Lee Tobin McClain here, talking about something that’s been on my heart: confidence. Anyone else struggle with it? Between body image issues, relationship challenges, workplace woes . . . almost every woman has confidence challenges in one area or another.
Confidence is something almost all of my heroines struggle with. Wendy has a physical disability and weight issues, Fern’s a shy introvert, Lissa is a sexual abuse survivor, and the list goes on. Like most of us, my heroines have had some problems in their lives that have undermined their faith in themselves and their sense of their own worth.
Falling in love helps my heroines find self-esteem, but it’s not the complete answer by any means. Confidence is a spiritual issue even more than an emotional one. To let go of our fears and step out boldly, we need faith in something bigger than ourselves. We need to know that we have a loving God behind us, supporting us and leading us toward a life of fullness and purpose.
Some concrete things I’ve been doing to improve my confidence:
1) Reading scripture and highlighting passages about God’s promises and love
2) Reaching out to friends and openly talking about moments that embarrassed me or made me feel insecure, rather than hiding them
3) Reading Joyce Meyer’s The Confident Woman and The Confident Woman Devotional. Both are powerful and uplifting books that help women understand their own worth.
How do you build up your own confidence or help a friend who’s feeling under confident? I’ll choose a random commenter to win an e-copy of Joyce Meyer’s The Confident Woman.