5 Steps to Sharing Jesus {Thrive This Summer}

5 steps to sharing Jesus (Part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com)You want to share your faith in Jesus. You know He said to go into the world and tell people about Him (Matthew 28:19-20). You want to bring Him joy as you honor what He’s done for you. But HOW?

Building on last week’s article by Kathy Collard Miller, I asked my friend, ministry assistant and gifted evangelist, Karen Robbins, to share how she reaches out to people. Here is what she recommends:

Invite Others

As Christians, we are going to make an amazing trip someday. The destination is far greater than any paradise island on earth. We can invite anyone we want! It is their own choice to go with us or not, but the invitation is ours to give away.

Why do we often keep this wonderful prize to ourselves? What makes us hesitant to share the good news? Are we afraid of what others may think of us? Are we afraid to step on toes or hurt their feelings? Or do we simply not know when or how to lead a friend to Christ?

Too often we expect Christian leaders and speakers to do the job. But YOU are the one who is there walking and talking with people in your circle, and you have something that could change their lives and destiny.

Get Ready

To be ready the next time an opportunity arises check out these simple, yet very helpful steps:

1) Prepare your testimony. Everyone loves a story. People cannot argue with your story. It’s your experience. Write it out. What was your life like before Christ? How did you meet Christ? How has your life changed? If you don’t have a dramatic story because you came to faith as a child, talk about why you love God and how He has directed, comforted, or touched you in some way.

2) Practice giving the plan of salvation. There are many Scriptures you can use. Review them often so they will be on the tip of your tongue ready to share at any opportunity. Check out WANT TO GROW? for a clear sequence of Scriptures to memorize and use.

3) Pray for opportunities to share your faith. Too often we miss times when we could have inserted a comment or compelling question that could have led to further discussions right then or later. Learn to recognize open doors in conversations at work, on the bus or on your walk through the neighborhood. Be sensitive to hurting people around you who need comforting or physical help. Wherever you are, offer to pray for them. Follow up with them to show you really care.

4) Present the Good News. The ticket for the trip of a lifetime is paid for. Profess your faith in Christ Jesus confidently and plant the seeds wherever you can. Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

5) Pour over the following verses. Absorb their life changing truth for anyone who struggles with guilt, shame, a sense of worthlessness, or meaningless. Knowing the love of God and that our lives have purpose and value changes people. Share how these truths have changed your life.

  1. Romans 3:23 - Everyone has sinned.
  2. Romans 6:23 - The price of sin is death. God’s gift is eternal life.
  3. Romans 5:8; John 3:16 - God loves us and sent his Son to pay the price for our sins.
  4. 1 John 1:9 - God is faithful to forgive us our sins.
  5. Revelation 3:20; John 8:32 - Jesus stands waiting for us to let Him in to our lives so that His truth can set us free from the bondage of sin.Thrive This Summer!

My prayer is that you thrive spiritually this summer and experience the joy of sharing, and even seeing, others come to faith in Christ.

Let’s Talk: How has knowing God changed you? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Pray, Listen, and Share Jesus {Thrive This Summer}

Sharing about Jesus can make us and others uncomfortable. BUT—I often think about where I would be if someone had not asked me when I was converted. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about but by the end of that day, I had put my faith in
Jesus Christ, been forgiven, accepted by God, and placed on a new path that only He knew about!

Because praying about, listening to, and sharing Jesus is our responsibility and privilege, I wanted to share with you this inspiring and informative article by my friend, speaker and author, Kathy Collard Miller.

I was talking on the phone recently to a friend who used to live in our area but moved away. Now we rarely chat but when we do, I enjoy her company. This time, she was raving about her neighborhood friend who seems so “spiritual.” They were having a garage sale and she said, “Kendra would touch something and put her vibes on it and within moments, someone would come along and buy it. She does yoga and she’s so peaceful. She’s amazing!”

My mind did somersaults trying to think of ways to combat a spiritual, yoga-studying, peaceful woman who was having an impact on my friend. When she lived close, I had the opportunity of sharing the gospel with her and she came to church with us, but it seemed like I never could get past first base to help her see God’s offer of salvation. It was obvious she found her yoga friend more interesting.

A few days after our conversation as I thought about it, I realized I had gone down the wrong road. I was trying to combat something that couldn’t be fought. But I could use my friend’s spiritual longing to draw her closer to God. I was focused on the yoga friend and not my friend’s longing for spirituality. Wonder if I’d said something like, “I think I hear you longing for spirituality in your own life. Is that true?”

I don’t know what would happen after that, but I can trust God to direct the conversation if the opportunity comes again.

So I’m going to try to remember: don’t try to combat something but instead, look to the heart of the person. What are they looking for? What are they seeing that they want? I might then be able to lead them to the idea that God can offer that to them.

