Jamie BrittI’m excited to introduce you to Jamie Britt. We met at a writer’s retreat in 2011 and became fast friends. Jamie is such an encourager, and the love of Jesus shines brightly in her:

My journey in life hasn’t been easy. Since birth, I’ve been totally blind. Although it’s been hard, I know that in the end it will be worth every struggle and hardship.

I feel God has called me to reach people in pain and heartache. I want them to know that they can still find hope in the midst of pain and despair. We can completely and without reservation trust our sovereign and holy God.

I write to offer strength, hope and encouragement for those who struggle. I want women to realize that no matter what you go through in life, there’s still hope. God has a purpose in it every trial. You may not see it at the moment, but He will reveal it to you in His perfect time. I can promise you, spending eternity with God will be worth it.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “ Therefore I hope in Him!” ~Lamentations 3:24 (NKJV)

When We Doubt

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts
is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
~James 1:6 (NKJV)

Doubt. It can be paralyzing. For a long time, I doubted myself as a writer until dear friend’s words changed all that for me. Did it totally erase the doubt forever? No. Would those thoughts assault me later? Absolutely!

You see, I felt confident at the conference with other writers who shared my emotions. I was safe. Once I returned home, I was back under the enemy’s lies. But the words of a friend changed my perspective.

Edie Melson, Jamie, and Vonda Skelton

At the writer’s conference, my friend Edie Melson made me look at her and repeat, “I am a writer.” And then she said, “Now you’re a writer because Edie Melson said so!” Edie set me straight that day and I will forever be grateful to her.

That may not seem significant to you, but those words changed my life. I repeat them to myself anytime I start doubting myself as a writer.

Are you struggling with doubt? Do you feel as though you’ve been sucked in by the enemy’s lies? Ladies, he’s a liar and he will cause the roots of doubt to form inside of you. God desires for us not to doubt. Ask Him to help you in this area of doubting today. Let’s go forward in what He has for us!

Dear Lord, thank You for pouring confidence into us when we don’t have any of our own. Thank You for the sweet reminders of dear friends when we need the nudge. Lord, we love You and we praise You, Amen.

Susan here. Jamie is one of the friends I connected with at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference last May. God's Provision in Tough TimesSeveral others at that conference collaborated on the recently released God’s Provision in Tough Times, 25 True Stories of God’s Provision During Unemployment and Financial Despair.

It’s easy to doubt God’s goodness when money is tight. These testimonies inspire and encourage with scriptures, prayers and insights. One of my favorites:

Father, I thank You when I am most empty,
there is more space
for You to be present in my life.

How has someone encouraged you recently? Please share in the comments and let the Lord use those words to encourage someone else!

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