Overcoming the Fear of Rejection

Before we get into today’s post, I want to thank so many of you for responding to my last blog by e-mailing me. My email box was full of stories from women who have been carrying around secret shame for years. Because of the overwhelming response, I will not be able to answer every e-mail. However, I want you to know that I am reading 2-3 each day and praying over each one. You are loved!

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us,” (Romans 8:37 NIV).

I can still remember when God first gave me a glimpse of what my future held. Writing, speaking, radio ministry, mentoring. A host of insecurities rose to the surface and the fear of rejection wrapped its fingers around my skinny neck. But God assured me I was not alone, and He was perfectly capable of doing everything He promised. I only needed to be obedient and say “yes” to Him.

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]We have only to flip through the pages of the Bible to see that overcoming the fear of rejection is a thread that runs through the record of history.

  • Noah overcame the fear of rejection when he obeyed God and built an Ark on dry land.
  • Abram overcame the fear of rejection when he left his homeland with no clear direction as to where he would go.
  • Jacob overcame the fear of rejection when he returned to his homeland and his brother whom he had deceived.
  • Joseph overcame the fear of rejection when he refused Potiphar’s wife’s sexual advances.
  • Moses overcame the fear of rejection when he went before the Pharaoh and demanded the Israelites’ release.
  • Joshua overcame the fear of rejection when he told the army their orders were to march around Jericho in silence for seven days.
  • Ruth, the Moabite, overcame her fear of rejection when she gleaned wheat in the field of a Jew.
  • Samuel overcame the fear of rejection when the people decided they wanted a King rather than God to be their ruler.
  • David overcame the fear of rejection when he offered to slay Goliath.
  • Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego overcame the fear of rejection when they refused to bow and worship King Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Esther overcame the fear of rejection when she went before the king to plead for the lives of her people.
  • Each and every one of the prophets overcame the fear of rejection as they delivered God’s message of judgment to the people.

When we turn the final page of the Old Testament and look into the New Testament, we see the same pattern of courage. Jesus, his disciples, Paul, and the expanding body of believers all faced and overcame the fear of rejection. Paul’s attitude was “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks! “If God is for us, who can be against us? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:31, 33).

And then the ultimate rejection occurred when our Lord and Savior hung on the Roman cross. “He was despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3). [tweetherder][/tweetherder]But Jesus overcame the fear of rejection and the result was his glorification. He knew crucifixion was imminent. Just before He was arrested Jesus prayed with His disciples: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you,” (John 17:1).  He didn’t mention His rejection and death on the cross that was ahead of Him. He prayed that God would be glorified. That was foremost in His mind and on His heart. Likewise, I believe that we overcome the fear of rejection when glorifying God is foremost on our minds and in our hearts.

The apostle Paul faced rejection at every turn. In his letter to the Thessalonians he wrote:

“We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts,” (1 Thessalonians 2:2-4).

Whether it is sharing the gospel or the scars of our past, there will be some who do not accept us. We certainly are not above the prophets in the Old Testament or the disciples in the New.  Not everyone liked what they had to say, but they pressed through the fear and walked in faith.  It is because of them we have the gospel at our very finger tips!

Let’s Pray

Dear LORD, thank You that I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Help me not to give up when times get tough, but to persevere with endurance. I know that not everyone will like me or what I have to say about You, but I pray for the courage and the power of the Holy Spirit to speak when You lead and to keep quiet when You lead. Help me know the difference.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 What do you think? 

Can you think of a time when you gave up too soon?

Is there an area in your life where you might need to pick back up where you left off and get busy?

Has the fear of rejection kept you from obeying God in some area of your life?  If so, what are you going to do about it?

If you are ready to say “yes” to whatever God is calling you to do…it’s time to say it out loud! Leave a comment and tell me what God is calling you to do and I’ll pray for you as you begin!

Want More?

