I’m buzzing with excitement and a pinch of nervousness as the day of my first virtual event has arrived - Girrrl Get Empowered! It feels really good to have gotten this far with this particular accomplishment. This event was actually supposed to happen last year. I created my flyer and I put it out there and it was like ‘crickets’ in social media land because only one person signed up! I was already hesitant in moving forward and then, once it got out there, no one signed up! I had speakers scheduled and I even had a DJ for a virtual party! As a result of what I perceived as low interest, I canceled the event.
As I think back I wish I had moved forward with it. Honestly, part of it may have been that a lot of people wait until the last minute to sign up for things/events. However, at the heart of the matter - I let fear set in. It felt safer to cancel than to move forward and have the event actually be successful! Fear is a powerful tool that wreaks havoc in your life if you succumb to it.
Fear immobilized me. I was so scared of this event failing that I didn’t even try again for a whole year! Have you ever been there? You know what God told you to do but because you were fearful you didn’t move. You know that God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear but you still can’t seem to shake it! So you don’t move at all. This was me. Tough on the outside, scared to death on the inside.
How did I get moving again?
I had to stare fear in the face and tell it literally to get out of my face - NOW! I had to gain what the lion sought after in the Wizard of Oz - courage. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. This is how reading this Scripture went for me:
“Have I not commanded you?” - Wait, Whet? Lord, for real? Yeah you did tell me that, I don’t know where my head and heart has been
“Be strong and of good courage” - Yeah, I know you right God - I ain’t no punk in the Spirit!
“Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed” - Right, Right….
“For the Lord your God is with you WHEREVER you go” - wherever I go and whatever I do - God you are right there!
Ok Lord - Let’s Do This!!!
After this crazy conversation with my Father - I moved full speed ahead and now the day is finally here! This time I wasn’t concerned about who registered because I was doing what God told me to do. If it ended up being 3 people, we were going to minister to one another in Jesus name! However, you know when the Lord does it, He does it well! Almost 50 ladies have registered and I have 5 speakers on deck!! God blessed me to have 5 entrepreneurs gift me with 5 door prizes and I have a small team of help for the event!!
When the Lord tells you to move, don’t be immobilized by fear but rather, move by the power of the Holy Spirit and go forth in what the Lord instructs you to do! When you move, He makes provision!
Girrrl Get Empowered, we in a NO FEAR ZONE!!!