God’s Thoughts Towards Us

Has someone ever said something to you that made you feel valued and loved? Affirmations that gave you a sense of meaning and purpose? In my Encouragement for Today devotion, Just the Right Words, I shared a story of how one woman’s words changed the course of another.

Sadly, many of us don’t have people to speak hope and encouragement into our hearts. However, all of us do have Someone who wants to speak just the right words into our lives – every day. Today I have a power-packed {very short} video message where I share how you can position your thoughts to hear and live in God’s promises – every day. Click on the arrow below and discover how to stop letting doubt and discouragement beat you up, and start letting God words build you up instead!


{Download FREE Confident Heart “AM/FM Thoughts Printable here}

 

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Comments

  1. Pamela Ackerman says:

    Hi Renee,

    Just had to share–I am behind with this Bible study. I am in my third week of overtime at work, leading to 12 – 18 hour days and it’s exhausting. The last two Tuesday evenings, I have had an hour where I have been able to continue this study, reading, writing and pressing forward with learning what God wants to tell me.

    This morning, I read the Feb. 19th email with “My Prayer for You” and your words in your prayer really touched me: “I thank you that you have each one of us right where you want us with this book ,whether it’s page 10 or 110. Cause us to remember that we are where you want us and that it’s not about keeping up, it’s not about being ahead, but that it’s all about where you want us.” I am exactly where God wants me to be. And as I press on during this crazy time of my life, He is loving me through.

    Thank you so much for the encouragement and reminder! I needed it today.

    Much love,

    Pamela

    • Ijust tned in today toyour website mistakely, but I know nothing just happens. I have recently gone through a divorce and starting over again. At first I felt i had let God down because the marriage did not work, but I know I am were God wants be to be. I know that He never wnats anyone in a situation that may bring you harm. That is why I love the Lord because He meets you right wwre you are. You touch on alot of feelign for me,and I know that I am the apple of God’s heart,and He is interested about everthing that happens to me. Sometimes I have to encourage myself, but just toknow that He hears me even when I do not know what to say at certain times. SO, Thank you for allowing the Lord to speak to you ,so that you could now speak to the masses of women who may be feeling as I have. I know that God knows the olans Hehas for me,adn I know now tht He is orchestrating my steps to make me the mother and daughter and sister,and person He created me to be.

      • Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you were in a situation that may have been somewhat like mine.
        I felt like I let God down, a failure, but you are right that God never wants us in a situation that may bring us harm.

    • I always enjoy seeing your videos.really enjoying reading the book. sorry to hear that you have so much pain. I pray that you will feel better soon.

    • Joycelyn M. says:

      I thank God for you Renee and all my Sisters-in Christ involved in this Bible Study. I pray that our GREAT GOD will open our eyes and ears to His truth that HE LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY! No if’s, ands, or buts. May He continually speak to our hearts and uncover His will for each of us so that we may live to serve Him and share His love with others.

      PEACE, LOVE, AND MERCY TO ALL OF US FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.

  2. Tracy Moreno says:

    Thank you so much for your inspiring words this morning! They were just what I needed to hear after recently struggling with my feelings of inadequacy in all the roles I play as wife, mother, teacher, etc. I am encouraged as I start my day, and know that God is indeed FOR me!

    Blessings,

    Tracy

  3. Hi, wow your timing was amazing. Just last night I learned how important it is when we feel God telling us to encourage someone, we need to. I had a client, who came in going through just an extremely low point. Everything in her life was falling apart. I didn’t know her, I knew by the way she talked she was not a Christian and God told me before she leaves you need to pray with her. I thought she’s gonna say no, or I might offend her or every single excuse you can think of I thought no. But God was not gonna let it go, I was shaking and said don’t think I am weird but can I pray for you? She said why, I thought here we go, byt I said for strength to get through, peace, God to help her make make right decisions, she cried and said yes. She hugged me held on tightly and we prayed. As she left she said it was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to her. It was all God, He was there. I may never see her again, but I believe God will change her life forever. I am so thankful I didnt listen to my negative thoughts and took the risk. It could have gone bad , but it did more I think than I could ever imagine. Thankyou Renee!!! It confirmed last night and encouraged me to keep obeying God when I feel a prompting to do something for someone and not listen to the excuses.

    • Thanks for sharing your story. God is amazing, and I am so blessed to read others’ words and experiences of how God is working in our lives. . .

    • Karen, how wonderful that you listened to your heart. Thank you for the affirming message!

    • Kimberly says:

      Amen Karen, I relate completely to your story and PRAISE GOD for your obedient heart :D God has moved within my life – prompting and encouraging me – to reach out to others in Jesus love on numerous occasions. It is a leap of faith indeed yet all glory to God when we are faith filled to His calling upon our lives! Joy in Jesus my sweet sister <3

  4. I am amazed at the way God works. I needed to see this video today and to read your devotion. I am so thankful for the life struggles especially over the past year and a half that has led me to know that I CANNOT do it alone. I CANNOT do it all, I am not strong enough, but there in ONE who IS! Praise Him who does not accuse me, but who promised a hope and a future that is good!!!

    I’ve struggled over the last year and a half with the death of my father and 6 months later, a betrayal in my marriage that led to separation as my husband moved on with another, leaving a 3 year old in my care. I have come to KNOW that my God is the only one who gives me my worth and the unconditional love I need.

    I am now faced with being an encourager to a friend who is buried in the lies of the accuser. I struggle with how to help her, knowing that I cannot change her. But I do know that I can point her to the Light. That may be all I can do for her. I must trust God in this circumstance. I pray God will use me and give me the wisdom I need to be an encouragement to her. I have been struggling with the thought that I am unable to help, but now I feel that I can be attempt to be encouraging, and to give encouraging words.
    Thank you all for your prayers in advance as I face my feelings of inadequacy as an encourager and pray for wisdom for the words to speak to my friend.

    • Kimberly says:

      Sweet sister Anne praying God continues to lift you up and enbale you to share His truth and love. God bless you as our Lord moves you forward within His care and protection. As His arms of love remain wrapped around you I pray you know his peace which is so perfect, sincere and everlasting. I pray you remember He alone defines us – no others. With God ALL THINGS are possible and you are loved more than life itself. Praying God continues to give you wisdom. Pray He heals and sustains you as you seek to serve and honor Him in all things. Jesus and I love you <3<3<3

  5. Thank you for the encouragement! I love your perspective on AM and FM words. Thank you for sharing. Also, I am really enjoying the “A Confident Heart” Bible study.

  6. Renee, your devotions always speak to me with just what I need! God has given you a beautiful gift – thank you for sharing it with us!

  7. Thank you for your wonderful devotion today! I am a young mother to two little ones and sometimes I feel so insecure in this role. I’m trusting in God to see me through this time in my life that I may shine brightly for Him. I am in search of a best friend -the kind that I can share it all with, and I’m really struggling to throw myself out there. Your devotion today devotion has really encouraged me today!

  8. Tracey Ritter says:

    I needed to hear this desperately today! Our church has just purchased a building as we were a portable church for the last eight years. This is a very exciting time as well as a very stressful time. I lead the 0-2 year old group and have been very busy decorating and making decisions that I haven’t felt qualified for. I am single with no children and sometimes that voice enters my head that leads me to doubt my leadership skills. I am completely aware that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called, something I need to constantly remind myself. God spoke to me today through you and I have been encouraged. This is a busy week for us as our new church opens Sunday. Please pray for Deep Creek Community Church as we seek to reach unchurched and unplugged people to become totally devoted followers of Jesus Christ! Thanks so much for the great pep talk today :)

    • GO, Tracey, go!!! God is definitely FOR YOU – He is “qualifying” you!! I am praying for you and your precious church. Trusting God will enable, equip, empower and inspire you all mightily!!!

  9. Loralie Warne says:

    Thank you for sharing AM/FM thoughts! Love it! It’s simple yet profound! God is changing lives ..one Holt Spirit thought at a time! May you continue to grow in His grace and annointing in your life!

  10. So, this word, intentional, crosses my path again! Intentional, on purpose, God made me on purpose, just as I am. He wanted someone like me in this world, at this time, for a good purpose! Intentionally made, purposefully made, with great care & consideration. And yet, why am I choosing to believe anything less than?

    • Kimberly says:

      Sweet sister Marilyn pray you stay the course and remain steadfast taking every thought captive and holding it up to God’s word as He is truth, light and love. You are fearfully and wonderfully made – intentional and purposed by God. <3 Praying you breathe in Jesus love for you with each breath you take <3 <3

  11. Thank you for reminding me that I am here for a “GOD given Purpose” and he Does love and Care about ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. This is the first time I have been to your site and all I can say is I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Your words are so encouraging and so true. I am looking forward to reading and hearing more of your messages. Blessings to you as you are to so many. Hope you have a very blessed week.

  13. This is what needed to hear today. Thank you so much!

  14. Thank you for your comments this morning! This video message was encouraging. I like simplified formulas and though reading this formula doesn’t bring change…applying it does. To recognize my thoughts and see how they are making me feel and then lining that up with God’s truth….that will help me live a life that is focused on him and bringing him all the glory! Thank you for your truth!

  15. This was my first time on this site as I just signed up yesterday through bible gateway and what a blessing and confirmation these thoughts are. A timely word is always so encouraging and gives us hope and brings life into our situations. I have been tired and discouraged in the last couple days and when I woke up this morning I was feeling to find all the bible verses and promises that the Lord has spoken over my life and to write them out and pray them and to allow them to over ride my thoughts and feelings of doubt, hoplessness, fear, unbelief and disappointment. So, reading and listening to your video has encouraged me that I believe the Lord is wanting me to renew my mind with His thoughts and plans for my life. And as we get built up and encourage one another, like I have been today, I believe we are strengthened and nourished as we grow in our relationship with Christ and one another. It is so encouraging that the Lord knows are thoughts we have about ourselves but loves us and continues to encourage us with His words of hope, peace and blessing into our lives. Thank you for the confirmation and reminder of remembering to tune into the “For Me” thoughts. Also that song, ‘God Is In Control”, is a song that the Lord also really ministered to me last year when it came on the radio. My mind got into fear and trying to figure everything out and that song came on and reminded me that God is in control and to let go and have faith that He said that He works all things together for good even though our flesh doesn’t see or understand sometimes what He is doing and to not lean on our own understanding but to Trust Him.

    • Barb..When I was reading your reply the verse Jeremiah 29:11 came to me , .For I know the plans I have for you” Declares the LORD “plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans togive you hope and a future.”

