One Sweet Giveaway!

Welcome to those of your stopping in from Jenny’s devotion with Proverbs 31 Ministries! You came to the right spot today. We are giving away five copies of her novel, Just Between You and Me, and – are you ready for this? – a Baked Goods Dreambox from Zingerman’s (courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishers)!

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In Just Between You and Me, Maggie Montgomery has a rather voracious sweet tooth and were she not a figment of Jenny B. Jones’ imagination, she would be the first to enter our giveaway today. However, since she is excluded from our contest, as am I, you should take advantage of the better odds and enter! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post or sign up for our free monthly newsletter. One lucky winner will walk away with the gift basket and a copy of Jenny’s novel. Four other winners will each receive a copy of Just Between You and Me.

Zingerman’s Baked Goods Dreambox: “It’s a big foot and a half long pine crate stuffed to bursting with testaments to the temple of sweetness: our incredible nosher-sized Sourcream Coffeecake, two Ginger Scones, a Magic Brownie, a Dulce de Leche Buenos Aires Brownie and a Pecan Blondie, a Ginger Jump-Up Cookie, a Big Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, a nosher-sized Pecan Pie, a jar of American Spoon Cherry Berry Spoon Fruit, Mandelbread Jewish Biscotti, Washington State Fireweed Honey and one of our homemade Zzang! ยฎ Chocolate Bars.”

***Note: this dream coffeecakebox feeds 14 to 16 people, so be prepared to throw a party…or go into sugar shock. Or you could just send it to me. That’s a perfectly acceptable alternative.

And now, a few words from the lovely and talented Jenny B. Jones:

Just Between You and Me deals with the issue of fear–from phobias to the big, deep emotional things that can put the “pause” button on a life. One of my fears is flying. I hate it. I love hanging out in airports, but as for getting on a plane, I’d rather not. Despite the fact that I know who holds my life in His hands, I still have yet to get on a plane without being certain my life is about to end 30,000 feet in the air. Four years ago, I was on my way to a conference. It was a horrible flight. My friend Erin and I were praying for our lives. Literally. Out loud. Erin went with the 23rd Psalm. I went with some sort of begging-whining-made-up-on-the-spot thing. While flying doesn’t bring out the best in me, it also doesn’t seem to stop me from traveling. But it does ensure that my brain will be nonstop with panicked thoughts. On a recent trip, I jotted a few down. Thought I’d share.

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Totally nervous. Somebody needs to take me out with a tranq gun. You know, the kind they use on rabid baboons who escape from the zoo.

I need to workout. If I live, I’m gonna do that. And be kinder to strangers. And floss every day. And smile more. And read some classics. Okay, maybe just floss on the even days.

Yea, though I descend on American Airlines, I will fear no evil. . . but this turbulence is scaring the heck out of me.

Dear God, even though I’ve eaten enough this week to feed a small country, and now would be a good time to die calorie-wise so I don’t have to run all this off. . . it would be super cool if that didn’t happen.

Would I assist in an evacuation since I’m sitting on the exit row? SURE! ย  (Was that believable? Because there is no way. It is every short girl for herself. Dude, if we go down, all rules are off, and I will go all Jackie Chan on you.)

Before a flight, I always eat whatever I want in case it’s my last meal. And it ain’t no salad, you know what I’m saying?

What was that noise? pzcb

The woman behind me has tuberculosis. I know it.

Seriously, what WAS that noise?

The pressure in my air conditioning vent could part the Red Sea.

I should advertise my books in SkyMall catalog. Right next to the FitFlops and the Nighttime Bunion Regulator.

Wow. The plane is really shaking. No wait. That’s me.

honeyOkay, so flying is my big nail-biting fear. What about you?

Leave a comment. Share your fear. And enter to win enough sweets to give your dentist nightmares for a decade!

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

778 Responses to One Sweet Giveaway!

  1. Janice February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Great job.

  2. ShootingStarsMag February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    The dark!! I hate it so much. What a fun giveaway, thanks!!

  3. Kirsten February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Both sound delicious… ; )

  4. Kirsten February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Ooops… my biggest fear is probably open heights. I detest climbing up too high in the bleachers. I start getting dizzy. No fun.

  5. kathy February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have a fear of heights. I don’t feel afraid when flying, but put me in a car climbing a mountain road or walk a trail where you can look down quite a ways and my heart pounds!

  6. Startingearly February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Mmmm! That box looks delicious! (well, maybe not the ‘box’ but the stuff inside…)
    My biggest fear is Failure. I never knew it until recently, but I’ve started to see how often I will not try something or only stick to things I know I’m good at because I am afraid to fail. The only good side to this fear is that, for the most part, I work really hard at the things I do so I don’t fail, but I get so mad at myself when I do poorly at things.
    OK, now that the deep part is out of my system – I’m also afraid of creatures that touch me when I’m swimming in lakes or oceans. Oooh, it just gives me the heebie-jeebies to think about it!

  7. Ann February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Big black ugly hairs growing out of my chin.. or that my eyebrows will grow together and I’ll be too busy with life to notice. Really. When I auditioned for Survivor I said that if I could only bring one thing with me I would bring tweezers.

  8. Deborah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Even with a cell phone and GPS I’m afraid of driving after dark. Add some rain or unfamiliar road and my anxiety level rises. So far my fear hasn’t kept me from going anywhere I really have to go, but I sometimes I decline invitations because I’ll be on the road after dark. On a long (or short) road trip after dark, I would probably consume that whole dream box of goodies to help ease my anxiety.

  9. Suellen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have a fear of heights, as well. During this upcoming Spring/Summer my fiance will be getting me on a plane for the first time. Part of me looks forward to a new adventure, the part of me..is scared and will be doing a lot of praying. All,I have to do is remind myself that GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!

  10. Suellen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sorry..it should read “I have a fear of flying, as well”. I have a fear of heights,too.. that with time and patience, is getting better. God bless!

  11. Jackie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! I’m getting out of the boat. And when I win, I’ll invite you all to my “out of the boat” party.

  12. Sharon Sloan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jenny: Loved the devo. Was so excited to read you faced your Goliath moment with trust in God! And wow….He did “The Amazing”!!! That is awesome! Rejoicing with you!!! Woooooeeeeeeeee!

    Oh yes, flying is one of my not-so-favorite things to do as well. However, going to a writer’s conference (She Speaks) in 2007 got me to take a HUGE step of faith and get on an airplane without hubby. (I got on with a girlfriend!) I still do not like flying, but I do it…..looking unto Him!

    Congratulations!
    Giving glory to God,
    Sharon

  13. kristi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sometimes decisions I need to make can paralyze me–do I?, should I? How do I know for sure? Thanks for the devotional this morning that helps me sort through with the Word and put things in the proper perspective.

  14. Carrie Crews February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear is heights. Definitely don’t like traveling on narrow roads with a steep drop.

    Congratulations on taking that leap of faith!

  15. Nicole Matsutani February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I hate flying too. I am constantly praying the whole way until the plane lands.

  16. Kendra February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I too have a dream of becoming a writer. In the past, every time I get started on a new idea, I lose my steam. It is fear of failure. Your story inspired me to trust God and take that leap of faith.

  17. Christy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Flying – especially lately with everything going on. Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. diana mills February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I guess my biggest fear is lighthouses. I went up in one has a child and it scared me…a lot. Now I dont go in them and cant look when my family does! weird fear…

  19. Jennifer Ferrau February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for writing this — it has inspired me to let go of my fear; I also plan on sharing this with my husband in case he has a fear he hasn’t been able to let go of. Thank you!

  20. sharon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    my fear comes from self doubt..i know GODS promise of an abundant life and i want it but the fear starts to pop up in the way of what if i fail.then that coupled with procrastination is a for sure recipe for going no where in a hurry.needless to say i’m encouraged by your story!!!thanks for sharing your fears!!!!!!also the basket looks delightful!!!

  21. Tiffany Lingg February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is drowning, specifically in my car, being trapped underwater. Maybe it has something to do with the fact I grew up on a small island and to get anywhere had to travel over several bridges.

  22. Maria Kammetler February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear is for some reason working out. I have all the necessary commercial-grade equipment in my basement, the Wii fit plus program, and an entire program of diet and exercise from a recent purchase of an info-mercial…but I just dread getting started. And so I don’t! I think maybe I’m afraid that if I suceed, I will have to keep going and it will be hard. And my life already is such a challenge…and yet such a gift. So, I should take my love of life and turn that into the reason to get on that treadmill or punch that “virtual” punching bag, right? Hopefully that will happen! Today would be nice. No, today would be great.

  23. Carolyn Fender February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Chocolate can calm any of my fears. I love to read & this is such a cool giveaway. Thanks

  24. Martha February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fought breast cancer this summer and am now cancer free. Through that experience I realized again how crucial it was that our children know God – the only reason I made it through. My fear is that I am not doing enough to instill that faith within them.

  25. Vicki February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    You have no idea how this message touched me. I have wanted to write a book for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, I have put that ambition aside along with a few others… reading your blog today has stirred up some things I need to bring to the Lord.
    Thank you… ; )

  26. Lynn February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Funny how our fears and dreams are often linked closely isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your David moment. The timing is incredible as I am making some big changes to pursue my dream to enter the missions field. My fear is not accomplishing God’s will for my life. I am now seriously craving some sweets and to read more of your humor and encouragement. You are a blessing, write on!

  27. Sarah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Great devotion. My secret ambition? To write also. My biggest fear? Failure. I am the classic first child overachiever and struggle with finding contentment in my situations and satisfaction in my success. Thanks for the encouragement!

  28. Jeanne Williams February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is having to go back to work full time. I love being a stay at home grandma!!!

  29. Kayla O'Hern February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I was cracking up reading this! So funny, but so true – we all have our fears. But God is so much bigger than any of them!

  30. Tracy Line February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for writing this, it was exactly what I needed to hear at exactly the time I needed to hear it! My biggest fear is failing-not just myself but others too. I’ve been agonizing over quiting my job and going for it with a new opportunity that has presented itself. I recently realized the main reason I haven’t quit yet is fear of disappointing my co-workers. Once that thought surfaced, I knew it wasn’t a reason to stay. I’m now inspired to God my complete trust. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I win, I love your writing style and really want to read your book!

  31. sharon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    my biggest fear is that my kids will wrestle in adulthood because of my mistakes in their childhood

  32. Sarah Hinson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Ooohh, I tend to have big fears. But the crazy part is that I am very faithful to God’s call on my life. In the past two years I’ve gone through several big changes. I wouldn’t have stepped out to do them alone but I knew with God anything is possible! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. Roz Page February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is that I will disappoint those that rely on me so much. I can only let that fear go and trust that where I fail them God will not. I embrace Jeremiah 29:11.

  34. Cindy Greganti February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Although I’ve gotten much better about facing my fears (but my biggest fear is still not pleasing the people around me), I work with a friend who is really struggling with fear and a lot of insecurities. I appreciate your devotion today, not only for myself, but also for the wisdom that I can use to help my friend. Thank you.

  35. jackie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank You for for this morning daily devotion! I have alot of fears,but the one that is with me now is rejection and coming out of my comfort zone.
    Especially with public speaking with this new business opp. that GOD has showed me.

  36. Lisa Siemers February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for that devotion today! Obviously, you couldn’t have known what that meant to me. My husband and I have been praying about a major decision and today is the day… God just used you as confirmation that we are making the correct decision and I will be giving my resignation notice to my job today. This is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I’m a ‘play-it-safe’ girl. We definitely need the income with my husband being a full-time student (to be in seminary in the fall) and us having 6 children. The new job is commission only and something I never would have pursued on my own! Though we both feel this is God’s direction for our lives; it’s still very scary to step out in faith and quit something so safe for something so uncertain. Once again, thank you for the devotion on fear…I definitely needed that today!

  37. Lisa Curry February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I appreciated your sharing about your fears. I know that fears of my own prevent me from taking certain risks in life. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading your book.

  38. Fran February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like there are alot of us out there with numerous fears! I feel like I am similar to you in the fear department-flying, heights, dying, … I don’t dwell on any of them, I DO enjoy life, but I wish I could just let go and live.

    Thank you for your humor and your wonderful writing!

    Fran

  39. Lucinda Hingson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Until reading this…I’d never put much thought into what my fears were. I am in a “comfortable” place…but am going anywhere. Being able to identify what fears are holding me back is no small thing…but it is a start. I’m afraid to let others see the “real” me…I’m afraid to let others see how really disorganized I am and how messy my home really is 99.9% of the time…that I am weak.

    I recently went skiing with my children…for the first time in 25 years… and realized then that I AM afraid to ski!

  40. Kim McGee February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear the future…the media makes it all look so bleak which just starts my mind racing with fears for my children’s well- being.

    Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize.

  41. Lucinda Hingson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Until reading this…I’d never put much thought into what my fears were. I am in a “comfortable” place…but am going anywhere. Being able to identify what fears are holding me back is no small thing…but it is a start. I’m afraid to let others see the “real” me…I’m afraid to let others see how really disorganized I am and how messy my home really is 99.9% of the time…that I am weak.

    I recently went skiing with my children…for the first time in 25 years… and realized then that I AM afraid to ski! (heart pounding, dizzy, nauseous fear)

  42. Crystal Ponder February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your notes from flying gave me a much needed laugh this morning. Thank you sooo much!!!

  43. Kim February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’d have to say one of my biggest fears is heights. We went on a cruise last fall, and we went rock climbing on the ship. As I’m scaling the wall, I thought to myself, “Why I am I doing this? I don’t like being up high, and I’m climbing a wall on the top of a cruise ship? Not to mention this is really hard!” I couldn’t look out at the ocean. As soon as I got to the top, I rang the bell and scurried back down as quickly as I could!

    Kim

  44. Carla Robinson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is an awesome read as we all have fears. Ever since I got seriously ill from food contamination (nasty parasite) that has taken 3 years to finally get on the better side of my biggest fear is a fear of dying and leaving my family behind. However God has been gracious,loving and patient with me during this time. My faith has grown, I speak out more about my faith and most days I get the better end of the fear.
    Even if I don’t win a copy I will have to get one as this book sounds amazing.

    Congratulations & thank God he loves us so much to give us David moments

  45. Sue February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear is that I will not ever get myself into a position of knowing the call of God on my life, and not be able to trust Him enough to accomplish that call in me. Thanks for your devotional – very encouraging!

  46. Sally Mesibov February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am afraid of bees. I don’t like the sound of them, and I do not like the feel of their stingers. I am also slightly allergic, so that scares me too. I am also afraid of being falsely accused – crazy huh?

    Your book sounds great! I think I will suggest it for our book club!

    Thanks, Sally

  47. Catherine February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    We all have our fears, they hold us back from our dreams and from what God wants from us.. Let’s push onward! Looking forward to reading the book!

  48. christina brown February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow, I just started writing after 9 years of FEAR and 15 rejection letters.
    Thank you so very much for this. I didn’t’ realize how big the FEAR really was. I definitely need this book! Pick me, pick me! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ :):)

  49. Donna February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fears include one of my children getting seriously hurt or dying, or me dying and leaving them behind with no mother. I also have a fear of heights & flying.

  50. Lisa February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear becoming comfortable. It’s too easy to “sit back” and enjoy life. I don’t want to wait and see I want to live and see.

  51. Brenda Austin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds good…would love to have for our book club!

  52. Deborah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I seem to keep myself from moving forward because of fear all the time. I fear conflict and arguing. So I give in all the time instead of having to fight or argue with someone else. I try to please everyone so they won’t be mad at me and then everyone will be happy. I can’t seem to do it though. Someone always seems upset with me or I disappoint someone. It’s very stressful.

  53. amanda d February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    public speaking! wish it wasn’t, but it is! luckily, I can withstand teaching my 5th grade class, but much beyond that I’m shaking in my stilettos!

  54. Tammy Hildebrand February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is not being able to succeed in WHATEVER I am doing. It’s really quite ridiculous and I so need to hand it over to God. Great post, and great reminder!

  55. Sarah-Ann February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    fears may be the cause of so many hiccups in our lives.

    Dear God, thankyou because You did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity.. but of spirit of courage and we ARE more than conquerers!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. SEC February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you Jenny for touching my heart today!

  57. Kathi Powell February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for making my day! I have several fears….but you helped me to look at them differently. Thank you…you are a blessing!

  58. Becki February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have a 12 year old daughter who deals with fear on a regular basis. Would love to read this so I might share some things with her.

  59. Lauren W. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear losing people I love. I also fear spiders, ick! That treat box looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to read Jenny’s book.

  60. Tiffany February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would have to say I have a fear of failure. It’s been going on a while but not until recently have I started to realize there was more to it. I give up so easily but I think it’s my way of escaping before I “fail.” And what may seem like failure to me, isn’t really failure at all! Definitely something I need to spend time praying about!
    Thanks for the great give-away!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Jennifer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fears are sharks and falling. Silly fears I know but unfortunately real ones. The shark thing keeps me out of the ocean even though I loved it as a child. The falling one keeps me white knuckling the arm rests on rocking chairs until I’ve been rocking for a few minutes…that’s close enough to falling for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Deb Rohne February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is way out of my comfort zone. I usually never click on the link that invites me enter a drawing, because I never win anything! But I’m very thankful I did today–not only does Jenny address MY greatest fear of flying with humor and finesse, but she has also conquered the writing and publishing world, which has been a lifetime goal! I wouldn’t mind receiving the giant box of caloric sweets, either!! Chosen or not, this book is definitely going on my wish list!!

  63. Robin Griswold February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Flying and heights. It’s not so much the flying as it is the fear of falling!

  64. Loretta February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I loved how God did the “amazing” in your life. Thanks for such an insightful devo. I don’t have a fear of flying but of change, (major control issues there) and God had His sense of humor with my husband’s latest job that includes traveling in an RV with our 4 kids for 3-4 months at a time, then coming home for a couple of months. So I was changing with every new locale. Sounds great for the adventurer but I was happy being a homebody in my safe little bubble world. But God had bigger plans for us. So we have seen many beautiful and not so pretty parts of this wonderful country of ours in which I have learned to adapt with each new town. We met some really nice people along the way. Most importantly, my trust in Him has grown way beyond what it was before. So even though I cannot see what the future holds right now, especially in these tough economic times, I can choose to trust Him and not listen to my fears and my what if scenarios. Thanks again for your devo today.

  65. Debbie Burke February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would definitely say my fear of driving through very busy and congested cities. I so have tried to conquer this, but everytime my heart beats wildly and I almost go into panic mode. It’s only with me driving. I know that this is definitely not God’s best for my life! Your book sounds Amazing!
    Thank you so much for sharing and helping us all face our fears!

  66. Pat February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear of failure is a big one for me and also the fear of not doing the right thing for my family.

  67. Lesley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have learned that fear means, False Evidence Appearing Real. However, I really do have a fear of heights.

    Great give away!! :o) Its a good thing I don’t fear cavaties!! LOL

  68. Judi Wohlschlegel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    So appreciated this post! I love Proverbs 31 ministries. It’s a comfort to know that I have sisters out there that are dealing with the same fears and struggles that I have.

  69. Sandra February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds wonderful as well as that delicious treat box

  70. Julia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear is the biggest challenge I face in my Christian walk. I’m anxious to read this book and was inspired by Jenny’s story of her walk of faith over fear in getting her book published.

  71. Mandy B. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This devotion came at a time when I so needed it! I fear losing someone I love and am learning to just rest in God, knowing that if something happens He will be with me and nothing takes him by surprise. I also have a major fear of spiders!

  72. Susan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I believe it when God says that he will not give us more than we can handle. I am just afraid of what God thinks I can “handle”. I am afraid that the only way God thinks I can hear him is through the hard times. Thanks for the devotion!

  73. Loretta February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear is a good thing when we learn from it and move forward. Living our faith gives us the courage to first name the fear, then pray for wisdom, and finally learn to trust that God is there always for us. I will never bungee jump and know that won’t matter in my faith life. But staring down my “ego” and letting go of control opens the door for God’s loving grace and takes my from “my way” to His will be done. Have Faith!

  74. Mary February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Moved by your devotion and love cookies. I am fearful for my health, but working hard at putting my trust in God.

  75. Alice Bower February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I can so relate to fears. I used to be like Chicken Little in the book Chicken Little. I ran around saying, “The sky is falling!” I am slowly dealing with my fears. There is one big fear I have yet to overcome, and that is the fear of asking for help. With God’s help, I am going to begin dealing with this fear. Did you know that the Bible says “fear not” 366 times, one for each day of the year?

  76. Su B February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your “Encouragement for Today” devotional… i’m 44 yrs old, hubby just turned 45 … in our last yr to be picked to adopt an infant (45 is it) from our agency … and the reasons we don’t seek to foster, ‘specially Hatian children right now, are a mountain range!! yeah, not just a mountain …. but i “know” God can do miracles …. We’ve made it 22.5 yrs of marriage so far! =) and we have 3 boys of the feline kind. About the time we both get it “settled” that we are all we’ll have as far as “humans” in our immediate family, God seems to place “reminders” in my lap … like this devotional. I know lots of the reasons are “logical” (if not all!) … and most stem from financial — as it stands this moment, i can’t stay home, not on our income and 1 car and stay in a 2 bed apartment…. but God…. sigh.
    Thank you for doing God’s work… and being a tool for Him to use to keep us readers on our “toes” to see what God has for us.

  77. Kent February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is large bodies of water…I have a vivid dream of one of my children drowning and I can’t get to them. It is always an ocean or river or lake that I can’t see through the water.
    Thanks for the devotion and the give-away. ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Beverly February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to grab a freebie or two. I never know what I find when I receive my P31 daily devotion…I love sharing the website and devotion with friends. Praise and glory to our Father who inspires us daily with the words and writings of women after God’s heart….

  79. carol February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Too funny….but exactly how I feel when flying. I love the activity of the airport, the anticipation of the place I’m headed to, all the great magazine places to check out magazines that I would never buy…but if I could skip the actual flying part and wake-up at my destination…that would be a good thing.

  80. C.J. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I feel that I am at a point in my walk with the LORD that He is challenging me to “go beyond” and “step out of the boat”….One of the problems I have is not really knowing which direction to take a step. I have made several steps recently…but feel as though the direction is unclear. I would love to be a part of what HE is doing on the earth (and hope to some extent I am a part now.)

