“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” Hebrews 10:35′
“So we may boldly say, “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Recently I was able to attend the graduation of one of the students at Barbara’s Place. Dr. Lynne Jahns shared a few words during the ceremony that have stuck with me. She mentioned that this student “had found her voice”. Although this student has a lovely singing voice, that was not the voice she was referring to. As I pondered these words I realized I needed to find my voice in certain areas. I don’t voice my opinions because I think no one is interested, I am not as smart as others, or I don’t want to make waves. Often I don’t voice my questions because they might seem stupid. I may not voice my needs, my feelings, my ideas or concerns for a number of reasons. Many find it hard to vocalize a simple “no”. (Lynne also once quoted, “’No’ is a complete sentence and needs no justification.” That may help you find your voice.)
Each of us may struggle voicing certain things that we find uncomfortable, difficult or that make us uneasy. In what situation might you need to find your voice? You may need to voice difficult words to a loved one. Words that set boundaries, heal wounds, or ask for forgiveness. You may need to voice gratitude, appreciation, or love. You may need the courage to find your voice, be comfortable with your voice and be confident to use your voice wisely.
I pray you will find your voice and speak up with grace and confidence.