  16. Thank you for your words of encouragement today. I have letters that I have kept over the years of encouraging words and I like to pull them out every once in a while and read over them. They lift me up and refresh my soul. And, like Jill, when doubt tries to enter into my mind, I’m happy that God puts those certain people in our paths that say just the right thing, or that sent that card months before and I’m able to pull it out and read it again to encourage me. Thanks for your daily messages.

  17. I cannot express how much this book gets me through my day-to-day life. When I read across a sentence, paragraph or quote that just hits me and the light comes on! “I get it” finally someone understands what I’m going through and not only that but shows me how to deal with it. I keep your book with me at ALL times and when something knocks me on my tail, I get the book and randomly (under God’s wisdom, of course) I turn righ to the page that he wants me to read & live. Thank you for this book is not enough, but that is all I have for now.

  18. I have not been on Proverbs 31 Ministries for a while. I am thankful that I visited the sight today. For the past few weeks I have been feeling like I cannot keep it all together. My husband started a new job and the stress of it is overwhelming for us both. We have two boys ages 2 and 4 and I stay at home with them. I spend time with God daily, go to bible study, pray regularly with my husband, etc. I felt like I was doing all the right things and yet still seemed to be struggling. I was not sleeping at night so each day I was exhausted and felt like I was failing at being a wife, mother, friend, and christian. I felt like I was failing in all areas of my life. Then my two boys and I all got the flu. I was basically forced to lay around with my kids all day and watch t.v. and read books. We are starting to feel better now. And really in some weird way, getting the flu was a blessing from God. I felt like He was saying to me “You need to rest and get better. I am in control.:” It forced me to let go of trying so hard and just let God do what He wanted to do in my life. The truth is, I cannot keep it all together. But He can. He is God and I am not. I can pray and cooperate with Him, but in the end it is God who gets His way, and I am thankful for that!

    • Kimberly says:

      Amen, amen and amen sweet sister Shelia…what an extraordinary blessing we have in the truth God is in control! We simply need remember to allow Him to have His way within us every moment of every day. Gods richest, eternal blessings upon you and your family I pray. <3 <3 <3

  19. Love to read, your devotions, a wonderful friend of mine sends these to me and its a needed time in my life for these. I very much appriciate this and am blessed to read these, they are always uplifting and a blessing to me! I can’t thank either of you enough!!! Have a beautiful day!! :-)

  20. I am new to this “blogging” as I grew up in the “Big Brother is watching” era, and am still so leery about sharing over the internet. However, your message today of hope and encouragement, that God indeed has a plan for me in the midst of all of this (Eph 2:10) was what I needed to hear today. I feel the world growing more uncertain everyday, and things that we used to count on (job security, gender issues, societal values) are not there anymore. God stays the same and He knew these changes, and the changes to come, before we ever thought them possible. Thank you for reminding me that holding onto Him is still the best (and only way) to make it through.

  21. Some of my lowest days are days when I feel like I am not worthy of the life I’ve been blessed with, but then there is ALWAYS someone close to me to say just the right thing to get me back on track. God leads us to His word or to someone else to convey a positive, uplifting message when we need it the most. We just need to be ready to hear it and believe it. So many women might hear it, but they don’t believe it, and it’s heartbreaking. Thank you, Renee, for being one of those encouraging rays of light to so many women out there!

  22. Thank you for sharing your word with us today. They really ministered to my heart ….

  23. So encouraging – thank you! This is exactly what I need to hear. I have been in a mighty war with this exact thing for about a month.

  24. Patti Bliss says:

    Love your devotions!!! They are very encouraging to someone who has clinical depression and feels worthless at times. Thank You!

  25. I am going to listen to this again and really let it sink in. I constantly struggle with “against me” thoughts. I know the enemy is trying to get me to believe them, but God is fighting just as hard to get me not to. Thank you for your video.

    • Kimberly says:

      Trisha, I know what you go through with the “aginst me” thoughts. The enemy wants us in the pit, broken, confused and unable to serve others in Jesus beloved name. God is indeed truth and His word tells us to take every thought captive and hold it up to His word – we can trust God. Gods richest eternal blessings upon you within the journey I pray <3 <3 <3

  26. I need prayers today! I am overwhelmed and feeling “devoured.” Thank you for your video and I am going to post the am/fm thoughts page where I can see it! God bless!

    • Kimberly says:

      God bless you sweet sister Pam… <3 Lord, your know your daughter Pam is feeling devoured today and overwhelmed. God please bring Pam your comfort and perfect peace which passes all understanding. Help her to hold close Your truth that she is Your beloved and need fear no other. Father cast out all doubts and deceit filled lying thoughts which come Pams way from the evil one. Help Pam claim the victory and promises we have in Your word – especially Psalm 91. Lift her up God to glory within our hope which is established within Jesus, our precious Redeemer and Savior. I ask that she be richly blessed within all things which have eternal, everlasting value and worth and are of you Almighty God. I pray this in Jesus beloved name. Amen. <3 <3

  27. Frances Tarnstrom says:

    Hello & Good Morning!

    My sister who has stage 4 Parkinsons & I with my second bout of Breast Cancer which I am now fighting rely on the Lord for each & every day. We both stay happy encouraging one another daily & use incourage & the Encouragement e-mails each day to help each other. Keep up the encouraging e-mails. I have a very old & slow computer so can’t seem to get to many websites but do as much as I can with what I have!

    • Kimberly says:

      Sweet sister Frances…Gods richest blessings which are of eternal and everlasting value pour out over you and your sister as you remain joy filled, obedient and steadfast within lifes trials proclaiming all glory to God! Jesus can overcome and with Him we have eternal hope and love <3 <3 <3

  28. Jill Kuiper says:

    Thank you for the reminder of how His words speak volumes above all others.

  29. God has had such amazing timing in my life recently, bringing strong women alongside me to speak exactly the words of encouragemet I needed to hear at that time! What a blessing he has allowed these women to be for me!

  30. Chapter six really opened my eyes to how far I have to go in overcoming this. Most of my seven verses in the homework were in the acceptance category. It made me so sad. It would break my heart if roles were changed and I was my friend or daughter. I would be adament in reminding them of Satan’s lies and traps and giving them Truth! But it’s me! Praying God can heal this broken heart!

    • Jess, God can and He will heal your heart. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. It becomes easier to face what we can recognize! God is FOR you!!!

  31. Recently I was presented with an opportunity to be apart something great, creating and building a new school in Ethiopia. Doubt has been trying to come in and tell me that I am not smart enough, I am too weak, and that I am not qualified to be apart of this. Chapter 6 and 7 have been great in telling me that God is big enough to equip me and make me qualified to help do something great for his kingdom. I love the verse for this week, I am applying it every day to my life. Thank you Lord for Renee’s willingness to be your hands and feet, to give us women such a great gift in her book.

  32. God is truly amazing. I have been working on keep up with you and your online study. It has been a challenge, but extremely rewarding. A friend of mine sent me an email this morning with your Encouragement for Today Devotion “Just The Right Words” included. I don’t think that she realized I already subscribe to the devotion or was participating in your online study. I have always had difficulty with self-doubt … in my home, my marriage, my work and even at church. Most of the time I am a shoulder for my friends, but they don’t really know how this has been a struggle for me. The words that she sent me today was exactly what I needed to hear!

    “As soon as I read this devotion – I THOUGHT OF YOU!! You have made such a difference in my life and helped me through some horrible times. I can never thank you enough. THANK YOU ERIN for BEING YOU!! You are more special than you can ever imagine.”

    I have always tried to think of others before myself. I send thank you cards and encouraging notes to friends all the time to let them know that they are not alone and they are loved. But sometimes I forget that! Her words meant so much to me. I’m sitting her typing this and crying because I can’t begin to explain how I’m feeling. You will never know how much your encouragement through this study has been a blessing to me. Thank you for your words and love. ~ Erin

  33. Renee,

    It’s made a world of difference to know that God is FOR me. He is not seeking to hurt me or bring disappointment into my life. Others may let me down, but God will always be FOR me. Thank you for helping so many women to learn to get strength and encouragement in God’s faithful promises.

    Karen C.

    I hope I win. :-)

  34. What a lovely day it is. It’s rainy and cloudy and my first client cancelled. So God’s given me all morning to relax in his presence, release in his presence. Good timing for a wk with an injured back and hormonal issues. Thank you God. Sending love to all and wishing healing for every area that God knows you need today.

    All love,
    May

  35. Adriana Urbanczyk says:

    Renee,
    I always find so much wisdom in your devotions and come away encouraged. You are such a blessing!.
    Adriana

  36. your encouraging words and messages to women fill our hearts with so much love and hope for the day to come. each time i check my emails and i see a new message or new lesson or a new devotion in this wonderful journey the lord has prepared us in am up lifted, i am encoraged and i know i am chosen in his kingdom.
    god bless you i look foward to the next message.
    pam b.
    p.s. ;)
    would like to win a target giftcard to get me a gift. i’m always thinking of others, my children my husband and sometime i forget me. i know the lord wants to think of me too and so if i win i will think of me and get me a gift to say ” thank you me for caring today” ;)

  37. I too had gotten a little behind on the reading but I had a good excuse(!!!), our Wed night growth groups at church started another BS that I wanted to be part of so I delayed reading A Confident Heart because I couldn’t do both studies. Now I’m ready to get into this one with both feet!
    Our family has been through so much since Oct., my mother passed away Oct 3 and our second grandson was born Jan20 and spent four days in the infant ICU. He’s fine now but it was a scary few days. I sew with a group that makes infant things for the ICU’s for the three hospitals in our area. The fourth day, his mom and I found him wrapped in a baby blanket that I made for the NICU over a year ago. It had been used by many babies(it had been washed many times) but I know the fabric and the stitching I used. A few months ago I had doubts if God wanted to use my sewing ablities in this way. There could not have been a better and sweeter affirmation and encouragement to continue working on the sewing projects with a group let’s parents know tha we are praying for their children and care about their survival.

  38. Renee ~

    Your book is the next best thing to the Bible.
    Your book has become my life support.
    I am in a deep pit trying to get out.
    I convicted that God is my way out.
    I am thinking your CD is the next step for me so
    I can hear your voice anytime anywhere.
    You are so very blessed with the Holy Spirit in your heart.
    Always waiting to see what God is guiding you to share.

    ~ Wanda

  39. Renee, like everyone else here, I am greatly enjoying this Bible study, and the words in your book seem like they were written by someone who has interviewed me personally. Your examples from your own life just really hit home. I have not posted on here much, because I find I am consistantly a week behind.

