How to Measure Up {& a Giveaway}


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In my P31 Encouragement for Today devotion, I posed the question… Do you ever feel like you don’t measure up? 

And now I want us to dig a little deeper. Have you ever stopped to ask,  “Who is saying these things? Who is causing me to doubt myself? Is it me? Has something from my past led me to believe this? Or is it the enemy of my soul disguising his voice as my own?”

It is crucial for us to realize we have an enemy. Satan is the father of lies, and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). And he loves when we believe his deception and fall into the distraction of feeling inadequate and insecure. {It’s a huge distraction!}

The meaning of the word lie is “a falsehood with the intent to deceive.” Satan intends to deceive us and he does so by getting us to take our eyes off of who we are in Christ and focus on our flaws. That way we’ll spend our days figuring out how we can hide them. It’s exactly what he did with Eve:

“Then the eyes of both [Adam and Eve] were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’

He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’” (Gen. 3:7–11)

In response, God asked who told them they were naked. In other words, “Who told you that something is wrong with you?” By asking this, God made sure they knew someone was casting shame on them—and it wasn’t Him.

The enemy whispered lies into their hearts, causing them to move away from Him and from each other.

Satan’s intent is the same for you and me as it was for Eve, but we don’t have to go along with him. Instead we can refute his lies and temptations with truth. If we have put our trust in Christ as our Savior, we can stand on the promises of who we are in Him.

When you’re tempted to measure up today, focus “up” instead and remember Whose you are and who you are! Here is a compilation of Scriptures to remind us of who we are in Christ.

I am accepted . . .

  • John 1:12 I am God’s child.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
  • Ephesians 1:3–8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
  • Hebrews 4:14–16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

I am secure . . .

  • Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
  • Romans 8:31–39 I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21–22 I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.
  • Colossians 3:1–4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
  • Philippians 1:6 I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

I am significant . . .

  • John 15:16, I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17–21, I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
  • Ephesians 2:6, I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
  • Ephesians 2:10, I am God’s workmanship.
  • Ephesians 3:12, I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
  • Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Which one of these promises encourages your heart most today?

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About Renee

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

Comments

  1. Renee,

    Thank you so much for today’s encouragement. I was an unwanted child — and I’ve known from a very early age that no matter what I did, it would never be enough to earn the love and affection of my mother or father. I struggle everyday with being worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. I know what a dirty, rotten sinner I am – no one has to convince me of that! Why would Jesus love me enough to die a miserable, agonizing death on the cross after all the sin I have in my life. My own parents couldn’t love me, so why would God? This IS my daily struggle, so your thoughts today have struck right at the core of my heart. Please help me pray that I can rely more on God and defeat the devil and his lies!

    • Thank you for this message today. I needed it to remind me that I can be anything that God wants me to be. The devil is constantantly filling my mind with trash about not being smart enough . With God “ALL Things are Possible!”

    • amy martin says:

      Excellent encouragement to stay away from a mental ruler and to recognize that satan loves to trip us up. Thanks Renee!

    • My 2 friends and I have been trying to be accountable to one another as far as our somewhat warped thoughts can be -mostly around measuring up and comparing ourselves to others. This was right on target for what we have been dealing with. God is soo good that He uses others to bring us what we need.
      THanks Renee!

    • Debbie Heineman says:

      April,
      I understand your feelings. It’s so hard you break those patterns of thoughts that are embedded so deep. My situation was where my mom re-married and I was was part of the package. I think my step-dad loved me in a way but I know he was never taught. He came from a past of violence and abuse. He and my mom both just died in February. Months before they died, I thought I don’t want to look back on this time with regret. So, they both moved to Ohio with me. Up until my step-dad died, I tried to have some sort of father-daughter relationship. I got that but just a little. Even when I tried to hug him, he only let me for a second and then he pushed me away. He died a few days later from cancer. All we can do is pick up the pieces, and make the best of what we have. My Mom loved me but she made some bad choices that we all have had to live with. This makes me want to show my kids even more how special they are to me. We all make mistakes and we can’t take away the past. But we can learn from it and try to do better. My pain seems to ease a bit when I do things for others or when I’m with uplifting Christian friends. <3

    • Ephesians 2:10 has the answer for me. I was a child not wanted by my father and I was always told it was because he wanted a boy instead of a girl. I am not sure and perhaps never will be but, I knew that my mother wanted me and later I discovered our merciful Lord’s love and realized that I am God’s workmanship and He doesn’t make any junk! I have only praise and thanks for Him. Sending up prayers for you April, to be blessed by God with a clear understanding of how much HE LOVES YOU!!

  2. Kirsten says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I needed to remember that I am accepted by God just as I am because of what Christ has done for me, regardless of what I think I lack or the many ways I mess up. He loves me and gives grace to allow me to “measure up” to His standards.

  3. Hi there.. This devotion spoke to me because as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee, I often place so much focusing on how I measure up in other’s eyes. This reminded me to stop and focus on what God wants for my life, for my heart and how I serve him. If I keep my eyes on this, then even though all the other relationships and burdens of my heart might not be resolved, I will have something to anchor myself to in the midst of all the changing expectations that affect me each day. I really look forward to reading a Confident Heart….I would love to win a copy, but if not, I will probably purchase one anways. Thanks for the great reminder.

  4. I have been reminded to focus on God & on doing what I know to be right despite the lies of Satan that try to divert my attention & get me to focus on anything but my Jesus! ~Blessings~

  5. This spoke to my heart this morning. I am always comparing myself to other women, thinking that “if only I had what she has,” it would be so much easier. Thank you for reminding me that I am a child of God, and that’s what I should focus on.

  6. Colleen Loerzel says:

    What a great reminder this devotions has been. Having raised three daughters, we have had to instill importance and self-worth into all of them numerous times. Comparison seems so natural for us women that we compare everything. My daughter is in honors class and on the soccer team and plays piano and teaches Sunday School to the preschoolers every Sunday and …. the list goes on. Who gave us permission to not be satisfied with what God has instilled in each of us? Why do we not accept what God gave us? Does He not know what is best for us and therefore we should be content with it? We need to be reminded of this concept over and over again. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Stephanie James says:

    Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

    *All things* are for my highest good! ALL THINGS!

  8. I love this post. It is so me. Trying to measure up by comparing myself to others. I wear a black ring around my index finger. It is simple, just a plastic plumbing ring, but it is a reminder to me that Satan is the one who causes me to doubt. I learned this trick at a conference I attended years ago. I still wear it today. I immediately thought of it when I read this week’s post. Satan simply can’t stand it when God is in control of our lives. It is amazing what a simple piece of plastic used as something it wasn’t intended for can make such a difference. Thought I would share the tip.

    It’s my reminder God is in control and Satan only tries to lie, steal, and destroy my hope and trust in God.

  9. Thank you. I really needed this today. I have been measuring myself wrongly for far too long. Thanks again

  10. This is soooooo encouraging. Just what I needed today. I’m sharing with my daughters. Thank you so much!

  11. This definitely spoke to me today. I have been feeling woefully inadequate and hearing Satan’s whisperings of “you are a complete failure” more and more loudly every day. Many days I struggle to believe that God could actually love me. But I try. Thank you for the reminder.

  12. MarySue says:

    I constantly measure myself to others, in my jobs, my volunteer areas at church, in the community. And I alwaysfall short of thestandard I think I should have.
    As a 35-yr old, never-married, without kids, it’s increasingly difficult, as friends have playdates with their kids and outings with other families, to feel accepted and significant. The posts on and on P31 were very encouraging this morning.

    • Karen in Canada says:

      Hi MarySue
      I have felt like you describe many times. I still struggle with comparing myself to others.
      At 35, I was single without children. I desperately wanted to be loved and married and have children.
      I did not see much hope for my future. Today at almost 43, I am married have two teenage step-sons and two beautiful daughters ( 3 1/2 and 5) When God has a plan He sure can do things quickly. Please don’t get discouraged… turn to Him with your desires and doubts as Renee is teaching us to do.
      God gave me what I desired a little over 6 years ago, however this new journey as wife, mother, step-mother has not been easy and I am learning again to TURN TO HIM to satisfy all my needs and take away my inadequacies and insecurities.
      Phil 1:6 spoke to me clearly today that GOD ALWAYS COMPLETES SOMETHING THAT HE STARTS!
      I Believe that HE has started a GOOD WORK in me…. who am I to DOUBT THAT HE WILL NOT FINISH IT:)
      Thanks for sharing where you are, if I can be of any help/comfort/encouragement please let me know:)
      Karen

  13. Carol Ann Ivey says:

    I am a tired and weary Mom of 4! My oldest has cerebral palsy and my youngest is showing signs of autism! My two middle children stuggle to get the attention they need and want! I sometimes beat myself uo for having more children thinking I was being terribly selfish! I have stuggled with self esteem my whole life and it has started to get the best of me! I love my children so much but they say if you dont love yourself you cant love anyone. I dont want my kids to be hurt by my insecurities! Thanks

  14. This came at the perfect time. I spent all day yesterday writing the first chapter of the book that I have been talking about writing for the past ten years. Sitting in the library, I couldn’t help but look around at all the other books and think, “who am I to think that I can add something to all that is already out there?” Thank you for the reminder that I am secure in God and the rest is just up to Him.

  15. I am constantly amazed how God answers us when we seek. I have been struggling with feelings of inadequacey in dealing with my two step-daughters. We are dealing with blending a family on top of trying to undo a lot of bad influence from his ex wife. I have been feeling that there is not enough of me to go around and that maybe I’m not the one for this job. But I do know that God put my husband and I together and He gave me two more children just as He gave me mine. I am trying to remember that His power is infinitely adequate to handle my situation; that it is not my power that the kids are depending on. Thank you for following His promptings in your life; it is amazing what God can do through us!

  16. Becky Zajac says:

    This is my first visit to your site and I am profoundly aware of how God works to bring the right thing to us IF we are paying attention. I have been working on issues relating to self image and wondering why I act in such self-defeating ways????? This is truely a gift to come in contact with your writing this morning. The Eph 2:10 verse is perfect to reinforce what I know in my head and need to accept in my heart. Thank YOU!!

  17. Thank you, I needed those reminder versus today. I have begun reading (studying) A confident heart but needed the encouragement TODAY! Thank you for all that you ladies at Proverbs 31 do to keep us in tune with God’s desires for us.

  18. Heather says:

    I struggle with insecurity and inadequacy thank you for the reminder that God made me what and who I am for His purpose and I should not question that.

  19. This was awesome! Thank you for the reminder of how my Father sees me. This is the Truth I can rest my soul on. The promise that encourages me is:

    ■Ephesians 2:10, I am God’s workmanship

    What a beautiful thing!

  20. Sonja Robles says:

    I was praying to God this morning to forgive me for always comparing
    myself to my friends and others. I wanted forgiveness, but I also
    said that I wasn’t sure how to change and love myself more. Then I
    opened “Encouragement Today” in my emails and there was your
    message. It really spoke to me! I need to remember those verses
    and work on being happy with the beautiful gifts I have in my life. I have
    2 kids that I don’t want to pass my insecurities on to and I really want to believe
    In myself and be more confident in who I am as a wife, mother, friend,
    and just me! Thank you!

  21. Thank you for this! I am going through a rough period in life where I feel rejected, insecure and very uncertain of who I am meant to be through Him. I’m posting these verses where I can repeat them daily until they become real for me and to me!
    Thank you!

  22. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement – I feel that God placed it in my heart to seek out some support online today. I am far from perfect but I feel I am frequently told and feel that I just don’t meet expectations – at least in this world. Bless you for your words today.

  23. I completely enjoyed your devotion today! And It too hits home for me! While I know I’m not perfect, and I am indeed a work in progress. I let my accomplishments and what I have done well be overshadowed by the clouds of doubt and comparison. I will try tomorrow to be better than today and I will keep God’s yardstick handy. Thank you for reminding us all to use the correct guides for measurement!

  24. Ephesians 2:10 speaks most to me today as I often feel not pretty enough, worthy enough, smart enough, & smart enough, and I know that other women share these feelings. I truly want to be a stronger Christian and focus on pleasing God, not just the world around me.

    Thank you for your Proverbs 31 Devotional & your website!

    Jana

  25. What a wonderful message! It certainly resonated with me, and my next move will be to forward to others!

  26. At 66, I still need to hear the words in your post today. Since childhood, I’ve been attempting to measure up to someone, including a mother I could never please. The scars still exist inside and taunt me, especially with respect to body, weight and appearance. Ephesians 2:10 gives me great comfort this morning as do your words. I can look UP and see that I am worthy.

  27. This week has been tough… my son who has a severe cardiac defect and who suffered a stroke had testing on Monday that told us that his speech has been seriously delayed because of the stroke. He needs a lot of help. I have been on a roller-coaster of emotions this week. The first of course was hope, because now we have a clear diagnosis for his speech so we can take the steps to help him, then came the overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. I felt like I was failing him, that I wasn’t up to the task and that maybe God put him in the care of the wrong Mum. This morning, well, this morning I saw a glimpse of normalcy that reminded me that ‘God has this’ and he is carrying us through. I am feeling thankful that God’s whisper was louder than the enemy of my soul’s.

  28. I am significant speaks to me the most at this time of my life. Changes in job situations, children moving out of the house and changes in ministries are all having me feeling off. What a good reminder that my worth and significance is found in who I am in Christ not what I do.

  29. Rosemarie says:

    “I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.” Phillipians 1:6 Renee, your timing could not be more spot on at this time in my life. I love how God uses the strong to reach the weak to make them stronger in HIM. God surely is giving me the confidence to continue His work through me to reach out to those in need. I am dealing with a special sister who surely could use this today and will pass your blog along to her. She has been feeliong a bit insecure these days and could use the encouragement. God Bless You in all you do for HIM.

  30. Thanks for this devotion Renee! I was reminded that God has given me assignments – and will equip me – and that I should not compare myself to what others are doing. I often forget that and spend unnecessary time trying to measure up against others – and what the world views as “acceptable” or “successful.” I am successful when I am doing the Lord’s work – what he has called ME to do 🙂 Thanks again!!

  31. Beth M. says:

    2 Timothy 1:7: “for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control” (Revised Standard Version).
    This is a powerful reminder for me today-I am working on becoming more confident in myself and my abilities. I have recently started a new job opportunity a nd I am struggling with being confident in myself that I can do all things thru Christ who strenghtens me!
    Thank you Renee for all your encouragement and devotion to helping women gain their confidence in themselves thru Christ Jesus!

  32. Thank you for the devotion. I have been battling feelings of inadequacy while I go thru reconciliation with my husband whom I have been separated for over a year. I can’t seem to get past my husband’s mistakes even though I know I have done things or have not done things as well. However, now that God has blessed me another chance to rebuild this marriage, I seem to keep sabotaging my husband’s efforts and his changes. Please pray for me. I really want to change, be the wife God wants me to be. So, I am going to read, affirm and reaffirm that I measure up with God and not have fear of failing God, my husband and my marriage. Please pray for my marriage to be able to withstand any hurdles we go through while reconciling and for my husband to be a godly husband and have intimate relationship with God. I pray that God will continue to bless you and yours. Have a wonderful day in Christ.

  33. Hi Renee, Thanks for the devotional, for the awesome book and the online study. The verse that resonates most with me today are –I am God’s child and I am God’s workmanship. if I am God’s child and God’s workmanship I am then a picture perfect princess. I love knowing that and remembering that.

    Anna

  34. ARLINE KOELLER says:

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR TODAYS POSITIVE MESSAGE. IT CAME AT A TIME WHEN I REALLY NEEDED TO HEAR THIS.

  35. Amber P. says:

    I love todays devotion…….Many years ago i saw a woman i had daily dealings with, she always had the best attitude and smile on her face. I remember thinking to myself, “wow” i want that. I started asking myself, what does this person have that I dont? And the answer was, “GOD”. I had all the material things same as her, the only thing in my life that was different was the relationship she had with God. This person is now a cherished friend/sister in Christ. How sad I thought at the time, how hard I was on myself and how blind. Seeing the forest before the trees….. I work hard day by day to focus on the things that God has given me and squeeze the most out of every day.

  36. Your words opened my eyes this morning. I have struggled all my life with comparisons. My mom and aunts have been in conflict all their lives, and so has my grandma with her siblings. It is a heritage my sister and I sadly also lived out. We have been competing since the day she was born. Until I married my husband, I thought there was something terribly wrong with my family and the way the siblings in every generation compare themselves jealously to each other, and the world around us. My husband began to help me heal by reminding me that sibling rivalry is normal for children, but his example shows me that it does not need to be a part of a mature (and especially Christian) life. I still struggle to show love to my sister, because of the old habit of needing to compare myself with her… which overflows to the comparing myself with the rest of the world. In high school and college, this became much worse, because I dated men who had pornography addictions. I couldn’t help but notice that compared to those women, my body fell very short, indeed. My husband tells me that I am beautiful, but most of the time, all I can see is my flyaway hair, my blemishes and scars, the baby stretch marks…

    My husband is a wonderful gift from God, because when Satan tries to whisper to my heart “why don’t you look more like her?” or “why don’t you act more like her?”, I remember that not only am I loved by my husband, whom God has given to me, but most of all I am loved by God, the giver of every good and perfect gift. I write Bible verses on note cards and post them in places around my house that will help remind me of God’s love for me, and so many of the verses you gave are an indescribable affirmation that I really am enough, because of what Jesus has done, and because of what He is continuing to do in me. I don’t need to look around at others to see what I should be; I need to look up!

