Have you ever been intimidated by a tiny little button?
This is not about the buttons on your jacket that won’t fasten because of those extra covid-induced pounds you gained. (That is a whole other blog, ha!). No. I am talking about the little button on the top right hand corner of this blog page. The one that is daring you to ‘publish’ your writing.
I remember the first time I pushed that little button. My heart was racing. My palms were sweaty. I was so scared. I had a million “what if’s” swirling around in my heart.
What if I am misunderstood?
What if people think I am trying to promote myself?
What if people see that I am not really good at this?
What if nobody reads this?
What brought me to this point of sitting in front of my laptop, writing my first blog and staring at that little blue button? Well, it’s a story that stretches over many years. I have always loved writing, but never had the courage to follow that little tug in my heart. I also have a story to tell. A story of stumbling around in darkness and finally learning some truths that opened the door of my tower. Since I can remember, it has been my passion to help people. To share what I have discovered in the hope that it would unlock the doors of their prisons too.
After an encounter with God at the cinema and several prophetic calls to write (over the span of a decade), I finaly took my first shaky step towards the dream that was wired into my heart. I joined a mentoring programme. I had so much to learn. One of the challenges they set us, was to write every day, even if it was just for seven minutes. They suggested starting a blog. So there I found myself, heart beating in my mouth, in a staring contest with a little blue button.
Will I have the courage to push it? To let go of the fear of what people will think? To let go of the doubt that God was calling me to write with Him?
Pushing that button felt like the equivalent of pushing the boat into the deep. And at times when it felt like Jesus was sleeping, I was just glad that He was in my boat. The boat left the shore on the 19th of November 2019 and less that two years later, I have written 143 blogs, puslished my first book, about to publish a second book and I have completed my third manuscript.
The button may be intimidating, but it has been a great coach, helping me break out of the fear that kept me stuck for so many years. Every time I pushed that button, I broke through a barrier. I realised that many of those fears were simply smoke screens appearing to be limitations.
Beautiful friend, what have you been called to do that is making your heart beat and your palms sweat? What is your blue button? Don’t allow that button to intimidate you, but give it permission to be your coach. Allow it to push you out of your comfort zone and into the deep with Jesus. He will not let you sink.
I have been to the deep. It’s not as scary as I thought and I am eager to go even further than I have been before.
Do you want to come with me?
If you’re interested in developing your spiritual senses and your gift of writing, I want to invite you to join me for an online retreat for Prophetic Writers. Click here for more details. We are going to push the boat out and go deep. We are going to hit that button until every fear is silenced. We are going to uleash that God-given ROAR on the inside of us. I hope you can join me.
But, whether you join me or not, I am praying for you! I am praying that you will not shrink back in intimidation. I pray that you will not listen to the voice of fear any longer. May you rise up with righteous boldness and unleash the gift that is in you. The world needs it. The Kingdom needs YOU! In the famous words of John Farnham: “You’re the voice!”
The Lord gave the word: Great was the company of those that published it.
Psalm 68:11 KJV
Today, I hear the Father say:
“Courage, dear heart. All you need is found in me. Keep your ear close to my heart. Let your pen flow with the beats you hear. I am the Author and Finisher of your faith. Faith is always rewarded. So be bold, beautiful one. Believe. I have called you by name. I have called you to write. Stay close. I am with you. Always.” ❤