    But I do continue to read your book, highlight, and add notes. Lord help me if I loose my Nook and someone picks it up and sees what I’ve highlighted and posted in notes!

    I love the AM/FM thoughts concept. How true that God’s word can be a healing salve – words of truth and peace and life to us. The four you share in your printable pdf handout this week are perfect. I am re-writing them on index cards and carrying them with me to reread in my car and at work.

    Blessings to you Renee,

    Connie

  40. God places so much value on us that He would give His own Son to die for us.
    Meditating on His Word can help our thoughts to be His truth.

  41. Thank you for your encouraging words Renee. A friend of mine showed me your website a couple of weeks ago and it was totally a God thing!! I am in a waiting period I guess with God. Last year I incurred another head injury, which would make that the 3rd concussion from my main head injury 15 years ago. 15 years ago, I lost my ability to work after 27 years of being a nurse. I was not Christian also. I also had to relearn how to walk, talk, feed myself, etc and have brain surgery! Well I lost most of the worldly stuff and got God!! I can appreciate what Paul said. My husband stayed with me and helped me learn everything all over again! Now I face each day not knowing what I can do each day due to the propriorecption and dizzy problems I face. God is in control, not me. I am thankful that He has kept me alive and share the gospel with family, friends and neighbors. I just don’t know what He has for me now. I pray and lift Him up everyday and give Him praise. Each day is a challenge. God is using you to help me not be discouraged and I thank Him for leading me here listening and reading with you!! Thank you for your God filled message that we/I have been chosen and redeemed!! Blessings

  42. Thanks you so much for your words. I would love to read your book. I wish our library carried it.

  43. For several months now I have struggled with feelings of worthlessness and abandonment. I know that God will never leave me, but it is still easy to feel alone. One day I was feeling particularly rejected and read this verse in John 6:37 (New Living Translation) “However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” Even if I am rejected by everyone else, God never will.

  44. Love your book A Confident Heart. Our women’s bible study is on Ch 5, each chapter has practical – though provoking words. Thank you for your willingness to share!

  45. I’m am thankful for a little new found Confidence. Each little bit helps. God is in Control. I’m also trying clean up the clutter in my life. God is for me & I’m so thankful for that.
    Thank you so much Renee.
    Patricia

  46. Just last night my four daughters were playing in a Chick-fil-a play area and a little boy approached my middle daughter. The little boy got angry at her for playing in his area, and he told her she was stupid. My daughter shrugged it off at first but soon she began crying. As I held her close to comfort her, she asked me if she was stupid. I told her no way and that she didn’t have to believe what others say about her. I reminded her of what God thought of her and soon after, she began to agree with me that she was wonderful!

    Thanks Renee for personally reminding me to keep switching the station to FM. You are a much needed inspiration in my life.

  47. This message came at the right time to validate the words that were said to me. I’ve been sick and in the house for almost 5 months. Before I was quite active in things but lately not being around people our doing things I had given up. I didn’t want to face anyone in person or on the phone. I had two Christian friends that gave me the right words and the encouragement I needed. I stepped out Monday night and met some people and then today I make a phone call. God doesn’t want us to give up and die inside and that’s what I was doing. I was giving Satan credibility. God is so good and if we would let Him be in control things would turn out so much better than we could ever think it would. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Vanessa Wynn says:

    Your videos are great. My favorite, though, is the one about God filling the empty spaces. We do have so very many activities we try to fill our lives with, when the one thing we do need – God – is often times pushed aside. Thank you for sharing your heart with us and helping us grow!

  49. First, Renee and hope you and your daughter are healing. I continue to lift you both up in prayer.

    As for the AM/FM thoughts, most of my life has been tuned into the static AM station that plays lie after lie against me. But now, with your direction, I’m learning how to tune into the clearer (and in Stereo!) FM station of God’s promises and truths for me. I’ve printed out the bullet points from your AM/FM printout and posted it on my wall at work…the place that the Devil likes to test me most.

  50. This devotional has been very important to me today. I teach 5th grade in a private Christian school, but
    that does not mean that all my students know the Lord. It seems that some days I have no joy in teaching because I’m forced to be a disciplinarian almost all day long. I begin to doubt my effectiveness as a teacher because I have lost sight of the reason that I first got into teaching. I have forgotten how precious I am in God’s eyes. Thank you for reminding me, and for the encouraging words. God bless you!!!

  51. Thank you, Renee for your encouraging words and for empowering each of us as we do this study to proclaim the Word of God over our lives and to proclaim God’s truth when Satan comes against us with lies of doubt and unworthiness. It is through His word that we will overcome and be confident in Him :)

  52. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I have days, maybe months, no probably a year on and off, where I have been feeling very down about myself. I don’t know why lately it seems I feel even more inadequate, and like I have failed in all areas of my life, as a wife, mother, sister in Christ and co-worker. Seeking God for guidance, but not seeing a change. I would love to develop a Confident Heart so that I can help my daughters to also have a Confident Heart for Christ. Thank you and God Bless You for helping us.

  53. Michelle T. says:

    And so now I can say Thank you for the encouraging words that you’ve shared. Just last night a lady in our church was going through a crisis in her family and she reached to me. I gave her what encouragment I had in me all the while self doubt says you’re not good enough to tell her that. I gave anyway, hoping that it helped. We had a storm pass through last night and she was also facing one in her life as a Parent/Grandma. Lots of times when we are in the eye of the storm we can’t see daylight that’s coming. Praise the Lord, he can send someone to remind us that the darkest hour means dawn is just in sight.

  54. Cindy Hunt~King's Daughter says:

    Thank you Renne for your encouragement. I just want to share something that my psychologist shared with me because I have a tendency to listen to the inner critic (acusser) in my mind.

    She said “I want you when you hear your inner critic find what the evidence is to what the critic is saying.” Even though she is not a christian she totally gets the concept that we have an enemy that torments our minds. Now I can deal with that critic and say this is what God’s word says and what He says about me. The TRUTH will always triumph.

  55. I need to be praying more on the spot like you said when the feelings come, ask God what I’m thinking that is causing this. I also like to be prepared by having a FM thought already prepared for the AM thought. Thanks for sharing. Would love to win the books and a copy of the CD message. Would love a Target gift card also. It would really come in handy about now.

    Blessings,

  56. I needed to hear this today. I need to be reminded (daily) that “God Is In Control” and that “He is For Us”. Somedays I get all confused with all of these thoughts that run through my mind. Sometimes I feel like I am completley loosing it! LOL! Thank you for this video. It helped calm all of the thoughts that are screaming through my mind.

    Thank you all of my P31 sisters! You all are in my prayers!
    Steph

  57. Renee,

    I enjoy your devo’s so very much. Thank you for the encouragement. I am in a place now where it is much needed. Thanks again. God Bless You.

  58. All I know is that JESUS IS LORD , God IS IN Control, I am a single mom and I totally depend on HIM !!

    • that is so great Bobbie, way to go girl, I was that way once, single mom and I never gave up on God! And I still don’t! Keep it up, I am retiring on the 12th of March and so want to be an encouragement to others with that firm belief in Christ and knowing I am forgiven and God love’s me no matter what because he loves me just like he loves Jesus and the whole world!

  59. Summer Richard says:

    I am a first time visitor to your site. I was very encouraged and will visit again for more thank you! :)

  60. Thank you, Renee, for writing “A Confident Heart”, sharing video messages, and for this amazing Bible Study! It is such a blessing to so many! The video messages are so helpful for putting everything into focus. Thank you for sharing your gift of encouragement!

  61. Thank you for this message. I know that thoughts are so important. What I’m wondering is, what do you do when you are so exhausted for a long period of time, due to life circumstances, that even trying to adjust your thoughts feels overwhelming? How do you get from feeling overwhelmed to embracing that God is for you? When times get really though, that concept can be hard to hold on to.

    • Mandy I can understand how you feel, seek God’s word, there are so many positive scriptures you could turn to in order to renew your confidence thru his confidece in you. Psalms are particularly good that way. I have several noted down at home, I am not good at memory but I know where to find my notes. I will get back and make note of them for you. Meditate daily on these as they will give you strength to face the next day and the next. Plaster them all over the house, your office, in your purse anywhere you know they are easily accessible so you can repeat them.

  62. Rita Walters says:

    Renee, you have taught me how to redefine myself according to His Word. A big change in my life ! This change has allowed me to accept His Love. And even bigger change in my life !

  63. Thank you for sharing God’s Word…it was an encouragement:)

  64. Like several who wrote already, I also needed this video today. The title, “God’s Thoughts Towards Us”, is perfect to remind me that God’s thoughts are not the thoughts I have struggled with today. Feeling fear, worry, knowing God’s thoughts toward me helps for me to find peace, strength, courage, in the midst of my difficult day and difficult thoughts. There were a couple comments about the song in the video, “God’s in control” and that also was a helpful reminder. Yes, He is, and it is so reassuring. I love what you said, Renee, that we can position our thoughts to hear and live in God’s promises every day. I am so thankful for this study, your book, all those participating and sharing your hearts and prayers. I feel blessed and so encouraged to be a part. I’m so glad God led me to “A Confident Heart”.

  65. This is all new to me… Discovering God in an active way after years of doubt and, yes, anger. Thank you Renee for helping me to see who God really is and that the Lord is indeed on my side.

  66. Wow this was like a refresher from the message our interim pastor gave this past Sunday on forgiveness. The one thing we, as Christians, tend to forget is that “we are once for all saved” and we are then seen thru the eye of the cross as God views Christ through the eye of the cross, we are washed in His blood of our sins and are now righteous, clean, holy just like Christ. We also must remember God sent his son for all to be viewed that way as Christ died for all the sins of the world and we in turn need to remember that point and view all people as God does. Really left me feeling guilty as I am so inclined to consider myself judge of all the others in the world, who don’t accept this free gift. My desire now is to be the woman who encourages another so they can feel they are worthy of God’s love and the forgiveness he so freely offers to everyone, whether they be Muslim or any other religious belief or no belief, murderer, robber, beggar, tax collector, unethical, whatever their source of unbelief, they are still God’s children. Perhaps not believers of Christ, but certainly worthy of God’s neverending love and willingness to forgive once they do come do believe and understand and see it thru our actions, love for them and love of each other. And to not be so quick to believe the AM, but the FM. Thank you Renee, for that reminder and the encouraging words in your Encouragement for Today devotional as well as this lesson from your book.

  67. Thank you, I needed this today. Been a hard couple of weeks filled with self doubt. I like the am/fm message. It is easy to remember. Your P31 message was great too! Please keep speaking for those of us who need to hear!

