Living Beyond the Shadows of Our Doubts

Today I shared the story of how I discovered the shadow of my doubt.  That day was a huge turning point for me.

As I stood in my bathroom looking at the humongous shadow on my wall, I sensed God whispering to my heart: Renee, you can only see the shadow because you have turned away from the light. Turn back toward the light.

Slowly I turned back toward the lights above the mirror, and realized I was no longer standing in the shadow. I also realized I’d created the shadow by blocking the light.

Shadows are created all around us when something blocks light. And so it is with the shadow of doubt.

When we focus on ourselves and how inadequate we feel, or what others are thinking about us, we block the light of God’s Truth in our hearts which casts a shadow of doubt over our thoughts.

Our thoughts end up being mostly about ourselves: how we’re performing and what others are thinking about us. It’s not that these thoughts are bad. It’s just that when we focus our attention on ourselves, we turn our attention away from God.

We become concerned and sometimes consumed by what others think of us, instead of what God thinks about us.

If we want to live beyond the shadows of our doubts, we have to turn our eyes toward the Light by focusing on God’s thoughts towards us, instead of our thoughts about ourselves.

Turning toward the Truth
Until that day in my bathroom with God and my shadow, I thought doubt was simply a negative emotion. I kept thinking I’d be more confident if I’d just try harder to believe in myself. But it wasn’t about trying harder, it was about turning sooner.

Self-focus had turned my heart away from God’s promises. What about you? How many of these doubts have lured you away from the truth and into doubts shadows?

  • I’m not good enough.
  • I’m always disappointing someone.
  • I can’t follow God consistently.
  • I’ll never change.

That day was my turning point. I wanted to burn the image in my mind. Turning away from the shadow—turning toward the light. Turning would be crucial.

Turning away from self – Turning toward God
Turning away from doubt – Turning toward Truth
Turning away from darkness – Turning toward Light

Instead of waiting for God to zap us with confidence and remove our doubts, let’s ask God to use our doubts to draw us into a deeper place of dependence on Him and His promises. It’s not necessarily going to be easy, because it requires turning, but it is possible and worth what it takes to turn.

Turning leads to transforming, as we allow our thoughts to be made new, and transforming leads to believing as God’s thoughts become our Truth.

When doubt casts its shadow over us, let turn back to Jesus and live in the Light of His truth:

  • When we feel inadequate, God says: You are CHOSEN.
    “‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he’” (Isa. 43:10).
  • When we feel afraid, God says: You are REDEEMED.
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isa. 43:1).
  • When we feel unloved, God says: You are LOVED.
    “You are precious and honored in my sight, and . . . I love you” (Isa. 43:4).
  • When we feel forgotten, God says: You are REMEMBERED.
    “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isa. 49:16).

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I know this is a lot to process but today can be a turning point if you only remember this: Having a God-confident heart is not about trying harder, it’s about turning sooner.

I’m giving away two copies of A Confident Heart and two sets of conference calls for the upcoming Confident Heart online Bible study hosted and led by Melissa Taylor from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I’ll tell you how you can win in a minute but first I want to tell you about some free encouragement/resources:

Now, be sure to click “Share your thoughts” below and do just that. I love hearing from you and praying for you! Your comment can be short but it’s what I need to have your name for the drawing.

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. This is a lot to take in. I am constantly weighed down by the shadow of doubt. It has been something I have struggled with all my life. I can actually trace it back to a turning point where I believe it went from a shyness that I could overcome to debilitating doubt that I could not. Even now I am finding it hard to start turning back to the light. I know with God’s help all things are possible, though. Thanks for the devotional today! It’s something I really need to work on.

    • I can so relate to this!! I have been filled with such disgust, doubt, failure, etc. I have been going through depression for over 30 years. I have wasted so much of my life, and effected those around me. I struggle, and I want to change, but I do nothing. I hate myself. I want to change and become the person God made me to be. I pray and hope but each day I end up in the same place. Thank you Renee for sharing your deepest thoughts. It is reassuring to know we are not alone. I thank everyone for their honesty in their comments too. I pray that we ALL get over this mountain, and come into God’s light.

      • Irene,
        I feel like I just read my own words. I to suffer from depression and self-doubt. I pray for the strength and the wisdom to be the woman God wants me to be instead of what other people want me to be. You are right we are not alone. In my prayers. God Bless!

  2. Angela Cooper says:

    I thank the Lord for you, Renee Swope! I read with many tears, today’s devotional in Encouragement for Today! It’s like you were writing to me, personally! I am living in the shadow & am blocking the light of His love; His encouragement; His being, in my life…..
    Somehow, you hit the ‘nail on the head’, in this devotional! Lately, I have not felt close to Him. It’s been hard work to draw closer to Him, all the while, knowing that I must! I still do too much for people, trying to be more to people, instead of to Him. And all the while, being knocked down, for doing too much! My Christian Sister, has bought the book, “A Confident Heart” for me, I just haven’t gotten it from her. I have just finished reading, “One Thousand Gifts”, by Ann Voskamp. Oh to try to be thankful in ALL things! Even though, one is feeling so unworthy of pretty much everything! Life has been tough, to say the least! I cannot thank YOU enough for writing to me today! God Bless YOU & Keep YOU in His light, for always! Sent with love, from one who knows how you felt that morning in the bathroom! Angela <

  3. Nicole B. says:

    I wasn’t always a woman of doubt and insecurity. I use to be extremely confident and that confidence encouraged others to strengthen their own confidence in self. Somewhere alone the way, I lost myself. I started obsessing over what others thought of me because of some bad decisions I made. I am a young adult and self image is everything to us. For about two years now, I have limited myself from truly reaching my full potential due to what others may say. I am a God fearing woman, I’ve seen the miracles he has performed in my life. Like Renee says, I guess I have been waiting for a zap of confidence from God. It was not by chance that I stumbled across this message. I have signed up for the 7-day doubt diet and ready for God to truly work in and through me. It’s funny because I have been asking God for signs all week about what’s next and where I should go. It is such a blessing to know he always answers our prayers. I can’t wait to see what God will show to me over the next 7 days and truly grateful for Renee and her ministry.

  4. Renee, I thank God everyday for you! You helped change my life. Love todays devotion and can’t wait for the Bible Study to begin! Love you hugs to you!

  5. LeeAnn Mott says:

    Thank you for a wonderful devotional. So many times our problems come from a microscopic approach to looking at ourselves, how we don’t measure up, how others are better, what we are doing wrong, what others think of us. I am just so tired of worrying about other people. At 46 years old, you would think that self-doubt of a little girl would be gone, but somehow it lingers.

