Have you ever felt frozen or paralyzed with fear? I used to feel that way a lot before I was saved by God’s grace and the gift of recovery 12 years ago. But here I was, feeling a pinch of that old sensation last night as I tried to sleep…it was the night before my first day in my new career of being a full-time author, speaker and book coach. My last day at my marketing director job went well…everyone gave me hugs of encouragement. But now…I was faced with being completely alone with an empty slate. Well, ok, I have a huge list of to-do’s so it’s anything but empty. And it’s not like I’ve never been here before. Prior to working five years in the corporate world, I owned an ad agency for 20 years. Still, it’s scary. So I prayed this morning to know God’s will and have the power to carry it out…and I realized I’m not alone…God is my new employer. I picked up one of my daily spiritual readers and the saying that stuck in my head was “God helps those who help themselves.” I know I had heard that many times before (in Catholic school, from my parents, etc.) So I told myself, just get to work! Searching for a Bible verse, I glanced down and saw a card two of my coworkers gave me with a parting gift. “God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others.” (Corinthians 9:8) God truly does provide what we need, exactly when we need it, if we only ask. I thought of high divers who take that leap of faith every time they dive off those cliffs. They have practiced. They know how close or far the water is. Still, it’s very risky. One wrong move could even be life threatening. There is no safety net. Yet they were meant to dive, their passion is diving. I’m glad my passion is something far safer! But I know I too need to take that leap of faith because there is no safety net. So here goes…please pray for me as I begin this new journey. And thank you for being the friends behind me, cheering me on!