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“I used to feel so far from God, like I had to work my way back to Him after periods of inconsistency in my time with Him, seasons of unbelief or self-sufficiency, or other sins. I was also convinced God had lost His patience with me.Then I’d try harder and eventually fail again.

Finally, I’d get defeated and wonder, “What’s the use in trying?”

But now I know it’s not about trying harder. It’s about turning sooner. It’s about confessing sin and turning back to God’s gift of grace.

Grace is God’s “undeserved favor.” We don’t have to earn it, and we cannot lose it when we act undeserving. Grace is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Yes, grace cost a lot, but Jesus already paid for it. Because you see… it is “by grace [we] have been saved, through faith—and this not from [ourselves], it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). And God’s grace not only saved us from eternal hell, it saves us from the hell we put ourselves through daily with guilt, shame, self-loathing and condemnation.

Some people ask if grace is a license to sin. A confident woman knows that it’s not. Instead, she realizes grace is the security of knowing God’s love is guaranteed for her because she trusts in Christ. Really understanding His sacrificial gift accomplishes the opposite of granting a license to sin. When we grasp what Jesus did for us, we want to return the gift of His life by offering ours to Him, even if our offering isn’t perfect or even perfectly consistent.” ~ From Chapter 10

Our word for the week is GRACE
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Our verse for us this week: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourself; it is the gift of God -” (Eph. 2:8)

Our prayer for us this week: Lord, thank You that I can approach Your throne of grace with confidence and receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need. Because of Your mercy and forgiveness, my guilt-induced doubt is replaced by grace-induced confidence. Help me trust You with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding, acknowledging You in all my ways so You can make my path straight. Those who know Your name trust You, Lord, because You have never deserted those who seek Your help. In Jesus’ Name, amen. {See Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 9:10.}

Let’s Chat: What is one area of your life where you need to receive more of God’s grace and give yourself more grace too?

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Comments

  1. Those first paragraphs could have very well been my own. I spent so much time pushing God out of my life because I always felt like I wasn’t good enough. Then, my boyfriend invited me to church and only because I loved my boyfriend did I go. And then, our pastor preached about Grace and the burden of being good enough was lifted. I realized how much grace God had already granted me in my life and it made me crave His presence. Grace is a very powerful thing. I wish I had learned about it earlier in life.

    • Karen in PA says:

      Cheryl, I too went to church just because my boyfriend invited me. But now I see that God put me together with my boyfriend so I could come to know Him. I grew up knowing about God, but never knowing God. Oh how I needed God’s Grace and to learn that it is His free gift to me, that I am forgiven, that He loves me and as you say, my burdens are lifted.

  2. The one area of my life where I need to give myself more grace and need God’s GRACE to enable me to do what God wants me to do is — to clean my kitchen every night after supper. God wants me to work hard after supper and leave my kitchen spotless so I and my family can wake up yto a spotless kitchen. However very often I am not able to do it. I might do it two days in a row and then I feel victorious, but then the third night I go to bed without cleaning my kitchen. Sometimes I wake up and 2 am or 3 am in a panic and go downstairs and clean everything but some days not until 7 or 8 am. I hate myself when I am not able to do it and I keep asking God to give me victory in this area. I make excuses like “I work hard to make that supper” or if I say, if my family complimented me over the nice dinner then I could’ve cleaned the kitchen but I do know these are just excuses. I don’t know what happens to me but after supper I just feel tired and then I tell myself I will just relax for a few minutes and then I’ll clean but I never do. I make notes to myself all over the house and it does not help either. If I am able to do this chore 21 days in a row , i know I would have formed a habit. As I go along on this Bible study I am giving myself Grace whenevr I mess us. I say to myself, ” I am confident of this very thing that HE who started a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. ” Please can you pray for victory for me in this area.

    Blessings!

    Anna

    • tara schaller says:

      anna, don’t be so hard on yourself because God is not condemning you for an “unclean” kitchen, so don’t do it to yourself. i, too, struggle with many issues due to procrastination and i have learned that God is wanting these things to be done for US…not for HIM!!! yes, it will honor Him to show those you entertain the pride you have in what God has blessed you with, but it also honors Him when you cry out to Him for His help. THAT’s one of the lessons of obedience. but we also come to learn what freedom there is in accomplishing things for ourselves…that it’s OUR clean kitchen, that WE cleaned, because we want to treat the gifts He gives to us as blessings. i am now trying to imagine myself at someone else’s home….would that kitchen be spotless after dinner??!!! yes, it would. as my gift to them. how much more a gift from my Heavenly Father should be treated.
      i hope you hear my heart, because this is just as much for me. to learn to give grace to myself, as the Father gives to His children.
      God’s blessings, anna, as you shine for God….just as your kitchen will!!!

      • Thank you so much Tara, for your kind words. It means a lot to me that you believe that with God’s help I will get there. May God bless you abundantly.