    I say YES, LORD! Show my Thy way! Lead me!

    Amen!

    God bless all who are willing to step out and take a risk!

  81. Joy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to the book and am trying to think of my biggest fear – probably fear of financial security in the future.

  82. Carmen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I too am a person who has allowed fear to run my life allowing myself to be complacent and content with being average. I would love to read this book.

  83. Debbie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks Jenny for sharing your fears, your ability to face your fears and succeed and your wonderful sense of humor.

  84. Angela Campbell February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m always afraid of loosing someone. I lost my mom very suddenly 2 years ago and it just opened my eyes to the fact that anyone can be taken at anytime and now I try to live with a good fear that I will spend the best and most time with my loved ones.

  85. Crystal February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m trusting God to do “The Amazing” in my life, especially in the area of having children, but I’m struggling to understand what my part is – is my faith in just leaving it to God and trusting Him to handle it enough, or should I be actively trying to do all that I can – supplements, soy, doctors, AR? I feel like when I start trying to “do” rather than just trust in this area, I’m snatching control back from God.

  86. Cindy Conner February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I think we all have a fear of something. Satan will use fear to cripple us for life if we allow him to. I have to remind myself from time to time that My GOD is not the author of fear! I just shared recently with my Ladies Bible group that since the yougest and last of our third daughters has gotten married all of a sudden I found myself in fear of being alone! Here I have my devoted husband of 33 years and all three of my daughters live within a 10 mile radius and yet I was fearing being alone. All of sudden my empty nest was really becoming more empty in my mind than it needed to be. I battled with Satan left and right and had to remind myself that God said He would never leave me nor forsake me! Not my husband, not my daughters, but God said that! I could go on and on this but I do want to say that everytime I feel that fear gripping at my heart I began to remind Satan that he has no authority in my life whatsoever and that if My God can move mountains, Still the waters, and Heal the sick, He can calm my heart and muzzle my fears.

  87. Marge Majaski February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have so many things I fear…the thing I find myself dreading/fearing right now is the possibility that my sister is going to leave me soon to be with Jesus and I will be here without her…she has stage 4 cancer and is in the fight for her life and though she looks good, I fear that she is just putting up a front so I won’t be so scared for her. I have one real comfort and that is that she knows the Lord and someday Lord willing I will be with her again. She is the only rock in my family that I can go to.

  88. C.J. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Oh…and about fear…I just realized recently how much “Fear” had been my companion all of my life. Fears about the future, fear about people and people pleasing, fear about being abandoned, failing, dying, being sick (not in that order ๐Ÿ™‚ , fear about not ever accomplishing anything worthwhile, fear of rejection, fear of riding in the car with certain someone’s who drive crazily….

    I decided this year that I would scratch “Fear” off of my “Friends” list….in fact I have to put “him” on my “blocked” list…. It is one of those things I have decided was not truly a friend at all. I used to think “he” would protect me from things, but “he” never really did his job. I thought that “he” was saving me from things that would hurt me but instead “he” was making me his prisoner and stealing my life. No longer do I call “Fear” my friend…because “he” wouldn’t allow me to truly love or have faith. Fear cannot co-exist with Love and Faith…and they make much better companions!

    Good-bye Fear…and good riddance!

  89. advocate mom February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear? Winter weather driving! UGH and I live in the great white north! Bring on the chocolate and the 4 wheel drive!

  90. Sherry February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is failure. That came to me very clearly while I was reading your devotional. I have been having a similar struggle to what you describe about writing. I’ve been feeling a nudge from God for over a year but have not done anything about it beyond pray for more direction. Waiting for the perfect story to tell. Wanting all the details before I begin. Who really wants to hear what I have to say anyway? But lately I’ve been reading a lot about God wanting our obedience and I’m realizing that I just need to begin, to step out in faith that God will use all my insecurities and weaknesses and show His glory and strength.

    Thank you for your words.
    Sherry

  91. Jamie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I appreciated your devotion this morning. Our children’s ministry department has gone through some radical changes this past year, namely the decision to forego hiring a replacement for our previous children’s mnister/director and depending on volunteer council members to do the planning and leadership. One of my biggest fears is speaking out in public, whether to children or adults. I have led or assisted in leading a class of 10-15 for four years, but talking on a stage is not only a fear but also a requirement to assist the council in Sunday Morning Children’s Worship. This past month I faced my fears for four consecutive Sunday’s, albeit not as gracefully as I’d like to admit. I look forward to my next rotation with a little more trust, a little less anxiety, and a heartfull of faith. Thanks again for your inspirational words.

  92. Susan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear seems to be my constant companion ever since I had children. It seems like I used to be afraid of nuthin’ and now fear is everywhere…what if? what if?

    I used to be happy and I think that had a lot to do with my faith and walk. I’ve had a lot of “life events” in the past 6 years and now I think I’m afraid to move forward in case I succeed. It’s something I really need to hand over to God. Really hand over. And that makes me scared….

  93. Leslie Shelley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I won second place on the Scared give away. I am so surprised and it is such a pick up to my Monday morning. Thank you, many times over. —- On a flying note, I love your panicked comments because they are so very human and real, kind of like the stories in the bible that show Jesus’ followers as real people with faults and fears, like you and me. Like Peter, I am sure that I would say, excuse me Lord, can you please explain that parable one more time, I just didn’t quite get it…….I love your ministry and thank you for reaching out to so many of every single day and reminding us of God’s love!

  94. Tracey Ritter February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I think fear is a challenge to all of us in one form or another. I’m trying very hard to know when God speaks to me and to “get out of the boat” so that I can walk on water and receive His amazing plan for my life.

  95. Angie Tackett February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am always striving for perfection in most areas of my life. I suppose that’s a fear of failure or of not having control, I’m not sure exactly. I definitely fear embarrassment/humiliation as well. I’m going to examining these things in prayer. Thank you for the transparency, Jenny.

  96. Autumn Ruhl February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the opportunity to hear about your book! It sounds amazing!

  97. Shannon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you MaryBeth for continually encouraging us to visit this site. First time here, and I will be back! I am trying to build a library for our community center, and this will be a good resource!
    Shannon

  98. Bev February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Have you ever been led to read a passage of scripture or devo that made you think…”Wow! I think God knew I needed to read this today”? Well, that’s how I feel after reading your words on fear. I really didn’t stop to think that fear is playing a major role in my life but I have to wonder if my reluctance to take on a new venture is certainly fear. Thanks for sharing. I think the book sounds worth the investment.

  99. Carla February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    One of my many fears is speaking in front of a crowd. I have come to the conclusion that God doesn’t make everyone to be in the “spotlight”, and I’m quite content with this understanding!

    ps: All the best with this book, and please enter me in the contest.

    sincerely,
    Carla

  100. Nanci February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have all kinds of fears. I seem to get stuck in these fears, not knowing what step to take next. I pray about it – but I’m still stuck. I wish I knew what to do but my prayers don’t seem to help. This was a good devotional. Thanks.

  101. Emily Thompson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am very interested in reading the book and the yummies sound amazing!

  102. kelly cobb February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Good morning! My biggest fear is the unknown. I struggle each day in the “what ifs!” I’m learning step by step to trust in Him who has overcome our fears and given us complete PEACE.

    Because He lives,
    Kelly

  103. Terri February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I think I fear winning all those sweets, because I might be tempted to hide them and eat them all myself! I fear that I will never start exercising, and never lose this extra weight that I know is keeping my energy low, and probably endangering my health. And I had no idea what to write when I started this comment! Blessings!

  104. Debbie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I hold myself back all the time because of fear. I stay within about 5 miles of my home because I’m scared to drive on the freeway even though I know I’m quite capable of doing it. I’m scared to death to fly so I don’t get to go on great vacations. I even told my daughter not to move to a place where I would have to fly because she wouldn’t see me very often. She didn’t listen… moved about 3000 miles away!!! I know I’m letting God down because it’s all about trusting Him. I have flown a couple of times within the last 2 years and probably will fly this year. But I hate it!

  105. Liz February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is not becoming all God created me to be. Combine that with a paralyzing fear of failure and they really work against each other! Thank you for this encouraging post today…I needed it.

  106. nancy reid February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    bugs definitely bugs…bigger the badder. We bought a house that had hobo spiders, my daughter was bitten and it was awful…then we had a flood and the spider population decreased. Still, we moved to a an area that does not have them. Much better.

    Nancy

  107. Dana Baucom February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    It is ironic that this post came today. My aunt has been dealing with fear, and after a prayer meeting with her church, they feel that her fear has allowed the devil to torture her. I know that she has to decide to not let fear control her, but as a fearful person myself, I know how hard that can be. I would love to share your book with her, and help her to take back her life. Thank you so much for sharing! God Bless…

  108. Melanie Coughlin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I love when a devotional seems to be just the words I needed to hear that day. That’s what your devotional was for me today. Thank you.

  109. Nancy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book and the basket sounds WONDERFUL! I have a range a fears, not just one…the dark, my adult children not finding Godly spouses, are just a couple. Practical things like, not exercising enough, not having a job, and not taking care of myself…these haunt me too. Thanks to Proverbs 31….I am learning to let go and let God help me face my fears!

  110. Carolyn Poston February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow..todays devotional had my name written all over it. Fear..I have wondered what it would be like to “just do it”. My constant thought is a yearning to be obedient to God. I even fear I will be ask to do something from God, whom I know in my heart is Almighty and can provide all the tools needed to do what he ask of me..in my heart I know..in my mind I know..it just has a hard time getting to my “action” phase. I love these devotionals. So many times I read them and God speaks so loudly through to me. Its overwhelming at times, but so good. Thank You for them all!To him be the glory!

  111. Alecia O'Byrne February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The devotion by Jennie Jones that I read this morning was just what I needed…and of course, God knew that. I haven’t been reading the devotions from P31 because I haven’t had time. We are in the middle of the water right now and desperately trying to keep our eyes focused solely on Jesus. We adopted 4 children from Haiti, 4 of the first 7 out of Haiti after the earthquake. Our oldest 2 are 15 and 16 year old boys and they are hurting, missing their friends, home and all that is familiar to them. We are missing our home as it was and our comfort zone, at 53 and 55 we have chosen to obey God and love these 4 children. At times it is so overwhelming that I just want to cry, “Take it back, God, I want a do-over!”. But we are in it for the duration and I definitely needed that wisdom from this devotion. Thank you so much for your ministry!!

  112. Robin Prater February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Good Morning ladies. I read the devotional this morning and knew the Lord was speaking to me through your words of wisdom. As an aspiring writer, it is my dream, but fears keep holding me back, or maybe I could say lack of faith! Thank you so much for opening my eyes this morning and giving my heart just what it needed to hear. Blessings Robin Prater

  113. Vicki February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is that my children will not be walking with Christ as adults. I have four, and only one is walking with Him. This is my biggest concern in life. I know it’s all in God’s hands and I trust Him with this but at times I do worry. Thank you for your uplifting thoughts today. God gave you an awesome sense of humor and I love it!

  114. Lorene Huffman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I once wanted to write a book, too. I no longer pursue that dream. I don’t know if it died because it wasn’t for me, or if it died because I was afraid it was too big an undertaking for me. ?? I think my current biggest fear is that I won’t do enough of the right things to achieve what I dream of…I know, I need to let go and let God!

    P.S. If I had 6 mos to live, I would actually fill out my 1 year old’s baby book that I haven’t even cracked….ever!

  115. Jennifer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear would be relationships. Although happily married with a great family, reaching out to make friends is extremely difficult. It is just so much easier to be alone than it is to be disappointed or hurt by someone else.

  116. Alecia O'Byrne February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The devotion by Jennie Jones that I read this morning was just what I needed.We are in the middle of the water right now and desperately trying to keep our eyes focused solely on Jesus. We adopted 4 children from Haiti, 4 of the first 7 out of Haiti after the earthquake. Our oldest 2 are 15 and 16 year old boys – hurting, missing their friends, home and all that is familiar to them. We are missing our home as it was and our comfort zone, at 53 and 55 we have chosen to obey God and love these 4 children. At times it is so overwhelming that I just want to cry, “Take it back, God, I want a do-over!”. But we are in it for the duration and I definitely needed that wisdom from this devotion. Thank you so much for your ministry!!

  117. Melanie McKinley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear, now that is something I have struggled with the whole of my life. Fear of rejection, abandonment, not measuring up, not being beautiful, perfect the list goes on and on….Mostly I have believed that I could never be loved by my heavenly father the way others described thier experience of being loved. Why? Because my father, my step father, my husband (s) yes, I said it plurally – all done in the search of the ever elusive love. What I had discovered is that God does love me…just the way I am without me doing or being anything specific. Amazing!!

  118. Amy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    God has been challenging me to say YES to Him and NO to fear ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for this encouragment!

  119. Sandy Reeves February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I come by fear naturally. My Mother was always worrying about something. Actually, my brother Roger gave her much to worry about. He was a rodeo cowboy who rode broncs and bulls on the weekends trying to become a star, or just pick up some money. It wasn’t unusual for Mom to get a phone call from him or a close friend explaining that my brother was in a hospital getting stiches for some sort of ingury. So, as I watched my Mom fret over big and small things, I took this as a que to do the same as I entered adulthood. My kids and husband would say “Yes” to this as they watch me wring my hands over big and small things. Trusting God is always an option, and I have to be reminded to do that, but it seems that it comes after a good seize of worrying. Obviously, I’m a good candidate to read the book!

  120. Jamie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sharon- your post “my biggest fear is that my kids will wrestle in adulthood because of my mistakes in their childhood”…hit the nail on the head for me too. I worry so much about my own mistakes as a parent that they will not grow up to be successful. Lysa Terkeurst wrote a really great Prov 31 devotional (Nov 19 2009) called “I don’t want to raise successful children” that helped me place my children in hands other than my own. Keep up the good work, just the fact that we worry about it attests that we are trying to do the best that we can, with His help.

  121. Tasha February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear can ultimately claim you but with your eyes on the Lord you can overcome. This is something that I ponder daily and I still have not let go of my life jacket. Thank you for sharing your ministry with us on Proverbs 31 Ministries. You are a gift to many.

  122. Darlene February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear losing my job and subsequent financial failure. It has haunted me all my working career and that’ s a long time!

  123. Barb February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear. I thought I had beat this, I have taken big uncomfortable, necessary strides in the past 12 months. Yet I sit here on Monday morning afraid of what people will think of me at my meeting today, afraid to see my judgemental brother who I might run into today. There is a song that sings about David and the stone, the boat and the waves, about failing and Jesus holding out his hand it helps me have strength to keep going

  124. Desire' Stokes February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    It is encouraging to read about other people’s fears and realize they are the same as mine – especially, fear of failure. I think that is why I start things and then don’t finish. I enjoyed Jenny’s comments!

  125. Terri February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear – where to start? Fear of not being able to sleep and feeling like a zombie the next day at work. Fear of not even being able to GET to work because of the 6-12 inches of snow predicted tomorrow for our area of Illinois. Fear of something happening in my life that I can’t handle. Fear of my aging dad’s health deteriorating further. I’m grateful for God’s promises of help in those situations and for understanding friends who have wrestled with the same demons and won!!

  126. Kristina Howe February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    You know those mornings the Father has something special just for you? This was one of them… thank you for sharing and speaking into the hearts of so many women. “What we believe is revealed, not by what we know or what we say we believe, but by how we actually live”

  127. Dana February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Much like Indiana Jones, I HATE SNAKES!!! In the past 17 years I have seen 2 snakes in my yard and to this day I shiver when I walk over those spots. I’m pretty sure that a heart attack is not out of the question for me if I were to encounter a snake at the right place , at the right time. I do not like to talk about them. I have to turn my head when one slithers acorss my TV screen. I always stressed out before an outing with my kids to a nature preserve. It’s pitiful.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Love in Christ,
    Dana

  128. Gail Gilmour February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My worst fear is of heights. I can’t even watch a tv program if it involves looking down into a canyon or from high up on a skyscraper building. I always either look away, or close my eyes until I think it’s safe to look. This all stems from when I was a child and my cousin thought it would be funny if he jumped off a very high place we called the “lookout”. What I didn’t know was there was a ledge for him to jump to. I thought he jumped to his death. I have never been able to be in high places since that happened.

  129. Susan Harmon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The older I get the more I am afraid of heights, never used to be when I was younger. Don’t even like to stand on a chair to change a light bulb! However, I absolutely love to read, and have a pretty big sweet tooth, so I would love to win this prize!

  130. Desire' Stokes February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have a fear of failure and fear of rejection. It is encouraging to read others’ fears and realize that I am not alone!

  131. Kim February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read Jenny’s book! I love, love, love She Reads!

  132. Laurie Shaffer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy of your book! It sounds like a great read!

  133. Greer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win the goodies and book. We are planning to read the book for our March book club selection at my church.

  134. Linda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Is it the python that’s pulling on the edge of the bedcovers? Or has he slithered back into the toilet to lie in wait for me???

    Maybe I can justify the fear of snakes on my plane, train, in my car, house, purse, sock drawer back to the Garden of Eden????? Yeah, nice try…

  135. Melinda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds like a good read. I enjoyed Jenny’s testimony on how she followed God by stepping into something He supernaturally called her to do. Isn’t that the great thing about Him. He calls us to do things we don’t feel equipped for. This keeps us reliant on Him and He receives the glory!!!

  136. Janet February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win! I also am afraid of success. Weird, huh?

  137. Michelle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Today I was supposed to be a small part of a presentation for our Women’s Ministry but woke up to a brilliant white wonderland of snow outside. School is cancelled which is also the ministry’s signpost of cancellation. I am elated!! Because all the children get to make snow angels, sled and drink hot cocoa? No, because I don’t have to face my fear this morning!
    I get to tuck it away for another day! I pray between this white dayof relief and the next scheduled sunshiny day of dread, the darkness of my fear will be brilliantly replaced by Sonshiny confidence in HIS ability placed within me!

  138. Julie Spearing February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hey! GREAT devotion! THANKS! I fear not measuring up in the areas of my family and church. I feel often that I am not enough for my family, when I KNOW that is not true and that is just the enemy trying to shoot me down, once again! I am praying that I will be more sure of myself and more secure in things. I am praying about what GOD is trying to tell me. I have been reading in Matthew about Peter’s faith in the storm, and the children’s lesson that I taught Sunday was on David and Goliath! I think GOD is trying to teach me something here. Sometimes it takes a 2×4 across my head to get me to see something. Ya know? Thanks again for this GREAT devotion. I pray we will ALL have great faith in GOD and pray that devil AWAY!! GOD Bless you and your awesome ministry! Thanks for answering GOD’s call on your life! ๐Ÿ™‚

  139. Danielle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    That post was great – so funny! I have a similar fear with flying ๐Ÿ™‚

  140. Bev February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    would love to win this book!

  141. Rebecca February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Oh my word! What a giveaway! It would certainly bless my heart to win this! Sounds like a great book–can’t wait to read it!

    Rebecca

  142. Lawana February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I feel like many wonderful opportunites have passed by me due to my fears of rejection and failure, now after a divorce, there is a fear of starting over.

  143. Melissa Reynolds February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What an exciting giveaway! I’m sure it’s a fantastic read!

  144. gale February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    After half a lifetime of “stuff” and fears, I met the man God had for me. We were so terriffic together. However I still had underlying fears. A year ago right now, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Nine months ago he graduated into heaven. Fear is not my middle name, it is my first name. Unlike our author here who had an ambition and prayer secured knowledge that she could win in her David and Goliath saga, I have no idea what I would or could do. That has been a constant in my life. If God gave me a talent he did not share what it is with me. Finding this site and entering to win her book may be the start of a God thing in my life. I pray for something, someone to come into my life and give me a nudge in the direction. Maybe I’m a hardcase, but I have seen the writing on the wall and it is all Greek to me. Jenny talks about remaining in or getting out of our comfort zones. I would love to have a place where I feel safe. Can my comfort zone be the feeling of being afraid. How would I act if I were in a secure place? Now to get over the fear of posting this. If you are reading this it will be a small victory over my fears. As I am trying to get up the courage to click submit, I think about Peter stepping out to walk on the water. He was not coming from a safe place, he was in a small boat in a raging storm. How does that apply to my life? I have to pray and think about that one.

  145. Evonne February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Have you ever gotten tired of fearing fear? That’s how I felt coming into the job this morning but actually didn’t know precisely “what” I was feeling until I read the Encouragement for Today which led me to this page. Well, I’ve gotten over the first hump because I’m writing this comment after being fearful about what people would think and wondering how they’d feel about what I’ve written. Whew!!! I’ve done it. Now please join me in prayer as I will with all of you as we work together, no, allow God to work in our lives to disintegrate our fears so we can all walk on water with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and no longer sink!!!

  146. Bev McDougal February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear is an enemy, but fear can be a friend. Fear helps me evaluate my spiritual state, and shows me where I need to trust God “even more.” I’ve let fear, the enemy, control my life, being safe, and sometimes sorry. Today, I will embrace fear as my friend, and use it as God’s guide to success. Thanks for the devotional.

  147. Jennifer B February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Spiders! They are horrible, terrible creatures that stand no chance beneath my shoe or paper towel or whatever is handy. If I can work up the courage to get close enough to squash it.

  148. EaglesWings February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear: Spiders

    please enter me in the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. Michal Biggs February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I really want to read this book and I wouldn’t mind the baked goodies either!

  150. Emily Boydston February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Just the boost I needed to keep on plugging away at the book I am writing! thanks

  151. PAM BASS February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is a great devo. It has really stirred me today. Especially on a day when I am starting out so frustrated with my life in general!! Thank you for the insipration you provide daily!!!

  152. Ruth Storms February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Over a year ago I publicly opened my hands, palms facing up and asked God to use me in any way. I was ready for anything. Well, I’ve been used by God alright! I have been diagnosed with ALS, can’t speak, and almost can’t eat, but I still know that God has my back. I just write what is on my mind in a note to someone and keep on living as though there is no tomorrow. I love your books. They are so inspiring. Life goes on so we have to let God make it great. Thanks!

  153. Angie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sound like a wonderful book to read… would love to be put in a drawing for this!

    God Bless you!

  154. Lori February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your inspiring devotion. I’ve long struggled with anxiety, so it really hit home. I would so love to win this giveaway!