This article was originally posted on Kathy Collard Miller’s website in 2009.

My thanks to Kathy for challenging us to thrive spiritually this summer by seeing others as Jesus did. He looked on them with compassion and saw them as sheep–scattered, looking everywhere for what might fill their hunger, and offered them the only truly satisfying source of life—Himself (Matthew 9:36-38Thrive This Summer!).

Coming Next Week: More practical tips on how to share Jesus, plus key Scriptures that explain the good news of God’s love.

 

Let’s Talk: What tips do you have for sharing your faith in Jesus? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Summer Stress Buster #3 – Focus on your blessings, not your flub-ups!

Summer Stress Buster #3 - Focus on your blessings, not your flub-ups! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com

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When you flub-up, trip-up, or appear less perfect than you’d like to be, what do you do?

I flubbed up at a writers/speakers conference recently. We were asked to give a 20-second introduction; the kind we’d say after someone asks what we do. I did not do well! It seemed that everyone else was polished, perfect, and professional. I was unpolished, imperfect, and chatty! Not what we were supposed to be!

So what happened? I spent the rest of the evening and half of the night rehearsing my flub-up, UNTIL I sensed the Holy Spirit saying,

 “Poppy, what happened has happened. Focus instead on all the blessings I’ve poured out on you today: making new friends, helpful workshops, great conversations, and being part of a group of committed and capable Christian women whose delight is serving God with the gifts He has given.”

Once I switched my focus and began praising and thanking God for his goodness, I could let the embarrassment go and count it as yet another spiritual growth moment!

Too often, we obsess about what we said or did (or didn’t do), what people might be saying about us, or what our “perfect” mother or friend is silently thinking. What’s the result of constantly rehearsing that scene smoking up our mind? Our vision gets blurred and we end up making ourselves feel like complete, miserable failures.

Our self-assessment is often skewed, and sometimes totally wrong. But, even if what we’re telling ourselves is a bit true: are we complete failures because we flub up on occasion?

I don’t think so. More than that, I know so! Here’s some reasons why from Psalm 103:

  • God forgives our sins. Not all flub ups are sins—but we’re forgiven when they are (Psalm 103:3).

    Summer Stress Buster #3 - Focus on your blessings, not your flub-ups! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com

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  • We’re dust—we’re not perfect, yet He values us, views us with compassion (not criticism), and accepts our humanity (Psalm 103:13-14).
  • His love for those who honor Him from the heart is beyond measure. It is not conditional on human beings being perfect! (Psalm 103:8,11)
  • Praising God is the key that changes our focus. To experience release from the grip of self-obsessed criticism and condemnation, pivot from rehearsing your mistake(s) to yourself or others, and start rehearsing what God has blessed you with (Psalm 103:1-5).

Let’s Talk: Instead of thinking about something that didn’t go as well as you hoped, what blessing can you praise God for today? Will you share it? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

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Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

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International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

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Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Summer Stress Buster #2 – Relax!

Relax–it’s good for you!

Summer Stress Buster #2 - Relax! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com)Relax with friends.

In addition to taking time with a friend who loves “God-talk”, think about getting together with fun friends, those you haven’t connected with for a long time, or people you’d like to know. We thrive when we enjoy the company of others, plus practicing hospitality is a Christian virtue (Romans 12:13).

Think relaxed! Find a simple salad recipe on Pinterest or an online website. Add some warm, crunchy bread, a chunk of cheese, and some background music. For dessert, purchase a box of special cookies (I love Pepperidge Farm Milano chocolate mint) and serve them with bowls of yummy ice cream. Your backyard or deck doesn’t have to look like a Better Homes and Gardens photo for people to enjoy getting together.

Relax—in bed.

Proverbs 6:9-10 warns against too much sleep and asks: “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit…”

In the fast-paced whirl of daily life, most of us don’t have to worry about getting too much slumber and sleep. It’s our lack of sleep that is becoming a major health hazard!Summer Stress Buster #2 - Relax! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com)

The Oregon Public Health Division recently issued a bulletin titled: Sleepless in Oregon. They cite research saying that we need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night for good health. They also claim: early to bed and early to rise might not only make you healthy, wealthy and wise, it can also reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and other illnesses.   

A recent survey showed that 26% of the US population averages less than 6 hours sleep a night. Another 20% reported inadequate sleep. Nationally drowsiness contributes to over 40,000 car accidents, and 1500 deaths—so this summer, try to get to bed a bit earlier or take naps!

