When Problems Pile Up {and Threaten to Take You Down}


I wish we could sit in a coffee shop and chat today

I’d love to talk with you about things that may be weighing you down. They always seem to lighten when shared with a friend.

I’d tell you about the year I let my problems pile up… and how all that pressure almost took me down. It’s all in chapter 9 of my book, A Confident Heartincluding the story about  the time I accidentally took my dogs medicine. Yes ma’am. I sure did.

At the end of every chapter, I also share a prayer – weaving my tangled thoughts and sometimes-consuming concerns with His Words and wisdom. Praying in this way helps me to take my cares to Him with confidence, knowing when I pray His Word I am praying His will for me {and others}. Here’s the prayer that was birthed out of my piling up and tumbling down year:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. When concerns consume me, remind me that You are with me, holding me by my right hand and guiding me with Your counsel. Though my flesh and my heart may fail, You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Help me turn my burdens over to You, knowing that You will take care of me.

Because You are my shepherd, I shall not be in want. You promise that when I dwell in the shelter of the Most High, I can rest in the shadow of the Almighty. You are my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes, and with Your right hand You save me. Thank You for making known to me the path of life and filling me with joy and peace in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen. {See Psalms 139:23–24; 73:23–26; 55:22; 23:1; 91:1–2; 138:7; 16:11.}

From A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, Chapter 9
© 2013 by Baker Revell Publishing. All rights reserved.

Over the past few years God has been changing me and rearranging me. He’s taught me how to use prayer to turn my worry into worship. He’s also given me a practical way to physically hand Him my concerns! Since we can’t chat in a coffee shop today, I’d love to share them with you through this short video message:

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Update on My Mom:
Thank you for your prayers for my mom. She’s had ups and downs but her kidney pain is less and less each day. Ive been concerned she had gotten pneumonia because she started running a fever, coughing, has had pain in her lower lung and some breathing issues {plus she has a history or pulmonary embolisms and has been off of her blood thinners for surgery.} We’ll be seeing her doctor on Monday to check on her kidney and lungs. I think she’s okay but it will be good to hear the doctor confirm that. 🙂

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. Miss Mary T says:

    As I lay my head on my pillow after what seemed to be an endless day and actually became the next day, I am going to heed your advice and counsel and cast the days’ cares to Jesus… I will leave them at the foot of the cross and trust Him to take any worries and/or anxieties and fill their empty vacancies with His peace and love…

    • AMEN, Miss Mary! when i find myself worrying, i have to pause and admit that what i’m really saying is: i don’t trust you, God. i don’t believe you are who you say you are. i don’t believe your Word, and i’m not going to live it.

      since i’ve chosen to trust God, and i DO believe His Word, that puts an end to my worrying 🙂

      • thank you for this…I needed to hear some truths about my worrying lately. I do trust and I do believe!

  2. Julie G says:

    I am now going through this study with my girls. It is the second time for me and I love how it continues to minister to my heart. It’s been wonderful to read this together with my daughters. We are all growing and enjoying it so much. Thank you!

  3. I’ve always struggled with prayer! I always feel inadequate or not smart enough. I’ve learned a lot through life recently that my thoughts are powerful and the Lord know heart regardless of my words.

    • I’ve struggled with prayer too Jessica. I had always talked to God like he was sitting in the room with me having a coffee. But it became a struggle while at bible college when a tutor told me I couldn’t pray that way as it was disrespecting the power of who God is. From that moment I felt inadequate and didn’t pray aloud for nearly 20 years. But even now I sometimes have to force myself out of fear mode of what others think and just pray my way. Our relationships with God are all different and because of that we need to speak to him as we normally would no matter what others think. You are not inadequate, your relationship with God is just that ‘your relationship’ You pray how you want to. We don’t need big smart words God knows our hearts. Anyways in Matthew 6:7 he tells us not to babble!

  4. Fannie Goldsmith says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words. I too often feel inadequate when praying and then I am reminded that God knows all my thoughts and He understands whether I have the right words or not. I continue growing in my prayer life for which I am thankful and being a prayer warrior is one way I can help others when I am mainly confined to home as a caregiver.

  5. Wonderful study teaching me yet again to cast my cares on Him. Sometimes as a single mom life gets very dificult and the enemy keeps whispering in my head, I am so glad that I have learned to turn to my Bible and keep claiming God’s promises for our life.

  6. Cynthia says:

    Thank you, Renee, for the truly God inspired word today on worrying and becoming weary. For the last couple of years or so I have been trying to live through similar experiences you shared in your video today. My precious Mama and I live together and have done so since my father was killed while working at his job 19 years ago. She is an awesome woman of God and she’s my best friend. We have struggled financially, but the Lord always provides. However, over the last 3 years she has been challenged by unbelievable health issues. I am the youngest of five children, but my siblings do not wish to share in her daily care or even call her. Four of them haven’t spoken to her for the past year and they live in the same town as we do. Plus, I have been dealing with a broken engagement by a man I truly loved. In the process, I lost almost 30 pounds and became very weak and anemic. Thanks be to God…He has healed me and my mom, but there have been days of late that I thought all the pressures would crush me…even asking The Lord to take me home to Him. I still have a hearts desire to marry a truly Godly man and have children. Not to be rescued but to be my helpmate and to be his. I’ve waited for him so many years and am trying to not give up! Also, thank you for the story about taking your dog’s meds…I have almost done the same thing when I was stressed and multitasking! Please pray for my mom, Katherine, and me. We are still dealing with some pretty heavy issues,regarding finances and trying to keep our home… I trust in the Lord that He already has this worked out for His glory! Love, Cynthia Renee

    • Thank you for sharing these very difficult struggles. Sometimes, problems arise all at once and everything feels so overwhelming. But God is good and He doesn’t give us more than we can handle, though He may push us to the end of ourselves so we will depend on Him. May He continue to heal you and provide for you, dear sister. You’re in my prayers!

      • Cynthia says:

        Julie, oops! Think I replied in the wrong section! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement… I will be praying for you, too! Cynthia

  7. Since Dec. my family has been going through some very rough times, My oldest son had to go to rehab my youngest son is in the military and couldn’t be here for his brother. I have cried and worried until I was absolutely exhausted, so I have a crystal cross that my oldest son gave me one year for christmas…well I wrote down my concerns and left them at the cross, it has helped me so much, I still worry because I’m Mom but at least now I can breath because I left those worries with God.

    • It’s a great idea to write down our concerns and “give” them to God. A mother’s heart is always with her children, just remember that they are God’s children too. He’ll take care of them always, and you too. May you find peace in Him today.

      • Cynthia says:

        Thank you, Julie! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement and I will be praying for you, as well! May the Lord bless you!

  8. Mary Beth says:

    Praying scripture is very powerful and I have tried to continuously use this method in my prayer life. Thank you for the reminder and your encouraging words.

  9. How refreshing to read the excerpt from your book. A dear friend and I were just sharing how The Lord has taught us that nothing short of His Word brings true healing, hope, and power to walk in His ways amidst the daily as well as momentous struggles that we face. Thank you for compiling a book that weaves the power and authority of His Word into the application of walking with and in Him!! I can think of several people for whom I will share your book.

  10. 1 Peter 5:7 is just the verse I am in need of! Just this week, I’ve learned that there will be big changes coming to my workplace in regards to compensation, benefits, and other policies & procedures. I have been reading through the new manuals that I received with a try-not-to-worry-heart. I have been praying to the Lord to take away my worries, and to help keep me keep a sound mind. He has reminded me of the statistics I read in chapter 9 that 12 percent of our worries are about opinions of others that cannot be controlled. In my situation, I am unable to control the changes that are to come. All I can do it trust in Jesus that the changes will only benefit me, and not burned me. Sufficient onto today, is my Lord!

  11. Renee, I love how u pray scripture. I just ordered your book & I can’t wait to get it. God bless you!!

    • Hi friends,

      I’ve wanted to post here all day but I am actually sitting at the hospital with my mom after a simple procedure this morning to remove a kidney stone turned into a big deal.

      But God… He knew. And He time it perfectly that it would all happen on a day when I had a Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion about praying God’s word and a video message I recorded for you about giving our cares to Him.

      I was reminded of these truths all day. And as I prayed God promises and kept giving my cares to Him, He did take care of me.

      Mom is now resting and the extreme pain the Drs couldn’t get under control seems to be responding much better to the pain meds tonight. She had a kidney stone removed but the wire that was used to scope her kidney also tore a place in her ureter and they think that urine may have leaked into the area around her kidney and cause severe problems. We’re praying that tear heals quickly and that no surgery is needed – no infections are caused and that her recovery goes back to what she had last time {which was simple, fast and almost pain-free}.

      She’s such a trooper and it was so hard to see her in such agonizing pain. But tonight she is resting and quiet and I am so grateful to be by her side. And to have this minute to stop by and connect with you.

      Praying we’ll get to head home tomorrow. Im reading your stories and praying for each of you. And we’d treasure your prayers for mom too. 🙂

      • Renee, praying for your mom and asking Gods healing upon her that she will be free of pain, and will heal quickly, and praying that He will give you strength and find rest in His loving arms. I love that you say your mom is a trooper…..I had just sent my sister a text telling her that our mom is a trooper… I give thanks to God that you are able to be with her, and thank you for finding time to touch base with us…God bless you all

      • Cynthia says:

        Renee, praying for your dear Mom this morning that all will be well and that she is free of pain! She sounds a lot like my mom, too! Strong but gentle! I can’t count the times over the last two years that I have waited by my sweet Mama’s hospital bedside awaiting news of some procedure or test….however, I have never failed to feel the precious Holy Spirit encouraging me and removing all fear. My the Lord bless you and your entire family the same way this very day!

      • angela taylor says:

        Hi Renee praying for your momand the whole family. Hope you get to go home soon. In Christ Love

    • TJ Ellis says:

      Praying for your mom and all of you. Kidney stones are rough surgery even without the complcations!

  12. karen g says:

    Thank you Renee, I struggle with prayer, with peace with the turmoil in my life right now. I know the anchor for my hurting heart and restless soul is my God. I want powerful, peaceful, heartfelt prayers that are more than a wish list. I am going to take time to start personalizing prayers by going to His Word and praying them back, little by little, pieces at a time and I think I’d like to keep them all together in a journal.
    Thank you for this encouragement and please pray for me, my husband for us.
    Blessings,
    Karen g

  13. Amy Gustafson says:

    Thank you, Renee! Here is another tool in helping the body of Christ become healthier! I can’t wait to share it with my summer book club!