Today’s devotion was taken from Sharon’s book, Your Scars are Beautiful to God – Find peace and purpose in the hurts of your past. Do you feel like God is calling you to tell your story? Are you reluctant to say “yes” to what God is calling you to do in ANY area of your life? This book can give you the courage you need to say “yes” to God. Read a sample chapter or watch a video www.localhost/sjold. 

 

 

58 Responses to Overcoming the Fear of Rejection

  1. Ashleigh October 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I feel as if God is calling me to simplify. Its tough, because I love to be surrounded by beautiful and interesting things, but I feel very motivated to weed out the less important objects and aspects of my life so that my thoughts will be less crowded and have more room for God.

  2. Shawna Ervin October 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Thank you for this devotion today. What perfect timing! I have been feeling God prodding me to start telling my story. Yesterday some of it was posted on the Women of Faith blog – Worthy and Valid. It was such a powerful experience! I got to connect with a few women yesterday who are hurting in ways I have also felt and it was so moving to see God work through my story and what I shared. Although normally I would have been petrified to have even one person know some of what I’ve been through when thousands and thousands of women saw my story I did not feel scared at all. I know that is God and I look forward to sharing my story through writing, speaking, any way he leads.

  3. Stephanie O October 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I feel God leading me to lose weight and get healthy. I also feel his leading to help encourage friends at church with the same journey to lose weight and get fit. I am finding that being obese myself and struggling with my weight, trying to be healthier and more active is still hard. Even depressing when the numbers do not move for me but the other I am encouraging. I know God can and will help me through.

    • Salaam October 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      Stephanie,
      I encouraged you to serve Him and others as you journey through this, you are not alone through God’s divine help I lost over 190 pounds naturally in about 4 years or so. I believe in you and Godi is for you… go for HIM!

  4. Bev October 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    With my pastor’s approval, I want to start a card ministry to the inactive members of our church. The cards full of encouragement and the love of God have been purchased. My pastor likes the note I want to write in the card which is trying to be non-threatening or guilt producing. The purpose is to be a reminder that they are missed by their friends, pray for their safe keeping in God’s care and return some day to our church, to be available if they need anything, and with God’s blessing. I am including contact information to the church phone and website. My fear is that the cards/notes will not be ll received well and may produce an unpleasant response in the recipient. I would be so sorry if someone left an angry message. Please pray that I’m doing the right thing. I feel that God prompted me to want to reach out.

  5. Monica October 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I am being called to start a health & education outreach mission partnered with several local churches and a low income clinic for the homeless and under served population in my back yard of Pensacola, FL. Please pray for strength, patience and diligence on my part. I often have great ideas and fail on follow through. Please pray that I God will keep this strong in my heart to help me with a complete follow through.

  6. Cristi October 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I asking for discernment in my ‘natural’ relationship. I need to hear God’s voice in this matter and it has ALWAYS been difficult for me in this area. I seem to know and hear God speaking to me in other parts of my life but this part is the toughest for me and I don’t want to make a mistake this time around. I sense God leading me but the devil is tugging at me too. Thank you for ‘agreeing w/ me’ in prayer on this matter.

  7. Rhonda October 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    God is calling to me in several areas of life.
    1) About a year and a half ago, he burdened my heart for children in foster care and much to my surprise, gave me a commission to adopt a teen or pre-teen young girl. My husband was not sure about this idea, so I just left it in God’s hand and He did a miracle and changed my husband’s heart! TODAY we actually go to sign the intent to adopt papers on our daughter, who just turned 13 yesterday.
    2) God has called me to write and I have not been obedient to this calling. I know that it is time to get serious. I just feel overwhelmed at times and do not know where to start.
    3) God is calling me to homeschool, so when the adoption is finalized in court….we will become a homeschool family! The thought of it is a bit scary, it is also very exciting.
    4) I know that the Lord wants me to lose weight and get healthy. This is another area of obedience where I have gotten overwhelmed in the past, but I know it is something He is calling me to.

