MOMentous Monday — Offering Hope To The Woman Who Needs To (Re)Discover Her Confidence

Original Guest Post by Tricia Lott Williford, Author of You Can Do This: Seizing the Confidence God Offers

MOMentous Monday is a series of reader submissions. It is a beautiful thing… women from different walks sharing their stories and experiences all for the sake of helping one another to never feel alone. 
For these specific posts I turn the mic over to a fellow woman/momma and they share their personal story. It is so beautiful to witness women turning their pain into purpose and encouraging one another along the way.
This year we are going to do things a bit differently… I will still have others share but it will be under the umbrella topic of “Offering Hope to the Mom ______.” I am really excited about this new twist. In the past 2 years of blogging we have touched on many topics, some more serious than others… but whether with tears or wit there was one common thread that could not be ignored; hope… more so… a need for hope and the confidence that is found when you discover are not alone.

Today I am sharing this space with Tricia Lott Williford, author of You Can Do This, Seizing the Confidence God Offers. Which by the way was the #1 New Title on Amazon in Women’s Issues.

This letter/excerpt she has for you today is basically for me, but I guess I’ll share. Actually, I am fairly certain Tricia may have written 90% of You Can Do This just for me, but we are both gladly sharing it with the world. 

Without further ado, this is my sweet readers is Tricia Lott Williford;

 

Let’s start with an invitation: I’d like to invite you to stop being unhappy with yourself. To stop wishing you looked like someone else, or that people liked you as much as they like someone else, or that you could get the attention of people who hurt you. I’d like to invite you to stop second-guessing all of your decisions and commitments, to stop wondering if your life were different had you only chosen the mystery prize behind door number two.

I’m writing to you working moms who think you’re not doing enough to be present at home, and to you stay-at-home-moms—to those of you who are unapologetically content at home, who worry about getting things right in your long days with the little people who hold your heart; and to the ones among us who miss working outside the home, who feel like you lost your confidence somewhere among crumbs and dirty diapers. I’m thinking of you single women who feel incomplete or not enough because you’re not married. I’m writing to you single moms who balance more than you were ever meant to carry alone, and to you women who live with a failure, a betrayal, or a loss that has stolen every bit of who you thought you were.

I am inviting all of you, all of us, to a new conversation. I’d love to invite you to stop hating your body, your face, your figure, your hair, your freckles (or lack of them), your personality, your quirks. You’re worth more than these self-imposed opinions. It doesn’t matter when you began torturing yourself with criticism, but it needs to stop today. And here’s what I’d love to convince you of right here, right now:

You can do this.

When you’ve finished reading this book, I hope you’ll think, This book made me think and laugh, and now I feel like I can do this next thing in front of me. I hope you’ll feel hope, courage, strength, encouragement, presence, freedom, and confidence to move forward into your life with the awareness that you were born for this. I hope, girl to girl and eye to eye, we can remember that we are called to claim complete confidence.

Finding your confidence is a miracle. I know this because I found mine. And when I looked hard at the woman I’ve become, when I finally recognized the courageous warrior hidden in this frame, I was surprised by joy and astonished by awe. I want the same awareness for you.

Join me, girlfriend. Let’s do this.

I think I need to read this love letter over and over just to remind me of all the truth nuggets I gathered in this book. You Can Do This was my pool side companion this spring and again this summer. Much like a house guest who’s visit went by too quickly… I miss it already! Good thing I am an underliner and did so like a madwoman. Now, when I need a quick fix… I can find the extra good stuff lickety-split!

Here’s the deal, being the new girl (once again) has brought on some sour emotions and those darn insecurities seem to creep out of their wretched black hole from time to time. I thought I had exterminated them once and for all, but nope. Those little suckers are like cockroaches and creep out in the dark, quiet, vulnerable moments. This book has helped me shed light in those dark places, present and past.

Tricia, this book is a gift and I am so very grateful for it! Thank you for the book, thank you for sharing in this post, and thank you for all your words in all the places. It is so beautiful to see God glorifying the ministry that came from your misery and the purpose that came from your pain.

Dear reader, I know you will love it! When you are done, let’s chat about it! Oh! And I almost forgot to mention… it is available in audio format as well!
Well there you have it, no excuses. Read the thing.

Little spoiler… Chapter 9 was such a tear jerker for this former single momma!

Have a Happy Monday!
Muah!

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