  155. Belinda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a great topic. Sounds like a book I need to read!

  156. Katie Shrawder February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am afraid of the pool. I can’t open my eyes underwater because it freaks me out. I get panicky. I want to do a tri-atholon, but first I have to overcome my rediculous fear and be able to swim in a pool!

  157. Wanda Hanger February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read the book … I have had lots of fears in my life and am so thankful of how God helps me work thru them.

  158. Martha Klassen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Flying is not my fear, but getting to my connecting flight in an unknown airport is my fear in flying to visit my sister in Texas the last week of February. It is my first ever alone flight, not to mention it is my first flight in 17 years. However, the desire to visit my sister is greater than the fear of missing the connecting flight. Martha

  159. Kelli Wommack February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear not winning an incredible good read and a fantastic boat load of goodies, of which I would partake of at the very same time! ๐Ÿ™‚
    All jokes aside, I fear missing out on some awesome thing God has for me.

  160. Rosemary Heredia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    It’s so ironic that you would be giving away so much chocolate (sweets) because my biggest phobia is visiting the dentist. I get extremely ill just thinking about it. After reading about you and although your fear is clearly still with you; it doesn’t stop you from enjoying life the way it was meant by the one and only whose in control, our heavenly Father. Sooo…with that in mind, I will swallow my fear, with a lump in my throat and tears staining my face, I am asking God to hold my hand and calm my fears to visit my not so favorite person…THE DENTIST.

  161. Gerri Hall February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    We’re [him and me] working our way to freedom; I’d love this book!

    Enter me in the draw please.

  162. Carrie Rolfhus February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am struggling with Fear. I’ve lost family members to cancer, my mom is surviving cancer. A friend in church has been diagnosed with cancer recently. It has rocked the core of the church body.
    I struggle daily, sometimes hourly with fear so gripping I can’t breath. I read the part in the devotion that says “take you eyes off the raging waters, off all logical reasons why NOT, reach out your hand and slip it into God’s. He has been waiting for you.” It painted a beautiful picture in my head and I started to cry. Thank you for sharing.
    I would really love a copy of your book.

  163. truphie gichuru February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hmmm,would like to read it,fear is a torment,kinda of oppression and i am being freed from it,iam believing God for my total freedom and God and i are gaining ground on this.amen.I love properbs 31 ministries,bought some clothes with thier name on it.God bless you

  164. Amanda Bryant February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I stuggle with change & working through all the “what ifs.” I guess it’s really about controll – if I think through all the possibilities & have a plan for each, then what can go wrong – It’s hard to remember sometimes that God really doesn’t need my help in the planning – He just needs me to get out there.

  165. Shelley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Heights, close spaces…found this out in a cave in Arizona…but the worst fear is watching my son live a life without Christ in his life.

  166. Julie McFarland February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Ok, so I have a fear of high open spaces. I discovered this on my honeymoon 12 years ago, when (at my enthusiastic suggestion) we went to visit Hoover Dam. I started hyperventilating and freaking out on the road TO the dam, telling my new husband, “Slow down, slow down!!!” as he crept the car around the hairpin curves at 15 mph. It all, literally, went downhill from there! All the pictures we have of our visit were ones my husband took. My fear is evidenced all over my white face and tight-lipped smile, captured forever in our photo album. The re-telling of the story now is funny; at the time I was petrified and didn’t have any rational reason “why”.
    I thought it was an isolated incident (my poor system was travel-weary and stressed); alas, this phobia seems to have made itself quite comfortable in my psyche. There have been other vacations and landmarks that I eagerly planned, and looked forward to (the Space Needle, gondola rides, canyons, vistas, and bridges)…only to be truly caught off guard and overwhelmed again by this crazy fear when I got in the actual situation.
    What’s really silly, I can fly in an airplane, no sweat. Go figure that one out!

  167. Karin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear my marriage ending. Instead of embracing my marriage and letting my guard down, I protect my heart. Several years ago my husband admitted to having an affair. I was devastated and ran straight to God for acceptance and love. God has shown me over and over that I need to stay in this marriage but instead of trusting Him, I fear that another affair will happen and I will be humilated once more. That fear grips me and quite frankly if I let it, I can do some pretty stupid things (i.e. follow husband, look up cell records etc.). Not a way to live…… I know that freedom is what I need. And true forgiveness needs to happen for the freedom to take place. I just don’t know where to begin.

  168. Catherine February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear trying something and not doing it perfectly, getting it wrong, or looking foolish. The big looser here is me. I am going to do the application steps and with God’s help get past the safe and boring route!

  169. Dixie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear is an emotion that rears its ugly head in the most unexpected times. My daughter and husband passed away and I am face with raising a granddaughter. I have so many fears today with this responsibility that I was not thinking I would have at this age. It appears to me that so many fears I never thought I would know have now come to me and I question myself on a daily bases. I would like the Lord to bring me some one in my life to help me with all of these pressures, yet I would like the strength to endure the fears on my own. I am also faced with improving my rent house that the current tenants destroyed and I need to make a decision to file charges on the women because her husband just passed away and I my heart tells me one thing and my mind tells me something else. I fear the complications that will be added to the already stressful situation. I am praying that GOD will help me make the decision to do the right thing. As I have gotten older I have come to realize that there are many things in my life today that I fear, but when I was younger these fears would not have even crossed my path or my thoughts. I try to be positive in my thoughts and fear not the unknown but the nights are so hard as my mind wonders to so many thoughts and fears. I will enjoy this book when I am blessed with being one of the winners of your fab give away.

  170. Carrie Turansky February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    One of my biggest challenges is speaking in front of a group. Yikes! I have to do it sometimes, and God always comes through for me…so it looks like this is one fear I am going to eventually overcome. Oh, and I’m going to sign up for the She Speaks Conference this summer to get some more training and experience. : )

  171. Robbie Stoecker February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am just beginning to realize the hold that fear has had on my life for so long and how it has overshadowed any victory God has planned for me. I am hearing the Spirit’s prompting to step out in faith with God and experience all that He will do to accomplish His purpose. Thank you for your devotional today. Blessings to you and yours!

  172. nadine February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am inspired by your Encouragement for Today to attend a writers conference! I would love to have a copy of the book.

  173. Janet February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jenny’s devotional spoke directly to me. I have been afraid to step out of the boat and she encouraged me to take the first step. Her book sounds like a good read, too. Thanks, Jenny.

  174. Julie S. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Enjoyed your devotional today. My fear is becoming a step-mom to my new husband’s kids. My kids are grown & out of the house & now we are praying about filing for custody of his 2 youngest kids, who are 15 & 11. We have only been married for 4 months so this will be quite a change from the every-other-weekend routine. I know God will give me the strength for this possible new role & I need to trust HIM. What a sweet treat it would be to be able to share the giveaway with my new family.

  175. Terri Gibson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to read this book. Love the P31 devotion today too!

  176. Lynda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the Proverbs 31 devotion today! I needed that! I have a huge dream a becoming a counselor and feel that God is leading me in that direction. The only problem is I am 51 years old, work full-time, and have NO MONEY! But I know that God can work it out if it is His will. I’ll keep praying today with a new incentive after that wonderful devotion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  177. Toni February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the encouragement to step out of my comfort zone this morning! I am going to intentionally pray for God to show up and show out taking me to new places in my life that I have held tight control =)

  178. Lessa W February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My greatest fears seem to fall in the arena of fear of rejection, which I suppose is rooted in a desire to be accepted (loved) by others. I have allowed this particular fear to rob me of not only opportunities, but the motivating force behind bad choices.
    Currently I fear my inability to lose the extra 5 lbs. of “holiday weight” I’ve added. Weight has never really been an issue with me, but I’m discovering that it stubbornly refuses to budge during my menopausal years. Yikes!

  179. Dawna Larsson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your devotional hit home with me. I feel called to write. Pretty much all I have done is pray about it. Yes, I should pray, but I also need to step out on faith. God can’t guide my writing if I don’t write anything! So thank you for the encouragement.

  180. Natalie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    A great devotion…a year and a half ago I left my full-time job to be able to focus on being home and to see what God had in store for me…a very scary step. I started my own, home-based business and have already found success in enjoying work and home life. My husband and I just had our first baby (he’s 2 weeks old!) and sometimes I get fearful of how can I juggle it all and still maintain the peace that I have found in being at home and working for myself. But God is leading me one day at a time, one tiny step at a time…I know He will be faithful!

  181. redheadkate February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I keep feeling that God is asking me to step into the river…then he will part the waters. I just have no idea where to step! Guess I am afraid of failing.

    I love throwing a party. The prize would make a great excuse to have a dessert party!

  182. Candace Huffman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear, one of my many GIANTS. Fear of rejection and betrayal, fear of abandonment, fear of losing the people I love. I would love to read this book. Before becoming involved in a women’s only small group at my new church, I suffered paralizing fear in my marriage that nearly destroyed it. Through my new church, my new ‘family’, I’ve been able to face some of those fears, and I’ve grown so much. I’ve been reading P31 devotions for about a year and a half-so many AHA moments through them! I love being able to forward them to my friends whom I know are hurting in a particular way.

  183. Kristi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    How comforting to know I’m not the only fraidy cat out there! My biggest fear is that I’m “missing it” and not letting God use me in the way he has planned for me. Not living life to its fullest is my biggest fear. Second to the fear of running out of chocolate, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

  184. Maria February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow, I feel like you have been inside my head! I have been in a quasi holding pattern that alternates with some rebuilding of my life post divorce. I believed in “till death do us part” and now and am facing things very much alone. Definite fears of all kinds . . .where do I go from here, how do I even get there and the overwhelming feeling that I have lost so much that was dear to me. You are right. Our focus needs to be on the Lord . . . not on the waves. Even though I know that, I still struggle. I won’t get anywhere though if I don’t take some first steps. I must believe in faith and expect great things and take God at his word.

  185. Dara February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This devotion spoke to me ` thank you so much…..God Bless!

  186. Debbie Dunn February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your book. I just came across your website via Proverbs 31 which I enjoy very much. My fear is getting back on my feet in Real Estate. Years ago it came so easy, I love helping people so I just helped until the deal was done. It seems now I help and help but the deals don’t come together. I know I must beleive and have faith but I wondering if my fear of failure is keeping me back somehow?

    Kind Regards & Happy Monday!
    Deb

  187. Pam R February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I found out a crazy fear since I broke my wrist….I have claustrophobia! Who could guess. I woke up one night having a panic attack. I wanted the cast off NOW!!! I could hardly breath or think-just get it off, get it off. You never know the things you learn about yourself until you go through a situation you’ve never faced before. I also learned that I need to turn to God sooner rather than later.

  188. Cara Putman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This book is an absolute delight! Jenny is such a talented writer. Now on to my fears…God’s been showing me that I still play the what if game way too much. what if my husband’s plane goes down? What if one of my children gets really sick? The challenge is to turn those what ifs (which if I’m honest with myself are very unlikely) into opportunities to trust Him even more. Because as Beth Moore says in her Esther study — I wouldn’t like it if one of those what ifs happened. But my life would not end.

  189. Lisa February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Last year, I’ve had more fears in my life than I’ve every had before in my life. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I lost my mother last October and like most everyone else, debt looms over our heads. I’ve always known that God will take care of our needs and he always has, but it’s hard to shake the constant worry. Even if I don’t win this book, I’ll probably go and get it. Obviously, God lead me to this website and I look forward to finding some words of encouragement to help get me through all this.

  190. Chelai Johnson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds great….I haven’t read a good book in a while.

  191. Chelai Johnson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I almost forgot….my fear is being as fly as I am

  192. Cindy Hoeft February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for your inspiring articles. I look forward every morning to sit down with my breakfast and read each day’s daily devotion. May God bless all of you.

    Cindy

  193. Brandee February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    WOW! Isn’t God great! What a day to stumble onto this website… how I needed it today. I asked God to speak to my fears and calm my ever consuming doubts, and here he is in black and white print. Once again I am reminded that I need to STOP living a safe life. I am missing so much by hiding behind my own fear with the one I love. Thanks!!

  194. Leasa Luisi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your book sounds wonderful and one that is on my “to read” list! I’m not much into sweets ~ just every so often get the urge for some great chocolate, but my husband on the other hand is a sweet-oholic! If there is any type of sweets (cookies, chocolates) in our home, this guy will sniff them out and eat them all in one sitting!!!! For his sake, when I bake I usually end up giving most of them away and then hide the kids lunch cookies in a fish sticks bag in the freezer ~ he’s not into fish sticks!! As for my worst fear ~ it settled in after having children ~ the fear of my children being taken by a stranger, or someone hurting them. I had to give my children to God and put my trust in Him that He will protect them even when they are out of my sight and God has answered my prayers and given me peace. I feel so blessed in knowing we have such a caring God to watch over us and calm our fears.

  195. Susie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for today’s devotion. I struggle with friendships and once I start a friendship I worry the whole time that I am going to lose them. I am not a very interesting person and am not good at small talk and so when I talk to my friends I usually don’t have much to say. I pray that I can work through and that I can be a good friend in other ways besides communication.

  196. Julie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for today’s post…way to go after your dream!

  197. Deb February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The devotion spoke to me in many ways. We have a son who has made some poor choices and is struggling with life. He has asked to come home so he can finish school. Before leaving home, he was doing drugs, stealing money from me, destroying property, and being extremely disrespectful when he got angry (to mention a few of the issues we faced). My husband and I finally came to a point where we gave him permission to live outside the home as we had tried counselling, military school, and boot camp. We had exhausted funds to get anymore help. After struggling with the situation, we were finally comfortable being at home by ourselves as we had turned the situation over to God. Now, our son wants to come home. You can imagine the fears we have! but we know that if we don’t give him a chance, we will not know if God is using us to bring about change in our son’s life. He was abused as a child in Romanian orphanages and so we were told he would have attachment issues. We would not accept that diagnosis. He did pull away but now wants to come home. So, instead of worrying about his true reasons for coming home, we are trying to keep our focus on God and His plan. Thank you for the devotion today.

  198. Johnna February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the encouragement today. It reminds me to live what I know about a God who loves me, not to live what I feel. I crave the safety of the boat. I love the word picture of allowing Him to take my hand–He is in control. My fears often overshadow that truth. I would love to read your book. I really appreciate your devotion today, thank you.

  199. Sandy Coble February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hi,
    I’m new to She Reads and am so excited to have so many new ideas for good things to read. I’m afraid I won’t have enough time to read everything I would like. ( :

  200. Bree Thomas February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Most of us deal with fear on some level. Thanks for your encouragement from God’s Word, to keep our eyes on Him, not ourselves! I also would love to read your book.

    Bree Thomas

  201. April LeBreton February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I just read your devotional on Proverbs 31′ thank you for it. This week I will celebrate my 49th birthday and after reading your devotional my heart was stirred with the dreams that I’ve allowed fear to keep me from. So, as you challenged, I will too, begin to pray and step out in faith to see what the Lord will do in my life to bring about those dreams. Thank you for sharing your Goliath moment. God Bless you and your service to Him. :0) April

  202. Laura Hegemann February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Praise God! Ladies thank you so much for hearing the voice of God and being obediant to do his work. I struggle with self esteem, which is a chain reaction for fear and doubt, just for starters. I worked on my weekly Bible study last night and the chapter was showing me that God has equipped us with all we need. Thank you for encouraginig words, I know God is using this ministry to
    reach many of us out there. Ladies we need to suit up with the armour of the Lord and march forward on to victory! We are mighty womand of God, so lets live that life that the Lord created us for.
    Amen!
    Blessings my sisters in Christ,
    Laura Hegemann
    laurahegemann@windstream.net

  203. Briana February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My greatest fear is being stuck. Stuck in a certain time, stuck in the car(like an accident), stuck under something … I think it’s a control issue. Prayer and faith and knowing that God has good things in store for me help me get over my fear of being stuck in a certain time(or stage in life), as for the others … I think those could happen and would probably freak me out, but I pray I never get into a situation like that. Please bring on the yummy gift basket … I could use it!

  204. Susan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    In the last year, I have been overwhelmed by fear and anxiety for my children and situations they are in (I’ve been a mom for 15 years so this is a new and scary thing for me). We are talking all consuming, no sleep, can’t breathe anxiety. The first time I dove into God’s Word and captured a number of verses that I have repeated over and over when this fear wells up inside me again. Each time I go back to His word for comfort and peace and each time I receive exactly what I need. I can’t wait to read this book and add to my arsenal against the fear!

  205. Stacie Parks February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I cannot stop laughing!! You’re panic thoughts are halirious (sp).
    The devotional was a conformation for me. I have big dreams that can only have been put in my heart by God Himself, but I always tell myself I can’t do it because I have this struggle in my life or this struggle. I have learned the enemy loves to put thoughts like that in our minds so we never go after our calling. I will never be perfect; no one is. I will follow my dreams, struggles and all. Thank you!!

  206. LeAnne Bell February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The Proverbs 31 devotional shot straight to my heart. I am fearful of most things. I like things clean and tidy and struggle to get messy in life. I pray to trust God more and understand what he has planned for me, not how can I just survive and get by by doing what is comfortable and safe. Thanks so much for your words!

  207. patti February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I was intrigued by the book and wrote down the name to go get it before I saw the drawing info. I feel like fear and anxiety stop me from doing a lot of things in life that I want to do. I so desire to be free from fear and sometime just don’t know how to get there. And I would love to help others walk through their fears also. I look forward to reading the book.

  208. Pat n Fl February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I hope I win this book but if not I will probably buy it and after I finish with it i would donate it to my church library. As for fears I guess my biggest one is snakes, don’t care if they are harmless or not keep them away from me.

    I just found this site last week and since I love to read am really looking forward to visitng this blog regular. I signed up as a follower last week.

    prodgers@bellsouth.net

  209. Amanda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I could see this being a book club event with a wonderful box of goodies to go along with it. I think so many today are consumed by Fear. It can be gripping, paralyzing, irrational, yet…there it is.

    I look forward to reading this awesome book and Thank the Lord that you armed yourself with Courage to take the steps to fulfill your dreams!!

  210. Marilyn February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    You have such insight that I would love to win your book. I think women worry much more because we take care of everyone else first. Jer.29:11 is a verse I claim when I wonder what is going on with my life.

  211. Virginia Stewart February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    ummm…like the “Just between you and me”
    Of course this is a woman’s book (:)).
    Thanks for your honest caring heart.

    I come out of 37 years of marriage of abuse rejection and abandonment.
    Cut off from family and support. I knew Jesus as Saviour and Lord
    but without grace and love I only percieved God as Lord so knew I had to
    honour and obey the word. This led me to believing wrong doctrine.
    I did not know what abuse was and so believed I had to stay until told to
    leave. I had to sow seeds of love, honour respect forgiveness which led to
    a breakdown. He attempted suicide before our only son born. In 1997 he
    died of suicide.

    MY core fear….rejection shame abandonment.
    Out of this God revealed his name…Yahweh of Host merciful, gracious,
    longsuffering abundant in goodness and truth. I now cling to finding
    His grace as I face each day.

    Relationships fail when you can’t be known. Trust muscle is another fear
    that keeps me in the boat.

    I would love to recieve the words God laid on your heart to speak life
    and light.

    Thanks Virginia Stewart

  212. Sue February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This was a great devotion. God was giving me a wake up call once again. I’ve struggled with fear for years – particularly in regards to the safety/health of my children. It took hold of me when my son lay unconscious in my arms on the soccer field at age 5. But God saved his life that night, and led us to find the undiagnosed heart condition, the heart specialist, and blessed my son with a successful surgery and healing. He’s now 9, healthy and playing sports. I am so grateful to God. Yet still, I obsessively worry anyways. But I know better. God took care of us before and He will again. It clearly says so in the Bible. I realize it’s a trust/control issue and I’ve allowed myself to stay “safe” in bondage to fear. But that must stop. Lord, today I am officially taking off the shackle of fear, and putting all my trust in You. I submit control to You, and ask and believe you will give me full healing from this, so I can live fully for you Lord. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

  213. Tammy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear has been putting on weight and while it has occurred a bit here lately I needed to be reminded that God sees something I don’t . A butterfly who needed wings to not give up and try again. So I am trying to get back on track and fly.

  214. Tara February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Loved the devotional this morning by Jenny. The thing I fear most is losing those around me that I love the most. I know that God has not given us a spirit of fear! It’s just something I have to work through daily ๐Ÿ™‚

  215. Michelle Wallace February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I really enjoyed your devo today. God has asked me to step out in faith, and every time I get my eyes on the waves, I start to sink. So this passage means a lot to me, as I have to constantly picture Jesus’ eyes as I walk towards Him in blind faith. One of my biggest fears is not fulfilling the dreams in my heart. But I have to surrender that to the Lord and wait for His timing. Thanks again for the encouragement!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Michelle

  216. Mary Jean Inman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your devotion. We have been studying about God’s dreams for our lives in our church for the past several months and it is exciting to see all the people getting out of the boat!

  217. Gayla Traylor "armywifeva" February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Last February my husband(who is Army National Guard) left for Baghdad, and I am blessed to say I was introduced to this website by a Bible Study friend. God truly knew I needed this daily devotional because of all of my fears. Each one has touched me as though it were written just for me. I have learned to overcome many insercurities, however the one fear that I have to confess to you and our Precious God is regarding my husband and his job situation. He has just arrived back home in the states, and as of right now has no job to go to once he arrives back in VA. He has done a phone interview for a full time position with the ArmyNational Guard but has not heard anything as of yet. I have prayed each morning and talked with God, and I truly am trying to allow God to see that I have complete faith in him that he won’t let us down, that he knows our financial oblications, however thru out the day Saton really does try to intervien and then I start thinking negitive thoughts. I know that God will also make the final decision in who really needs this book the most, and that is o.k with me. He truly has been working on me this last year and I know he will help me thru this as well. It is truly hard though as I just have so many fears and do not want to keep allowing all this stress in my life. May God Bless each of you who wrote a comment on this as you all deserve this book.
    Thank you so much for just allowing me to share,
    Gayla Traylor, armywifeva

  218. Judi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Coincidentally, our pastor is doing a series on fear right now and recently asked us for examples of our fears. I had many; heights, mice, falling, conflict, and being trapped in small spaces just to name a few. Because I work in a hospital I have recently added a new fear; being alone and frightened at the end of my life. But I also know, through my observations, that many elderly are blessed with peace and well-being in their final hours. And I know the difference is Jesus.

