What Happens When You Say “Yes” to God…even if you’re scared to death

Hi Friends. I’ll be honest. I received so many Christmas emails in December, I decided to give you a break from mine. My inbox just about made me break out in hives. Just in case you felt the same, I spared you one less email. But now I’m back! I’ve missed you! I hope today’s blog will get you excited about what 2018 holds!

I hope you don’t mind me sharing something really personal with you. See a few weeks ago, a woman named Brenda asked me to speak at a Christmas gathering of at her church in my hometown.

We chatted on the phone for a few moments and made the arrangement. When we hung up, God whispered to my heart…This one’s for you. Remember where you started. Look how far you’ve come. Remember where a thousand “yeses” have taken you.

See, twenty-one years ago, a woman named Shirley asked me to speak at a women’s dinner at this same church. At that point, I had never spoken in front of more than a handful of women. This event was going to have  500-plus attendees. Everything in me wanted to run in the opposite direction.

The devil fed my fears with fitful words. “Who do you think you are?” he snarled. “What do you possibly have to say to these ladies? You’re just a kid. You need to say ‘no thank you’ and not embarrass yourself.”

And you know what, I believed him. Feelings insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy wrapped their gnarly fingers around my neck and began to squeeze. Sheer panic shot straight through.

But God reminded me of the words He spoke to Moses. You do what I have called you to do and I will tell you what to say…I will show you what to do.

So I did it. I told God, “yes.” I stood in front of that sea of faces for the very first time in my life, and God took over.

Twenty-one years later, God brought me full circle. As I stood on that same platform, in that same church, looking out at another sea of beautiful faces, God reminded me of what can happen in a life that answers Him with tiny little “yeses.”

One step of faith that leads to another, that leads to another and to another.

I paused before I spoke, and looked over at the book table with twenty-one authored books. Tears welled up in my eyes. I truly believe none of that would have happened if I had not said that fearful but faithful “yes” twenty-one years ago.

I wonder…how many other blessings have I missed because I’ve said “no?”

How my miracles have I forfeited because of fear?

So here’s my encouragement to you today…Say “yes” to God.

It may be a tiny “yes.” It may be a big “yes.”

Amazing things happen in the life of a woman who says “yes” to God.

I want to be that woman.

I want you to be that woman.

Let’s make 2018 a year of saying “yes” to God.

If you want to make 2018 a year of a thousand “yeses,” leave a comment and say, “I’m saying “yes” to God!”

I’ll randomly pick 5 comments and send a FREE laminated card of Your True Identity in Christ!

If you would like to learn more about how to step into your destiny and LIVE BOLD, check out my book, Take Hold of the Faith you Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. This book includes a Bible study guide and is perfect for Bible study groups.

Congratulations to Rebecca Jones–the winner of Susie Finkbeiner’s 3 book series.

212 Responses to What Happens When You Say “Yes” to God…even if you’re scared to death

  1. Sally LaBonte January 4, 2018 at 4:38 am #

    I’m saying YES to God in all ways possible. Thank you for this wonderful email. I needed to read it today.

    • Teresa January 5, 2018 at 12:32 am #

      “I’m saying “yes” to God!” I really NEEDED THIS!!!!! I WAS ABOUT TO GIVE UP ON MY BUSINESS

    • Abigel Taye January 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      I will say Yes to God! I was just reading John 2:18 and I was thinking how John simply said yes to the angel and if he hadn’t we might if not have Jesus as our savior! Bless u for sharing your testimony!

  2. Nickia Chandler January 4, 2018 at 4:44 am #

    I say YES to GOD!

  3. Emeldah Kgwedi January 4, 2018 at 4:44 am #

    I’m saying “YES” to God in 2018!!

  4. Tonya January 4, 2018 at 4:46 am #

    I’m saying YES to God!

  5. Heidi January 4, 2018 at 4:51 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!

    Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  6. Michelle Sommer January 4, 2018 at 4:51 am #

    I’m saying yes to God

  7. MaeAnn Hardin January 4, 2018 at 4:52 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God! ❤️

  8. Nomusa January 4, 2018 at 4:56 am #

    I’m saying “Yes” to GOD.
    Like the Prophet Isaiah “Here I am LORD, send me”
    In JESUS CHRIST’s name. Amen.