  68. I am loving this book:) I must admit chapter 4 was tough for me & I still have to go back & do some of the exercises but am excited to see what the Lord wants to show me. I’m surprisingly on track w this study cuz I was a bit behind cuz chapter 4 almost stopped me…
    I don’t really post statements but felt like it today:) I enjoy reading others posts & am amazed & excited to read God working His grace & glory around the world thru this great study:)
    Be blessed:)

  69. Fran Bruno says:

    …Renee praying for your body!
    So glad to her about your little girl..doing well.
    I am always so ‘excited’…and challenged to look for your weekly email, so I can be all that HE desires for me..His own.
    BLESS YOUR HEART…you dear, dear faithful one..you instruct and encourage each one of us..so well.

  70. Sorry to hear about your back injury. I had a ruptured disk about 10 years ago. The pain and agony I went through before having surgery are very vivid. I am praying for you as you seek God’s wisdom and comfort during this time.

  71. I needed to hear this message today. I am so behind in this bible study but its ok as I meditate on what i learn. Thank.-you God for changing my heart and giving more more confident every day,

  72. Great message, Renee!

  73. I have to tell you, I got stuck in chapter 5. Life has been tough the last couple of weeks and the whole timeline thing stopped me dead in my tracks. However, last night I started reading again. I decided to put the timeline thing on hold for a bit. I figure it’s better to at least continue reading and answering questions than to just stop completely. Maybe a little later I can get back to the timeline. I really do love this study. I don’t know how you do it, but it seems like you have read my mind almost every day. I can’t thank you enought for this book and study. It has been such an encouragement…especially the words and pictures you post on facebook. Way cool! Thank you!

  74. I haven’t been able to keep up with the book study because I’ve had horrible morning sickness – but we are so thrilled to be expecting #3!!! Also, I read your book at a time in my life when I so desperately needed it – while I was in the midst of some hard struggles with depression and anxiety. I am SO thankful for your words!

  75. Thank you Renee for the post. I am having a very hard time with my confidence. I am just a little behind in the study. I have a very hard time letting God Love me. I seem to be pushing him away from me. I try to let him in but I know how to pray for everyong around me but myself. I hope your back feels better some, my husband went through it and it is not easy. God Bless you.

  76. Life is not always pleasant and I have days where I feel like I cannot do another thing, but my God is bigger than me and is always there to lift me up. Praying for you that your back gets better. Blessings, Elaine

  77. Praising God that Aster’s appt went well. How is your son’s collar bone (I believe that was what he injured) doing?

  78. Learning that the words I speak to myself are powerful is what I’m learning. If I say negative things that’s the way I think but if I speak God’s truth It changes me inside and out.

  79. Melissa Fordyce says:

    I want to have “for me” thoughts ready the next time the enemy discourages me! Thank you!!!

  80. Love the bible study and the giveway. Renee, thank you for sharing your life through the ups and downs.
    God is constant!

  81. michelle h says:

    thanks for the encouraging words! long days make for weary hearts!

  82. Patti Strain says:

    i love your thoughts here and also the devotional on proverbs31! very powerful scriptures! i just love The Word!

  83. Hope you feel better soon. Praying for you & Aster.
    Blessings to you both.
    Patricia

  84. Hello Renee,

    On page 81 in your book (yes I am a little behind in the study but staying diligent) you wrote, “Learning to live in the security of God’s promises is a daily journey of dependence. As we process the pain of our yesterdays, learn through the disappointments of our todays, and face some fears in our tomorrows, doubts will still creep up and threaten to steal our hope. But each time that happens, we can stop and seek God’s perspective in that place.”

    This paragraph is so powerful and spoke directly to my heart. I have summed up this paragraph in this “one-liner” in my journal: “Process Yesterday – Learn Today – Face Tomorrow With Courage”.

    I love quotes and things that deal with the past, present, and future. I have this quote posted in my classroom: “Learn from the Past, Live in the Present, Plan for the Future”.

    Here is another one: “Exhale the past, inhale the present, imagine the future”.

    And of course my favorite: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

    Just wanted to share how this chapter spoke to my heart and how nothing in my past will be wasted as I embrace Jesus today and hope for my future…Chapter 4 really spoke to me. Thank you!
    ~Joanna Lovato

  85. Karen Halterman says:

    Renee-
    Satan is really attacking me and my mind big time ever since I began this study and reading of his LIES to me that you speak of all through A Confident Heart! This week at work especially and this is only Wednesday! Monday was the worst…I just had to stop working and pray the Holy Spirit’s calmness into my soul and mind–Satan had so many negative, evil thoughts chasing each other in my mind. Praise God, the victory was His and the calmness settled over me again.
    Chapter 6 and 7 have really ministered to my soul. I really like the idea of the AM and PM thoughts….God really knew when He nudged you to write this book for us all.
    I emailed that beautiful heart on the deck with Psalm 139:17 with the reminder of the Lord’s constant thoughts of us to each of my Women’s Small Group…I want them to be reminded of His thoughts of love and care to each one of them. Thank you for sending this verse…it is SO appropriate for my week!

    I am going to stop right now and lift up your health needs for His Almighty healing right now…

    Hugs-Karen

  86. Thanks for the reminder. When I was in college the concept of “what I thought would effect how I live” was first introduced to me. Through the years I have sometimes forgotten this. I know that it is true though.

    I will be praying for your back. I know it is no fun to have young children and not feel well. I pray God will give you the grace you need.

  87. This has been such an awesome study for me and such an encouragement. A few years ago I went through a really hard that and the things that I did tore my family apart. I knew what I was doing was wrong but couldn’t seem to let it go. I was living 2 different lives. One being the life that I was ‘happy’ in and the other that my family was in. I couldn’t do it anymore and let go of what was holding me back. It’s taken me awhile to fully come back to God and have a real relationship with him, not a ‘I’ll let you know when I need something God’ relationship. Since doing this study I’ve let burdens go and really been able to look at myself and see the things I need to work on. Thank you so much for doing this study!!!

  88. Renee,
    Thanks again for this study. Hope your back improves quickly:)

  89. Glorisel Gonzalez Viera says:

    Right now I’m soooo tired… I’ve been dealing with a delicate situation with a friend who has been battling with depression, addiction, and suicidal thoughts for a while… He got fired this Monday and he isn’t doing good… last idea he got was to move away to a place that I know is just an escape for him… I’m praying for God to give me wisdom to deal with this situation because it’s hard… Also, in med school things are really really hard; so I just hope I get to graduate and be able to serve the Lord through this career. I haven’t known from my friend or his family (who contacts me every day cuz the know he is always in contact with me specially when he feels bad) and that has me sort of worry (very)… i’m grabing philippians 4:6 to heart right now… plz pray for him soooo much; i really need God to do a breakthrough in his mind so he’ll be willing to look for help at the right places and not escape…. pray for me, for wisdom, so God guides me in the words to tell him when he’s not well… I know what you have is painful because of my studies, so I pray quick healing over you today! Also, I hope your daughter heals quickly too and is up and running happily! :) God bless you all!

    • Glorisel Gonzalez Viera says:

      sorry, i vented through here about my problems lol but i had to do it in a site of God-looking women…

  90. today is overwhelming, having my oldest daughter, her husband and three grandkids living with us and being cooped up in the last doldrums of winter has us all wanting to run away.. so I am doing just that, running to words of love and encouragement.. my am/fm thoughts also work when life is just really hard and loud and noisy. God shows me the blessings, but somedays i really need to look for them. Hope you are feeling better soon, life is hard when we are laid up and life must go on… in His Care. Blessings, peace and healing.

  91. Your Encouragement for Today devotion was the perfect message for me. I really can’t afford a new book but i will try to follow and learn as much from your website. Thanks for your willingness to use your knowledge and experience to bless others.

  92. Hi Renee,

    Praying for a quick healing. I hurt my back too on Sat rowing at the gym. Sending healing prayers your way, I know what it’s like to hurt your back…I’ve done it one too many times and it’s ho-rri-ble. I found a great chiropractor even though for a long time I wasn’t very convinced by them. Hope you can find a good one and discernment with what to do next. The regimen he’s taught me as soon as injury occurs is moist heat (hot pack with moist towel for 20min, then ice for 20min, off for 40min then ice again for 20min and continue repeating the icing until you find relief) and of course ibuprofin. If your back continues w/ the spasms then repeat from the top with moist heat. Sorry I know this blog isn’t meant for this but I just know the pain of an injured back.

    With love,
    May

  93. Jeannette Black says:

    Renee, Thank you so much for the inspiring thought about AM and FM, I too go thru those things almost everyday of my life, I have not been in the study because since I ordered the book I have been doing another study thru my chruch which is called Eight stone gates,which is Taking Thoughts Captive, by Dan Manningham, I am looking forward to doing your study after I am finished with this one, I have kept all of the lessons in a folder and I am truly looking forward to them soon. Your video today was a great inspiration and a reminder that I need to alway stop and remember God is with me always. Again please get well soon, and you are in my prayers for a quick and complete recovery from your injury. Gods Blessings to you and your family. Thank you , Jeannette Black

  94. Renee, What a great message! And just when I needed it:) I’ve been having some doubts about a new opportunity in my life and need to remember to ‘turn my thoughts to God’.

    So happy to hear that Aster’s surgery went well, and praying for healing and comfort for your back.
    Blessings:)

  95. I am so thankful for this on-line Bible study. I have learned so much and found ‘A Confident Heart’ is so much more than having a ‘confidence’ but being confident in Christ. I love the encouraging Bible verses and have been writing them on index cards and hanging them on my bathroom mirror. Doing this helps me to start my day with right thoughts, an attitude that’s in check and a day that goes smoother. I never realized, until this study, how slyly Satan attacks with a small negative thought and how it snowballed then affected my day. I appreciate the videos, being able to have others I can relate to, and not feel like I’m the only one going through these problems.

    Jan

  96. I think self doubt sneaks up so easily. The walk is in telling yourself it’s a lie. The only way I can do that is to surround myself with the peace of Christ –Gods word. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to still struggle but it makes the struggle possible. All the best for speedy healing. Thanks for all that you write to help us walk in Gods word.

    • I agree w/ you Lindsey!! I feel that sometimes it’s so subtle that I don’t even know exactly what it is that I’m thinking. But that crappy familiar feeling is definitely there again. So I stop myself, really check what I’m thinking and now I’m learning to also ask the holy spirit to show me what I’m thinking and then claim that promise from God that shows me the thought is a lie. I find that a lot of God’s promises apply to so many negative thoughts so I don’t worry too much about remembering one that is specifically referring to that thought. So for me for ex, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made” applies to any negative thought I’m having about not having the skills to do something, feeling less liked than others, etc.