Let’s Talk: What do you do to relax? How will you refresh your body and soul this summer? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Summer Stress Buster #1 – Meet with a Friend Who Loves “God Talk”

Summer Stress Buster #1: Meet With a Friend You Connect with Spiritually {part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com}I don’t know how stress affects you, but it can make me a bit irritable, intense, and wishing I could stop the world and get off!  Do you feel that way sometimes?

Living at a crazy pace, trying to do more than anyone can reasonably accomplish, produces stress. With blog posts to write, talks to prepare, travel plans to finalize, and all the other things we women have to juggle every day, I’ve discovered some stress-busters that work for me.

I’m sure you have favorite activities that help you thrive when you’re stressed, but in these next weeks, I’ll share some of what I find most helpful. Here’s one stress buster I enjoyed this morning:

Meet with a friend you connect with spiritually

We’re all drawn to friends who make us laugh, or inspire us to try a new trend or to begin yet another exercise routine. However, finding a friend you can enjoy “God-talk” with, who listens attentively and gently raises questions for you to consider, is a gift that comes from God as a result of prayer.

I love the encouragement God gives us to do just this in the ancient book of Malachi:

“Those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him” – Malachi 3:16

God has wired us to thrive spiritually and emotionally through being in meaningful relationships. In the early church, Christians met regularly, not only for teaching and worship, but also to share their lives and encourage one another (Acts 2:42-44).

Do you have someone you talk with about what God is doing in your life? Someone who loves to think about him? Pray for a special friend like this, reach out, and thrive spiritually this summer.

Let’s Talk: Let me know how God is blessing you through a godly girlfriend. (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Thrive This Summer! Be Alert to Your Emotions

Thrive This Summer! Be Alert to Your EmotionsSchool is out. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming. And, hopefully, you have plans for some fun times in the next few months.

Now that we’ve finished the series Dare to DREAM, start watching for my weekly tips on how to Thrive This Summer.

This series of spiritually encouraging keys to thrive will include classic ways to grow closer to Christ, plus some fresh ideas to spark your soul. Here’s the first key:

To Thrive: Be Alert to Your Emotions  

Take courage, my soul… why be downcast?

Why be discouraged and sad? Hope in God!

Psalm 42:5                 

Life Lessons

When Regina Brett of Ohio turned 50, she looked back over the years and wrote a list of 45 lessons life had taught her. Here’s just six of the 45 that relate to emotional health (my suggestions follow):

1.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Ask God to help you let go of your bitterness—you’ll feel a lot better! Thrive This Summer - Be Alert to Your Emotions (PoppySmith.com)

2.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and FAMILY will. Stay in touch. Pick up the phone. Send a text. Take a step toward them instead of waiting for them to contact you.

3.  You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagreeCalm down. Understand people (including your spouse/friend) have different points of view. Accept it and move on.

4.  Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. See #1 above. If a memory brings tears and pain, get support and help from a spiritual friend or counselor. Don’t keep hoping it will vanish on its own—it won’t. Healing is God’s desire for you.

5.   Frame every seeming disaster with these words, “In five years, will this matter?” Some things will still matter, but many won’t. Keep calm, pray for perspective, and, if possible, wait at least 24 hours before responding. Watch to see what God will do in the situation as you pray and trust.

6. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Refuse to blame others, your circumstances, or God. Ask yourself: What can I do to improve my situation? How can I be proactive instead of reactive? What guidance does God have for me, and who can help me find it?Thrive This Summer - Be Alert to Your Emotions (PoppySmith.com)

Let’s Talk: Have any of these life-lessons made you think—and act! Let me know! (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Have a wonderful week!

Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Jesus is God — So What?

Jesus is God - So What? Thoughts on the next steps of faith (PoppySmith.com)I’m excited to share some brief thought-provoking snippets from the messages we heard every day at a conference I recently attended. The speaker was Dr. George Murray, Chancellor of Columbia International University, and a former missionary. Let me warn you, his words are not sweet and feel-good, but rather, challenging and confronting and designed to put us on our knees asking God’s Spirit to search us (Psalm 139: 23-24). Be encouraged: if our goal is to Thrive as followers of Christ, we need to be stretched!

The conference theme began with a question we all need to answer:

Jesus is God—So What?

What would you say to this as you think of your own life?

Because Jesus is God:

  • He is worthy of our worship.
  • By His death on Calvary, He provided the only way of salvation for the world.
  • He has absolute right to Lordship (ownership) over our lives.
  • He gives us everything we need to do anything He asks us to do.

True worship is costly:

  • Abraham offered up Isaac. (Genesis 22:5)
  • David refused to offer up to God that which cost him nothing. (2 Samuel 24:24)
  • Mary gave up precious perfume as an act of worship. (John 12:1-8)

Worship involves giving up what we cling to, that which takes God’s first place. What has worshipping God and putting Him in first place cost you?