  14. Janet F says:

    Renee thanks for the video, I love hearing your sweet, soft, comforting voice on them to start my day. Oh the index card idea is awesome and I love the cross on your bed stand. What a great idea to physically lay those cares at the foot of the cross. I am going to look for one to do the same. The action of doing that is something I need to help me release those cares to God. Thanks for all your creative ideas that you use and share with us for helping you in your day to day walk with the Lord. I am not so creative to think of those things, but I am a good copier 🙂 And thank you soooooo much for all your PDF video notes and the free downloads, and your prayers of praying God’s promises, they are so helpful to me. You are such a blessing and I praise God for you everyday!! ♥

  15. Marisha says:

    Hi Renee,
    thank you so much for putting these nifty God’s Word-based prayers for us (now we do not have any excuse not to pray God’s Word! 🙂 )….and thank you for incorporating into today’s devotion’s prayer to ask God to point us to verses that He wants us to pray…I will have to do just that from today on, and surely hope I will remember to do it! 🙂

  16. Patty Hall says:

    I have never had a strong prayer life, even tho I have seen several of my prayers answered. Lately, it seemed that life has crowded in on me and when I start to pray it just seems like it is a struggle knowing what to say. I have prayed scripture before and love doing that. Thank you for your devotions and inspiration.

  17. I used to pray scripture often for myself and others but have gotten away from that practice. This is a good call to action for me! There is such power in God’ s word!

  18. thank you for sharing yourself through Gods Word,making it easier to see God,and to trust Him more.Thank you for your e mails and your book The Confident Heart. Watching your video makes me feel like I am not alone in wanting to grow closer to God daily,not letting circumstances dictate what God is, or is not to me. I look foward to reading this book and then sharing it with a close friend.Thank you for allowing God to work through you .

  19. Good Morning Renee and all the Ladies. Thank you Renee for todays word and video. Thus is so meaningful and i now have to put it into action and apply.. I give this trip that I m taking today alone to My Jesus I worry about it I am anxious and I do have fear a about following the directions correctly. I give this trip to You Lord and I thank You for always being with me never leaving my side. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  20. Christina says:

    Renee thanks so much for your videos they have truly been a blessing in my life. I am a HUGE worrier. There was a time not to awfully long ago that I was traveling every weekend. I felt like I was being pulled in a million directions. my family and husband needed things from me, friends were complaining that they had not heard from me, and I felt like God himself knew I was having a difficult time and also wanted my attention! I am not sure I always hear God and that I know what his plans are for me. I listen a lot to my inside chatter …..How do I know if it is God talking to me ? I must say though, God did point out that I was not reading my bible, I was not spending time in my bible study and that I was not talking enough to him. I mean he didn’t take a brick and drop it on my head or anything, but some of my kids on our gymnastics team did say to me, ” Coach Chris are you ok you seem really sad lately “. It was at that moment some of the girls gave me hugs. I felt God’s arms around me. Like I was being held by God himself.

    • I can totally relate to travel stresses…the worst part is not the physical travel, but having your regular routine pushed out of whack. Quiet time with God is usually the first thing to go, and then the family pressures…it’s amazing anything gets done. But you’re right, reading the word, learning to listen to God in spite of distractions is key. Renee put it so well, that we need to set a “DATE” with Jesus, the same way we make time for people we are in relationships with. I know I have to be creative with this, especially when I’m busy, but it is so rewarding. He does want to hug you, and show you He can give you rest.

    • Christina says:

      Renee I have been living everyday for the last three years in FEAR!!! I am doing your online bible study with your book. I have posted a couple of times about the abuse I endured as a child and the fact that I have been receiving mri’s and cat scans every three months watching this abnormality I have of the brain. it is a growth that has been maintaining one size and just recently has increased in size. So I am of course on lots of meds. Well a couple of weeks ago I received healing and prayer for this specific ailment. Today was my three month testing and the amount of time it was taking for the the tests seemed endless. I was told The doctor would call me around two with the results. So now was the endless wait of FEAR one more time. you know what, I was not anxious, stressed, and I had no anxiety at all. Was calm my time waiting on the phone call was Gods complete cover. The doctor called around 3:30 to tell me that there was NO evidence of an abnormality !!! Praise God it was totally his healing and wonderful promises that have restored my health. God is so faithful and loving.

  21. Chasidy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about prayer. I just love that we can pray Scriptures and don’t always have to know what to say. I’m so thankful God gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us, not only in prayer, but in life. I appreciate your reminding me of these important Truths!

  22. Hello Renee,

    I’m sitting hear drinking coffee out of my mug that says, “Amazing Grace”, as I read your devotion and listen to you share your heart for us…God’s heart for us. His timing is always so perfect. This is the scripture I read this morning before receiving your words of encouragement…

    1 Timothy 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.

    Daily, I am learning to lean upon Father God and trust in Him for ALL my needs and my family’s needs.. We have walked 15 years with our son who has the diagnosis of autism. We are weary and much healing is taking place within my family. Daily, learning to not to worry and choose peace. Do I always succeed? no, but God’s Amazing Grace covers and am reminded to let go and let God.

    Thank You so much for sharing your heart and prayers in God’s Word. My prayer is to have a “Confident Heart” in the Lord, so I can share and encourage others in their journey. I will be forwarding your devotion to a friend, who was sharing with me the other day, “What does God want me to do?”

    Renee, you are a Blessing!!

  23. Troubled Mom says:

    Praying for a daughter who keeps me way at a distance…I feel she focuses her anger towards me for her bio mom dying of cancer when she was 3. She refuses to let me get close. (she is now almost 20) This encourages me to pray verses over her. Thanks.

    • you’re in my prayers today –
      God promises to take care of us…

      “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
      Philippians 4:19

  24. Vicky Hand says:

    I always think my prayers are too simple so I don’t like to pray in front of others. I need to be reassured that God hears all our prayers. I don’t like to pray at a bible study I go to because I worry about what the other ladies will think of my prayers because I pray like I am talking to God like I talk to a friend not elaborate prayers like the other ladies do. I have had a lot to worry about the past few months because my husband has leukemia, his second bout with cancer in a year and a half and had double blood clots in his lungs that the doctor said should have killed him. A week after he got out of the hospital for 31 days our children & grandchildren were in a wreck. Thank God none of them were killed but did have injuries which God is healing them from.

    • God sees and He protects and provides. Trust that He can heal your family, physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is nothing wrong with praying simple prayers. God hears it all in our hearts.

    • TJ Ellis says:

      Hey friend,

      I cannot believe we are both doing this study and didn’t even know it! I admire you so much! God hears the heart of our prayers, not our words. You have such an amazing heart! I know God hears you and loves who you are! I love you too

  25. Jalisa Ray says:

    I am going to take the time today to unload whether in my journal or verbally through prayer… I need it at this point in time. Life is getting real and I cannot just keep continuing on without unloading or soon I will crack under the pressure. Prayer for me please…

  26. Thank you Renee for reminding me that His words are so powerful. Often times when I am struggling in my prayers I have not remembered that I can pray His words to Him. God is SO good, isn’t He? I am really going to put into practice your suggestion of writing down my worries and physically putting them away like that. So often I give them to God and then take them right back to worry about again! This will be a wonderful visual reminder that I have given them to God and need to keep them there. Thank you so much for your ministry!

  27. Kristen says:

    I really appreciate hearing from you that at one time you had struggled with prayer. I realize that those I can learn from in ministry are not better than me spiritually, but they are someone that has been where I have been and didn’t give up when praying was hard. Thank you.

  28. I try every morning to lay quietly and pray for strength and peace as I step out in the world. LORD be with me. Through out the busy and hectic day I try and stop and prayerfully look up and pray to God for help. I know that our strong and wonderful God is mightier than any problem. Needless to say I fail but I know I’m not a failure in my GOD’s eyes. Thank goodness my heart is only known to GOD. I know that my convictions are heart felt but yet I over look those feelings during my busy day at work. Thank you GOD for you only know my heart. Matthew 15:18 says “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart and these make a man unclean”. Keep my heart clean LORD.

  29. Danielle says:

    This is just what I needed to hear today…. my husband and I just moved away from my family, our beautiful home and him being on staff at a large church to come take over a smaller church on the other side of the country. Thank you!

  30. Lisa Rainwater says:

    Thank you so much for your devotional today and your video. What touched my heart the most was the visual of writing my concerns on an index card and laying them under the cross which represented casting my cares to Jesus. I have been working so hard these last nine days trying to detox my mind of negative thoughts and replacing them with God’s word, but yet I still seem to be hanging on to those cares and concerns. Thank you for sharing your heart and showing me that I am not alone. May GOD bless you abundantly for ministering to other women of GOD who feel inadequate.

  31. Love today’s devotional – thank you for your God-inspired wisdom! Not only have these tips inspired my own prayer life, I’m hoping that they will bless my daughters too as I encourage them with the same. Thank you!

  32. Michelle says:

    I love the writing our worries and cares on cards and then brining them to the cross and laying them at Jesus’ feet. I have a metal cross that hangs on my wall I am going to start writing them down and put them around that cross and I want to encourage my children to do the same.
    Thank you so much for this book and online study. It has already made such a difference in my life. I am a little behind on the reading assignments but I don’t want to rush it. I want it to penetrate my heart and change my mind.
    I read a devotion yesterday it was titled something like when you don’t feel like your enough…
    There was a statement in it that spoke to me it said
    “Those who keep tally want to know that they count”. I though how true. I have kept tally by comparing myself to others because I was trying up find value. I struggle in relationships with other women because it always seems like we are all in competition. This statement helps remind me we all want to know we matter and have value and until we find that value from God we will keep trying to keep score.
    I wish I could just wave a magic wand on all the hearts of woman, we all have struggled and felt like less than what God created us to be. But we don’t need a magic wand because we have a loving Heavenly Father who is God who wants to fill us we just have to let Him fill all those empty hurt places and believe Him for it.
    Thank you God for loving even me. I pray You help every woman in this study to be filled with Your love and confidence.

  33. Feeling in a slump and my heart is anxious. I want to do God’s will and I am not sure what it is right now. Sometimes I think it is me lacking confidence and not trusting.

    • Dear Jennie, my heart goes out to you. I know how you feel, and I want to encourage you that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, He never did. That’s why He came down for us. Don’t be so hard on yourself, it is a vicious cycle and that’s what the enemy wants. If you are not sure what God wants, maybe God actually doesn’t want you to know right now….that the answer is still not ready to be given…be patient, and wait on Him.

      Easier said than done, so do something else while you wait – REST, REFLECT on His faithfulness, and READ….His answers may touch your heart through His Word. All He wants is your surrender, as a child in His arms – in your weakness HE is strong!! Your trust will grow more through time – remember, He’s not finished with you yet!! Give yourself some grace!!

      “With God’s strength behind you and His arms beneath you, you can face whatever lies ahead of you.”

  34. This such a wonderful chapter and helped me realize that I do fall into some healthy patterns of worrying. Renee nailed it, I’m afraid if I stop worrying about something, God won’t care about it either. Unless I do something about it, nobody else will. But it’s comforting to remember that He is in control. He knows and sees everything and nothing is outside of His grasp. I enjoy the power verse this week from Deuteronomy 33:12. It’s important for me to remember that I am God’s beloved and he wants to protect me and give me rest. How difficult it is to be Mary in a Martha world! One the woman leaders at my church admitted that she is definitely a “Martha” with “Mary” moments.

    I’m finally understanding that the things God gives to us, we’re only meant to deal with them once. But if we choose to worry, then we are essentially dealing with them multiple times before they’ve even happened! Surrender is my key word this year. God wants me to surrender my worries and fears. His promises are enough for me.

    • Janet F says:

      “I’m finally understanding that the things God gives to us, we’re only meant to deal with them once. But if we choose to worry, then we are essentially dealing with them multiple times before they’ve even happened!”
      That is so good Julie I never thought of it that way but you are sooooooo right!! Thanks for sharing that!!

    • TJ Ellis says:

      I have felt the same about thinking God will not care….

    • You have no idea how many times what you said has been reiterated by several different people to me in the last 2 days!! Thank you for speaking God’s inspiration and praying for the joy that comes with surrender!

  35. Thanks for inspiring me to pray with confidence and to pray with scripture. Great way to start my day reading your blog. Thanks!

  36. I am so excited to have the prayer download for your husband , children & myself. Thank you! One thing I need to work on ,regarding prayer, is simply to pray consistently & more -much more- than I do. Thank you for the devotion,blog & printable. Prayer does change things- i know because I have seen it happen but life sometimes crowds out that which which is very important-like prayer. I am encouraged to try again with GOD’s help to pray consistently, specifically & regularly. ~Blessings~

  37. Suzanne says:

    I too have struggled with prayer in the past, thinking I am not conveying what I want, it isn’t in eloquent enough language, my tongue becomes tied, my mind goes blank, but lately with my husbands cancer diagnosis I have realized that God is my best friend, my comfort, my peace and I talk to him in prayer like I would a dear friend. I still have trouble praying in front of others or at Bible study.

    The one thing a cancer diagnosis has pointed out to us is that God is in control, fear, worry, anxiety, grief all come to the forefront, you have to lay your cares at God’s feet and give him the burden or you will not make it through this life. Praise God, He loves us, He cares, He listens and He lifts us up at the most amazing times, I have learned to Be Still and Let God. To thank Him, worship Him, praise His name even while I have no understanding of why this is happening or where this road is taking us.

    I still have purposefully STOP, and give my fears, worries and concerns over to Him, every day, sometimes 100 times a day, I know he his saying Martha, Martha, have I not told you I have this under control and you are to go on in living your life, loving, following My Word and I will take care of you, I will always be right there by your side, even when you turn from mine. This devotional just really hit home with my past year and some of the struggles, worries and concerns in my life. I hope it touches others to lay it at The Cross and feel God’s amazing love, mercy and grace.

    • God is gracious and He wants to carry your burden. Even now, He is protecting and healing your husband in His way. May you continue to trust Him and draw close to Him. You’re in my prayers.

  38. terri t says:

    My prayer is that He will recall to my mind His word that applies to each situation. That His word becomes more alive and active in my prayer life as well as everyday living. Thank you for sharing that this is what He does for you. Blessings

  39. Hanna perry says:

    I feel like the book would help me so much. I know that I can cast my prayers on The Lord. But in the past few months I have just gotten lazy about it. And would rather somebody else pray for my worries instead of go to him.

  40. I loved today’s devotional. It was perfect for me, reminding me that God does know the plans He has for me and my loved ones, and He does want me to have a hope in my future, and the future of those I love. Trusting that God’s will is really what is best can still be a struggle, when I want things to turn out a certain way, but knowing I can pray confidently, asking while believing that God’s will is going to be done just lifts the burden of worry right off my shoulders. Thank you for that reminder. Bless you!

  41. Mary Weiss says:

    Thank you for using your wonderful abilities to bless so many.
    Over the past year there have been many struggles,and if we did not know to pray and seek God the stress would have been unbearable!
    I thank God for so many wonderful teachers and teachings He has placed in my life.
    I am learning fresh new ways to walk in His loving presence daily!
    God bless you

  42. I have been struggling with weather god is hearing my prayer and prayers of friends praying for my daughter and grandaughter that are in a very dangerous and scary divorce situation. I had even sent a prayer request to proverbs 31. Yesterday we received word that could only have been god answering prayers. My daughters ex pulled a gun on a man and it was not in self defense. We think it was during the time my grandaughter was with him. The man is filing charges against my daughters ex. So I plan to use today’s devotion to pick out scipture and turn it to prayers.

  43. Yes. I need to be reminded every moment of every day that God already knows my heart. It benefits me to formulate my thoughts so I can understand what is really motivating my worries and fears. I often feel like I am praying at God giving Him a laundry list of my worries instead of really speaking to Him and listening to what He has to tell me. Thank you for reminding me that it is not just the casting of all my cares on Him but also the He truly cares for me.

  44. Sue Tingle says:

    I have been working in an emergency shelter for girls here in our town and your book A Confident Heart is not only helping me with my confidence – but it is also giving me some good things to help boost the girls confidence.
    You see they are beaten down – feeling unloved and up rooted from everything that they know – most of the time the shelter is better than where they come from. Hopefully at best they will get placed in a foster home or at worst another emergency shelter. You see these girls are between 10-18 and most foster families don’t want the older girls because they come with so much emotional baggage and issues. My heart just breaks for them. I wish that I could afford to buy your book for all of them – unfortunately I can’t afford them. I would need to purchase at least 20 books maybe more – this home only allows 10 girls at a time and they are only allowed to stay for 90 days. Just about the time they start to trust us and believe what we are telling them about our Lord they get moved out of the shelter. We provide them with a Bible and hope that they will continue to believe the things that we are trying to teach them.
    If you could add these girls to your prayer list I would be very grateful. And if you could pray that the Lord provides us with the tools and the words to help them to grow their faith.

    Thank you for allowing me to tell you about this.
    Sue

  45. Shannon says:

    A group of friends of mine will begin this as a book study here in the next month. This group originated from a preschool mom’s group organized at church. Our children are now in high school/college and some are no longer at the same church, but the fellowship and friendships built, continue because of the reinforced strength of studies like this and shared love of Christ. We all wished each other a Happy Mother’s Day just this past week, acknowledging that none of us could have done or continue the job without each other. We each have different stories from our pasts and in our presents that are loaded with doubt and unsure situations, so this is our next adventure & we look forward to becoming more confident with our relationship with Christ.

  46. Worry is a huge struggle for me. Thank you, Renee, for the video today. I am going to start writing my worries on cards and giving them to Jesus. I can see how the act of doing this will be a visual reminder of who wants to take my worries away. I pray that I would consistently give my worries to God and leave them there, so I can live my life confidently and for His glory.

  47. Dawn Kulschar says:

    For some reason I have struggled with prayer. Why do we need it if God is all knowing. I realize now, it was that I did not know how to pray to Him. I always talked with God throughout the day, but after getting married and having children, my time with Him became almost nonexistent. I have recently purchased other books on praying and am excited to start back in. I realilze as others have mentioned, it is the relationship that God wants. Thanks for the post. I will be back for more!

  48. Tiffani says:

    Sometimes when I voice or write down my concerns it makes them more real. Then I worry that thi gs won’t work out my way. Thank you for the reminder that Gods ways aren’t always my ways, but he does have me in the palm of his hand, protecting and loving me through the hard times,

  49. This devo is perfect for me! Thanks! I need prayers for health issues and a relative’s many issues. I have your book on Kindle, read it, and loved it. I want a print copy though so I can mark in it, rifle through the pages over and over! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Blessings on your ministry~~~~

  50. Hi Rene, I want to thank you for writing this Holy Spirit inspired book. Back last year there was a free day to download your book which I did. Well in my business like ‘Martha’ I didn’t check to see if it downloaded properly. Then a few months later a friend of mine contacted me and asked if I had ever read your book as it so reminded her of my life and my walk. She said I should read it as all of her siblings and mother had a copy and were reading it. That is when I discovered it had not downloaded properly. So I went to the bookstore and just asked if they had a copy of it. Well the woman immediately looked it up and said that they had just ordered a copy in the day before. It wasn’t ordered for anyone in particular so I knew this was definitely Spirit led. Since I picked up this book and read it 3 times now it has encouraged me in so many ways and I have been able to share with other women the truth and power of praying His Word.
    You have been an incredible inspiration to me to follow the things that God has placed in my heart to encourage other women to be all that God has created them to be.
    Once again a reminder that we have a ‘choice’ in what we are to do each day. He gives us a free will to do things His way or be lead astray by many things. Of which these many things may seem good but not all these good things are beneficial. The most important thing is to seek Him first and ask Him to lead and guide us in every detail of our lives. He cares about everything in our lives and will lead the way if we let Him.
    Thank you again for this constant reminder of His goodness, grace and mercy in our lives!
    You truly are an inspiration and a blessing!

  51. Paula Collins says:

    I am one of those people you spoke about who has trouble when I have to pray. Sometimes I feel as if I am just rambling, not making much sense. I know it sounds lame, but I never thought to use scripture to pray. I read it, meditate on it, write in my journal, but I have never really prayed it. As I write this I feel like saying: Duhhhh Paula, what were you thinking? Thanks for the reminder.

  52. Kathi W says:

    My devotion this morning was Psalm 55:22 (NASB) “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” It’s easy to read it and tell other people to cast your cares on the Lord but when it comes to me having to do it, it doesn’t come as easy. Pray for me that I will learn how to leave my cares at His feet and stop picking them up. God bless you and thank you!!

  53. I like how you started with praying about what you were anxious about, but then turned to show me if there be an hurtful ways in me. It turns out focus from the pain to showing us where God want to work in our lives. Knowing that He is going to be there to strengthen us as we become more like Him.

  54. april v says:

    The first thing that hit me after reading this was just how MUCH I let my problems pile and pile until I just can’t take it anymore (and then it’s as if I BURST w/ anger towards everyone!) It seems as if I go to prayer as a last resort instead of praying from the start (and not trying to take matters into my own hands!)

    Thanks for the reminder!

  55. Leslie Waltz says:

    I love that Psalm. Its been a prayer of my heart for a little while now.

  56. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement from today’s devotion. I know god does have a plan and he will protect my daughter and grandaughter.

  57. nancys1128 says:

    Today’s post makes me feel even more like I need a lesson in praying the scriptures. I believe I’ve seen a book about the subject. It’s time to find that book and put together a study-group and really get a handle on this whole concept.

  58. What can I say? Like the Martha from the Bible I get involved in too many chores and I almost have to put my phone alarm to remind me that I have to spend time in the Word of God and then I have trouble concentrating because I’m thinking of all the things that I have to do. When I go to the Lord in prayer I have learned that I have to pray out loud because my mind will go to other way I don’t want and I always try to use Scripture as part of my prayers, especially promises…There are so many that we want to quote during prayer!
    Thanks for reminding me to cast my worries to Him and to pray using Scripture.