    Thank you for bringing this important reminder to us. I, too, am seeing this as a book club event at church… but I’m afraid to lead a group…hmmm. I think I need this book.

  219. Priscilla Gibbs February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The timing of me reading this today was perfect! I just had a conversation with a good friend yesterday who is in a bad marriage and is afraid of all the unknowns about leaving and starting over. I forwarded her this email and will suggest she (and I) both read this book.
    I would love to win this book and share with my girlfriends. We all have fears which prevent us from moving forward.
    I faced a similar fear years ago prior to leaving my bad marriage. I know that the Lord was with me every step of the way as I couldn’t have done it without Him. I told my friend yesterday that she has to take a leap of faith. God is with us through all things.

  220. Vickie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m with you on the fear of flying, jokingly telling my husband that Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always” not high! Yet I know it’s a test of my trust. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  221. Deanna February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your wonderful devotional. It really made me think.

  222. Tammi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m glad I read the P31 devotional this morning -totally me. I’ve struggled with this fear of being alone, abandonment. All my life..I can remember dreams I had as a child of parents leaving me, and as an adult my spouse and children leaveing. I know it’s crazy. I know God is real, but that is one of my biggest fears the other is of never accomplishing anything “great”. I so long to have adventure in my life, and happiness, but I seem to be held under the water by this huge brick attached to my leg by a chain.

  223. Trixie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading the book. Fear is often my middle name.:) I cling to Isaiah 41:10!
    Blessings!

  224. Crystal Bernsdorf February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow, this book would greatly encourage me right now ! What a wonderful gift and basket too !

  225. Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a great giveaway! Thank you for entering me.
    Biggest fear: I don’t like heights. I can’t jump off a diving board but what really makes me cringe is being on a lady. Even two rungs up and I get vertigo… It’s just awful!

  226. Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    CORRECTION!
    What a great giveaway! Thank you for entering me.
    Biggest fear: I don’t like heights. I can’t jump off a diving board but what really makes me cringe is being on a ladder. Even two rungs up and I get vertigoรƒยขรขโ€šยฌ ยฆ It’s just awful! BEING ON A LADDER! Good grief!!

  227. Cindy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear: I live in fear everyday. The emotional toll it has taken is draining everything I have within me. Lord, help me to become a woman who relies on you and not on my own understanding.

  228. Melinda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I just love the encouragement form P31 devotions. Thanks for today’s devotion – It spoke to me as I am a “fear fighter”, too. I know God is in control – I just sometimes (many times) like Peter get my mind off MY GOD and on the situation. Thank you also for challenging me to look at my life and evaluate my dreams and desires. Hope I win your book – sounds like a great read.

  229. Spring B February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    how badly I needed to read Jenny’s devotion today. I am having one of those downer days…you know, the kind when you’re just overly down and feel like there’s no up? I need to figure out my dream, I need to figure what God has for me, I need to focus more prayer on it. Because, what I’m doing now? Not my dream and I know God wants more for me, now if I will only stop and listen to him long enough to figure it out. Oh and get over my fear of failure, which has stopped me from starting grad school for 10 years now. Failure is probably one of my biggest fears, and yet, I always say it’s the dark. Thanks again for the uplifting words!

  230. Alicia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear is being alone. I know that with God I am never alone, but I always fear losing all my companions in this world.
    Thank you for entering me:)

  231. Rita Newlin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you “She Reads” for another awe inspiring book to read. I look forward to meeting another author and adding her to my list of new author’s. Thank you for suggesting “Between you and Me”. I can’t wait to read it.
    May God Bless you all.
    Rita Newlin
    ritan@cass.net

  232. Beth Gillihan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for today’s devotional. It is a good one to think on.

  233. Charmaine Rochester February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am goin into surgery on Friday and that can be scary…thanks for reminding me that “in God I trust, I will not be afraid.”

  234. Peggy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Ah, like all of you completely wonderful ladies, I am amazed at how much I want to do and how much I would like to jump off the small “cliffs” in my life to do work for my Lord and give to others…and yet…the “fear” is here. I’m too busy with my full-time job. How would we afford to live if I really gave completely of myself to things that I would love to do to serve the Lord? Sometimes I’m filled with the desire to just go crazy with something, but then I am filled with doubt and worry. But you know what, maybe it’s just not my time…..YET! I will continue to pray and listen and strive for deeper, more abiding faith and trust in God’s plan for me. I will continue to read devotionals by the P31 crowd and wait…wait for a chance to Jump!

  235. Sarah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I, too, fear the skinny jean. Along with starting the lawnmower and the gas grill. I loved today’s devotional, and wonder what that next Goliath in my life is, but think I’m too afraid to really ask, so I think I’ll just stick with feeding the sheep, right? But I feel encouraged by your story, and this post makes me giggle, which is a valuable treasure on this rainy Monday. Thanks!

  236. Kirsten February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Ok, I’ll admit it, it’s your name that caught my interest. As a parent of a first grader, I couldn’t help but notice your name and a favorite First Grader, Junie B Jones!
    I think my mother would love this book. She has many fear issues. She never comes to visit me or her grandkids because we are 14oo miles away and she won’t fly. So, if I win, I’ll be taking this book to her on my next trip…
    Love all the P-31 devos. Thanks to everyone who contributes!!!
    Kirsten

  237. Latriece February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear has been something happening to one of my children or my husband. I have been woken up at night because of a dream and not been able to go back to sleep, and if something can happen in any situation, the worst possible thing pops in my head! I always have to grab my bible and read and/or pray for these fears and worries to go away, otherwise they will consume me. Just gotta lay it all at HIS feet! Thanks for the devotional, I loved it!

  238. Christy Birchfield February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for the study on fear. My greatest fear recently has been letting my 16 year old be a teenager. She has been through some really tough stuff, so letting go has been a struggle. Please keep us in your prayers as we work through this difficult situation.

  239. Sheryl Kapanka February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win this book. It sounds like a wonderful God filled message for so many of us out here in the world that need a hand-up to face our daily fears and frustrations. It is good to know that others are out there that stuggle like I do. God has blessed you with a talent. Praise Him Praise Him!

  240. Donna February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the devotional. It was a good reminder for me. I have a tendency to fear the “what ifs” of life and so I don’t often step out of the boat. Thanks for encouraging me to keep my eyes on Jesus. I hope to read your book soon.

  241. Kimberly Peacher February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the thought prevoking devotional today. Over the years I have let fear keep me from “starting” many things… but praise God for putting people in my life that have pulled me from my box and encouraged me to do things I never thought I could do.
    Kimberly

  242. sherry mcvicker February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My greatest fear, at this point, is leaving a job when I don’t have another one. I feel that it is time to do something different but not sure what.

  243. Barbara February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    One of my biggest fears has always been rejection. God has walked me through a healing process and allowed me to see that I am honored to be a Daughter of the King – I am accepted in His eyes because I am covered with the blood of Christ. I am a new creation. He will never leave me – He wont reject me – He loves me unconditionally. He is all I need – and it has given me the freedom to be me. God is teaching me how to be a good friend to others. Its not about me – after all.

  244. Natalie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hey there Shereads.
    I LOVED THIS POST! It was SO timely like so many of the other thousand posts I have read by you all! I get the newsletter and NEEDED so bad to hear that message of “COMING” in the midst of the waves. Thank you!

    Sign me up for that book contest and KEEP WRITING LADIES, my gosh KEEP WRITING!

  245. Maddy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am definitely living it safe financially and know that the tugging at my heart is God speaking to me to do something different and something that makes more of an impact to others and my family. I need some help trusting more and following with blind faith. I am working towards it but its a slow process.

  246. Bridget February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Having raised four children there is not much that I am afraid of. Just don’t ask me to open a can of biscuits. That to me is like a terrorist in my kitchen. I can’t even walk by them in the grocery store. But if you squeeze them gently and know the end result is a warm, yummy biscuits it is worth a few explosions. It is a bit like raising children, a few explosions along the way but squeeze them gently and they turn into something wonderful.

  247. Natalie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Oooo, I wanted to answer the FEAR bit you asked for…
    FEAR: our greatest enemy.
    Fear has me in a shell of passiveness and withholding. I think fear of really living, of really being me is what keeps me from FULLNESS. Ha! Fear vs fullness. That would be a great topic for me to mull over.
    FEAR of being disliked.
    FEAR of not measuring up.
    Fear of FAILING.
    Fear of being laughed at.
    Can you tell this is a challenge for me. Ughghghghgh!

  248. Deanna February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I really enjoyed today’s devotional, but then I enjoy them all. Fear is something we can all relate to and know in my life that I have been trying to go to God whenever I have the littlest fear because I know fear is not of God.
    Deanna

  249. Kari Neidigh February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is the book I have been longing for…I need to read it!!! Yet again, another devotional that hit spot ON!

    I am blessed by these devotionals every day!
    Kari

  250. Joan Hokanson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Okay, I can so totally relate to your journal notes on the plane. I love to go places, but I’ve come to really dislike flying after several bad experiences on planes that had something wrong and had to return (hopefully???!!!) to the airport. And every time I get off the plane – alive! – I feel like such a coward when it comes to my faith. I know I’m going home to be with Jesus when I die, but I still have things I want to to here on earth. I can talk about trust, I can talk about faith, I can believe God is in control, I can even pray, but why can’t I live courageously when I’m on a plane? Anyway, I’m glad to know that someone else has the same feelings as I do on the plane! I can’t wait to read the book!

  251. Mistilyn Palmer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I love this website and all the wonderful, inspirational information that I receive on a daily basis. It really is a great way to start my day.
    This sounds really strange, but my greatest fear (irrational fear that is) is that I would be running across a parking lot to get to my car, trip and fall and knock out my front teeth!! (the irrational part is that I don’t run – anywhere – so it is 100% unlikely it would ever happen). I know that I have fears of never being as thin as I would like, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, fear when I put my kids on the bus to go to a sporting event, fear that I haven’t done enough good…..but my haunting, wake me up while I’m sleeping fear is to knock out my front teeth! Thankfully God loves me anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  252. Nicole Taulman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a book I could really sink my teeth into! Oh yeah, and into the chocolate too!
    Nicole

  253. Querida February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear during this stage of life is – because my children are so young – I may not live long enough for them to have memories of me . It’s nothing I can control, and I don’t let it paralyze me. But I hate the thought that I might die suddenly, and they’d never remember me. Having a miscarriage before my first was born taught me how useless fretting is. And bad things happening doesn’t negate God’s sovereignty or love. So my prayer is that my love will always be with my boys, whether my body is or not, and that my love will be a reflection of His.

  254. Jennifer Laudone February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    On an adventure to make my dreams come true, thanks I needed the inspiration!

  255. Mona Falcon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hmmm….as I was reading this devo it was as though the Lord shot this arrow straight at my heart. Just yesterday I was talking to Him about my upcoming retirement. O Lord, what now? Dare I dream? I feel at this point in my life I have something to day, and I would love to write, BUT ~ oh no! That is when the fear rises up within me. Can I do this? The Word says, I can do all things through Christ….so I have this dialog in my mind. Lord give me Guts, to belive anything is possible with You!

  256. Tracy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I loved the devotional today! I had to laugh about your fears because they are exactly what some of my fears are, even green peas! God has been speaking to me about stepping out and doing something different and that I fear! But I know that it would stretch me and cause me to rely on Him more too! Thank you again for your encourage words!

  257. Phyllis Vinchattle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    First I want to say that your book intrigues me. I am an avid reader of christian fiction books. I read alot of Karen Kingsbury (in fact I think to date I’ve read all but 2 or 3 of her books) and love the way she brings real life situations into her books and then applies Bibical principles to them. And things don’t always work out perfect in her books. That’s good because life doesn’t always work out perfect either.

    I enjoyed the daily devotional today ‘Take A Walk On The Wild Side”. The Peter story seems so simple doesn’t it? But it’s not, only the principle is simple it’s the walking it out that’s difficult. It seems so easy to take my eyes off of Jesus and look at my circumstances instead of focusing only on my savior.
    I had a situation a few years ago in which it really felt like God had betrayed me. Things were not turning out like I thought God had promised. And as I prayed I could only hear The Holy Spirit whisper “Trust Me”. Oh yeah, trust You God.. I’m not so sure I can do that. I told God I had no reason to trust Him. I curled up into the fetal position on my bed and shutdown completely. My husband reached out to me and tried to help but I was so buried in self pity and fear that God had abandoned me and was gonna ‘do me wrong’ that I couldn’t hear anything he said.
    I had wrestled with God for awhile and finally told Him, “Ok I’ll trust You, even though I don’t think I have any reason to trust You.” The oppression I was feeling just left. I got up and went outside and started helping my husband with yard work.
    Here I am almost 4 years later and looking back I can see how God’s hand was in everything. If things had worked out my way, well let’s just say we would be in a totally different (worse) place than where we are.
    So Thank You Lord that You know best and help me to keep my eyes on You and not my circumstances.

    Well thanks for listening
    Phyllis

  258. Pamela Roberts February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hello Sweetpea,
    This really hit me square in the face. I enjoy doing watercolor (painting) and sketching, but I am afraid to take that first step…..the devotion today has inspired me. I will begin to devote more time to my passion.
    God’s Blessings, Pam

  259. Kristie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear right now is my son who is a senior going off to college.
    My fear is that he will do like I did and not finish and get off track and start a family sooner than planned.

  260. Brenda Locken February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for sharing for fears: I’m encouraged to talk more to to others about mine now.
    Brenda

  261. Pam Uptmor February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! What a great topic. I loved reading Jenny’s “thoughts” while flying. I can certainly relate – not with flying, particularly, but just about everything else. I haven’t read any books yet by Jenny, but am heading out today to find some! If I’m the lucky one, I’ll win the grand prize and get to read her new book really soon!!

  262. Micha Lowry February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing your fears. I have learned that sharing mine with others helps me to overcome them. People will encourage you to step out when you wouldn’t otherwise.
    God Bless You!

  263. Aida Ramos February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear has been about talking with someone about the One who died for us. Jesus. I have always had a fear of another persons rejection toward the one who paid the only price for our lives.

  264. dana February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book!

  265. J'Lyn Ryan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I look forward each day to your honest devotionals and am constantly amazed that it seems you are sitting down with me and discussing my pressures of life at that moment. Thanks for doing this wonderful work.

    My fear at this time in my life is being ill–I have only minor concerns now–and my family having to take care of me. Along with this, I have such guilt because I know God is in control.

    Your devotionals give me a daily lift. I’ll get the book even if I don’t win today.

  266. Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve been realizing that as I get older, I have more fears. My greatest fear now, though, is the thought that I may not have the privilege of watching my children grow.

  267. Monica February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for the encouragement today. I really needed it! Blessings to you!

  268. Lynn Jacoby February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Just Between You and Me sounds like something I should read. I always stay in my comfort zone, afraid to go outside the lines. This book could possibly encourage me to take a leap of faith!!!

  269. Melissa Lobato February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like this is the book for me. I’ve struggled with fear and anxiety all of my life and would love to be free from it. And the treat basket wouldn’t hurt! I love this ministry and am blessed every day with the devotions.

  270. Jen Glatt February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the inspiration in this devotional… just what I needed to hear, and I’m thankful for your willingness to step out in faith. I needed the encouragement today!

  271. Beverly McDaniel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Praise God for he is always with us! I am so thankful that you found the courage to take your leap of faith. The first chapter of your book leaves me hungry for more. I think it will be a best seller!

  272. Theresa February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful book – the one I really need to read. I have lots of fears – public speaking, rejection, rides at the fair, horses, …….how long do you have to listen to my list?

  273. Jillian W February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am sometimes afraid to step up to the plate- I have got so many responsibilities I could never just drop everything and chase a dream. I have always wanted to be famous.. did not know how or why but that was my dream. Some people thought it was stupid, some told me to be realistic. I never got that chance.. I know the Lord knows what He wants me to do and I will do whatever it takes to live for His will…. whatever that may be!

  274. Kelly February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What an amazing story of trusting in God and being prepared for Him to show up! My biggest fear is letting go. As the Proverbs 31 devotional talked about, so many of us judge Peter for his lack of faith- but at least he got out of the boat! I become so comfortable in my own surroundings and plans for myself that I forget to Let Go and Let God work! Thank you for this reminder and challenge to get outside my comfort zone and listen to God’s voice speak into my life.

  275. Deborah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    When I die …I will not get in heaven!

  276. Joan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Great reading today. I especially liked the comment about Peter being brave for getting out of the boat in the first place. It seems like I can sometimes take that first vital step of faith (get out of the boat) and THEN I take my eyes off Jesus and “fall” right before I get safely to Him. My “falling” is doubt, worry, anxiety and often giving up just as I am about to get where I was meant to be. Thank you for reminding me that it is the same faith that allowed me to get out of the boat that will also see me safely to the shore!

  277. Rachel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Very encouraging devotional today and I’d love a chance to read the book! The sweets are a wonderful bonus too!:)

  278. Sherry Fisher February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jenny,
    I have the same fears when I’m flying saying the same things to myself. The night before a flight I can’t sleep. It’s been years since I’ve flown and will need to for times sake in July, I’ll be thinking of you and maybe reading your book.

    Have a blessed day,
    Sherry

  279. Lisa Thomas February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The Encouragement for Today really hit home with me today. I started writing a book about 4 years ago, but I cannot ever find the time or the nerve to work on it. I feel that God wants me to write it, because when I do get the nerve and time to write, the words just pour out of my pen. I know that the words have to come from God, because I could never write like that all on my own. The main reason I have not found the time or nerve is because I am scared, scared of failure and of success. Scared that I am not good enough for God to work through. Reading today’s devotional had helped me to see that I am worth it, and even if I am scared, God is with me, and he does know the plans for me! I just need to let go of my fears and do what God has planned for me. Thank you, Jenny for your devotional! I hope one day to attend She Writes Conference, too.

  280. Ginnie Geater February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jenny wrote this devotional and this book for me. God is speaking through her at a time when he knows I need it the most. Thanks for all the work you are doing in sharing his message!

  281. Kirsten Hatch February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I ‘d have to say that my biggest fear would have to be the loss of my husband and kids. I think this is due in part to losing both of my parents at a young age and being an only child. Whenever I get worried, I pray about it, and remind myself that God is in control…He knows me and knows what is best for me.

  282. Susan Dyess February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Heights. I break into a sweat and start shaking all over. I avoid these situations whenever possible!!

  283. adrienne February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I mosied over here from my daily devotion page, and would love to win a copy of Jenny B. Jones’ book. I love the variety of authors that y’all have. Thanks!

  284. Christina E February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a good book for me because I’m always staying in my comfort zone because there I can control it. I lost my “impossible” dreams somewhere along the way and am now steeped in reality and logic. I’m learning to trust God, cause He is the Master Controller, and has better plans for me than I could ever imagine.

  285. Kelly February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hmm, my biggest fear……I suppose at one time it would be that my God wasn’t big enough to carry me through a really really tough patch in my marriage. But wow, what do you know, He did it! He’s WAY bigger than I used to give him credit for. I still fear things like my daughter finding a job since she has graduated college and is trying to figure out life and my son figuring out what he’s going to do now that he’s in the middle of college and so on and so on, but what mother doesn’t? He is SO big that he encompasses all that we fear and if we hold on tight we are in for the ride of our life. (even if there is a LOT of turbulence…) I think I probably do still fear the results of my own sweet tooth, but not enough to keep from wanting the basket! Have a great day and God bless!

  286. Patti Hazlett February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    God’s timing is incredible. Just last week, I tweeted that b/c of the awesom P31 ladies, I was stepping out and getting back to writing that “book that’s been in my head too long.” And P31 sent over some encouraging tweets! I’m praying resources come through so I may attend She Speaks this year. This devo is further encouragement. Thank you! Many blessings.

  287. Jody February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your daily devotions- I was amazed to see just how many apply to me! Thanks for sharing yourself, and for sharing your walk with Christ with all of us. We are in thisChristian journey together!

  288. Brenda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow ! This devotion so hit me today – I really needed it. I am the fear queen! I know God has plans to prosper me and not harm or hurt me – BUT- I have to find the FAITH I need to make changes in my life. I am in a comfort zone of sort, others don’t see it that way & in reality I know deep down that I am not either. My insecurity and fears are ruling me. Oh how I need to work on this………………….. Thank you for the reminder.

  289. robin tinsley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I love reading the Proverbs 31 website. Today, Jenny’s encouragement was just want I needed. “Stepping out of the boat” is something I work on all the time…in fact, on one occasion about 4 yours ago, it saved my life. Stepping out on faith was the only thing to do and with God’s help i was able to do it. It has lead to a happy, fulfilled, joyous life and I am so blessed. I can’t count the times the Bible instructs us to “be strong, be courageous”. Thanks Jenny though for encouraging me not to stop being faithful, to look past the fear and see what God has planned for me next…to be courageous and to live my dreams.

  290. anna gonzales February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like the book I have been waiting for. Fear can grip your soul and stagnate any dreams or desires you may have. Mine has been fear of failure and yet when I do fail, the Lord is there to lead me through my disappointment. I would love to share the goodies with my Women’s Bible study and talk more in depth about our fears.

  291. Elizabeth B February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoy reading the daily devotionals and would love to read this new novel.

  292. Janet Eldridge February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have always been afraid of getting up in front of people….and yet I love to share in song…even after many years of singing, I sometimes still strugggle with being in front of people, & my microphone shakes like crazy, however the Lord has allowed me to share in front of large groups of people & I am always amazed at how He enables me to overcome my fears! Thank you for the devotion, today, Jenny!

  293. Mary Louise Prescott February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My daughter told me about this website and I look forward each day to my daily devotion email.

  294. Dawn Miller February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I can do ALL things through Christ…..if we could ever really get a grasp on this; unlimited possibilites!!! Thanks for sharing.

  295. Lesi Leota February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear….has been the biggest obstacle in my walk….last night I was baptized…37 years old, happy to say my family and I have found a church home and I had to be baptised to complete my membership. I was so scared not of being baptised but of saying my testimony in front of the whole church. But as I said my testimony I felt the Lords hands on me and guiding me thru. It was so peaceful. Now I just need to have that peace with me when I come across that fear again….its a learning process but I have no doubt that the Lord will see me thru!!

  296. Jessica Budd February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear—failure and dissappointing those I love.

    I can’t wait to read your book !!!