  37. God never ceases to amaze me! How timely your devotion was this morning after a night of Jesus tugging at my heart to finish the concluding pages of my book about ‘JOY’! The family was all tucked away and sound asleep, but God was still awake with me. The result of finishing the book was not what I was prepared for! It’s been a wonderful God-inspiring book to read…finding true joy in any circumstance as God intends us to…choosing to find the “bless in the mess” as the author puts it. I closed the book and begn to cry as many different fears/insecurites re-surfaced; many that I”ve given to God over and over again, reminding me how constantly I need to be fed by Him! Your devotion this morning(and I’ve only been receiving Proverbs 31 a short while), along with another devotion I’ve read every morning for years, couldn’t have gone better together to inspire me! To hear God’s sweet voice through you, Renee, and how many women this one devotion touched in a million different ways, is a blessing! We women all fall into the comarison game at one time or another, or it may even have a stronghold on us, which can lead to further/deeper issues. You see, God is calling me to do something, and I think I know what it is? I want to help/encourage women to get through some of the things in life I’ve experienced with God at the forefront! I have helped start a ministry at our church and shared many personal struggles with other women and how I’ve overcome some of them with God’s grace. There are so many hurting, lonely women/mothers/wives out there…I know all to well(been there done that and still struggle) But, I think God is wanting something more from me,… from all of His children! However, with fears/insecurities, not feeling smart enough, and the things I’ve experienced in my 46 years, satan loves to whisper, “you can’t, you’ll fail again, you go on emotions too much instead of His word, there are already so many God-fearing, wise women doing this, etc…I feel defeated already! Even when others think we have it all togther, we’re all seeking the same joys in life and fight simliar battles. Through satans lies, God begs me to remember 2 Cor. 4:16-18…”That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet, they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the JOYS to come will last forever.” AMEN! God bless you Renee and keep them coming…such a powerful devotion today!

    • Amy,
      Thanks for sharing the struggle “there are already so many wise Godly women doing this”. I am struggling with that one too! (Why would God need me?)
      You just gave me a prayer focus for this morning…now to pray the way Renee has been showing us! Positively and with the Word of God!

  38. Thank you so much for sharing what you’ve learned. It was a great encouragement to me – to look up and not outward for my satisfaction. When focusing on Jesus, my entire outlook on my circumstances changes. Thanks for the timely reminder! I am accepted, secure, and significant! 🙂

  39. Chantal says:

    Thank you for the devotion. I often feel like I don’t measure up to society’s standards as well as my husband’s ( a non-believer ) standards. It is so liberating to know God made me just the way he wanted and gave me gifts like he did for all his children. Instead of trying to jump through hoops for others’ approval and trying to make myself into someone I’m not, I will focus on God and the people that love me knowing ‘I am enough’.

  40. KatherineJOY says:

    Wellll…. all Gods timing… just got home last night from weekend time away with family. God had me rest my eyes this am on your msg and words. Now the tears. I am NOT a weak women/believer, but I have been deceived more so lately I see. Just crying here as it wears me down, as I see/aware I got TOO focused, sucked in these last fews days on what I don’t have, that I torn at what I do have !!! So ugly. As a Mom of 3yr old I am not feeling as confident, and don’t feel like I have my game on as a confident woman, child of God… Grateful for your message of encouragement, TRUTHS, scriptures that I can read, that feed me what I really need to FILL me. God has given me such precious gifts and when I listen to the lies I can’t enJOY them nor receive them. In fact I just pecked and pecked and see how mean I was to my husband this weekend, just tearing him apart, and he was just trying to love me. I feel so bad about that. I see I got fooled, and I see I don’t feel so great about me. Definately need to be more aware of battle, and read more scriptures and TRUTHS to build UP my precious self confidence back up !!! Praying up 😉 Thank you Renee for making me aware, and speaking into my heart today 😉

  41. Amanda Hughes says:

    I really enjoyed your devotion. Since it is now summer, I have been looking for an encouraging book to read that relates to some things I have been going through as a woman. I love the verse that says I am God’s workmanship. So many times as women we feel the need to constantly compare ourselves with others, which leads to a lot of self-doubt. Having dealt with this for so long, I am loooking for ways to overcome it for myself and for those young women I mentor. Thank you for your encouragement and Godly wisdom.

  42. My favorite promises are Romans 8:28 and Phillipians 4:13.
    The Enemy whispers to me in the voice of my abusive ex-husband and my narcissistic sister. With other people, I feel pretty confident in who God says I am. But those two have planted seeds of doubt in my heart and I want God’s Word to flourish and choke those seeds out of existance.

    God bless your ministry!
    Jenn

  43. I was feeling rather low when I read your post on Proverbs 31 ministries today. THANK YOU for reminding me what God has said about me. I recently received a notice that I have been let go from my position next year as an elementary music teacher. I have worked SO hard this year to prove myself to my principal, the staff and the students. But what I forgot was that the school district makes these decisions of hiring and firing. I really felt lime a complete failure when I woke up this morning. The father of lies was in full swing in my head. This is why I thank you and all the ladies who contribute to this ministry. Without you, living in Alaska would be very hard, but with the encouragement you provide, God continues to minister to His children and continues His work. I promise if I do win this book, I will pass it on to others doing ministry in this this state. It will not sit on my shelf. These are timeless truths that desperately need to be shared.Thanks again and may the Lord continue to bless His ministry to His children.

    • Laurie,
      God does not close one door without opening another. I too lost a part time job yesterday. I still have my other job but I know that this is now freeing me up to do something else for God. And I’m so excited to learn what it will be!

  44. Thank you for sharing these truths. I am often critical of myself and have a hard time believing that I can ever be significant. I know in my heart that what you are saying is true and I need to get my focus in the right direction. Today, the truth that God will complete the good work He has started in me spoke to me in a real way. I am so grateful for Proverbs 31 ministries and the devotions that you ladies share. It seems to hit just the right subject at the proper time. That is God’s hand on your work!

    • Karen in Canada says:

      Hi Aimee
      That promise also encouraged me today, I have read it and heard it before but today I really believe that He will ALWAYS finish what He starts.
      I know that HE has started a good thing in me (and YOU), who am I TO DOUBT THAT HE WON’T FINISH IT!
      Blessings to you
      Karen

  45. Renee, I am blown away by the abundance of Scriptures that you have complied here! It is blissfully overwhelming grace! The one that stands out to me is 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. I am secure. Wow. Thank you!

  46. Adrienne says:

    My parents always encouraged me to be the best that I can be. I didn’t consciously compare myself to a specific person or group, but I still used the wrong measuring stick–me. Instead of reading God’s word and finding out who I am in Him, I had my own idealized notions of who I could be and what I should be doing. I “succeeded” in the academic sense and professionally, but I was making the wrong choices in relationships, including in marriage. I hurt others and myself along the way, trying to control outcomes and interactions, instead of accepting them for who they were. It took many difficult trials for the Lord to show me that I could rest in Him and stop striving. By meditating on His word and listening to His voice, I realized that He accepted me just the way I was and that I should accept who I was and stop pushing to some imagined ideal. It is a day-by-day process. Thank you for reminding me, Renee, that He is still working in me, still sanctifying me. I want to enjoy the moment and the journey in Christ.

  47. Amanda Cross says:

    Renee,
    I’m so thankful to read this today. I often find myself in the comparison game. At the beginning of this year, I started going through the Steps to Freedom in Christ by Neil T. Anderson. It was only then that I realized how Satan uses his demons to bring accusatory thoughts against us. I thought they were all my thoughts. It helps to know that I can submit myself to God and resist the devil and he will flee. I don’t have to just stand there and take it. I’m thankful for the promises that I am secure in Christ. Thanks for sharing

  48. Kimberly W says:

    I love all those verses that you’ve placed under I’m accepted, I’m secure, I’m significant.

    I really love the verse “I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.” 1 JOHN 5:18.

    Anytime, I feel like all odds are against me, I know God is for me! I loved in this chapter about the AM & FM thoughts.

    It’s only Week 6, and I can already see how I have a lot more confidence in God and his Word, then I did when I first began this. God is really teaching me so much through this study! It’s nice to be surrounded by people who are looking for more confidence in God.

    I still live with my parents, and they don’t go to church anymore… they started, and quit again…after 10 years. Sometimes, I feel maybe that’s why I haven’t got married yet, or have moved out yet… so just like they did in my early years, by taking me to church and pointing me to the right direction…. maybe God can use me now to point them back to Him. I know that whatever the circumstances are of me not being married yet, and I’m 24… God is working things together for good. My parents WILL go back to church, and truly experience a personal relationship with God again…. I thank God for this study, for you Renee and the wisdom you have in God. God bless you! and all you other women who are in this as well!

    I can’t wait till we get to the last week, for I believe God is really going to get me and all of us, such a boldness and confidence in God and his Word. He will help us stand on His Word! To not just believe that he can, but believe that he WILL, and praise Him already for the answers to prayers that have still yet to come.

  49. Elisabeth says:

    I am chosen by God, I cannot be seperated from God and I can do all things through Christ. What a beautiful message.

  50. Such an encouraging blog this morning from Renee. I really did need to be reminded of this because we do not have to measure up to the standards of man but only to Gods standards. Thanks for the reminder. It truly encouraged and blessed my heart today.

  51. Susan K says:

    What a great encouragement! I really enjoyed the verse:

    ■2 Timothy 1:7 I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

    What promises from God! I have power from Him, I can love others, I have been given a sound mind to do His works and love on others.

