Why It’s Good to Be Bold

Why It’s Good to Be Bold

July 21, 2015

"Since we have such a hope, we are very bold." 2 Corinthians 3:12 (ESV)

I’m a take-charge chick, so I always thought boldness was a good thing. Fearless, confident, adventurous? Yes, please. But when I asked a roomful of sisters in Christ, "Who wants to be bold?" only a few hands shot up.

Uh-oh.

Later, I chatted with some women in the audience, hoping to find out why boldness held little appeal to them. One told me, "I don’t want to seem pushy." Another said, "I’m too shy for that." And a third added, "I’m afraid I’ll come off as arrogant."

Ah. Now I get it. When we go bold on our own, it can look pretty ugly. Demanding, controlling, my-way-or-the-highway. That’s not what we’re shooting for. A steamroller approach doesn’t honor God and seldom gets the job done. We don’t want to flatten people; we want to lift them up.

It’s time for boldness to get a makeover, because His Word shows us it’s good to be bold.

When the queen of Sheba challenged King Solomon to a battle of wits, she was decidedly bold. No other monarch in Scripture dared question the wisest man on earth. Others came simply to hear Solomon’s wisdom; Sheba came to test it.

After Solomon answered every one of her difficult questions, Sheba confessed, "But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes," (1 Kings 10:7a, NIV). She came, she saw, she conquered her doubts, and in the end found what she was searching for: a God infinitely bolder than she was.

Queen Esther demonstrated great boldness when she approached the throne of King Xerxes, saying, "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish," (Esther 4:16b, NIV). What a role model for women in every century! Before she put her life on the line to save her people, she wisely asked them to fast and pray, that she might be given favor by the king.

Boldness can be a risky business, but only if we do it on our own. When the Lord leads the way, we can follow Him without fear, knowing the outcome is always in His capable hands.

Queens aren’t the only bold souls in Scripture.

When the disciples prepared to share the gospel, they prayed, "Enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness," (Acts 4:29b, NIV). They knew they couldn’t drum up boldness on their own, so they called on God to help them be unafraid and unapologetic.

The Lord quickly answered the disciples’ prayer: "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly," (Acts 4:31b, NIV). Boldness is really about God, then, and not about us. Rather than a personality trait, it’s an attribute of the Holy Spirit.

Even if we don’t have a leadership role like Sheba or Esther, we can be bold because of the One who empowers us. When God resides in us and works through us, His strength sustains us. As our key verse today says, "Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold."

What might boldness look like in our day-to-day lives?

Starting a home Bible study and inviting neighbors who don’t know God. Praying with a stranger who has just shared her struggles with you. Visiting a women’s prison with a group from your church and sharing God’s love.

When we let His boldness pour through us, we’ll discover, "He crowns the humble with victory," (Psalm 149:4b, NIV). God gives us a different sort of crown from the queen of Sheba’s gold one, but it shines far brighter. And it shines forever.

Heavenly Father, I want to do bold things for You, but fear of others often gets in the way. Help me care more about serving You than pleasing people. When I hold back, nudge me forward. When I get scared, banish my fears with the assurance of Your love. Strengthen my heart and mind so I can boldly share Your truth with those who are hurting. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 28:1, "The righteous are as bold as a lion." (NIV)

1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Liz Curtis Higgs’ new book, It’s Good to Be Queen, releases today and explores how you can become as bold, gracious and wise as the queen of Sheba.

Study the Bible each week with Liz! Sign up for her Wednesday posts by clicking here.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Being bold doesn’t need to come naturally. In fact, it’s more effective when it comes supernaturally.

What person or situation in your life could benefit from your boldness — humbly sharing the good news of God’s forgiveness or speaking a hard truth in love? Ask God right now for the courage to move forward.

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Comments

  1. Tina L R says:

    Wow! I really needed this today! I love how you explained the difference boldness is with God! God bless you and may this message encourage others, also!

  2. Kelechi says:

    Amen! I want to be bold for God. Thank you for your message of encouragement to seek out ways to be bold in my everyday life with God as my guide.

  3. Speaking a hard truth to a loved one takes what my pastor prayed with me when I shared that my daughter broke a serious boundary.
    My pastor prayed that God would give me Holy Boldness.
    Your devotion strengthened my desire for Holy Boldness.