  297. Rhonda Hobby February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    As I was reading this devotional, I thought to myself, “What can I do as I am fastly (and I mean next month) approaching the age of 65?” The Lord impressed me that David was ‘just a boy’, but look what he did. Who’s to say that we have to sit back and watch the youngsters do what we used to do. I, for one, will not let that happen. I want to be as open to the nudging of the Holy Spirit about my involvement with Him as I was when I was 25. Seems as if I should have a lot more wisdom now than then.

  298. Penelope Risner February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    As I started reading Encouragement for Today my list of fears popped into my head – rejection and failure being two of the biggest. As I sat here reading, I realized how stunted they have kept me and will keep me if I don’t allow God to work in my life. The trust, or lack thereof, that I place in Him will decide the abundance of fruit my life will produce for Him. Lord, help my unbelief.

  299. Palm February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Loved today’s devotional – have already forwarded it to my children – my son who I see walks on water – living his dream and knowing God has created him to do this; my daughter in law whose desire to put togethe a book the Lord is birthing inside of her and my daughter who could have written the piece on the fear of flying. As you can see, this has touched me and my family on many levels! I can’t wait to read the novel and share that as well.

    Blessings!

  300. Gayle Truitt February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I loved this, as I am living my dream and so many days it still doesn’t make sense. I am a single mom, and I work full time and attend school part time. My program of choice, early childhood, isn’t very flexible so working around it gets a little more challegening each year. I KNOW God has a plan, but I just can’t see it. Hence the need for faith, thanks for giving me a reminder to take my eyes off the wind and to focus on God.

  301. Susan Stephens February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for some encouragement truly needed. I have been “Wishin’ and hopin’, and prayin’ for something for a long time. I think it’s time to give this wish some feet. I would love to win the book, probably don’t need the sweets but would love those too.

    God Bless!!

  302. Bonnie Hultstrand February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a great idea! I would love to receive this new devotional and of course the delicious goodies too. I especially appreciate how the universal body of Christ can effectively encourage, teach and uplift each other through books, internet, and all kinds of media. We are not limited by location anymore! Glad you followed your passion, Jenny.

  303. Amy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear has always been being abandoned. Not being good enough, and this seems to be the pattern for my life. My father, grandfather, stepfather, and husband have all walked out of my life (to be fair-my grandfather died). I really believe that God is trying to teach me that He will never leave me no matter what I do or anyone else does, and I think the devil is trying to defeat me by feeding on this fear. As it stands, I am being steadfast and praying for a miracle in my husband’s heart and mind and that he will come home, be restored and all this will bring about the glory of God in a way that none of us could have ever imagined.

  304. Ed Garza February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I read my bible everyday with the help of her…
    Thank You So Much!!

  305. Carol February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a good read, and it seems there is a lot of tasty food related bits in it too!

  306. Carrie Burtt February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a nice contest!!!! What a blessing!

  307. Brandee February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Facing fears, I have done some of that and like you said Jenny, when you do God does amazing things! I would hate to think of the way things might have turned out if I had not faced my biggest one. God walked me through every single step and I have found the freedom I have always longed for has He did. Can’t wait to read the book!

    Brandee

  308. Marsha Hatton February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I appreciated Jenny’s devotional today that focuses on Jesus and not on our circumstances, on God’s word and not on the fears that would paralyze and keep us from stepping out of the boat. The challenge to go for it and not allow our fears to keep us from stepping out is a necessary challenge–a safe life–yes, safe as we think we can be, could perhaps lead to a barren and lacking one that misses the zing that God wants for us–the abundant–soul-satisfying life. The book has me intrigued because of Jenny’s journey to finally sit down and get it down on paper. I am on a Women’s Team at our church and always am looking for good reads that impart trusth, inspire and leave us a challenged to grow in an area.

  309. Dorcas February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your (Jennie’s ) devotional on Prov. 31 today was just what I needed! I am so amazed that God can plan days, weeks, ahead for you to have that post on this day, just when I needed the encouragement to “step out of the boat” into a path that God may be leading our family onto.
    Would love to be entered into the drawing for the gifts!

  310. Lyndsey February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I SO need this book!! Struggled with fear and anxiety my life, desperate to make my legacy one of faith and peace. I think my list of what I’m not afraid of would be shorter than what I am ๐Ÿ˜› I am not afraid of cookies, pies or cakes:)

  311. Regina Merrick February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I found this, quite by accident, via a link on Facebook! Great devotional, and I had read about this book somewhere else and thought it sounded like one I would like!

    Fear. Why DOES that word keep cropping up? Like Lisa (see comment a few before me), I’ve got a WIP that I’ve been working on for about 2 years. What does the heroine struggle with? FEAR. FEAR of change. After I wrote “The End,” I finally realized that that was the theme of the book – and of my life. I’ve been afraid to try new things, afraid to act on my passions, for fear that it wouldn’t be “good enough,” or that people would just simply think I’m silly. I can’t say I’ve conquered that fear completely, but I have found that God is speaking to me lately, apparently yelling at me, to let go of it and just WRITE!

    Thanks, and PLEASE consider me entered for the drawing – I figure the chocolate AND the book, together, might just help obliterate any lingering fear . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

  312. Paula Dominguez February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear sometimes paralyzes me. I worry way too much and don’t give it all to Jesus. I guess I’m a control freak. So I’ve been trying to focus on God and let Him handle the hard things.

  313. JJ Hawkins February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    God is amazing! The Encouragement for Today is exactly where my husband and I are. We have been reading “How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less Than His Best”, by Dr. Charles Stanely.

    We have been seeking the Lord regarding my dream to run a retreat center in Maui. We know that this is in line with our gifting and talents, yet fear has played its part with me dragging my feet and taking that step of faith to move forward. Greg Laurie once said “Remember, the calling of God is the enabling of God. If God asks you to do something, then He will give you the power to do it.” Now all I have to do is just believe and step out!

  314. Pat February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have been receiving the daily devotions from the Proverbs 31 and loved today’s devotion. I too am a huge worrier, but have been able to release a lot through the grace of my Lord and Savior. He calms my fears. I am glad that I have now found this website and will visit often. Thank you for gift to put into words what so many are feeling. May God continue to bless you.

  315. Cynthia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoyed the devotional and am looking forward to reading your novel.

  316. Rebecca February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the inspirational devo. Fear did not use to be something I dealt with on a regular basis. Some recent health problems have caused me to be almost paralyzed with fear at times. I continue to trust him daily, however, and know that he does indeed have a plan for my life.

  317. Louise February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I loved todays devotional. It is amazing how God works- giving you the same message over and over from different places and people. I think after the 132’d time the past couple of weeks, I am slowly getting the meassage! It is really something I need to practice more- this reckless faith. It is even more amzing to see what God accomplishes when we DO have and act on that reckless faith! And then we can give all the glory to Him!

  318. Terri February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoy all of the thoughts for everyday that I receive and I have that fear of stepping out in faith and believe that God is going to take care of me everyday of my life and I just want God to help me with that of my life to put my trust in him and believe that he would help me through my fear to face my giants that I need to face in life every day. I am interesting in reading the book that you have. Thanks Terri

  319. leah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear has always been losing a child or having them harmed and somehow being responsible for that harm. And then…on Dec. 28, 2009 we were in a TERRIBLE car accident. We were hit by a dump truck which slid into us on an icy stretch of road. Our van was completely, utterly destroyed. I have four broken bones and a missing tooth…but God allowed my three young children to come through without a scratch. So, I still fear the kids being harmed, but know that God is powerful and in control. So now, I will concern myself with living each day he gives us, and showing my hubby and kids how much I love them! God has been SO good to us!

  320. Lisa Smith February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you Jenny for the wonderful devotion today. My fears are failure, success, loneliness. After writing/saying each one though, I hear… God is with you and will help you and guide you. But… there are no but’s about it. God has a plan for me, but I don’t know what it is. I want to do His will and encourage others to do His will also. FEAR is an acronym: False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is the Devil talking to me. When I rely on God, everything works out. When I ask God for help, He is there for me helping me and making it feel, look so easy. When I try to do something without asking for His help, it is so hard.
    Thank you Lord for sticking by me and giving me guidance even when I don’t listen. I pray that You will open my ears to hear Your words, Your still small voice instructing me. (1 Kings 19:12, Psalm 32:8) That I will humble myself before You and be strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that I will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:10, Joshua 1:8-9) That I will look to You as Lord of my life. (1 Corinthians 11:13) That I will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead me and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16) That You will keep my eyes from temptation and that I will turn my eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 9:47) I pray, that my words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:14) That I will love and trust You with my whole heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3:5) That You will be my strength. (Psalm 73:26) That I will enjoy the work of my hands and see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19) I pray that You will order my steps and that I will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 26:3) In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  321. Jennifer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I really enjoyed your encoraging note on prb 31 today it encoraged me to prsue my longing to write chrildren’s books i just think i might get started
    thanks for the encorragment love in Christ
    Jennifer

  322. Vickie Spires February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    THREE KINDS OF BROWNIES? Oh Myyyyyy!!!!

    And sadly, my fear is of the dentist. However, THREE KINDS OF BROWNIES? I’ll take the risk. LOL!

  323. Florence February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have a lot of fears, thankfully, flying is not one of them. It’s amazing how God wants to deal with each one of them. Have I let Him? Well, that’s another story, :).

  324. Darenda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a wonderful combination….sweet treats for the body, and a sweet book for the soul.

  325. Chris K February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    OK – I felt God kicking me under the table with the P31 blog today. Last week I wrote about crawling back into my comfort zone. Today I wrote about being scared – not just fear. Instinct has me pulling the covers back over my head and hiding…

  326. Nancy Jaime February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Today’s devotion and the P31 ministry as a whole have been opening up my thoughts and prayers in ways I never imagined! You are each inspirational in different ways, and it’s delightful to see how one complements another. We are starting a “Book Review” section on our church website in the coming months and I think I’ve discovered some content for it!

    Thanks for all you do!

  327. Lori Thompson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a fun idea, I loved Jenny’s devo today, and would love to have a copy of her book, (goodies are ALWAYS welcome:)..I am a woman:)

    Thank you, Lori

  328. Phyllis Steffen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This book looks like a new approach to fear. We have alot of afraid fears — which may keep many from the awesome, glorious, spectular, knee-bending fear of God.

  329. Vicki February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear. Yeah, that stops me all the time. Recently, I’ve begun to wonder how God could use me if I didn’t let fear get in the way.

  330. Sheila February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I grew up in family that I was afraid of so many things. But some where in my life I started to learn to turn things over to God. But my younger sister who I always admired has always been afraid of so many things. She has a germ phobia and the unknown . My heart breaks for her and all she is facing , but through fasting and prayer I’m seeing that person I admired as a child, she was such a leader. ( I was the quite one.) I appreciate anyone that can face these things and write about them so others can gain strength. God Bless you in all you do.

  331. Lynnette Thacker February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Enjoy your encouragement!

  332. Cindy Lorusso February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have struggled with fear and anxiety off and on for a long time. I would love to win Jenny B. Jones book and the sweets would be a great treat for our bible study group.

  333. Candy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sweet! I would like to win this one! Cant wait to read Just Between You and Me–it is on my wish list!

  334. Pat February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I, too, arrived here through Proverbs 31, my favorite devotion site. FEAR=thank goodness that Christ has won that battle, a battle that I’ve fought through my childhood & part of my adult life. I have found comfort in specific verses, like: Isaiah 41:10; Ps. 27:1 and the 4th chapter in 1 John. I’m interesting in discovering how Jenny deals with it in her novel: JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME.

    Blessings on your day!
    Pat T.

  335. judi smith February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    “Fear not” angel to Mary. I fear rejection by others. I try to please people by doing random acts of kindness for them. When my mother died in a November, I was able to pinpoint the source of my fear. A trip down memory lane I grew up trying to please her. Somewhere I lost my identity and had succcumbed to saying/doing what pleased her even with haircuts. I know that His word where I can find His presence and acceptance.

  336. Janet McDanel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your devotion was exactly what I needed to hear today! Thanks for your insight!

  337. Robi McClendon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The Prov 31 devotion really spoke to me today and I can’t wait to read
    Jenny’s book! I have always had a desire to write but I am still getting up the
    courage to step out of the boat! Thanks so much for the boost as it was just
    what I needed today in so many ways! Thanks Jenny for taking that step of
    faith!

  338. Karin M. Canazzi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Oh this book sounds so great and the treats would be a treat!

  339. Renee February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear, ughh, has plaqued me since I was a little girl, I dealt with it, but when I had a complication to a surgery life spun out of control and I realized that it has gripped me for many years unknowningly, I continue to fill my head with God’s wisdom and his promises he holds for me and that get’s me through each day of my life! This book looks so inviting for me, so do the treats!

  340. Michelle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    When I look for a new selection for my Knit and Lit group, I come here first! This sounds like a great suggestion. And of course I will share the goodies with the other girls in the group!

  341. Ronda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks to the Lord we have writers of devotionals and books that help us. Thank you for blessing us with your devotion today and the book looks great!

  342. Beverly Hill McKinney February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    As I read this devotion today before starting a busy day, I thought of David facing the giant. I heard once that David didn’t see Goliath as an obstacle but as a huge target. It is all in how we look at things! God is so good to let our giants become our targets who we can slay with the sword of the spirit. Loved this devotional. I also relate to Peter who had the enthusiasm to see his Lord by jumping out of the boat. Would I do the same?

  343. Angel Buck February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Yummy, I would love to read her new book. It will be on my wish list no matter what.

  344. Jeanette Gooding February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hiroute Jenny,
    You’re encouragement for the day timely, God is so good.
    I’ve been pondering and praying about going to my first writers conference, Ive been writing christian poems on and off for years. But have played the safe route, not wanting someone else to get credit for something God gave me. I have been scared and selfish. But I realize God can protect what He gave me, but I have to partner with Him and make no more excuses. I want to be a wise steward with what He’s intrusted to me and not like the foolish one that hid the talent in the ground to protect it.
    I love writing poetry and reflections, I just don’t know how to get the stuff God gave me published.
    I already know that I am going and what’s so cool is the verse for the conference is Jeremiah 29:11
    So as I read your reflection to day it not only blessed and encouraged my heart to step out of the boat and stop playing it safe.
    Thanks,
    Jeanette Gooding

  345. kim williams February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    thank you for sharring, i cant wait to read this book!it took me 10 years to get over one of my fears…and im still under spiritual construction, Gods not thru with me yet!

  346. Jeanette Gooding February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Jenny,
    You’re encouragement for the day timely, God is so good.
    I’ve been pondering and praying about going to my first writers conference, Ive been writing christian poems on and off for years. But have played the safe route, not wanting someone else to get credit for something God gave me. I have been scared and selfish. But I realize God can protect what He gave me, but I have to partner with Him and make no more excuses. I want to be a wise steward with what He’s intrusted to me and not like the foolish one that hid the talent in the ground to protect it.
    I love writing poetry and reflections, I just don’t know how to get the stuff God gave me published.
    I already know that I am going and what’s so cool is the verse for the conference is Jeremiah 29:11
    So as I read your reflection to day it not only blessed and encouraged my heart to step out of the boat and stop playing it safe.
    Thanks,
    Jeanette Gooding

  347. Debbie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have flying issues as well. We had a 45 Minute wait before take off due to an electrical problem. I was having an anxiety attack, but I kept it to myself because I had three kids with me and it was their first time flying. They thought it was fun and I somehow calmed myself and had a good trip.

  348. Gina February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Today’s devotion is exactly what I needed. It seems like more times than not the Proverbs 31 devotions feel like God himself speaking to me. I will have a struggle and viola I wake up each morning to read Prov 31 and there are His answers for me. Fear is the #1 stronghold in my life. It has robbed me of more joy and great days than I care to add up. I am currently dealing with fear due to my health. Doctors have assured me I will be fine, but as John 10:10 states, the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy and sometimes he is pretty successful at robbing me of joy, but the greatest part of that verse is that Jesus came to give us life and not just life, but life to the fullest!

    Can’t wait to read this book! And what better to do than curl up with some goodies and read a wonderful book : )

  349. Kim Burghart February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am afraid of not trusting God enough to know for sure, that we are where HE wants us to be and that things will get better. The last 8 years have been very rough for our family and it seems every time we turn around someone we love is being dx with cancer. We have had so much loss and hurt these past 8 years. We long for PEACE, LOVE, HEALING in our lives and in our hearts. I feel alone and abandoned often, but yet I know that God is always with us. Rebuilding Faith, learning to trust after hurt and loss is so hard, but we are not giving up. My heart aches for my daughter in heaven, my arms long to hold her and somedays the wait to be with her again, seems so far away.

  350. Diana Whitney February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Facing fears seems to be a daily ritual. With the devotions, it makes it easier to talk to God about overcoming today’s obstacles. Thanks for the daily Blessings. What a neat idea for a contest.

  351. Glenda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I haven recently learned of She Reads from Proverbs 31 Ministries and honestly never thought about reading anything other than self help or my Bible. I find Just Between You and me, interesting and would love to read it.

  352. Tiara February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the encouragement about fear and playing it safe. I enjoyed it! The book sounds perfectly fitting and I look forward to reading it. Thanks! Have a blessed day~

  353. Adaykis Betancourt February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I used to love reading novels, now I haven’t in so many years..so true, not funny. This name and what the novel is about, gripped me.

  354. Candy Wallace February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Just read Jenny’s devo. “Take a Walk on The Wild Side”…and I can so relate!! I have a great fear of being a big fat nothing!! Sounds weird?!? Yeah it does…but there has always been this small (or I make it small) voice inside of me that tells me I was meant for more! I know scripture tells us that, and my little voice tells me that, but I am scared to death of trying what I think that little voice has told me I’m supposed to do, so I do nothing! And then I sit on the cusp of fear, the fear of trying and failing, and the fear of being a big fat nothing! One day soon, I hope to just jump, head first, into my “dream” and make it a reality….

  355. Beverly Miles February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I really appreciated your devotion today and will read about your book. I think my biggest fear is of not being accepted or loved. I ‘work’ really hard to serve and support others….for their approval. Thanks again for your devotion.

  356. Patricia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I thoroughly enjoy the Encouragement for Today devotionals. There have been so many times that I’ve said to myself, “she sounds just like me”. Then to read on and learn what the writer has done to help her get through the difficulty or to deal with the problem she had described — it has been very “encouraging”! I’ve so enjoyed the devotionals. God bless you and this wonderful ministry to Body of Christ.

  357. Pam February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is a topic that’s close to my heart. I attended a ladies bible class w/John Ortberg’s Get Out of the Boat book as our topic. That is another great book on getting out of our comfortable boats!! And mine is mighty comfortable!! I’d love to read this book too as I need all of the encouragement I can get to get out of my water craft!! Thanks for putting this together for us. Love P31. You challenge me to be the best woman I can, week after week!! THANKS!!

  358. Sharon Abbott Cowan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My greatest fear is heights. I love to fly but can not stand to be up high. Once a friend took me to see Taloola Gorge in North Georgia and the gorge where a portion of Deliverance was filmed. I am certain I left my fingerprints in the concrete bridge that goes over the gorge because I gripped it so hard as I made the mistake of looking down. On another occassion my mother-in-law and I walked down the back side of Stone Mountain Georgia instead of getting back on the cable car to goes to the top of the mountain. Also high rides at fairs and amusement parks are pure terror for me. I am even a little shakey on ladders. I am just a woman who wants to keep her feet firmly planted on the floor and not have to look down on anything.

  359. kit February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow. Fears. I always joke that I fear God will call me back to teaching. ha ha But I think my biggest fear today is that I’m not living where I’m supposed to be…maybe that’s not scary in itself. But I’m scared maybe I’m missing out. Not getting it right…

  360. Debbie Juriga February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    One of my biggest fears is public speaking. This is somewhat surprising to me because I love to talk, but the whole standing in front of a crowd and having them listen to me just about does me in. As a result I stay away from things that make me talk in front of groups.

  361. Dianne Graham February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to read your book, so hoping I win!

  362. Katherine Wood February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I feer the unknown. What I’m going to do with my life now that my daughter is graduating.

  363. Jessica February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jenny’s comments about her fear of flying were so funny, it made me want to buy her book!

  364. Teena Johnson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Today’s post on ‘fear’ is such a blessing to me!!! I semi-committed to a mission trip to Haiti yesterday and fear was the only thing holding me back from pure joy and excitement! We have shared the post with everyone on the team and will see what God does in some of these fearful hearts! Just the image in my mind of Peter climbing over the edge of the boat gives me the trust that was buried in the recesses of my heart to praise Him for this mission opportunity. Thank you so much Proverbs 31 and Jenny B. Jones!

  365. Fonda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book, can’t wait to go pick it up.

  366. Sharon Dowhaluk February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hi,
    I am enjoying your encouragement every day.
    I always thought I was a person with very little fear. You made me think today about needing control being a fear. Thanks. It’s sure something I need to meditate on.

  367. Jennifer Mendenhall February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have an irrational fear of sharks….always wanted to surf but can’t get out in the water…I need your book to help me overcome this silly fear…it sounds perfect for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  368. Jane Blum February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the devotion today about fear and safety. My biggest fear is rejection. That really keeps me from stepping out and trying something new. I am looking forward to reading this book!

  369. Cynthia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am glad to share in this great opportunity, love to read and am excited to read this one. Thanks and God bless

  370. beth February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m leaving for mission trip in a few months, which will require a much dreaded plane ride of several hours. I don’t fly unless absolutely necessary because it seems crazy to me that much metal can float through the air without falling. Fears??? Oh yea, and flying is a big one. I’ve already spent much time in prayer about it and God is moving me forward. I will not be held back from God’s blessings by fear the enemy is using agaist me. I love the humor of this book! It’s like some of it it came straight out of my head!! I think it’ll make a great airplane read! I hope I win!

  371. Michelle Hallock February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I also go back to the scripture of Peter walking on water and taking his eyes off Jesus, it seems that whenever I stop spending daily time with the Lord my life crumbles. How is it that we can know exactly what will happen when we neglect our relationship with Him, yet we still continue to take our eyes off of Him and put them on the cares of this world. Today as I read your devotion on fear, I was (am) gripped with fear. My son is driving from Florida to Colorado to live. The thoughts are constant, What if something happens on the way, what if he never comes home again, the what ifs could go on all day, but at the end of the day my real fear is that he will not really know the Lord, what if I didn’t instill Gods promises enough, you see he seems to have lost his way, and his faith. Thanks for throwing me the life jacket and reminding me to turn my eyes upon Jesus, I was running out of air!
    I cannot wait to read your book.

