Recently I’ve found myself starting books and then not finishing them. But after last Friday, I decided to stick with “The Confident Woman” by Joyce Meyers and I wanted to share some quote from the last two chapters that really resonated with me and encouraged me… it’s good to be reminded of these things and come back to them again and again until they really sink in…

Chapter: Overcoming Self-Doubt

“What I am getting ready to say to you may be one of the most important things you have ever heard in your life. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FEEL CONFIDENT TO BE CONFIDENT! To live in victory, each of us must learn to go beyond our feelings.”

“It is not wrong to say good things about yourself.”

“Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. You will never succeed without making mistakes and possibly many of them. I believe people give their mistakes more power than they need. We should admit them, repent, and ask God to forgive us for them. We should also learn from our mistakes because by doing so, they can add value to our lives. Instead of allowing mistakes to make you feel guilty and bad, let them be your teacher and always remember that just because you make a mistake does not mean you are a mistake.”

“To grow we must step out and try things. We learn what works and what doesn’t. Learning from first-hand experience is a much better teacher than a textbook.”

“God created each of us with a free will. This gives us the ability to make our own decisions apart from outside influence. Satan tries to force us to do things by placing outside pressure on us but God attempts to lead us by His Holy Spirit from inside our heart where He dwells. Jesus is not demanding or harsh, hard, sharp, or pressuring.”

“If you make a decision don’t allow yourself to become doubtful just because someone else is not doing what you are doing.”

“Practice trusting yourself rather than doubting yourself. Remember, you could be wrong, but you could also be right, so why not take the positive approach first?”

“You must believe what God’s Word says about you more than you believe what others say or what your feelings or own mind says.”

Chapter: The Power of Preparation

“When God gives us a job to do we often think it will be easy to accomplish. However, most things are harder than you ever thought they would be, they take longer than you ever thought you could endure, but they also pay greater dividends than you could ever imagine.”

“Trust doesn’t just appear in our lives, but it grows as we take steps of faith and experience God’s faithfulness.”

“If Jesus needed preparation in order to be equipped for His job, there is no doubt in our minds that we need the same thing.”

“If you have something in your heart that you believe you are supposed to do but are unable to do it now, don’t let that discourage you. We hold some things in our hearts for years before we see them manifest. Let your dream incubate in your heart. Pray about it and do whatever you can to be ready when the time is right.”

“Sometimes the bitter experiences we endure are the best teachers we have in life.”

“Let every experience be something you learn from. Don’t despise small beginnings. Those small beginnings are usually all we can handle at the time. God will give more when He knows we are ready. Enjoy every step of your journey. Don’t be in such a hurry to rush through things that you miss the lessons you can draw from each day.”

“If you do what you can do then God will do what you cannot do.”

“To be prepared, you don’t have to worry about the part you don’t know how to do, just do the part you know. Your faith-filled actions are the seeds you sow. Sow your seed in faith and God will bring a harvest at just the right time.”

“Each time in life we gain somethings, we give something up to get it.”

“If you make an investment, you will read a reward.”