  59. I struggle so with prayer and feeling confident in what I am doing, what I am saying and that God care’s about my thoughts and concerns. Thanks for the encouragement to stop thinking that I have to say the right things to be heard but to pray with confidence knowing His Word is “alive and active.”

  60. I am a pastor’s wife, mom and work full-time outside the home, and can really relate to the overwhelmed, weary feeling you shared about. on top of everything else, my husband has serious health problems. one of the struggles I personally have with prayer is going to the Lord when I feel like i’m not “measuring up”. thank you for the reminder that he always hears us and has good plans for us. 🙂 praying Jer. 29:11 over my family today….blessings.

  61. So right on today!!!! God knew I needed this message soooo badly today!!!! I am feeling so overwhelmed and nearly broken by all my worries and concerns this morning!! I came into work seeking him and found him and what he needed me to hear through you! Bless you and thank you and please continue to minister to us through him!

  62. Carl Crenshaw says:

    In the past, I had trouble praying and would get stressed out all the time. Than I went on an Emmaus walk and joined a fouth day group. They taught me to treat God as a friend and to have daily talks with him. So now, when I get a moment, I sit down and talk to him just as I would a friend. “Don’t worry, be happy” with the quote from Jesus to Martha is one of my favorite tee-shirts. God’s Peace.

  63. Thank you for the encouraging word today. 2 things jumped out to me that were a great reminder; praying scripture is so powerful! And to just talk to God instead of trying to find the right words. Thank you!

  64. Lori A. says:

    I have wanted to read this book and do a study on this for quite some time.

  65. Praise God for you, Renee, and for this message. I wrote down concerns, as we were directed in Chapter nine. I listed three, I think. Seeking God’s face, staying before Him, has been a recurring topic of late for me. Be still and know He is God. Let Him transform us as we sit quietly, listen and converse with our loving Savior and God. What an awesome thing we are able to do. I absolutely agree that we need to set that “d. a. t. e.” 🙂 Thank you for being transparent with us and helping us grow thereby. 🙂

  66. Praying scriptures is new to me, but I am finding a huge difference in the way I feel when I’m done. I actually feel like I’ve given my concern or worry away. Thank you for this Bible Study and the time you devote to it.

    Blessings to you!

  67. Dona Haggerty says:

    There is one particular area that I have given to God over and over…and it is our finances! We tithe and try to stay on top of our bills, and then BAM! something unexpected … like my daughter just got very ill and we were back and forth to the doctors, medication, emergency room, etc., and we are set back! We decided that God was speaking to us about regularly tithing…every single month. Now this month, with all of our unexpected bills, we are wondering how in the world are we going to pay our rent, food, utilities, let alone our tithe. So today I am going to be in prayer and giving this BACK to the Lord and asking for his wisdom and guidance! Thank you, Rene!

  68. Jill Kuiper says:

    I want to implement the prayers and specifically Bible verses prayed on my behalf. Thanks for making it real to me.

  69. Kathleen Peters says:

    Read today’s blog about prayer. Thanks so much for that. A very dear cousin is having surgery today for a possible cancerous thryoid. I will boldly pray God’s will in her life as he brings her through this surgery. Thank you for your guidance. I am looking forward to reading your book. God Bless.

  70. Courtney says:

    Renee, thanks for the cup of coffee and encouraging words! You reminded me that it is good to SERVE, but better to SEEK God. Sometimes I can get caught up in volunteering at the church, church on Sunday, and bible study on Wednesday. I have to remember to spend some time with alone time with God. I need to talk with him and thank Him for works that are done and for things to come. God is happy that I am doing things for him and spreading his words, but more importantly to give me my personal and alone time.

    Also, something that I have been struggling with is how to pray. I pray all day everyday, but I am wondering am I doing it right? I just talk to God like he’s sitting in front of me and I tell him all my concerns and praying for people and situations. But I wondering am I asking right? Am I wording it right? Is there a proper protocol? I am sincere when I talk and pray to God, I just want to make sure its right. 🙂

  71. :Sammantha says:

    Today’s video really impressed upon my heart the importance of not only serving God but seeking him. I need more of him and less of me. I am definitely going to try the index cards to physically give my worries to Jesus!

  72. Barbara says:

    I have always found it hard to pray not knowing what to say..put it into words. Just clunky. I have recently started a journey of falling in love with Christ and a real relationship as I have never known before and I see a thirst for prayer I have never had before and I have heard that praying using Bible verses was a great way and I really understood how you explained it. Thank you so much! I am so excited to start using His Living Word to pray with in a more dynamic way of intimately speaking with my Heavenly Father.

  73. Barbara R. says:

    Renee, I love your bedside cross and how you cast your cares at the foot of His Cross by writing out your burdens/prayer requests and placing them under the Cross. I am going to copy your wonderful idea! Thank you, Renee 🙂

  74. Kristie says:

    omgoodness! i needed to watch that video blog today! i have been looking for an answer to everything that has been going on around here and when you gave the reading from Philippians 4 it felt like God was screaming in my head…”THIS IS IT! THIS IS IT! THIS IS IT!” This is what God has been wanting me to sit down and be still and concentrate on this particular scripture. I have read Philippians many times and dont ever remember this being in there. God wanted to save it for when I really needed to see it….which was today. This video has really opened my eyes…mind you I just had a fall out with my husband. Bless you Renee for the Godly woman you are because you are helping so many women (me being one of them) that feel out of place and don’t feel worthy or not good enough.

  75. I love when people pray and you can just sense God’s presence in the room just by that person praying. I know it is a testament to their relationship with God but even when I feel like I am close to God I still do not pray like that. I love the idea of praying through scriptures hoping this can help me be more intentional in my praying.

  76. The past 4 1/2 years have been really tough on our family with employment problems, and now my husband needs to have an emergency surgery. I know in my heart that even though I don’t always understand what is going on, it is God’s plan for us. I ask him to calm my nerves and trust Him that this path is His plan for us no matter how hard it is. Time is always a great thing to give you perspective on your past. I have a stronger relationship with God than I did 4 1/2 years ago, and my husband and I are also stronger in our relationship because we trust God more.

  77. TABITHA JONES says:

    Renee Thank you so much for this inspiring word this morning. I sit down to do bills this morning and was so discouraged and called my husband to tell him how much I had left to buy groceries and I was so upset. He said it will be okay, here you go with your worry again. When I hung up the phone I thought here I am doing a study about worry this week and I am not letting it help me. I need to cast all my care on him. I get overwhelmed and if I would cast it all to Jesus it would be so much easier. I really needed this, this morning. Thank you. Please add me to your prayers today.

  78. Shelly Green says:

    This video really hit home! I find myself worrying about things and have been making a conscious effort the last couple of years to stop and hand the worries over to God. This has reinforced the fact that I am doing the right thing! I need to hide the scripture in my heart that tells me to do so; I’m sure that will readily come forward in my mind PRIOR to excessive worry! It is such a difficult thing to do, more so as a woman who is used to taking care of everything. The rewards that I have reaped by letting go have been amazing! Letting go has allowed me to leave horrible events from my past behind to find true peace and happiness in my present. It has also helped me communicate better, so there are fewer misunderstandings with others. Thank you Renee, for being so open with yourself and guiding us to the places we need to be with God. Many blessings to you!

  79. Debra Conness says:

    It seems for the last ten years I have been struggling with exactly what you are talking about. Stress of divorce and an illness that will be life long struggle. I found Jesus during that time. But, feel, I need a deeper understanding. Bless you for your aticle!

  80. Thank you for the words of inspiration. I struggle a lot about worries and concerns in my life. I need to let go more and give it to God. I can feel like so much a control freak from times because i want it to go just so. He has taught that i am not in control through circumstances in my life. I purchased a cross in November to put by my bed after suffering my second miscarriage. It has helped me through some days and especially nights, but i am going to try writing down those concerns and lay them by the cross. I believe that will heal more than i can imagine. Thank you.

  81. Brandi Rainwater says:

    You are right. If I would do what I know is right and keep casting my worries, problems to Him and let them go I wouldn’t feel so stressed. Your idea of writing them down is great. I justtry to say it to Him but actually doing it will help me see Him work for me. I thank God that this was but on your heart to share. I know that He pomised nothing but goodness for me. This book and blogs help strengthn my walk with Him and blesses me daily.

  82. Thank you Renee for the video..I love what you suggested about the worries and the cross, My dad gave me a beautiful cross before he passed away, I’m going to take it from where it is and place it on my night stand…there I will place my worries, at the foot of the cross…Thank you, Thank you..I have hung on to Phillipians 4:4-7 for so long, I just love it, Your right the enemy whispers for us to worry, with this study I have started seeking God more thru prayer, I thank Him so much that I started this study with you, It has changed me as a person, mother and wife, the healing as a daughter is coming along. I still get weary, there’s alot to do, but, I want to be a Mary….. God’s does promise us peace, and rest…One thing I have really worked on that I do, is “rewinding” things going over, over and over again in my mind. That will be my first index card…I will do it after I post this. thank you for putting the scriptures on the message notes:

    1Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

  83. mom@LTHfarm says:

    Thank you, Renee, for reminding us that if we seek his comfort, we will always find it. I find that when I’m most troubled, and I quietly pray, I’m instantly soothed. It’s just amazing when you allow it to sink in, and realize it’s GREAT BIG power! Blessings to you! 🙂

  84. Cassandra Knipp says:

    I never thought about using scripture to turn my thoughts and worries into prayers to God. I think this is an excellent tool for my prayer life. I found your blog through Proverbs 31 ministries and I am thankful for that! Waiting on God’s timing for some life changes and trying not to be anxious….

  85. Karen R says:

    Hi Renee,

    I really enjoyed listening to the message. It made me realize just because something is a good thing does not mean it’s what God called me to do. That is something I will have to pray about. I also am going to on purpose hit the pause button when I feel i am starting to worry about somthing and pray because God is in control. He already know the plan for my life and I know it’s for my good (Jeremiah 29:11). I am at a phase in my life that my daughter is about to graduate from HS and God has blessed me as a single mom with a chronic illness to be here for her and be used as a vessel for him right where I am at. keep me in pray about seeking God more than serving. I want to know what God really wants me to do because it is stressful trying to do everything and be everything to everyone. God bless you for your words of wisdom. I love the index card idea.

  86. This was a great chapter. Thank you for that list in Chapter 12. After writing down all my worries, I research the verses corresponding to each one from that list. Now I can go to it whenever worry starts to creep in and retrain my mind to dwell on the truth of God’s word instead of the lies that Satan wants me to believe. Instead of stop, drop, and rolling in my worries, I am determined to boss my heart into obey God’s instruction to Pause, Pray, and Praise!