        Anna

    • Sue Astill says:

      Anna, i don’t think God cares if you have a sparkling clean kitchen or not. I think he cares more about us taking care of of physical & mental temples (our bodies) than making sure our houses are clean. blessings Sue from Australia

      • Thanks Sue for your kind words. Thanks for encouraging me and reminding me that my mental and physical body is God’s temple. It is amazing that thanks to this study someone from Australia who I have never met and probably never will meet encouraged me. May God bless you, I prayed this morning that God will guide your path. I hope your daughter is feeling better

        Blessings,

        Anna

  3. Pam Stewat says:

    I feel like I need more of God’s grace when it comes to my perfectionism. Ugh!! I know that book as addressed this in some previous chapters but, alas, it’s an ongoing “issue” w/me. I know there’s only ever been one perfect man but I’m just not able to accept anything less than perfect when it comes to myself. I know better but it’s a constant struggle. I’m like Cheryl and her kitchen, I’ll do well for a few days but then……..it’s back to square one. I’m so thankful that He is patient w/me!! PTL!!! Thank you too Renee for this awesome book!! You’re a blessing!! :)

  4. I am in school again at 54 and have a very demanding schedule. I have felt all along that God has called me to go back to school and be in a better postion to help people with menta health issues and I am enjoying the process. The biggest problem I have is that I start trying to do everything on my own and my own way and this often leads me away from spending time with God. I suddenly realize, usually when I am overwhelmed by the amount of work and family obligations, that I am not surrendering my self to His will nor allowing myself to experience His grace. I really get down on myself for my inconsistiencies and feel like a “bad Christian”, very underserving of His grace and love. I have struggled to keep up with this bible study and have not commented because I am frequently behind in the readings. The past four days have been very hectic and I realized I had to stop and find my way back to a place of love and surrender. I picked up your book and it has been like the light of God shining into my heart and brain!

    Thank you so much for writing this book and for being so open to God’s plan for your life. It has really helped me see that I don’t have to be perfect. I just need to learn to keep my eyes on Him and allow His grace to wash over me. Thanks again.

    Blessings,
    Connie

    • Connie, we have a lot in common! I also went back to s chool later in life and got my degree at age 49! I am often overwhelmed with all my responsibilities; and I keep l ooking for that perfect job in which to use my knowledge. I am too hard on myself for not getting it all accomplished or what I do get done just isn’t good enough. I beat myself up over and over, instead of accepting the fact that I don’t have to be perfect; just be the woman God made me to be.
      I sure appreciate the fact that God gives us grace each and every time I fall short of being perfect. I need to accept just to accept myself, faults and failures and know he loves me anyway!

      • Beth, I really appreciate what you wrote above “I don’t have to be perfect; just be the woman God made me to be.” The latter part is not always easy, sometimes I feel “different” than others and fear of rejection by expressing how God made me. But I am growing to recognize any “difference” and “uniqueness” as God’s thumbprint.

    • Connie, I can totally understand where your coming from. Much of what you have express fits to a T for me, at the age of 50 I to am attending college. Between school, working and home/wife responsibilities, I to become overwhelmed. I have been able to stay on track for the most part with this bible study, but at the same time I continue to feel bad that I have not had all the free time, I would like so that I could totally stay focused in this bible study. Don’t think this study has not helped me, because it has impacted my heart over and over and over. But I continue to try to push myself with all the duties and then when I can not keep up or do poorly on a test, I beat my self up. I need to forgive myself and remind myself that God loves me for who I am, not because I am super women. I need to continue to remind myself that when things happen or interrupt my normal routine of the day, that God is trying to talk with me, to help me turn to Him for I am a piece of clay that He is molding in the preparation of my journey to heaven. I need to stop and remind myself, you can do what is needed and to let the Lord guide me. For without the Lord, His love and His grace I am nothing, but as a Christian I deserve to take time for myself, my friends and my family and the Lord will provide according to what He wants me to have and do. God Bless and take it one day at a time, fall off, get back up, refocus with the Lord as your guiding light and learn to forgive yourself just as the Lord has forgiving us. I need to do the same. God Bless

      • praying God blesses you in your new career : ). I’m 51.

        I think I need God’s grace and my own grace more in basically everything. I feel especially guily for any mistakes I have made as a mother. I’m discovering that I’m kind of an anxious person and don’t have many friends. I had a friend who loved Jesus who showed me by her actions that women can be supporters of each other. I went to her memorial service this past weekend.

      • Briarly says:

        Thank you so much to both of you more mature students for sharing your thoughts on this. I have just resigned from my current school and 13 years in education to go back to school full-time for three years in pursuit of a completely new career/degree in allied health–with no income! It’s frightening financially, and I am a perfectionist, so I have been afraid I will not only be too hard on myself budget-wise but also study constantly trying to ace every test and let God and my close relationships slip down to lower priority levels. I do NOT want that to happen! This chapter challenged me again to make time for God each day–to KNOW him–even if that time is listening to Christian music in the car and praying during my commute to classes and back home every day. I love the name Jehovah Jireh on so many levels–as a reminder of where our good gifts all come from as well as a reminder that he will provide physically for those who love him and strive to be like him and use their skills, knowledge and talents for him. Plus, he is the ONLY provider of perfect grace and mercy, which I will need so much of when I fall short academically or in making that special time for God and His word every day. I just don’t want to put this book down, pick up the anatomy texts and forget GRACE. So grateful to get this awesome message now…spiritual armor. :)

  5. Darrelyn Kelley says:

    I constantly struggle with thoughts that I’m not good enough for God’s love. I have done Bible studies about God’s love, but I never seem to grasp the full concept of what God’s love really means. It’s hard for me to imagine about a love so strong that there are no strings attached, and there will always be forgiveness. I have struggled with lost friendships this past year. These friendships will never be rekindled again. At one time I thought there was a glimmer of hope to maybe get past all of the hurt, but I was only knocked back down again. Sometimes its hard to get past the hurt. I wish I could move on, but I keep going back.

  6. Being the perfect parent. I have may examples around me of perfect parents and certainly fall short far too often. It ‘s so difficult being married to a non christian because I am the only christian role model and I feel I drop the ball far too often. I have one child left at home, a teen that’s a good student but lacks often shows me a true lack of respect and then I loose it. Sometimes I don’t even want to try anymore because it’s like a revolving door, we spin around and we’re back to square one again. Often it seems like I’m not making any progress but then there are times when we have a heart to heart and I see that he’s really doing okay. It’s just hard doing it alone and staying consistent.

    • Lynn, don’t give up. You are planting some wonderful seeds in your child’s life. Right now you don’t see the progress but it will come. Remember, you plant and God will take it from there. Blessings and God’s strength to you.

      • Thank you Gloria, it’s hard when it seems that other mom’s have it all together. I know I shouldn’t compare but sometimes it’s really hard. I will keep persevering because I know that is what God wants and I am the only Godly example for my son in the home.

  7. rachael says:

    I am so excited because I am seeing the grace of God exploding everywhere…its being taught all around and I know that I know God wants us to get this and spread it onto others….praise God for His divine grace!!!

  8. Kristen Barkdull says:

    I have only read the first couple of pages but what an awesome start! It is so good to read about other people who “blow it”. I “blow it” on a daily basis. God is really doing some amazing things in my life right now. I was behind on the reading but I skipped ahead and will focus on chapter 10 this week! God bless you all! God is good!

  9. Donna from Honolulu, Hawaii says:

    What is one area of your life where you need to receive more of God’s grace and give yourself more grace
    too?
    To be patient- learning to have more patience- to humble myself…

    I need His grace to overcome many things-

    I am so thankful! But I have so so much more to learn! Chapter 10 is speaking to me- directly and indirectly, just this weekend we had a pastor from Australia come and speak at our church “New Hope” his name was Pastor Mark Edwards, and his message was about Gideon- and his fear of not having enough soldiers to go to battle with the Midianites- and how he even tested God by asking him to let the ground be wet but the fleece dry…. I SO SEE MYSELF LIKE GIDEON – off & on faith….so bad but so true. I know all about two steps foward and one step back. Lord please forgive me :(

    Aloha from Hawaii xoxoxo

  10. Jennifer Barber says:

    I need God’s grace in my relationships. I tend to put up walls between myself and others and then wonder why I’m lonely. I’m so afraid of getting hurt. I’m afraid others will not like me if I’m not perfect. I’m very insecure in my friendships, as a wife, and as a mother. I know intellectually God’s grace is there for me, but I can’t seem to let go of my insecurity and rest in the freedom of His grace. I want to tear down the walls and be myself instead of the pretend self I put out their for others.

    • Kristina says:

      Jennifer, I share the same struggle- insecurity. It is down right exhausting to put on an act all the time. I love the song by Casting Crowns called “Stained Glass Masquerade.” Those words are my life.

      “So I tuck it all away, like everything’s okay
      If I make them all believe it, maybe I’ll believe it too
      So with a painted grin, I play the part again
      So everyone will see me the way that I see them”

      I’m learning that no one is perfect and that is why this book spoke to my heart so clearly. I was so blessed by Renee Swope’s testimony. I too can be confident in who God made me to be. Some days are easier than others. But I am holding on to Jesus and keeping my eyes on Him.
      I will be praying for you.

  11. Lynda H. says:

    The topic of grace is a big thing for me right now. Yesterday was the first day in many months that I was able to make it through a day without beating myself up over something. A year and a half ago, my husband and I came to Korea. We felt that SO many doors were being opened for us to come here so here we are. In the beginning, I knew it was where God wanted me to be but as time has gone by it has been more and more difficult to find that assurance. My husband was born and grew up here (his parents were missionaries here) so the transition wasn’t difficult. For me though, I had only been out of the US to go to Canada! Every day it was not a matter of if I would make some mistake but when…at least in my mind. I slowly got further and further from God which doesn’t make sense really but I was so stressed because of the different culture, leaving family, friends, pets, everything I’ve ever known. The pain sometimes was unbearable. But I would still spend time with God every morning, without fail, just trying to find the answer to what I was supposed to be doing and how could I make the pain and anxiety stop. Finally, one day He showed me that He was there, no matter how hard I pushed Him away.
    A bird had gotten trapped in our building, way up in the top of a dome that is over our entrance. Usually I would be anxious, wondering how to save the bird. This time I just didn’t worry about it. I had given up. A few hours later, I went to see my husband in his office. As I stood in the doorway he said, “the bird just flew by.” I turned around and sure enough the bird had come out of the dome and had come down where there were windows that could be opened to let it out. I went to one side of the bank of windows and my husband went to the other side, opening windows where we could. The bird then flew into his office. “Really?!” was all I could say. In his office though, there are many more windows and a smaller area when the door is shut. Soon, as we stood still, the bird figured it out and went to freedom. All I could think about was “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He’s watching me.” Oh, His grace! I will still struggle and move away from Him still but He always follows and lets me know that He is there!

  12. Sue Astill says:

    I am struggling (again) with being a working Mum (Mom in your language :). I have a sick child today which means I can’t go to work today (I had yesterday off to care for her too) and I feel guilty for taking time off from my job because I work at a government school as a chaplain and I only started at my current school 2 weeks ago. Back in March I quit my current chaplaincy job due to feeling overwhelmed by life and I recognised that i was suffering from depression (again) and that I needed to spend some time with God and sort myself out, but my supervisor went out of her way to keep me and she got me a transfer to my new school instead of me quitting. I really believed at the time that it was God’s plan for me to continue working as a school chaplain but now that I have to take time off from my job to look after my sick child I am feeling like I can’t be a Mum/Mom and work outside the home at the same time! Argh! help! what should I do? I’m sick of trying to keep everyone else happy…it is driving me batty!

    • Hi Sue,

      Please take this with a “rock” (not a grain) of salt because I realize our situations are vastly different. For starters, I do not have any children. And I work for quite a large organization in the US.