  9. Janet Garwood January 4, 2018 at 4:56 am #

    I’m saying yes to God. It’s a small yes but it’s a start.

  10. Antonela January 4, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    I say “yes” to God!

  11. Juanita Dueck January 4, 2018 at 5:08 am #

    Thank you, Sharon, for the reminder of the importance and reward of saying “YES” to God. I’m saying “YES” to Him in ares of my life where I really need ant want to grow this year. I’m seeking His grace to make my “YES” a daily reality. His grace is sufficient!

  12. Melissa Plets January 4, 2018 at 5:14 am #

    I have been trapped by fear for far too long! I’m saying “yes” to God in 2018!

  13. Kathryn Donovan January 4, 2018 at 5:37 am #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  14. Bernice Asiedu January 4, 2018 at 5:38 am #

    Yes to you Lord in 2018!

  15. Regina Sanders-Raby January 4, 2018 at 5:38 am #

    I’m saying Yes to God!

  16. Kathryn Bacon January 4, 2018 at 6:07 am #

    I’m saying yes to God!

  17. Ndidi January 4, 2018 at 6:08 am #

    I am saying yes to God in 2018. I am scared starting a business as i have worked in an office for 10 years. But i am scared that i am not ready for this phase. Will pple patronise me? But todag i am saying yes lord. Help me.

  18. Maggie Castillo January 4, 2018 at 6:17 am #

    I too have been asked to participate to an event at my church that takes several months of Sunday afternoon classes in preparation for a four day retreat. I agreed, then decided I would opt out, but I felt God telling me to hang in there that I could do it. So I’m listening to Him even though I’m scared. Thanks for the motivation.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:48 am #

      Don’t give up! You’ll never regret it.

  19. Shernicka Ray January 4, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    I’m saying Yes to God!!

  20. Gloria McCray-Knight January 4, 2018 at 6:24 am #

    I really understand when you really say yes to God. I decided enough was enough, all or nothing to Him. 12/16/17, I said Yes, Yes, Yes little things have begone to happen, may not mean much to anyone else, but much to me. I have been serving Him for a long time but not all of me. Now is the time for a complete “Yes” and I am so excited at what God is about to do through me and for me.

  21. Ruth Nietz January 4, 2018 at 6:27 am #

    These were timely thoughts as I have just submitted my retirement letter after 34 + years of working for the same company. This will be a life change for me. I admit to having fears and excitement all at the same time. I am saying “yes,” to God.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:48 am #

      Congratulations! There is more to come!

  22. Vishala Varghese January 4, 2018 at 6:30 am #

    I am saying yes to God!

  23. Carol Werkema January 4, 2018 at 6:37 am #

    Yes! I am saying yes to God!

  24. Mahlatse January 4, 2018 at 6:38 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!

  25. Gloria Garner January 4, 2018 at 6:40 am #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God in 2018!”

  26. Alicia Buratti January 4, 2018 at 6:45 am #

    I’m saying YES to God I need this Jesus

  27. Janis January 4, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    I am saying YES to God! Thank you! 🙂

  28. Susan January 4, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    I am saying “ yes” to God.

  29. Vicky January 4, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    I say yes

  30. Lynn Oliver January 4, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    Many changes in my life are ahead because of my husband’s death with selling my home and moving to another state. I want starting today to say “yes” to God.

    • Lynn Oliver January 4, 2018 at 6:52 am #

      I know our Lord is good so I am saying “yes” to whatever

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:47 am #

      He has something for us in each season of life. Stay tuned.

  31. Antoinette January 4, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    I am saying yes to God!

  32. Tina Blaydes January 4, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    “I’m saying yesss to God”
    Thank you!

  33. Barb Wall January 4, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    I am saying YES to God

  34. Christine January 4, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    YES, to God!

  35. Cassandra Johnson January 4, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    I’m saying yes to God!

  36. Kimberly Paradise January 4, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Yes

  37. Jenny Federau January 4, 2018 at 7:14 am #

    I say “YES” to God! Yes, yes, yes!!!!

  38. Victoria Aleman January 4, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    Your blog post is just the fuel I need to encourage me to take the first step towards what he’s calling me to do. Today, I’m saying “Yes” to God.