  4. Irene O'Leary says:

    I find this boldness often comes wrapped in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13). Standing and actively waiting feels like doing nothing, but standing firm, praying, and refusing to be railroaded takes courage and boldness. Thank you for the reminder of where my help comes from.

  5. I needed this! I am so encouraged by it! Thank you Liz Curtis Higgs!

  6. Jessica J says:

    Thank You soooo much for this word!!!! I learned to be bold early in life. HoweverI always wondered why it was not always well received. It was brought to my attention that boldness without humility equals arrogance and can be offensive. After allowing the Holy Spirit do a heart transplant and learning it was ok to have a humble spirit with a confident heart in Jesus (knowing who I really am in Him and speaking the truth with compassion and authority) was the right way and alright with Him and required of us as Christians is truly chang..ing my life. It is a process but the more I let go and let the God through His Holy Spirit in me move I am more free to be me and bold in the correct way and can be used by God!!!! Hallelujah to Jesus and Blessings to all!

  7. Thank you Liz for allowing the Lord to use you to share this message in the devotional. I am ‘growing’ in my spiritual walk with having ‘Holy Boldness”. This devotional was very encouraging!!

  8. Shelley says:

    Such a timely word.

  9. I pray that we all as Christians can be more bold and understand that God expects us to be bold about our faith and obedience in Him. Now, more than ever before, I believe our faith, our resolve, and our boldness is being tested in our own country by the laws that are being passed, Supreme Court decisions, and the tragedies that are occurring around our nation. Thank you for reminding us that we need to be bold for Christ in our personal lives, which will in turn, give us strength to be bold more publicly. Thank you especially for reminding us that we don’t have this strength on our own, but God gives us this strength by abiding in us as Christians — we have all the strength we need if we will just call on our God. All we have to do is ask, just like the disciples. And we have to ask in boldness, as scripture also tells us not to waver or doubt in our prayer. In the light of eternity, we need to remember that we are to be God pleasers, not people pleasers. And when we live that way, God WILL surprise us with unimaginable blessings. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)

  10. I was bold yesterday and afterwards felt anxious about it. My husband affirmed my boldness and told me I had done the right thing by speaking up. I knew I had said the right thing and was speaking God’s truth yet the reaction that came back at me upset me due to the fact that so often in my church family I find I am the only one who speaks up when an injustice is so plain to me yet seems hidden or complacent to others!? Why me Lord, I ask. Yet if I cannot speak truth then who will? I feel labeled at times by my peer group for being the one who opens mouth and inserts the uncomfortable into the conversation. It feels lonely at times.

  11. Thank you for this safe place to share. And yes! The Holy Spirit moves us and requires us to be Bold In Our Faith. I firmly believe God puts us where we need to be.. On a daily basis! Today is my actual Birthday…age 68 today.we are born anew each day in each season of our Life. Praise God From Whom ALL Blessings Flow!

  12. Liz, Thank you so much for speaking to my heart this morning, I love Jesus but can be so shy about sharing Him!! I’m praying for God boldness and God confidence. I write this as I am preparing to drive myself to She Speaks from NW Arkansas, I am looking forward to meeting you and learning in your session! See you soon!

  13. Heather says:

    Thank you for being bold and obedient. This was a great reminder of what God”s boldness looks like versus our world’s definition. Happy to start my busy day now!

  14. Beaulah says:

    Boldness sometimes might look so scary that your feet can’t seem to be able to carry you. But if Jesus is with you, it makes it easier to go forward in faith.
    #theglorylife

  15. Hi Liz! What a powerful devotional…and so true! I wanted to give a testimony of what happened just this past Sunday when I pretty much KNEW I would be called by God to do something bold that day. There are a couple members in my family who have wonderful intentions and love the Lord, but there were a couple things that were mentioned in conversation with which I felt the LORD leading me to be bold. On that very day before they came I said to God, “This is Your day. God, I am Your girl. If there is something You want me to say, please give me the courage and strength to say it.” I also had asked Him to help me do it with dignity. Well, the moment came when I was talking with one of those family members, and I felt the Lord speaking to me that this was the moment. So, I gave my perspective in the form of a loving explanation. At first I could tell they were getting a little heated, but then it only took less than a minute for them to calm down. We continued in our conversation and they didn’t become completely defensive. We were able to talk peaceably. When we ask God to give us the words that HE wants us to speak, and we ask HIM to be the reply of our tongue and give us the strength to do what He wants us to do…and we also put our trust FULLY in Him, we can be confident that He WILL ALWAYS come through for us. (Proverbs 3:5) I know you know this verse; I’m just sharing. 🙂 As long as the answer for our hope is spoken in humility and respect of those that God places in our path, we don’t need to be afraid to be bold in Jesus. There is then only room to anticipate what the power of God can do in the lives of those people when we obey God and step out in faith onto the waters. Thank you for sharing, Sweet Sister!