  87. Renee, thank you for this study. This chapter, devotion and video are just what I needed! Worries about my marriage have left me weary. After worrying and worrying, and trying every way imaginable (except God’s way) to fix things myself, I have come close to giving up. It’s only recently that I have begun to try to really turn this over to God and I am finding peace. It is still a struggle, because I’ve found that the enemy’s voice comes through loud and clear and tries to take me down a defeated and selfish path of destruction. I’m becoming much better at recognizing those times and turning back toward God in prayer. Those are precisely the times when I say to myself, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” If I give my worries over to Him, I’m becoming more confident in His promise to use this part of my journey for good.
    I love that you write down your concerns at the end of the day and lay them at your cross beside your bed. I have a cross on my bedside table, too and I am going to do that.

  88. Maria Gutierrez says:

    I received a call from a friend who needs help. I am fairly new to my walk with Christ and I wanted to send her an encouraging word. I found it in your daily devotional. Which then led me to your blog regarding praying with confidence. This struck me because I feel I don’t know how to pray or how to use scripture to pray. I found encouragement that it doesn’t have to be perfect. The downloadable head to toe was just what I needed! Thank you!

  89. Hey ladies– Renee wanted me to let you know that she is in the hospital right now with her sweet mom. Please pray for them both and know that as soon as she is able Renee will be here to comment. Her mom is having some complications and will most likely be admitted to the hospital today. Thanks for your prayers and patience! We at Proverbs 31 appreciate you!!!

  90. Thank you Renee for giving me new insight on how to pray! I like the way you mix Scripture with your own words.

    🙂

  91. there is a reason that God tells us to bring our burdens to Him, and so often we just don’t do that. I am working on this!

  92. Erica Walker says:

    I LOVE this devotional today. It was written JUST for me. I have been letting things pile to the point.t that they are affecting my health. They are literally killing me. I was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri in January. No one knows the cause but for some reason my body thinks I am tumors on my brain and no one knows why. I am trying eliminate stress, but it seems like the tinest things make me irrationally angry. I needed to pray that prayer today. I blacked out 3 times Sunday for no cause other than being too upset. Once I actually hit the floor. I am anxiously awaiting.g the download to pray for myself head to toe. I can’t thank you enough for this today. It was JUST what I needed! God bless you all and keep up the good work. It is helping us out here.

  93. Erica Walker says:

    Thank you! You ladies may never know his much you help, but God does and we do!

  94. I don’t know about you – but, having 1 Peter 5:7 posted to keep me focused helps – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
    What a great way that you worded : changing and rearranging me – loved that.
    Also, you could make a decorative poster for your words: worry into worship.
    We all have worries and I do plan to get the table cross and note cards – this would have to change the way you look and respond to things.
    If I may, ask for prayer concerning an “unmentioned” prayer request. The Lord, already knows.
    Thanks everybody for all the prayers and support that everyone’s comments help in some way.

    Renee, if you read this – keep up the wonderful job you are doing and helping so many women!!
    God Bless

  95. I Found Your Blog Today After Starting To Receive The Encouragement For Today Emails. The Timing Couldn’t Be Better as i Have Found Myself Lately Relying On The Holy Spirit to intercede On my Behalf When i Couldn’t Even Begin To Pray. i Can’t Wait To Stay Praying Scriptures.Good is Great And Always Shows Us What we need, When we need it. Thank You, Thank You For a Wonderful Blog!!

  96. Jeannine Brown says:

    Pray the scripture, lay down your worries to God! I like the idea of writing down my worries placing on the nightstand under the cross. Great idea! Thank you so much!

  97. Rebecca G says:

    Renee: Thank you for your thoughts and words about praying. I struggle with that all the time. I never know if I am praying the right way or saying the right things. I worry so much about every little thing and your words of advice on just leaving those worries/concerns at the cross have encouraged me. I am going to start writing down my worries and just leave them at the cross. God Bless you and thank you. Rebecca G.

  98. Hi Renee, coming across this blog of course is no “accident”. My life was changed in a matter of 5 minutes after arriving at my job. The person left in charge of the company wanted me out since she found out she would have to answer to me in regards to my position there. This woman is of an atheistic background and had been plotting against me for a while. She slowly started replacing others, with those she could control, and i was her next victim. it happened so fast my head was spinning! The center’s president, my boss, was called to another country for a couple of months and could only communicate via Sype and the internet. Well, it wasn’t always possible and so i never even got to talk to him. i was devastated to say the least. God made a way to vindicate me over this past month through the board of directors and i have my job back yet she still wants me out of there. Remee, my job is being stolen from me after 5 yrs of loyal service. i was told i have till the end of June to leave. i know God has His reason’s for everything so i really don’t know what’s going on. i have been reduced to 2 days a week and my finances are going down fast. i don’t know where to go or what to do so you can imagine how listening to you about not worrying was something i was desperate to hear. Now i have to apply it. i have a ceramic of Jesus praying in the Garden. i am now going to put my worries on cards and put them under it. Thank you Renee for caring like you do. God bless..

  99. Yesterday was a really bad day. Today my heart is heavy with worry and fear. I want to pray and hand my worries over to God but the words don’t come and the tears overflow. I know he is there and I know he will listen if only I could speak. The bad part of all of my worry is that today is our 20th anniversary and I want to be happy and express joy for this monumental occassion but yesterday was a really bad day. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

    • TJ Ellis says:

      God knows the pray deep in our hearts, even we cannot express it with words sister

    • Praying for you dear Tracy! Sometimes we don’t have to speak…just sit or even lay at Jesus feet and let Him pour His love over you. He knows your hurts. He will guard you and keep you in perfect and constant peace as you keep your mind on him (Isaiah 26:3- a verse I’ve clung too) hang in there, your days will get better!

  100. God knows exactly what I need so He allowed me to join this Confident Heart online Bible study. Thank you so much Renee for this great opportunity! The Lord has greatly use your book to change the wrong thoughs/ the negative perspective I have on myself which in turn impacted my family in a positive way. I know there’s so much more to learn. A million thanks once again! Sweetest blessings!

  101. Laura M. says:

    I too struggle with prayer and what to say. I have had stuff piling up on me lately. The place I work is closing, my little sister is lost in drug addiction and I’m afraid that she’s dying, my husband isn’t walking with the Lord, ect. so, some days all I can say is “Lord, you know what’s on my heart, please help.” Most of the time I feel a sense of peace and know He’s at work, but there are time I really struggle. I will try hard to put my worries at His feet and leave them there.

    Thank you for this devotion and video today Renee, I really needed it!!!

    • Huge prayers for your sister and for you. My 16 year old sister went through the same thing so i know what you’re feeling. Our God redeems & restores. Jesus we pray for Lauras sisters’ complete recovery and your hedge of protection around her and peace for dear Laura. Thank you Lord for hearing us. Amen.

  102. Sis Renee I thank God for you. I too can identify with that same situation but I thank God for the Word prayer. I will continue to use it and even make my own word prayer. It is important. Continue to pray for and with us. Victory is already ours!!! It is just for us to receive it. Sisters, we are in this thing together and we win!!!.

  103. Marianne says:

    Thank you for this!! I am feeling so overwhelmed right now with so many things going on. I keep telling myself this is just a season not a destination for my family and that God has a plan for us. I’m struggling with completely letting go and just trusting and waiting. I know what I need to do but I struggle with it. I love your advice on writting my concerns, fears, whatever it may be down and giving them to Jesus and leaving them there.Thank you for your pearls of wisdome and helping so many of us!!!

  104. Cristina says:

    I absolutely loved the idea of laying our concerns (on a card of which I’ve bought many for my kids in school and don’t know what to do with) on God. I usually lay awake after everyone has gone to sleep and keep a sticky pad by my bed where I’ll write all my worries so I can rest!

    My husband was given a cross recently that said “When He was on the cross, you were on His mind”. He put that cross on his dresser where he keeps all of his other “residue of the day” junk, like his watch, business cards, mail, a deck of cards that I converted to a 52 reasons why I love you deck – anyway…as I was dusting a couple of nights ago I thought “Jesus, you look cluttered there with all the other stuff” and I put the cross on my dresser where it’s clean and clear of clutter. It’s funny too because lately, I’ve been feeling that I’ve had stuff keeping me from His Truth with my worry. Now, I can just marry the two actions and put my anxieties and fears that keep me up at night and lay them on the cross. The visual and physical act will be VERY powerful for me so thank you.

  105. thank you so much for the encouragement to bring our worries, concerns, and desires to Jesus with the confidence we are promised in His Word. too often I have allowed the enemy to let me feel defeated both in my knowledge of the Word as well as my consistency in prayer. thanks for the encouraging tone of this post, with no condemnation or guilt. blessings!

  106. Michelle says:

    After coming across your blog and reading your encouraging words, I can not wait to get my hands on your book!

  107. Kristen says:

    I am working on my prayer life right now because honestly it is lacking! I want to learn how to pray God’s word back to Him. Thank you for sharing this today Renee!

  108. TJ Ellis says:

    Confession I’m a big time worrier. I pray for others, and know God will answer, but I sometimes struggle with the lie that my burdens are not important to God. The key to greater freedom for me through this book has been that God cares about me, and I can trust his heart toward me!

  109. Nancyguam says:

    Wonderful study…each chapter is so applicable to my life. I’m excited to use some ideas from chap 9 for my daughter as well as myself. Thank you! Have you considered publishing your video clips as part of your book study for those interested in doing this again or with a bible study group?

  110. Juana Silva says:

    I praise God for his word, this is a word that I need to keep in my heart and know that God is in our side with our children while Daddy is the foreign country. Instead of worrying, I need to start praying more and believe that God is working. I needed this revelation in my heart.

  111. My pastor is doing a sermon series on praying the scriptures. I have struggled with prayer and really appreciate your thoughts and encouragement.

  112. Adrienne says:

    Oh thank you, Renee, for your P31 devotion today. I saw myself as soon as I started reading. I have avoided praying at times because I thought my answer was best. I also tended to try to control and manipulate others and I slip into that thought pattern without realizing it. You reminded me today that prayer is not about getting the results I want; it is sweet time spent in Daddy’s lap, growing closer to Him. I miss that. I will return to reading and praying His word and listening for His tender voice.

  113. Thank you Renee for this book, and especially this chapter so far. I am going to try with all my being to “push the pause button” and take my worries to Jesus. This is comforting to finally know. I like many women I am sure, have too much on my plate. Loss of my mother, worried about my father, my poor dog is ill, our finances are stretched to the very limit, I am the only believer (so far) in my home, etc. etc.. I am going to take the time to really try to “listen” to Him and hopefully “hear” Him. It is good to know finally, that I do matter and that I am not alone ever for He is with me. Thank you again so much! God bless to you and all these women that are writing on here.

  114. Linda Sales says:

    I find what I need for the day reading your site. God is good & I feel very blessed. Thank you.