  52. Laura M. says:

    I am constantly trying to be “good enough.” Good enough for my husband, good enough for my job, ect. I sometimes compare myself to the women at my church ,and feel insignificant even though I know their lives probably aren’t perfect either. This message reminds me that I only have to be good enough for God. I love Ephesians 1:3–8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. Knowing I am His daughter makes me feel very special, as we all are! Thanks for this message Renee!!!

  53. Kendall says:

    I really enjoy reading your posts….it helps me to remember that I am not the only one feeling this way….thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  54. Needed this today, it is one of those days where I just feel like I’m not good enough and never will be no matter how hard I try! I need to keep reminding myself that I am somebody, I am Gods daughter!! Everything happens for a reason, all in Gods timing! Thank you for such encouraging words.

  55. Karen in Canada says:

    Before I begin, I just wanted to share that I read all the previous posts and it blows me away how similar I am to all of you in our thinking and circumstances. It’s reassuring because it confirms to me I am not alone and also confirms the power of God’s promises in scripture. Thank you all for sharing, I really enjoy reading and learning more about you and how God is transforming us!

    The promise that really empowers me today is:
    2 TIM 1:7 I have been given a spirit of POWER, LOVE and a SOUND MIND.
    Of the many whispering thoughts in my mind is the one that ‘ I must be crazy to feel like I do with all that I have’. Too often I am temporarily paralized by my negative thoughts, but I have POWER AND LOVE to overcome and not give up on my journey with Jesus, which leads me to the second scripture that encourages me to not give up!…
    Phil 1:6 … I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me!

    What wonderful promises we have!!
    Blessing to each of you
    Thank you so much Renee

  56. Tammy B says:

    I have always struggled with feeling “good enough”. My childhood, teenage years, and early twenties were full of teasing, humiliation, condemnation, and lots of abuse…more than enough to implant the thought that I would NEVER be good enough for anything. These verses and FOR ME messages are helping me (slowly but surely) to realize that God created me as I am, and I am His daughter, and He loves me as I am, as He made me, wanted me to be, and exactly as He knew I would be. I fight Satan’s influences and negative messages daily, and frequently don’t win the battle with them, but I’m getting there.

  57. 1 John 5:18 I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.

    I need to hear this now more than ever. I am really making an effort to get closer to my higher power for the first time in my life. Thank you so much for your wisdom and I’d love to be considered for any giveaways of the book.

  58. Dianne M. says:

    I struggle so much with Satan’s lies that I am unwanted and inadequate. Thank you for this message today reminding me these are lies from Satan & giving me the right things to listen to about how God looks at me.

  59. Meaghan Kabaso says:

    thank you for todays encouragement. i def. feel insecure and not confident and i am not really sure why. i have always been an insecure person and find as time goes on that I really need to figure out what it is because my life just keeps reflecting the fact that i am insecure and it causes me to just be miserable. wether it be from my past or present both have made me the sad insecure woman i am today. i pray to tap into the confidence and security that God so desires for me to have.

    • Meaghan ~ I will be praying for you dear sister. What you wrote is exactly how I was feeling and one of the reasons I started this study. My insecurities were ruining my marriage and my friendships with other women as well as just dragging me down, down, down every day. I will praying that the Lord will bless you and heal your heart and help you find your confidence in HIM <3

  60. I had gotten behind in my studying and was feeling pretty low but I knew that the Lord wanted me to finish as I felt His prompting every day. So this weekend at our church family camp I took the opportunity to catch up. WOW! This study has been so timely for me. I am so excited to heal and forgive from my past and move forward in the confident hope of my Jesus. I have put my energy into so many other things and expecting them to fill me ~ my husband, my kids, my friends. What freedom to simply rely on on Jesus as my all-in-all for EVERYTHING !!! How this frees up my relationships to have room for other things besides my insecurities <3

  61. Thank you so much for the Bible verses/promises posted today! I loved the ones in Chpt. 6, also. I have printed the section of verses, cut them out and glued them onto index cards. I will be carrying them with me everyday. Especially this July when I have to fly out to Oregon to visit my husband’s family. I have a terrible fear of flying after having a panic attack the last time I flew. I have avoided it at all costs over the last few years. I will begin to claim these verses, especially the “I am secure” verses. I am praying God will help me ‘wrap my thoughts’ around allowing Him to guide me through this as I am already finding myself caught up in trying to get out of having to go on this trip! I know it is satan using my fear against me.
    Thank you again for posting these verses as it gives me a tangible way of seeing & claiming God’s promises and allowing Him to change my fear and doubt into trust, peace and a sound mind.

  62. Oh wow, so many great verses! One of my bizillion favorites has always been Ephesians 1:3–8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. The very fact that He, the God of the universe personally chose me just blows my mind, how awesome to be “chosen”. I can’t pick just one so i will add this one Romans 8:31–39 I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love. I am adopted by the God of the universe and nothing, nothing, nothing can separate me from Him or tear me out of His grasp. What an awesome assurance that is to my insecure self. And then one more Philippians 1:6 I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me. This has always been a special verse to me also because I am His no matter how much i screw up (a lot) He “my heavenly Father” will not give up on me. Thank you Renee for this devotion. I am printing it out to keep in my bible and to share with others.

  63. ■John 15:16, I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

    This is the verse that speaks to me the most today. Thought that I have been chosen. and by the Lord of the universe at that! The thought that I can bear good fruit??? Oh how my heart has longed to know that with Christ I can love others and give to others and be a positive influence on others. How many years have I believed that I just should stay at home in a shell because it seemed all I did was hurt others all the time. Thank you Renee for sharing and being so honest with your story as well! <3

  64. “I am God’s child”. I Need to remind myself of that all the time. I don’t know why I feel unworthy but I keep praying that my confidence will grow. Thank you for your encouraging words today.

  65. What a great reminder to keep our eyes on God and remember he loves us for who we are right where we are. I will be sharing this with my BFF also because she has days that she forgets this. It’s always good to have these kinds of reminders to get our minds and hearts back to where they belong…. On God!
    I love knowing that “I can do anything through Christ, who strengthens me.”
    God Bless,
    JoAnn

  66. Isn’t it sad how just one negative comment can affect the way we feel about ourselves? That one comment causes us to dwell upon that characteristic that another person has identified to “help us” while in reality it demeans us and makes us question ourselves, then the self doubt begins. This is often brought on by colleagues but all too often it’s the comment from a trusted family member that discourages us. But the flip side of the coin is how joyful it is to know that we are “a chosen people, royal and holy, a people belonging to God that we may declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
    1 Peter 2:9. So I choose to ignore the darkness (the black ring) and to look upwards towards the light.
    It’s a choice I can make because he first chose me! God Bless you all!

  67. Julie Austel says:

    Wow did God speak to me through this today! I had just been talking about the feeling of doubt and thinking it is such a stronghold of the enemy. I need to speak truth and stop believing lies and distractions of the enemy!

  68. Thank you for todays encouragement as i have litearlly gone through life feeling so unwanted and still do. My parents to this day make me feel this way a nd I know that nothing i will do will change that. But thankfully have a wonderful husband and kids and in laws that do and that no matter what God does and I will always measure and be of value to him

  69. I have suffered from the belief that “I don’t measure up” my whole life – recently God has been working in my life to free me from this lie. The enemy has come in to steal, kill, and destroy. Thank you for this message, its a confirmation of the theme that God playing out and teaching me at this portion of my life. I would love to learn more about your studies & books on confidence.

  70. Jenni Mac says:

    I struggle with constantly comparing myself to others. I always thought it was just part of my nature; part of how my brain worked. I am learning though that these thoughts are not mine; they are seeds planted by Satan to draw me away from God. I still have to remind myself of God’s promises as stated in the Bible, but I know that I am who He says I am, and everything else is lies. I am a beloved child of the most high God 🙂

    It feels so good to be loved by Him.

  71. Charity says:

    I’ve never heard the passage about Adam and Eve explained that way – that God asked who told them they were naked, as if saying “who told you something is wrong with you?” I feel this is one of my biggest struggles – alwasy feeling not good enough, or like I am letting someone down, and never wanting to tackle anything because of the fear of not doing it well. It’s very difficult to change that mindset.

  72. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement you send daily. I was an unwanted child — and I’ve known from a very early age that no matter what I did, it would never be enough to earn the love and affection of my mother or father. I was unwanted by not only my birth mom but the mom that adopted me. I struggle everyday with being worthy of God’s love and forgiveness,even though I know the truth about our Heavenly Father. He made me and loves me unconditionally,He blesses me every day, I ‘m always in ahhh of what God does and will continue to do in my life. Without Him I am nothing.
    I have friends that have told me smiliar stories and I would love to share these books with them. I try to help them see what our Amazing God can and will do if we just give it all to him, instead of keeping it on our on shoulders.
    Work in progress …being the confident woman God wants me to be.
    Thank you

  73. As a person who went back to college at a much older age, I wonder will I ever find the job that fulfills that step of faith that I took. Am I too old, ‘do I measure up’? Only my heavenly Father knows. In Him I must trust!

