Just a quick search on Google pulls up tons of articles, YouTube videos, and books about ways we can boost our confidence.
“8 Proven Ways to Boost your Self-confidence.”
“5 Secrets to Boost your Confidence”
“10 things you can do to boost your Self-confidence.”
“Practical Ways to Improve your Confidence”
Most of the ways listed have to do with action. These articles will suggest different methods such as change the way we dress, learning to think differently, repeating affirmations, focusing on what we can change and stop comparing ourselves to others, etc.
All these are good and requires effort. One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is comparison. Comparison chips away at self-confidence. I realize that whenever I don’t feel confident and start second-guessing myself and my abilities as a mom, a writer, speaker, or teacher it’s usually because I’ve been comparing myself to others. The unfortunate part is that I’m not always quick to realize this and end up down that lonely. bumpy road with my confidence tucked between my legs.
My self-confidence is often tied to my confidence in God. It’s one thing to have self-confidence but God-confidence is also very important. He is the one who entrusts me with my abilities, my gifts, and my talents.
What chips away at your God-confidence? Comparison? Difficulties? Hurt? Fear?
- For me, it was all of the above over the span of many years. I remember being so sick and prayed for healing, didn’t get an instant answer but the next person in the prayer line did. Chip.
- When my husband lost his job and we almost lost everything we had as a result. Chip.
- Being rejected and hurt by close friends and people in the church. Chip.
- Doubting that God’s promises weren’t really for me. Chip.
Can you relate to any of these situations? I have found that these types of situations lead to an erosion of our confidence in God. We begin to question, like the disciples in the midst of a raging storm with Jesus fast asleep, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38) The story didn’t end there, it says Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and told the waves to be still. He then asked a very important question, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Life will present many opportunities that will cause us to question,to begin to doubt. We will each reach a juncture in our lives where we realize that having confidence in ourselves, in our rowing capabilities, in the strength of our boats will only go so far.
So how do we boost our God-confidence? Here are a few ideas:
1.Write down verses on index cards and place them where you can see them. Say them out loud every day.
2. Read your Bible.
3. Talk to Jesus.
4. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. (Dr. Caroline Leaf suggests for every negative thought try to find at least 3 positive thoughts about the situation, person, place, etc.)
5. Believe God.
This pledge of faith statement by Beth Moore was life-changing for me when I discovered it many years ago, it helped to restore my God-confidence.
“God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ. God’s Word is alive and active in me.”
Will you take a moment and repeat this pledge of faith right now? Don’t skim over it. Say it out loud.
Psalm 27: 13 says “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ESV
I want to go through life with confidence not only in my abilities but also with unshakable confidence in the One who entrusted me with abilities, gifts, and talents. I want the same for you.
So this week let us focus on boosting our confidence in Him.
Do you have confidence in His promises?
Do you have confidence in your God-given abilities?
What is one thing you can do today to boost your God-confidence?
I challenge you to write out your own five statement pledge of confidence this week.