  39. Suzanne January 4, 2018 at 7:20 am #

    YES!

  40. Sharon Custer January 4, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    I’m saying yes! I choose a word this year to focus on and study – that word was courageous. As I think about it, Satan makes me nervous, but I know God will be with me in WHATEVER he calls me to do. Your message confirmed my word and my step. Thank you! Love your devotions!

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:46 am #

      A great word!

  41. Wanda S January 4, 2018 at 7:28 am #

    I’m saying yes to god! He has been my strength and guide in all things.

  42. Elizabeth Schultz January 4, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    I am saying Yes to God to write children’s books to explain some of the things our children hear but don’t really understand. For that matter, adults struggle to understand them, too. I keep hearing that I’m not good enough to write books for Him, but I’m listening to God instead.

  43. Julie Woodman January 4, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    I’m saying YES! to God!

  44. Melissa Rogers January 4, 2018 at 7:35 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God.

  45. Sue Thomas January 4, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    I’m saying yes to God,2018will be a new beginning stepping out in faith

  46. Debbie Elliott January 4, 2018 at 7:39 am #

    I’m saying yes to God

  47. Letitia Ledesma January 4, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    I’m saying yes to God!

  48. Cindy January 4, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    Thanks for saying yes 21 years ago! I’ve enjoyed so many of your books and emails.
    Hopefully I can answer yes more in 2018

  49. Laura Ballew January 4, 2018 at 8:00 am #

    I am saying “YES” to God!!

  50. Ernestine Casteleyn January 4, 2018 at 8:01 am #

    I’m saying “Yes” to God!!

  51. Olutosin Oketope January 4, 2018 at 8:01 am #

    Yes Lord

  52. Latoya Thompson January 4, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    My name is Latoya and I’m saying Yes to God for 2018, be it small or big .

  53. Michelle January 4, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    I’m saying yes to God! I’m not going to say no or pretend I didn’t hear. I’m not going to focus on what I can or cannot do but I will allow my Heavenly Father to work in me:

    “But He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 (Amplifird Bible)

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:45 am #

      I love that you said, “I will not pretend that I didn’t hear.” That is what we tend to do, isn’t it. So proud of you.

  54. amy53tay January 4, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    In 2018 I’m saying YES to God.

  55. Sharon January 4, 2018 at 8:14 am #

    Hi, Sharon! Thank you for being so open! I have read many of your books and you have really helped and inspired me over the years! In 2017, I said “yes” to God and it has been a hard but incredibly rewarding journey. You see in 2014, I achieved my weight loss goal losing over 150 pounds with Weight Watchers. I started working there as a receptionist a couple of years ago and have always seen it as a ministry from God for me to help others the way others (and God) have helped me in my journey. Last year, I made the leap and went to leadership training and became a leader myself. This was very difficult for me. I have an anxiety disorder as well as fibromyalgia. I had to travel to Chicago by myself for my training and although the training was ultimately a good experience, it really played on my anxiety. In fact, at one time, I was ready to walk away, but I felt so strongly that God has called me to do this that I didn’t. Music has always helped me in my journey, and I made this playlist of songs to help me be brave and to face my fears. I listen to it frequently to help myself during the hard times and share it with others to inspire them. You can listen to it at this link on Spotify if you are interested: https://open.spotify.com/user/22r6crqrkj5e774u5qjzqpjdi/playlist/3iOHqNdb7pnXn6QjDMzGuE. Some of the songs are Christian songs and some aren’t, but I picked them specifically for the lyrics and the message they convey. Thank you again for your vulnerability and willingness to put yourself out there! May God continue to bless you and your ministry!

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:45 am #

      Thank you for sharing! I’m so proud of you.

  56. Carmen Anna Maldonado January 4, 2018 at 8:19 am #

    I say YES to GOD!!!

  57. Shirley Smedley-Theiss January 4, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    My journey on saying “yes” began about 20 years ago at a huge arena sized Women’s event. Luci Swidoll was one of the speakers. She said: The next time someone asks for help just say “yes”. The next Sunday they were asking for volunteers to teach the 3rd grade Sunday school. Immediately Luci’s words came back to me. So I connected with the person asking for help and said “yes”. That one step launched me on a path of GROWTH. I was the one who was blessed, not the giving of my time to the children. And that one “yes” has opened more doors for me to GROW SOME MORE. THANK YOU, LORD for prompting me to say “yes”.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:44 am #

      That is wonderful! Love your story!