  97. Hi Renee,
    I hope your feeling better. I just want to thank-you for all your time and hard work to help keep us close to god.

  98. Renee,

    I have so needed this devotional this week. My source of self-doubt has stemmed from my 9-year old son’s depression and anxiety linked to his ADHD. He has been struggling with suicidal thoughts and threatening to run away. I am a military wife with a spouse who works very long hours. Often, I am trying to be strong for both of us, enforcing our rules and teaching God’s truths, while still trying to encourage my son who sometimes calls me names and disrespects me. Satan has been attacking me in this very spiritual battle for my son. He has at times convinced me that I am not capable of being the mom my son needs. A dear friend prayed with me this week, as I went to meet with our son’s doctor about his medications and the side effects we were facing. She said to me that God had chosen ME to be Sean’s mother and encouraged me to trust my instincts in my meeting with the doctor.

    Recently, I was convicted that I need to be on my knees with God each day before I deal with my son. I am learning that sitting at the master’s feet calms my heart and diving into His word strengthens me with the protection of God’s truth from any arrows the enemy wants to hurl at me. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Renee. Your teaching really reminds me of the steps I need to take to change my thinking each day from those that are AM to those that are FM. God bless you and your ministry!

  99. Today I am convinced that Satan attacks us more the closer we move towards God and stregthen our relationship with him. Praise God that he is for us and that he loves us so much he sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. I have not yet read chapter 7 It has been a crazy week. I am praying for all of you on here tonight I think we can all use the prayers always.

  100. I have to tell you I’m behind in this study. But I’m keeping up with the videos and lesson material. I plan to continue soon. I’m a Women’s Ministry leader at my church and we’re in the middle of the Bible Study, ‘One in a Million’ by Pricilla Shirer. Great study! I do have to say this study is great also. I’ve had doubts, fears, and learning to listen. I’ve learned to slow down and give God time to speak to me. When I get so busy, I squeeze his time out! I’ve also learned Satan can crowd in and cause all kinds of emotion. Emotion I don’t like.

    God Bless all! We’re all confident iin God’s grace and Love
    Debbie

  101. This has been a painful week for me as well! I’m not sure what I did but my shoulder has been quite painful and for some odd reason I’ve been battling depression. I’ve fallen behind in my reading but I’m going to try to remedy that ASAP! Thanks for all you do!

  102. I am sorry about your injury and will pray that your neck is better soon!
    I’ve been reading your book from the library, however, I want to order one for myself. What is the coupon code to use when I order it? Please let me know. Thank you in advance.
    God bless you,
    Alyce

  103. Thanks, Renee,
    I had a break through this week, lots of flashbacks on my childhood…and now I know where my insecurities come from,…but I am not bound by my past, and can overcome inspite of my childhood..and when a negative thought came to mind today, I heard myself saying “Its not your fault”! You’ve done all you could with what you had, and I don’t have to be perfect, and God loves you just the way you are!

  104. Crisanne Werner says:

    The idea of being prepared has been huge for me this week. I’ve been reading the verses that affirm my identity in Christ out loud every morning to myself which really is changing the way I feel and live, I’ve seen a notable difference in my confidence at work! Renee, it was so good to be reminded that God IS for us. I can too often believe the doubt that he is not

  105. Crisanne Werner says:

    The idea of being prepared has been huge for me this week. I’ve been reading the verses that affirm my identity in Christ out loud every morning to myself which really is changing the way I feel and live, I’ve seen a notable difference in my confidence at work! Renee, it was so good to be reminded that God IS for us. I can too often believe the doubt that he is not!

  106. Cassandra Early says:

    I so enjoy reading and thinking of your insights. Our son is in prison and will be there for 6 yrs. My self doubts of could I done anything different or said anything that would have changed our sons direction. So now we have to be a source of strength for him. He has a 4 year old son that he hopes the mother will bring him for visitation to keep them close and be a daddy. Thank You

  107. Love the AM/FM thoughts! Really need it! Thanks!

  108. Abiding in Christ says:

    Dear Renee
    I was just talking with one of my new Bible study friends, Shawn, and we were both commenting on how God has brought us 12 women together because of “A Confident Heart”. We have never connected before, and God has intertwined our hearts so that when one of us hurts, we all hurt….please pass those kleenexes down here…Thank you for listening to God and sharing your heart, which in turn shares God’s heart. You have made it be a safe place to share… and our fellowship is sweet and right at the heart of Jesus! God just knows….perfect timing on each one of our lives. Praying for a healing touch on your back. Lord Jesus, please cover Renee’s back with your healing and restoring blood. Amen and so be it! Huggs!

  109. Thank you renee for writing this book it is truly helping me gain confidence.This is a time I need to know that iI can pray Gods promises and that he hears me. My son who is 30 years old has got to have open heart surgery for an artery that is 80% blocked. It will be your words in your book and your truths you have shared about our loving God that gets me through this and og Course because of you I know what to ask God for and how thank you so much for doing Gods work

  110. I really like the way we “think” effects the way we “feel” which in turn influences how I “live”

    Thank you again for sharing.

  111. Elaine Segstro says:

    Affirmation by others is fleeting; God’s affirmation is eternal. Being reminded of His truth carries me through. Thank you for your reminder. Bless you.

  112. Praying for you, My Online Sisters!

    I am at a low this evening. Have felt Satan sneaking in. Trying to push his lies away and replace them with God’s promises. Thanks for your messages, Sisters!

    Thanks for your devotionals, videos, and words you allowed God to speak through you thus far in A Confident Heart, Renee!

    Yes, I believe we are our worst critics! Thanks for the reminder that God is in control, and that He is for me!!!! Really needed that today!

    Anybody else up for the challenge of changing our AM thoughts into FM thoughts? We got this! Let’s keep our minds clear, stay alert, and take action!!!! Let’s believe His promises and live like they are true!

    Much love, hugs, and prayers!

  113. I often find it very easy to encourage others with my words, but sometimes I fall short in thinking positive thoughts for myself. I am going to be intentional about keeping my mind clear and staying alert to think positively about myself.

    Going to meditate and pray over 1 Peter 2:9!

    Thanks!

  114. thank you so much for allowing God to use you to write such an inspiring book! As a mother of five children life can become quite busy and sometimes I just do things without relying on God’s strength and provision for me. You have certainly encouraged me through your book!

  115. cheryl hooks says:

    leap day and you leap into my heart…

  116. Vicki Sink says:

    I love this study, I actually read the book some time before, but am growing in my “confidence” as I go through it again!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this study!!!

  117. I just reread some of my answers from a few weeks ago and read my journal. It is amazing how much just these few weeks have changed the way I think and feel. The things that God is putting in my heart through this study is opening my eyes and ears to see how much He loves us and how He wants only the best for us. I am starting to take every thought captive and process things from a different perspective. From God’s perspective and not mine. It is exciting to be me right now.

    Since I read your blog today, I want to lift you and your family up for divine healing and restoration. I pray for your back to get back in alignment so the nerves will quit rubbing. I have had back surgery for something similar. I understand how painful. Praying for control of the pain. Thank you for being so faithful to God and continuing this study in your time of personal trials. With Love in Christ Jesus…..Cheryl Boyd

  118. So sorry to hear about your back. My 86 year old mother is in the hospital right now with three compression fractures in her lumbar region. Watching her wince every time she moves makes me have compassion for anyone who suffers from back problems. I pray you both have speedy healing.

  119. I am so enjoying this study and I love the AM/FM download. It is very helpful to have that FM thought from God to push away the attempts at defeat from the AM thoughts! Glad to read that Aster’s surgery went well and certainly hope your back heals quickly as well. God Bless you!

  120. Christina R says:

    This is my second time through this book, I participated in Melissa Taylor’s online study of it as well. I am finding even more nuggets the second time through. There are so many things I have learned about God’s love and trusting in Him without listening to the enemy! When I read through the questions and look at my previous answers, I can see the work God is doing in me. Thank you for writing this and sharing your heart!

  121. Hi–thank you Renee for taking the time to help Me. I really enjoy your videos and your teachings. Bless you for loving God so !

  122. I just read about your injury and your daughter’s surgery. A few weeks ago you were ill, I see a pattern here and you are ruining ” his party”. I am speaking of the evil one, you are working and teaching and following God’s heart and your heart and “he is trying his best to stop you. Hurrah for you keep up the wonderful work.

  123. AM and FM thoughts – love it! And thanks for the reminder that turning to the FM thoughts takes constant diligence.

    (I am behind in my reading).

  124. Thank you so much for sharing this truth. I have been believing so many lies. I am going to choose to replace them with God’s truth. What He says should be more real to me than the lies of the enemy.

  125. Jodi Volquartsen says:

    I just want to put a prayer out to you Renee & Aster!
    Dear Lord, I pray for Aster’s quick healing in her mouth. Allow the discomfort to be gone & allow her to be a normal little 3 year old! I also pray for her mommy, an amazing woman of God, Renee. I pray that you would touch her muscles, vertebras, bulging disks, put them all back into place & we command the pain to be gone. We ask this in Jesus Name! Amen!
    I just want to thank you for all the amazing Bible study on Confident Heart! I asked for it for Christmas & got it! Then found out you were doing the study! It has mad such a difference in my life & I am striving to be more like Him & have confidence in Him! Thank you so much!

  126. It definitely is a battle to think positive thoughts. When I am reminded about God…His faithfulness, His love and the many ways He is amazing and shows kindness toward us…I am encouraged. But, like a sheep I stray from that and He has to bring me back. (I love that song…God is in Control).

  127. Jessie Warner says:

    About your back…my dad had the same thing several years ago and they told him he needed surgery etc. etc. He did exercises called the “McKenzie exercises” and you can find them on the web. They are basically sleep positions as far as I know. I think he kept hope that God was going to heal him and he never had the surgery and is doing great.

  128. Hello Renee
    This is my first time responding or posting. I have been so inspired by your teachings. I have recently had major health issues, a scare with colon cancer, a major back fusion and most recently 7 days in hospital with asthma, pneumonia nd bronchial infection. We take so much for granted and when any adverse situation occurs it is so easy to be filled with doubt, low self esteem, feelings of depression and unworthiness. You ask yourself what havae I done so wrong that all this has befallen me. I almost let go but realized I am not the author or finisher of my fate but the most high God is as long as Im willing to give it to him and let him direct my path. A very good friend sent me an email while on my bed of afflication and challanged me to get involved with your on line bible study. I was excited about the title and have found extremly gratifying. thank you for being a beacon of light even when you are going through your own storm.
    Thank you for inspiring, uplifting and remindng us all about the marvelous works our God had done , is doing and will continue to do in us for us and inspite of us. when we allow ourselfs to be governed by his will. I am learning to be content in whatever state Im in and when I give him praise while Im going through it will be easy to praise him when all is well

  129. If I can share my thoughts I would have to say I enjoy reading your posts. Sometimes when I read your posts I feel super encouraged because you are so “real” you share your struggles and cares and that encourages me because I struggle and hurt and I can identify with you.

  130. I love the idea of AM\FM idea. It’s easy to remember and quickly brings to mind the “against me” and “for me” thoughts so that I might be victorious over he who is against me by trusting in Him who is for me.

  131. Hello Renee, glad Ali has bounced back like the trooper she is, and been praying for your back, Maybe the Lord wants you to rest? or Satan trying to keep you keep you from inspiring all of us, who have yet to remember that God has given us incredible strength to tap into, you who is in incredible pain and still you are there to encourage us. Bless you Renee’
    I loved the AM/FM analogy…
    I too am behind on the online study but I keep plugging along, it is too good to speed through and my hubby been home a lot lately as he is getting ready to be gone a long time, so priorities have been with him….
    kinda messing up my study time…lol…..
    The Lord makes time for all of us in whatever place we are with Him…Thanks for helping us get to that closer place……cathi

  132. Nancy Silvers says:

    I am so grateful that I have the Word of God to remind me who I am in Christ. If God be for me who can come against me.

    Phil 4:13 is one of my favorite verses. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” When I have doubts that say I can’t I just admit in of myself I can’t BUT I can do ALL things with Christ in the drivers seat!!

    Thank you so much for A Confident Heart and all your added input in this very important reminder of who we are. Children of the King!! That makes me a princess!!

  133. Thanks so much for making these little videos…they are a great tool to go along with the book…Thanks…praying for you and your little princess…Take Care, God Bless, and Stay Beautiful :-)

  134. My prayers are with you for relief from your pain and praises for Aster doing so well with her surgery! Thank you for opening your heart to the Lord and allowing Him to speak to me and all the other ladies who are touched in some way by this study – whether they are reading the book or sharing it with someone else. I still struggle with my own insecurities, but God is walking with me and holding my hand in His as I become more confident in His love and grace. Many blessings to you and your family.

  135. I pray for your healing miracle right now in the name of Jesus. You are blessed & annoited. The devil just needs to get way behind you. Thank you for faithfulness. I pray God continue to bless you. The way you have blessed my life.

  136. Thank you for the AM/FM thoughts, it makes it so easy to realize your train of thought and switch the channel when needed! I’m praying for relief for your back pain too.

  137. How I needed this tonight. Thanks so much!

  138. eureka davidson says:

    Hello Renee i am so thankful for rea ding all of your post. Thanks So much and i look forward reading your blog.

  139. That is so good! There is such a power in words!

    I have a little folder on my phone for random text messages people send me that are just uplifting and encouraging because I like to re-read them. They always make my day! I love to write people little notes to surprise them and just as much I love to receive them!

    Thank you for your video blog. That is so encouraging!

    Favor and blessings!

  140. Dawn Tuller says:

    can’t watch the video tonight – have to download – slow computer. But I know God is talking to me and I tried really hard today to listen to Him. Being thankful was the whisper He kept sending me. I had a child trying to carry way too much and another not opening the door because he had a better idea. And Mom just asking for silence and hurried obedience. While the youngest was off stealing food again. Then later this evening I had a good friend that loved to talk, but my need was to get her home and back to the kids. Through all the aggravation, God kept saying give thanks in everything.

  141. Bad day. Feel like I failed. But I really haven’t. Why when you have really done nothing, but maybe get a little too emotional and upset over some things that honestly hurt you but my expectations were not met from the other person — do I feel like I am just the worst person in the world that God ever created. I opened my heart to a counselor for 3 years and he practically blew me off…see ya later…good luck to ya…just because I said “this isn’t working”. Because I said this hurt me, and this hurt me and this hurt me….I get…sorry it didn’t work out….good luck to you. Bad day. Bad week.

  142. Chapters 6 and 7 have really tested me. Doubt and fear of failure are things that I struggle with often. The perspective that these are used by the enemy and the knowledge that God wouldn’t condemn me and He will never stop loving me has really hit home. This study has come at a good time, and I’ve really needed the truths that I am learning applied to my life!

  143. I continue to feel insecure when it comes to my relationship with my dear friend .When I am with her I enjoy her company but the devil puts ideas in my head and heart that she does not care for me like she does for the other friends. Lately I just feel like I am slipping backwards even in my attempts to lose weight. I was doing so well and now I am in a slump. Then it becomes a circle of hateing myself and feeling unloved.
    Please pray that I will concentrate on the love of Christ in my life and focus on what He wants me to do .

  144. Renee and blessed sister of Confidence in the One True God,
    Long days, but nothing compared to Renee’s day. I have a High School career fair to work at tomorrow morning at 7:30, which means I should have turned off my lights by now. Teenagers just got in from working at Wednesday night ministries and son ,just handed me the computer after working on homework all evening. I am thankful I have a roof over my head and all my family is in reasonable health. We had hail/rain and 45-60mph winds last night. We live in a older mobile home and this place sounded like a train last night. I rocked and rolled until 4 this morning. We are so blessed. Please pray for a family in the area that lost their man, he was a firefighter who was helping with an accident when another vehicle hit him early this morning. We had 13 accidents in a 20 mile stretch of road. Most not too bad, but this place had many people taken out with helicopters.
    Thank you for praying for our little community.

  145. I can’t tell you how much this message meant to me tonight. I have had some rough days lately and have believed the lies of Satan. Insecurity and communication issues have taken a toll and I’ve become over emotional and filled with worry. Thank you for this message, your blog, and amazing book.

  146. Karen A. says:

    What an awesome bible study! Thanks Renee, for your continuing encouragement and time you have put into this bible study. I just love the AM/FM thoughts and plan to post these throughout my home and car. For the last year and a half, I have been so discouraged and bombarded with those AM thoughts, but now I am DETERMINED to tune into the FM thoughts and start trusting in Him.

    Thanks again for all you do. Blessings,

  147. KL Langstaff says:

    Thank you Renee! Your God inspired words are building me back up again and focusing my thoughts and beliefs about myself where they need be and remain, our Lords promises!!! I was beat down and exhausted from loss of dreams, friends, constant change and new situations. I have literally been watching my life sparkle disappear and not finding the energy of joy to do the things i used to love to do. I guess that would be truly clinically depressed. Life was not supposed to be this hard, so I must be doing something wrong. I was supposed to be better than this and so was life. I was craby to my husband all the time because i was in the pit of dark total dispair. Away from family, moving every 1-2 years and finally far enough away that I had to close my business that brought me together with many incredible women who became my friends, for my husbands’career that has required constant change for us. I am grateful he has a job but feel so empty. The moving boxes and financial stress seem to never go away. I am now mistreated at my new job etc… I am sure you have heard enough. I love building women up and suddenly found myself needing it more than anyone else and feeling frightened and shakey. This dark wilderness has seemed to last forever, but i have found new hope and faith again through your website and words of light and truth. I am regaining my strength, confindence and determination. His words, His heart and His promises that you are reminding me of are pulling me out of satan’s total attack of dispair. The fallen angle has no power of disception over us who believe in Christ! Thank you for your bravery and for reaching out.Thank you for your help and for being you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless and have a wonderful day!

    • Gay Hopkins says:

      Dearest KL, you could be my twin! As I read your words I was awed by how I could have wrote them and I wanted you to know I am praying for you this morning. Encouragers are not supposed to be depressed, right?? Wrong! I believe instead that it is God redeeming where we have gone out of balance by saying ‘sit with Me’, ‘I want to focus attention on you’, ‘I will pour into you just as I have when you poured out into others’! You, my sweet sister, have the eye of The Encourager….just as I do, and He is waiting for us to realize we are sitting still so He can fill us for…..us!!!! Here are hugs just for you ((((((()))))))!

  148. Vicky Bird says:

    Thanks for your encouragement. I really needed that reminder today! Thanks, Renee, your book and you leading has been good! Thanks!!!

  149. Gay Hopkins says:

    I struggle with ‘not good enough’ thoughts, bouncing between ‘second best’ and ‘complete failure’. These are so natural to me I don’t even know when I am thinking them! The healing words this morning have alerted me to this and focused me on what to do about it. Glad I checked in! :)

  150. Jo Nann Stacey says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words today. Three years ago this Sat. I lost my husband and now I am raising two small children by myself. There are days that I wounder if I am doing the right things for my children. I am trying to remember who God says I am. Your words are helping me to do that. Thank you so much. God Bless

  151. I do really appreciate AM/FM thoughts. What a great encouragement
    I have been saving each study so I can start it on Spring Break. I sort of lost the month of January and February do/the my Dad’s illness and death. I was able to read a few of the devotions during that time and they were a great help. Thank you. I am looking forward to doing the whole study though.
    I hope you feel better. Massage therapy is always a good start. Always helps my back.. God bless.

  152. God is in control!

  153. Dearest Renee,
    I’ve never blogged before but was lead to this study through your P31 Devotions that a friend shared with me some time ago. God is using you to speak the right words into my life at the right time, not just in todays video message but with each and every weeks message and chapter of your book!!! I am so thankful for you and how God brought you to a place where He could use you and your story to change my life as well! Thank you for living proof that God can not only change our lives but how He has a purpose and use for us in transforming others lives as well. Without a doubt, He is slowly transforming my life one week at a time through this study. I love you and thank you for your servants heart!

  154. Katie Purcell says:

    I love this Renee. My heart is singing the old song, Turn Your Radio On!
    Replacing that fuzzy static from the enemy and fine tuning my heart to hear His Truth.
    Your word pictures and visual lessons really help me.
    LOVE the AM and PM illustration.
    Praying for strength and healing in your back. So glad your little girl’s oral surgery went well.
    Thank you for being obedient to write this book. I have given away 4 copies. Hope to get a group
    together for a Bible study and fellowship group with this tool.

    God bless.

  155. I am really loving reading this book but I especially love these video segments. Thank you for taking the time to give these messages Renee. They are powerful and I am encouraged by them. I have not had the opportunity to connect with a women’s Bible study in a long time and I feel like I have that here.

