She Can Laugh Now

Question: Where does your confidence come from? How do you define confidence?
Years ago the whole “gang” was just hangin’ out and talking story. One of the teens brought up a question that had us talking and laughing for hours. 
“If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be?” she asked. I knew what I wanted mine to be. I wanted a SONIC BOOM LAUGH...MUAHAHAHA :D It was so fun because everybody chimed in and started helping me perfect that laugh.

I wanted to be full of joy and help others be joyful too. It was during an overwhelmingly trying time in my life. A few days later David brought home a cereal box from the market.   On it was a “superpower” card cut out. I still have it in my wallet.
Proverbs 31:25
She is clothed with
strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. (NIV)
True joy comes with growing where I’m planted and being willing to “grow through” rather than avoid life’s challenges. Strength and diginity grows as I embrace all my imperfections and my imperfectly beautiful life

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT)
I am unique. I have unique gifts, skills, abilities and limitations. I’m willing to grow in them all. So I’m going to live out loud. Dive in, take risks, Do it afraid! I’ll never know how it’ll turn out until I do.
Proverbs 10:9
Honesty lives confident and carefree, but shifty is sure to be exposed. (MSG)
The mistakes I’ve made so far have only served to take me through a process of finding I’m much more than I thought I was. God has used those times to show me that I can dust myself off, get back up and keep on living the amazing things I’ve learned in it all. It’s so very cool that mistakes are vital to truly confident living. ego is no longer central. (MSG)
I can boldly step out in faith in the areas where Jesus lights a fire in me. As I trust Him, I am carefree to be who I am right now, today and embrace the mistakes and messes I’ve made, am making, and will make in the future. In turn, I’m learning to trust myself.

1 Peter 5:6
So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. (MSG)
Who I am right now and how I embrace me determines who I will become. I’m free to be me - Transparent, real, and honest about who I truly am at this time.
The messes have always been turned into messages of examples and help to people who go through what I’ve come through. Just as someone else's messes have helped me live. The beautiful wonder is that it’s a continuous fulfilling life cycle
We’re never alone on our journey, though it may seem so at times. I have confidence in that truth.

My lasting confidence is in true joy. 

My whole being is refreshed and filled beyond what I could ever explain. 

I am beautifully imperfect, growing, loved and accepted unconditionally. 

Now, I really don’t mind taking myself with me wherever I go...LOL.

You are so much more than you think. Yes, you are!


Sierra said...

I love the way that every post of yours is a new way of looking at things and how it encourages me to examine my own faith. I love and completely agree with everything you said. I won't recap it all, but I especially love what you said about learning to trust yourself. That really resonated with me and what I have been going through the last 8 months or so. Thanks again! :)

Carissa said...

I love your sonic boom laugh!!! Great verses as usual :)

Unknown said...

Hi Ladies! Your word here encourage me too.
@PeasandLove praying more joyful trusting for You and me both :D
@Carissa You totally have to try it once - in your house all by yourself just do it really loud. You're gonna crack up laughing so hard.

Bowmanh23 said...

Yea, I laughed out loud at the sonic boom laugh. I love this post. It came at the right time. I want to serve the Lord with all of my heart, and I hate it when I mess up. Satan would love to keep me down, but I know I need to dust myself off and keep going. Thanks for the encouragement!

Glynn said...

I like what you've done here -- plotted out the Biblical/Scriptural basis for our confidence and boldness. Good post, Jeri.

Lisa notes... said...

This is inspiring. We are all unique and each individual is designed to worship God in a way that no one else can. What a blessing each child of God is! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

So thankful that I am not alone on this journey! And that He is with me always!!!

Unknown said...

All your comments have refreshed me in His love. You have refreshed my soul. God Bless You all.

Bonnie Gray said...

I can understand where you confidence & refreshing desire sprouts from. It's from these gems you've dug up from His word. And whatever happens to us and we get discouraged (which is our humanity), you have these hooks to hang your heart on. Thank you, Jeri! Just Awesome!