The Christian life is NOT a democracy; it is an absolute Monarchy.

Jesus is Teacher and Lord—He claimed this. He accepted worship. He knew He was God (John 13:13, John 9:35-38).

In accomplishing His work:

  • God controls all circumstances.
  • God has a special place for you.
  • God requires personal obedience.
  • God requires effective fervent prayer. His work will not get done without this. God requires faith to believe He is always present and is sovereignly in control.
  • God requires we use words to explain the gospel, not simply rely on actions.
  • God asks us to be willing to die, to practice self-denial for the sake of saving lives.

Future guidance always comes in terms of present obedience.

Let’s Talk: Think on this question: Am I willing and ready to do my utmost to get God’s message to the world in such a time as this? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

8 Ideas that Mess with Scripture

8 Ideas that Mess with Scripture {a 8 truths to combat them} - PoppySmith.comDo you find yourself sometimes struggling with the constant messages that come at you from our culture’s world view?

Here are some sanity savers that God provides. Read, feed, and live!

8 Ideas that Mess with Scripture

  1. Charge It!

Truth: Owe no man anything. (Prov.22:7—the borrower is servant to the lender.) Of course, major items like homes, cars, and education generally need financing but the principle is to not rack up debt in order to buy what has no lasting value.

  1. Buy More and More

Truth: Be content. (Phil. 4:11-12—learn to be content whatever the circumstances—it’s a thought habit that can be cultivated. You can do this through Christ who gives you strength.)

  1. Your Value is in Your Looks

Truth: God looks at the inner beauty of a woman’s heart. (l Peter 3:4—a gentle (vs. angry) spirit is of great worth in God’s eyes.)

  1. Give in to What Prompts Lust – It’s Normal!

Truth: Flee lust, keep yourself pure, say NO to ungodliness. (Titus 2:11-14—Christ gave himself to redeem us from all wickedness.)

  1. Give Me a Drink–I’ve Been Home All Day!

Truth: Train a child in the way God designed them to respond. Mothers, love your children (Prov. 22:6. Titus 2:3-5).8 Ideas that Mess with Scripture {a 8 truths to combat them} - PoppySmith.com

  1. Push Your Child to Meet Your Dreams

Truth: Accept their individuality, don’t provoke them (Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 6:4).

  1. Significance Comes from Externals

Truth: You are significant because of whose you are (Ephesians 1).

  1. The One with the Most Toys Wins!

Truth: We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Let’s Talk: What messed up ideas have taken root in your mind? Which reminder is God using to help you be the woman He is creating? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

What Are You Waiting For to Move Forward?

What are You Waiting for to Move Forward? (Dare to DREAM series at PoppySmith.com)Have you dared to DREAM these past few months as you’ve followed this series? Have you been paying attention to what God has impressed on your heart?

I hope you’ve sensed Him calling you to step out into some new area of life—a ministry, an activity, a job, schooling, a relationship—and been challenged.

My friend, Karen, is allowing herself to be stretched by reaching for new levels of fulfillment and accomplishment. How?

  • By signing up for an internet course on how to launch a blog for teachers and parents who take care of children with Autism.
  • By accepting an invitation to address a writers’ group.
  • By being willing to go on mission trips to teach about autism and help those who need more knowledge and training.

As someone who has seen her capabilities for a long time and urged her on, I’m excited to watch what God is doing in and through her life.

My hope is that we all want to hear these thrilling words and do what it takes to hear God say: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things.” (Matthew 25:14-30)

Who benefits from your courage?

You do. You will see that you are far more capable than what you might have thought.

Others do. Whatever your new steps lead you toward, if God is leading you, others will benefit. What are you waiting for to move forward? (PoppySmith.com)

God is pleased. He created you with abilities. He has blessed you with strengths, talents, gifts, education, and countless other good things—and He wants you to invest these for His Kingdom purposes.

So let me ask you one last question:

 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

  • The right person to come along?
  • The children to grow up?
  • Somebody to take care of me?
  • To finish my education?
  • Someone to notice my plight?
  • Someone to offer me a job?
  • My financial problems to end?
  • Something bad to happen?
  • Someone else to change?
  • Someone else to make the decision?
  • Someone to discover me?
  • What else?

This list of challenging questions is taken from the chapter, Where Do I Go from Here? iI’m Too Young to be This Old. You can get your own autographed copy HERE, or download it as an ebook from Amazon.

If you’d like to re-read and work through Dare to DREAM at your leisure, this series will be available as an ebook later this summer.

Let’s Talk: I’d love to celebrate any steps you are taking to make the years ahead extra rewarding and productive. Share in the comments below. (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Daring to DREAM series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

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Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.