  115. This post is so timely, especially with the onset of graduation. Looking at how you used scripture in your prayer really helped me as I found myself doing the same thing this morning. I know God has the rest of my day planned out how He wants it which is infinitely more important and gives me much more peace than my tendency to micromanage every hour, which leads to overwhelming stress when I can’t/don’t get it all done. I think I’m learning to pray for Jesus to make my schedule every day instead. I’m excited to read this book, and I’m pretty sure I already know that God’s going to use it in amazing ways!

  116. I really like the idea of writing down my burdens on an index card and laying them before a literal cross. I am going to begin doing this. I am also very excited about the husband prayer! Thank you so much.

  117. I have had problems with my mind wandering to my to do list or other things and not remaining focused on what I want to pray about. For several years now I have kept a journal. I feel like I am talking to God when I write in it, and for me writing allows me to remain focused. I love your prayer from the end of chapter 9 in your post!! I am copying it into my journal.

  118. Praying God’s promises back to him is an awesome idea!

  119. karen in NC says:

    Hello to all,
    I started receiving daily devotionals from Proverbs 31 ministries (and I love them) and this is how I came across Renee’s wonderful website, just today. And, after reading a lot of thoughts shared today, I said some prayers for everybody. I wanted to leave a couple of Bible verses (there are so many verses that are my favorites) that have helped me get through some trying times when life and everything around me was just so heavy, and I hope these two are a help for anyone else that may read them.

    Fear though not for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

    But those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

    Take care to all.

    Thank you Renee for all the wonderful things in your website. 🙂

  120. Rachele says:

    This Devotion for today, ” Praying with Confidence”, really blessed me, thank you! I am going through some obstacles in my life, and handing over all the issues to God. I would love to read your book. I am very curious to read it now. Especially Chapter 9. Thank you for sharing this Devo today!

  121. It would be lovely to arrange to meet for a cuppa and cake( I love cake) and converse with you Renee, and many of you lovely ladies. Ifind it is great I can sit here and connect with you all and feel so confident to share what ever is on my heart at the time.
    I’m having to daily give it to God at the moment,so much that i also have to keep focusing on him and trying to find ways to worship him as that seems to bring releasing. I’ve done alot of different prayer related things/ stuff in my past and one of the biggest things for me is remembering to start by focusing on him and giving him worship. If i can choose to worship him no matter where I am at it is so powerful. I am focusing on him, his word,his truth and i am opening the door for the holy spirit to speak to me, to comfort me, to encourage me, to guide me.
    I find praying in tongues when I don’t know what to say releases my spirit and as I do I ask God to speak to me, so sometimes the words will flow out of that place. I am glad I can just be me in God’s pressence and blurb anything and everything thats going on and he still loves me just the way i am.
    I have also been learning how to pray so much more specific and hopefully more effectively. That after so many years of praying I really believe it has taken a whole new level or way… that i tink i have grown in this area and hope God will use me more as i tune in to what he has to say.
    It is hard to keep “casting all my cares upon him because he cares for me” and then be able to smile knowing I can rest in him, that i feel loved by him and i am safe with him, that now I can go to bed with that understanding and not worry about the troubles of tomorrow. I can trust him that he will be with me at my meeting tommorow and now i can give it to him.
    Thank you for your encouragement, and sharing.
    Babs

  122. Bonnie Joslen says:

    I loved the reminder to have a listening heart from page 170. Ask the Lord, what is on His heart, what His thoughts are toward me, and what His thoughts are toward the situation causing me worry or wonder. I want to position myself to hear from Him. Blessings to you all as we grow in our walk with our wonderful Lord and Savior.

  123. Thank You Renee so often we forget to pray about the most important people in our life. We get so caught up with everyday happenings that we don’t remember. Thank you so much for these prayers to remind us to pray for them.

  124. Shirley Peele says:

    Dear Ladies,

    I am struggling with how God looks at me as opposed as to how I FEEL about myself. So thankful for this book, but circumstances continue to “pile up’ and the error of my ways are all I see. Please help me pray. To God be the glory for all HE is able to do because, I can’t but He can!

  125. This is what I have been needing to hear from God these past several days. I just came back to FL from AL where I was caring for mother with cancer. She is not doing well, so the worry set in hard as I was leaving to drive the two hundred miles back home. I also have all the other responsibilities you mentioned between work and kids. It is hard, especially in the midst of such turmoil. I found as I was wondering if God cared (just this Sunday), I realized that is just the kind of mindset the evil one wants us in. I chose at that moment to say, “God, I choose to praise you in this anyway. Thank you Lord!” That was when I could hear the Holy Spirits reveals in my heart. I’m so sorry you are going through this with your mother. May His peace and comfort rest upon you all.

  126. Lisa Putnam says:

    Having grown up in church it’s so easy to go through the motions in my walk with The Lord, including my prayer life. I think it’s also easy to give in to the “pharisitical” mind set that our prayers should be worded perfectly. Thank you for the reminder that my prayer life is about a relationship with The Lord, that he wants me to be real with him, & that using Scripture when I pray is going to help me align myself with His will!

  127. Katherine says:

    I laughed when you said you took your dog’s medicine. I accidentally took my daughter’s AdHD medicine one morning. What might have a calming effect on her had quite the opposite effect on me! I was a mama on speed that morning. Oh my!

  128. I love the prayers. love how you remind me the promises in His word and how we can give ours cares to God. I just love this series. it’s been awesome.

  129. Praise God I have arrived safely. Thank you so much. I DEPENDED ON GOD and like Renee said we worry about things that may never happen. Times like this and Gods Sovereignty really makes my grow in my Faith. I am so excited I made it with The Lord. Oh how He must have seen my nervousness and said for me Not to worry but to trust Him . I am so grateful for all the prayers I know my sisters and a few friends were praying for me. God bless you all.

  130. Susan K says:

    What a great encouragement and reminder to pray through Scripture. This inspires me to do so! 🙂

  131. Thank you for your teaching on the power of praying scriptures. It’s so powerful & keeps me on track – there’s so much praying that needs to be done!= & so much more for me to learn.

  132. Just what I needed today!!

  133. Hi friends,

    I’ve wanted to be here all day but I have actually been at the hospital with my mom. What we thought was going to be a simple procedure this morning to remove a kidney stone turned into a very difficult situation where mom was in extreme unmanageable pain during recovery and for several hours this afternoon.

    When the Dr was removing her kidney stone, the wire that he used to scope her kidney tore a place in her ureter and he thinks urine may have leaked into the area outlisde her kidney and caused severe pain and problems.

    After several doses of the most powerful pain meds, including oxycotin and three doses of something stronger than morphine, they finally got control of the pain. She’s been admitted to the hospital to keep an eye on her and make sure the pain doesnt get out of control again. And we’re praying the tear heals quickly and no surgery is needed for repair – and no infections are caused.

    She’s such a trooper and it was so hard to see her in such agonizing pain. But tonight she is resting and quiet and I am so grateful to be by her side. And to have these few quiet minutes to stop by and connect with you.

    I didn’t see this coming at all. Had our afternoon planned out. But God… He knew. And He time it perfectly that it would happen on a day when I had a P31 devotion about praying God’s word and a video message here on my blog about giving our cares to Him.

    I needed this too! And was reminded of these truths all day. And as I prayed God promises and kept giving my cares to Him, He did take care of me.

    Praying His promises over you as I read your comments and just want you to know I love you all to pieces!! Glad we’re in this crazy thing called life — together!!

    • This is what being a part of the body of Christ is all about! God knew we needed each other, especially during times like this. Walking through my Mother’s cancer right now could not be done without the prayer and support of the people God has appointed to be in my life right now. You and your ministry are a part of that group. I pray that you and your mom are blanketed with God’s perfect peace and rest tonight.

    • Shannon says:

      Praying for you and your mom tonight.

    • Janet F says:

      Praying for your mom Renee and for you. ♥

  134. Tami Meyer says:

    Wow. This book is kinda of riding the wave of my life. I am at the point of everything blowing up and becoming overwhelming. Although this week God helped me realize I could rely on Him for anything and that when I pray He does listen. I have not read chapter 9 all the way through but I am sure by the time I am done its going to be another eye opener for me. Thank you so much Renee for you words in this book and for being so real. Life is piling up. First my arm and headaches, then found out my husband is talking with the same woman he had an affair with, now our van (only family vehicle) is out of service. We really need for it to quit raining. Both my husband and I are ready to explode… life is not easy and I am trying with all that I can to hold on to God. Being the only one who believes in my house is difficult and not fun.

    If any of you ladies wants to join the facebook group for this bible study here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248781615265915/

  135. Michelle says:

    A cultural lens sees the problem. A spiritual lens sees the solution..seeing the problem as potential. Surrender and risk to seize God’s Word.

  136. Thank you for today’s devotion. Something I want is better understanding of scripture. Sometimes, praying aloud with a group feels like a challenge for me. I want to be able to talk to God as comfortably in a group setting as it is when it’s just God and me.

  137. Shannon says:

    well, i admit that i am a chapter behind BUT i am determined to finish… hold me accountable please!! BUT today’s blog was sooooo inspirational with the prayer you used from chapter 9……

    Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. When concerns consume me, remind me that You are with me, holding me by my right hand and guiding me with Your counsel. Though my flesh and my heart may fail, You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Help me turn my burdens over to You, knowing that You will take care of me

    This is sooo me right now when my thoughts are ruminating and taking over my mind and pain and guilt creep in and all my “crap” is piling up. I really need this prayer.

    I really could use the coffee talk with a friend today. maybe what i should have done is taken Jesus to the coffee shop ( which i do sometimes and not enough of) today and then seen how my day went. Guess what…. Tomorrow in a NEW day FRESH with NO mistakes!!!!!

  138. Lisa Rettig says:

    I have always been the one to tell my husband, “don’t worry, everything will be fine” when money is tight. Until it isn’t and I am afraid to tell him and I just end up making things worse. I need to learn not to take it all on myself, and stop telling myself I am not the worrier if I just tell everybody else it will be fine.

  139. Thank you for the encouragement. I need to stop worrying and remind myself that God is interested in every thing I’m going through. He has a plan for me, and I will trust him.

  140. Thank you so much for the encouragement, and for pointing us to His Word and His promises!!

  141. Renee thank you so much. I hope your Mom feels better soon. I will keep her I my prayers its so hard when things like this happens to our loved ones especially our moms but they are strong and will get through this. Another situation to hold on to Gods promises. I m glad you are able to be with your mom. Thinking of you. Moms are Beautiful.

  142. I’m learning too how to pray, and learning that prayer doesn’t need to be and shouldn’t be showy. That God just wants us to talk to him, the way we want our kids to talk to us about their day. God is our father, and as such he must so enjoy the times when we stop, put away our distractions and pour out our hearts! And then LISTEN to his all-knowing wisdom, and PUT it into action.

  143. Thanks Renee for the Video . The part I loved the most was when God tells us to give it to Him and satan tells us to give it to God but if God doesn’t do anything you do it yourself. That is so true and it really hit home with me in many ways. It gives me the power to see it through in Gods word now , thank you for opening my eyes to that at this time in my life. Gods word is yes and amen.