  16. Shelley Schurer says:

    I was bold last night with my daughter and her boy friend about an issue and it has been really hard not to take it back just so they aren’t upset with me. But it was the right thing to do and this was a great reminder to stand strong. Thank you!

  17. I’ve been prayerfully c.onsidering facilitating/teaching an all women’s bible study at my church. This message on boldness is just what I needed. Thank you

  18. Becky Horton says:

    Boldness is confidence in Christ being there and He always is- there is nothing like speaking up for Jesus -just do it.

  19. Meredith says:

    I woke up this morning with “being bold” on my mind, then checked my email and here was this devotional! God is so good!

  20. kathy wyg says:

    Good Morning….just reading all the comments this am…I have as well…have learned
    to be much more BOLD & it has been pretty awesome; i have been doing a ministry
    out of my home where i give crosses to people wherever i go & this ministry has
    rather propelled me to be bold enough to approach people & to offer them a cross;
    it has been pretty cool….

    To Vik…just reading your comments…you remind me alot of 2 of our other faithful
    commentators…Nico Smith & Shirlee Abbott…thank you…Vik…..I would love to get in touch w/you & exchange encouragement & maybe other devos…let me know if you
    would be interested….thanks …….

    have a great & blessed day…ladies……………

    kathy wygant
    bwygant@bellsouth.net

  21. Jennifer says:

    My favorite verse– I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank you for this devotional toady, The Lord is good.

  22. jcastro says:

    i have been dragging my feet finding every excuse to not stand before the church & be baptized. we let fear hold us back.

  23. Lori Ann says:

    If being bold has anything to do with self-confidence, well then, sign me up! I never want my lack of confidence to turn into disobedience. Father, I pray tat you will make me BOLD for you so that others can share in a relationship with you and gain eternal life through Christ’s love and sacrifice.

  24. Lisa S. says:

    This devotion is just what I needed. My most recent prayer has been for God to help me to be bold and assertive. I been making a really strong effort to recite Christine Cain’s “The Propel Woman,” http://www.propelwomen.org/content/the-propel-woman/gjj2bs. It’s all that I desire to be and a wonderful reminder of my unlimited potential in Christ. Thank you, Liz for sharing your heart this morning.

  25. Brandi Luiz says:

    Again, thank you! I often go with boldness and forget to bring the Holy Spirit with me! I need to be sure that my boldness is guided by and bathed in the Holy Spirit!

  26. Anne Hale says:

    Thanks. This spoke to me today, really. Been a fan of yours since radio days. Thank you.

  27. I love how God speaks to us through his word! As I am preparing to start a new “dream” job, I’ve been consistently presented with the message of humble boldness, confirmed again through today’s message. He knows us so much better than we know ourselves! Boldness through my own strength versus His accord is something I’ve struggled with. My people pleasing, perfectionist, desire to fix what’s broken in a big hurry has resulted as coming across as a steamroller more than once. Offending others when I know in my heart I was just trying to help and do the right thing. My prayer has been to be filled with the holy spirit, to humbly share that spirit by equipping others, lifting them up so they may return that greatness to an even larger group. Through Him, humbly and boldly! Thank you for today’s confirmation.

  28. Alexandria Perse says:

    I so love this devotional about boldness. I have known of the Lord my whole life, but due to my bad experiences I doubted Gods power for me, I doubted He loved me and I was ashamed to speak of something I had no faith for, even though I had wanted to believe so badly. Last month I made the Lord the King of my life, and the ensuing boldness that has grasped my soul is leading me every day in ways I never imagined possible!! It’s so true, the boldness of lions because I know the Truth and I have Hope! I am praising God that He is my Rock and He redeemed me from the battle for my soul!! I pray my boldness would be a light for others to seek Him and know Him and see His Truth in all things. May the God of hope and love be glorified throughout all the earth!!