    My goal is to focus on God, on his love for me and his unconditional acceptance and to quit looking at myself with a magnifying mirror that only shows blemishes.

    Thank you for shining light.

  6. Renee….i just LOVE LOVE LOVE you!!!! Your devo this morning and your blog are speaking directly to the core of my heart this morning! “When we focus on ourselves and how inadequate we feel, or what others are thinking about us, we cast a shadow of doubt in our minds and block the light of God’s Truth in our hearts.” This is the definition of my life right now. I am drowning in that shadow and so desperately want to come up for air! I never used to be insecure and certainly never thought of myself as weak. But in the last couple of years of my life….so much has changed to cause me to doubt my EVERY move! I feel like a failure as a wife, mother and friend. I feel an insecurity that I’ve never know before! I’ve been praying for a change of heart and you, my sister in Christ, are showing me the way!!! Thank God for working in you and speaking through you!!! I will start today focusing on His strengths instead of my weaknesses and using my doubts to draw me closer to Him rather than pushing me further and further away!!!

  7. Renee,
    Thank you for reminding me that doubt is caused by my turning from the light. I used to doubt everything about myself and sometimes even God’s ability in me. He has brought me from that childhood of being overweight and thinking thoughts that weren’t from God to being a confident woman of God. Yet at times the enemy whispers those thoughts and I turn to listen instead of looking toward the light of God’s love. When I read His Word, I am reminded not to believe the lies of the enemy any longer but to walk in the truth.
    Thank you for being an obedient mirror!

  8. I really struggle with this, choices I have made in my life, and wondering how God can possibly forgive me and help me out of my despair. I think I cling to doubt and the feeling that because of my choices i deserve this and the bad things that happen. I hope to gain the confidence so many of you have found. I have known Jesus all my life but still do not feel confident that he wants me to be happy.

    • Debbie….my heart breaks for you but at the same time you need to know that I can truly understand. I have made some horrible decisions in my life, I have made some huge mistakes. I continue to wrestle with what I have done, yet daily, Jesus reminds me that its not about what I did, its all about what He did. He finished it at the Cross. I believe that with all my heart. BUT I understand where you are at…..there are days that the lies of the enemy creep in and bring along with it doubt of forgiveness, fear of punishment for my sins, and the thoughts that I deserve ‘this’. Please know that Jesus loves you, He has forgiven you, and He can help you forgive yourself. Let Him love you like no other can love you and if you know Jesus like you say you do, then you would know that His desire is for you to be happy in Him, not in things of this world. He loves you so much…..He died for you. He died to forgive you. Rejoice in the freedom that comes with the Cross. Celebrate His love! John 10:10 tells us that He came that we may have life and life to the full. Satan came to steal, kill and destroy. Satan was defeated at the Cross…..dont let him win this. Celebrate the joy that Jesus died to give us and stop believing the lies of the enemy.

    • Dana Stello says:

      Debbie, my heart aches for you, too. I struggled with this at one time and ended up very depressed. I finally went to a Christian counselor that said Christ had forgiven me, but I had not forgiven myself. She said that when I would not forgive myself, it was like saying that Christ dying on the cross was not good enough to cover my sins. I was blown away. There is nothing in our past too big or too bad to be covered be the blood of Jesus. He knew what ours sins would be before He willing gave His life so that we could spend eternity with Him. Why? Because He loves us that much! Debbie, Jesus loves you that much and He wants you to be filled with joy! Praying for you my precious sister!

  9. Hazel Miller says:

    Renee,

    Thank you for share your story with me. I know that when I seek God He always provides me with His answer. I am a Christian woman who has seen the power of God’s transformation in my life, however, I have struggled with confidence and self-worth, after reading your message today, I realized how I have allowed the shadows of doubt to overcast my focus on God.

    Your message touched deep into my heart, it reminded me that I belong to God and that He loves me. I realized my focus had become self-centered, paralyzing and overpowering me from turning to Him. I’m determined with the help of God to complete depend on Him and to focus on how He sees me. No longer will I allow doubt to enter cross the threshold of my mind. Through God I have all power.

    Thank you,

  10. Hi,
    I really need to boost my confidence after my divorce and being a single mother, its hard emotionally and financially, i just worry all the time and i even worry about getting sick from all this worring… I already like your page and i also got the devotions, and i also just watched the video. Thanks for being open and let God use you to help others with the same issues!

  11. Kathy Sturgis says:

    Thanks for your honesty. You haved helped me look honestly at my own doubts and start believing the truth!

  12. Candice Hance says:

    My self-doubt has become paralyzing lately, so THANK YOU for this encouraging devotional and your new book. I’ve definitely downloaded all the resources you’ve made available and look forward to digging into each one!

  13. I have made some wrong choices and I have claimed Jer. 29:11-13 in my life for the past five years after a divorce from an unbeliever. I have discovered that the only thing that causes me to doubt myself is the ex husband. No matter how happy I am, he was the first one to point out my every fault every chance he got. I have had to cut all ties with him, so the lack of communication has lead to a nasty custody battle which will take place in just two weeks. In order to live in peace, beyond my doubts, I have decided to fight for my kids and continue to raise them in a single-parent, Christian home. When I decided to no longer live as a doormat Christian, God lifted up above the storm where the eagles fly. I will be a light in the courtroom. I will place my hand on a Bible that means nothing to him. I have no doubt that the truth will prevail!

  14. stephanie b says:

    I have actually dont all the things you mentioned. I cant wait to save up money to buy the book. I think it will really help me to live out who God called me to be instead of living defeated. Thank you for your willingness to be honest!

  15. Crystie Rhyner says:

    I, too, am constantly weighed down by doubt. Many many times the enemies lies whisper into my soul and cloud up my mind. I am working on getting Truth in there but it is a long process to change 30 + years of listening to lies. I beleive though that if I keep seeking Him, He will be faithful!
    Crystie

  16. Jennifer Millett says:

    Wow. That is such a challenge. Sometimes my day goes from one doubt to the next. I have one great big doubt that eats away at me all the time. I printed out your promises to keep with me when the shadow of doubt threatens to envelop me. Thank you for this, Renee. I can see where a literal turning may be in order. I know He never leaves me or forsakes me. Why is it so hard to cling to Him? Blessings to you.

  17. Crystal Hall says:

    The Lord is always right on time…I believe you were dropped into my life by divine intervention. I have always struggled with insecurities and self-doubt, being unworthy and inadequate. Your devotion today especially spoke to me. I cannot just dwell in the shadows any longer. I have been warring with the thoughts of doubt in my mind so much lately. I know that I am a sinner saved by God’s grace…that I am worthy to be called His child. But though I know it, I want to believe that I am worthy. You are a blessing and an encourager and I want to thank you for continuing to share your heart. I have downloaded your resources and would love to have the book to go along with them!

  18. Hi Renee, I am registered for the online study with Melissa…it is my very first online study. I have Chapter 1 from a previous download you made available and I have the 7-Day devotional guide downloaded on my Nook. Since I have found Proverbs 31 ministries, I no longer feel like I am the ‘only one’ who is plagued with doubt and insecurity; it is amazing how the enemy can cause us to feel so alone and yet even reading just a sampling of posts today, lets me know I am not. I hope is it comforting to others who will be doing the study to realize that there are many on a similar journey. Thank you for your obedience in making this book/study available so that we will be on roads to victory, acceptance and peace with ourselves.

  19. kim spring says:

    I needed this so bad. I want to win the battle against doubt and your book seems to be the battle plan. I hope to win it. As we face this economy without job security and no savings the doubts that I have are numerous. Its hard to look at four kids and wonder where the next meal is coming from. We are negative in our bank acct. And no answer to where the next check is coming from or if. BUT GOD. He can and will be our everything. He has to be.

  20. Your story rings true in my heart. How coming into the light, dispels the darkness and the lies we believe about ourselves.

    Thank you so much. Am loving your writing and insight.

  21. Often there are times when I feel that God or anyone could love me based on some the things I have done. I just try and draw closer to God by daily reading and mediatation on the bible. That gives me strength and reminds me I am forgiven and a child of God. Your posts are so inspiring and real. Thank you, I hope to win a copy of your book!! Hugs, Kim

  22. Only when we walk by faith, obey His Word and turn to our spirit can we find the confidence that God wants us to have. I find that abiding in Christ, loving God above all else and seeking first His Kingdom and righteousness brings me peace and enjoyment despite how dire my circumstances. I enjoyed your devotion on how we need to look away from the shadows of doubt and live in the light of God’s love in order to be released from fear and insecurity in living. You have given such practical advice on living in the presence of our Lord. Thank you.

  23. Shelley Conroy says:

    I read today’s blog after meditating on Heb. 2:1 and 3:12-15 in my daily devotions. For me the key is allowing my thoughts to be made new and asking the Lord to control my thoughts. Last night, I asked the Holy Spirit to guard my thoughts and cast out the doubt that Satan wants to put in my mind to undo the progress that I make. He hates seeing the beautiful transformation that God is working in my life and my marriage and He tries his hardest to get at my feelings of hurt and doubt to get me to revisit them instead of turning to God’s transforming grace and love.

  24. Renee, this is really speaking to me right now. I have just followed God’s call for me to go to Seminary. I’m in my second WEEK, and feeling VERY UNSTABLE and OVERWHELMED. I have printed your Spiritual Gifts Assessment because every time I take it, it comes out different. I printed your Promises to Personalize and Peace-guvung Promises. I am taking Old Testament I and the program is a 100% online program. You are considered a FULL time student if you take 2 classes a semester (the semester is broken into 2 halves). So I am going to school full-time and working full-time. I am going to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, but live in Richmond, VA. Please PRAY!

  25. When I saw the summary of the book I just knew I wanted to read it, I also shared your website address by email with some friends at church. They too wanted to read it , get together to discuss the questions and find support. Last night was our first night to meet as a group and it exceeded my expectations. There was so much honesty and openness I was a little overwhelmed. I know God was with you when writing this book and He was with us last night. Thanks for being faithful to the call to write this book.

  26. Karen Seigh says:

    Wow! I loved your story about the shadow. It made me realize how I block out God’s light with my negative thoughts. I lose confidence in myself and ask God to give me the strength and confidence to get me through my situation. I am the one who turned from God, He never turns from me and leaves me in the darkness. I will focus on Him and keep my face turned to His light. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it has made a hugh impact on how I lived my life and how I will live my life going forward.

    You are a true blessing!

  27. I am loaded with doubt and my confidence has taken a nosedive recently. My head knows that the circumstances are beyond any control that I have but my heart is fighting the battle of “not being good enough”, of “being a failure” and it is a constant battle. I have read Chapter 1 and received the 7 day doubt diet. I thank you for putting yourself out there with your struggles with doubt and how you’ve worked your way through. Thank you for sharing with us your journey with God so we might be helped with our doubts and lack of confidence.

  28. I have read the Chapter One download and signed up for the Online Bible Study. I just finished the Hidden Joy Bible Study and am so looking forward to this one!! I really feel that now that I am beginning to lose my fear the confidence needs to come next!! I also liked your book on Facebook. Thank you so much for writing it!!

  29. What a timely message today. After moving out-of-state and away from all I’ve ever known, I have been extremely self-absorbed and self-focused. It’s actually been in the last few days that God has been speaking this to my heart and to put my focus back on Him. Praise God for your words of encouragement and for the message He’s given you to share. Thank you for boldly sharing it with us!!

  30. WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this today. I REALLY needed it today. I’ve done ALL the above that you mentioned except for downloading Chapter 1 – I have the book so I didn’t download the chapter 🙂

    I DID download the Prayer Patterns from the Resource Page a few days ago – been looking forward to having that since She Speaks 🙂

    I’m very excited to be able to participate in the study with Melissa and so many others. Sept. 19 (or 18th – whichever it is) will be here before we know it 🙂

  31. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone as I jump into a leadership role this fall with our MOPS group. I’ve had doubts of thinking that some one else could surely do it better than me with a lot of things. No more! I know God has a plan and a purpose for me. He has equipped me, and will lead and strengthen me! I’m excited! And very thankful for your teachings and encouragements Renee! Blessings!

  32. I just love reading what you write. I love your uplifting spirit that you provide. I want to be as positive. I have been through a divorce and now my mother has passed away a few months ago. I feel I was a failure in my marriage and I feel I wasn’t a very good daughter. I need to be more positive about myself because all this negativety is beginning to make me ill. I have gone to dr and all test results come out great. I am in good health and yet my body isn’t feeling it. I talk to God and pray but then I give up. I feel I am not worth it. I need to grow more in the faith and get closer to God. I know He loves me and will never abandon me. I know His love is the best love anyone could have. I just get discouraged at times and let my mind run loose. Please keep me in prayer. I will continue reading your emails and i have you on facebook also. Thank you for all you do.