  74. Hi Renee,

    Wow, God really works through you. Today I found myself wanting to compare and not measuring up, and proceeded to beat myself up, then I remembered what I could what you said in your book about how we tend to compare ourselves, from reading it in your first study. Now I read your post for today and your devotional, since you suggested it, and it’s exactly what you are talking about. thank you so much! I had just asked God for some loving encouragement. Reading your post I see how Adam and Eve were afraid of God in the garden, and that made mr sad for a moment. It reminded me of the fear I’ve had of my estranged husband and I just couldn’t imagine being afraid of God like that, when I need Him and His love so much.
    Then reading your devotional, about how Satan wanted Eve to doubt herself and God, that’s exactly what was happening in my marriage. Thank you for all your loving encouragement today!

  75. Barbara H says:

    Thanks for sharing the word. That is what I have enjoyed the most about this Bible study. The Word of God is powerful! I like how The Message says it: “His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.” Speaking to our doubts with Scripture is powerfully effective!

  76. I have struggled with this issue for all of my life. This devotional was so inspiring and gives me the encouragement to change my way of thinking to God’s way of thinking. Thanks for sharing!!

  77. I have always been really shy, and I have often felt through out my adult life that my shyness is holding me back. Over the last year I have made huge strides in being more confident in who I am – not who I think I should be or who I think others want me to be. When doubt does creep in, the verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is one that I often repeat to myself.

  78. Colleen says:

    Thank you so much for this message today, its timing was perfect. For my entire life I have compared myself to others, thinking “if only I had what she has, my life would be perfect. Secure.” God is working through circumstances in my family to show me that true security only comes from Him. I am learning day by day to trust God for my security and He is showing me that He will finish the good work He started in me! I love your devotions….thank you!

  79. Thank you for the words of encouragement today. Philippians 1:6 – I am confident God will complete the good work he started in me. Praise his name!

  80. Leah Toso says:

    I love reading this book. It is so true that we must get our confidence from Jesus! There is no other way! I have been through a year myself that very easily could have allowed me to turn away from Christ. Instead I have grown so much close to Him. This is good even in the midst of my turmoil. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! Sometimes our biggest blessings are discovered during times of trial!

  81. Esther Smith says:

    Romans 8:31–39 I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love.

    As a child I had buck teeth, and while this may not seem like such a bad thing to adults, as a child it set me apart. I was a target for taunts, and teased horribly daily. It got to the point that I didn’t want to even go to school. I cried the day I got braces on, I was so happy. I thought it would stop the teasing, and after all weren’t the people in high school more grown up anyway? Instead I traded the hurt of teasing, for betrayal by a friend, and was shunned by those who I had though were my friends. They bought into my former friend’s lies about me without even asking me a single question. A lot of time has passed since then, but my mind is still stuck in the mode of little girl with buckteeth who felt ugly, and the teen who was betrayed. I have a hard time trusting people, and an even harder time looking in the mirror, and loving the woman that I see. However, back then I looked to others to validate me, and fill me up, but since I started this study I have been letting the Lord fill me up, looking to His truth, and what he says I am. Although I haven’t completely overcome the past, I no longer believe it is the truth about me. Indeed I am “free from condemnation”, and I wont believe the lies of others! God loves me no matter what others think of me, and in his eyes I am beautiful.

  82. Thanks for sharing today. What a great reminder of whose I am and what I am in Christ.

  83. Joan Brookins says:

    I was teased from the time I started first grade at age 5 by my older sisters, who told me I was ugly, stupid, and that no one liked me. It got to the point that I only spoke to them when I had to, they made fun of everything I said. When I was old enough I joined the Navy and gained so much, they had no preconceived notions of me, accepted me at face value. I had an Aunt who took me to church as a child and after joining the Navy I started going to church again. I came to know Christ at 32 and have been growing in him and as an individual for the last 21 years. We have recently taken in a young lady of 25 and her 3 year old daughter as she goes through some of lifes struggles. It has opened my eyes to areas in which I need to grow. Day by day and step by step we grow stronger in our Lord.

  84. Michelle Cornthwaite says:

    Thank you Renee for your book A confident heart, The biggest mistake I have ever made was to place my eyes on man, humans, “husband” to be exat, I cried through chapter 4, and now 5 and 6 are no different, how much I still have to learn, I Praise God that the work He has started in me- He will bring to completion, Thank you for reminding me that it is HE and HIM only that is in control of my life- I have totally surrendered to HIM, Renee, God Bless You and thank you for sharing your life with me ❤❤❤

  85. Jackie Rangel says:

    I never felt good enough when I was growing up and I never really knew why. Your article on opened my eyes that I am accepting lies from Satan and comparing myself to others. THANKS

  86. Thank you so much for this devotion I can’t begin to express how much I needed it today.

  87. These last two chapters have really hit home for me as God is showing me that I have been VERY focused on myself (my insecurities and weaknesses and inabilities and fears and worries) and so badly need to get my focus back on HIM. So much that I even needed to turn around the identity list… Instead of it being about my identity I needed to make it about GOD. : )

    For example: Romans 8:31–39 – Instead of “I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love.” I’m turning it to “God has set me free from condemnation and will not let anything separate me from His love.” John 15:16 means God has chosen me and appointed me to bear fruit for Him.

    I went through the whole list and it felt like a profound exercise in getting my focus back on Him. I am thankful God led me back here to help me do that today and suspect He might want me to go over that list daily for a while til my eyes are reflexively back on Him instead of myself. Thank you for faithfully reminding us of that.

  88. The verse in Ephesians about me being accepted and being God’s child. I’ve been struggling with that for a while…could God really love me after all I’ve done? Satan has been feeding me lies about myself (and I’ve let him do it…my voice has now taken over for him) and its left me feeling broken, sad, hopeless. And that was the verse that stuck out for me. I need to know I’m accepted for who I am…no works, nothing can separate me from God’s love. Thanks for this compilation. I will definitely keep this handy so I can refer to it whenever I need a confidence boost!

  89. Hilda Quintanilla says:

    Love all of it & shared it! Thank you!!!

  90. Theresa Morris says:

    1 John 5:18 I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.
    I have been under attack from his lies for some time now and everyday I give God the praise and glory for not giving into them. I know he cannot touch me but it has not stopped him from giving up yet. Thank you for sharing and caring about women!

  91. Elaine Judy says:

    Just found your website today – what a wonderful reminder of how each of us are God’s special creation and He takes delight in each of us! This fits perfectly with the message at church this Sunday which talked about our uniqueness and to be grateful for who we are – not to envy or compare ourselves to others but celebrate our own special gifts. I know it’s a message that God’s wants me to take to heart! Thanks for the encouraging words and the scripture reminders.

  92. Rachael says:

    This topic is something I struggle with often. Living in a foreign culture I am always alert to how I think we’re being perceived. As I watch other women in ministry, I often see qualities that I envy and feel that if I had those qualities the Lord could use me so much more. I’m so thankful for the Lord’s frequent reminders that He has equipped me to serve Him and is faithfully transforming me into His image. One of my Bible college professors used this theme verse often and I have come back to it time and again. Thank you for such a well-expressed reminder.

  93. Renee,

    I love that scripture about comparisons. The funny thing is, if we really meditate on the truth about our uniqueness, and how special we are in God’s eyes, it might sink in and then we wouldn’t want to be like anyone else! Part of the way our enemy gets us is by telling us that it is selfish to bask in the knowledge that God loves us just the way we are–character traits, personality quirks and all. Besides, the world would be so boring if we were all the same!

    Thanks for sharing this encouragement!
    Selena

  94. christine lowe says:

    I spent part of this morning copying the FM thoughts onto index cards. It feels good to focus on who loves me, who I belong to..There was joy in my heart reading ch.6 monday. I have to say, it surprised me how angry I felt just now reading about how the devil (that weasel) worked against me when I was just a defenseless little girl). What really made me mad is he continued to tell me lies as I grew up and I fell for each and every one. Well, the jokes on him. God chose me to be His Oct 13,2003. I was a slow learner but I’ve got it now. I can see how necessary it is to build my defenses and keep reminding myself that God is in control. I will keep telling myself who I belong to, who I am in Christ and why I am secure and Who makes me significant. Thank you Renee for A Confident Heart. I’ve never done a bible study online but God brought me to yours so I can continue to grow and develop a confident heart.

  95. Your message really made 1 John 5:18 come to life for me. I truly am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. My future is sealed. All that comes against me must bow to the will of God for my life. That just gives me such peace. Christ has determined my path and nothing can take me from the calling he has given me. It is not by my strength that my God works but by his divine eternal power! Through Christ, I am now unstoppable, untouchable and unable to fail! Praise God!

  96. Rachel Reynolds says:

    It’s so easy to start comparing ourselves with others. I have three little boys, and I am NOT a tomboy and never was. I compare myself to other moms who love the extra activity and noise that comes with little boys and feel like I come up short. I need to remind myself constantly that God chose me to be their mother for a reason, and that I am equipped for the job. Thank you for the scriptures today.

  97. Dallena Hess says:

    These bible verses are timely. I tend to be a people pleaser. I compare myself to others and i’ll get either envious or critcal.