  144. Sarah Young’s words at the beginning of the chapter served as the perfect introduction to something I’ve always had trouble with–worry. I come from a line of worriers, and although I have the Lord while my mother and grandmother did not, I’m wired just like they were. My natural tendency is to worry. But rather than wishing for a different brain, I need to accept that I’m prone to worry and take care to guard my heart and mind. Thanks, Renee, for another helpful chapter. I’d love to win a copy of your book to share with someone else. I’ll close with that quote from Sara Young as a reminder to me as I start my day: “Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times over, whereas you were meant to go through them only when they actually occur.”

  145. Wow! This is just what I needed right now. I have been overwhelmed lately and your video spoke right to my heart. Thank you Renee. Thank You Jesus.

  146. Patricia says:

    Good Morning Renee. Thank you so much for the encouraging words in the video. This week I seem to be struggling daily with just getting up and moving. I feel like so much is going on around me and I don’t know where to start or stop. My prayer on today is Lord I Need You!!!! As I purpose in my heart to cast my cares on Him, I ask that you keep me in prayer. As the storms rage, I don’t want to go back to that place of feeling insecure, unworthy but I want to keep moving toward that Confidence and boldness He has already given me. Thank you in advance for your prayers. Holding on in Jesus Name!

  147. Kari Massengill says:

    thanks so much for the video. My 7year old seems to have many worries these days. I shared with her the scripture about casting your cares upon HIM. But she said…”But HOW? I don’t know how to do that.” So, listening today gave me scripture to respond to that and practical way to symbolize it!! God is truly awesome. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kari Massengill says:

      Just wanted to give you an update. After posting my comment yesterday, I told my daughter about what I had learned and she wanted to see the video clip herself. So I showed her the part about casting your cares on Jesus and how to do that…and with the cards under the cross. when it was finished she lit up, and said she wanted to show me something. She remembered she had a small glass cross in her room from her Granny, and she wanted to do the same thing. and last night we write out a card with concerns/worries/bad dreams on one side and her prayer on the other side…and put it under the cross! 🙂
      I pray that your mom is doing better! May God bless you and give you strength!

  148. Thanks for the beautifully said reminder about praying God’s Word! I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  149. I want to say thank you to Renee for this book. I have been totally inspired by your writing and in reading chapter 9 so far I have like I fit right into this chapter. I also have so many similar feelings as Renee had while reading thru this chapter. Sometimes I feel inadequate in the things that I do at church. But, I am praying to God to give me the strength to help and guide me through each day. To give me the wisdom and strength to one day be able to say prayers and not feel uncomfortable or like I will mess up while saying it during Sunday School or whatever event it may be at the church. I can say prayers at home but not at church what is stopping me is one question I keep asking myself maybe I am just afraid that i will make a fool of myself in front of alot of people.. I enjoyed the video for this weeks lesson and rereading the book has helped me to see more of myself that I had ignored the first time around reading it. Thank you Renee

  150. We have 2 little ones and there is so much to worry about. Plus a recent dream about my husband dying. Thank you for the reminder of what Satan wants for us and how much more God has for us.

  151. Britney says:

    The thing that struck me today while I was praying was “God is stronger that this.” It seems simple, but when I remember that He is all powerful, all knowing, and full of unfailing love; I have peace and patience. Listening to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” while I write and know, I know in deep in my heart this too shall pass.

  152. Natasha says:

    As I read Chapter 9 the first thing that stood out to me is that troubles are meant to go through only when they actually occur, that by rehearsing them over and over again results in experiencing them many times. WOW! This is so true! And I am so guilty in doing it. So many times I find myself going over and over my problems and reliving them and all the paid and emotions that come with them again and again. No wonder I am so exhausted physically and emotionally. I know, I need to trust God completely even when I don’t understand, even when I don’t know the answers to the “why and “when” questions. I just need to let it go, and let God take care of them. A lot of times I find myself worrying about similar situations, fear fills my heart and I end up not going through with the plans. Worry and anxiety have been a part of my life for a long time. I am not there yet, but thank God I am not where I used to be! God continues to teach me that worry is not going to change anything, it’s just going to rob me off peace and joy. I try to live each day in the present, not past or future, because if I focus on the past or future it steals today. Thank you, Renee, for sharing your story and your struggles.

  153. Earlene says:

    I want to take God’s word and make the verses more directly personal by inserting a specific name or person into the words of a verse as I pray them back to Him. The idea of writing a persistent worry on a card and physically laying it at the base of the cross is such a moving idea and relinquishing thought process. I appreciate these suggestions in your video today. Thank you, Renee.

    • Oh Angela you are such a sweet encouragement to my weary self today as I am carrying the weight of my mom’s health problems and a teenager who is struggling through some things with his faith and a toddler with special needs and the desire to write another book. Your note really blessed me tonight. thank you!!

      Im praying for you to find the help you need to stop smoking. You are so worth whatever it’s going to take to break the addiction. I know you can do it! My mom smoked for 30 years and she quit and has been cigarette-free for over 25 years now 🙂 It’s made such a huge difference in the quality of her life and it will in yours too. Are you taking any medication to help or a patch or something in addition to prayer and claiming scriptures and asking others for prayer and accountability??

      I wish I knew more to suggest but just know Im praying that Jesus would break the chains of your cravings. Maybe reading ‘Made to Crave” would help. although it’s focus is food – it’s core message is about overcoming dependence on anything we crave more than God. I have heard it’s helped so many with various struggles. Have you read it??

      Love to you!
      Renee

      • Angela 2 says:

        Hi Renee, no I have not read it ,but I will. I just went to the doctor yesterday and have not had a smoke in 24 hours. That’s a long time for me. Thanks for the prayers and I will read the book. In Christ Love. Hope your mom is better and you guys are in my prayers.

  154. angela taylor says:

    Hi Renee its been a while from my last post been real sick. I need prayers to help me stop smoking and fast. I have copd and other lung problems now. I also have a 41/2 year old starting school this year that we ahve atopted from a family member with drug problems need prayers for her to ( Alicia) I m the only one in the family that has not turned their back on her. I still love her and try to help her when I can. I send her pictures of Mary but by law she can not see her.I have been scared I don’t know how to pray JUST right but thanks to you I m going to start reading Gods words as prayers untill i feel more at easy aboutpraying on my own. I found your site in a rough time in my life and it has done wonders for me that I can’t not find the words to thank you, I do how ever thank God for you everynight. You are an Angel walking amoung us. Thank you for all you words of love and support. In Christ Love
    Angela

  155. Mary R. says:

    Thank you for the video message in his weeks blog!!! The thought that I have been SERVING God more than SEEKING him was such a revelation! As Pastors we put so much focus on the serving that we forget to SEEK! Lord, help me to change my focus to be more of a Mary and not a Martha… Blessings to you as you continue to seek The Lord for direction to serve sisters like me!!!

    • Amen, amen, amen. I am constantly asking Him to help me balance. This week has been especially hard so Im praying for some extra sweet and long sabbath time with Him over the weekend.

  156. Thank you for your videos. I have loved each one. I do worry but through this study I am learning to focus more on God and His word and trying to train my thoughts to HIS words and not satans. I love how you incorporate God’s words into your prayers and every day thoughts. This is something that I am working on. Also, to apply my name into His verses. Thank you Renee for such a wonderful study.
    I have fallen back some on it and hope you will keep it on your blog so I can go back and see if I have missed anything.. Thank you and God bless your ministry.

    • It will be here in the archives 🙂 Its a book many people have told me they read again and again. Just keep reading and letting Him love you through His truths each day.

  157. Katherine Miller says:

    This is very thoughtful and practical. It reminds me that unless we fill ourselves we really have nothing to give. Thank you.

    • This is so true. I believe God has me in a period of “filling up” and “learning how to receive.” But sometimes I question whether I am hearing Him correctly and/or whether I am being selfish. Thank you for this reminder, Katherine.

  158. As I am listening to the radio, thinking about this chapter and feeling discouraged that I can ever let go of my worries the song “Cast My Cares” by Tim Timmons started playing. I felt God speaking directly to my heart and echoing all the truths of this chapter. How awesome! God is so good!

  159. Thank you for such a great devotion on prayer and using scripture. I am going thru a difficult time where it seems everything is challenging. I think just give one or two of the situations instead of all of them right now. I am looking forward to trying to find scripture to pray through these situations if it just means getting thru them and not out of them right now. I am also want to pray for my husband head to toe so excited about that. Thank you for your commitment to the Lord and willing to share

  160. Elke Kelly says:

    Thank you Renee for you wonderful videos, they really brighten my day. Sometimes it is really hard for me to surrender my life to GOD. I,m grateful for everything he did for me. Sometimes I don’t really know, how to pray to him. But deep in my heart I know, he loves me anyway. I just have to try. God bless you, Renee

  161. I remember there was a time in my life where I would allow the cares, concerns and worries of this world to choke the Word of God. With me meditating on them instead of the Word of God I began to doubt. Then one day the Holy spirit reminded me that we serve an Ever-Loving, Speaking, Hearing, Living, Awesome God, and there is nothing that He can’t do or fix. Then He said I had a choice. I could choose to continue to worry and be disobedient and draw farther away from God because God’s word specifically tells us not to worry, or I could trust the only Ever-Loving, Speaking, Hearing, Living and Awesome God who not only would bring me through, but also draw closer to me and reward me because I am diligently seeking Him and not the cares, concerns, and worries of this world.

  162. Sometimes I wonder if one of the reasons we were placed on this earth was to discover Him….He places a gift before us, beautifully wrapped, but we are too afraid to open it because we are too distracted with the things we can try to WRAP OUR MIND around rather than UNWRAPPING HIS GIFT which is directly before us: His PEACE, His LOVE, His GRACE, His JOY, His SINGING, His PEACE.

    Right there, His Hands are holding the present and we run away and say we have to fret over this, or go do that, or see what knowledge we can collect to feed our mind with more worries. It is an ADDICTION, perpetual worry seeking.

    He still woos us. It is a progressive thing…never overnight, never to a point of accomplishment, but hoping that we’d come back for more of Him. It is the garden of Eden all over again – what would you rather hold in your hand – HIS GIFT or the ONE WE PLUCK with our own hand.

    He doesn’t mean for us to be discouraged when we fall – He is just helping us learn more about Him, and more about ourselves and how much we want to grow. But it still feels sad, knowing that we could have been enjoying His gift for sooooo much longer, and been soooooo much happier, if only we chose it sooner.

    Philippians 4:6-8

    DIRECT COMMAND:
    DO NOT be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    THE GIFT:
    And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will GUARD your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  163. So well spoken, Renee. And a very timely message for me right now. I’ve made too many commitments, and have some unspoken prayer requests that I need to give to God and fully put my trust in Him to see me through each situation. I praise God for your obedience to minister for the Lord in the way He works through you!