  58. Karen Ramsey January 4, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  59. Sheila January 4, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    I say yes to God.

  60. Toni Hess January 4, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    I’m saying YES ti God.

  61. Becky Waldrip January 4, 2018 at 8:29 am #

    I am saying yes to GOD!!!!

  62. Lisa Smith January 4, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    Thank you I’m saying yes to God!! Fear has held me down for to long 😊

  63. Kristen January 4, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!

  64. Marian Spitzig January 4, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    I started saying “yes” to God and not only am I leading a Bible study at my church, I couldn’t find what I wanted among the thousands available, I am writing my own…spending 30-35 weeks last year in John, this year in Genesis. Thanks be to the Holy Spirit and the resources I have at my fingertips.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:43 am #

      You go girl! That is awesome!

  65. Lisa Pardue January 4, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    I will say Yes to God.

  66. Renee A Bartz January 4, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  67. A. Strobe January 4, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    I’m saying “yes to God!” This summer I was asked to lead a ladies Bible study. I am a preschool teacher and had never taught older then elementary age children. My first reaction was to say no I can never do that. Through a couple of different confirmations, I felt God was calling me and I said yes. We are on our third Bible study and I have truly been blessed. I want to say “yes to God” more this year then ever before, because I know I have missed opportunities to do God’s work in the past.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 8:50 am #

      So proud of you!

  68. B. Parker January 4, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    I’m saying “YES!” to God!!
    Gos bless you Sharon.

  69. M Davis January 4, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    I am saying yes to God!

  70. Terri January 4, 2018 at 8:55 am #

    Yes!!!

  71. LaTonya Wilson January 4, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    “I’m Saying YES To GOD!”

  72. kimberly January 4, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    YES!!! to God in 2018

  73. Kimberly Ann Ball January 4, 2018 at 9:05 am #

    I want to say “YES” to God this year! I am grieving the loss of my career, due to complications from my 4th bowel surgery for Crohn’s disease. While I’ve stumbled into “the void” of losing my identity, and honestly having far too many pity parties to count, I am determined to seek God’s plan for my life. I have come to realize that through troubles and trials, He alone has sustained me, even as I’ve said, “No!” and “Really?” sarcastically, AND this is hindering my journey to peace, which begins by saying, “Okay, God, I will say ‘yes’ and truly trust You to show me the path.” Being a professor for 30-plus years brought me joy and satisfaction. I was helping my students find their way. I am now a student to the Greatest Teacher. I will humbly do my homework, read the text (Bible), and say “Yes” to the exams He has for me this year. I am an “A” student, but in God’s course for my life, I must be willing to do more than show up in my sweats with a Starbucks in hand. I will need to pack my backpack, throw it over my shoulder, and step into His “Course Objectives” with faith. As I put my glasses, I imagine the first and only objective will read: “Say ‘YES’.”

  74. Gwendolyn Clark January 4, 2018 at 9:06 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!

  75. Sonja January 4, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    I’m saying “YES” to God!!

    I appreciate your articles and and I appreciate you!!

  76. Norma Brubaker January 4, 2018 at 9:21 am #

    I’m saying yes to God. So help me Lord.

  77. Anne January 4, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    I will say yes to God. : D

  78. Michelle Lucas January 4, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    I’m saying Yes to God this year!

  79. Christine Sutherly January 4, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    Thank you Sharon for sharing a part of yourself. Personal stories are what hits me the most. It makes me feel like I am not alone on my path and that there are others who are struggling just like I am. You are such an encouragement. Thank you and God Bless!

  80. Char January 4, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    I am saying Yes to God in 2018!!

  81. Paula January 4, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    I’m Saying YES to God in 2018

  82. Judy January 4, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    I want to say yes to God and make that yes attitude be present in every area of my life.

  83. Karen Combs January 4, 2018 at 9:44 am #

    2018 is the year I take action!!!
    I’m saying YES to God!

  84. nicole January 4, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    I’m Saying YES TO GOD!!!