  29. Thank you! A needed lesson, reminder…

  30. Jessica says:

    I love the verses and devotion today. I want to be bold for God. I too battled misunderstanding the term, bold. I was actually rudely outpsoken and rather intimidating at times. I don’t want to be that person. I want to be God Bold. A Bold filled with Love and Compassion. Thank you Heavenly Father for being Bold with me.MRI results should be back soon. I left so they could just be together as a family. Grandparents, parents, aunts and cousins all there. Tried to provide a little distraction from anxiety and let them know we all loved them. The doctor said that if the MRI results are consistent with the eeg, he will not make it 24 hours. I let Shayla and Bill know that they are covered in prayer. And Vera, I shared what you said about trusting God. I know it will help her when she needs it. It helped me as well. Bless you. Thank You for being Bold with me and patient while I learn.

  31. Jessica says:

    Sorry about that. I accidently copy and pasted a text from a friend in between. I guess that is God’s way of telling me to be BOLD and ask for prayer requests. Please pray for my dear friend’s little boy who is in the hospital. They don’t know if he is going to make it. We are praying for a miracle.

  32. Clarice Williams says:

    I appreciate this devotion today. Just this morning I had to approach an uncomfortable situation. How timely! Thanks!

  33. Veronica says:

    I love this devotion….boldness is definitely something God has been working with me on. I began to be bold in my prayer life and have watched God move on my behalf…trying to pour that boldness in my everyday life. Definitely going to get your book. Thank You!!!

  34. I love today’s topic on boldness. I was convicted of needing to be bolder for Jesus a few months ago. Boldness begins when we become willing to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Lord, help me today be willing to listen to your voice and be bold enough to go, say, and do whatever you lead me to! Here’s a Christian video called, “SEND ME” that gives us practical insights on how to step up to the plate each and every day. Blessings! http://www.joyreel.com/send-me/

  35. If you look around in this world there is such a boldness today in people who dare to do and say whatever they want. At the same time there is such an attack of people being offended so easily. This world and the division of humanity is becoming more and more divided. This world needs Jesus. He came to be their saviour. It is time to be bold to be the the light in this world that is so easily offended by others opinions, disagreements, how people choose to live their life, whether you agree or disagree with someone’s lifestyle, it’s not all about that. Its about truly loving people right where they are at. This world is so full of darkness, it’s so full of deceit and corruption. Yes, it grieves me to the core at times. I just want others to know they do not have to face this alone. They do not have to feel like they are on shaking ground. That there is light, there is hope, even though there is so much destruction all around. And yes even to the Christian man or women it can become overwhelming. That’s is why we definitely have to die to ourselves daily, take up his cross and follow him. Be bold and God does come supernaturally to give us the strength to go forward. He humbles us and empowers us with love and understanding for all. I pray for his light and his love to shine for the world to see. We need it more than ever.

  36. Thank you so much. What a timely message for me. I appreciate it.

  37. Amen! There are so many people in my family who are unsaved. It’s been really hard for me to share my faith as a lot of them aren’t comfortable with it or would prefer to be their own God. The last decade or so I’ve prayed for them and asked God to use me to be a light, I’ve seen a lot of positive changes as I’ve boldly been obedient to the things that God has called me to do even if it was contrary to what was acceptable to society. As a result, however, this boldness and obedience has shared with them more about my faith than words ever could have and I see that God is working on their hearts, softening them. I recently talked about Jesus with a relative of mine after years of trying to build up the courage to do so, she didn’t receive Him as her Savior but I trust that as I plant seeds, it is God Who will water and grow them. He doesn’t ask me to be perfect, He just asks that I be willing. I loved your prayer at the end and pray that I wouldn’t give in to fear of man but that I too would live in bold obedience to God and share His good Word freely not only in word but in action too 🙂 thank you for these encouraging words this morning!