      Following the recession, I was very lucky to find suitable work outside the home. I knew the position I had accepted would be tough but I had prayed for God to please not open this door if I was not meant to enter it. And He did. Even though I was uncertain (for valid reasons), I trusted Him and went to work.

      I love the role but the culture, politics, unrealistic demands and expectations, and stress have often led me to wonder whether it was God or another who led me into this job. And yes, I have felt over and over again as though I cannot please work and I cannot please my husband at home. At times it has felt like a very depressing lose-lose proposition.

      While I don’t know how it will all turn out, here’s what I’ve learned a year-plus into it. I can pray for people at work and they DO change. People who were jealous of me, gossiped about me…I have seen some small scale miracles. The job is molding and shaping my character to be less perfectionist, less sensitive to rejection, okay with letting things go and being assertive about my needs at work w/out feeling guilty (these are still growing edges, especially the last one). Concurrently, my husband has learned how to be more patient, grateful for the sacrifices I make, and function more independently. We have also learned to “argue” better by ever so slowly gaining new communication skills.

      But I can only see these things as I look back. The changes were very gradual and faith & patience were two key ingredients. At the same time, believe me I still struggle with ambivalence and question how long I am supposed to be there.

      Re: keeping everyone happy. I guess learning to Trust God and thank him ahead vs. self-sufficiency is part of the equation. But I know this can be challenging especially when you are in a brand new job and/or caring for a beloved child.

      Like I said this may or may not apply to you. God Bless you, I will pray for you.

      Lori

      • Sue Astill says:

        Thank you Lori,
        your words have helped me to see the big picture; Gods picture and I am able to say this situation is only for a season and from all I’ve been thru and struggled with over the past few years, I can see where God has been at work in my life and that he has bought me to this new position and I need to let go of my feelings of frustration and inadequency and rely on Gods strength and promises.
        thanks again, blessings to you and your husband.
        Sue

  13. Kristi Stirler says:

    I hold myself up to a high standard when it comes to doing it all…laundry, cleaning, getting kids to bed on time, etc…but I lack the private time that God asks from me each day. If I would share some of the load to kids/husband, I bet I could find some time just for Him. I believe He gives me grace, but I wonder if He smacks himself on the head and says…when will she get it?? I don’t need her perfect house, I need her! I’m slowly learning, but I’m so thankful that he is willing to extend grace to me again and again…

  14. Susan M. says:

    I hear God’s whispers to do things and I sometimes ignore them~~saying I can’t do that not right now Lord and I move on and then feel guilty for not doing it. The way I talk sometimes to people and I don’t realize how much I must sound like a know it all and I really am not~~I don’t know where I picked these things up that I do and how I treat people sometimes~~~ I need to confess and forgive myself and move on to where I know God wants me to be~Grace to myself~~~~~I see God’s Grace when I grant Grace to someone else~~~and when I thank someone for granting Grace to me I see God also~~~~it is so hard to grant Grace to someone sometimes, but you draw back and grant it and its over and you feel good about it, people don’t do things on purpose sometimes we are all human and will fail someone at sometime and need Grace. Knowing God does not change is such a soothing thought to know that something is constant in my life of things that are not.

    Renee~~~~~if you are reading this, the heart did not print out this time on the PDF of our word of Grace and I so love the heart, reminds me of God’s love for us~~~thanks Sue

    • Hi Sue,

      I am here reading and praying for each of you as I read your comments.

      About the PDF, the heart is there. I wonder if your printer’s color ink is low or out. I am not sure what to do to help. Did you also open in the MSword doc and try to print??

    • Karen in PA says:

      Susan as I read your post I first thought of something I read last week and copied in my journal – “Accept God’s assingments – the possibility of reward outweighs the potential of regret if we turn them down” I too often turn away from the nudges I feel or the opportunity to share God with someone. I wrote this as a reminder to myself to step out in my faith. God is so good, He is always right there with us, He wants us to depend on His strength.

      I also like what you wrote about granting grace. It helped me to remember that God’s awesome gift of Grace is our model of how to treat each other. It is hard to forgive and grant grace when someone hurts us. But it sure does feel good when we can reconcile with someone. I am praying for you Susan, thank you for your post.

  15. Erica Walker says:

    The biggest area in my life that I DESPERATELY need Gods grace is my anger and my tone of voice. I grew up with an angry dad that didn’t know how to control it. I thought I had it under control, but I was wrong. I get very angry, very quickly and easily. I am not violent, but my tone with people, especially those I love, is very harsh and wrong. I try to take deep breaths to calm myself before speaking, but often forget to do that. This is making me crazy and going to cost me my happiness! Please pray for me that I can get this under control at last and be able to show Christ’s love through me to everyone I come into contact with!

    • Erica, I am struggling with exactly the same thing. It is so good to know that I am not the only one dealing with this issue. The worst of mine comes out at my husband, who doesn’t deserve it. Please pray for me that I will also get this under control at last through God’s grace.

      • August Rose says:

        Cindy,
        I am praying for you as well. I was in the same place. I had anger and unforgiveness and that was causing me to strike out at the people I loved the most. I was trying to protect my heart from being hurt again while being angry that it was ever hurt in the first place. God will heal you.

    • August Rose says:

      Erica,
      I am praying with you in agreement that the Lord Himself will break this stronghold of anger in your life. Forgive your dad if you haven,t already. Remember hurt people hurt people. God delivered me from this same stronghold. My dad had a bad temper as well. I meditated on scriptures about forgiveness and anger. That helped me. I said those scriptures over and over. A soft answer turns away wrath, a gentle and a quiet spirit is priceless, etc. I have to live by grace and depend on God. You will get your breakthrough.
      .