  85. Doris January 4, 2018 at 9:46 am #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  86. Melissa Blier January 4, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    I’m saying yes to GOD!

  87. bessie January 4, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    I desire for 2018 to be a year of many yes answer to God. Pray with me that God will open my eyes and led me. I would love for you to pray for my grandson Kyle who is 26 years old and he is an addict to the worst drug I know, Heroin. I have given him to the Lord. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 12 Years old, I know God has His hand on him, and God will bring him through. Thank you for agrring with me in prayer

  88. bessie January 4, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    Sorry hit send before proof reading agreeing with me in prayer.

  89. Angela Hetzel January 4, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    I am saying yes to God 2018. Let’s do it

  90. Michelle January 4, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    I’m saying yes to God. Little by little, I’ve loosened the tight grip that I tried to have on my life. Sometimes I grasp it hard other times I’m so tired that I just let it hang out for all to see. Yes, Lord, it’s Yours.

  91. Dámaris Miyar January 4, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    I am saying ‘yes’ to God!

  92. Regina Rodgers January 4, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    I am saying YES to God!! 🙂

  93. Melody January 4, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    I’m saying yes to God. My ‘word’ this year is obedience. I will pray to hear God speaking to me and be obedient in serving Him and our church.

  94. Rachelle Mendez January 4, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Yes, yes, yes!

  95. anne January 4, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    I’m saying yes to God!

  96. Geselle Sadler January 4, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Thank you for sharing. I’m saying yes to God.

  97. Barbara January 4, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    I am saying Yes to God!

  98. LaVelle January 4, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    I’m saying, “YES” to God!!!

  99. SHARON MALONE January 4, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    I am saying Yes to God!

  100. Lakeshia A Thomas January 4, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    I’m saying yes yes yes yes to God forever and always …

  101. Linda Neely January 4, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Yes! I’m saying yes. Prayers for when to say a holy “no” so I can say “yes” to the right things. (I have a tendency to say yes to everything and then don’t give my all to any of them.)

  102. Rhonda Geiger January 4, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    I’m going to spend more time with God & Jesus and listen for my next challenge. I’m saying yes to God.

  103. Jessica January 4, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!

  104. Sherri Thompson January 4, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    I’m saying “yes” to God in 2018

  105. Carolyn Brown January 4, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    This is my year to say yes at God’s prompting instead of thinking I know best, or thoughts of all the “what ifs” that pop into my head in a negative way. Starting today and throughout 2018 I am believing God for heavenly God-lead “what ifs”. This is my YES GOD year!!

  106. Carol Mundy January 4, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    I am always so inspired by you and your “friends” the other GIG’s! Each and every day I look forward to reading such encouraging words, and can feel the love and caring coming through your words! I want to be a woman who says YES to God and the wonderful things He has planned just for me! And I’m very glad you said YES all those years ago so we would have all those wonderful and truly helpful books that you have written!

  107. Lee Anne Howard January 4, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Sharon!

    I loved this devotional, especially because I learned the full backstory.
    I’m saying “yes” to God afresh and anew this 2018. 🙂

  108. Vivian McKlemurry January 4, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Yes Lord guide my steps everyday. Make me an instrument of your love.

  109. Janice Kesterson January 4, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    I want to say Yes to God in this new year. I pray for discernment in hearing & knowing his voice so I can say Yes at the right time.

  110. Mona January 4, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    I’m saying YES to God! Please guide me Lord

  111. Tracy Dickerson January 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m saying YES to GOD in 2018!!!

  112. Sue Mahlum January 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

    Sharon, I am saying “Yes” to God in 2018. I am a woman who has said “Yes” before to God for over 25 years. I have seen God work in miraculous and exciting ways. My heart was full. Then, things in my life changed and I started just sitting by the wayside. I was tired and worn out. Instead of seeking His presence, I got caught up in the noise of the world. My heart didn’t have the joy and fullness that it once held. However, the Spirit has been whispering my name and I am ready to make my time with the Creator of the Universe a priority beginning today. Thank you for your encouraging words. May God continue to use all of your “Yes’s” to further His Kingdom.