  38. Boy, did I need this! We just found out an unsaved neighbor is very, very ill and most likely, terminally. I told him we would be praying for him. That wasn’t enough for my 10-year daughter. She immediately asked her dad if they could buy our neighbor a Bible and take it over to him and tell him about Jesus. She said we can’t let him get sicker and possibly die without him knowing Jesus. I need to be much bolder and I pray my daughter will never fail to see the urgent need for Jesus and that she’ll never lose the boldness she has ♡

  39. Liz, I adore this! I’ll be sharing this post from the (in)courage platform this week. Such good stuff, friend.

  40. Liz, Thank you so much for this message, I was just praying about being quiet in my faith and not being so bold because my family sometimes gets tired of me always going to God about everything :)! God just confirmed why I need to keep going to him through you. God’s perfect timing again, Much Love! Tina #therideofyourlife #faithwillmoveyouforward

  41. I have just started to read the book it is inspiring me already Thank you
    Marney

  42. this came at a prefect time. I dont like talking in front of people I dont know or let alone going places that im not sure of. But i just registered for a 7 week class at my church called “starting point”. nervous to go into this alone but hope to come out with much more.

  43. That was awesome word!!! Thank you for teaching that there is a difference between “natural and supernatural” boldness. I knew it in my head, but now I know it in my heart.
    What a gentle reminder of Gods grace!!
    I take it all to heart and now pray for courage and strength to follow through.

  44. Love the way Liz describes bold – it doesn’t have to be arrogant and pushy! We are called to be bold but not in a brash, domineering way. Let’s go, ladies! I love being bold in His kingdom work.

  45. Loved this! How exciting it could be to be bold.

  46. Dear Jesus please give me the COURAGE to move forward please show me the decisions I am making is Your will and direct me in the path You have already made for me. Let me not stray from You. Please show me somehow the decision is coming directly from You Jesus! !
    Thanks so much.

  47. Loretta Green says:

    For three years, I went to our county jail to minister and opened my home for weekly morning Bible study, plus led a study for woman on parole at our Church and County Library. The results were not what I expected, although many lives were favorably impacted by God’s Word, in the end I was criticized, shunned, had my jail ministry revoked for taking a woman on probation into my home and ended with personal pain and feelings of guilt and shame. I have chosen the ‘better way’ for now, of spending time at home with my family, daily devotions and Bible study on my own and am on a ‘missionary furlough, or sabatical’. I am seeking a deeper walk with the Lord and know that He is using this time for my own good and personal growth.

  48. Dorothy Turner Montague says:

    This is great! Being bold in the Lord is wonderful!

  49. I’m always afraid “bold” is just another word for “self-promotion”….even if what you’re promoting is from God. I write songs and poems as an expression of what God reveals to me. Some are fun/funny and some are very serious and reflective. I do share them with people, but I always get a “pit” in my stomach when I do. I love it but hate it when people say, “You’re so talented.” or “Wow, that really spoke to me!” I don’t want to get any credit but at the same time it feels good. I guess I’m asking is it OK to feel good when people appreciate my work? I do give credit to God for this gift, but sometimes that just sounds so trite…like someone who’s trying to sound humble but really is just eating up the compliments. Blah. It’s a real struggle for me.

    • Claudia says:

      Lisa~
      I say, yes, Lisa, it is ok to feel good when people appreciate your work! Try to think of it as feeling good when people appreciate God’s work IN you and THROUGH you. And no, it does not sound trite to say you give God credit for your gift. I don’t think you would be wrestling with this if your heart wasn’t focused on promoting and pleasing the Lord. I am no expert of anything, but I know this: God gave you this gift to use, not to hide. Press on, Lisa!!

  50. I an not a queen but I am bold in my faith. I have been an outcast and have been fired because I do my best to speak truth. The frequent punches make me afraid to continue my boldness. I also find that boldness among Christian women is mostly within the walls of church or Christian gatherings but when it comes to the work place women have a tendency to simply keep quiet or afraid to be bold. I am in a profession that is mostly women and the truth is we women are not kind to each other nor do we speak up for each other unless it is in a safe Christian environment. Other wise most of us are on our own in the world or outside the church walls.

  51. “Boldness can be a risky business, but only if we do it on our own. When the Lord leads the way, we can follow Him without fear, knowing the outcome is always in His capable hands.” To this I say YES! So excited to read your new book! Boldly serving Him!!
    blessings!

  52. Sharon D'Amico says:

    I wouldn’t have put up my hand. The reason is because I don’t like confrontation. That’s the ugly truth. But if it came to the protection of my Grandchildren I would confront Jack the Ripper!! Regarding boldness with the truth of scripture we pretty much have to be with the issues in the headlines these days. Compassion plus truth go together.