  156. Debbie P says:

    I LOVE these acronyms. What another easy way for us to remember how to control our thoughts. I especially appreciate the handout to start us out on bible verses for the FM. Now it is time for me to work on concurring those AM thoughts.

  157. Hello Renee,
    I will be praying for heaing for your back. I sufer from back problems too so I can totally relate to what you’re going through. I just want to thank you and God for this study. I have and am getting so much more out of it than I ever thought possible. I didn’t really feel like I had a problem with confidence, but as it turns out God is revealing things to me in a new way. And I am so grateful! I feel stretched and so loved by God. So much so that as I was watching one of your videos I heard God say this would be a good bible study for the ladies at church. So I immediately agreed, but now I fear He wants me to lead it…
    So please pray tha if this is what I am suppose to do He will give me the confidence to do it!

    Thank you Renee!

  158. Linda Granato says:

    Hello! This was such an excellent talk! What a clever play on AM/FM. i will definitely use these to keep my mind stayed on Him. i love to take some verses or passages in the Bible and re-write them with loved ones names in them and give them as gifts. it’s beautiful to read the Bible with ‘your name in it’ and see God’s loving care for you. i will do it for myself as well so that God can be my friend who comes beside me and encourages and lifts me up with His word. Thanks for sharing! :)

  159. Tabatha says:

    Praying for relief and healing from your back pain – I have been there and know how crippling it can be to have constant pain and not get relief. God is for you and your healing!
    Thanks for the am/fm thoughts video – what a great way to apply God’s word to our everyday situations.
    Blessings to you and your family!

  160. Lysa, God has gifted you and I thank Him for having you share and write these words of encouragement. I love lists, checklists, Am I for God!!! Thank you and many blessings!!

  161. Tami Holliday says:

    I am behind in this bible study, but I strive each day to complete a small portion of it….I started it with Melissa Ross Taylor and never finished there, so thought I would keep up with Renee, the author of the book, but overtime at work and health concerns have me behind again….but I will NOT give up!!!! I am going to start using FOR ME thoughts instead of against me thoughts!!! This post was sooooooooo timely for me!!! Thank you for being the servant of Christ that you are.

    In Christ,

    Tami

  162. I am behind on the study as well, but I keep pressing on. I am so glad I was able to read the encouraging words. Thank you for your transparency and continued encouragement. Praying that you will heal quickly.
    MJ

  163. How SOOO powerful WE let the enemy in to convince us we are NOT good enough, and that we are the worst ones AM-AGAINST ME..Thank you for your faithfulness and your love not only to Christ but your love for your sisters in Christ. I really need those notes posted each day to remind me that even if I am AM…GOD is NOT AM…But surely FM!!! I am one who has no one to be a positive light in my world, and I know that God is!! Thank you so much for that reminder and continued encouragement.

  164. I so enjoy your daily encouragement. Thank you! I have had a lot of mornings of being bullied! the enemy seems to strike first thing in the morning. I need more FM thoughts. Holy Spirit- clear out those ugly thoughts! God is FOR me. :)

  165. I love the idea of AM/FM thoughts. I after reading it in the book and seeing the devotional. I have begun writing down the FM truths in Gods words. My kids have even begun saying them. When they say I can’t do it, I quickly say “You can do all things through Christ that strengthens you! Or if they are worried I tell them to “Give your cares (worries) to Jesus because He cares for you! I have been so blessed by this journey. I’m happy to hear that Aster’s surgery was a success and I’m still praying for your back. Our God is a Healer!!!

  166. Thank you so very much for your words of encouragement. You always know exactly what to say to touch so many lives.

  167. Just downloaded the chapter 1 of the book and it’s amazing.Very behind on this,but the encouraging words came right on time!!!

  168. Jodi Grubb says:

    Wow what a great chapter. I need to be reminded how God sees me and to stop listening to satan’s lies!

  169. I need to stop focusing on what Satan is telling me and start listening to the positive re-enforcement that Jesus is telling me.

  170. I just to Charlotte NC from Atlanta Ga, and it has been a little rough not knowing people. But this online studies has helped me so much. Because I truly know God orders your steps and he will never leave you or forsake. Your words and these shared thoughts are what has kept me these 6 months I have been here.

    Thanks again,

    Thelma Galloway

  171. I really appreciate your timely messages. I have heard or read a lot of this before, but like that Twila Paris song that came on for you that morning, God had directed your messages of Truth towards me just when I needed them. Thank you for the encouragement to have FM thoughts.

  172. I love the AM/FM thoughts. Your video was great. Thank you for the encouragement. Praying for your healing, I know how back problems can be. I am in the process of replacing thoughts with truth. God is in Control. Love that song and that thought. Blessings to you today.

  173. Hello Ladies, just wanted to share something from my Psalm devotional book with you all. I know we are all fighting these battles that only God can win for us.
    When I am weak, Lord, you give me strength. When I’m embattled, you fight for me. When I am tired, Lord, you give me rest. When I am anxious, you calm me. When I am clueless, you give me light. When I mess up, you forgive me. When I’m defeated, you lift up my head. You lift up my heart and lead on.
    “All my bones shall say, O Lord, who is like you? You deliver the weak from those too strong for them, the weak and the needy from those who despoil them.” Psalm 35:10
    God Bless

  174. Really love the picture for this week and the reminder that I am always on His mind. Too many times I find myself seeking my worth from the opinions of others and not remembering that I am a daughter of the King and I don’t need to look anywhere else to validate my value.

  175. I too have been quite silent this week. I am drowing and need prayer. Right now (as I am sure many of us are) I am simply overwhelmed and spread way too thin. There aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week it seems to get it all done. I know that the fault lies with me. I am not being responsible and have very little discipline to take the steps to make it easier. I need to grow up, and stop condemning myself and start instead to be convicted. This week’s chapter really spoke into my life. I am one of those that says sorry and yet continues to do what it is I apologize for. Though I acknowledge behaviors as un-godly, I continue to let the accusor win. I continue to fall into the same trap. The difference is I am doing something about it, whereas 2 3 years ago, I was not; however, I really hoped it would take a lot less time than it has. I know that I cannot reverse 16 years of thinking in a month, or a year, but I am just really getting discouraged that I know what it is I need to do, and yet I don’t put that into practice. Perhaps because to do so would then be admitting how wrong I have been, the lies that I believed and to admit to myself, my husband and to everyone else that my husband has been right all along, and somehow knows my heart better than I do. I did answer the questions of course, but this was put on my heart to share with you ladies instead. I would really appreciate some feedback; I really need the encouragement and sisterhood right now.
    -Kim Moreno

  176. Kimberly says:

    Praying for Gods healing blessings upon you, sweet sister Renee <3

    Lord you are the Great Physician, heal your daughter Renee, O'Lord, especially as she seeks to honor You, Almighty God, serving others with an obedient heart of love. I pray Renee knows your comfort and peace Lord as you lift all oppression from her body, mind and spirit. Praise be to You, our Redeemer King, for you are so mighty to save! Thank you Father God for healing Renee in Jesus beloved name I pray. Amen <3 <3

  177. I have really enjoyed listing to your videos and reading your posts to your blog. Your book is great and I have been trying to realize that I am important to Jesus and that I worth something even though there are people around mewho have tried to beat me down. I am a single parent who adopted to children from Kazakhstan at the same time. I made a move to be closer to family to help me with the children, but shortly after the move my family turned on me and we no longer speak and I feel I am so alone in raising theses two kids. I pray for others to come into my life that will help me through this difficult time. This Bible study has been a great help!!

  178. I just had to share with you and everyone else what a woman told me that I was having lunch with yesterday. When you first announced that you were going to do this Bible study I forwarded that email to everyone I knew, consequently severl of my friends signed up alone with me to do it. My friend went a step further and gathered together several of her other friends who are also doing the bible study and they meet once a week to discuss the book and the lesson and the impact its had on their lives. My point in telling yuo all of this is that one those friends brought a lost soul to the meeting last week and as a result that woman has also been changed! Can I get an AMEN?!?!?!? So while we may never know the impact of our words or actions there are times when you do get to see or hear about the results. God never ceases to amaze me with His timing and how He turns things around in His own timing!!!!! You have been such a blessing to so many of us – THANK YOU!

    • You have an “Amen” from me! What a wonderful testimony. I love this video! I know that there have been many times in my life when words of encouragement kept me going. I hope that, throughout my life I can also make a difference!

  179. Amy from Az says:

    This is a word I needed today. I am heading to a counseling session today to start to work on negative thoughts and feel that God is giving me the tools I need to gain the victory over this area in my life. thank you for the encouragement you’ve given even when life has been difficult. It’s been hard to keep up since I don’t have internet at home and have been trying to do this on my lunch at work. blessings on you and your family.

  180. God is in control. I keep hearing the words “intentional” in various studies lately. I think I’m being told that I need to be more intentional to keep up my devotions and let God control my life. As a mom of 4 young, busy kids, that is harder to say than do…. but I need to find a way. Thank-you for this study, it is exactly what I need right now.

  181. Have a kind of different example of how changing thinking, changes feelings. Am dealing with a significant health problem right now. Begining of 2012 I decided I was going to start each day focusing on God instead of how I was feeling. Can’t take oral antiinflammatories so have a topical liquid that takes a while to dry. Rather than reading a novel, I read verses & sayings I have on index cards. On bad days it is very tempting to reach for a novel instead, but if I don’t, while the pain doesn’t change, my whole outlook does. Definitely need to work on AM/FM thoughts as well.

  182. I just wanted to thank you for encouraging me. I look forward to reading your messages.

  183. Wendy G. says:

    While it may be easy to recognize when others are against us (AM) in their words or deeds…those are the moments that Satan uses to plant seeds of doubt in our minds. Thankfully we can look to GOD and HIS truth to determine FOR ME thoughts… I am so thankful that God places others in our lives, whether explicitly or implicitly to help hold us accountable and to keep us on HIS path with HIS promises, because GOD is for us! I am so grateful for this study and…
    “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6.

  184. Praying for you Renee!! That you get a complete healing!

  185. Renee, I cant tell you how much this book and study are helping me. Not only am I learning how to deal with past hurts and forgive, but also with current ones. The past couple of weeks have been ones filled with failure as a mother. My daughter is an adult, with children of her own, has seemily come into conflict with me. Needless to say that left me feeling less than perfect and heartbroken. I have been praying about the situation and now realize it is not me but in fact her life and situation. She has slipped back into negative behaviors and when I try to show her a Godly life she can’t accept it. So I learned to leave in the Good Lord’s hands and continue to pray for her and her family that they will change. I continue to love and pray for her, as well as look for and show her the gold nuggets in her.
    Continued Prayes for you in your healing.

