1. Life really does bring so many challenges along the way. I love your definition of an assertive voice. A lot of people wouldn’t view assertive as being wise enough to submit to authority but you are so right about that. My story is similar to yours. My first husband and I had a very difficult divorce and I was a single mom for awhile. I remarried 16 years ago and we have a wonderful marriage even though there have been plenty of “confidence conflicts” along the way too :). Thank you for sharing your story here, Catrina. Many blessings to you!

    1. Candace,
      I appreciate your words of affirmation, thank you. No matter how many challenges we face on the journey, our God is bigger and He is powerful enough to help us through. Keep pressing on with boldness and confidence!

  2. Catrina, thanks for sharing your testimony so BOLDLY here today. 🙂 I love the word “assertive,” and you’ve shed light on it for me today. We submit to God’s wisdom, and we walk with fearless faith. It’s amazing what God can do with our lives a we look to Him and follow Him.

    Rachel, I’ve missed your blog! Just haven’t gotten here in so long. Thanks for hosting your friend today. #TestimonyTuesday

    1. Betsy,
      So true! Submitting–even to wisdom–is not always easy, but our faith is the only thing our Lord requires of us, and He is so faithful to come through when we don’t give in to our fears but trust Him instead.

  3. What a powerful message, Catrina!
    Thanks, Rachel, for sharing your space. My heart needed these strong words today.

    1. Michele,
      Glad to hear it was helpful. Keep pressing on with fearless faith.

  4. I appreciate this. Recently, I found myself being aggressive and I didn’t like it. It’s not me. Though taking a faith stand and in the right, I told my mother I would not become what I hate. You really aren’t showing God’s love and when passive or peacemaker doesn’t work, assertive is the way to go.

    1. So true, Rebecca. God is a God of balance and assertiveness may not always be easier, but wow is it less stressful! Walk in peace my new friend. 🙂

  5. Confidence is my word for the year. I like how you broke down the 4 voices. I tend to flip into passive but to be confident will include being boldly assertive, I say! And thank you for mentioning it is a learned skill, giving hope that it can be learned with practice.

    1. Ahh, yes. It is in the challenges that we develop that which God designed us for. I’m excited for you, because with Confidence as your word you will become what you focus on. Many times since my book came out I wished I hadn’t named it Confident Beauty because my confidence was truly tested and tried. But how can we be helpful to others if it was easy for us, right?

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