Lessons from Naomi on Imposter Syndrome and How to Overcome It

Lessons from Naomi on Imposter Syndrome and How to Overcome It

Last Sunday, we discussed what Naomi can teach us about:

  • Fear of failure
  • How to overcome it

In that devotional, I particularly focused on Ruth 1:20-21 which says:

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi [meaning "pleasant"] call me Mara [meaning "bitter"] for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”


On inspecting that scripture further, I realised that it didn't just:

  1. Speak of Naomi's mindset
  2. Give insight about the fear of failure and how it works, as I said last week

But it also gives us some insight into imposter syndrome- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

Here's a little bit of what you can expect in terms of:


  • What imposter syndrome is and why it seems to affect women more than men
  • How imposter syndrome causes us to act like Naomi in "changing our names"
  • 3 practical; actionable tips for overcoming imposter syndrome today
  • And much more!


Great! Do whatever it is that you need to do to get comfortable so you can watch and enjoy the video below.

Lessons from Naomi on How to Overcome Fear of Failure

Lessons from Naomi on How to Overcome Fear of Failure

Naomi, like Orpah, is first mentioned in the first chapter of the Book of Ruth. She was Orpah and Ruth's mother-in-law before her 2 sons (who were their husbands) died. What killed them was a famine that swept Moab and had also been responsible for Naomi's husband's death prior to this point.

The irony and saddest part about this situation is that Naomi and her husband had originally moved to Moab from Bethlehem years earlier to escape a famine that had swept that land. As such, by the time we meet her in Ruth 1, Naomi is grief-stricken and ready to return back to Bethlehem (especially because she had heard that the famine there was over).

Apart from being struck by the many lessons that can be gleaned from Orpah within this chapter about:

I also have new insights from Naomi about the fear of failure and how to overcome it.

Lessons from Orpah on Success (And what NOT to do!)

Lessons from Orpah on Success (And what NOT to do!)

To a certain degree, Orpah reminds me of Vashti. Like Vashti, Orpah appears in a book of the Bible that chronicles one of our most celebrated matriarchs of the faith's life (Vashti is mentioned in the book of Esther, whereas Orpah is mentioned in Ruth). Yet, neither of these ladies are remembered and held in as high regard as their more esteemed counterparts (Esther and Ruth respectively). Despite this, there are still lessons to be gleaned from each of these women as to why that is. For example, Vashti has already given us lessons on (the importance of) obedience and today, we are going to take lessons from Orpah on how to be successful.

An Interview with Angie Webb on Naomi

An Interview with Angie Webb on Naomi

Today's interview is from Angie Webb whose website can be found at where, in her own words:

"I share my journey out of fear, anxiety and agoraphobia. For years and years my life revolved around living the lie the enemy had fed me along with those who were called to love me. After years of abuse, neglect and emotional torture I believed the lie that was given to me and fed on it for more than 30 years- much of it since the age of 4 or 5 years old. I struggled more after the murder/suicide of my grandparents in 1996 which is when my agoraphobia overtook my world and the world of my family. On my website you can find hopefully encouraging words, helpful sources of hope along with scriptures"

Read on as she shares her amazing perspective on Naomi (her favourite woman of the Bible), how Naomi ties into her personal testimony and what we, as modern women, can also draw from her: