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Saying It Out Loud Matters

Just the other day I had a conversation with a client who was struggling with what to put on her new business cards. “Can I say I’m a writer when I just blog?” she asked.

I completely understand the trepidation in that question, but I have an answer for her and for you!

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  1. Amy, as always you hit the nail on the head. I have been dealing with this “saying it out loud” for a while now; always wanting to make sure I come off as humble and not “thinking I’m all that”. I was listening to a podcast by Kathi Lipp last night as I was walking and then I have been reading a book that is giving me confidence in what God is calling me to do. I found myself walking faster, shoulders back more and walking with a purpose while I was talking to the Lord saying, “This is not about me. This is about you and I am honored that you have called me to do this and I am going to do my very best to make you proud.” It’s like Moses. He didn’t think he could do it or wasn’t worthy but God said “who made your tongue? Then I will help you speak properly” [paraphrased]. God’s got this. We just have to believe it. Say it out loud and let Him lead the way to open the doors and follow Him with our whole heart. Thank you so much for your encouragement and your willingness to tell us that you, too, were once where we are now. I will see you at She Speaks ……..because yes, I am a writer and a speaker! 🙂

  2. Patsy McWhorter says:

    Thank you for the encouragement to say out loud that God has called me to speak. Please pray for me to be strong and courageous.

    1. Just prayed for you, Patsy! Hugs!

  3. Last year I had to get my US visa renewed in order to attend She Speaks. I remember during my visa interview, when asked the purpose of my trip I boldly said I was going to a writer’s conference. I was so excited! The agent replied, “Oh, you’re a writer!” For a moment I just paused because I had never heard anyone say it out loud before and it sounded so strange. I really didn’t know whether to challenge him or to agree with him. My instinct was to ‘correct’ him and say that I wasn’t quite a writer just yet, but I forced my lips to say, “Yes, I’m a writer.” Saying the words sobered me and made me think about who I really am.
    To be honest, I haven’t uttered the words ‘I am a writer’ since then, but today I am reminded to affirm my call and to do it as often as I can. Thank you Amy.

    1. It’s funny that the more we say it, the easier it gets to say. AND… the more we believe it. I’m not a “name-it-and-claim-it” girl, but words really are powerful. In this case, we’re agreeing with God and not just trying to manipulate Him or create something on our own. Great reminder, Latasha!

  4. “If you know that God is calling you to speak, say it out loud.”
    “God in us is good enough.”
    “Part of being faithful is confidently stepping into our calling. Not because of our self-confidence. … The confidence of God in us and the confidence in the calling that He has given us.”

    I attended my first writers conference a few weeks ago. A friend recommended I print business cards with pertinent information. She suggested I define myself as a “Writer”.

    That felt…lofty. I felt…not worthy. Your reaction at the Lifeway event was so reminiscent of my own reaction at this conference! Too funny.

    Thank you, Amy. All truths for which I am grateful for the reminder.
    (Love your honesty about your shirt. I’ve secretly wondered about such things!)