  113. E'bay Seay January 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  114. Kathleen January 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    I am saying yes to God. Please pray for me. I am a teacher and I am having problems walking due to hip bursitis. As a single mom, I have to work to support my family. I feel very discouraged and depressed but I will say yes to God. He knows where I am and what I am going through. I need a break through.

  115. Angie January 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Thank you for inspiring me. I have let fear hold me back so many times. This year I want to say yes to God and let go of my fear. I’m making changes and trusting Him. I can’t wait to see where He takes me. I would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you for saying yes so many years ago. You are a blessing to so many.

  116. Susie January 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    This really resonated with me as the Lord is also nudging (and sometime shoving me) to do things I really don’t think I can do. As I work more with children as He guides me, I am told frequently that I am a blessing but I always let them know the blessing is mine as I grow in the Lord. I am abundantly blessed and love to share my Lord and His blessings where and how I can.

  117. Susie January 4, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    Praise His Name!

  118. Belinda L. January 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Thank you for your timely message, your obedience, your courage and transparency. You are a blessing. I am saying YES to God.

  119. Michelle Rose January 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    I say yes !!

  120. Cindy January 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Thank you for that! I had just been sitting at my computer and listening to satan tell me that I don’t have the ability to write the book I have started about my life story. It is something I have felt God urging me to do for the past 5 years. So I will make this the year that I say “YES” to God!

  121. Lin Earley January 4, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

    I’m saying, “Yes.”

  122. Jane Tafaro January 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Saying.. YES…YES…YES to God!

  123. Jennifer January 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    I’m saying YES to GOD!!

  124. Debbie Mitchell January 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    Sharon,

    Have you and God been discussing me? I’ve been looking for a word for this year in my relationship with God and late last week I settled on the word “Open”. Open to whatever direction, opportunity, door, window, etc., etc., He leads me. Now you blog about saying “Yes”!

    As “scary” or “nerve-wracking” this might be for me, I’ll be OPEN to God’s leading. I may need to turn up my listening ears, too!

    Thank you, Sharon, for the confirmation!

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

      That is awesome!!!!

  125. Liz January 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    Help me Lord to say yes through all the fear and doubt when I hear Your voice. And help me to recognize Your voice. I don’t want to miss or delay Your plans to prosper me and give me a future of hope. I need to trust You will be my helper. In Christ I stand.

  126. Sandra LaFleur January 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    All I can say is Wow…..God is surely calling my name……..and in my fear…I am stepping forward….
    I am saying YES …..whatever Your will is for me…..I say YES.

  127. Indira Arulsamy January 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    I am saying Yes to God! Even in my own little way if I can make a difference I am all in. Saying Yes to God was the message that was given at our combined service on New Years Eve. Thank you Sharon for confirming it!

  128. Lisa Pierce January 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    I’m saying “yes” to God!

  129. Kiesha Boney January 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    Yes, LORD, Yes!

  130. Stacey Watson January 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    I’m saying YES to GOD!!!

  131. lisa January 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m saying “YES” Father! Lead me, guide me, and direct me Lord and I will FOLLOW..

  132. Dayna Britton January 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    I’m saying YES to God!

  133. sandy January 4, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    I’m saying yes to God and yes, I’m scared all the time. I said yes and gave an art presentation for my women’s ministry.

  134. Karen Tackett January 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Sharon, in 1992 we said YES to the Lord when He told us we would be working for a helps ministry that grew out of our church. We prayerfully told Him to work out the details, we were ready to go. In 6 months He worked out those details and in October we began our 5 years with that ministry. Then after that season He directed us to missions. We traveled doing pastor’s conferences and other services and personally, He stretched me way out of my comfort zone but I said YES to what He wanted me to do. That stretching included teaching and preaching. I have a soft voice and once I was to preach in an open air pavilion to a group of people in a foreign country without a microphone. When it was my time to speak, I stood and spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and ALL, even Charley and the pastor at the back of the group heard me. BUT GOD!! I encourage everyone to say YES to the Lord and watch Him do His work through you and in you.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

      Praise God for your faithfulness!