  33. You pinned me down – in my heart! This morning when I was asking the Lord for direction for coming year (tomorrow is my 58th birthday)… He brought me exactly on same message you were discussing – and it was a confirmation of His Word… how I love your encouragement and I will never forget this message – imagine how in almost 30 plus years I was imprisoned in that shadow of doubt – that no matter how much He is using me, I always tell Him am not worthy. Even when many would say how gifted I am, still I could not see myself as one, and even how many times He told me I am chosen, precious is His sight…. still….

    But today, with your message, I will remember NEVER to be far from the Light, or put something to block the Light and that too I may continue to share this Light for the rest of my life…I will never live in that shadow again….I thank the Lord for the gift of life through you….God bless you more….

  34. I think we all struggle with this to at least some degree. Thanks for sharing your story! (And I had already liked the facebook page, subscribed to your blog, and downloaded the first chapter-thanks!)

  35. Kerrie Gillett says:

    Because of self doubt I am about to lose my marriage…I wrote a comment and had my address wrong therefore Iost all I wrote….so I am trusting in God …he knows I have no money…that my pray is answered and I am picked to recieve a book so I can join you. God through your words today has moved me and pray I that I am choosen before I become completley lost. Amen

  36. I am so looking forward to reading this book!!! I need it!! Thanks for all of your encouragement!!!

  37. Rebecca Hall says:

    This devotion was right on time! I have a big issue of worrying about what everybody thinks of me and not doing things because i feel that someone is not gonna like what i do, etc. My family is in the process of stepping out on faith and seeking God’s leading in moving churches. We have felt lead to leave and are in the process of visiting to figure out where God wants us and the only thing that i have a fear of is losing friends or what everyone at our home church is saying or thinking! We just want whats best for our family and to be where God wants us to be to serve him better. I know that I have to turn back to the light and follow God’s calling and not let the issues of self-doubt stop me.

    Thanks so much for this today!

  38. This was an on time devotion/post for me. Funny how God can give us the same word over and over again (I was at SHE Speaks where you shared this message) but it means something different and specific to your very present situation (He is a very present help) every single time.

    Last night I was really struggling with being patient/gracious towards my baby boy. He has been struggling with ezcema the last few weeks and has been waking up throughout the night and won’t stop scratching the affected areas, which makes it harder to heal. After several nights of no sleep (and being pregnant) I just got so frustrated yesterday and felt I wasn’t loving and patient and calm with him like I should have been. And immediately after I was filled with guilt and self-doubt, allowing the enemy to tell me I’m a terrible mother who can’t keep a control of her emotions with a baby whose helpless in the situation.

    Then I read your devotional and then this post and was reminded of God’s unfailing love and positive thoughts towards me even when I don’t have positive thoughts towards myself. And that He isn’t through with me yet and even though I may have a long way to go, I praise God I’m not where I used to be.

    Looking forward to reading your book when God opens the door for me to have it.

    Bless you sweet sister in Jesus.

  39. Just read the first page of the chapter 1 download! Can not wait to read the rest!! I would love to win the book to read the rest!!

  40. Thank you for the encouragement from your blog today! I am so weighed down right now from doubt, discouragement, insecurities, etc. I have discovered that I am a ‘people pleaser’ and I am determined to surrender this to God and become a God pleaser. I pray that I would turn to the light when the issues of darkness come my way and stand up and believe who I am in Christ! I cannot wait to start the online bible study Melissa! Thank you for sharing your struggles and victories with women in order to be an inspiration and help to us! Be blessed!

  41. What a blessing this book is going to be for so many!! I have done all four of the items and have been sharing your blogs with my friends.

  42. Hi Renee! I am so encouraged by your book and website! I have only read the first three chapters but I am constantly reminding myself of your words and the scripture you provide in it. I used to be so confident and I probably still appear that way to most. However in my mind I doubt myself and am consumed with worry about EVERYTHING. I am so blessed with a wonderful family but the enemy keeps attacking my emotions and confidience as a wife, mother and women. You don’t know how many times a day I repeat to myself “God’s love is perfect so that I don’t have to be!” from Chapter 2. I am so thankful that you have shared your story and given us an honest look at your struggles. I am truly trying to regain my confidience and realize that I do not have to please others, I cannot be perfect, but that I am a child of the King and as long as I am living in Him that is where I can find my worth! I pray that this is just the beginning for me so that I can freely live for Him and show my family a true heart for Christ! Have a blessed day Renee!

  43. Hi Renee,
    I signed up to receive your posts by email. I look forward to starting the study as well! Thanks for this great giveaway. I would love to win 🙂

  44. Thank you for your daily encouragement. When you’ve been in doubt all of your life and now your a senior and realize all the mistakes you’ve made and can’t make up for them the daily encouragements makes me think about how God can still use me. It’s hard now to want to slip back in those doubtful situations but self-talk helps. Love you, Sharon

  45. I really needed this today! I have been battling myself all day long with doubts about….well everything. I am ready to turn and get out of this shadow of doubt. I have lived my whole life in it and it is time to turn it over to God! Thank you for sharing Renee!

  46. Nancy Sternad says:

    What a great devotional. Wow. I live with doubt everyday, chronic, damaging, life-undermining thoughts. I lose my joy daily. My focus on ME has left me empty, always focusing on my worries, concerns, fears – I just want to flip it all inside out. God, thank you for speaking to me today! It’s time to get a little more eager to enjoy the life I’m given and accept positive things in my life. Thank you!!

  47. Heather JC says:

    It seems that every day I feel like a failure, God puts either your blog, devotion, or post right in my face lol. Today was another one of those days…when I say something & it was stupid & all eyes are on me. Or the fact that I had a meeting that went over & couldn’ t be there to help my daughter with her homework. I also am behind on laundry & need to go grocery shopping. Not only do I feel as a failure in their eyes, but God’s. I am sure he didn’t create me to be a mess up….I don’ t know how the Proverbs 31 wife did it! Well, I always look forward to your blogs. Hope i win. Take care.

  48. Thank you for the devotion this morning! I’m looking forward to the online Bible study coming up. It’s easy to be intimidated by the Proverbs 31 woman, but a look at Psalm 139 will make us feel as special as God wants us to feel. Thanks again for sharing.

