Eighteen years ago my family moved from Phoenix to Charlotte, and I was completely out of my comfort zone. I was alone and lonely, and feeling very much like an outsider.
Then in a series of events that could only be orchestrated by God’s hand, I got connect with two moms who were serving God through this fledgling little ministry called Proverbs 31. One of them was my guest author today.
Just months after moving to Charlotte, I sat in a Chick-fil-A, meeting Sharon Jaynes, while my little 3-year-old Robbie played in the play area. Sharon welcomed me into her heart and home, helped me understand God’s calling on my life, shared advice about mothering boys, inspired me to capture my stories, and write what God had called me to write.
This amazing woman of God continues to make me feel welcomed, even though we live thousands of miles apart. And today, I’m happy to introduce her to you.
She’s a master storyteller, who is always seeing the glory of God in the everyday of life. I hope you love her as much as I do.
Here’s Sharon Jaynes:
I was sitting on the balcony of a condominium at the beach with my computer in my lap. In the background I listened to the excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below.
One particular little girl caught my attention. She appeared to be about six years old and wore bright yellow water wings wrapped around her arms like blood pressure cuffs.
As she stood on the side of the pool nervously flapping her arms, her daddy was poised in waist-deep water with his arms outstretched.
“Come on, honey, you can do it,” he coached. “Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.”
“But I’m scared,” she said, whining and flapping. “You might not catch me.”
“Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.”
“But you might move!”
“I’m not going to move. I’m not going to let anything happen to you,” he assured her.
This bantering went on for at least fifteen minutes. I was amazed at the father’s patience and persistence. But finally, she jumped!
Applause went up all around the pool! By the end of the morning, the little girl was swimming like a minnow and making her way across the once seemingly treacherous waters.
Then God began to speak to my heart. Sharon, sometimes you’re that little girl. And suddenly I began to see myself standing on the edge of that pool with my Heavenly Father beckoning me to jump. Maybe you can see yourself there too.
Come on, honey, you can do it, He coaxes. Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.
But I’m scared,” I cry. “You might not catch me.
Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.
But You might move!
I’m not going to move. I’m not going to let anything happen to you, He assures me.
Just as God said to Joshua, He says to me and to you: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 NIV)
So here’s what I’ve decided to do. When God calls me to dare greatly—I’m going to jump in with both feet, but never let go of His hand.
I hope you will too.
Leave a comment and tell me what you need to let go of in order to live bold. We’ll randomly pick one name and send a FREE copy of Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold.
Congratulations to Angela for winning a copy of Sharon Jaynes’ book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For
Sharon Jaynes is a popular speaker at women’s events, avid blogger, and a best-selling author of twenty books. To learn more about Sharon’s ministry or her latest release, visit www.sharonjaynes.com or www.takeholdthebook.com.
You were not meant to live a mediocre, mundane faith! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Sharon Jaynes reveals the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith. She shows you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live bold in the adventurous faith. It’s time to let go of feelings of inferiority, insecurity, inadequacy, shame, comparison, and condemnation…and take hold of everything that Jesus has already taken hold of for you and placed in you. Mountain-moving faith is but a decision away! Take Hold of the Faith You Long For also includes a Bible study guide in the back for group or individual study. Click here to read a sample chapter, watch a short video, and see special gifts with purchase that will disappear May 13, 2016. You can also order at Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and Barnes & Noble.