Yesterday I wrote about how we are each important and have unique stories. But what do you do if you are afraid to share?
Maybe you think your words don’t matter when there are so many voices speaking out today. You wonder if your writing could encourage anyone when you feel so small and unqualified? Fear tries to paralyze you.
When Afraid, Turn to God
I’m here to tell you that no matter how insignificant you think your words might be, there is a place for them. Someone might need to read exactly what you write. Yes, it can be hard. Sometimes I hesitate, because I’m not sure if I’m ready to share.
Then I spend time talking to God, asking for wisdom to know what to say.
The words don’t always come right away, but I have peace that they will at the right time. We don’t need to be afraid if we are trusting God to take our small offering and make it an encouragement to someone else.
Five years ago, when I first started blogging I was a bit timid. I was unknown in the blogging world and wondered if anyone would ever read what I wrote. At first I was just going to share stories and photos from our homestead. I knew my daughters would be interested, and I wanted to encourage them.
It didn’t take long before I saw that my blog could be a place to encourage others, especially other women. I wanted to share what I had learned and point others to the God I love and worship.
Friends Help Us Work Past Fear
In my early days of blogging, one of the things that really helped me get past my fear was the encouragement of friends. They read my work, gave advice, and urged me to keep going.
Nowadays I have friends who continually pray for me and I them. When we feel stuck and the words won’t come, we reach out to each other with a specific prayer request. We help each other push past the fear to share what is on our hearts.
We also give feedback when needed, especially if we feel like something is missing in the post we are writing.
Bouncing ideas off each other helps us to clarify our thoughts and give us a better picture of what we want to say. Sometimes we actually get on Skype and pray aloud with each other since we don’t live close enough to do it in person.
Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
This is Day 2 of the Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Writing. The prompt is the word afraid.