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I’ve written about this before, but leading up to our first-ever Business Boutique event, I was scared out of my mind. I was a nervous wreck with knots in my stomach in the weeks leading up to the event. And—you might find this hard to believe since I’m so even-keel—but I even had several complete meltdowns! (Oh, you’re not surprised by that?)

Well, here’s the thing: I was in the process of planning and writing two day’s worth of teaching for a brand-new event for a brand-new audience. In fact, our company—Ramsey Solutions—had yet to break into this market. There wasn’t a Business Boutique workbook, or a community, or training videos. While I knew God had called me to do this, what He was asking me to do was far beyond anything I had ever done before.

Yet there I was, insecure and scared with sweaty palms, writing and planning one of the largest events our company had ever put on. I was going to be doing 80% of the teaching during those two days and I had to get it right. I needed to give these women what they needed to start or grow their own businesses. And it was all just too big.

I remember sitting in my home office behind my computer thinking, God, I can’t do this. I don’t know what to say!

So I did what I always do when I’m freaking out: I opened my Bible. It fell open to Exodus and my eyes locked in on these words immediately,

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:10–12, NIV)

That passage comes from a time when God was speaking to Moses, but in that moment, the words jumped off the page and God was speaking directly to me! It was a powerful reminder in that moment that God will give me everything I need in order to do what He’s asking of me.

And the same is true for you. Our God is a good God. He didn’t bring you this far to pull the rug out from under you now. The same God that put the stars in the sky and the hairs on your head put that dream in your heart. He has a plan for the dream that He gave you, and it’s a plan and a dream that the world desperately needs you to step into.

So even if you’ve been paralyzed by fear or freaking out at the next new big dream you’ve got stirring in your heart, don’t forget Who gave you that dream to begin with. I love what 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV) says: “The One Who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”

He never said it would be easy, fast or fearless, but He said He will do it. And He will.

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Comments

  1. Cynthia Stemple says:

    Thanks for the blog filled with encouragement! I am right in the middle of opening a coffee shop/bakery and it feels like I am opening a Super Walmart! But none of the details catch God off guard and He is able to do anything beyond what I can imagine or think in the process of opening and afterwards!
    Blessings!

  2. Corrette PALMER says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I am building a restaraunt/take-out and fear has been building. Thanks for sharing the bible lessons as I also found courage in the lord and the words you shared. Blessed!

  3. Elizabeth B. says:

    I am so grateful that you didn’t let your fear paralyze you. I was at that first Business Boutique and it was incredible, absolutely inspiring. What I learned and felt there has helped me propel my business and helped me with my work and personal goals. Thank goodness God speaks directly to us through the scriptures in our time of need.

  4. Paula Richey says:

    Coming up on tabling at my first comic con of the year next week, and having just written an essay to enter a contest on my very new Etsy shop, and trying to figure out what am I going to do to realize the biggest, most desperate dream of my heart, I really needed to hear this right now. *hugs* God gave me my dreams, and all I’m responsible for is doing my part 🙂 thank you for the reminder.

  5. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I have just ordered your book today after hearing Chris Brown have you on his pod cast. I loved your story. I dream of coming to the Nashville 2nd annual Business Boutique!

  6. Jeanne Suggate says:

    Thanks, I needed the Scripture and your words tonight. I’m going to be opening a cheese plant where we will make goat cheese to sell. God put this dream in my heart more then 5 years ago and it has been a challenge and a struggle all the way but there has never been a doubt that God wants me to do this. There have been lots of doubts if I am able to do this but He has been faithful all the way but oh I have been so out of my comfort zone. Thanks, love your blog.

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