  16. I needed this today. There doesn’t seem to be an area of my life that I don’t need grace. Parenting, ministry, spiritual life. I’m a recovering perfectionists and I’m struggling with some serious sin issues right now. Thank God for his grace and mercy!

  17. August Rose says:

    Renee! :-) I am so thankful for this chapter! I need to receive God,s grace and give myself grace in my eating habits, disciplining my children, being on time to church and regretting past relationships. This chapter was right where I am today. Every chapter has been just what I needed from God when I needed it. I just said days ago to God I give up on loosing weight I’m going to learn to love me right where I’m at because I may never change. I work out, I eat right I loose 5 pounds my cycle comes I crave every sweet salty thing in sight. Then its back to square one. I was worrying about my struggles but then I read chapter 9. I started reading chapter 10 and one of the things I used to worry about happened to me. My daughter came to me to just talk. We laughed, we cried, and went out to lunch and right now she,s in the kitchen cooking for she and I. She,s 15 yrs old and sometimes I get so frustrated with her choices. I say what I shouldn’t. I hate that. She forgives me but most importantly God does way before I forgive myself. I am so enjoying chapter 10!! Thank you again and again for reminding me of Gods grace and your honesty! I love it!!

  18. Renee this is great. You started out just like I feel…I’m sure I’m not the only one. I start my weeks ready to read and stay focused on God and then the world takes over. I just don’t seem to have enough hours in my day or I just get busy and forgot. How do you forgot the ONE that gave so much for you. I left my burdens at the alter Sunday and I know that God will help me with this issue. Thanks for all your hard work in writing this book. I am positive it has help many, many ladies.
    Blessings
    JR

  19. You ask what do I need to learn about to give myself grace, to forgive myself and to receive the Lords grace. The list for me, is my eating habits for which I indulge when I feel sad or not good enough and not worthy. For instant took a college test tonight , I know in my heart I did not do well, so what do I do , I turn to food in hope to feel better. Did it work, nope . I need to stop in times like this to read Gods word, to focus and talk with the Lord. I also have a way of feeling bad if I do not cook dinner at night. But I need to accept Gods grace and to forgive myself for I can only do so much. I ask that the Lord to help guide me, to let me know that I am not super women and that I need to take time not only for myself but to study His word. May the Lord talk with each of us as we continue with this study, so that we can have a closure walk with the Lord. God Bless

  20. Jessica H. says:

    I can’t pick just one area of my life that needs grace because all areas of my life need it. Seriously. I’m an all-around mess! But with God’s grace, I like who I’m becoming!

  21. I know I need to give myself grace when I don’t exercise or eat right. I am tryiing to see my body as the holy temple and treat it right.

  22. Janice Palmer says:

    My 89 year old mom has terminal colon cancer. I have been staying with her since the end of May. We do not know when her last day will be but we know it will be in the near future. Along with hospice I, along with hospice, am her primary care giver and there is so much I am not sure of and I am constantly in need of God’s grace. Today is a difficult day for her. I know that God’s grace is sufficient but it is easy to forget it in the difficulty of the moment.

  23. Grace -

    I need God’s grace in “Trust”. It has been so hard for me to trust. Maybe I expect too much from people; thats where I need grace! God has blessed me so much, and need to trust and find a way to break down the wall. I know until I surrender totally, that is when I will overcome. “Proverbs 3;5-6″ TRUST IN the LORD !
    Belinda :)

  24. This is Phyllis. I was reading some comments, and I identify with a couple of you! I’m 48 and God has called me to go back to school. I will be doing online classes with Liberty university a bible program school of the bible for a year, and then, a bible diploma! Liberty university really believes in helping people with their life goals! I love that! i want to help people study and teach the bible on a voluntary basis. I’m ready to take the classes. I just need to get this silly g.e.d. test. I’m kind of discouraged, because, I did research online about what’s on the g.e.d. test, one of the things is math! many teachers have tried to teach me math! i just have a mental block when it comes to math! my brain doesn’t work for simple adding and subtracting. I am now trying to get help to study for the g.e.d. test, I mainly need help with math. I’m in the process of asking people for help! If I don’t pass this g.e.d. I won’t be able to make the program! I’ve always wanted to do this program! I’ve never been to bible school! I’m so excited! i’m praying a lot for help in math! I’m totally blind. i live on my own! I love this online bible study, as well as a bible study, this to me Renee is also like a good self-esteme course. I beat myself up a lot for trying to do things on my own and not trusting god, and I’m thinking God is getting impatient with me! Please pray for me! also, financially! to pay for this program! I’m with a web site called bible gateway that is sending me e-mails about wining scholarship for liberty! and I do n’t understand what to do to win! I keep getting these automated messages from them every time i e-mail. Remember I was saying I’m blind, I also have an amazing computer with speech program that reads everything! I have a key stroke command for everything! I am able to participate in this study! I can hear the videos read the comments, and make my own comments! Please pray for me about Liberty and please pray for me about not being too hard on myself!

  25. HI I have really enjoyed this book. I really thought that I did not struggle with confidence but I have found that I am wrong. When I was a young wife and mom I felt like I could conquor the world and was full of confidence. but has I have gotten older and I am no longer a stay at home mom I have found that I have self doubt and a lot of it. I work in a cardiologist office as a medical assistant and I have been doubting myself more and more. My husband thinks that I have lost my confidence when our kids started leaving home. I have really gotten alot out of this book and I have recommend it to many ladies.