  8. Geekmom October 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I am struggling to be bolder in my witness to my family and unsaved friends. I know I have been placed where I am in God’s will, and I can be a messenger of truth to my unbelieving family. But I have definitely been very silent on this issue. I need to follow God’s call to boldly declare the gospel of Christ to my family and neighbors. Lord, give me courage! It is so easy to stay silent in fear of embarassment or judgement, but I pray for boldness and strength, with gentleness and respect. (1 Pet 3:15)

  9. Tawana Owens October 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I feel god is moving me to start a non profit. He gave me the name 2 years ago and I have done nothing. I’m not sure what the fear is. bit I’m ready to be obedient.

  10. Kay October 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    What a timely devotional for me. I have been struggling with work – with people difficult to accommodate. And no matter how hard I worked or how good the work it was never enough. I knew I should walk from this, but fear of losing the income prevented me from acting. Today – they walked from me. Hard to swallow, but I know it is for the best. So, now I must act to replace that business – without fear and knowing that this has happened before and He always delivers. Thank you – and this is a first for me – but I felt I needed to put this in writing… to put my fear in His loving hands.

  11. teresa October 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    My husband and I are called to missions in Africa. With all the rejection in my life learning to let go of the old identity and embrace the new identity in Christ. My biggest challenge is when I was growing up my whole life telling the truth I was never heard and listened to and finding my voice adn speaking what I know is truth regardless of what others think is diffiult. Learning to follow the spirit and speak to those he tells me to and do little things that others tend to overlook to show others his love and care for them. Pressing past the fear and unworthiness.

  12. Mary Beth October 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I needed this devotional. Oh, thank you for your thoughts and obedience. I have been feeling crushed since early June. I have been working with my dear friend together, leading the worship services at our church for a few years, now. This past June, I got wind of some thoughts of some of the members of our church, that I thought were my very close friends and I have allowed what I heard, to shake my confidence in what I was doing. I believe I am finally coming out of that, however, I feel I am to start helping my husband by sharing in the pulpit, occasionally. I did on Father’s Day, and my message was only about 10 minutes. I need God’s help and prayers are definitely appreciated. God bless you

  13. Lisa M October 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you, Sharon, for providing a venue to say out loud what God is calling us to do, and you are praying over them. Let’s all join Sharon in praying for one another to be bold and step out in faith. So God has been equipping me to His call on my life for the past year, whic is to Love God, Get Healthy, Be Whole and Love Others (the motto for Revelation Wellness). I will lead the communities He calls to me in a revival of being His, healthy, whole and loving of others. I will be leading Revelation Wellness group fitness and Holy Yoga classes at my church and in my community beginning January 2013. Praying for obedience and wisdom!

  14. Lakeeia October 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I believe God is calling to me to release the keys to unlock the doors of my heart. I believe He is calling me to confront some hidden issues that I have kept locked up for so long and they have hindered me in my walk of intimacy with Him and other relationships.

  15. Judi October 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I believe God has called me to be a mom…I have 6 kids 2 by birth and 4 by choice that are my great nieces and great nephews. It has been a tough road the last 13 years with the emotional scars that we have had to deal with. This past few years the oldest girl and the oldest boy who are now 17 and 14 respectively are dealing with some bad choices. I trust God and pray for wisdom and to keep my mouth pure. I hear the hurtful, disrespectful, angry emotions and words from them and I know they are hurting and take it out on me because I am the one who is always here and love them unconditionally and hold them accountable for their actions. I feel so overwhelmed at times and spending time with God in prayer, songs, and studying is my lifeline also Girlfriends in God has been a great comfort and I appreciate you and your gifts.

  16. MusicEli October 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Very beautiful devotion. Yesterday God revealed to me how I didn’t trust Him whole heartedly. For the last year I have feared layoffs from my job. After He protected me from the last four rounds of layoffs, I began to trust Him for protection and to handle a very difficult boss, but my spirit was still at war and I didn’t know why. Yesterday He revealed to me how I always prayed for protection, but I never prayed for His will to be done! What if layoffs were apart of His plan to get me to the next place He needed me? I was too afraid of rejection to actually pray His will be done and mean it! This whole time His mercy, grace and favor kept me… But I still was wrestling with Him because I didn’t think my spirit could handle any more hurt. I refused to give Him all my trust. I refused to say His will be done bc I felt like I was sacrificing enough in handling other burdens! How dare I?

