Why Striving Keeps You Stuck & How Surrender Sets You Free
September 2021 • Paperback • 978-0-8024-2331-3
Everyone thinks you’ve got it together. But inside, you’re asking, “Am I enough?”
No matter how good we look to others, the nagging voice of self-doubt is hard to shake. We ask questions like:
- If people really knew me would they still accept me?
- Will I be rejected when I can’t perform?
- Can I pull this off?
- What if I end up alone?
- Am I missing out on what life should be because I can’t shake this fear?
If you find yourself having thoughts like these, Erica Wiggenhorn wants to lead you to freedom. Drawing from the story of Moses—the greatest self-doubter in the Bible—Erica shows how self-doubt is tied closely to self-reliance. It’s only when you cast yourself on God that you find the true source of strength.
Are you enough? The answer is no . . . but your God certainly is. Step out in His power instead of your own and watch your confidence blossom because you’re in the hands of I AM.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erica Wiggenhorn is the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing the truths of Scripture to transform lives. She teaches in various local and national venues and serves on the women’s ministry leadership team for her church. She’s also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God’s Word through Bible teaching, conferences, seminars and retreats. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan. For more information about Erica, her Bible studies, and writing/speaking ministry, visit www.EricaWiggenhorn.com.
God knows you – the real you. He is the only one who can fully forge your identity, because He is the only one who knows you deeply enough to be able to do so…even more deeply than you know yourself. So, while your family – biological or otherwise – may have communicated that you’re not enough, that your dreams are unattainable or your existence insignificant, the God who created you says otherwise. And while the family in which you were raised may have felt less than ideal or even destructive, God placed you there for a purpose.
As long as we insist that we need to be accepted by people before we can fulfill our purpose, our fear of not being enough will isolate us. No human connection can provide the ultimate validation we crave – only I AM will be enough to fulfill us.
For Moses to accomplish all that God had planned for him, life in Pharaoh’s palace proved the perfect training ground for him. He would’ve been taught how to read and write to record the Law that would later be entrusted to him, how to conduct battle to fight the enemies of Israel, mathematics and architecture to construct the tabernacle and its furnishings, and government to organize the over two million people that he would need to leave and oversee. Little did he know as he was being raised and educated how all that information would be used, but God was planting seeds of knowledge that would blossom at His perfect time for His purposes.
Moses’ upbringing in Pharaoh’s court may not have provided solid emotional attachment to his Egyptian mother. He may have longed for acceptance from his Hebrew brothers. But God promised to provide for Moses the connection and identity he so desperately sought, yet failed to receive, from his fellow Israelites. It was Moses’ painful experience of rejection that allowed him to marvel over being personally chosen by God.
I would dare bet that, like Moses, some of your familial relationships are messy, confusing, frustrating, and disappointing. Sometimes they can even be heartbreaking or destructive. Moses experienced all those emotions through his human relationships and guess what? He learned to seek the Lord in the midst of the disappointment and devastation, and discovered that his relationship with the Lord was the only one that brought some wholeness to all the other broken ones. If not wholeness, well then, at least, acceptance.
Friendship with I AM forged the path to answer the question, “But, who am I?” Coming to God with this question is the first step in the journey toward the promised land. Rather than continuing to read the flashing labels of “not good enough” and drowning in feelings of self-doubt, we turn to God for a new script. In order to fully embrace God’s answer, we need to empty ourselves of the inadequate answers that have previously been spoken over us. Our fear of not being enough comes from a misplaced identity. We may understand pieces of ourselves, but we haven’t allowed God to reveal to us all that we are.
Only God can rewrite the reverberating fears of the past into songs of security in the future. Belonging to Him, being His, places us into a new family, a new identity, with sacred callings and inestimable worth. He makes us enough – more than enough – and He thunders through His Word, teaching us to tune our ears toward His truth. And then our feelings begin to follow.
Letting God Be Enough brings readers into the presence of Moses, where they discover a relatable guide wielding profound insights to light our journey of faith. Erica Wiggenhorn draws us a map out of insecurity and fear by inviting sojourners to venture deep into personal exploration. Her genuineness welcomes participants to pave this difficult path of Christ-centered confidence together. This Bible study resonates with my passion as a life coach and licensed therapist to fortify insecure minds, hearts, and souls to become heroes of their divine stories. I cannot recommend Letting God Be Enough highly enough.
– Tina Yeager, LMHC
Award-winning author, speaker, Flourish-Meant podcast host, and life coach
Bestselling and award-winning author Erica Wiggenhorn is never afraid to tackle the tough topics in the Bible—and surrender is no exception. Through honest personal examples and stories, Erica exposes the deep inadequacies that lie deep within every heart. She answers questions like ‘What if I am not enough?’ and ‘What if people don’t like me?’ with gut-wrenching vulnerability. But she doesn’t leave us there. She not only combats the enemy’s lies with the truth of in-depth study of Scripture, she leads us into a new promised land—one that begs us to leave behind the fears of yesterday and helps us forge ahead into a new tomorrow of an identity secure in Christ.
– Michelle S. Lazurek
Multi-genre award-winning author
Do you struggle with inadequacy, fear, failure, or disappointment? Then Letting God Be Enough is the perfect book for you. Erica addresses the emotions we all feel—emotions that tell us we’re not good enough. As she takes us on a journey through the life of Moses, we can relate to his struggles. And just as God proved Himself to be enough for Moses, we can be confident that enough for us, no matter how overwhelming the situation may seem. You will be encouraged and spurred on in your own journey of faith. I needed this book!
– Crickett Keeth
Author of On Bended Knee: Praying like Prophets, Warriors, and Kings
Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church, Memphis, TN