Praying for Confidence


Cheryl Author Fair

One of my favorite parts of being a writer is being able to stay home and type away behind the safety of my computer screen. That’s probably why I took so easily to online book promotion.

Recently, I was asked by our local librarian to participate in the annual author fair. I’ve never attended an event such as this before and it made me a bit nervous. My anxiety increased upon learning I would be the first to speak. What should I wear? What should I say? What if I bombed? Yikes!

It didn’t turn out that bad. Not only did I have a chance to support some of the members of my writing group, I also met several other talented local authors and people actually showed up: my understanding is these events can be hit or miss.

In the weeks leading up to the author fair, I ordered copies of my books and considered what I would talk about. I also relied heavily upon two Bible passages to bolster my confidence:

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Just as in other parts of life, stepping outside your comfort zone can require some heavenly intervention. How do you bolster your confidence when approaching something new? Do you have any favorite Bible verses you like to read when feeling uncertain or anxious?

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Praying for Confidence — 4 Comments

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  2. I very much relate to this! I’d much rather hide behind my computer screen. But I stepped out of my comfort zone to do some marketing a couple months ago and made it a point to visit libraries on my vacation to promote my books. I also registered to go to a writers retreat in my state where I only know a couple of people. I intend to start making contact with schools in my area as well, to hopefully land some visits next fall. It’s all so scary, but also exciting. I like the verse Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid I will trust in You.”

  3. Good for you, Linda. It is so tough sometimes. School visits are fun. I used to do them once a year when the kids were younger. Not so much now that they are in middle and high school. Love that Psalm. Thanks for sharing.

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