    These revelations just came to me and I thank you for this timely blessing. Your mention of Moses’ overcoming of rejection stood out. He lived a beautiful worldly life… & what seemed as a demotion to many was actually a promotion!

    Please pray for me in trusting God and not fearing (He didn’t give me that spirit).

    God bless you.

  17. Marietta October 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I have been called to return to school to obtain a degree in Christian Ministry. While I know this is God’s hand at work I have a deep level of fear. I must push past this and with God’s help I can do all things.

  18. Michelle October 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Thank you so much for that devotion, I was ready to give up on life and everything with ir. I am a single mother of four teenagers I work full-time and go to school part-time. I am facing homelssness right now. I have seven days to find a place to live, but here in honolulu hawaii the rent is so high that I am having a hard time, finding a place I can afford, but I know that with God’s great love for me he will make all things possible, for me and my children.

  19. Connie October 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Thank you for this! I am going through a difficult seperation and eventual divorce. He holds all the cards. i am just relying on faith right now. Every little bit helps.

  20. Jasmine October 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I feel God is calling me to mentor young girls. He’s tugging at me to start my own not- for-profit mentoring organization and to be an example for young girls. This is a great passion of mine and I need prayer on direction and how to start this process. I have also started a fashion/beauty/inspiration blog and I need prayer on how to bring more people to my blog. I love your daily devotionals. I look forward to reading them everyday. Thank you. God bless.

  21. Kelly October 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Thank You for this wonderful devotion today.I know that God has told me for the last two years to stand for my marriage to my husband Tim.My huband has now filed for divorce,but God has repeatedly told me to stand,to persevere,to not give up.It has been SO HARD.,most people I know think Im crazy,and there have been so many times Ive wanted to quit,my husband is living with another woman,and has told me over and over to move on.The rejection from him,and others has been extremely painful.But with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE,even a dead marriage.Sincerely Kelly

  22. Nancy Beneteau October 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank You Sharon! Since becoming a Christian, I have been sorting through much pain surrounding rejection. When I was 4 I was put in and out of foster care and eventually placed for adoption. My 2 birth brothers remained with my parents but I was taken and adopted. The first family that took me in and adopted me gave me up after a year because they said they couldn’t give me what I needed and wanted. They gave me every thing a little girl could ever ask for but it wasn’t enough. So there I was rejected again and hoping for a family. Eventually another family came and I have been with them since 1979 a week before my 7th birthday. But the damage had been done, I always felt like I was not good enough. Even when they tried to help me feel like part of the family and watch old videos together, it would still leave me feeling like an outsider because I missed my first 7 years with them. I knew that my real family existed. I held on to this feeling of being rejected my whole life until I because a Christian. I still feel it in some way with my marriage only because I am a believer and he is not. Some day I think if I went back to my old ways we’d be better off. But then God speaks to me and reminds me I know different. I should mention that my ex husband 15 years ago walked out on me too. My life has beena cycle of rejection including coming back from my grandfather’s funeral to have my employer at the time tell me she didn’t need me anymore simply cause I took time to bury my grandfather.
    Faith is the only thing getting me through right now. I only wish I came to Christ when I was younger but now I am and He is what is keeping me going. Faith is healing my pain one step at a time.