    I have a hearing loss. God allowed me to have several conditions that should make me seek and depend on him daily. He allowed my life to be what it is and that he made me this way for a reason.

  98. Thanks for the encouragement. I can be my own worst enemy with the thoughts of negativity about myself.

  99. Thanks so much for your message today. I often put myself down and doubt myself. I often see other peoples response to me as telling me I am wrong or that they have a better answer than me. I know they do not mean it this way but that is how I often see it. I also know that Satan is whispering or rather at times yelling lies into my ear but I need to be reminded who is telling me those lies. I need to remember that I am a child of God and he made me and loves me. Thanks for the encouragement today!

  100. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I was a sexually agused child and for many years I struggled with being accepted. It seemed liked no matter what I did I was punished and could never measure up to anyone’s expectations. I am so glad we have a loving, forgiving, and understanding Heavenly Father who does not abused His children.

    I still struggled with feeling inadequate many times,even today, but I know He is always there for me!

  101. The following verses have encouraged me in my daily walk.

    Philippians 1:6 I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.

    Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

    1 John 5:18 I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.

  102. As I read this and thought about my own battle with worth, God said, “I’ve never held a measuring tape for
    Measuring your worth. What I hold in my hands is the nail scars, so you would never need to be measured.”

    Thank you!

    Kimmie
    Mama to 8
    One homemade and 7 adopted

  103. I have a child who has been telling me that I don’t measure up. I don’t have a right to anything that I am doing, it is not what she wanted me to do so that makes it wrong. The flip side is 99% of the people in my world are so proud of me going back to school and trying to get a better life for myself and my children that I know she is deceive. It is hard when the one who is deceived is in your face telling you that you are wrong. I am glad to know that I have God at my back.
    I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength Philippians 4: 13

  104. Donna from Honolulu, Hawaii says:

    Renee-
    The best promise that stuck out for me is:

    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Phillippians 4:13
    I need to continue to set my eyes on God- I need to stay focused and stop listening to those whispers of doubt!!! I’ve been facing this whole I’m not good enough, I’m not measuring up, I’m not good enough… I’ve started a new job in a hospital – Operating Room- and am assigned a project that is overwhelming me- My direct sees something in me that I don’t???? I never was asked to take on such a big project before- and don’t get me wrong I am so grateful to have a job believe me after being laid off before the holidays last year – having a job is a big deal for me – especially because I need the medical coverage to continue check-ups I am a 1yr. Breast cancer survivor. but being given this assignment has made me so so nervous about what everybody is going to think of me or is thinking of me… this is my stupid voices in my head saying: “Whose this new kid on the block coming in here and making all these changes”….”who does she think she is”- “she’s not qualified to so that” etc…. I pray every morning before I go to work I pray at work to help me through the day, and I pray before I go to sleep to give thanks that I made it through another day…Chapter 6 really had so much of what I needed to hear… I have a lot AM thoughts—very rare FM thoughts, but I love the analogy. And like you Renee- I never called what I go through doubt—-I still call it worry & fear…I am trying to understand all this mish mash of emotions of mine- because I don’t want to wait until God is all I have that I realize He is all I need. I’m hoping he’s already trying to catch me before I fall. I always catch myself saying “What’s Wrong With Me?” especially when the tears are welling up & my throat is closing in …. I’m responsible for planting that seed of doubt within myself- some days are good some days are bad…. I call them BLAH days- I just can’t seem to raise my head high enough to see the beauty of His grace, I don’t have the energy to receive His love? Then I feel guilty “With all that’s going on in this world today-why are you giving yourself a pity party” Yikes… so you see I so need this online bible study group- to chat with and let the darkness come out into His light!!!! I have downloaded on my Nook for free “The 7-Day Doubt Diet” I need all the help I can get…. Thank you from the bottom of my heart-that God gave you the courage to share this with all of us ladies!

    Aloha from Hawaiixoxoxoxo

    • christine lowe says:

      Dear Donna
      You stand out as an encourager in most of your comments and nowI would like to emlncourage you. Have you considered that this is the job wanted you to have? You are wonderfully and fearfully made by our God who makes no mistakes. I was an pt. Psych nurse for many years and I can just about guarantee you can’t read minds. It may be that people are seeing a one year cancer survivor and are amazed that you can work and do what sounds like a difficult job. God loves you girl. Live in that love and let Him comfort and encourage you.
      Walking in His Love
      Christine

    • Donna, you are PRECIOUS and HONORED in HIS sight. He gave you this job, HE opened this opportunity, He sees in YOU what you cannot see in yourself. NOW…my friend, my sister in Christ — walk in it!! You are going to need to start talking out loud to those stupid doubt. I recognize the lies behind them, the voice they are disguised by. It is the enemy himself – this battle is not yours. It is the Lords, put it back on Jesus’ shoulders and tell Satan who he needs to deal with – JESUS – your mighty warrior and conquering KING.

      Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

      18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

      Praying for you!!! So, so, so glad you are being so open with us so that we can pray for and encourage you!!

      ~Renee

  105. Thanks for the encouragement. I feel like I never measure up. I need to remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

  106. 2 Timothy 1:7 I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.
    I was struggling so much with this very topic today and a wonderful friend shared your message! So thankful!

  107. As with the many other women, I want to thank you for today’s devotion! Even though I have read these power verses many times, the one that stood out for me was John 15:16 “I am CHOSEN and appointed to bear fruit” and this verse finishes in the NIV with “fruit that will last”! I can’t tell you how much I needed to be reminded that I was chosen not by man but by God to do the work I’m doing. Whether its being wife, mom, friend or worker, Satan likes to feed the lies. Even working daily in a Christian environment, those truths needs to be reconfirmed. Thank you, Renee, for your ministry!

  108. 2 Tim 1:7 “I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

    This verse is a great reminder for me, especially when dealing with depression and those “bad thoughts” that come with it. I’ve been there, and sometimes, I feel like I’m still there at times, but I know that God is for me. He is WITH me and FOR me…

  109. How encouraging and soothing to know I am not alone in needing to hear this today! It spurs me on to continue with the fight and helps me to focus1 Thank you1 You are all in my prayers!! ,<3

  110. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I have been feeling very insignificant recently-as if I just disappeared no one( including my husband & family) would notice or care. Thank you for the reminder that no matter how I feel, God loves me, and He will never leave me.

  111. I received this yesterday and glanced at it, but mainly ignored it. But after reading it this morning, then scrolling through the comments, I come to the bottom and read Kim’s comment – I didn’t know there was another person who felt the same way that I do. I think my husband and kids would be very happy if I just disappeared too! At times I think God feels the same way, but then I read His word and know that no matter what I think, He always loves me and is walking beside me.

  112. Meghan in Texas says:

    Thank you for pointing out who we are in Christ! I often find in my marriage, like most women, I am trying to fix or tell my husband how he can better his self image or fix his problems of doubt. I also often find, I am sure like most women, that once I focus on MYSELF and not my husband, that things change in both of us. The list of verses in your devotional is normally something I would see and think- “oh, I should print this out and give to my husband or leave it where her will read it” but today, I am leaving it where I can read it everyday!

  113. Thank you for sharing. Many of us who have been abused struggle with this more than those who have had a “normal” life. But I always need to remember that God is in control, so I don’t have to be. He is my rock and I need to follow Phil 4:8 and think on what is right, true, holy, etc. Focusing on God instead of making self an idol is tough!

  114. Katey Flynn says:

    I have really needed a message like this. Thank you so much. There have been many times recently that I have felt like I dont measure up at all. There are a few women at church that I am very close with but I have been feeling like Im no where near as good as they are. I know that it is the enemy trying to put a wedge in between us because God has great plans for all of us individualy and well as together. I just feel that they can pray better than me, their spiritual walk is stronger and closer than mine and they have more knowledge than I do. Your messge however made it so clear to me that I am just as good as they are and I no longer have that feeling any more. Thank you so much.

  115. This hits home. I have been doing a lot of comparing recently – not of myself directly, but of my kids which reflects on how “good of a mother” I am. Just this last week during my prayer time God simply said “Your kids are ok.” It’s so easy to take my frustrations and turn them into doubt in my abilities. God’s simple statement to me stopped me in my tracks. It’s not about me. It’s about what God is doing thru me, and my kids. Learning isn’t always easy, and between my kids learning what is expected of them, and me learning to be the mother/wife I’m called to be there are moments of tension. But, I now have the promise that my kids are ok and that’s enough for me! I admit that I have to consciously remind myself of that to stop the comparisons, but now there is no doubt and I can push the thoughts away. Thank you God, for speaking to me! And, thank you Renee for your note of confirmation!

  116. Teresa Nashem Barnes says:

    Thank you for your awesome post…. I struggle with this issue as well. God reminds me all the time that He is always there for me and He is my constant source of daily strength.

  117. Marianne L says:

    Your message really made 1 John 5:18 come to life for me. I trul am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. My future is sealed. All that comes against me must bow to the will of God for my life. That just gives me such peace. Christ has determined my path and nothing can take me from the calling he has given me. It is not by my strength that my God works but by his divine eternal power! Through Christ, I am now unstoppable, untouchable and unable to fail! Praise God!