  26. It’s Phyllis again, I just want to say I found help with Math! remember I was saying about the g.e.d. test I have to take and I was panicky about math! Well, I was encouraged to get in touch with someone from the cnib to help me tutor me with math, but as I was waiting today, I thought it’s good to see what we can do while we wait! I know God wants us to do what we can! So, I did my own research. In the google engine, I typed on line bas math for free! I always look for stuff for free because I’m on a disability pension that doesn’t give much and I live on my own.! Anyway, I found a lot. I found this great web site! g.c.f.freelearning.org it has tutoring online for free for basic math, i found help in addition and subtraction. I was able to hear a short video on what addition is, and the lady on the video gave a simple problem and below that was a video on simple subtraction! I said to myself this si perfect! This is the kind of help i’m looking for in simple basic math! I said thank you God! Renee, i want to say, you are such an encouragement! As I was saying earlier this study is not just a bible study to me, it is a self-esteme course! I listen to your videos and you are so encourageing! i beat myself up a lot about a lot of things! So, thank you! for doing this study!

  27. One area I need God’s Grace???
    He says: Loving myself and letting Him love me. :)

  28. Renee I am in need of tons of prayer! My marriage is a marriage of faith & obedience not of the desire to actually be with my husband. A year ago I had an affair & since then God has brought me from severe depression, suicide attempts, war within, pain, hatred, sin, the list goes on. I have been victorious through Him. His grace has been more than sufficient. I stayed in my marriage out of obedience to Christ & not wanting to hurt anyone anymore & hoping that If I walk by faith, keep my mind set on Christ that in the end I will see His blessings on my marriage. To this day my walk with Christ is stronger than ever. I have learned more about God since all this happened but my walk with my husband not so much. Good man but not without fault. I still do not have the kind of feelings a wife should have for her husband. I try to do everything right, to lift him up etc. On the other hand also setting boundaries so that the problems we had before cannot enter in our marriage. I am not even attracted to him. Instead of making me feel at peace & content around him I am still annoyed & he makes me very anxious. This is not a new issue just one that still makes me want to leave & be alone with just God forever. I have entertained thoughts of him dying & what a relief I would feel just to be away from him. He is very clingy, needy, etc, again nothing new. I am not like this but step out of my comfort zone to please him. I am listening to myself as I write this & can hear all the advice of christians, counselors, science, God & thinking somehow all this still just isn’t working for me. I feel totally stupid for saying all this at the same time God has used me & my husband to help others with marital issues who are entertaining divorce. I know divorce is not what God desires for us & biblically I don’t have a reason to divorce. I know I don’t have to be perfect & have it all figured out to be used. The other day God once again brought me out of a dark place & I was rejoicing. I opened up a very painful place to my husband, something I don’t do easily but I was trusting God’s grace & strength to help me in hopes of a connection. Once again, I barely got started & he took over the conversation & made it about him & his pain etc. As usual I shut down & let him have the floor while I was even more hurt & quickly becoming even more angry & resentful. I don’t want to talk to him, see him, i just want him to leave me alone. This is something I have worked hard to overcome. I try to make my responses to him the same as I would respond to a friend. Anyway, I have continued in prayer, Bible studies, recalling scripture even in my dark time because it’s not God that I’ve lost confidence in, I have however quit blogging & speaking the things God lays on my heart. I had just started a blog the day I broke through & had to stop to go somewhere & thats when that happen with my husband & now I can’t even finish again. I am so mad at my husband for being a jerk! Of course now he’s all promising he won’t bring the affair back up, calling the counselor,etc. I have always felt like I was raising another child spiritually & still am even tho he has a spiritual life now he’s never had. Anyway, I have written a book & seriously need to get ready for work. I just need so much prayer & direction! Thanks for listening! I am so loving A Confident Heart! It always speaks to me even If I don’t have time to comment.

  29. Michelle says:

    I am requiring God’s grace in the area of self-control. This includes self-control over my temper, my mouth, my thoughts, eating and drinking, and my time. I feel like I am constantly taking two steps forward and one step back. It seems like I can have a day when I am successful at one of these areas and then blow it totally in another area. I begin to feel like I just cannot get it right and the voice of doubt overtakes me. I love the line in Chapter 10 that says “Praise God that he is not looking for a woman who is perfect. He is looking for a woman who wants to walk with Jesus and find her confidence through her daily dependence on Him”. Rather than beating myself up over my failures I need to turn to Him and accept His gift of GRACE.

  30. GRACE…..something that I often feel not worthy of and never really understood the true impact it can make in your life. Even though I have been saved since I was eight I don’t think I really ever looked at what a wonderful gift Grace is from God. Areas where I need to ask for more help is how I talk sometimes to my husband and my kids. I sometimes let the everyday routines and to do list get my all worked up and then it comes out in my body language and tone of voice. It makes me feel so upset because over all I’m not like that and don’t like to be talked to like that either. So I guess I also need to know that I shouldn’t be upset at myself for making mistakes or having a moment but rather taking a moment with God before it gets to the not so nice stage. I have been bouncing around in the book bc Mommy duties have been first lately. My son had surgery and I just recovered from mine so I skipped a bit in 9 to start on 10. and it’s just a great chapter thus far. Each chapter has helped me and shown me areas in my life that I need to work on, but not alone with God’s help and love. Very powerful book and I thank you so very much for writing it!!

  31. Jennifer C says:

    That first paragraph seems to have to define my life for so long. I fell prey to addiction as well as severe anxiety with depression and have felt like I had to work my way back into God’s grace. For so long I did not understand grace. This book has been awesome for me. I love the feeling of learning how to stand confident. This chapter really stood out to me. Especially on the post where it says that it is not about working harder but turning sooner. I have learned that dependence on God is the one dependence that is essential for life.
    I need God’s grace in the area of my depression. I need to accept his grace to be able to stand back up and keep moving forward/

  32. Blessings, Grace yes God Grace, the spelling out of what you think it means bring more clarity of it. God do so much that we take/took and still taking for granted. we all just want want want from Him and He keeps giving but yet we somethings thing it hard to give back, all He wants or ever wanted is our love our heart our trust, He thought me pacients for He carries so much for us. i it wasnt for His pacients ans love this world would have already come to an end, but he awaits on us that no one gets left behind, for those that cant see that and thinks Hes never coming back, dont wait till its to LATE God always keeps His promise lets promise to keep His.