  49. Kathy Brooks says:

    Renee, Last evening I spent talking to my husband about how useless I feel and that I’m not friendworthy. In the middle of the night I woke up and picked up your book and started reading. The Light shined and I feel completely different today. Then I read the devotion today and am so excited about the bible study. I’ve downloaded your free resources. You are a great writer and I love your analogy about the shadow and light. I’m so glad you were born. Kathy

  50. I can’t believe all of the free resouces that you have–I am going to download them. I get your Facebook posts and I have chapter 1 of your book. It is so wonderful of you to share all of this with us. I also love how you share your heart with us. Thank you! Praying for you and your family.

  51. I would love to read your book! This is a definite struggle for me and even more so in the past year. I read Chapter 1 and would love to read more!:)

  52. This is just what I’ve been working on lately. Having more God-fidence. Thank you. =)

  53. I think far too often we, as women, get tangled up in people pleasing, trying to be the best at everything and thereby failing to do anything well. We must stop and listen to His voice to direct our days, to give us that calm and peace we need to know that he will compass our day and be our strength 🙂 I’m learning that lesson as I’m overcoming paralyzing self-doubt and letting go of so much that I have allowed Satan to pile on top of me! I still have a long way to go and I plan to read this book very soon! May God bless you, Renee!

  54. Thank you for sharing this devotion Renee. I have been wrestling with lots of doubts lately. I believe that is why God brought me this message today. I am 3 weeks into my homeschool year and things were going great till I started doubting everything I was doing. I’ve been having my quiet time with God each morning and he has given me peace and strength. Yesterday morning I had to do some running around first thing in the morning so I missed my quiet tme. I became very anxious trying to teach my strong willed child and get it done before I had to run out and pick up my older child from cross country practice and get dinner ready before my other child came home from football practice. Anyway, I started to become anxious and I think my son picked up on that. He was being very difficult. I got upset and started wondering if everything I was doing was what I should be doing, am I doing it right, will my child learn anything, and on and on. I’ve had a good couple of weeks homeschooling and now I’m doubting if I can even continue. Wow, what a difference when I took my eyes off God. He also sent me, in the mail today, a complimentary homeschool magazine with an article in it about what I may be doing wrong to help me refocus. God is Great!!! I can’t wait till the study starts!

  55. Peggy Harris says:

    I struggle with doubt also. I so much want to have a close walk with God and be confident in Him. Today I made a choice to trust Him, and it was a better day. I want to live in the truth and not be in darkness. I tend to go with my feelings instead of depending on God. I know He is the truth but I struggle to walk in the Spirit.
    Your devotions help a lot.

  56. Renee,

    Thank you for your devotions, they all touch my heart and challenge me to become a more confident mother, wife, and friend. I have gone to your free resource page, liked you on Facebook, read the 7 day doubt diet, and now have signed up for the online bible study with Melissa, now all I need is the confident heart book!! I would love to win a copy and further my journey to breaking free of doubt and become a more confident person. Thank you for your devotions and writing this book.

    God bless,

    Emily

  57. Renee,
    Love getting your devotions in my inbox, ‘liked’ you on facebook, and have read chapter 1. Would love to read the whole book. Want my confidence to be in God alone, all the time. Thank you and Melissa for arranging the online study. Thank you for sharing your story to help others.
    Blessings,
    Julie

  58. Fannie in Kansas says:

    After years of feeling I was never good enough I am so thankful that God has changed my thinking. It has taken words of encouragement from others and learning to accept compliments to change my thinking as well as getting into God’s Word and finding answers for myself, not just what other people used to tell me. Bless her heart, my mother who is now 98 has lived with these feelings for years and even now will make comments about things in the past and how she suffered. I have been able to change some of her negative thinking by telling her how sorry I am for things that happened before my time which I cannot change but I am trying to make what time she is with us a better time. Renee, thank you for writing this book. I have gleaned much from you devotionals and articles already so I know there will be more from the Bible Study. Thank you and God richly bless you.

  59. How perfectly this fits my needs, my feelings, my self-doubt today! Thank you for these words, for the assurance that it is God that I must find my ability in, not myself. Thank God for those wonderful things to ponder!

  60. Renee, I loved your devotion and blog!! I have always struggled with doubts and feelings of not being good enough, feeling like I was not “getting it” when trying to be a Christian, and knowing that I was a disappointment… I have felt them all!!! I am supposed to speak at my church’s fall women’s conference in Oct. and the closer the date gets, the more I doubt that I can do this… I don’t know what they were thinking when they wanted me to do this! I think, so often, if they really knew what my life had been like, they wouldn’t even want me in the church, let alone speaking at their conference… Yes, I have doubts – more than I could begin to count. But I also know that I have God on my side… And with Him, nothing is impossible – even me speaking at this Fall Conference.

    I already have my book and cannot wait for the study to begin!! I could use some confidence in my heart and life… If I was selected to get the conference calls, that would be great! If not, somebody else needed them worse than me!

  61. Claret Belle says:

    Today I had to travel and during the drive, I battled thoughts of fear and inadequacy. I reached my destination and in fact took care of some responsibilities and drove back home. I journaled about my feelings while driving after reading your wonderful devotional. Me centered. I want to turn and I can turn with His help. I feel inadequate because I do not drive on the highways. like my friends and family and am in no way perfect but God my Father is perfect and that is enough for me one day at a time! I thanked God for his help today.
    I still cannot get the Doubt Diet devotional. Can you help me? I forgot the person you mentioned for me to contact about this problem. Thanks

  62. WoW!! I am so glad I stayed up late to check my email! All day the thoughts flooding my mine were; Who am I? Since my accepting Christ as my savior, my husband loosing his business 2 yrs ago, (no unemployment or income) and my mothers passing my family has tried to make me be that old me not that she was a bad person but she let them bully her and took what they dished out the put downs… any way this post came at the perfect time for me. Thanks. Will work on our budget to get your book sounds like it is just what I need right now. Thank you and God bless you.

  63. Renee what a blessing you have been to my life. A vocal student of mine had tickets to the Conf in Princeton,WV(where I am from) because she couldn’t go. At the time I was going through so so much…yet another break-up with my fiance of 22 months just 2 days before the conf., and it hurt so much worse than my divorce in 08. I came there a broken woman…believing in her Father and following His will which is why my fiance and I decided to split. From the moment you spoke it was as if God had me looking in a mirror. I have been through so much, a diagnosis of ms in 03, divorce, dealing with an abusive father until i was about 18 which effects my relationships, and other things i won’t say here. Thank you for showing me that I am not alone in this. Bless you my Sister. Now if I can just find my song again…I stopped performing after the divorce. I would love to get the book, i need it, but just can’t afford it right now.