  118. Donna S says:

    • 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
    This is the scripture that captured me today. Sometimes when it feels like God isn’t there or I question why he allows some of the painful things to happen, I begin to doubt who I am. Thank you for posting this scripture.

  119. Teresa S says:

    Great post Renee. I mostly struggle with not measuring up to my own expectations of myself. Having grace for myself.
    Our family is in the midst of very difficult time and Ephesians 3:12, “I may approach God with freedom and confidence.” spoke to me today, reminding me that God cares about all aspects of my life.

  120. This message spoke right to me today. ( I may be a day behind reading it). But I am constantly, currently countlessly measuring myself with the other Sunday school teachers that teach with me. Because I’m and just starting on this fun and exciting road I still compare and try and measure up with the other women who seem to have it all together and know what they are teaching. But what I have to remember is God called me to teach and what I have was given to me by God and when i start to doubt or get discouraged, I need to look up to God and ask for help. He chose me for a reason and I have to remember that.

  121. Renee, devotions seem to come at the right time in my life, just as this one has.even thought i do not intent on comparing myself with others it does happen from time to time, Not so much with material items, but more with measuring up with myself. When I make a mistake I have no problem admitting it and take the responsibility, but then that’s when the doubt creeps in, is this the right job for me or is this where God wants me to be? I think when you work at job so hard and are so truthful but then your told you did this or you had that on a continual bases, it seems to wear on you. So now with this bible study, I have place each weeks memory verse right on my computer to read daily over and over and over. When days are really hard and the shadow seems to get darker and darker, I then add the ear phone to my ear, turn on the mp3 player and listen to Christian songs. I am going to type and print the above references to: I am accepted, I am secure and I am significant to carry with me daily to read in times of doubt or measurements. I praise the Lord for your ability to help us all learn and relate to Gods word. I am in the process of saving so that I may provide a couple of books to my friends with a prayer that they will devote to doing this bible study with you. Have a beautiful day. God Bless w Love

  122. Margarida Marques says:

    Thank you sister! I am amazed at how the Lord God uses people to direct our thoughts and gleam truths from His Word that we hadn’t been aware of. I had never thought about the issues involved when Eve decided she “needed” more than all she had been provided with. I wish my sisters here in Brazil could benefit from these devotionals (they have to be translated into Portuguese though).
    Blessings,
    Margarida Marques

  123. Shannon Steckel says:

    Renee
    I can’t believe this how God works in everyway this devotion was actually said after my Zumba devotion. It was amazing. Just thought I would share that with you.

    Another thing that struck me is you can’t put hope in a man, you can only put hope in God.

    When Paul warns us that those who measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves” are not wise (2 Cor 10:12)

    Our struggle with comparison will always leave us feeling like we’re lacking something. We try to do more and be more, but its never quite enough. We still feel insecure and wonder what’s wrong with us

    The truth is that we are all “wrecked up” but we are loved with reckless abandon by the King of Glory. We may be rejected by man, but we are accepted and adored by our Maker. We may be betrayed and cast aside, but we are chosen and redeemed by our heavenly Father.

    Also God is in Control

  124. Whenever I am tempted to “measure” myself by the world’s standards or by comparing myself to others’, I remember this verse:
    Proverbs 16:11
    Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

    I remind myself that I do not want to be weighed on ANY scale of this world: physically, financially, emotionally, or any other way. The only scales I want to be weighed on is the LORD’s…and I want Him to use the weights that are of HIS making, not mine or the people around me.

  125. I find myself CONSTANTLY comparing myself to other women. This is such a struggle for me! I would never in a million years be as hard on another person as I am on myself! How silly is that? =D Thank you for addressing it – I need to just pray through those times and get myself into NEW habits centered around Christ’s love for me. However, I also need to start taking better care of myself and lose some weight – being healthier in body helps us also feel better in spirit, since God created these amazing bodies of ours! =D

  126. Margaret says:

    I am accepted. With no conditions. I don’t have to get it right. That,s what speaks to me the most.

  127. Thank you for your words! As a young girl entering puberty and being on a emotional roller coaster with my ever changing hormones I sought an intimate relationship with my parents. The only thing I knew was to become angry lashing out at them saying hurtful words. My parents didn’t know how to connect with me or really stop and take time to find that relationship but rather threatened to give me up for adoption if I didn’t measure up to what they considered was right at age 11. I spent a lot of time alone, remorseful of how I felt but not able to verbalize it as a young child.My parents did alot of threatening…to give me up, they told me pastor, teachers etc. My home wasn’t a safe haven and my church and school weren’t either with eyes looking on me.
    I can look back now and see how emotionally unavailable they were and still are. I have grown up thinking it was all me but having a daughter now at that age I know that I was normal but their lack of love was abnormal. I was craving a relationship with them. They took my confidence, trust, intimacy, love and have caused me to constantly try and be the best because maybe I can earn their love or earn my “place”
    I am so lucky that I have found your book as this year has been about healing and growing closer with God. I feel like a big weight has been lifted that I am good enough because of HIM and I will never be rejected by Him. My childhood has taught me that I am strong enough because of HIM and goodness will come out of this. Its taken 34 years but I know I’m on the path to healing.
    To God be all the glory!

  128. Thanks for this encouragement. It has come just at the right time. I am working with a christian counselor right now on things from my past that have caused me to become a very unemotional person. This post reminds me that Satan is the one filling my thoughts of self doubt and telling me I am worthless. With each passing day I am tuning out Satans lies and tuning in to God’s truth. Thank you Renee for your words of encouragment and this wonderful book and online study. God Bless you all!

  129. Renee,
    Thank you so much for this!
    I constantly feel like I don’t measure up.
    Daily – I turn this over to God – asking Him to help me not to compare myself to others.
    I know all of those wonderful truths in my head – but obviously – I need to cling to them in my heart!
    AND I know that it does not matter how I compare to others, but it is still a struggle for me – &
    I get “down” on myself!
    I must be allowing Satan to chisel at me each day, & I am still going to fight daily against Satan!
    Throughout my day – I need to do like you suggested & think about “Whose I am & who I am!”

  130. ■2 Corinthians 1:21–22 I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. It takes a lot to stop comparing ourselves to others- glory and thanks to God He is helping me in this area- chapter 6 touched me in a lot of places – but i can see growth and how God is working in and with me to stop the comparsion game- what He has for me is for me, His plan for me is different for me than everyone else- He is working in each of us individually and if I keep my focus up the enemy will not be able to convence me anymore I am not good enough or will enough I have been established, anointed and sealed b God and that’s good enough. thanks Renee. Ck out myfacebook page for a I’ m good enough tag. facebook.com/slywillie

  131. This devotion and the one through Proverbs31 ministries have blessed me so much this week! In all that you shared in these devotions and in chapter 6, I felt like I was reading the story of my life! It was both convicting and enlightening. I have been inspired and encouraged by the section of scriptures that remind me of who I am in Christ. I have printed these out to meditate during my quiet time, and I plan to transfer these to index cards to memorize and view … at work, at home, in the car, and in my purse. I have already experienced an inner strength that has come through countering the lies of Satan with the truths from God’s Word.

  132. Satan has definitely been keeping me busy trying to hide my flaws. Almost 10 months ago I went off med to control panic attacks because I felt like God was calling me to walk a road with him that I had been too afraid too for 20 years. I’ve always wanted to figure out if the panic attacks were a chemical imbalance or an emotional issue. I’ve got an awesome counselor and a naturopath that have both helped me tremendously, but the real test comes in me trusting God. Fear rules my life, even though Christ promises that He’s given me a sound mind. I cling to His promises, wanting desperately for that to be enough, and never feeling like it is. I struggle with confidence, measuring up, everything every single chapter has talked about so far, I feel like a mess some days. I spend most of my energy hiding this from people so they don’t think I’m a freak and it’s exhausting. My world is pretty small right now and consequently very lonely at times. The words you’ve posted here Renee are just another glimmer of light that makes me realize how deceived I am by Satan and how much I need His thoughts to be my thoughts.

    • Shannon Steckel says:

      I totally understand that struggle dealing with anxiety/panic attacks. I deal with them too; however I heard on the new today when you feel alone. Just remember, you are never alone. Jesus is right there and will be there everywhere you go. Trust me it’s not easy but you know that is one person you can count on. He is there waiting for us to seek Him with all our hearts.

  133. What a great post and reminder how much Jesus loves us. Thank you for this post!

  134. 2 Timothy 1:7 I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

    Philippians 1:6 I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.

    Romans 8:31–39 I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love.

    These are POWERFUL promises.

    Thank you for sharing and reminding.

    Grace

  135. One additional prayer request. There is a used bookstore in my town that is going out of business. It is a very special store that has served our community for at least two decades. The owner is not necessarily the best “business man” but he demonstrates true humility, generosity, trust and compassion towards his customers and the other neighboring businesses. And his taste in books is exquisite. For him this is more than a store, it is his family. Please pray for the owner, his customers and our community. That God’s will would be done.