    Father i want to take this time out to thanks You for Your Grace, thank You for Your love thank You for been my Dad/Father/Papi without You i would be lost really i was not to far for that but You always seems to be there right there in my times of need and at time that i didnt call on You. Papi You holds my breath in Your hands You gived me life, You gave me this family dispite of who i was then cause You had a plan for me. Your Grace made me who i am today, You sent Your Son in my place to save me/us. some may ask whats the big deal, i see the big deal, there is no greater love that a Man that lay down His life for His friend/brother. and You sent Your Son to do that for me/us. Father sorry for the pain I have caused Him(Jesus) on that cross, sorry for not understanding Your Grace back then, sorry for pushing You away back then but thank You for still being here today with me/us and coving us with Your Grace in Jesus name i/we pray Amen.

  33. MR ALEVES says:

    My wife and I separated Last year September, I will agree I wasn’t true to myself and her. But i did all I could let her have a good life I did put all my energy into our little family as we have 2 beautiful kids.because I worked As a waiter she didn’t really like that for a career, she thought i didn’t want to do well in my life. last year as the harsh finance situation hit as we’ve been suffering with our finance for a while she decided to end our marriage. which i was very devastated!! to lose the love of my life, but a month after separation i went to France for 10days to clear my head. when i got back she wanted me back but she didn’t want romantic side of it a month after xmas she told me again that she cant do it anymore as our finance was at lowest. then we made a decision to end it to sort our lives out…but my prayer everyday for her to realize that i am not a loser all i wanted is to do what i could to put food on the table and roof over their head. since the second separation i am qualified football coach and fitness instructor and doing more toward my career but I don’t want to get into a relationship with another woman when my wife and I suffered all of this years when my career takes of shes not there to enjoy it with me..I really want her back in my life so i contacted this spell caster CHIFE OGWA who now help me to bring her back, we now have a happy family together with my wife. If you want his help you reach him via email at ChifeOgwa@yahoo.com

  34. This is an amazing post. I loved the way you broke down the word GRACE, I’ve never seen it put like that.
    Thank you for sharing.

  35. MICHELLE WILSON says:

    i never believe there is real spell caster and I don’t just know how to start am just short of word’s ,Due to the help of dr drokoduwa, that has brought back happiness into my life that i have lacked for year,My name is michellewilson am from the United State of America,Am just so happy today because today has been the happiest day of my life and this happiness has brought me joy and am so happy,Because drokoduwa brought back my lover candy into my arms without any delay,After my lover left me for good 2years,i was in deep pain and always thinking because i truly loved candy,Until a faithful day i was searching for job online when say testimony about how drokoduwa bring back a broken home i ignore the testimony,Then again in which i had a lady list shouting in happiness about the great thing drokoduwa has done how dr okoduwa brought back her lover back into her arms within 36hours,when i had that goodness again i decided in contacting drokoduwa immediately,Because i was desperately in need of getting my ex back to life again,So i got in touch with him,Which then i told him my problem and he promised in bringing back candy back to my arms within 24hours,And then when i had that candy would be back to my arms within 24hours i was so happy and waiting to feel candy,And really candy came into my arms within 24hours,Begging me for forgiveness,i was so happy when i saw candy now my lover is fully back to my arms due to the help of this great spell caster who has brought back happiness into our great country(Usa)Please friend in need of help you don’t need to go far all you need to do is for you to kindly contact {drokoduwa} for help,Because he his trustworthy and straight forward,You can contact him on his private email (drokoduwalovespelltemple@gmail.com) or call +2348138160870 just try luck by contacting he thanks

  36. I never believe that there are people who can help people to get back there lover once,my husband who divorce me last year just because i was not having a children for him,so my husband never love me so my life was so bad,i did everything just to make him happy, he was not happy and i so much love him,so one day he came home angry and he told me that i should live is house that i can not given birth to a children that i should live is life that he had already call the lawyer that we are going to sign our divorce so when the lawyer came we sign the divorce,i now started living my life, so one day i was going to my friend place when i saw my old time friend,with are two kids when she now ask me about my kids and my husband tears fell off my eye she now ask me why was i crying what is the problem,she now told me to come to her house that we should talk about it,on Saturday i went to her house, when i told her all that happen,she smiled then i ask her, what is the problem that make her to smile or is she laughing at me she said no;that a man can help me to solve all this problem she said that prince ogbondu help her to get her husband back and make her to have children of her own so i told her that were is this man that can help people so she told me that this great man does not use black magic or voodoo power that this great man name prince ogbondu use Gods power to help people,she now call this great man for me we now talk on the phone, he now told me that he will call me later that he should do some prayer which he did and he call me and told me every thing that i should not worry that i am going to have children of my own he now said that my husband is going to call me back after 24hours,after the next 24hour my husband call me to come back to him that he will want me back again,now will are happy again in our marriage thanks to this great man prince ogbondu for his help and now i am three month pregnant i am the most happiest woman on this earth today thanks to him so if any body needs help contact him on his email okoduwamagictemple@hotmail.com or call him +2348070687763 once again thanks to this great man for the help and the miracle he did for me prince ogbondu you are great
    Name:Walker roselin
    Country:uk