  23. Salaam October 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I feel God is leading me to tell more of my story of how thourgh him I lost over 190 pounds naturally, I fear this because I feel that he wants me to write and speak in such a way that does not include diet and excercise specifically but moreso taking a spirtual appoarch first alonside the practical. I feel God is leading me to ministry globally in some fashion to hurting women. I also am perplexed because I feelso much of this is already being done and already out there. I really feel that God wants me to touch hurting women and women who are suffering spirtually from an unhealthy lifestyle like I did and go both locally, nationally,and globally. The biggest fear is that I am a nobody and don’t have many contacts and I tried this with women in my church and the ministry did not go over well. So I feel that is a sign that I should quit. This rejection for me is real and writing about it helps with the shame I feel. I believe God can do all things and he wants me to write and speak to others. Thanks for sharing this message! I am encouraged by it and all the comments.

  24. Cindi October 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    WOW!!! All I can say at the moment is WOW! In real estate, the most important thing is location, location, location! In life, in God’s world, it’s timing, timing, timing! To every woman reading, but mostly to myself I say this…The very thing we think we’re running from, is the very thing that is chasing us to the grave! It’s time to stop!

  25. Kendra October 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I am called to bless women’s lives through my personal business. I feel great joy in helping women see their dreams and achieving them! Helping them overcome their fears and especially rejection. I know that through every rejection I am one person closer to the woman praying for an answer and praying for what I can help them with. I know God has a great plan for me and I am so excited knowing I am on His path.

  26. April October 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Reconciling my marriage, I fear my husbands rejection but believe that God has called me to forgive and reconcile. It hurts… I fear him leaving again every morning and most times I want to quit and give up because it seems to hard. I feel like waking away before he has the chance to, avaoiding the overwhelming pain.

  27. Taña October 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    For 2 years (since shortly after I got sober) my husband has supported me in starting my own business. For about that long I have been blessed to stay home, purchase all my supplies, meet tons of my favorite artists and create jewelry. I have yet to open my online shop or list a single item. I get a lot of compliments on my work and I want to put everything out there for His glory. I want to use my business to spread the gospel and to share my testimony with other women who are struggling in the life I was. So he has equipped me. In two years no other job opportunities have come or interested me. My husband doesn’t want me to do anything else. What’s stopping me? Fear. Pride. I am ready to step out in faith trusting God to make the way clear step by step. I don’t need mans approval I need to use the gifts God has given me for HIS glory.

  28. Aisha Cunningham October 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I was recently hired to become a substitute teacher at a high school here in Detroit, I am also starting a teen ministry/college ministry at my church. I’m only 22, and people are concerned I may not get the respect I deserve because I am so young, however God will empower to do what he has called me to do! I love the youth and I say YES!

  29. Kerry October 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    I can’t even begin to thank you for the devotion today. Usually I wake up at 4 am and head on over to Crosswalk to read one. This morning my daughter woke up from a terrible nightmare and we snuggled instead. Just now, I finally had a little time to sit down to the computer and check e-mail and what not. I decided the first thing I would do is do a devotional. Then I hesitated…..then got a little nudge.

    You see, just yesterday I was asking my husband if I was terrible at what I do. I run a very small business out of my home, making personalized jewelry for people. This is usually a busy time of year, but it has been very slow. I have tried to market myself in many places, blogs and daily deal sites and no one has bought anything. The devil creeped in my mind I think because all of a sudden this week I thought—maybe I’m not good at this at all.

    I think with being a mommy of four and working full time and running a business I’ve realized that God just wants to be first. He’s letting me know it with this devotional, coming to you straight from Him. I will pray that you continue to write things that are a blessing for folks like me. Thank you so much. Whatever God wants, I will do—no matter if I am rejected.

    Best,

    Kerry

  30. Sandra October 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I will obey His call to start my own business. I have known for years that this is what He wants me to do, but have let fear keep me from being obedient. I know that I can’t focus on the “how”, but have to focus on the “Who” because He is the one who can make it happen. : )

  31. Anita October 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Thank you Sharon for your post. It was like my heavenly Father reaching through the heavens and personally placing His message on my heart, and am truly thankful.

    I am working on two things at the moment that God very much placed on my heart.
    I am finishing an Advent reflections eBook and have been working on it, morning, noon and night. Your words leapt from the page about how I very much want this to glorify our Lord.

