It was a year ago in February that I attended a woman’s conference.  I was excited and nervous (cuz introvert remember).  I walked in so unsure.  I came out clinging to a small domino with two simple words written on it.  “Be bold”.

When I left I felt so stripped down and raw. I was emotionally drained but my spirit was refreshed.  We worshiped and listened.  It had been a while since I had opened my ears to what God needed to tell me.  That night they asked us to write down a goal,  or whatever  God was placing on our heart.

“Be bold”.

I didn’t know exactly what it meant but I knew I would need to hold onto that.

Fast forward. I later felt the need to add “in Christ” to my domino.  It has been a crazy year to say the least.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been called to step out of my comfort zone.  Usually  I am the person who works behind the scenes.  I don’t initiate things,  I am no leader.  Yet these are the places I have found myself in the last year. All the while feeling God’s gentle hand guiding me and nudging me to “be bold”.  It’s a scary thing to step out.  I step purely in faith.  The doubts whisper in my mind: “is this really God telling me to do this or am I making this up?” I stumble and fall. I don’t always have the right words . It’s been messy and all sorts crazy.  It’s been beautiful.

My prayer is that I can be bold in Christ. That I will remember to let him guide, that I would allow Him to use me for His glory and not stand in his way.  That He would mold and shape me to do what He is calling me to. Not just in the future but today. In the everyday mundane moments.

Sweet friends this isn’t just my call to step out and boldly proclaim His goodness. It’s yours as well. We are called love our neighbors.  To love our enemies.  To show Christ to the world. Whether you are called to sign up for that missions trip, give a child a home, or to volunteer at the community kitchen, with your youth group, or other community events. Maybe you are called to minister to your family or close friends. Where ever or to whatever you find yourself being called to go boldly knowing that He has sent you. How awesome is that!

We stumbled, fall, and sometimes fail.  But by His grace,  God will use it.  Use you. For His glory. What has been this last year for me isn’t the result of what was written on a simple domino. That was simply a visual of what was already written on my heart. I just needed to open my eyes and see. To step out in faith.

…we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

-Ephesians 3:12

Be bold. Be bold in Christ.

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