  37. I PROMISE TO SHELL THE TESTIMONY

    I WANT TO QUICKLY USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE MOST POWERFUL SPELL CASTER TO ME WHO CAST A SPELL FOR ME TO GET MY LOVER BACK. MY LOVER LEFT ME AND RUN AFTER ANOTHER GIRL, HE CLAIMED HE WAS NO LONGER FEELING OUR RELATIONSHIP. HE BLOCKED ME OFF HIS PHONE AND MAIL. I TRIED ALL I COULD TO GET HIM BACK, BUT TO NO AVAIL. 3 DIFFERENT SPELL CASTERS DECEIVED ME AND GO AWAY WITH MY MONEY AND DID NOTHING FOR ME. A FRIEND WHOM PRINCE AYAWU HAS HELPED BEFORE GAVE ME HIS CONTACT AND ASSURE ME OF POSITIVE RESULT. I WAS ACTUALLY CONFUSED AND SCARED BECAUSE I DONT WANT TO LOOSE ANY MORE MONEY. SHE ENCOURAGE ME TO GIVE A TRY, I DECIDED TO GIVE MY LAST TRY, TO MY GREATEST SURPRISE, PRINCE AYAWU CAST A SPELL FOR ME AND MY LOVER CONTACTED ME IN LESS THAN 48HOURS AND HE ACTUALLY CAME BACK LOOKING FOR ME. HE PROPOSED MARRIAGE TO ME AND NOW WE ARE GETTING MARRIED IN 3WEEKS TIME. THANKS TO YOU PRINCE AYAWU, I WILL FOR EVER REMAIN GRATEFUL TO YOU. I ADVICE ANY ONE SEEKING FOR A REAL AND GENUINE SPELL CASTER NOT TO WASTE ANY MONEY OR TIME WITH FAKE SPELL CASTERS, JUST GO STRAIGHT TO PRINCE AYAWU NOW, HIS CONTACT EMAIL IS TEMPLEOFGREATNESS@GMAIL.COM, I AM 100% SURE HE WILL HELP YOU TOO. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU SIR, YOU ARE REALLY AS GREAT AS MY FRIEND TOLD ME

  38. I am the happiest person on earth today because today My Seven years run away lover came back to me on his knees with tears on his eye begging me to please forgive him and accept him back, Dr.Grant a great Spell caster made this possible with the help of a spell. i saw his email address on the internet where a girl post on how Dr.Grant helped her so i decided to contact him and he told me that every thing will be fine and now i am happy because Dr.Grant is a man of his words because everything went well as he promised me. Are you having misunderstanding with your love or his your love seeing someone else? what is your problem that you which to solve? contact Dr.Grant today via email and every thing will be fine okay grantingheartdesiresspell@gmail.com.

  39. Am miss naomi from Canada “I have many problems in my life and have been to so many spell casters with no results and as a result of this, I ended up in a huge debt.One day I used internet and felt some kind of strange but kind and gentle force as if someone was guiding me to search for spell casters. I can’t remember the words I typed in the search engine but I was directed to priest oremi, the great spell caster . And that was it! I felt so lucky to have found the testimony of this lady called Mrs patience . It all happened so naturally and easily and I am glad it did. No words can express the feeling I had.Despite all the bad experiences I had with FAKE spell casters on the internet in the past, nothing could stop me from reaching my dreams, so I ordered a spell from priest oremi. I had sleepless nights and was very worried because I promised myself I won’t approach a spell caster for help but did as it was time for me to help myself, stop crying and stop feeling sorry for myself.I also knew there was someone out there who is capable of helping me.I ordered a spell from priest remi, and it took only a little more than 2 weeks for the results to show and it is getting better and better.I have never been so happy. Never ever did I think that I could find a spell caster to help me fix any problems.I am so glad I found priest oremi, he is such a gem, a kind person who has a positive impact on my life.His services are highly recommended. He is always there and responds to your emails which is very rare of a spell caster. I completely understand that some people have problems believing in magic and finding the right spell caster (I have been there) but priest oremi is a true practitioner who can REALLY help. Sometimes money is an issue but it is worth spending a few hundred if your problems can be solved. I believe it is a small price to pay. And a word of advice about staying positive…DO IT. When you are ordering a spell STAY POSITIVE during and after the spell work.Thank You priest oremi!! God bless you and your family. I didn’t happen to read Mrs patience testimony for just accidentally. It was very naturally, yet strongly fated and I feel so lucky.” don’t be scared he can help u if u need him via email him now out priestoremisolutiontemple367@gmail.com

  40. Hi everyone, I do hope my post gets read and hopefully helps somebody along the line.i will never forget the help Dr Papa temple render to me in my marital life. i have been married for 4 years now and my husband and i love each other very dearly . after 3 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside,i notice it then i was praying for divine intervention the thing became more serious i told my pastor about it we prayed but nothing happen. my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside at this time i was confuse not knowing what to do again because i have lost my husband and my marriage too. i was just checking my mails in the office when i saw someone sharing her testimony on how Dr Papa temple help her out with her marital problems so i contacted the email of Dr papa i told him my problem and i was told to be calm that i have come to the right place that i should fill some information concerning my self i did after 30 minus he called me again congratulating me that my problems will be solve within 48 hours. he told me what went wrong with my husband and how it happen.that they will restored my marriage but i will make a free donation to their Papa home anything my heart told me. to my greatest surprise my husband came to my office begging me on his knees that i should find a place in my heart to forgive him i quickly ask him up that i have forgiven him.friends your case is not too hard why don’t you give Dr papa a try they work surprises because i know they will also bring back your husband. contact him via supremetemple@hotmail.com(supremetemple@hotmail.com)

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