  372. Rita February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I think that it is great that He used a person full of fear to write about it and how to overcome it! Thanks for taking that leap of faith in your writing.

  373. C.A. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jenny,

    Thanks for the devotional on fear. I have many fears but my biggest one is probably my fear of being around people.

  374. Sandy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am appreciating this devotion today…. I live with fear , I am a worrier… My son saw an advertisement for an anti= depressant /anti- anxiety pill and ran to tell me there is a pill for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ He knows that I worry. I know in my head worry is a sin, not trusting God… but still I worry. I would love to read this book focused in today’s devotion…. and what do I do when I worry…. eat CHOCOLATE! A perfect pair for me.

  375. Michelle Butler February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    P31 is a great ministry! Thank you for all you do for women!

  376. Tonya February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    ooo, i love it. please enter me!

  377. Dianna February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for today’s devo. Book sounds great!

  378. DEBORAH February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    YOU WERE VERY BLESSED. MY FEAR STEMS FROM REPEATED REJECTIONS OF MY DREAM OF BEING A WRITER. I HAVE BEEN WRITING AND SUBMITTING ON AND OFF FOR 15 YEARS. NOTHING ELSE SPARKS MY HEART LIKE WRITING, AND THE IDEA OF WRITING FOR MY GOD–THAT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE. BUT I HAVE NO HOPE LEFT OF THAT COMING TRUE. SO I SIT, WITH MY COMPANION FEAR, CERTAIN THAT I AM USELESS AND SCARED TO TRY ANYTHING AGAIN.

  379. Abi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear is my hubby’s driving

  380. Ana Maria Cornell February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Jenny, I read the devo today in Encouragement . Thank you for sharing that. I do have a burning desire to write for Gods glory. I have had a long term illness that has affected my putting together of a book or books I have so desired to write. I wanted to write an autobiography & testimonial book. I even love to write childrens stories, but I am not so sure I am very good at those. I have enough notes(I have written over the years) to make a few books. I pray I will have a chance to get them out of the drawer & be used to touch lives the way God has used Women of God & others to touch my life too. Thank you for stepping out of the boat Jenny. In Gods love, Ana (John 15:12)

  381. Tina Powers February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My fear tends to be centered around losing my husband (in death), he’s just everything to me and I wouldn’t want to be without him. We came to know Christ at the same time and have grown spiritually together these last 11 years. My peace would be knowing he is saved.
    I would love to get back into reading and “Just Between You and Me” sounds like a book I could pick up and read and fall in love with. Hope so!

  382. Lisa Reece February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I loved the humor and Jenny’s style of writing. I hope to win the book, but if I don’t I’ll definitely buy a copy. What a very “real” description of the thoughts going through her head during a very stressful time. I am sitting on my own dream of going into professional graphic design. I do it on the side, but I’m ready to give my dream some real wings! Thanks for the inspiration, Jenny!

  383. Jennell Houts February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    After reading the Proverbs 31 devotional and then the description for Just Between You and Me, I am amazed by God’s timing. My daughter started pre-school today, and I’m wondering what to do with the extra time I’ll have. . . . I’m afraid that God will ask me to do something big and scary . . . and I’m praying for the courage to step out of the boat as Peter did. And I’m wondering what I will miss if I don’t step out of the boat. . . . This book sounds fabulous, and very appropriate for me to read at this time.

  384. Deb February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m still laughing ! I can so relate to the self-talk on the airplane.
    Actually, I have these conversations about life a lot and in all seriousness, I would love to win your book because God has been talking to me about letting go of my fears and taking some gaint leaps towards Him and His plans for my life.
    Happy landing and sailing too,

    Deb

  385. Michelle Westbrook February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the devotion today! It’s so easy to play it safe and stay right where I am, but I know God has so much more.

  386. Debbie Duran February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your book sounds like something I need to read. Having major issues with my life as it is. Looking for a fresh start. Plus, I LOVE to eat ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity to win. Blessings!

  387. angie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I think one of my biggest fears is success. Why? It seems so ridiculous to fear something so coveted, however success – while it breeds excitement, fulfillment, positive self esteem, also breeds expectation…..”Oh we know we can expect great things from you because you did….whatever.” So maybe my greatest fear is actually that others will see me as a failure….hmmm. Now I need to go pray about that one…

  388. Elizabeth February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I loved the devotional! Spoke to me so much. Hoping to win!

  389. Susan Ely February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Funny that I came across this today. I’m heading out to do a speaking engagement and the title of my speech is “Leaving the Safety and Security of Your Shell.” It’s tough sticking your head out, but the air is so much fresher when you do!

  390. Michelle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for describing what goes through my mind everytime I have to board a plane! It’s so nice to know that I’m in such good company.

  391. Melissa Elrod February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for sharing your stories and encouraging us.

  392. Holly N. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My two biggest fears go hand and hand. I am scared of being left alone (even though I know I’m never alone) and more so scared of leaving my daughter before she is grown. My mom died when I was 19 and even before that I was scared of losing her. I hope it isn’t selfish to say I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling so much with fear. I am definitely going to read your book even if I don’t win a copy. I hope it is something I can pass along to others that battle with this as well.

    God Bless,
    Holly

  393. Toshua February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This was a great devotional and great article! Thank you. My biggest fear is the fear of being rejected.

  394. Mary Ann Hill February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I cannot believe the first time I visited this site and your comment about fear of flying was hitting me in the face. I have always had a fear and no matter how much I pray or talk to people (who always say how safe it is) I still fear it.
    Thanks, Can’t wait to read the book.

  395. Sandra Holland February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m new to this site, but love to read and am excited about getting to know all about the authors and books! Thanks for sharing! Please enter me in the drawing–I promise I’ll share the goodies! ๐Ÿ™‚

  396. Randa Allen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I was so inspired by the writing today about fear and living in faith. It was exactally what I needed to read. I even wrote in my dayplanner the following words…. “Keeping my eyes on Jesus and all goes well, in fact God has huge plans for me to prosper not hurt. Taking my FOCUS off Jesus and down I will go!” Thanks for helping me fet my focus back!

  397. Melanie Logsdon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fears-something we all deal with in our lives. Very good subject for someone to approach in a book. This will definitely go on my “to read” list.

  398. Denise T February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Ahhhh! Enough goodies to share with my youth group! My fears: definitely airplane take off and landing: using microphones; paper mache projects; painted faces like clowns; rejection.

  399. brenda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks to T. Susan Eller for linking me to this website. Am so expecting to be able to read many of the books introduced here.

  400. Nicole O'Dell February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    YUM!

    The giveaway and Jen’s books, equally!

    This would be a fun one to win!!!

  401. Linda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Just read Jenny’s devotion on Crosswalk.com. Thank you for your encouragement it was just what I needed this morning.

  402. Melissa Richeson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    You make me laugh! Thanks for your post!

  403. Julie Oxley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    The daily devotions are a blessing to me each day. The first thing I do when I get of work is to read your devotionals. I would love to read this novel. I have played it safe for many years. ( and not with the best results). I’m am praying for Gods help to step out and do what He want’s to to do no matter how safe it is. That realy hard for me. God has touched you with a wonderful gift of writing and helping other’s. You are blessed for useing it.

  404. Elizabeth Towns February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Inanely enough, I am afraid of social disaster. It is a wild and crazy fear because I have to interact socially on a regular basis. I have imagined everything you can think of happening, from my pants being unzipped as I reach my hand out to accept the most pivotal introduction of my career, to having food in my teeth when I smile, to tripping on the dangerously high heels I am wearing. I have to give myself an emotional pep talk, get in a zone, and just do the thing. EVERY time. Once I get going, I am just fine, and usually enjoy myself. But I am absolutely afraid, every time I am faced with a new social escapade. My biggest trick is to tell myself that in 1 hour this will be a successful memory. I can’t wait to read the book.

  405. MH February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Too funny! And true-to-life! Isn’t it weird the random thoughts that go thru your head in a crisis — or perceived crisis?

  406. anita mireles February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for all the encouragement. Just Between You and Me – if I don’t win this book I will buy it and read it. Thank you for all your encouragement! Anita Mireles

  407. farrah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is funny that I ran across this devotion today. I have been researching a passion of mine for the past two years. I have found every reason not to pursue it until two weeks ago. My husband finally encouraged me to take that first step. When I made my first contact, she looked at me and said “this has got to be a God thing”. My best friend mentioned that maybe that is why I have not been able to find a job since we have moved. I believe God has been puslling me into this direction and now I need to put my hand in His and be patient (my biggest weakness). He will guide me through this journey… I could relate to Jenny’s story. Very inspiring!

  408. Jackie McMahan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side really hit home! This was a great inspriation for me to get out of the boat & walk. I have been writing and believe that I have been letting a lot of little things keep me from finishing my book because I have a fear of it not being good enough….failure. Everyday I pray for His help with my writing but then I do not attempt to write. I think it is time for me to get out of the boat and follow Jesus to the end of my book and see where He takes me from there….Thank You!!

  409. Linda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks you for your devotion this morning! Just the encouragement I needed this morning.

  410. Pam Swope February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I so need to read this book. I have such a sweet tooth you can’t imagine. Looking forward to getting a copy and hope to win the treats!! Yummy!

  411. Kelly Willie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is to “let go of my comfort zone” and pursue the career I have always wanted, and that is to be a speaker for the Lord. Currently I am preparing myself by my devotional blog, studying, really studying God’s word, and hopefully attending as many speaking women’s conferences as I can this year. I know that when HIS time is right, it will be right for me and all the fears of “my comfort zone” will disappear. The book sounds grat and I’d love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks to P31 and She Speaks! You have all turned my life around!

  412. Sharon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have spent so much of my life in fear of being unloved and rejected that I put up so many walls and actually self fulfilled my fears. It wasn’t until I went through some real healing through The Road Adventure and committed to reading The Word and reading a really good daily devotional, Proverbs31, that I realized that I am loved and accepted as I am by God and true friends. I get so much inspiration and strentgh from the Proverbs31 site and the recommended reading resources. Thank you for wonderful ministry.

  413. joyce February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    interesting. wish i win this, i ve never won anything b4. i love reading christian fiction and will like 2 read this book. thanks

  414. Tina Moore February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I would say my fear is of tax forms. I hate those commercials this time of year. They just continuously remind me that I am procratinating. And for no good reason. I was 2 months late even when I knew I was getting a sizeable refund. Maybe something sweet will help.

  415. jennifer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Since I’m buying my own valentine’s present this year, this sounds like a nice treat!

  416. Nicole February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve come to realize in the past few years that my biggest fear is not being recognized. This realization came after many, many struggles with my ultra-competitive nature, desire to succeed and need to be praised. What a humbling realization this was to me – a lowly, sinful human being. When I feel the need to be recognized, I turn my heart towards praising the only One worthy of man’s recognition.

    On a side note, I am scared to death of dams – and hate to drive over or near one. Seriously, I start to sweat and shake. Weird…

  417. Sarah Davis February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoyed Jenny’s devotional today and would love to read her book!

  418. Sita Ramnarine February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear, envokes worry, envokes doubt. When all is said and done, you realize that what you feared, never even came to be and all that precious time and energy was spent for nothing. The hardest thing is always keeping this is prospective for whatever the situation may be. Especially the “what ifs.” What if I’m not on the right path? What if I think I’m doing all the things I’m supposed to do but actually I’m really not? The list goes on. I’m trying my best to remember that “nothing in life is to be feared, it is to be understood.” Looking forward to reading your book.
    Sita

  419. Allison McLendon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow. Your devotion today really got my attention, or should I say God got my attention. I do not believe for one second that it was coincidence that my early morning devotion (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young) had this same verse. When I opened the P31 devotion this morning and it was Matthew 14:29, I immediately went upstairs and shut the door and read. We serve an AMAZING God and nothing is impossible for Him. I am praying I win this book, but if I don’t I will be burnin’ squealies to the nearest store:D

  420. Wanda Woods February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear my not being the greatest mom.I want to be there 24/7. But I have to left them grow up (My baby is now 16 ) my others are 21 and 27 .I miss the oldest two everyday.I want them under my wing .But you got to left them go.And have faith that God is always with them.Because I know he is because his word is true.

  421. Mina Nitz February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Your blog entry was very helpful. Its true that we all need to step out of our comfort zones and do the faithful things that our Lord prompts us to do. There is no failure when you try. He loves us, understands our shortcomings, and offers His strength to us.

  422. april February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I get anxious in situations tht I have no control over, who am I kidding I am not really in control over anything, just like to think I am.
    but in things like flying, or letting my kids travel with someone, etc I get panic attacks and then have to remind myself that we are all in God’s hands.
    ps spiders also send me up the wall,

  423. Rachel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a fabulous book! Appreciated the P31 Devotional today. Thank you for stepping out in faith…glorifying the Lord and blessing us!

  424. Dana February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I fear that I won’t be able to realize my dream of owning my own culinary business. My biggest dream is to own a bed and breakfast, secondary to that is maybe a cafe until I can afford a b&b. I have three small children and decided when I was pregnant with my first to work from home. I still am working from home and I do not regret the decision. I just fear that like so many I will never realize my dream and utilize my culinary degree and love of cooking and entertaining on a grander scale than just for my friends and family.

  425. susan unger February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My greatest fear is of heights, but it parallels what Jenny described as the fear of success. As a writer and an artist, my most difficult task is marketing & art shows where I have to sell myself (because the work is a part of me) ๐Ÿ™‚

  426. Sharon February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am a READER—I love to read. My greatest fear as I enter the “golden years” is loss of vision.

  427. Tabatha February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    You have a great sense of humor, Jenny! Love the airplane “fears” – although that’s not one of my personal fears.
    I guess my biggest fear would be something happening to one of my children. My husband and I lost a 3-day-old baby in 2002, and through faith, we know that it was obviously God’s plan for her to be with Him. But, the idea that one of my older children could meet Jesus prematurely is very frightening. Along with the knowledge that God is sovereign and can ultimately do what He wills, I am always secretly hoping His Sovereign Will won’t include taking my children.
    Sorry for the emotional response and comment, but you asked about my fear – you got it!
    Best wishes in your career.

  428. Suzanne Schaffer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My biggest fear is of being in a really bad car accident. Or a house fire.

  429. debbie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Fear of financial instability has plauged me for the past year. Our family has had a rough year financially although we grown so much spiritually and really have come together as a unit. I KNOW God now has us where he wants us and I am praying (even when I check my bank account or pay bills) that he will give me peace w/ this until all the “numbers” work out…thanks for the inspirational article. Hope I win the book…it sounds FABULOUS!!! (and the cash isn’t there for me to purchase it right now…

  430. Arlene Grimm February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What a great giveaway!! Love reading my She Reads Email!

  431. Carolina February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a good and relevant book! My fear…hmm…the unknown and being stretched out of my comfort zone. But I’m gradually taking steps out, back in and out again and back in and out…….you get the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  432. Ali February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! I can relate to so many of these comments. Fear has been my biggest enemy since I can remember. Praise God that he is sanctifying me. I have had so many disappointments in my life that I often fear taking the risk. It may cause discomfort in my already complicated world. Also, I may not be talented enough or strong enough to do it. One of those risks is using these amazing creative gifts God has blessed me with and doing something with them!

  433. Linda Jackson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I love trying new books and new authors (new to me, that is). Whenever I fly, I fear the taking off the most. I close my eyes and pray and see a picture of God’s hands lifting the airplane up into the sky. And then I give Him the rest of the trip. I have to admit I am relieved when the tires make contact with the ground!
    Stepping out of my comfort zone was just recently when I (age 62) decided it was time to do believer’s baptism in our church. Being immersed in front of the congregation wasn’t something I was looking forward to doing, but when I made up my mind that it was more between God and me I felt it was a necessary move.
    Thanks for your devotion on fear.

  434. Debbie Oliver February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    WOW – What a wake-up call! I often claim Jeremiah 29:11 when I need reassurance that God has a plan to work out the challenging times in my life, but I’ve never really related it to fear as the author did. Interestingly, when I did my quiet time early this morning, I found myself reading that verse again and then BAM! here it is on today’s devotion that I’m reading this afternoon! I was moved to tears. Thank you for the encouragement and the nudge to get those pages of my book out that I started three years ago!

  435. Kathleen M. Knutson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the devotional today. It was very insightful.

  436. Rita Akley February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Think this book would be sooo fun to read!

  437. Vicki Pensabene February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the great devotion today. I think that fear and worry are my repeating sins, so I am so thankful when someone addresses the topic. No I don’t believe that I would have gone after Goliath. Thank you David and Jenny for facing your fears so we have your beautiful examples.

  438. Sue Holderman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the devotional today. I am an avid reader, I would love to win this basket. Though I am working on cutting down on sweets, I’d definitely share them with my wonderful friends and co-workers.

  439. Terry Ciaraldi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love the daily devotionals! They have helped me so many times with a topic I really needed help with. God is so good and I am thankful He uses all of you to help us. Thank you all so very much!

  440. Steph February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What is my greatest fear? Maybe perhaps this week each of us can commit some time to pray about our fears! I know I have one (or two, perhaps three, um…) I’m not sure about you all, but my “norm” is to just skim over the thought, not think about it, not face it, and just hope it doesn’t surface again. Yet, it always does. At the wrong time. Thank you for your encouragement, Jennie!

  441. Char Smits February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have to take Dramamine,Imodium and Mylanta when i fly….i think that says it all….teehee!!

  442. Becky T February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am excited to read your book, yes I’m one of those who would never pick up a book about fear – unless its a novel – for goodness sakes someone might just find out I have a weakness – yes my fear – that I can’t do it all. I try so hard everyday – starting with my to do list, before I get out of bed. So I walk around most of the day knowing I am never going to get my to do list done, angry with myself and so disapointed – then again – no one knows what’s on my to do list but me. How could I share it, my secret would be out, I don’t have it all together. I’m jinga, pull or push me the wrong way and I will crumble. – Thanks P31 – you keep me whole.

  443. Edwina Cowgill February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win the book and box of sweets!!

    edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com

  444. Susan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I enjoyed the devotional this morning on Proverbs 31. Jenny’s book sounds like a good one too.

  445. Lynne Craton February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    God has called me to do something that is way outside my comfort zone. I am being obedient but am constantly battling fear. Sometimes I want to quit and go back to my predictable, mediocre life but I know God wants something better for me. Through this “adventure”, God is teaching me to trust Him and depend on Him. I couldn’t do it without Him.
    Thank you for your encouraging devotional.

  446. Annie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    SUCH a great message in today’s devo! thanks a bunch!!!

  447. Nicole Harris February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved your devotion today! Would love to win a copy of your book!!!
    Nicole

  448. Brenda Locken February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the rouse to action. I’ll try harder!!!

  449. Katie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This is my first time stopping by, I clicked on the link in my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion. I think your give aways are a cool and fun idea. Thank you for your website and books…I haven’t heard of you until today, so i will be looking for your publishings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  450. Ann Gail Orillaza February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I thank the Lord for the opportunity to read your article and further go to this website… you have encouraged me a lot because for more than half of my life I wanted one thing to accomplish – and that is to write…. but my fear of failure or doing something is always putting me down…. though I had a wonderful experience when I wrote a detailed journal of my first mission trip and friends who read it was blessed, I was always afraid to start another thing…. I have so many things to share to the world : my life and the lives of people who touched me; whom God used to touch me – just like you now! again Thank you for being a blessing….May the Lord continue to use you in this ministry of reaching out… and pray that I may start same soon….God bless….

  451. Lisa February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Like the others, I’ve enjoyed reading about your thoughts on the plane. So funny, yet so real. My fear is of drowning. I have no idea where it came from, except for one memory that I’ve been told happened to me. No, I remember one more. When I was just a little thing, I was near the dock where the boats were “parked”. I had a puppy in my arms and she was not content to stay there. She leapt out of my arms in in the water between two boats. My family saw me go in and eventually the bottoms of my shoes. Needless to say, I was rescued. Another time I was a bit older, pre-teen probably. I was in the pool and some guy thought it would be funny to hold me under water for what was, in my opinion, way too long. Again, I lived through it I don’t mind the pool and I can even handle the ocean as long as I’m above water (and there are no sharks around), but being out 0n the water where I can’t see the shore frightens me. I get very emotional watching shows like The Perfect Storm or The Guardian. Even standing on the shore looking out and seeing the sinking ship (that’s been in the Gulf of Mexico – Galveston area – forever) freaks me out. Anyway, thanks for sharing and letting me share. And to think I didn’t have anything much to say. :o)

  452. annette Gaar February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Enjoyed the devotion today. I really needed it.
    annette gaar

  453. dixie smith February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Love this site~I have recommended it to so many friends and members of my family~it is something I really look forward to receiving!
    MMMM~SWEET news about the DREAMBOX giveaway!! YUMMYYUM!!!

  454. Brenda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am afraid of change. And of mice. Changing mouse traps is especially frightening. I am learning that God wants what is best for me and wouldn’t leave me hanging. Thanks for the posts!

  455. Gayle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the message today. It was a follow-up to church yesterday and what I needed to move me. I appreciate your heart.

  456. Susan M Kelly February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What a wonderful web site! I am thrilled to have found it. I enjoy the daily devotionals from Proverbs 31 Ministries . Now, I know that I can go to a source for reading that is grounded in God’s word. Thanks so much for being there. In Christ, Sue Kelly

  457. Laura Robertson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Love the notes Jenny wrote down while on the plane. That would be me on a plane. Loved flying when I was a kid, then I figured out what could happen if the plane fell out of the sky. Now any bump causes white knuckles, but I have shared some chuckles with other white-knucklers-once we were safely on the ground.

  458. Melody Carrier February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Just between you and me, Just Between You and Me….sounds wonderful!
    Always, Melody

  459. Anita King February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have no fear of flying, but I do have a great fear of spiders and anything that is creepy crawly! I prefer to leave the room than to deal with a spider. Luckily my husband is good at removing the offending creepy crawlies! That goes for mice, too!

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  460. Carla Torrijos February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have read this book three times. I love it and I love Jenny! I am recommending her books to everyone, so another one is a free one for someone else….I have a long list of takers. I am big on sweets too! Jenny keeps me laughing and her books are so enjoyable. Haven’t been to this site before but plan on checking it out.