  135. Brenda DeDi January 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God”!

  136. Sandy Wiles January 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    Sharon:
    I have been struggling for years with insecurity. God is telling me to tell others about the things He is doing in my life. My word for 1018 is “Testimony”. I need to be faithful to Him, He is so faithful to me.
    I am saying “YES”

  137. Oluwatoyin January 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    “I’m saying yes to God”

  138. Lena Mae deWolfe January 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    I’m saying YES to God! YES LORD YES TO YOUR WILL AND TO YOUR WAY!!

  139. Dell Lord January 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m saying “YES!” To God!

  140. Ali January 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    I’m saying yes to God.

  141. Rebecca L Jones January 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    It’s not as much about saying yes to God with me as it is, ” How do you say no to Jesus, after all He did for me? ” Thanks, looking forward to the books.

  142. Doris January 4, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m saying “Yes” to God !!!

  143. Lisa Lovett January 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    I say yes to God.

  144. Lori Foos January 4, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

    im saying YESSSS TO GOD!!!!!!!!

  145. Linda Delacruz January 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m saying yes to God!

  146. Deja January 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    I am saying yes to God – even when I am scared or don’t understand stand. Bless you for this Devotional. It spoke to both my life and my heart!

  147. Dina January 4, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

    Ok Sharon you hit me hard! Several years ago I heard that small voice say to me this time you will have a women’s retreat with over 500 people. I was like what? Instant fear took over but I started planning as i continued i lost focus it seemed impossible but gave into fear .I have only done small groups and never spoken only delegated behind the scenes. It’s always weighting on my heart! I truly love putting together these things. So today with boldness.

    I SAY YES TO GOD ALMIGHTY

    • Sharon Jaynes January 5, 2018 at 9:46 am #

      That’s awesome!!!!

  148. Mary Cosmahjohnson January 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

    I have been reading about the Jewish older people in Israel, from communicating with the Rabbi, God has been telling me for months that I need to donate to the elderly like me, although I receive a small check each month, HE is telling me just do, I have just read my latest email from my friend, and I just said to my Lord yes, Starting this month, my small donation will start, praying it will feed, cloth a few, I love God chosen people, and I love my heavenly Father.

  149. ROSE BROWN January 4, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

    I AM SAYING YES TO GOD!

  150. Rita Stevenson January 4, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    I am saying yes to God and not living in fear
    I am a child of the most high

  151. Ihuoma January 4, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

    I am saying YES to God in 2018!

  152. Theresa Miller January 4, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

    I’m saying YES to God!

  153. Roxanne Derouen January 5, 2018 at 12:08 am #

    ‘I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  154. Nicole January 5, 2018 at 1:05 am #

    I’m definitely saying yes to God! I recently was invited to speak in another country in June..never done this before, completely afraid, but your blog has encouraged me..Thank you so very much!

  155. Stephanie Olmsted January 5, 2018 at 5:26 am #

    I’m saying “YES” to God!

  156. Jeanann Lloyd January 5, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Thank you for your inspirational story. I will say YES to God in 2018!

  157. Faye Strelesky January 5, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    I feel God is taking me out of my comfort zone and I am saying yes to God

  158. Deb January 5, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    Yes, yes, yes!

  159. Deanna anglin January 5, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    yes lord yes 11111

  160. K. Raine January 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    I feel like I’ve lost my fire. It’s been gone for awhile now. I want to end 2018 knowing that I have done something for the Lord. Used by Him. Obeying Him and not just plodding along. Oh how I would love to have some intentionality in my life.

    Yes Lord, use me however you want.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      I think my book Take HOld might be just what you need to fire you up!

  161. Susanne Milewski January 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    “I’m saying “yes”to God”!!

  162. Carissa January 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

    Yes!

  163. Mandy Farmer January 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

    This was for me today. I could say the very same things you have said here about fighting God to say Yes. I have said Yes to speak at two local churches. Now God is saying to read out further.. to people I don’t know.. larger crowds. My heart goes flitter flutter thinking about it.

    A big part of me wants to do it. But now I must prepare the letters and introduce myself. Satan is again coming and telling me I can’t do it.

    Pray that I will have a year full of Yeses for God.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  164. Charlene Radley January 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    Yes to God!!

  165. Sally D Williams January 5, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    YES! <3

  166. Jeanette January 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    In saying “yes” to God I’m not saying I no longer fear, but that I’m to walk through the fear!!!

