I'll be honest... today's church service was a hard one for me to hear. Summed up, it was about giving and receiving the Word of God. There were lots of other little things in there, but I'd say that was it in a nutshell. Giving encouragement to those close to me is not hard at all. I love to tell my friends and family what amazing blessings I see in them.
But taking them and giving them out to strangers... not my forte. It's easy for me to think that evangelism is not a gift I have - I lack the charisma, courage, and words for people I don't know. I even get nervous praying out loud in front of others. Not because I don't have things to say, but because of FEAR. But I know that even if it isn't a particular strength of mine, doesn't mean that I should fear it. That my words won't mean anything to others is a lie I've believed for far too much of my life.
So, that being said, I'm going to be praying for BOLDNESS going forward. For the lies of the enemy in my life to be broken off. For encouragement given to me by others to be fully received and believe in. For words of encouragement for others to flow from me to bless those around me. But mainly, that I have full faith in my God to use me for his purposes in ways I can't even imagine.