  64. Thank you for sharing what is a most intimate picture of where you are on the journey. You have created for those of .us who have lingered to long in the “shadow of doubt” the way out of this maze of darkness. You have shown us ” the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” I choose to dispel the doubt by following the Light. Thank you for allowing God to speak to and move us from a place of uncertainty, to a place of intimacy with the Father. BLESSINGS!!!

  65. Renee,
    What an appropriate word picture of how distorted our views can be when our eyes no longer focus on our Savior. Thank you for relating your insights with us.
    Colleen

  66. Liked you on Facebook and have added you to my google page and email. You probably wouldn’t know it to speak with me but I struggle with social phobias. My heart tells me that the LORD has something much better..a ministry of encouragement. I’m believing God. Thank you for your transparency.

  67. Jennifer hodge says:

    Loved the devotion this morning, thank you so much!

  68. Roxanne Bowman says:

    Lord, help me to “turn sooner” today. Thank you for this reminder!

  69. A friend of mine posted your devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries on my wall on Facebook. She lives a million miles away in Costa Rica. She became a friend through a short conversation at a church where my husband and I were on staff and she and her husband were visiting missionaries. I keep up with her via Facebook and I can’t even say I know that much about her, but what I do know is that she loves Jesus! She posted the devotional about doubt on my wall and it was such a timely encouragement for me. She had no idea what my circumstances were. We are at a new church and I have just taken on a new job…a job that I don’t feel qualified for. We are in a new staff position that is challenging to say the least. I had been praying that God would encourage my heart and give me direction. I believe your devotional was an answer to that prayer. God bless you, sister. Thankful for “friends” that may not know your birthday or your favorite ice cream, but they know and serve the same real Jesus that loves and cares for us so intimately!

  70. Thanks so much for your encouragement! I really have to learn to focus on Jesus! I am looking forward to read more as I downloaded the first chapter. Be blessed!

  71. Dorothy Travis says:

    Renee,

    I have truly been blessed by your devotions on God-Confidence. This is the area in which the enemy has been attacking me. I have begun to turn back toward the light. As you said it is not easy but I know that I just have to push forward. I have also donwnloaded your promises. Thank for allowing God to use you.

    God Bless.

  72. Renee, Thank you for this post. I struggle with doubting myself all of the time. I just feel like I am not good enough. I have very little self confidence. I am trying to turn this around by being in God’s word more and letting him lead me.

  73. Vicki Nutter says:

    Renee,
    I enjoy your devotionson CrossDaily. I was insipred to start a poem from your beginning in 8/31 Encouragement for today…Hope you don’t mind
    When you feel unloved
    God says you are loved… Here’s my Son, He was despised and rejected.
    When you feel unstable…
    God says you are able… Here’s my son, A man of sorrow acquainted with grief.
    When you feel unworthy…
    God says you are worthy… Here’s my Son, Wounded for your transgressions, bruised for your iniquity.
    When you feel unsteady…
    God says you are steady… Here’s my Son, By His stripes you are healed.

  74. Renee, I came across your book and blog after reading your devotion in Encouragement for Today… wow, did I ever need to hear these words! God used your powerful testimony to shine a light on some things in my heart that I’ve struggled with for years but never knew exactly how to put words to them. Your description of our doubts is so powerful and has left a lasting impression on my heart that I pray will begin to transform me from the inside out. I hope and pray that today will truly be a turning point for me- Surely, doubts and insecurities have hindered SO much in my life! Looking forward to picking up your book SOON and am praying about participating in your online study coming up…
    ~Blessings to you!

  75. Renee, I know you are flooded with posts, but I just wanted to share with you how God is working in my life. I am very quiet and tend to keep to myself. It is very hard for me to meet new people and start conversations. I have been reading “A Confident Heart” and just last Sunday I sang a solo, “Heal the Wound” by Point of Grace at church in front of 300+ people. Thanks to your book, your transparency, and the Holy Spirit, I was able to do this. Also, I have signed up for the online study with Melissa and can’t wait for that to start. God Bless you, Renee!

    • WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you Cheryl. How the heart of our FATHER must have pounded with joy and celebration as HE watched you sing. Sweet sister, you go girl!! Praying for more and more GOD-fidence to be yours in Christ as you trust in Him for your confidence, hope and courage!

  76. I can so identify! This spoke volumes to my heart. Thank you for sharing what God spoke into your heart. How His graces reaches to touch us and teach us and transform us in the simplest yet most profound ways…a shadow of all things!

  77. How I would love to rid of doubt, but since that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, I’ve prayed instead for God to use my doubt to draw me into a deeper place of dependence on Him, as you wrote.

  78. Renee, like so many others your words have reached a tender spot in my soul today. Turning sooner . . . before doubt has time to take root. This is a powerful reminder and thank you!

  79. Janel Varner says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have signed up for the e-mails and really look forward to reading them!

  80. Mair Hodges says:

    Hi Renee, I have just returned from my daughters in OK after a months stay. She gave birth to our first granddaughter on July 31 so I went out to help her get settled in since there is no family and very few friends out there. Her husband has been stationed at FT. SILL since 6/’09. Long story short…our relationship has been strained since she was very young, she is 27 now, I got saved when she was 13 but my self doubt and fears have always made me doubt EVERYTHING I do. This month with her and the baby was strained to say the least but my time with my new angel was amazing. I have tried to mend my relationship with Jillian but she is not saved and won’t have anything to do with it so I think she still sees me as I was and not all the changes I have tried to make. Your post today was exactly what was wrong with my visit, my daughter actually used the words “you care too much about what other people think about you” in an argument we were having. So thank you for reminding me and showing me the picture of how shadows only appear when we block out the light. That was an eye opener and a good reminder.
    I am in the process of starting my own accountability group b/c of one of your posts I received in an email a while ago. So hopefully with godly women in my life on a regular basis I will be able to focus on the truth and not the lies and be a better person to my family.
    Blessing, Mair

  81. Renee, you are blessing me with your words! What encouragement. It was a light bulb moment when you said that we become consumed with what others think about us INSTEAD of what God thinks about us.

    The negative thoughts, I’ll never change, I’m always disappointing someone, etc. are unfortunately much too prevalent in my mind. But your entire devotional was a balm to my soul. Thank you for the hope that even after all these years God can heal my thoughts.

  82. Thank you so much for your words. Not only did I need to hear what you had to say, but a friend of mine does as well. I forwarded your email to her.

    Blessings.