  164. Praying for your mother Renee. Hope Monday brings good news. I love the idea that you can choose either to worry or pray, that you can’t do both. Just saying that makes things better : )

  165. Susan G says:

    I want to apply the – Stop worrying – Start praying – Keep thanking God every single time I start to worry! 🙂 Thanks Renee! Each chapter just gets better than the last one! 🙂

  166. Susan G says:

    Praying for your mom Renee! And for you… and your family!
    Much love and prayers,
    Susan G.

  167. KatherineH says:

    I let all of my life’s pressures get to me last Sunday. Yes Mother’s Day. The worst I’ve done like that in along time. So much so in an angry burst I managed to break the glass on my cooktop stove. It made me stop and cry out to God for help. It was like he took my hand sat me down and said read this. I found myself reading Chapter 9 of this book. A feeling of calmness came over me. It was like a friend was right there beside me saying I understand how you feel. We can get through this together.
    I thank God for blessing you with the gift to write this book and sharing it and your life with us. Thank You.
    With mine and God’s love
    Katherine

  168. Praying for you and your Mom, Renee. I hope the doctor’s appointment goes well tomorrow.

    Also, thanks everyone for your comments, reflections and reminders. They are very helpful for me to read and meditate on. The idea of letting go of our worries and giving them to God sounds so simple and yet can be so challenging to put into practice. Praying for all of us in this regard.

    I enjoyed revisiting this video. I remember it from the last time I did this study — specifically the exercise of giving your worries to Jesus via a table top cross at night. The physical act of writing down my concerns and putting them on the cross had a supernatural effect on my ability to trust and let go. Looking back, I am in awe of how God lovingly took care of each concern, one by one. I am full of awe and thanks as I write this.

    Since then, God has been working more on my heart and my understanding of how to let go of control and TRUST Him. For me, part of Trusting Him has been learning how to open my heart to receive His ever-present Love and Grace vs. shutting my heart and trust down as I once did in the home in which I grew up. This has been both a terrifying and exhilarating process at times. I am grateful for God’s steadfastness and for the ways in which he is growing me.

  169. Julie BS says:

    To God be the glory for His timing. As I left church yesterday, I was so convicted of what God has asked me to do that I wasn’t doing… Casting all my cares upon Him was the last thing I thought He’d show me. I always gave Him my husband and eveything else. But not once had I broken it down like this from head to toe! Wow! My God, my God… Thank You for working through Renee to remind me of what You’ve laid on my heart some 3 years ago. I did it today, I asked 6 close friends to join me in a 7 days prayer session to pray this very prayer to God for the gift He’s given us in the form of a husband.

    Our pastor yesterday wasn’t able to finish His sermons as prepared because the Holy Spirit took control and he paused and said come to the alter for prayer all who have not been doing what the Lord has asked of you. I could not understand why I was so stricken by those words and was one of the first person to stand at the alter in tears. I didn’t know that it was for this small group of 7 women to pray for our husbands with a purpose structured from “head to toe.” I am so moved by God’s timing Renee. Thank you for being I obedient.

    I pray for the strength and peace of your mom and family as God restores her health in entirety.

    Thank You Lord for all the nudges in the right direction that leads us right back to You and what you required of us… Casting all our cares upon You, because You care and promised to take care of them. Hallelujah! Hallelujah to the Only Wise & True God who never makes a mistake.

  170. Thank you! Funny thing how God puts in front of you the words you need to hear just when you need to hear them

  171. Renee,

    Thank you for all that you share with us through your book, your blog posts and the video messages you share. God’s timing, as always, is so perfect. Last night I was having one of those times when all life’s responsibilities and concerns were piling up causing me to worry. Today’s message was exactly what I needed to hear. The idea of actually physically giving our cares to God is something I am going to start using right away.

  172. Renee,
    I’m praying for your mom. I too suffer from kidney stones and know how painful this can be, May the Lord sustain your mother at this time, keeping her free from pain and provide total healing. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  173. Julie Mattocks says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Renee. I didn’t realize how overwhelmed I was feeling until I read your prayer and God started ministering to me. God bless you!

  174. Thank you for the word of encouragement. As I listened, I feel like Mary’s sister, asking why am I left to do all the work alone. I do expect alot of myself and alot of the things I was doing I thought were for God but they actually were for self gratification and now I see why my worries overpowered me. I hope and pray that anyone whom is reading this pray for my strength, so I can be able to stand alone and not worry about having to depend on another to help me through, to remain focused on Gods help alone. It’s funny how in church yesterday the pastor spoke on dreams and how three things can prevent them from coming forth; people, life and time. Wow all of those are my worries, what a confirmation this was for me. Have a blessed week to all 🙂

  175. Glad to hear about your mom:) I love that prayer, it is perfect for my life right now. I love to read all of the emd chapter prayers over and over when I feel too lost to find my own words. thank you:)

  176. I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed over the last week and a half. I got behind because of this. I sat down this morning recommitted to getting on track. I realized I am over a week behind. I finished up Chapter 8 and I think I will skip over Chapter 9 for now and read that later. I want to stay with everyone else and understand what is going on in this study. Please keep me in your prayers that I can make time each and every day to be with God!

  177. Rachel S says:

    I feel like chapter 9 was an answer to so many prayers. I worry about many things and constantly tried to fix my problems. I love the idea of asking God what his heart is about the situation and surrendering it to Him. I am experiencing so much growth thru this book. I am so excited to have a confident heart!

  178. nancys1128 says:

    I’ve been meaning to share this for a week or so and am finally getting around to it. There’s a song that makes me think of this study every time I here it — Strangely Dim, by Francesca Battistelli.

    Here is link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5qD9HOoGpQ

    And the lyrics, copied and pasted from azlyrics.com, since they aren’t on the video:

    FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI LYRICS
    “Strangely Dim”

    I’ve had all these plans piled up sky high
    A thousand dreams on hold
    And I don’t know why,
    I got a front row seat
    To the longest wait
    And I just can’t see
    Past the things I pray
    Today

    But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
    Then every doubt I feel
    Deep in my heart
    Grows strangely dim
    All my worries fade
    And fall to the ground
    Cause when I seek Your face
    And don’t look around
    Any place I’m in
    Grows strangely dim

    Sometimes where I stand
    On this narrow road
    Is in a raging storm
    Or a valley low
    But oh

    When I fix my eyes on all that You are
    Then every doubt I feel
    Deep in my heart
    Grows strangely dim
    All my worries fade
    And fall to the ground
    Cause when I seek Your face
    And don’t look around
    Any place I’m in
    Grows strangely dim

    I don’t know, I don’t know
    What tomorrow may hold
    But I know, but I know
    That You’re holding it all
    So no matter what may come

    I’m gonna fix my eyes on all that You are
    ‘Til every doubt I feel
    Deep in my heart
    Grows strangely dim
    Let all my worries fade
    And fall to the ground
    I’m gonna seek Your face
    And not look around
    Til the place I’m in
    Grows strangely, strangely, strangely dim.

  179. Ever since I started reading this bible study I feel like the devil feels threatened. I had a colonoscopy and they found a growth on my appendix and cecum. I have to have it removed. I’m terrified of surgery and what this growth is. I’m 29 and feel like I’m falling apart. My son has had the gi bug for 2 weeks, I had it for 5 days. I haven’t been able to read the book in 3 weeks. This prayer is exactly what I need! Please pray!

    • Susan Whitaker says:

      Amber, I am praying for you. God bless you, comfort you, heal you and make your son well. You are not alone. God is with you. He will give you His strength. Philppians 4:6,7. God will give you His peace. His arms are wrapped around you. Lift your burdens up to Him.

  180. Tammy Haymon says:

    My favorite part of today’s message was the visual of writing your worries on an index card and laying it at the foot of the cross. Love this and plan to start using it immediately. I am enjoying this book and this study so much. I love how Renee just keeps encouraging me to not listen to the lies and believe God’s promises. I think after nine chapters, it might even start to be sticking!! 🙂

  181. I have always love the passage “Search me oh Lord” I also sometimes feel like my thought are tangles too!
    I also like Ps 138:8 He will perfect hat which concerns me. I am learning the slow down, instead of jumping to conclusion, long suffering, patience and kindness. My husband has been out of work for 2 1/2 yrs. it’s been though, today praise th Lord he had a good interview for a job. Please pray God’s will and praise Him for the outcome. Anxiously waiting for the blessing of employment and being in God’s will. “Search me oh Lord”
    Praise Him and Thank you for this Bible Study and others you all offer, oh what a blessing!! Great Team!

  182. Margaret says:

    Hi Renee, when I started to read this blog my mom was sitting opposite me and the tears were running down her face. I had to smile at God’s perfect timing once again as this is just what she needed to read and hear. So I held her left hand as God is holding her right and we read your blog together and watched your video. Thank you! Huvs M (Huvs is one of my words and is hugs+love)

  183. A much needed message I needed today………:)

  184. Will you please pray for me today. I am having a very down day.

  185. today, insecurity showed-up in my life and my heart felt heavy on me. I am so thankful for the prayer @ the end of Chapter 9- it reminded me that He is still God in any circumstances…thank you renee for sharing your heart

  186. I am famous for letting things pile up,….and then I am even better at saying, “everything is fine” and then I passively (agressively) make sure everyone knows, ‘things are definitely not fine’. :o\ Thank you for this opportunity and I’m sure glad that you survived the ‘dog medicine’ incident!

  187. I cannot even say how many times I have over committed myself, got overwhelmed, and then resentful because it seemed that no one saw, or seemed to care that I was doing everything. I have been to the point of snapping at my family, because they didn’t notice all that I do for them and that they never seem to offer to help. Then I feel bad, all this ends up in my head at night, which keeps me awake, which makes me tired, and then I get up in the morning, only to start the same cycle all over again. So silly, when all I really need to do is have a conversation with the Lord ( then be quiet so I can hear Him speak to me) I need to stop trying to do everything, be everything to everyone. I need to spend more time with the Lord, and allow Him to do what He does. Thank you Lord!

  188. Gloria C says:

    I loved Chapter 9 and this video! It spoke to so many issues in my life. Every time I think my life is under control, something pops up to prove otherwise. How blessed we are to have a caring, devoted Father who is there to walk us through all life’s trials! What a mighty God we serve! I loved the suggestion of writing out the cards and laying them at the Cross. I also love the prayers based on the Word of God! I don’t do that nearly enough & really want to start doing so. I have given “A Confident Heart” to a good friend of mine. She worries NON STOP!!! I told her to skip right to chapter 9. She read it and it has helped her so much already. She said, “This book is a jewel!” Renee, thank you so much for writing this book and sharing your heart with us! Glad your mom is doing better. Hopefully by now all of you are back home again. Will be praying for all of you. Praying for all you sisters as well. God bless you all as you continue to seek Him.

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