  186. Phillis White says:

    You are so right, Renee. I am too often in that AM mode, and can be my own worst enemy. I have a wonderful, but very challenging career as a nonprofit director. I said, when I took on this role 2 years ago that I was entrusting it to Him. But inevitably I get tunnel vision trying to get it all done and do it perfectly. I was betrayed by someone close to me in this work and I never feel like I measure up. God has been reminding me lately how important it is to just let go and really truly trust Him. I have to believe that He is FM (for me), before I can be for myself. It is a work in progress.

  187. Alicia Farage says:

    I’m behind in this study and have been saving emails with links to messages to read in order….. However, this really spoke to me this evening. I have too many of AM thoughts and not enough FM thoughts. Thank you for reminding me that God is always For Me!

  188. I really enjoyed Just the right words. I just finished writing a devotional thought encouraging my sisters to take the time this month to use their words and deeds of encouragement as an undercover agent for God. I know Just the right words changed my life. I hope they will take the challenge and possibly change someone else’s.
    I dont think often enough of God’s thoughts towards me. I think if I did, it would be easier not to slip into distress as often as I sometimes do.
    Have to learn to feel God’s feelings towards me in my heart.

  189. Lucy Strouse says:

    I’m having a bad week and would really appreciate prayer. I started exclusively seeing someone on Monday night. Tuesday I crashed my car and totaled it. I’m OK but neck hurts as my head hit the driver’s window really hard. Today, Thursday, the new boyfriend called and broke it off. It’s OK as I was wondering too if I didn’t rush in too fast after my last relationship. It still leaves me feeling rejected and like there is something wrong with me. I just listened to Renee’s video and oh, so much what I needed to hear. I’ve kept saying all week, the Lord is my hope and confidence. I need to focus on God not my circumstances. He has a plan for me and I can trust him. I just really feel thrown out of my zone right now. Kind of lost. I need to hear that… GOD IS FOR ME! He will never leave me or foresake me!

    • Sweet Lucy, I am praying for you, sister. He will never ever leave you. He goes ahead of you and walks alongside of you. Deuteronomy 31:8 New International Reader’s Version
      “The Lord himself will go ahead of you. He will be with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you. So don’t be afraid. Don’t lose hope.” I thank Him that you made it through that accident alive and not hurt more seriously. See, He is with you, for you, protecting you. He has His reasons for the new one breaking up with you. He is protecting you, Lucy, GOD IS FOR YOU, HE IS WITH YOU! Take care of yourself. xo

      • Lucy Strouse says:

        Thank you so much Mary! I wrote down the bible verse and what you said on a index card and I’m going to keep it with me. It feels very comforting.

  190. Kimberly Stiver says:

    WOW! GOD IS GREAT! I needed to hear this! I have been making crosses lately and am going to start selling them for Easter at this Christian bookstore called the Living Room Bookstore in Bastrop. I was working really hard on both my small ones and the large ones. The large ones had the different names of God on them. Last night (even though I now know he didn’t mean to) my husband pointed out every flaw in my large crosses. He said that I needed to do it God’s way and the way he (my husband) showed me and no longer the “Kimmie” way. (That’s his nickname for me). I got frustrated and tried to fix what I felt needed to be perfect now! That is when I kept thinking I wasn’t good enough for any of this! Why did I agree to start selling these crosses? I felt defeated. That is when I kept saying in my mind I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I ended up saying it in my mind over and over again. That is when I went up to him and told him that sometimes and a lot lately I have felt I wasn’t good enough of a wife to him. I knew this was the time where I had to come to him and tell him how I felt in regards to my dialysis also. I needed to be open to him and let him know why I felt like this and that is when he looked really shocked and told me he was sorry for criticizing me. It was really good to know that I do matter to him, and he wants the best for me. He just didn’t realize I felt that he was criticizing me. It was a time for healing for both of us. I am so glad that I opened up and talked with him! I felt God leading me for awhile to do this, but at first was afraid to. What was I afraid of was rejection. With God all of us are never rejected He loves us and wants us to know how much He loves us. He gave me a great husband who loves me, but does make mistakes. When he realizes how much he has hurt me at times, he always asks for forgiveness. God is good!

  191. P. 122 “…instead of believing his (Satan’s) accusations, we need to let them lead us straight to Jesus so He can have the final say.” This was PERFECT for me to have read today! It confirmed a thought I had this morning I was thinking had come from God. Instead of allowing myself to dwell on, become unglued, obsess about, or spend time trying to understand how in the world could my ex (who never tried to get our marriage back on track or speak to me the entire year that we were separated before the divorce– that he did not even come to) show up opening the curtain of an ER room I was sitting in last night!! I thought I was hallucinating! I hadn’t seen him in four years, and there he stood. It was traumatizing to me; I was speechless. He just said, “Hi, I work here now,” with a grin. Utter shock. Well, when all the ugly obsessions began flooding my mind about it this morning, I had an overwhelming thought. Even if this was the enemy’s (Satan’s) way of messing with me, I’m going to turn this around and see it through God’s thoughts. God showed me I was strong enough to handle such an event, that I could face this fear I had of one day running into him without coming unglued or undone. It was a totally different way of looking at an unpleasant situation. It’s like I felt Jesus cheering for me, “YOU DID IT! You made it through, Mary! I was right there with you and you did awesome!” This is how I began my morning. And THEN I read this in chapter 7, Renee. It confirmed that God put that thought in my head and heart! Another way I know it was from God is it was not negative, only positive, and He was building (me) up, not tearing (him, ex) down. Praise You, Father, for Your loving ways, how You speak to us and cause us to grow in strength and love! By the way, I am okay, was just there getting fluids–been sick with flu or something too long.

  192. Hello Renee,
    Just finished watching the video about Kimberly. I was extremely touched by it. So much that it made me cry because I have felt the same way. There were so many reasons why i was so unloveable that i felt that there was no way God could use me. Music means a lot to me. When i hear it i literally melt. I can feel the Lord wrap his loving arms around me and just hold me. So when i found that the Lord blessed me with a musical talent i couldn’t believe it. (i am not real good at expressing myself in words so please hear my heart) The one thing i felt close to God with he blessed me with and i just could not believe it! So instead of using this gift i ran from it i found other avenues to do what i thought God wanted me to do because He just could not use me in that way! Besides i already blew it by not singing when asked. I was condemned by my own words, and like Kimberly said “unfit for use or service.” Like Kimberly, i know that the Lord loves me. Then i read that scripture that she and you shared John 3:17. and really read it over and over again. He came NOT to condemn the world, BUT that the world through Him might be saved. How refreshing to read this and now know this!!! Thank you Renee and Kimberly for sharing this and your stories so others may also be free from condemnation!!!!!

  193. Renee, thank you so much for listening to God’s calling and writing this book but also for posting this online study! I have been seeking God to help me battle depression and negative thoughts for many years and have gradually changed. I read several posts today where women had just begun on this journey and just wanted to say “don’t give up”! Keep on seeking and knocking on the door of God’s word and He will continue to lead you. I know at first, I didn’t think I would get victory, but over time God works the old ways and thoughts out of us if we keep seeking Him. Renee, I appreciate how you communicate with us weekly even though you have been through many trials since we began. I am praying for you, specifically for of the problems with your back. I have had problems with my back for 20 years and I know this would be a prime time for Satan to tempt you to doubt and be discouraged. But thank God, His plans for us are for our good not our harm and we have a counselor who is there to encourage us! I am really thankful for the “AM/FM thoughts” sheet. What a great tool to remind us to take captive those thoughts that are not God’s thoughts for us and replace with His words to us!

  194. Renee, I just want to thank you for your faithfulness & dedication, despite such a busy schedule. May the Lord richly bless.(Numbers 6:24-26) This is the first on line study I have done & didn’t know what to expect. After some bumps in the road on my part, (still learning all this smart phone technology), it has really been a blessing. Thank you again for ALL your time you put in, &for ALL your prayer.

  195. Hey Renee,
    Thank you for sharing God’s truth with me. And for being a woman after God’s own hear. I so forget that Satan desire to sift us as wheat , that goes around seeking whom he can devour. It is in that that I forgot to safe guard my heart and mind with God’s truths. I love, love your AM/PM approach when Satan comes after us with his lies. Thank you reminding me that whem doubts says I cant, God’s word says, “I am HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which GOD prepared in advance for me to do.”
    Eph 2:10.
    Blessings.
    P.S. Praying for you this weekend.

  196. Chastity Ray says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to have a God who whispers to our hearts when we need it most! God has been whispering to me lately whether it be in an email or from the book or where ever. I’m a little behind in the study but I’m keeping up with the emails and God even uses your weekly emails to remind me of His truths. I know I’m right where God wants me to be despite all of satan’s lies.
    Thank you for this bible study and ALL the words of encouragement :)

  197. Thank you for the uplifting encouraging words. It keeps me from dwelling on the negative which is what I tend to do at times but you have made my day a little brighter and I thank you for that! God bless you! :)

  198. Marsha Cobbs says:

    Renee, thank you so much for the video it has really encouraged me today. God loves us so much , he already knows all the mistakes we have made and will make in the future because we are not perfect but we are a work in progress and He still wants relationship with his daughters. This is so wonderful to me and I am learing to live in His love daily. God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  199. Renee,
    I haven’t been following along very well with the study, but I do watch the videos some and I have been reading the book. I’ve actually had the book since December, and I’m just now on chapter 9. But let me tell you… I’ve been unemployed for a month now (first time in 25 years), and this week I started to become REALLY anxious, stressed, and depressed, and feeling like “where are you God? Don’t you care??” Then I picked up your book and guess what chapter was next for me to read? Chapter 9- When Doubt Whispers “I Can’t Stop Worrying.” I haven’t even finished it yet, but God knew this is where I’d be right at this time and I feel like you are saying ALL of the things I am feeling and your words (and God’s Word) have been like a soothing balm over my anxious heart. I’m still fighting the anxiety/worry some….but I’m better. THANK YOU my friend! <3

  200. Melissa says:

    Thanks so much for this video! It really helped Chapter 6 come alive – such a great chapter, with amazing truths! I am so grateful that you allowed God to use you to help others just like me. Someday I hope to be in the same position, so, through God, I too can lead others to His Truth. :)

  201. The Devil is a liar! He’s been telling “you’re not good enough” lately and watching your video encouraged me to seek God’s affirmation and promises.

  202. So thankful for the encouraging devotions. Learning so much in your book about listening to what God thinks about me more. Appreciate how you use the gift God has given you.

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