What is Confidence?
It is a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something.
One can say it is the assurance of one’s ability, competency or even potential.
Who is A Confident Woman?
A TRULY Confident woman not only believes that she can accomplish great strides, touch many lives and succeed at what she does, but she also trusts God to get her there.
Here are three women, of three different times and locations, who have unprecedented influence (AND CONFIDENCE -shhh).
Esther of the Bible
A common Hebrew girl in a time one of the largest kingdoms inhibited the earth. Though she didn’t have much -in terms of wealth, prestige, multiple treasures or talents- she went and joined the large group of young women who went before the King, in his selection of the next queen of Persia and Media and some 127 provinces (Esther 1:1-3). Then the passage says, “the young woman pleased” the head Coordinator or Chief Eunuch of the young women and Esther was given servants and moved “to the best place in the house.” (Esther 2:9) Scripture then states the month, the year- I’m surprise it does not give the time- for apparently King Ahasuerus loved Esther far more than all the other young women who came before him. Verse 17 emphasize that the King placed the “royal crown” on her head and Esther, formerly Hadassah – an orphaned Jewish girl, who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, was declared Queen of Media & Persia and 127 surrounding provinces. At her throning there were banquets, fireworks and a BIG celebration. The king actually made a holiday of that day called THE FEAST OF ESTHER.
Esther could have turned back, she forget the whole thing. It is easy for her to shy away and say something like “I don’t belong here,” “I don’t belong in a palace leading hundreds of thousands of people.” But Esther did not. She confidently took on her mantle.
Anne Graham Lotz
Anne Graham Lotz has spent three-plus decades teaching and preaching the Word of God. She is a personal favorite of mine and I highly admire her. Her dad, Billy Graham himself, called her “the best preacher in the family.” And she loves the compliment, but on the more serious note:
The New York Times named Anne Graham Lotz one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. She’s been profiled on 60 Minutes, and has appeared on TV programs such as Larry King Live, The Today Show, and HannityLive. She has hosted the Just Give Me Jesus revivals in more than 30 cities and 12 different countries, to hundreds of thousands of attendees. Anne is a best-selling author. Her most recent materials are Wounded by God’s People, Fixing My Eyes on Jesus, Expecting to See Jesus and her first children’s book, Heaven: God’s Promise for Me. (http://www.annegrahamlotz.com)
The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants from Argentina and China, Esther is the founder of The Fedd Agency- a literary agency that promotes books for literally the top Christian authors in the industry. She has assisted people like like Mark Batterson, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Lysa Terkeurst, Matthew Barnett, George Barna, Jud Wilhite, and Steven Furtick to name a few. After breaking records selling Bible studies for Lifeway, she went on to work for The Lampo Group, and learned from and promoted works for the best-selling author and entrepeneur, Dave Ramsey. That was ten years ago. Today, The Fedd Agency is a bustling firm serving some of the top authors in the CBA industry. Even as a young girl she had a entrepreneurial spirit and in her free time lives to shoot hoops and play tennis. She also hosts a writers conference named Re:Write. She loves the quote from Mark Batterson: “WORK LIKE IT DEPENDS ON YOU and PRAY LIKE IT DEPENDS ON GOD.” (http://www.chadrallen.com/www.thefeddagency.com)
[MORE STORIES LIKE THESE TO COME…]
Each of these women have made and are making an indelible mark in history. Standing up for a cause, effecting so many lives. As you may or may not notice each of these women love God, seek to please Him and I believe their success have come from their simple TRUST and CONDFIDENCE that God, the God they love and honor and who made them– will take them to where they must be.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”