    Also I am starting another ministry with my best friend, called Hope Flourishes, we both dearly want this to glorify God too.

    It’s been a battle to get here, but fixing my eyes on our Saviour through what has been a difficult year.

  32. Sheila October 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I am feeling that God wants me to bring my family to Him. For them to love Him as much as I do. To help them to become children of God. I know that it will take time but I am not going to give up this time. I need to have a better understanding of the Bible in order to share it with my family and that is what I am doing now. I thank God everyday because He loves me.

  33. Marie S October 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Dear Sharon, great thanks for the message!
    I often feel Jesus is calling me to stand up, to lead but most of the time, I’m just staying in my confort zone. I don’t know yet what the Lord wants and have been (and still am) struggling with all those worries. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been rejected wich made me very shy but I know realize that I have to answer God’s call before graduation. Your message is inspiring and gives courage! Thank you again and I will follow with great interest GIG from now on…
    God bless you! 🙂

  34. Ronky October 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I want to thank God for this great message he’s given you, anytime i read GIG is just as if the message is especially for me. God had called me as a youth Pastor in my university days and i had been an influence on young campus ladies. However he instructed me to write articles for campus ladies since over a decade ago, which i still haven’t been able to do up till now despite the continuos nugging i’ve had. I’m working for the government, married with four children but somehow even at work my 2 closest friends are Pastor’s wives and i’m reminded daily of my calling.I realised now from today’s article that the fear of rejection has seriously limited my ability to trust and obey the spirit’s nugging. Please pray for me and my husband, that the calling of on our lives will not be lost by earthly pressures, that we will arise vibrantly to the direction of God for our life and that our prayer life might be strengthened greatly. I’ll also love you to be my mentor.
    God bless you and your lovely family.

  35. Jane October 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I just googled “women devotions” on Google, and wow how God has perfect timing. I feel like God has called me to become a Lutheran school teacher, but I am currently at Indiana University studying computer science. I have a fear of being rejected by my parents and peers for switching schools, but my heart and mind knows that this is what I’m being called to do.

  36. Judy Kent October 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I have been feeling God is calling me to minister to families expecially mothers, who have family in jail. I went through this with my son. Do I know what they are going through an how they feel. I have a fear of speaking to people I don’t know about serious things. I need prayer that I will over come this fear and that I will step out in faith and do it afraid. Thank you

  37. Kyesha Wilson October 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    My husband accepted his calling of being Pastor. I dont want the fear of rejection as being a 1st Lady because we are so young. I need much encouragement for this.

  38. Jen October 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Is it bad that I have no idea what God is calling me to do? I’m so unsure at this point and I am completely open to whatever it is He has planned. I have an open heart and an open mind so whenever the timing is right Lord I pray you speak loud and clear to me. Amen

  39. Wendy October 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    This hit home for me today. I have had a hard time saying yes to God when it would put me in a situation where I could be rejected. I figured it was me being shy but the fear of rejection has been a detriment to my trusting in God. I am being baptized this Sunday and I know God meant for me to read this today. I am going to say yes to God now and in all my days and to share my faith and risk rejection for the sake of the kingdom. God Bless! And thank you. I pray for courage and continued guidance by the Holy Spirit to lead me and help me to know what to say and when to speak and when to be quiet. I think we have to crucify ourselves so that Christ reigns in us to overcome these fears.. Galatians 2:20
    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  40. Mo October 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    God is calling me to believe in His promises for my family and my future. He has placed a wonderful man in my life and in my heart and He wants me to trust Him that this time the marriage will last. Also, both this wonderful man and I have each lost a child. God wants me to have hope and faith that He will bless our union to be fruitful and multiply, to restore unto us double for our troubles. Please pray that I will be able to give my broken heart to God that He may heal and restore me; and that I will once again have the hope of glory found only in my Jesus Christ!