  53. I’ve been praying for a woman whom I’ve never met, but who is married to a coworker of my husband’s. The Lord very clearly put this woman and her family on my heart in 2012 and for over two years I prayed for each of them. I’ve been wondering all this time whether I ought to reach out and contact this woman, but felt reluctant to do so, choosing instead to rely on clear direction from God. I’m not sure if this is being cowardly because I’m hesitating to make a bold move and strike up a friendship with this woman, or wise because I am choosing instead to wait until the Lord speaks to my heart to do so.

  54. Nakesha says:

    This devotional speaks volumes! It is a great reminder for each of us.

  55. I’m so looking forward to reading this book by Liz! It looks so good! I could really use more boldness when it comes to speaking up when something is really wrong. I just pray bold prayers instead, but I’m sure there have been many cases God wanted me to speak up and I didn’t, for fear of hurting the woman’s feelings. This book looks so amazing.

    May the Lord help us be as His Word says, “Bold as Lions” – all for His glory. May we fear Him, not people.

  56. Mirna H says:

    That’s all what i need to hear! Thank you from the core of my heart 🙂 much blessi gs upon ur head 🙂

  57. Awakened many nights by dreams of the enemy attacking, I feared going to sleep. These dreams were very unnerving and painful, leaving me scared to fall asleep at night. I remember in one of my dreams feeling as though I needed to call someone, anyone to help me, but each attempt was unsuccessful. So I BOLDY proclaimed that ‘I am a child of God and you are to go in the name of Jesus!’ and with that, my dream closed and my eyes opened. This was the first of many similar experiences where I believe God has been teaching me about the power of His name and that I am not to silence my voice of who He is.
    Blessings to all!

  58. Claudia says:

    It seriously feels like you might have some strange access to my brain! Yikes! This was beautifully written, Liz. Not what I expected from your title…which makes it even better!! Love you for this answer to prayer, dear sister in Christ!

  59. Thank you for sharing these truths-greatly appreciated 🙂

  60. I struggle with boldness, I have always been a people pleaser. Your prayer was great, I’m going to post it somewhere I can pray it often. Thank you so much.

  61. I never felt like being bold, but after reading this devotional, I can be bold for God.

  62. I love how God brings a story to me over and over. I then know He is speaking something into my life that He wants me to grab a hold of. The story of Queen Sheba has been brought across my path multiple times within the last few weeks. As well as the topic of “boldness”. So, I will be studying in the scriptures what He is wanting me to see. Thank you for writing this and encouraging me. I will be checking out your book as well “It’s Good to be a Queen”…In a house of boys that will be a conversation starter for sure 🙂

    Blessings,
    Angie

  63. Patsy McWhorter says:

    Thank you Liz for the encouragement to be bold for The Lord. All my life a have been insecure and afraid of what other people would say or think of me. God is working to refine me in that area. It is my prayer to be bold for Christ.

  64. Wow…This spoke to my “outspoken” side….the Lord has been dealing with me about being bold….but now showing me what it means and how it can help someone. I want to be willing.

  65. I too struggled with being brave & bold, even when I felt God was leading. Two things really helped me, one, it’s NOT about ME, & God knows the big picture, He knows what someone else needs to hear or needs me to do. I need to be obedient to what I hear & get out of the way.

  66. Ursula Akridge says:

    The past few years I have learned to be bolder for Christ. I am always praying for friends and family who are struggling with their health or tough times. Last year I visited a cancer patient for 3 or 4 months regularly each week, just trying to ease her burden of feeling so badly. I felt that God led me to do this to encourage her through her journey. More recently I took a coworker to work and home again for about 6 months because she had suffered a stroke…I know that God allowed me to be an encourager to bring glory and honor to Him…at the same time it blessed me as much as my friends who were in need. I’m always trying to be faithful in what God wants me to do…Wednesday I visited my former brother in law who recently was diagnosed with a bad bacterial infection. I wanted him to know that I had been praying hard for him.

  67. I loved the shared sentiments on boldness from Liz. I have lived a long time, and by nature, I am not a very
    bold nor aggressive person. However, there have been many times, particularly in family living and child
    rearing “God driven boldness” has made a difference in setting things straight. Thank you speaking
    about how “well-guided” boldness feels. It is a result getting boldness, and it really does feel loving instead of aggressive and harsh when you have invited God’s guidance into whatever your mission may be.
    Lin

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