing something I’ve never done before but, God has given me today’s opportunity!

  124. Danna Buerger June 25, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Thank you for this email! I have such a hard time moving forward from feeling in adequate as a child! Always wanting to be better, measure up, thinner! Ugh! I have laid it at the foot of the cross over and over…I am willing!

  125. Teresa Cameron June 25, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    I’m WILLING!!!

  126. Trudy Samsill June 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    I’M WILLING!!!!

  127. Pat June 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    I’m willing!!

  128. Briana June 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    I’m Willing!!

  129. Pamela Burke June 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

    I’m willing!

  130. Denetta June 26, 2016 at 12:56 am #

    I’m willing.
    To do what God is asking me to and not concern myself with the results. God determines the fruit.

  131. Elaine Berry June 26, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    I’m willing

    • Elaine Berry June 26, 2016 at 3:50 am #

      I’m willing

  132. Tonya June 26, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    “I’m willing!”

  133. Deborah Denton June 26, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    I am at a job where I am constantly beat down with words. I need to step out in faith and get another job. My husband has given me the go-ahead I’m scared to leave the job without another job God to show me what he wants me to do. I am willing. Please pray for me that I will do God’s will

  134. Maggie Maquarrie June 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m willing! Thank you !

  135. Sherri June 26, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m willing.

  136. Shellie Petty June 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Hi Sharon,

    Although I am 51 years old, I too have been considering writing, and/or a real estate. I know, seems a little crazy. However, in these empty nest years, I still can’t shake these dreams I had early on in life. I lack confidence, but apparently, and more importantly, faith and trust in God. I’m a work in progress!! 🙂

  137. Kathi Wade June 27, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    I am willing Papa God💜. I love you heart💜 and soul! Amen and Amen!

  138. Gail June 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Can sure relate to this story!!! Wow. Thank you for sharing, Sharon!

  139. Dana June 28, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    I’m willing

  140. Linda Parson June 28, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    I am WILLING!

  141. Sally M Smith June 28, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    I AM TRULY WILLING!!!!!!

  142. Cynthia Buzoianu June 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    I’m Willing!

  143. Danaice Pacheco June 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m willing!

  144. Patricia Walker June 29, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    I may be tardy to the party but this is such a blessing for me. For so many years, I have been thinking that I am not good enough, I’m not going to do this or that because no one will think it’s any good or no one will care — that I would be wasting my time. I still don’t know what it is that God would have me to do but whatever it is, when God ordains it, it will be for whomever has an ear to hear what God has for them to hear. I have to remember that it’s not always about me. Shoot, 99.5% of the time it’s not about me. It’s all about God and if I learn, and yes, I’m still learning, to move out of the way and learn to trust God and let him have HIS way, then God can be truly glorified.

    I have such a long journey, but again, this spoke to me and gave me hope to believe in just one more day. Thank you and God bless.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

      I love your honesty!!!

  145. nono June 30, 2016 at 1:57 am #

    I am willing

  146. nono June 30, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    I’m willing

  147. Cathie July 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    I am reading your book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For. I have been so blessed by each chapter. I know that God loves me – and now I really believe He has already given me everything I need to live the life he is calling me to. The story of the husband (in a wheel chair) and his wife dancing brought tears to my eyes and a
    new freedom in my heart. It is love for others and not perfection that draws people to the God who loves us. Thank you.

  148. Michelle July 2, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    I’m willing also! And I’m so ready to see God work as I “let go” and trust Him to lead… I’ve also been the one to stay on the sidelines of life because of fear or feeling inadequate….(Sharon, thank you for writing this book – it is exactly what I needed at this time in my life)

  149. Gloria July 3, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    This is me!

  150. Patsy July 4, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    I’m willing. Just use me!

  151. Christine Urista July 6, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    I AM WILLING!!!! 🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏

  152. John Bosch July 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    I am willing! But also feel/know disqualified?

    • Sharon Jaynes July 7, 2016 at 11:14 am #

      Moses felt that way too, and look what God did with him!!

  153. Wanda Phillips July 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    I’m willing to trust God with my next step toward publishing.

  154. Wanda Phillips July 10, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m willing to take the next step toward publishing my writings.

  155. Lisa Fellman July 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    I AM WILLING!!!!

  156. Veda Ducasse July 14, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    I’m willing

  157. Monica Grajeda July 21, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    I am willing, I’ve had many struggles in life, I’ve lost two of my sons, I lost my mother when she was only 58 years old, too young. Right now I’m going through a trial, my only sister won’t talk to me I’ve tried everything to mend the relationship but she just isn’t willing. I already forgave her but she isn’t willing to accept her wrong and ask for my forgiveness. In my heart I forgave her but still she must ask. Am I wrong in that I want her to apologize? She has criticized my Christianity, ouch that hurts. I need to move on and stop relying on that relationship to mend and go on with my spiritual growth and leave the rest in God’s hands.

    • Sharon Jaynes July 21, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      Hi Monica: She doesn’t need to ask in order for you to forgive her. You just forgive her free and clear! It’s not about setting her free, but about setting yourself free. It’s a nice cherry on top, but not necessary for you to live free.

  158. Barbara Wing July 21, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    I’M WILLING!!! Thank you for the reminder to trust that God has a plan! All I need to do is pray for the answer! Sometimes it is easier to try to figure it out on my own…but, that never works out.

  159. Walsa Mammen July 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    I am willing for God to work out His plan in my life. Your thoughts were very enciuraging.

  160. Walsa Mammen July 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    I am willing for God to work out His plan in my life. Your thoughts were very encouraging.

  161. Mary mbeya August 4, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    I am willing

  162. Gail August 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    I am willing! All my life I have let fear stop me. As a young girl I wanted to be in fashion, to model (and I can’t spell either). My dad was good at telling me no to the things I wanted to do and being of a very tender spirit it always crushed me, though his reasons we for good reason most times, he never tried to direct me to somethings in the same field that was a better fit, it was just no. After growing up, it was my desire to become an interior designer and I have the talent, the eye, but fear of the responsibility has kept me from doing anything on a professional level. Now (at the tender age of 65) I am a quilter and embroiderer and would again love to grow a business, but fear takes me back again. I do have a hobby business, but would like to do more. I always panic at the prospect of to much work, fear of getting bored, dealing with bookkeeping, and all the other responsibilities. I am willing to let the Lord lead me.
    Thank you for sharing this and perhaps more of us will go from sitting on the curb all alone to walking the path God has for us.

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