  41. Christine October 26, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Thank you for this devotion. I’ve always had ideas and images in my mind for stories, but after being a caregiver to my Mother since the age of 18, all my energy was for her. I always thought my mother would be blessed enough to see me succeed at something.She wanted that for me.Our bond was incredibly strong and still is. Her care was most important and I wanted her to see me get a college degree, get married, and perhaps be blessed with children, making her grandmother. But time ran out and I lost her five years ago. But even though I never abandoned her I feel I failed. It seemed so cruelly unjust. I’ve struggled daily ever since in a bad economy in a nation falling to pieces,and in a part-time job that I’m thankful for, but with zero room for promotion. I’ve lost many dreams and most of my young adulthood trying to give my all for my mother and family, because I thought that’s what God wanted. I do ask the Lord for strength daily and for direction. I was a pretty good little writer and artist as a child and put it aside when I had to devote my life to the realities and responsibilities I had to face as a young girl. Maybe the Lord is leaving those stories and images in my mind for a reason. Maybe the Lord is telling me to look past the rejection and gain the discipline and fortitude to pick up the pen and my artwork again. Blessings and thanks.

  42. mireya Guerrrero October 26, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    My dear friend!!! it was so nice reading this, I need it. Love to you and sweet husband. Mireya

    • Sharon October 26, 2012 at 2:06 am #

      How fun to see your name! Hope you are doing well!

  43. Jessica October 26, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I say yes, God has called me to stand for my marriage!! I stand Till the Lord calls me home.

  44. Ana October 26, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I am a 19 yr old girl and I just started reading your blog right now and this really touched me and motivated me to get closer to God. I started straying away from him a while ago and I felt as though I was never strong enough to get back to the relationship I used to have with Him. I kept on trying and failing and many times I would just give up thinking that i would never succeed in getting back close to God…even now I feel like there is a huge distance between us and I would really appreciate it if anyone who reads my comment would pray for me..I am a very closed person and dont share my feelings with anyone so its hard to tell close family or friends about this situation. Reading this blog inspires me to take a stand for God and not feel like I will be rejected by Him or anyone else for that matter. I really hope that anyone who reads this will pray for me to get closer to God and just be motivated enough to pray and read my Bible more so that I can feel His presence all the time. Thank you

  45. Bambi Brock October 26, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    ~Thank you so much for this amazing story! Every time I receive your emails in my inbox it corresponds to exactly what I am going through spiritually and this is why I am commenting on your blog for today. You see, God has called me into spreading the news of what’s going on in Israel and around the world as a cohost on a local TV program and also has me sing for 100 weddings a month and about HIM in church. Yes-there is a fear of really? Again??. But I just listen and obey to what He wants me to do-without pleasing mankind-but Him only:)~

  46. Dianne October 26, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    Sharon, thank you for caring so much! I have visited an orphanage in Haiti, twice now with a group from my church. I have been asked to lead a group to go again but I’m torn on what to do. That is a Huge responsibility and my head is spinning! God, please clear my mind so I can only hear you! Bless you Sharon! Thank You, Dianne

  47. Emmanuel October 26, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Boldly declaring the word of God, the gospel from house to house in my neighborhood, on the streets, at the mall and everywhere I go. I want to totally deal with the fear of rejection.
    Thanks for sharing this

  48. Linda October 26, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Yesterday I read your devotion on the fear of rejection and realized that God had led me to it . I have been seeing a Christian counselor for nearly a year and am coming along in my healing regarding depression, and anxiety. Yesterday I had discussed with him a difficult situation in my life and couldn’t understand why I had such a hard time putting boundaries in place. And expressing this with words to the person who was crossing them. I left my counseling session determined to seek God as to why it was so difficult for me. Your words were sent to me from God as an answer. As I read them, I pondered them and considered the possibility of fear of rejection as my issue, I did not have to ponder long because I immediately knew. God’s answer already ! I will be praying about this issue in my life. Thank you for your beautiful words . Linda

  49. Milli October 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Thank you for this devotional.
    I feel i am being called to get into politics in my country (Kenya), but i wasn’t sure.
    I have been praying for a confirmation and i was led to your blog.
    I believe this is the confirmation.
    I am not in this alone, God will hold my hand and lead me.
    Be blessed as you continue to minister to us.

