Overcoming Fear and Insufficiency in New Things — 34 Comments

    • I’ve found myself loving things like pumpkin rolls and carrot cake since I started baking and learning new things! I am amazed – because they really are that good! I also love “kneading” puns now – like “You have to make the dough before you knead it” – LOL! Thanks for coming by! Praying God’s Shalom into your week! ~ Maryleigh

    • The challenges can sometimes literally make life sweeter – especially so in this case! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

    • The challenges may change but the need to overcome doesn’t! Thank you for your encouraging note! Praying God’s Shalom in your week! ~ Maryleigh

  1. I am so proud of you! Fear and Insufficiency have been monsters I’ve battled too. I love that, when God calls us, He equips us. How wonderful that He’s placed you on a team where you can live your own dream even as you fulfill another’s dream. And congratulations on your upcoming book! That’s an accomplishment in itself. Enjoy baking and eat some for me. I have to eat gluten-free, so I don’t eat too many coffee shop baked goods. 😉 But I must admit, you had me at the photo of cinnamon rolls! 🙂

    • This bakery has an amazing gluten-free coffee cake muffin and a carrot cake muffin! They were amazing! I’ve never cooked gluten free before – I am amazed at the different ingredients! Those cinnamon rolls are just so awesome!!!

  2. Amen! The world is so blanketed with fear these days! Thank you for the reminder that God still calls us out to follow Him, into new things, even when the fear tells us to back down. Congratulations on your new position, and on the upcoming book too! Blessings and Peace to you.

    • What a testimony and prayer over at your place today, Bettie! Your story, your prayer – the beauty and grace He gives us in the broken moments! Thank you for the encouragement and congrats – and for coming by today! Shalom, Bettie! ~ Maryleigh

  3. Hi Maryleigh,

    You are such an awesome baker with all the goodies you make from your own kitchen, you’ll be an asset to this bakery and a delight to all their customers. Congratulations for fighting off the beasts of Fear and Insufficiency. I have the same battles with the same dominant enemies in my life! Maybe I should start using your technique of shouting, “SLAY that monster F E A R!!!”

    I’m drooling over your cinnamon rolls and muffins. When can I taste some??? We need to span this distance between us!
    Thank you for your honest and encouraging post.

    • My boys roll their eyes – then and now – when I would tell them to Slay that Monster FEAR! LOL – Maybe that will help them remember as they grow into their challenges. Thank you for your sweet encouragement! Whenever you come through Tennessee, message me and be sure to stop by!

  4. Hi Maryleigh,

    I’m stopping by from the RaRa Linkup and so glad I did. Despite the fear, you’ve bravely stepped forward and provided me with such an encouraging example today. Thank you for this lovely post and photos.


    • Thanks so much for coming by Tammy – and being such a kind encourager! I know what it feels like to let fear stop me and what it feels like to do despite the fear – and I would rather live with pushing through the fear – failing or succeeding – and regretting I did not try! Maybe it’s about choosing the one that won’t haunt me. Praying God’s Shalom into your week! ~ Maryleigh

  5. This was fantastic full of such wisdom. I love what you said, “but then I think about how in two-months time, the new will have become old hat.” I, too, have felt “Fear and Insufficiency.” In fact, two weeks ago, it was overwhelming, and I considered quitting something new I had started. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Link-Up. Maree

    • I know what it feels like to let fear stop me and what it feels like to do despite the fear – and I would rather live with pushing through the fear – failing or succeeding – and regretting I did not try! Maybe it’s about choosing the one that won’t haunt me. Thank you for being such a kind encourager! Praying God’s Shalom into your week and in the overwhelming! ~ Maryleigh

  6. Maryleigh – I am going to feature your post this Friday on Embracing the Unexpected | Maree Dee. Thank you for being part of the Grace & Truth Link-up. Quick question – Do you want your last name included? I do not see it.

    • WOW, Maree Dee! What a blessing -a blessing that just encourages the socks off me! Yes! Please include my last name – the author page is probably the only place my last name would be: Maryleigh Bucher! Thank you!

    • Welcome Vickie! It’s so nice to meet you, too! Thank you for the sweet encouragement! Praying God’s Shalom into your week! ~ Maryleigh

  7. What a neat opportunity! But oh so tempting! 😀 Kudos to you for conquering bread dough and pie crusts–two things I have not conquered. I’ve battled fear and insufficiency, too. One verse that’s often helped me in those times is 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Some times I reduce it to the phrases “all grace, all sufficiency, all things, all times” and repeat that over and over to myself.

    • I love this Bettie ” “all grace, all sufficiency, all things, all times” – thanks for sharing it with me! So much easier to remember! I finally conquered muffins today! Muffins have been surprisingly hard! Again, thanks for Scripture – and the easier way to carry it in my mind ~ Shalom! Maryleigh

    • You are so right! Pie Crusts intimidated me far too long! Thank you, Sue!!! ~ Shalom! Maryleigh

      • I agree although the best piecrust recipe I have ever had was from my dear friend Betty Mitchell, missionary & Dietician to Dalat School, Penang when we both worked there.

        • Dough is an area new to me (angel biscuits really being my only consistent go-to but not often) – so that means pie crust, too. I am intrigued about your friend’s recipe – and the recipe I am using now to become more discerning about pie crust differences! I’m totally over-the moon I can now roll them out and make the edges look pretty! LOL – Recipes, I will admit, are more dear and taste better when someone special shares them with us! What a memory reminder! ~ Blessings to you, too, Maryleigh

    • Thanks so much for joining me Jennifer – between your tea and my baking, we should have a delightful time! I’m looking forward to visiting your place! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

  8. Fear is a real thing and it can paralyze, robbing us of the new things. I’m so glad that didn’t happen to you. Congrats on stepping into something new; baking on a team and authoring a book. There’s nothing insufficient about you.

    • I’ve learned to find my sufficiency in Him – doing what He’s called me to do. The world asks for numbers and publishing house bona fides – God just asks me to step and trust. That has given me a whole new perspective on what I did every day! Thanks so much for coming by and being a beautiful encourager! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

    • By baking on such a big scale, it makes doing it a home so much less intimidating! I made cinnamon rolls for my boys tonight for tomorrow – and it was a piece of cake -compared to how stressed out I used to be – so I didn’t! Thanks for coming by Lisa! ~ Maryleigh

  9. Thank you for this inspiration. I am thinking that baking for a coffee shop/bakery would be a fun job. How fun to get to follow through with this dream of yours. Fear is not the boss of you or me. Keep on keeping on! You inspire me!

    • Mary, Baking things with dough used to be so daunting! So I didn’t! Now that I do it on a much bigger scale, it’s not as intimidating at home! I made cinnamon rolls tonight from scratch for the boys for the morning – and it was so very easy! Thanks so much for your encouragement! ~ Maryleigh

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