  167. Azalee Byrd January 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    I am saying yes to god

  168. Diara January 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    2018 I am saying “yes” to the Lord God Almighty, the Author and Finisher of my faith.
    Yes Lord

  169. Melony Wallace January 5, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    I am saying “Yes” to God!

  170. Chiedza January 5, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

    I am saying YES to God in 2018. Thank you for sharing your story, it has encouraged me to be bold and overcome fear knowing that He who promised is faithful.

  171. Lisa Boykin January 6, 2018 at 6:35 am #

    I’m a little behind but I want to say YES to God.

  172. Jean Taylor January 6, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    I’m saying yes to Father God! Bring on 2018. Only for Your glory.

  173. Deb January 6, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    YES!!! AMEN!!!

  174. Sharon January 6, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    Thank you for encouraging us. I am saying Yes! His Grace is Sufficent

  175. June Karlin January 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    This is timely! Thank you for your obedience Sharon. Your courage to step out has impacted thousands of women over the years… all for the Lord! I have been asked to step out of my comfort zone quite a few times this past year. In a month I will give a “ teaching” in front of a group of around 150 women. I am not a teacher or eloquent with my words. I am just trusting God to speak through me and minister to someone who needs to hear HIS message.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 8, 2018 at 8:33 am #

      Just remember, Paul said he wasn’t eloquent either…and look what he did!

  176. Denise January 7, 2018 at 12:32 am #

    I am saying “Yes”to God!!

  177. Cindy Maxwell January 7, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Let today be the first yes of thousands

  178. Mary Magdalene Baffoe-Ashun January 8, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    yes, Daddy, yes!

  179. Mary Magdalene Baffoe-Ashun January 8, 2018 at 6:01 am #

    yes Daddy, yes!

  180. Diane January 8, 2018 at 6:10 am #

    I’m saying yes! Needing guidance to begin those small steps.

  181. Barbara Bender January 8, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    I’m Saying Yes to God!!!

  182. Linda January 8, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    I am saying Yes to God this year! I am 58 years old and looking forward to retiring from a teaching career that God called me to, but now I believe He is calling me in a different direction! I am excited, but scared about what He has in store. Please pray for direction and clarity about where He is leading me! Thank you for your message today!

  183. Beverly January 8, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    I have been praying for so many things to happen in my life. I want my son to be saved and my daughter to be healed. I see so many people hurting that I feel guilty asking God for anything because I am truly blessed but I know there is so much more for me. I have a doctorate degree and work in an end job going nowhere. I have so much debt. I am there for so many people but no one is never there for me. I desire a companion but in my eyes can only see why would someone want me. I believe that God made me in his image. I believe His word is true.

  184. Tammy January 9, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    I am saying “Yes!” to God this year! I don’t know what’s in store…what I’m saying yes to, but I am stepping forward to what He wants me to do!

  185. Lisa Vanover January 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    I’m saying YES to God!!

  186. Tumbleweed January 11, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    I am committing to saying yes, the problem I have had in the past is deciphering when it is the Father and me just being a people pleaser.

  187. Christine January 11, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    “I’m saying “yes” to God!”

  188. Sam Okere January 13, 2018 at 3:19 am #

    I am saying YES to GOD this year 2018

  189. Cathy January 15, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    I’m saying yes. It’s been a long dry season.
    .

  190. Rachel Stevenson January 15, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    I say YES TO GOD IN 2018!!!!!

  191. Rachel Fritz January 15, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    I’m saying “Yes” to GOD!

  192. Paula January 16, 2018 at 5:03 am #

    I’m saying Yes to God 🙌

  193. Joy Clark January 16, 2018 at 6:39 am #

    I’m saying YES to God… this is they year I quit comparing myself to others and step into what God has for me!

  194. Judy Cochran January 16, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    I’m saying yes to God! He is my rock, my fortress, my defender, my protector!

  195. Sharon January 17, 2018 at 1:20 am #

    I really needed this, I want to start saying Yes to My Heavenly Father, no matter how difficult things become. I have struggled for more than 20 years of anorexia and I have social anxiety, mood disorders, and depression. Recently my Daddy died from a rare brain disease, and I have been feeling so confused, but I never give up, no matter how painful this has been, I just can’t stop worrying about if I will ever get better.

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