  461. Katrina February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    oh i have so many, but i think the biggest fear i have is that i won’t make a difference….that i’ll fail as a mother and wife and as a servant of God.

  462. Sharon Pohlman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am a Grammy who reads Proverbs 31 devotions daily, and then I pass them onto my daughters and daughters-in-law. Thank you so much for the encouragement, and for sharing God’s word. The passages that are picked out for the day are often the ones I need to hear the most.

  463. carol February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for your devoion today. I always say I am concerned about things, never afraid or anxious, I guess it is time to be honest with the Lord, he knows better than I do what holds me, and others back.

  464. cindy eddins February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I so loved this devo today! So funny…& true! I, also am terrified of flying & haven’t flown much. About 3 years ago I had to fly for a job interview..talk about nerves! Once I touched down back at home I experienced the most awesome feeling, knowing My God had walked with me each step of the way AND I lived through it!!! I would love to read your book! God bless!

  465. Vera February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fear has always been a big obstacle for me as a believer and I can’t wait to read the book! Thank you for the devotion!

  466. JoAn February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! Good to know that there is someone out there (still functioning, too!) that has so many dramatic fears! Jenny, you seem much more fearful than I am, yet why does it feel like I am not functioning?
    My main fear is the fear of success… I think. I have a home-based business that, for some reason, I have not made as successful as I promised myself it would be. I WANT to succeed, but am I ready to do that? Do I really fear the work involved or do I fear being successful at it and having a resposibility to many people who would be learning how to be successful from my example? That’s why I think it is the fear of succeeding.
    I would LOVE to win your book and laugh a bit at the fears that hold the main character in her “same spot” and hopefully I would learn from her to let go and give God the control.

  467. Dian Moore February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What an incredible devotion!!! It was very entertaining, but at the same time struck such a real chord deep within my soul. I caught a real glimpse of myself while I was reading it and it really concerned me. It made me want to do something about the way I’m living my life right now. It made me want to take my life off the safety zone mode, and really start living the life that God has created me to live. I prayed your prayer at the end of the devotion and have started doing some of the lesson applications. Thank you for the wake up call to move forward in faith in my life. By the way my biggest fear is the fear of failure. But, God is able and I look forward to exchanging this fear for the ability to walk on water as Peter did.

  468. Lil' Ms. P February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My big fear is someone breaking into my house! Thanks for the giveaway.

  469. Renee Richmond February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like my kind of book!

  470. Martha Troxel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have the fear of heights . I would love to win your book and help tell my fear to hit the road! Thanks!

  471. Shamini Samuel February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Lately I have been having trouble sleeping, this was never a problem for me before. I realise I have been storing up fears and worries, and these are keeping me up in the wee hours of the morning. It is now time for me to send them all up to our Maker and trust in Him!

  472. Yvonne Williams February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fear is a powerful tool that Satan holds on my life. I am trying to overcome issues that I am afraid of facing. As I try to let God lead me things get easier but when I get my eye off of him then I find myself back in my old place.
    Please pray for me.

  473. Marilyn K February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I think it sounds like a good book! Bravo, Jenny for stepping out in faith to become a writer.

  474. Michele February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Lisa,
    Enjoyed your comments about flying. Sometimes, if we can laugh at our selves, the situation seems oh so much more bearable. Just remember, as long as you are a born again believer, no worries. Heaven, whenever we arrive there, will be so much better than this earth (or airspace).

    Michele

  475. Angie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love this idea! I recently attended a conference in which I got to hear Rene Swope speak along these same lines! I was so moved, I gave up my worries and fears to Jesus about my dream! I feel that I still have a ways to go to meeting my dream, but I can feel God on my side and I am confident that within the next couple of years, I will be living my dream!

  476. Rhonda February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    How amazing that the post on fear and stepping out of the boat is exactly what the pastor at church spoke about yesterday. I am hurting in my relationship with Christ, since my son’s diagnosis with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2007. In the midst of dealing with the future, my anger is many times turned on God. Christian friends and family have encouraged me to be real with God and vent my frustration and anger. My Goliath moment is dealing with the fear of an uncertain future for my son and our entire family. I thank you for this article today as another reminder that God only has great plans for my family’s future. I do need to put my trust in God for a change instead of the anger I currently harbor.

  477. Kelly Cecil February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    “We have nothing to fear but fear itself…” Ppssshhhh! What don’t I fear? I fear failure, rejection, judgement, my second grade math teacher, in-law suites…
    I’m very excited to read Jenny’s book. There just aren’t enough can’t-put-it-down Christian novels out there. I’d write one myself… but, no, I have no ideas… I’d rather read Jenny’s! Thanks for following God’s calling for your life. We’re all grateful you stepped out of that boat!
    kc

  478. Kristl Huffman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I kept a ‘fear book’ for one complete year, before I became a Christian and took Christ’s name as my own. It was just a simple 2″ x 3″ set of colored index cards that you find at the college book store, bound with a little ring. I was amazed when I looked back on that little thing at the end of the year. I lived my life by fear. Almost entirely.
    Sometimes, we get so caught up in our fear-mindset that we don’t even realize how we are operating. I really recommend all women to try this… the results will astound you! Hopefully enough that you’ll make a point of changing that habit, that thought process.
    God can do it all for you, if you but ask Him!
    <3

  479. Roberta Gluski February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love this website…so inspirational! You all are the best!

  480. Lori Blom February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Over 15 years ago, I experienced my first panic attack. For many years they would come in the middle of the night. However, with the birth of our daughter almost 3 years ago, they started occuring during the day and with much higher frequency. How long will I experience the attacks? That I don’t know. What I do know is that God is my deliverer and we will conquer them.

  481. Cheyenne Janssen February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I enjoyed your devotion this morning about fear. I am constantly struggling with the fear of letting go and letting god-because the unknown totally freaks me out! It was encouraging to realize that the history of the world would be so different if those “heroes” of the past had let their fear get in the way of God’s plan. I love the verse Jeremiah 29:11, and quote it often, but have never really thought of that verse aligning with the stories of David, or Peter…and yet it’s underlying message truly does align-because in the end-HE is in control. When my eyes are fixed our Christ, I forget about the wind. I forget out the “what ifs”. What a great feeling and freeing thought!

  482. Lois Noak February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What an awesome story! God spoke directly to me through your words today in your “Ministries” devotional. He does work in mysterious ways and spoke to me today at just the right moment! Praise Him who will keep our feet dry if we only have faith!

  483. Carolyn February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fear of what others think !! That is a big one for me, and yet the single most repeated command in the Bible is “fear not”. It is an ongoing battle that God has won but I constantly have to reclaim !

  484. Becky Foutz February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I can really identify with Jenny, and would love to read the book. My husband has often talked about how people are paralyzed by fear. I have seen this with several people in my own family, and, sad to say, in myself. My biggest fear is that I will not have enough money to pay the bills. And yet, every month for many, many year, God has graciously provided the money we need. So why am I still afraid? It’s so irrational!! I hope I get a chance to read Jenny’s book and perhaps gain some insight on facing my fears.

  485. Ana February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Jenny,
    I sincerly enjoyed reading your transparent devotional about overcoming your giant face to face at a writing conference. This message has ministered to the spirit of my heart as I embrace the opportunity to conquer that same fear this month by self-publishing my first God given book assignment. Your testimony leaped out towards me in utter inspiration to continue moving forward without delay. I hope to do the same this year at She Speaks.
    Look forward to reading your novel,
    Ana

  486. PajamaMama February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Like others have mentioned, I too have a fear of drowning! I had two bad pool experiences where someone held my head under the water…and that did it for me. I swim now with my head OUT of the water…and have also made sure that our kids are GOOD swimmers and not a scaredy-cat like their mama!

    Jeannie

  487. Karla February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the devotional from Proverbs 31 ministeries today – I live in fear all the time and I know that is not where God wants me at all – I know he wants me to help women with crisis pregnancies and council them if they have had an abortion – I have had 2 and know the Lord is leading me to do it and am in a frozen state of mind – I am possibly so busy with work that I find I have no extra time. I do believe it will happen with time and prayer and thanks for the scriptures – those I needed today. Your a blessing to me today – Karla

  488. Fern February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Love this post. Thanks for the excerpt – the book looks wonderful.

  489. Danielle February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Just Between You and Me… I have been slack in getting over here and checking out this site. I know… I’m bad! It looks fantastic, btw. And this book sounds great. I want to read it!

    Taking one of your buttons and posting it on my blog.

  490. Lisa Noble February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I didn’t really have a fear until I got married and had a child! Now my fears are that something may happen to them. Talk about a lesson in learning to trust God! ๐Ÿ™‚

  491. Cathy Cress Eller February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Well, all I can say is “I feel the boat rockin’ .” This devotions was aimed square at me! My husband and are are struggling with leaving our current church of over 38 years(60 for him) and moving to another church. We didn’t realize how spiritually malnourished we were until we began visiting other churches. It FEEEELS so good to be spiritually fed again. BUT, we are having a hard time letting go of the old church because of FEAR and feeling bound by family history there. Our prayers are for strength to leave in peace and move forward to a new beginning. Why is it so hard to do…..we are fearful. So this devotional was like God himself wrote it just for me. Thanks so very much. I look forward to tomorrow’s devotion. TBTU. Cathy

  492. Victoria February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    So excited to read this book and step more into the plans God has for me…hand in hand ๐Ÿ˜‰

  493. Brandy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve really wrestled with fear and excuses the past few weeks. After six years, I recently graduated college with a degree in special education. Now that I’m finished and I’m staying at home with my toddler, I’m wandering around my house aimlessly, thinking, “What am I going to do?” I know the first step is to apply to several different school districts–but the fears of interviewing, becoming a working mother, and if I’ll even be able to get a job prevent me from sitting down to start the applications. Without a doubt, I know the Father called me to do this–and maybe even in an urban setting (which is where my heart is)–so why am I so paralyzed to take the first steps? I suppose, like Peter, it’s when I take my eyes off of the Lord that I begin to sink. Thank you for writing the message that has “called me out” of the boat!

  494. Kimberly February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    GOD IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Like many of the other posters, I have many of the same fears. Mostly dealing with stepping out of my comfort zone and risking failure and rejection. I love Casting Crowns song “Voice of Truth”! The thing that bothers me the most is that Satan is the root of all fear and we are all allowing him to rule us instead of our Precious Lord Jesus! Today is the day I challenge all of us to stand strong and courageous for our GOD!!!

  495. Joni Gerking February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Memorizing scripture that deals with fear has been a real life priority! My #1 fear is that in being honest and vulnerable I will give too much of myself away and be unwanted. Ouch!

  496. Marianne Lordi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I bring with me a lot of baggage from childhood. As a child in a dysfunctional home, I had to take care of myself at a very young age. Throughout my life, I felt the need to handle everything and when needed, to save myself. That can be very destructive thinking in a life of a believer. My greatest fear was thinking I always had to have a back-up plan in case God did not come through for me. Upon reflection, I realize the foolishness of that plan. Why would I want to have something that God in his perfect will for my life did not deem good? Over time, and with God’s merciful help, I came to realize that no problem will ever be bigger than my God!

  497. rhondda tomlin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have just been a subsciber to She Reads a few days. I like the idea of giveaways and the books sound great. I have been a fearful person at times but am learning, with the Lord as my guide, to overcome many fears. Age helps too as it gives you remembrances of so many times when you wasted time worrying and being fearful. Maggie Montgomery is a fictional person I think I could relate to. God bless and keep you all at She Reads. Rhondda.

  498. Kelly Lake February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d love to win this contest!! Please enter me! thank you, and God Bless!

  499. Margaret Traudt February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds delish! Throw me in!

  500. Amy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I actually love flying. I just came back from a conference, flew to Phoenix and back. The fear thing however, I am very good at. The conference was awesome but it will require action on my part if I want to truly reap the benefits. I have a home based business, I love the company, love the products, love the people, love helping people(which is the basis of the business) but I’m am terrified of rejection so I have yet to really “do” the business. I need to do what you did. Feel the fear and do it anyway, knowing that God is always with me. I know, rationally, if He is with me, who can be against me, or what does it matter but I’m still a little stuck in my comfort zone. I’d love to win your book!! Maybe if I read it, I, too, will move beyond my fears and soar with Him.

  501. Julie Hayes February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    unfortunatley my children dying or becoming sick is HUGE for me. why i dont know, but its unbearable sometimes. I can get pretty dramatic…maybe thats why ๐Ÿ™‚ The fear of the unknown…the negativity in the media…both of those add to my fears ๐Ÿ™ I am struggling to move beyond them (and a few others for that matter) so that one day I will not waste my time fretting…and I can more trust in Him, b/c the lack of faith I have in His perfect will is embarrassing at times

  502. Moira February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Did you ever have one of those weeks where everywhere you turn, you are hit with a common theme? It is in your daily devotion, your Sunday sermon, maybe in a conversation you overhear, or a newspaper article you read. I tend to think of that as God speaking to me over a loudspeaker like the one we had in elementary school. “Will God’s creation Moira please report to Jesus, he has an important message for you”. Well, this is one of those weeks, and the theme is, “what are you doing about the fear in your life?” or more importantly, “what is your fear holding you back from? My Sunday bulletin has underlined Jesus’ question from Luke 9:20 “Who do you say I am”. After finally, getting the message, I say, “Jesus, You are the one, who tells me to have faith, not fear, and if I will step out of the boat and keep my eyes on YOU, it will all be OK, even better than OK even”.

  503. Tracie Berghaus February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This book looks like a lot of fun and a perfect pick for our “Women’s Christian Book Club” at Trinity in St. Joe, MI. And win or not, Zingerman’s Dream Box may have to be the treat pick too. We’ll have to dodge those “Fit to Serve” girls though who combine exercise and fellowship -so mum’s the word!!!

  504. Cassandra Roberts February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I still have a dream even now at 50 years old, I love to bake and cook but have not gone out to pursue my dreams. For the last month I been looking into jobs in the field but, but there’s that but so I know that fear is a part of that (but). So I would like to read your book .

  505. JoAnn Cory February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My husband died Feb. 14th 2003, yes, on Valentines Day and we had been married for 50 plus years, right out of college. I thought I could not survive for one day, let alone the almost 7 yrs it has been this Valentines Day. I am a survivor I have found, and it is an act of Determination, one day at a time and with the help of so many friends to give me this will to go on. I am truly blessed.

  506. Myra February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the wonderful devotion. It is one that truly hits home with me. I am a total worry addict. I know that God wants us to rely on him, but so many times I have to remind myself of that. Thanks for reminding me today.

  507. Susannah Wollman February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    When I was ten years old, my family and I flew in our airplane to visit my grandparents one Mother’s Day. We were only there for the weekend, and since my grandfather hated airplanes, my grandmother took us to the airport to fly home. She stood there on the ground and watched her daughter and son-in-law take off with their three kids– and then saw their plane plummet from the sky. She must have prayed some of your prayers as she ran as fast as she could, with her heart in her throat, to find where we had crashed and if any had survived. But God was with us, and all five of us walked away from that terrible event. The most difficult thing I think I ever faced to that point–even more so than the crash itself–was getting on a commercial airliner to go home that night.

    My grandfather, who refused to let anyone even talk about it around him, was caught red-faced when the local newspaper published a picture of the wrecked plane, and there he was, right in the center of the picture!

    Praise God, the Almighty, the Loving, the Ever-Present, for holding us in the palm of His hand.

  508. Stacy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    There’s lots of fears, the normal ones like having to live out the remaining days of your life without the company of my loving husband or one of my children, and then there’s the silly fears like big, dangerous kitchen knives. I sneaked and saw a scary movie was I was little and this has haunted me all the days of the my life. Do I have large knives in my kitchen? Yes I do. But, will you ever walk into my kitchen and see one of them visible or within reach of any hand? No. These things stay put away and hidden. A Christian speaker friend once said in her talks, “If you feed your faith, your fears will stave to death and if you feed your fears, your faith will starve to death.” Which one do I want to live in me? Lots and lots of God-given faith! Thanks to Jenny for writing on a topic that is a part of every life and so often not talked about, God knows all about it.

  509. Felicia Gail Roysden February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve been stepping out of the boat for 5 years now. The first step was the hardest but I still have to deal with fear of the unknown every time He asks me to do something unfamiliar. I battled intense shyness and timidness for most of my life and when He really rocked my world and gave me that command to come, I was terrified. But He has proven faithful in every step and my life has changed dramatically because I took a step, and then another step, and then another. I want to walk on the water with Him and I am now glad of opportunities He gives me. I still fear unknown places that He would take me, like traveling out of the country, but He is very good to bring us along in our walk one step at a time. The important thing, I think, is to be willing to take one step at a time. Though the waves may look enormous, He is able to calm the storm and our fear. As we walk we will see our faith grow and our trust will become something solid and firm that the waves can’t rock so easy anymore.

  510. Natalie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    WOW! The Lord knew that was EXACTLY the devotional I needed! It was as if He was speaking directly to me. I have a God-inspired vision to become a public speaker and a writer on self-esteem issues for teenage girls. Believe it or not, my fear is not with the public speaking part! It’s in all the other fears — fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of how exactly all of this is going to change my life. God knows my fears and is giving me the tools (His Word, prayer, the Holy Spirit) and extremely supportive family and friends to give me the push I need to get me stared on my journey. Now I just need to “go for it” and be STRONG as I pursue His calling!

  511. Susan Stitch February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My biggest fear…if I’m really honest it’s being found out. Having the world discover that I’m not really organized, I’m not really a ‘good’ mom, I’m not really that smart, thoughtful, or any of the other things they think I am. I try so hard to be what I know I’m supposed to be but I always fall short. If it weren’t for Jesus holding me up every day I’d never make it! I don’t know why I want others to think I have my act together (by this time in my life I ought to, shouldn’t I?), but at a time when others expect me to mentor them, I feel like I still need to be mentored.

  512. kelly luster February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Okay I have a 10 yr old with Autism I guess my biggest concern or fear would be who would care for him if something were to happen to me or his dad. One of my dreams is to travel when I retire will he ever be able to live on his own? I know God has great plans for our lives. I’ll just lean and depend on Jesus to work it out.

  513. GC February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow, it’s hard to pick just one fear but I guess it sums up alot of them to say fear of the future – will my autoimmune disease get worse and cause me to be permanently disabled; will I ever be financially free (out of debt); will my children grow to be responsible citizens who love the Lord passionately; will my Son ever accept the Lord as his personal savior; will I ever have grand children and be able to spoil them rotten; will I be able to truly minister to other hurting souls; will I ever feel comfortable and truly loved by another as a mate? Dear God, continue teaching me through your precious word… RELAX – You are in control! Amen.

  514. Allison February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My biggest fear is dying. Not dying because I don’t know where I’m going, just dying and leaving my little girl and husband. I lost my mom at a very young age to a brain tumor. I am older than my mom was when she died and couldn’t imagine her fear of leaving 2 small girls. I adore my daughter so much and the fear of ever leaving her before she’s grown terrifies me.

  515. Michele Macias February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Can I sit next to you next time I fly?? Something about misery loving company, I think….

  516. Jennifer February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I look so forward to reading this book. It sounds perfect for me b/c fear beats me nearly to death!!

  517. Cindy Bernakevitch February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    It is hard to identify my greatest fear. I am afraid of being judged, I guess, and of being useless–no, I afraid of being judged as useless, by people. I know God doesn’t judge me that way and that should make all the difference in the world. But unfortunately, at this (late) point in my life, I still haven’t quite got it. And I really want to get it–while I’m still breathing.

  518. Marcia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for your post today Jenny. I’m afraid of snakes, of fast changing technology, of not losing the 50 pounds I need to lose, and I’m sure of many other things. The thing God continues to remind me is that when my mind is on my fears, it’s not on Him or who he wants me to be. My prayer for myself this year is that God will increase my faith. Again, thanks so much for your devotion.

  519. Marcia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for your post today Jenny. The thing God continues to remind me is that when my mind is on my fears, it’s not on Him or who he wants me to be. My prayer for myself this year is that God will increase my faith. Again, thanks so much for your devotion.

  520. Toni G. Davis February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What an encouraging devotion! I love how the author focused on Peter’s faith instead of lack there of! How many times have I stepped out in the unknown without calling on Jesus’ name, depending on my own abilities and then screaming for a life jacket. What a lesson to remember that when we call upon His name and step out in obedient faith, He provides us with what we need.

  521. Nekesia Cox February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My biggest fear is not releasing full control of my life to God so that I may walk in the fullness of his glory. It is a process to renew my mind everyday and let go and let GOD control the outcome. So I continuously stay in GOD’s word and listen to praise and worship music when I feel like I am slipping in the wrong direction. Thank you Lord for keeping me focused on the bigger picture which is you!

  522. Julia Cape February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My biggest fear is being a disappointment to God. I fear I am not good enough, I’m damaged goods.

  523. Angie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Do hard things. I’m trying to teach that to my kids right now but I don’t think I’m living what I’m teaching. I set my expectations for them high but for myself, not so much. Most days my goals are to get through it without yelling or crying. Not such lofty goals. My husband and I are also doing a Bible study right now with our small group called One Month to Live. It makes you realize how much you aren’t doing, either from fear, or that feeling of always being able to get to it tomorrow. Today’s devotional, this book, the Bible study, it all seems to be focusing me to see what I’m missing. A total trust in God. I say I trust and believe but when I look in my heart I see myself holding on to the tiniest bit of that trust with a supersonic grasp…just in case. My heart races with the thought of actually, totally letting go and trusting God. But now that I see it I can work on prying my fingers off one by one and there is a new excitement in that.

  524. Julia Cape February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My biggest fear is I am a disappointment to God, I am not good enough, not worth being loved.

  525. Dixie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have many fears, but I think the biggest is letting EVERY part of my life over to GOD. I still want some control over some issues..(LOL) But as I sit and read what others wrote, Iam glad to know that Iam not the only women who has fears. Thank you for these words today.

  526. Lavonne Stevenson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    OH YEAH! Do I ever know about fear. I went to church, read my Bible, prayed to God and thought I was O.K. But, I always had this fear of losing my son. When he was 3, I woke up during the night scared for no reason, but the only thing I could think about was my son dying and started crying. Weired or what? When I told this to my friend, she said, “Listen, don’t you know that is just Satan at work with you?” I’ve always known that Satan can slime his way into your world, but why I didn’t see this coming, I don’t know. My son is now 29 years old. He’s been a policeman, deputy, and fireman. See there? God had a plan for him and I’m glad I let that fear go and gave my son totally to God.