  83. Shirley Beesmer says:

    Thank You Renee for pointing out things that many of us have been thinking about already. I have a problem with my doubts,especially when I get my eyes off the Lord. This is so easy to do, but then we are not picking up our cross and dying to self. Thank you for the promises that we need to center on.

  84. Shanna Donica says:

    Feeling inadequate is what I have done today. Thank you for your comment on turning sooner. Turning to God is exactly what I need to do at all times.

  85. Great devotion…I shared it with my fb friends.
    Soundss like a wonderful book!

  86. I am very excited to read the “Doubt Diet”. I am constantly struggling with this. As a pastor’s wife, there are many times when I feel like I need to step out of my comfort zone, but being an introvert, it is really hard for me to do this. I would rather stay in my safe and easy “comfort zone”. I think this is such a great subject for all us females as we tend to struggle with low self-esteem a lot. I would love to receive a copy of your book! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with all of us!

  87. I finished reading A Confident Heart last week. My first thought was, “when did you live in my house and see all of this?” I have been blessed so much by your honesty, your love for Christ, and love for family. You are without a doubt my sister whom I’ve never met.

    You have eloquently written about struggles that so many women face. Thank you.

    ~Diane

  88. Wendy Franke says:

    This is the exact message I needed at exactly the right time. Amazing how God works….

    Thank you!

  89. Received my copy of ACH this week. Am currently using the 7-Day Doubt Diet as my daily devotion to prep for Melissa’s Bible study. Would love to be able to give a copy of ACH to my daughter who, unfortunately, seems to have ‘inherited’ my self-doubting nature.

  90. chris tennison says:

    I recently got my copy of your book, A Confident Heart, and love it. It is really an encouragement to me so far and look forward to more every day. I have already decided that all my family and friends should have it too. I appreciate your honesty and being real with me about your doubts and thoughts. It is exciting to me that you are sharing your journey. It is so obvious that God is using you to touch many other lives through your experience. I am looking forward to how God uses me now through my journey of A Confident Heart. Thank you Renee for sharing and for the opportunity to win additional copies to give to others.

    Chris

  91. Teressa McGary says:

    I love your devotions and I would love this book!

  92. KAY PARRISH says:

    I HAVE DONE 2 THINGS WHEN YOU FIRST OFFER DOWNLOADING YOUR IST CHAPTER I READ IT. YESTERDAY I LIKED YOU ON FACEBOOK A VERY NICE PAGE. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ENTERED INTO YOUR DRAWING. THANK YOU FOR ALL SHARING AND ENCOURAGING . GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY

  93. I am tremendously blessed from reading Proverbs 31 woman devotionals. They are always on target for me. I also share with others whenever I am led to do so. May God continue to use all of you to transform lives for His glory. I would love to be entered into your drawing.

  94. WOW…….. This devo couldn’t have come at a better time. I am so full of doubt after 14 years of marriage to a man that made me more insecure then ever. I am now a single mother and have so much doubt. I have not felt like I was loveable or worthy of love for many years. I realize now that the love I need is from God and not man. I just got your book and plan to have Bible study with my “Sisters in Faith” which is what I call a small group of girl friends. My friends do not have your book yet and I would love to win the books and given them to my friends. Bless you for your helpful words!

  95. Just the title intrigues me…I downloaded the first chapter to read…
    Count me in for the drawing for the book.
    (although I am unable to do a conference call at this time-thank you)

  96. This was just what I needed. I have been awakened to the fact that I am married to a verbal abuser, and my oldest son is also verbally abusive. Even though we are in counseling, at this point my husband is not able to be told the truth about his behavior. For 27 years I thought I just wasn’t good enough, and all the stuff that goes with it. I feel like I am at the end of my rope. The Proverbs 31 site was sent to me by my sister. I am so grateful to her for that. Thank you so much.

  97. I am 50 years old, 6 ft tall and shaped like a pear. I am mocked constantly and no man ever wants to date me. Many women don’t talk to me…they are so petite and cute, and let me know that they are so much better than I am. (The “Christian” women are the worst of the bunch.) As such, I’m all alone. I’m not thrilled with God. How can I possibly have confidence?

  98. Vanessa Tipps says:

    I have been feeling like I am in a huge turning point in my christian and personal life. This is has also been causing me to deal with some things and make some serious changes in my life. Doubt and fear of failure have kept me from doing many things in my life, I really want that to change. I am currently invovled in the starting of a new church and there are so many opportunites there for new ministries. I am not sure where I fit into the bigger picture of this church but I know God is workig on me to overcome some of the past so that I can do his work through this new and growing church. I feel like he wants to use me but I need to get somethings settled within me before Ican move forward. I am excited to read this book and realywant to bring it into a new womens bible study.

  99. Renee, My husband is a pastor and 5 years ago right after we moved to a new church in a new state, we discovered I had a brain tumor. A few weeks after the surgery, I knew I was going to be a little bit different, like my children say, my “filter” was effected and sometimes I speak before thinking it through….well, really most times, I do now. But within a couple of months after my surgery, the elders told my husband that we weren’t a good fit and asked him to resign. We had only been there 7 months. One of the reasons they said was because he could not “hit the ground running because of me”. Not only did we lose our church, our ministry there, our home (we’d moved 2000 miles!), my health, our income, but we both lost our confidence and self worth. It has taken us these past 5 years to do some mending. God has brought wonderful loving people into our lives to help, even to help provide like he fed Elijah via ravens. My husband is now back in the ministry and pastoring a church of 20 instead of 700. But we know the faithfulness of God. I would love receive a copy of your book. I know that it would bless me (I read the first chapter 2x) and I think it would help my 3 grown children that were also scarred. Blessings,

    • I can relate so much to people judging me by my limitations. I have a chronic illness and it’s hard to live in a world that judges you by your accomplishments. My heart goes out to you. I’m so glad you are in ministry again!

  100. Your book looks as though it may truly be an answer to my prayer. It isnt easy to diagnose how and why we sometimes end up spiritually apathetic but if you’ve had a close spiritual walk with the Lord in the past, your life feels so empty when you aren’t continuing that close spiritual walk with Him. It isn’t intentional but when it happens, you feel the void and the emptyness hurts. I recently remarked to a friend I wanted to reignite that passion for Christ and I’m praying for God’s grace to bless all of us as we seek Him through your words. Thank you so much for finding the way to hit on a subject so very close to my heart!