  50. Vicki October 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    God has been calling me for years to join a church. I’ve been a Christian for over 25 years but I have not joined a church since I left home. I’ve attended several churches for long stretches, but always allow my feelings of rejection from the church members to take over and push me away. Please pray for me, and my family, that I will have the courage to overcome those feelings of rejection and try again. Thank you for the many examples of courage throughout the bible. I never thought of those stories as examples of courage over rejection, but now I will reread them in a new light.

  51. Tammy October 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    I’ve been trying to say Yes to what I thought God wanted — my husband and I both thought God was calling us to start a small group at church — we’ve taught adults many times in the past, and when the church leadership asked for volunteers we were eager. We attended the training and prayed for God to send exactly the right people. But *none* have come. So, now we’re in confusion — still trusting God to reveal His will and direct our paths, but puzzled by our apparent misunderstanding of God’s plan at this time.

  52. Kerry crouch October 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Music ministry. God has recently called me back in to singing after 25 years of me running from it. Many people as well as myself are astonished at what is coming out of my mouth. This will be coupled with instruments. I need to pick them back up. The desire to reach out to women and children of domestic violence and abuse. God has graciously shown me I can now do this because of my past history. Wow. I never thought I would get here and now I see the threshold is behind me. I see myself as having walked through glass walls I didn’t know were there and now my eyes have been opened to see I am in this room that feels like freedom. Thanks for your prayers. K.crouch02@gmail.com

  53. Alisia October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I feel like God is calling me to go to London, uk. I believe he has told me in a dream that I will go , but I don’t know how or when. I have applied to some jobs there, but there are more to apply to I think. I would also need to be sponsored to get a work visa.
    I also have been called to pray for someone. I have come to love him very much. When i first began to pray for him, I did not have these romantic feelings for him, but they have grown and grown . It is clear he doesn’t feel the same, and that rejection has left me hurting. God keeps telling me to keep praying for him, and to trust God and not give up. So everyday I continue praying for him. I think God has told me that this person I love will someday marry me, and have even had this confirmed. When I asked God if this was from Him and asked for confirmation, not long later (maybe a few weeks) my mom told me out of the blue of a dream she had, and it was almost exact to what I thought God had shown me! I just need peace and comfort at this time, as I press on in prayer.

  54. Taz November 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    One area is stepping out and putting my artwork into publication. I just don’t feel it will ever be good enough and that freezes/slows me from starting.

    Another is opening my heart to others and allowing some degree of vulnerability. I want to be this kind caring person but I just can’t bring myself to do it because I fear being pretentious, or I simply can’t keep it up. Also fear of being hurt, abused, or abandoned somehow because that I all I seem to see happening to the people around me. That has kept me away from forming any romantic relationships well into my 20s now.

    I know that love can only come when you are full of God’s Spirit but even that feels difficult to attain through devotional times. As soon as I unload some burden to God, something else (or the same thing) just comes right back. The enemy is relentless.

    I just feel like I am not protected so that keeps me on the defensive and sometimes I just feel mad at the world. Unfortunately I subconscious lump God together with the rest when I don’t mean to.

  55. Jeanne Ness November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Dear Ladies-
    I am in such grief after my husband died from cancer, he battled it seven years. I am having a difficult time trying to fit in, anywhere. I have been home taking care of dying people; mom, dad and then husband all this for twelve years. I have so many widows at the church I attend and they keep telling me I am a second class person now. How can that be. My heart hurts. All I want to do is God’s will. Pray that he will make a way for me to regain my confidence and have positive people come into my life. I want to live again. I have been a widow for 8 months.

  56. caren November 27, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    I’m dancing with the one who made me, and i’m following his lead.

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