  136. Blessings, in Psalms 139 it stated that God new everything about us before we became a fetus in our mother’s womb, it also says that He knitted me/us to be fearfully wonderfully made, I am uniquely made by Him, God knitted each of us to His likeness and purpose, and despite how others look and what they have, we are to be proud that we ladies a rubies to God because there is not one ruby that is made perfect. Satan can’t accept that God loves all His children despite our faults and tries to make us feel we will never measure up to God, cause we can’t measure up to those around us or to our self, but I am learning to look in the mirror and see I am what God made me to be so nothing is wrong with me this is what my Father knitted together. Love you all.

  137. Phoenix says:

    The affirmations under “I am secure” speak most loudly to me today. Insecurity is a problem I am constantly battling. I fight against the orphan syndrome – I’m adopted – but I know that thinking what I think is a choice. Never in all my years of counseling did anyone tell me it would be so difficult to harness my thoughts and take them captive. Today I am standing on Philippians 1:6… I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.

  138. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for this message. I have spent most of my life trying to measure up in so many areas of my life. I am now gaining the confidence to be who God made me to be and follow his path for me. Thank you for the scriptures to remind me of who I am and whose I am.

  139. Michelle says:

    ■Ephesians 1:3–8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

    I struggle with this verse because I was adopted as a baby and it has been a hard frame of reference for me. I have lived my life under a spirit of rejection, feeling like I was not good enough for my biological parents to want me. My adoptive mother constantly compared me to others, my adopted brother, her friends children, etc. She made me feel like she got a dud when she adopted me and that if she could she would return me. I grew up believing that I was never going to measure up or be good enough. As a teenager I gave up and stopped trying to be good enough. As a result I did many things that I regret and am ashamed of.

    As a result, I feel the same way about my relationship with God – that I do not measure up and will never be good enough for him to accept me. Although I have been a Christian for 30 years, I continue to struggle with this. Thank you for these verses. I am going to copy them and post them where I can see them and read them whenever the doubt creeps in.

  140. Carolyn says:

    Knowing that I can approach God in freedom and with confidence is an amazing feeling. It makes my prayers more bold and honest.

  141. I currently struggle with measuring up. I was sexually abused as a child and young teenager and my dad never wanted a girl. These verses I read on a daily basis given to me by my Pastor. It just confirms them in my heart as I read them here. Thank you.

  142. I love the promise that I am secure…free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love. (Romans 8:31-39). I went through a period of several years where I was not living close to Him. I had become so enamored by a guy I was dating. We did not attend church on a regular basis & my personal devotion time was lacking. Praise God that He kept pursuing me! I am now married {to a Godly man} and realize just how important my Jesus-time is to keep me focused on the important stuff of life.

  143. I’ve been a stay at home mom for 17 years. My daughter is about to go off to college in a few short months and I’m struggling with what my identity will look like when she is gone. Loved the verses, thank you!

  144. Renee,
    I loved this week’s lesson!! It spoke to me on so many levels. You would think, as grown women we would have confidence and know whom we belong to…and not fall for all those lies. You are right on target when you say the enemy wants us to take our eyes off of God and focus on ourselves. That is exactly what we do when we feel inadequate. Your comment “By believing Satan’s lies, you reveal that your heart does not believe God’s truth. Trying to be “good enough” outside of God’s promises and provision will always create insecurity and obstruct our relationship with Him and with other people” really spoke to my heart. This bible study has already changed the person that I was into claiming my authority as a child of the Most High God. I can’t wait to see how much I will change during the remainder of the book. Thank you for serving Our King!

  145. Thanks for the scriptures. It’s always comforting to know that God does not give up on me and that I can always approach Him and that I don’t have to “measure up” in order to be accepted by Him.

  146. Vicky Warrick says:

    Boy, this devotion pulled my heart strings. It seems like I am constantly fighting the feelings of being unworthy – unworthy of friends, unworthy of love, unworthy of blessings. I am definitely a work in progress and I am so thankful for God’s grace. The enemy seems to attack me the most with this. I have found I can battle this better when I stay on my face before God and stay in his word. Honestly, I still have bad days and the good days are beginning to outweigh the bad days. I cannot even imagine my life without God. Thank you so much for this devotion.

  147. Geri Dietz says:

    John 15:16 I have been appointed and chosen to bear fruit.

    This is most encourageing today for me. I’m in a difficult marriage situation, and am deeply struggling with worth and purpose. I’m going to marriage counseling, but by myself at this point with our Pastor. I’m critisized for the Bible studies I chose and what I do and don’t do. Its been to the point that I have withdrawn from everything in order to be a ble to function in any way. This is a loving reminder that God does have something planned for my life, even though now I cannot see it.

    Thank You for your daily encouragement, you have touched lives in ways you may never know.

  148. I’m studying to take the bar exam for the 5th time. I can’t find more than minimum wage work, despite my doctorate degree. Everyday I fight feeling like I’m worthless, not contributing, dumb, etc. your emails, blog posts, Bible study, fb posts, etc have been so encouraging and helpful. Thank you for your work.

  149. I have never been able to please my parents and it seems like no one else either since my grandfather died when I was 7. If I made an A- in school, I should have gotten an A+. My sister could always do better in their eyes and I never measured up to her. There have been people that have told my husband about the difference in the treatment between the two of us. This not good enough and not measuring up to their standards has followed me all through my life and I am finally working on making myself see that I do not have to measure up to their standards but work to be the best I can be for God. I have had an emptiness in me for so long and now I know that only my getting closer to the Lord will fill that hole. I have had too many friends and family that have let me down over the years but I now know that God will never let me down! It is hard to change after all these years and I know that I can not do it alone. I can only do it through God. I have got to realize that I can not meet every expectation that is put on me, but I can take the gifts and abilities that God gave me and use them to the best of my ability. i am thankful for all that I am learning through this study because Ido not know that I would have learned it on my own. Thank you more that you will ever know. I am going to go back over all of this when we are finished to make sure that it will stick with me and that I have not missed anything! Thank you again.

  150. Jill Kuiper says:

    I do measure up, I am worthy, I am loved by the One who created me! Thanks for the gentle reminder that it doesn’t matter what other people think about me, it only matters that He created me!

  151. Thank you for your thoughts on this today. This is a constant struggle for me. I don’t seem to feel that I measure up in any area. But I really appreciate your comment to “When you’re tempted to measure up today, focus “up” instead and remember Whose you are and who you are!” And remember who God says I am – not how I measure up compared to anyone else’s standards, including my own 🙂

  152. Erin Gallardo says:

    I have heard this before but it never touched my heart. The way you explain it really made sense to me. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for a very long time and though recently it has gotten better, after reading this, I see and feel the light at the end of the tunnel!! Thank you!!

  153. Susan Hutch says:

    In reading the other posts, I can related to everyone in feeling that I don’t measure up. I feel most
    times that I am not even enough to start the measuring!! Then a thought struck me–who are all the
    people we are measuring up to? Don’t you think they are doing it too? Just a thought…
    God bless us all and keep remembering we are ENOUGH for GOD- more than enough too!

  154. I am God’s workmanship! I am called and appointed by God. That has to be enough. That has to be the standard by which I measure myself. God is more than enough.

  155. Thank you for sharing yourself and encouraging us the way that you do. No matter how often I have read these scriptures and know this info, reading it again and reading the Word is like drinking cool water on a hot day. It feels so good and refreshing. I think I just need to review it over and over again to be sure I truly believe it well.

  156. Due to some physical & learning disabilities, never seemed “good” enough. Didn’t help that my sister was real competetive & good at anything she tried. Was amazed after we both had our bachelors to find out that we had both been “jealous” of the other. This study & reading verses/quotes most mornings has definitely made a difference though still have so much more to learn.

  157. Thank you for sharing this. I am a sexual abuse survivor. So many times I feel I do not measure up because of the trauma and emotional state I find myself in due to my abuse and even the results thereafter. I constantly have to be reminded that even though I may be rejected; I am accepted. When I feel unloved; I am loved. When I feel abandoned and alone Jesus Christ will never leave me or forsake me. When I feel dirty and stained He (Jesus) has washed me and cleansed me from ALL unrighteousness. When I feel ugly and of no worth; He says I am wonderfully and beautifully made and declares that I am worthy.

    I love to camp out in Ephesians 1: 3 – 8. So many of these scriptures speak to me and remind me that no matter how I don’t seem to measure up that because I am a daughter of the risen King; He doesn’t measure me by my standards or the worlds standards. His arms are Always open wide and ready for me to come to Him.

  158. Thank you so much for this today.. this is one of my struggles that I have, and when I have these thought… I just have to keep reminding myself that it is Satan trying to tell me I’m not good enough, no one really cares about you… but I just keep telling myself that I am one of Gods children, and he will take care of me… he loves me and will never stop.

  159. Your post inspired me to write about “measuring up” and social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest. Thank you for the encouragement! We are more than the sum of my Pinboards… We are HIS!

    http://mrsmarieosborne.blogspot.com/2012/06/im-more-than-sum-of-my-pinboards.html

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