  101. Susan Ruffalo says:

    I just signed up this morning for your daily emails and have been pouring over the Proverbs 31 websitefor the last 45 minutes. Thank you for such amazing encouragement and support. I SURE need it. I feel some days that my life is falling apart, but of course everyone think I have it so together. I am the queen of sweeping things under the rug and hiding them in my closet. Thank you again!!

  102. This sounds like a great study. My life has been falling apart lately and I long to heave a confident heart.

  103. I can’t thank you enough Renee for your seven day doubt diet. I also intend to get your book. I can relate to so much. I have a chronic illness that I have had since I first had kids. It’s a struggle sometimes to be a wife and mother. I am always comparing myself to people who can do more than me. It has taken me years to finally start coming to terms with this. Thank you so much!!

  104. Cyndi McCarter says:

    WOW! I have felt so alone in this sea of doubt. I had no idea that so many women struggled with this.
    I have read the seven day doubt diet and was so blessed. Thank you Renee for giving a voice to this issue. Just imagine if every daughter of God had a confident heart to obey him with joy and not doubt his calling or our abilities. Thank you Renee for your obedience to our Lord.

  105. Wow, when I read your posting I truly thought that you were describing me. I have felt so lost, abandoned, and truly just not good enough. I look in the mirror and don’t really like who I see looking back at me. I feel like I just keeping going around in circles. Everything seems to be falling apart in my life. I don’t feel worthy of God’s love nor deserving of it. I just want to feel safe and feel peaceful. I keep seeking a personal relationship with God and keep feeling like a failure. Never feeling good enough or worthy. Thank you for showing me that there is hope.

  106. rose mischke says:

    Fining your site was a bleesing for me today…thank you. I look forward to your news letter and daily insipations.

  107. I am on a journey of learning to love myself and to turn my life and will over to God each day. This is not an easy journey, but at 54 I finally decided I wanted to stop the madness and find a confidence and contentment I lost somewhere along the way. I am hungry for information on learning to make this turn. I am excited God has brought this website and book study into my life. I am looking forward to receiving more!!!

  108. I am really looking forward to doing the online Bible study with Melissa Taylor. I hope I win the book A Confident Heart so I can share it with my friend who also suffers with doubts and insecurities. We could study together and pray for one another.

  109. Your book sounds so interesting. Our family is going through a divorce and my daughter and I share the characteristic of doubting ourselves. We would very much like to do this Bible Study but because of finances I don’t know if we can afford to buy your book at the moment. Maybe God will provide a way for us to win this book otherwise we’ll still probably listen to the Bible Study. It seems to be where our hearts are at the moment. Trying to heal.

  110. I am looking forward to reading this book and sharing with my group at church. So many of us struggle with self-doubt and the guilt of never seeming to be “good enough.” I believe when we start reading this that we will decide to do a study on it.

  111. Hazel Bremmer says:

    Hi I am from Oklahoma City, OK

    I struggle with lack of confidence and self-doubt all the time. I look forward to reading this book and following the Bible study.

  112. Sandy Iuzzini says:

    A friend shared your blog with me and I am so grateful. I have been struggling with depression and so many changes in my life and this came at the right time.

    Thank you!

  113. I have been struggling for over a year as a Spanish / ESL teacher at a Christian school. I am also vision & hearing -impaired. Sometimes people tell me they are awe d by me since I seem to have it all together and can face my difficulties, still work and appear optimistic despite my difficulties. But this is only one side of the coin. The other side is the one that keeps turning over and affects me negatively. I just resigned from my teaching position last week and my last day is this Friday. I am trying to fill myself with the peace of God.
    Like you explained in your story, I, too, have lived a life of fake confidence. I am the one people go to for encouragement. Renee, I have lived on the mission field in many countries and I have seemed so strong. I lost twins daughters through severe pre-eclampsia in the Middle East where I lived for nine years, and had another miscarriage a year later. I went through a divorce. I have grown tremendously through these challenges. I seem to be indomitable, remained friends with my ex-husband who is now remarried. But, underneath my seeming-strength, I still doubt myself, my basic ability to function well in a sighted, hearing world as a capable instructor worthy of my 28-year calling. I even doubt that I am someone who is deserving of a spouse who will love and cherishes me. I think that time has passed me by.
    I have been reading your book and trying to internalize these truths to change my outlook. I don’t even know who I am! At age 50, I feel like I’ve just unraveled myself and am vulnerable. It’s so scary… Thank you for reading this comment. Could you please pray for me? I do feel in such an upheaval.
    Thank you.

  114. I found your blog through Christianity.com and appreciate the “gift” of your words. They give me the positive affirmation I need to have hope and peace about my life but also help me smile as I face today. I look forward to getting your emails. THANKS!

  115. Natalie Sims says:

    Thank you for you words of inspiration! I receive Encouragement for Today everyday in my email and your words almost brought to tears to my eyes. The first chapter from your book really made me want to read the rest of the book. This is the kind of confidence I needed back when I was growing up. I need more! I’m unemployed and cannot afford your book right now, so please help me through emails. Thank you and God bless!

  116. Linda willadsen says:

    I am in Melssa Taylor’s study A Confident Heart and I must say you have describe me to a tee. I thought I was the only one who suffered from self doubt and insecurities. When I started answering the questions on Chapter one it really hit me and then I started writing in my notebook and really let out a few things I have kept hidden since I was a child. I am going to keep writing in my book and add to it every day until it all comes out and let God steer me in the right direction. The Holy Spirit is helping me but I only let Him in so much. I want a Confident Heart and to let myself really open to God instead of being insecure of God.
    I am sure that God has placed me in different situations while growing me so I can help others but my fear or self doubt or insecurity has kept me at bay. I want to change and I am beginning to understand that through all all things are possible.

  117. I begin to see that Satan is trying to work in my head and my heart to keep me downtrodden, discouraged, dissatisfied, depressed and dysfunctional because when he succeeds in doing so, God’s work gets derailed. I’m going to work really hard on not allowing Satan to lead me on these detours. Pray that with me, please.

  118. I have struggled all my life with a low self image and insecurities. I once heard a saying that is so true with me, “when I walk into a football stadium and the team is in a huddle I think they are talking about me”
    It’s kinda funny but it’s true for so many women. I have dealt with that most my life. God has helped me but I still struggle at times, I know it’s satan but it still happens. I do want to feel more confident. I have a lot going on right now, I signed up for bible study but have not purchased the book. My husband has been out of work for over a year now and I struggle with some of his decisions about jobs he’s turned down or not going after. I trust him but it is hard since I work full time myself. Anyway that is part of my insecurities too. I look forward to reading the book and doing the study. Thank You

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