  527. Anne Watson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Okay, so I’ve been thinking about this most of the week. Heck, most of the last few months and I really thought that my big problem in life was guilt. Guilt over not raising my kids well enough, giving my husband enough attention, not liking my dad’s girlfriend enough, not being a good volunteer at the school, eating (and drinking) too much, etc. etc. etc. But several things this last week, including your Proverbs 31 devotional (Take A Walk On The Wild Side) has led me to believe that maybe my issue isn’t guilt….it’s fear. The more I think about it, the more I can apply this simple thought to nearly every area of my life. God has been revealing this to me this week through various sources. So okay, that, I get. It makes sense. Now…how to get over it? I would love to read your book. Thanks for the great devotional. I needed that.

  528. Diane Cobos February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My son and his wife had a baby girl. She only lived 5 days. She was born with Trisomy 13 and bi-lateral cleft palate and several holes in her heart. My greatest fear is that if my son and his wife have another baby that it might happen again. I pray everyday that they would have a healthy baby.

  529. Katie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I think currently my biggest fear is disappointing others. I have a HUGE complex regarding pleasing everyone, and so I think that fear of harming/disappointing those around me is tough for me.

  530. Karen Osterday February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    You certainly have a way to make me smile! Even when you are talking about your fears. I can relate to so much of what I read about your fear of airplane rides and also the fear of facing your dreams. I home schooled my children and fear ran through me every new school year. Would I be able to handle teaching my children everything they needed? Would they socialize enough to fit in? Will they pass the assessment test at the end of the year? Wow, the list of fears was long, but then I’d remember to keep my focus on God because He would provide. Now both my kids have graduated from high school and one from college. How comforting to know that it was all because I leaned on God, expecting great things. Glad that I have a chance to get a copy of your book and it sure would be sweet to win that Zingerman’s treat! God Bless!

  531. Crystal February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I came to this site after reading Jenny’s devotion on Proverbs 31 Ministries. It is so encouraging to hear someone share their fears and how they overcome them by putting their hand firmly in Gods and trusting Him to fulfill the promises in our lives. Thank you for sharing Jenny- there is a little bit (or a lot-a-bit) of fear in all of us but we KNOW that ” God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 God Bless!

  532. Denise February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Great devotional! Thank you for your honesty…it gives us all permission to face of fears…and they are many. But our God is an awesome God and he does wonderful things when we JUST LET GO!!!

  533. Megan S. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I can completely relate to Jenny’s devotion today. I have to constantly remind myself that its okay to let go bof my self-sufficiency and trust God!

  534. Sonja Bailey February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fear is my biggest struggle, with lack of ability to forgive running a close second…I fear from the smallest and simplest of things up to the biggies… but when I was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago, I was not truly afraid of dying…I never felt that was an option…I was however, very afraid of all of the unknowns I was about to face… My prayer was simple…please help me eacg day to understand and deal with all that was brought before me…Now I am healed, cured…but I still have fears… I know I am strong enough to get past them, I just need to give GOD more room and time… for HE will take care of me, my fears and my life…

  535. Kathy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book on fear. I would love to win one. I read voraciously as confined to bed most of the time. Love the website and devotionals. My fear so many times is in the area of financial needs & trusting my grown kids to His leading in their lives, letting go & allowing His timing for their lives.

  536. Ann February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    it’s hard not to be afraid! I know it says that we’re given a spirit for love and not for fear but I’m working on my 2nd brain tumor in 5 yrs. and this one’s technically in-operable. I’m a single mom w/ 2 wonderful kids, and I’d hate to be w/out them! I’ve just finally considered the possiblity of opening my heart to someone, but that’s also a scaring situation (not sure I want to be that vulnerable again), seeing as how my ex-husband sexually assaulted my teenage daughter for yrs, and we’re still picking up the pieces from that as well. My life’s been threatened, my health’s been unstable, so I’m learning to rely on the Lord for peace. Psalm 5:3 – “In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

  537. Jenny B. Jones February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow, I could read your comments all day. So inspiring–from facing widowhood, death of loved ones, aching hearts. You ladies are awesome.

  538. Mrs. Parker February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sadly, I’ve had the fear of someone dying in my family for a while. It’s weird because everytime I get a phone call, I’m thinking “Oh no, what if…” I’ve also had nightmares of someone trying to hurt me or my family. I’m praying and haven’t had a nightmare in a while…still praying to get rid of that anxious feeling when I get a phone call from a family member. Thanks for writing your novel and letting God use you!

  539. Bet February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fear one of Satan’s greatest weapons. For the past 50 plus years it has been one he uses on me and that I even use on myself. When ever I identify it in my life now I just tell myself “God walks with me in ALL things”. A women’s study I am participating in has us read in Daniel Chapter 2 and there Daniel tells us that God knowz “all things hidden”. Isn’t that a wonderful reassurance that even if we don’t know what is coming it is not a surprise to Him. Also for me it is a great step forward for me to be able to confess my fears and sins as He already knows them. What an awesome God!

  540. Angela Q February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I could say my biggest fear is an aversion to spiders, the fear of the dark, or a fear of fire. But, in reality, the only thing I really, honestly fear with every fiber of my being is of losing my relationship with God. If that is lost, all is lost. I know it will not be lost, unless I choose it to be lost, but the fear is still there. I have learned to not linger on the fear, when it comes to mind, but to pray to God about all the good he is and the life I lead due to his grace and mercy.

  541. Sharon Moore February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Enjoyed the excerpt of Jenny’s book; sounds like we’re related with fears, sweets, and life in common. Love to laugh and need some laughter because it is the best way to get past some fears. Recently my fears have been financially based, in business, and the seemingly overwhelming presence of debt. Spiritually, listening for His direction, wondering —although knowing I haven’t heard Him tell or show me which way to go. Now it’s off for the evening, needing a good book… thanks and God bless!

  542. Pricella Connolly February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fears. Oh my gosh, how many of those do we all have? The Bible says that we are more than conquerors with Christ, yet we can’t make it past the little stuff like plane rides. It’s almost humorous. I’m sure God’s staring down at us laughing that we are freaking out over so slight things.

    I’m going to share a fear and it’s not going down deep, because if I did that you’d be reading this comment for a long time. One thing that gets me has been driving next to semi-trucks. I know, silly, but the only thing I can think of is: “I’m right here! Don’t hit me!” or “Speed up, slow down, or let me pass you! Don’t hit me!” and even “Oh gosh, time to hit the left lane and get far away from you.” They are scary, point blank. I laugh at myself when I’m not in the situation, but I know that even if I were to get hit, God has a purpose in it….even if that purpose is that I overcome the fear of these things that are so small in comparison to even the shadow of God. ๐Ÿ™‚

  543. Carleen Guerrero February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  544. Mary February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you so much for your post on P31. My biggest fear has always been of failure. I recently realized that if God calls me to something, despite my fear, he is going to do a mighty work. Each time I feel that fear of failure I look to God and he gives me the strength I need to face it!

    Must say after reading the list of what is in the “sweet” box my stomach is growling =)!

  545. Lori February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This was an awesome devotion. I have struggled with fear (the kind that torments my mind) but have been delivered from that. However, what you bring up today gives me hope to face the fear that I’ve titled as something else (insecurity) and encourages me to “get out of that boat”!

  546. Ella Christopher February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Your devotional hit the nail on the head for me. I recognize myself afraid to start writing even though I feel God is calling me to write. It’s time for me to trust God and put feet to writing. I will be following the study plan at the end of the article.

  547. Ella Christopher February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for an excellent article. It has many applications for my study.

  548. Joy Ellis February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Definitely heights and flying!! Scared to death of them!!!

  549. Kathy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I must admit that my worst fear is of being rejected like I was in my first marriage. It made me turn to the Lord in desperation and was my stability for many years until I met my 2nd husband. Now I feel the same insecurity anytime I sense his disapproval or any sign of lack of respect. I realize this is irrational fear and must turn to the Lord for unconditional love and acceptance. I know your book will address some ways to continue to live a life focusing on our Lord Jesus.

  550. Pam Dick February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh, I love books and chocolate. What a great giveaway. Pam

  551. Lavonne Stevenson February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh Yeah! Fear is one of those four letter words that is o.k. to say, but not o.k. to “be the star” in. Years ago, I struggled with the fear God was going to take my son. I had asked God for a son and he granted my wish, so why did I think he would take him from me? I thought I was a good person, went to church, read the Bible, prayed, did good deeds, you know…….doing christian things. Well, I loved my son so much, I was afraid that God would think I loved him too much, or I didn’t love God enough, or whatever, but I truly feared I would lose my little boy. One night when my son was about three years old, I woke up from a dead sleep to feel that terrible feeling of fear. I went into his room and checked on him. He was fine, but I just started crying. The next day, I told a friend of mine about what had been going on and she quickly gave me the obvious reason. Satan…..yes, the master of all evil and distruction. He was working on my faith and relationship with God. She reminded me that as long as I belonged to God, Satan would constantly try to win me over through his tricks of the trade. Well, some christian I was. I didn’t see the obvious works of evil within my spirit. But, I began immediately telling Satan to ” get behind me.” Oh, he still creeps around, but the fear he instilled in me is gone. My son is 29 years old now. He has been a policeman, deputy, and firefighter. God was with him all along. It was me that wasn’t with God.

  552. Marissa February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Hey there! I’m a reader of Jenny B. Jones blog and love her books (and sweet food). So when I saw this I had to stop by! Got to say I love your blog and I will be stopping back by again! Thanks!

  553. Pamela Littrell February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed this site as it tell of good books to read. I also like to read the interviews with the authors of books choosing as book of the month. Especially the Christian fiction books.

  554. Heather February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Fear. That is the worst 4-letter-word in my vocabulary. I have done everything I can imagine to conquer it, and yet it still controls me. I got saved two years ago and this was the first thing I asked God to help me with. I am still working on it, but I am a work in progress. Well, my fear is heights. I am not sure how far it goes back, but I do know that it has gotten worse over the last 5 years. At first I couldn’t drive over certain overpasses. Now I avoid them even when someone else is driving. It even extends to me not going up on 2nd floors. I have quoted scripture, prayed, read books like Fearless and If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat…these things inspire me, but this fear is so gripping. Now I can’t even attend my brother-in-law’s wedding because they are having it on the roof of a hotel. And nobody understands this fear. They wonder why I let it control me (yeah, well imagine how I feel). My dream is to go to Israel, and also to travel the world. I know one day I will go, but I don’t know how or when. It’s not that I lack the faith in God (or maybe I do?). I feel more that I lack the faith in myself.

  555. Kelly Hart February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Kathy,
    I loved your devotion today!! Except for the fear of heights, your fear list looks like mine. I have often thought of the getting out of the boat moment and wondered when that would be for me, and would I sink or swim.
    Well I had one on a missions trip to Argentina. I had to speak in front of a church full of people and didn’t have the faintest idea what I would say. I prayed so hard and as I walked to the front, I said well Lord, I wonder what you’re going to say. He gave me about the first sentence to start with and the rest just flowed out of me. It was totally the Holy Spirit speaking. Even today when I think about it, I’m still in awe at what God could do through me when I let Him.
    Keep writing, Kathy. I’m sure God suprises and blesses you too, when you see what has flowed out of you.

  556. Eno February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book. I have lots of fears…basically I fear living on the edge. I prefer security in all things.

  557. Diane Rogers February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    At 27 years old i still have a lot of fears. I thought by now i would be getting ahold of this adult stuff. but that is so not the case. I have a lot more and sometimes even biggers fear. I fear I am never going to have the time or money to go back to school, fear of never ending hospital bills that i cant get on top of, fear of wasting my life away on stuff that isnt important to me but most of all to GOD i could go on and on. I am slowly learning to have more faith in GOD and let him help me instead of me always trying to control everything. Most of all though. Im an divorced and I fear Im going to be alone forever and never have the family that I dream about.

  558. Michelle Callan February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I cannot wait to read this book. I have recently begun facing fears that I thought I had dealt with a long time ago. They have stopped me from living fully and just being comfortable in my own skin. Not anymore, God has had his hand out for me & I am finally taking it. This devotional was just what I needed today.

  559. Lauren Riggs February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Amen sister on the fear thing, I hear what you are saying and thank you for the courage to name and claim it, now its my turn.

  560. Rebecca February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Yay! Jenny I just discovered your blog. I know snow days are not days feared by you:)

  561. Denise Lee February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow… there have been times in my life that it would have been quicker to list what I was NOT afraid of! Of course, as a mother, I think it’s common to fear that something horrible will happen to one of our children. It is when a particular fear paralyzes us that we need to take notice and try to overcome that fear.
    I am not an adventurous person. I have no desire to climb mountains or to freefall from a moving airplane. I want to overcome my fear of needles and blood, and be able to donate blood. I realize I could live an entire lifetime, and the need to donate blood would never arise. I do not like the way the very thought paralyzes me, makes me swoon. I WILL overcome this!
    Denise

  562. lisa contino February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank You for showing me positive steps for acknowledging and facing my fears. I know God is always there and will make a way when there seems to be no way.

  563. Sara T February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Hello Jenny, I so appreciate your books topic as it confirms my hearts desire to trust God, hold tightly to His hand and His promises rather than running in the opposite direction. Without faith we cannot please God and I want to please him.

  564. Kristen K February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love this post. Girl – you speak to my heart! I am a first-year Special Education teacher. I teach 15 students with ADHD, MR, and Autism in grades k-2. Chocolate and Jesus get me through my day! I want to quit my job about 4/5 days a week…. then my kids do something that amaze me and I remember why God has me there and why I just need to trust Him through the hard and stressful times. Now, about that chocolate…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  565. rebekah February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    i would love a copy of this book! sounds like a book right up my alley! well…and chocolate, who wouldn’t want that! especially an expectant mother! :o)

  566. Lynn February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    We all deal with fears, big or little, real or imagined, each day. Having a close friend go through some anxiety issues made me realize that fear is a real issue for many. Thanks so much for the wonderful devotion! I love to start my day with thoughts from so many of the P31 women!

  567. Alexandra Gonzalez February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! I tried to conquer one of my greatest fears this weekend. I took my youngest daughter to the Childrens Theatre to see a show. Since I didnt purchase the tickets I didnt even think about the fact that we might sit up high in the mezzanine. As we climbed the steps up, up, up my stomach did a flip. I sat in the row behind my daughter, who was in the first row. Throughout the show I had a death grip on my seat. Every time my daughter moved my tummy flipped, my chest tightened and I would hold my breath. At one point I had a flashback. When I was a young girl, I shared a room with my two younger brothers. We had triple bunk beds. Dads invention:). One night I dreamt I was falling out of a plane and I woke up just as I hit the ground. Yes, I dont like to fly either but I do, because I have faith and I believe when its your time to go, it’ll happen whether your up in a plane or swimming in a lovely pool. Now dont think I dont have a death grip on my seat or pray the entire time because I do, but I do it and get through it!:) That’s my way of conquering!

  568. Heather February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would really like to read this book ; fear really can put life on “pause” and i would like noting more then to overcome.

  569. Angelina Limato February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My fear at the moment is being homeless. That fear came into greater focus today when I was told my job was no longer. There is no other provider save me and no one to go to for any help. I am trusting the Lord will be good and provide a way. I’m hoping a new door will open and I will be able to keep my residence. But what if that isn’t His plan? Then I hope He will guide me and open my heart and ears that I may hear and understand what His plan is for me. I have always felt a great need to be in control but all the while knowing I have never had any. Yet, I still seek control. How does one give control to someone not seen? Could that be Faith? Hope? Do these elements conquer fear? I have Faith that they do and Hope that is true. Thank you for sharing with us.

  570. amy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My greatest fear is death & dying. I work with frail elderly and have lost so many “friends” and clients, many from plain old age, through the years and dread each new year for who I will lose “this year”. I think about it daily, worry about it all the time…”is this my time?” Fear seems to take over even when my faith in Jesus is so strong. I worry about my “In Basket” and what I haven’t been able to finish, what will be left for my husnband to do; I worry about leaving a confused mess of paperwork in my home office. Part of this is from my Mom’s death 2 years ago and seeing and dealing with the “mess” first hand!

  571. Heather February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I fear that as I get older I will start to be more fearful of the unknown, or for that matter the known. I fear that I will be the person that when I get to heaven God says, I had all these wonderful things planned for you, why did you not take them when I offered?

  572. Tricia February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I really want to read this book. I turn 40 this year and fear has paralyzed my life. I read a favorite blog yesterday and it was about this subject and naming your fears. Well, I named mine and it took a few minutes (or at least it seemed that). I am looking this up in my library and hopefully will have the chance to read it! I find novels really speak to my heart.

  573. Mary Piland February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a really good book. I need something good to read. I have Greg Mortinson’s book Stones Into Schools, but I need some other books to read. I’m recovering from my son (who is bi-polar) living with us for two months. I have fears for my children and have a hard time letting go, especially when they are suffering and struggling. I have a fear of falling and failing as a parent, wife, mother and human being. I also have a fear of my children falling and failing. I have great dreams for us and I know they have great dreams for themselves. We all need to quit being afraid and reach out for our dreams.

  574. Trudy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Safety is comfort…that’s a new idea to me…

  575. Carol Dowdy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Trusting in God is difficult but well worth continuing to keep giving your worries back to Him. I have been without a benefitted job for over a year, but He continues to provide me with jobs to pay my bills. In December I had to have surgery for cancer and without work for 7 weeks. I am amazed at people that God put in my life to help me pay bills and support me. God is always there. Still looking for a job, but continuing to trust in Him.

  576. Jill February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great book. Fear. I don’t struggle with a lot of fear, I try to see things from the perspective that “nothing is that big of a deal” but I’ll admit that I’m really fearful of dark places. I don’t like entering an empty house that doesn’t have a light on somewhere or a basement in the dark. I like to see what’s out there and darkness can be very frightening.

  577. Leah LaRosa February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I grew up afraid of everything…I mean everything! This is not a test. I was sort of tormented by close family members (older brothers to be exact) mercilously – in case you’re thinking “why” – because they could, and I was out-numbered and out-weighed and pretty much out-everything that would have given me an advantage. Consequently I didn’t trust anything or anyone very much. It is miraculous that all these years later, I can say, that my “fear factor” has been tested over and over, and God has “not given me a spirit of fear, but of power…love… and a sound mind”, and I am grateful. I learned young that He was the only one I could trust, the only one I could count on and it is He who has carried me through safely. Everyday it seems a new fear pops up, but then I hear a word of encouragement like this P31 devotional and I hear Him speaking to me again – saying, “Leah, keep your eyes on me and I’ll get you to the other side.” Thank you Jenny for reminding me ๐Ÿ™‚

  578. Suzanne Stelling February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This summer I was in the process of interviewing for a job, and that same Scripture about Peter on the water kept coming into my mind. I kept hearing God say, ‘Come on, Suz, come out here to Me. Walk out in faith. I’m going to take care of you! Watch and see–and be light-hearted. Don’t be afraid, don’t worry; just come out here with Me.” I did, in my spirit’s eye, and when I got to Jesus, He held out His hand to me, and we began to dance on the waves–dance! We twirled, and He smiled at me, and I was lighter than a feather. Keep that in mind for yourself, girls: you can not only walk out onto the water; you can DANCE with your Savior! ๐Ÿ™‚ Suz

  579. Kelly Greene February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I ordered the book on Friday and it is due here tomorrow. I can’t wait!!!

  580. Catherine February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Truly an encouraging devotional, thank you! When we trust in God, fully and not just saying it, things begin to happen, our heart softens and our ears/eyes are open. Let’s all live the life that HE has arranged for us..

  581. Denise February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would like to read this book. It was encouraging to hear about fears and meeting your giant about writing as well.

  582. Lisa Miles February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This was such an encouragement, today. I have long had a dream for ministry and felt encouraged to jump out of the boat! Thank you for sharing.~Lisa

  583. Heidi February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My fear is that my problem with anxiety won’t go away. I know God can handle it for me, and I’ve seen Him do other huge things in my life, but I worry that I won’t have more children because I’m afraid of the anxiety it would bring.

  584. Irene February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am visiting from the P31 devotion it really spoke to me. I have many fears I always have since I was a child I can remember always being so scared…scared something horrible would happen to my mom when she went to the store…scared that my parents would divorce if I wasnt the perfect child…etc…and now I fear for my children’s safety…I fear for my husband I used to drive myself mad…but am gradually learning to let it all go and lay it at His feet…

  585. Catherine C. February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi-
    timely devotional for me! God just won’t let things rest when he wants us to do what Peter did! Thanks a bunch and I hope to check out your books soon!

  586. Kellie M February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the encouragement. Looking forward to reading the book. Blessings.

  587. Dee February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved your devotional. And the perfect timing! I feel like I recently got on a roller coaster ride… you know that giddy feeling of excitement and fear and wonder whether you are going survive as the car you are in is being jerked up, up, up… What you wrote, especially the prayer at the end is a confirmation of what I have heard God saying to me… I took a step of faith and quit my job, moved 900 miles to work on my Master’s, was offered a fabulous job unexpectedly while going to college… watching the hand of the Lord work in my life, waiting for open doors. His plans have yet to be fully revealed… but surely when I get to the top of that roller coaster… I’m buckled up and ready for the ride!

    Thanks again. I look forward to more of your writing.

  588. M4martin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Dropping by for my chance to win a novel. I have struggled with the fear of success for years. I’ve been afraid if what would be expected of me if I lived up to my potential. I know now is time for me to deal with that fear & honestly um afraid of that. But God…

  589. Carla February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the transparency; I thought I couldn’t admit my fears, but am slowly realizing that it’s not a shocker, and other prefectly normal people have fears, too. Mine? Fear of rejection, fear of public speaking (all those eyes on me!), fear of failure to the point that I sometimes avoid trying. Flying was ok with me until 9/11. . . now I’m a little apprehensive. I could add more, but suffice it to say that, like another reader/writer, I’m more and more able to leave my fears at the feet of Jesus – one at a time – and enter into His rest. Blessings!

  590. Julia Sutherlin February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm #