God’s Not Worried {Friday GiveAway}

Pressing-Pause-CoverJust in time for Mother’s Day weekend, I’ve invited my friend Karen Ehman to share a devotional with us from her new book, Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus. We’re also giving away TWO COPIES of the book and one beautiful bracelet. Keeping reading to find out more.

As a little girl I loved being outdoors. I could often be found playing kickball with the neighborhood kids or riding my bike around the block. I liked to splash in puddles and jump in piles of leaves. There was one aspect, however, about being outside that I didn’t particularly care for: the critters.

Spiders were scary … dogs terrifying. And I couldn’t even bear the thought of snakes.

My intense fear of these creatures often kept me from fully engaging in play.

Unfortunately, even when I didn’t encounter creepy-crawlies outdoors, they occasionally wound up in my dreams at night. I would have the same reoccurring nightmare of snakes slithering toward me while I stood frozen, unable to run away. When I would wake up, I would be in a panic, heart wildly beating, palms sweating. I never thought my fears would go away until the one summer when I had no other choice.

The summer I turned 20, I took a job at a nature center teaching four-year-olds. It didn’t cross my mind that keeping company with critters would be a part of my duties. I had to capture insects to examine and release, scoop tadpoles to study pond life, and even hold the snakes that were kept in glass tanks in the main building.

Although everything in me wanted to run away, there were little eyes on me. So, I whispered a prayer for strength, pushed past my fears, and made those kids think I was a critter-lovin’ instructor whose calm demeanor (and lack of screaming!) showed them there was nothing to fear. If their teacher wasn’t freaking out, why should they?

Even though I worked through my fear that summer, as an adult now, I’m still tempted to “freak out” with fear. My imagination concocts all sorts of scenarios peppered with dread and doom. Sometimes I can’t shake fear as I try to fall asleep.

But I have come to trust this perspective-shifting truth: God is not worried. He’s not in heaven wringing His hands, wondering just how everything will eventually turn out. He is in control. He is loving.

God longs to use the circumstances of our lives to mold our mind, craft our character, and chase away the fears that threaten to slither in, paralyzing us and rendering us ineffective.

Ever the patient and wise teacher, if He isn’t freaking out, why should we?

Proverbs 3:24-26a is a sweet promise to us…

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Now that passage doesn’t promise that we won’t ever encounter sudden disasters in life. But it does reassure us that we have no need to fear them. Why? Because the Lord—our gracious and wise teacher—is our security. He will be there to comfort and to guide as He teaches us the lessons we need to learn.

With God as our security, we can have calm in our present.

With God as our security, we can face the future without fear. And we can share this confidence we gain to inspire others, helping to keep them from unnecessary fret and worry.

Why it even helps me deal with little critters that get inside my house without squirming.

Well . . . without squirming too much.

PressingPause-Prayer.

PressingPauseEnter to Win
We are giving away two 
Pressing Pause devotionals and a beautiful bracelet from Fashion & Compassion. Written by my dear friends Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk,  Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus offers us a calm way to start our day, to refresh ourselves in Christ and drink deeply of His presence so we are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most!

These 100 encouraging devotions for moms has helped me start each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, soaking up His Word, and learning practical ways to love and PPopenserve my family more like Christ each day. And one of my favorite features is the set of questions and optional journaling or notes area at the end of each day’s devotional.

Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos.

 

TO ENTER TO WIN simply click “Share Your Thoughts” below today’s post and do just that. Your comment will be your entry into the drawing! Two winners will be chosen and contacted on Monday, May 9th.

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About Renee

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

Comments

  1. Annette says:

    Thank You Renee! As always you are an inspiration! Blessings & Peace!

  2. Chastity Ray says:

    I feel your pain! Spiders and snakes make me squirm too! I love how you were able to overcome your fear by working at the Nature Center and of course relying on God. I would love to win a copy of Pressing Pause. I’ve had my eye on it for a while now 🙂

  3. Sheila McKinzie says:

    I had asked God to help me face my fears and I face them in my dreams, as you spoke of, also. I asked God to help me praise Him even in my dreams in the face of my fears.

    He answered my prayers.

    God is faithful ALL the time. With real fears or imagined ones.

  4. Denise says:

    I have always heard that God doesn’t give us anymore than we can handle. Lately I feel like he thinks I am some kind of badass. I am tired but keep holding on to doing it all myself. Always thinking I should just give it to God he isn’t worried about me or my family. So worried about my 14y.o. son lately and asking God to take over for me. Reading this today I am hoping (fingers crossed) that I am able to sleep soundly and try and not worry. Thank you for the encouraging words.

  5. Shonda Ayers says:

    Thank you Renee for these words. So thought provoking and encouraging. I find myself looking at my kids (tween & teen) with envy at their simple lives. We have intentionally tried to keep their lives from getting overly busy. We have always only allowed one activity at a time (and thankfully neither were interested in traveling sports), so their day to day life isn’t constant go go go. I on the other hand, have not done a great job at keeping my life simple. My life is go go go, I have been praying about ways to simplify, rest, and have more quiet time with God. Thank you for your reminders.

  6. Nicci Ramirez says:

    WOW …..yes!!! I mean WOW… would LOVE to win this!!!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing…my pastor says “about 80% of what you are worrying about, will never happen”, and it is so true, but we get paralyzed by fear, by “what ifs’. I love thinking about the fact that God is not worried, and since he is the one who know how it all turns out; we shouldn’t be either.

  8. Worry is my middle name! I shouldn’t worry about anything because in my mind I have the worst situation figured out before anything bad even happens. I hate living this way and try to give it to God every day. I am always looking for something to read to help with this area. Winning this would help so much!

  9. What a beautiful post – to know that God is not worried, why should we. This would be an awesome gift.

    Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!

  10. Barbara says:

    Would love to win this. I found out this week that my mother has stage 4 liver cancer and cancer in her breast and lymph nodes.

  11. My husband and three women in my life were all battling cancer at the same time. Talk about overwhelming! But God is patiently showing me that I need to let go and just remember who He is 🙂 Praise God my husband is now in remission, and one friend is cancer free, and the other two are in the home stretch.

  12. Josephine Massaro says:

    This is timely for so many, including myself. Fear holds us captive and at times has kept me from moving forward. I’ve learned and continue to learn that Jesus has it figured out already, so what am I afraid of. I just starting writing a book, that God has called me to write, and the greatest thing stopping me had been fear.

    Blessings, and thank you so much. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

    Jo

  13. Debbie says:

    Would love to win this..I love all the inspirational material that you do..very comforting and uplifting..

  14. Francine Long says:

    This reminds me so much of my mother, she would have loved this. This will be my first Mother’s Day without her, she passed away in August, 2015, at the Blessed age of 92.

  15. Cheryl says:

    A Great God never has to worry

  16. Sylvia Goupil says:

    Such perfect timing. I’ve been struggling with fear since my recent divorce with the weight of needing to provide for myself and 2 children in the midst of a job layoff and beginning of a new career. God has been good and faithful in meeting my needs. I would love this devotional.

  17. Miranda says:

    Great post as always. Thank you for sharing your heart snd encouraging us mamas! It’s a very hard job but so thankful for the opportunity you raise our daughter even tho some days I want to tear my hair out! Haha 😉

    Blessings to each You lovelies snd Happy Mother’s Day!! <3

  18. Melanie Zamora says:

    Thank you, Renee. And thank you Lord Jesus for always providing. You know my needs right now. You know that despite all I read that I am worried that I can’t make ends meet this month. I do trust you, and I will keep praying and believing that you will get me through this!!

  19. Gennie says:

    What a great reminder. Thank you!

  20. I’d say fear is one of my greatest obstacles! I often pray myself to sleep quoting Proverbs 3:24!!! What a beautiful and comforting word from our Father!!!

  21. Michelle Jones says:

    Thank you Renee! Your ministry is such an inspiration–Blessings always!

  22. Judy Conedera says:

    God has comforted me so many times over the past 7 months- praise Him! I’ve have 5 surgeries since October for colon cancer & will have another on May9th. I’m trusting in the Lord to provide comfort and peace in my heart. Praise Him for Daily Bread & Grace!

  23. My favorite memory verse… “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6&7

    Thank you for posting this wonderful reminder of how much our JESUS cares! HE understands our frame and every season we walk through!

  24. Sharon says:

    If it were just that easy……struggling everyday to totally give the fears to God…..but somehow always taking some or all of them back. Reading this devotional has been such a blessing! Thank you….it was much needed!!!

  25. Melanie says:

    I would love this book!

  26. Loved this encouraging story! Creepy crawlin’ spiders, my worst phobia! Not sure I’ll ever get victory on that one. But God has been faithful in helping me overcome many other worrisome issues so that I am free to experience that PEACE & JOY that has eluded me for too many years. So true — most of the stuff we waste time worrying over, NEVER comes to fruition. Praise God! Would be blessed to win this book!!

  27. This is just what I needed to read today. I am letting fears rule my life instead of trusting God is in control.

  28. Paula Lloyd says:

    Fear. I fear that I am not enough. I fear that I am not giving my son enough time. We are constantly going right now. If it isn’t baseball games, it’s practice, if it’s not practice then it’s games, it’s a never ending cycle, and then we get to throw in me working full time, doing both parenting duties (single mother here, husband passed), AND to top it off I am going back to school for my bachelors. I do not remember what tired felt like, exhausted yes, always. but this leads me to the fear of not doing enough, not being there enough…..how do I press pause with all this?

  29. Laura Jungeblut says:

    This simple phrase is soooo freeing! God’s not worried! Oh the fears that need to be relieved.
    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  30. Dear Renee,
    When I read about you nightmares about snakes, I can truly relate!
    I remember being afraid to close my eyes, because I would see snakes immediately.
    i would dream they were chasing me or crawling over my body.
    i am very thankful God has taken that fear and so many others away over the years.
    Thank you for your encouragements and love.

  31. Jill Kuiper says:

    We all need the reminder to rest in Him. Worrying does nothing but add stress to our lives. Would love the book for a daily reminder.

  32. Brandy Bunch says:

    I too had a lot of fears growing up. I was afraid of spiders I still am I just can deal with them a little better it’s more of a hebie jeebie thing now. The main thing I was afraid of was the dark, I had to sleep with a night light and of course check in the closet and under the bed. I stayed afraid until I found Jesus which was about 8 years ago. I grew up not knowing about God I wasn’t taught that my parents never went to church. In comes my boyfriend (husband now) and introduces me to Jesus Wow did my whole life change all my fears just went away I found out that darkness can’t stand the light darkness has to flee in the name of Jesus he is my protector and my father my all in all. I thank him so much for coming into my life.:)
    Blessings and Love to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lynn Berk says:

      Fraidy Cat….that’s me. I envision things to fear that may never happen. I also fear sharing my feelings and what others will think of me. What a blessing to know God knows my fears before I even think of them and has already dealt with them. Acronym for me: FEAR F Face E encounter A accept and R release.

  33. Margaret Goodman says:

    Pressing Pause is something every woman needs to do on a daily basis. I am not any different from anyone else with my issues in life – husband in the hospital most of the time, trying to make a living on my salary alone, spending time with my wonderful grandchildren, dealing with life’s everyday issues. I feel my difference is – GOD! I always know he is on my side. Unfortunately, I do not make enough time for myself or GOD! I want to take a step back and regroup! Wishing EVERYONE A wonderful Happy Mothers Day! GOD BLESS

  34. gail wilburn says:

    Thank you for sharing that loved devotion. Im dealing with several fears myself now. I am trying to stay open to God and hear him.

  35. Rene Janousek says:

    I have a fear that I’m not the best parent for my kids. I mess up daily, but I love them dearly. I fear that I’m not doing enough and being the servant I should be. I’m a work in progress for sure. This is my year to go after JOY. I know that God is for me and that I just need to seek him and I’ll have all I need to overcome my fears and failures, but I’m human. Every day I struggle to find that balance between the Lord and the world. I’d love to have a chance to win this book. Happy Mother’s Day – have a great weekend!

  36. Becky Romano says:

    FEAR =false evidence appearing real
    God gives us the strength and courage we need when we lay it at the foot of the cross.
    I love your posts,blogs books etc as you play an intregal role in my learning to be closer to God. God bless you and your family.

  37. Aging parent and half grown children! Gods not worried but they are ever on the forefront of mine! Lots of prayers going up!

  38. Wonderful devotion on facing our fears. I’m right there with you re: snakes! God instructs us not to fear but have courage. He is always with us. We have to call out his name JESUS!

    Joshua 1:9
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

  39. Jackie says:

    I need to pause in my busy life to remember God.

  40. Julie Marach says:

    It’s amazing how when we stop and truly trust in the Lord that we need not fear….

  41. Jaydnn says:

    Working on pausing

  42. I am not a spider or snake kind of girl.either. I would love to get the book to read then pass on to someone else to learn too. I have a friend who is a busy mom aND she has been such end encouragement to me that I would like to give her something to encourage her. Thank you for this opportunity.

  43. Christy says:

    What a great inspiring message!! Thank you!

  44. I am also trusting the Lord thru circumstances……
    Beautiful!
    Happy mothers day to you all!

  45. I just ordered a copy of Karen’s book to use as a giveaway on my website (Pausing to See God Clearly). It is just wonderful and I am convinced many women will connect with her words.
    That said, I would love to win a copy for me 🙂

  46. Elaine Segstro says:

    I always enjoy your devotionals Renee! Thank you!

  47. Thanks so much for this timely truth! Would love a copy of the book – thanks!

  48. Health says:

    What a great reminder! Thanks! 🙂

  49. Angie A says:

    Thank you for sharing today. Happy Mother’s day everyone…

  50. Jessica P says:

    This couldn’t be more on time or target with me personally. Worry, fear, dread.. these are all words that are frequent in my mind and ones that cause me a great deal of inability to focus, and the inability to fully step out in faith and trusting in God. It would be wonderful to have this devotional as a gentle nudge and reminder that God is always along side me no matter what I face that may cause those feelings. The world is quick to offer panic, chaos, and confusion but in those moments with Jesus he always offers a peace that can’t be bought with money. If I don’t win this is something that will make a gift list for my birthday or Christmas for sure!

  51. Myra HOgue says:

    Thank you Renee. I love your inspiration. I love this story. I too am afraid of snakes & spiders.

    Happy mother’s day!!

  52. Kristin Brooks says:

    What perfect timing for this. I just looked at my calendar and realized the speech that my son volunteered me for school about my job is next week! I haven known for a month. The closer it gets the more nervous I get and start to question myself why I agreed 🙂 But I realize that this is actually what I want to get involved in my line of work, educating the public. I survived speech class, for this moment. I have survived intense training, for this moment. I am going to talk about what I love. About my calling. So why am I so afraid?!?! I will definitely keep the verse mentioned above, Proverbs 3:24-26a, in mind for the next week.

  53. I picked up Renee’s book A Confident Heart and am really moved at how much I am relating to her message (which I am still reading). My parents divorced when I was 5 and Mom’s second marriage was very scary. I didn’t grow up with my Dad (he also raised another family) and that left a huge vacuum. My efforts to follow the Lord have resulted in a gross misunderstanding of the Gospel for many years, which impacted my husband and children, and for myself ongoing struggling with depression., Now I am seeing light in the Lord instead of Him not being ever pleased with me. A kind woman helped me pray through a particularly difficult memory, and asking the Lord for a greater filling of His Holy Spirit, which now I can see I can do with other memories and issues. 2 of my 3 children, however have walked away from the Lord at this time, and are in grievous circumstances. I couldn’t be enough for anyone in my family, though I tried with everything I had, and no one understood the struggles. Now I am trusting Jesus to redeem and be enough…condemnation is lifting to rest, trust, and peace in the midst of the deep trials. Your book has been encouraging me.

  54. I was particularly touched by the notion that the verse in Proverbs 3 didn’t say sudden disasters would not occur in our lives. It said don’t be afraid of them. Just as Romans 8:28 doesn’t say bad things won’t happen; it does say that everything (bad or good–my own emphasis) would WORK OUT for the good of those (here comes the qualifier) who love the LORD. I’ve never lost everything to a flood or a fire or an earthquake but I was struck by some of those people who were victims being interviewed on the news about their loss. I understand that it was all they had, but my own heart knows that stuff is just stuff and what a witness we could have if, WHEN we go through trials (James) we remember what an opportunity we have to witness for Christ. Mama always said that my life might be the only Bible some people read.

  55. Michelle says:

    It’s so difficult sometimes to turn over our fears and worries. Thanks for the reminder that God’s always got up in his arms!

  56. patricia underwood says:

    Oh WOW~ How MUCH I needed this reminder that GOD is not afraid and He’s in control!! I truly (sad to admit) live so fearful of almost anything and everything regarding my kids. I know this is NOT what God wants for me or for THEM, yet I struggle sooooo badly with just letting GO and letting God have them 100% Its something I’ve prayed about over and over and still just feel so bound by. I want to be free of this completely paralyzing emotion. I am afraid it’s affecting THEIR life and the way they will one day parent their own children. I want to feel that freedom that comes living in pure PEACE. Thank you for your prayers and for this reminder today!!

  57. Christine Distelhorst says:

    Of course, I would like to win! I still have fears of those crawly creatures. If we do not watch it, worry will take control and that is not good! That is a great devotional!!

  58. Would love the encouraging moments I encourage a group of women everyday this would come in handy thanks.

  59. Janice says:

    Thank you for your words today. It was such a good reminder that God is in control and I don’t have to be. I want to trust in him completely.

  60. Sandy Temple says:

    I love this reminder to “Be still and KNOW that I am God…”; and “Don’t let your ❤️ be troubled”….thanks friends!

  61. Jennie says:

    Yes if God isn’t freaking out then why should I, so true because God never freaks out He has it all in control!

  62. JOYCE K says:

    So many of the writer’s and commenter’s around this website are “SO VERY DOWN-TO-EARTH’ and I just LOVE IT. I don’t have to think, analyze, check the dictionary, google a thought, think again, ask a friend, call a former prof,….I just get to sit back, with my toes wiggling, the sun beaming on my sleeveless t-shirt –arms getting a bit red, comfortable shorts on, red knees -a place I get red in the sun first, and then my BOOK and me. I get to read, read, read, and read….and only be bothered by a few birds chirping in the trees nearby, a couple of ants crossing over a couple of my toes, and the neighbor’s dog just getting a few barks in when she can…..ah, this is the life3 I enjoy with MY BOOKS “me and my books” and my time out in nature with my AWESOME GOD — WHAT A WONDER I AM OUT HERE, WITH THE TRYPE OF CHRISTIANM BOOKS I READ, AND HERE –WITH MY AWESOME GOD SURROUNDING ME!!!!!

  63. Susan Breiner says:

    What a wonderful reminder of our security in God. I really needed this reminder today. Thank you.

  64. Rosalee says:

    Thank goodness God is in control and takes care of us continually. Thanks for the inspiration!

  65. I would love to use this. Daily time with God has always been a struggle.

  66. Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing this devotional. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  67. Amazing post, would love to win this book!

  68. I used to have so many fears but as I’ve come to know the Lord and trust in Him I can honestly say that I have no personal fears for myself because I know that whatever happens to me God will use it for my good and His glory. However, each day I have to give my children, my family, my town, my country and the fears I have for them up to the Lord. Thank you for sharing this devotional. I would love to win a copy.

  69. Adonica Budd says:

    So frustrated right now that I don’t know what to say.

    • JOYCE K says:

      FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRASTION, AND MORE FRUSTRATION jumped at me Adonica and I went past your message one time….and then quickly returned as I have been “with you in FRUSTRATION and maybe too overwhelmed feelings?” And, if I am identifying…this awkwardness makes it VERY HARD TO EVEN PRAY? Adonica, when I am “here” I try one of these four ideas: 1. sing. fav. hymn, worship song, and sing along and focus on the one you can’t pray to. 2. borrow words…pray written prayers 3.pray scriptures do it out loud and maybe relax more. and 4. enjoy sitting quietly with God. I just thought I would give a few ideas…. try them and see what works for you, Adonica…and peace~

  70. This was such a timely post on fear. My sister’s oldest son is awaiting possible jail time for 5 felonies. If these charges aren’t dropped or lowered, he will face a long-term prison term. He has battled a drug addiction and is really turning to God to break his bondage. They are trusting in God no matter the outcome. This is more confirmation that I can send to her that no matter what her son will face, God is not asleep; He is in control; He knows and sees all things and will work all things for Lee’s best good and His glory. Our glorious Father holds the keys to freedom and my prayer is that my nephew receives the help he needs and with God’s help is set free from his bondage.

  71. Jackie T. says:

    Dear Renee ~ I’m sure you’ve heard it numerous times, but I just have to give a shout-out:

    “HE’S AN ON TIME GOD
    OH, YES HE IS!!!”

    Thank you for allowing Him to use you to encourage me & countless others!

    Blessing upon Blessing!
    ~ Jackie T.

  72. September James says:

    Thank you for this reminder!!! I’m excited for this book! I know it’ll bless so many moms who need to stop and be reminded of truth in the midst of motherhood craziness!?

  73. The older i get, the more I find my fears along with how I pray have changed. Lately, I have been thanking God for protecting me throughout the night while I sleep and giving me another new day. I didn’t even realize there was a verse that talks about God’s protection while we sleep (Proverbs 3:24-26) His word really does cover every aspect of life!

    Thank you Renee for all your inspiring articles you post. Happy Mothers Day to you!!!!

  74. Diana House says:

    ❤️ Love how a book comes to life. Surrounded by God’s beautiful creation, great and/or small, makes my heart sing for God!!!

    Thank you!

  75. Angela McGill says:

    Wouldn’t be great if we could literally press pause..on the whole world, while we get caught up?! I’m afraid, I may never press the play button again….then I’d missing all of the wonderful blessings God has in store for me…so I guess it’s good we cannot stop the world. I thank God that He gives me the strength to endure and the wisdom to pursue my dreams while He unravels my life’s mysteries! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

    Angela M.

    • JOYCE K says:

      Hey Angela the thought that you are talking about is “mindfulness” — have you heard of it? There are quite a few books out about it and the idea is easy…..it is vitally, most important to “stay in the HERE AND NOW AND ONLY IN THE HERE AND NOW — THE MOMENT” The PREVIOUS TIME has already happened and a person cannot change ANY of it . And the FUTURE TIME hasn’t happened yet and there is no control over it. SO, stay in the moment and enjoy the blessings, laughter, scriptures, and LOVE of our God!

  76. Rebecca Patterson says:

    Worry and fear often go hand in hand. Worry for me looks like a marriage ending after 33 years. is Ministry over as well? Fear? fear for my future, finances, taxes. If I really trusted The Lord would I live my life differently?

  77. What a great giveaway. I don’t know about anybody else but this seems to be just for me. I have been letting my fears overwhelm me lately. What a great reminder that God’s got our back! Thank you!

  78. J Johnson says:

    Renee,
    Your post sounds like we are twins! I hate snakes too! Nightmares yes! Thank you for reminding me that God is not worried and I don’t have to be if I trust and allow Him to be my security. I am trusting Him now in some changes on my job. I work in education and I love, love, love working with parents, teachers, and schools. I am a people person. I was told we will no longer work with the public they can get what they need off social media. I have done this type of work for 17 yrs. I can’t imagine working at a desk all day, not even working on social media and not with the public but basically being a secretary. I don’t understand and its very uncomfortable but I.m willing to trust God even in this. Thanks again for the reminder. I.m praying for peace to get through this change. J. Johnson

  79. Heather P says:

    I have always been scared of snakes. I do not see me getting over it. Had an experience as a child that did not help.

  80. Jennifer S says:

    What a great Mother’s Day present this would make for someone

  81. Nancy M says:

    Thank you for your timely post and the chance to win a book. Blessings to you.

  82. I would love to win this to gift it to a sweet friend whose infant son was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her nights are often filled with fear. We know God is holding them closely but it’s so hard. Thank you for sharing this opportunity to win this gift of encouragement.

  83. Tammy Trietch says:

    Because of some physical abuse, I was often fearful. Time in the military and as a single parent forced me to “get over it” and become a strong, independent woman. It is so hard for me to “let go and let God” – my control issues are a real sore spot at times in my current marriage.

  84. Brenda Veinotte says:

    Trying to put into practice: Do. Not. Be. Anxious. About. Anything. Thanks for sharing today.

  85. Carla Hiebert says:

    such a timely devotion for me today…many thanks for sharing. Fear has held too much power in my life lately!

  86. I too had to get over my fear of critters after I moved to the country with my husband. but I discovered something wonderful in the country and that was a small country church with wonderful people

  87. Susan Sparks says:

    As a mother and grandmother, my faith keeps my fears and worries manageable. My instinct is to try to “fix” everything that goes wrong, but the awesome truth is that God will take care of us. It would be so easy to allow troubles to rule my thoughts and waste my time, but with God’s love I am determined to stay focused on my many blessings. I am so thankful for your posts! Bless you!

  88. Sylvia S. says:

    Since becoming a single mom, pressing pause for me has been hard. But I have learned that I can only be the best single mom for my kids when I am filled with God. I don’t understand why my husband left, but I trust God.

  89. Margie K. says:

    Wow, how much I needed this reminder that GOD is not afraid and He’s in control. I unfortunately live so fearful of almost anything and everything regarding my kids. I know this is NOT what God wants for me, or for them, yet I struggle so much with just letting go. I have prayed about this over and over, and still struggle with this problem. I want to be free of this completely paralyzing emotion. I know this affects them as kids. I see it. I fear it will continue to affect their life and the way they will one day parent their own children. I want to feel that freedom that comes living in pure PEACE. Thank you for this reminder today. I know I need this book.

  90. I’ve had my eyes on this book for awhile now and would love to win this! I definitely need to press pause!!

  91. Dianne says:

    When we surrender our wills to God and let Him have control what is there to worry about. He loves us so much. He will take care of us once we surrender. Praise Him!

  92. Rebecca Wilson says:

    Really needed this right now! Thank you and Thank God for giving it to you!

  93. Lisa c says:

    Happy Mothers Day!

  94. This is a devotion I will bookmark, print out, and plaster as wallpaper! I am often consumed with fear over everything, forgetting that God is my ultimate security. Thank you for the reminder. Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers and women who touch the lives of others on a daily basis!

  95. Thanks for this giveaway! !! Blessings

  96. Oh my gosh! We could be twins up to the point of the being brave and holding a snake! I still can’t do snakes! but life is definitely to a point of needing a pause!@ We got really bogged down when we were given the word Cancer for my husband with then having to wait another 3 months before knowing what kind and then another month for treatment to start. that first time we were given the word – Satan had a field day! All the different things that assault your mind – Until you give reign to Christ! These verses, or prayers cause they would work as prayers too! are perfect! God is so good – He puts those things we need most in our path right when we need them most! He is so faithful! Blessings to all~!

  97. Love to find time to pause and feel the calm that can come into my life.

  98. barbara says:

    One of my fears also are spiders, especially the ones you can buy in the pet store. I will not even go down that isle with my boys. I can see a picture of them and get the hebby jebbies. And if i see a picture of one before i go to sleep at night…not cool. When my fears take over I too have to remind myself that GOD is in control. I have been debating on buying this book. It would be an awesome gift.

  99. I fear spiders and often wonder why God created them! I know they do some good, so He was wise a king them. What a great scripture to keep close in my mind and heart to help accept the little things.

  100. The critters in my life are not insects or animals. It’s my daughters battling cancer. Jesus, prayers and devotions have been our strength. So what ever your critters are keep your eyes upon Jesus. In Him Susie

  101. As I read this all I could think of was my fear of snakes. I was a teacher for 40 years and when it was time for snakes to visit, I was either absent or left the room. I cannot imagine how you were able to handle them. I know God is with me but …

  102. I am grateful for our Heavenly Father, Who cares about our big AND small fears.

  103. Devotionals are a wonderful way to learn more about the Lord Jesus and keep our thoughts focused on Him throughout the day! Enjoy the Proverbs 31 ministries and how they reach out to encourage women everywhere. Mat the Lord bless you!

  104. Deborah says:

    What a beautiful way to put it! Always calm in the face of children… Being a child of God, I love how His Word speaks to every situation in our lives. Trust in Him and He will always make a way. Thank you for sharing.

  105. Please pray for me since you have overcome your fear of “squirming” things. I don’t fear much, I know God is with me. I’ve know the Lord intimately for more than 37 years, but still I cannot overcome my fear of these “squirmy” things. Please pray. On a happier note, I love reading, studying, and sharing God’s word, in any way, shape or form. I always pass along my devotionals and bible studies when I’m finished… that is, if they’re not too marked up. Then, I usually just buy them a copy for themselves. Thank you for sharing your story; it gives me both hope and encouragement. Blessings!

  106. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am a homeschool mom, and I also work part time at our town library. Between this and just taking care of my family, I am always looking for great devotionals to inspire me. Thank you, Renee, for your inspirational thoughts.

  107. Being mindful of His promises brings peace. thank you so much…..

  108. I want to Press Pause!

  109. Wow! ,I can really relate. As a little girl, I too was fearful of critters, dogs and especially snakes. I not only had bad dreams about those, but I also would often wake up and see a strange figure in my room which would paralyze me, heart beating out of my chest, sweat pouring down my brow. I would lay motionless for at least an hour, until I got up the courage to look and see if the figure was still there. They were always gone. I am very thankful I outgrew those fears, but being a grown-up and Mom raises different fears. Knowing God is always with me has helped to calm my fears.

  110. I would love to win a book and read more devotions like this one ~ inspiring! 🙂

  111. this would be a lovely gift for my daughter Breanne who is pregnant with her first child. she is a worrier and i hope this would bring her calming thoughts that all will be well.

  112. Sharon+C. says:

    Thanks Renee and Karen for the giveaway. It sounds like the perfect one for this weekend on Mother’s Day. I can so identify with fears. I was fearful of so many things growing up and still have fears to this day. I want to honor God by trusting Him with all my fears. My husband has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my life is starting to fill up with so many uncertainties. That old saying that what doesn’t kill us will make us strong. I want to be strong in the Lord and resist the devil. He has no place in my life now or forever. God bless you all. I pray for that inner strength that only God can give us.

  113. A month ago I noticed a lump on my toddlers neck but didn’t think much of it. I pointed it out to my husband tonight and he said it’s getting bigger and to call the doctor. Of course their office was closed and of course I googled ‘lump on neck’. I’ve spent the past three hours crying off and on and am so scared. My spiritual gift is faith and I’m terrified of being tested. Please pray for my baby.

    • Praying for you and your baby. Praying it’s just a swollen lymph node and nothing to be concerned about. In Jesus Name, amen!!

  114. The power to heal without medication is through God. I would love to win this book!

  115. Pamela Starr says:

    I pray for inner strength that only God can help me with. I pray that God will help me find the time to grow in him.

  116. I frequently feel like my life would be a lot easier if I could turn off my brain so I wouldn’t be paralyzed by anxiety and negativity! Of course, I can’t do that, but I can turn to God and rely on Him to change my thoughts or help me overcome them. This devotional was a great reminder of that fact. I’d love to read more!

  117. What a great book!

  118. Renee, I would love to share this devotional with my daughter…a single working mom with 3 children…the oldest being medically fragile. I know she finds it challenging to spend time with God and this excerpt gives me a glimpse of hearing God’s Word and living it out in real life. Thx for the opportunity to win! God bless all moms this Mothers day!

  119. Renée Cornelius says:

    2 Samuel 22:33 is my go to verse every time I fear something.

  120. The right words at the right time. Thank you for sharing ,I truly enjoy reading and rereading each one you send and apply it to my life and have shared with others. I have had a challenging last couple of weeks and when I calm my anxiety and pray Lord search my heart and help me let go of my fears..what a calming He gives. Help me to find the devotional so I so could use.

  121. Second thing I’ve read referencing snakes tonight!

  122. Loved reading the devotion with the precious verse from Proverbs. Thanks so much!

  123. Thank you so much. I get worries and anxious alot. I really need to remember this

  124. Joanne Kocourek says:

    You are not alone in your dislike of snakes! I’m right there with you. The perfect devotional for me today. Thank you.

  125. Just what I needed to hear today. I’ve had trouble sleeping, worrying/fearful of the troubles in my family. I would love this book to read more devotions on being calm in Jesus

  126. Elizabeth says:

    I remember being pregnant, scared out of my mind, I was with my best friend and her daughter. I had prayed before we went shopping for a sign, my “niece”, best friends daughter, ran to be and said, “Aunty Wizzy, wook, wook!” There, this precious two year old, was showing me a sign above the door as we entered, “Do not fear, I am with thee.” Wonder, amazing, and an answer. God was using this little angel to help me find my strength and know that everything was going to be ok!

    Love messages of hope!

  127. renee schuitemaker says:

    Hello, it sounds like a very nice book. I would love to read and learn from it. Thank you for you inspiration.
    Renee Schuitemaker

  128. Susan G says:

    What a great proverb to counter any fear we may have! It’s a keeper to memorize for sure.
    Thanks Renee, for such a good word.

  129. I would love this book!

  130. The Lord is our security! I love this. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

  131. Yes, remembering that God is in control brings me immeasurable peace and comfort.

  132. Loretta Culbert says:

    Reminds me of the old saying ” there is nothing to fear but fear itself” My dad use to say ” there is nothing in the dark that’s not in the light the only difference is you just can’t see it” We may not see what’s coming but God knows all about it! He knows where we are going and He is already there. Love this devotional I needed to be reminded of these beautiful truths.

  133. Sylvianne says:

    I really enjoy reading all your devotions. I try to share them with friends also.
    The Lord bless you!!!

  134. Dionne says:

    So good to be reminded that God is always aware of our circumstances and has things under His control.

  135. Donna C Burns says:

    Thank you for the encouraging and inspiring emails. Happy Mother’s Day to all!

  136. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. Learning to press pause and enjoy the moment is always hard for us moms. I’m learning to not feel guilty about me time.

  137. I try to remember God’s up all night, I shouldn’t be if I give it to him!
    Thanks for the encouraging word!

  138. Pamela says:

    I definitely need to learn how to press pause especially while I Keep It Shut, Karen Lehman! Beautiful reminder

  139. Kellie M. says:

    Pressing Pause is something that I need to do constantly with two boys! Thanks for the reminder!

  140. I believe Pressing Pause is something we, as females, wives, mothers, grandmothers, caregivers, all of the above, need to do to be what God has created us to be. We are so busy taking care of everyone else that we forget to stop and listen to his ever present voice. We need to remember that the same hand that placed the stars in the sky is the same one, resting on our shoulder, 24/7. Thanks for reminding us!

  141. Linda Kawicki says:

    What a beautiful story! How the Lord knew how much I needed to read this. Our God is so good. I can not go a day without Him being first and foremost. Recently I lost my mother, and even though I know how much God provides for us and that she is with Him its been a hard road. I miss her so much and wish now I would of done more for her, and told her more often how much I loved her. After her death, all of my fears surfaced. I thank God everyday for those He has placed in my life that walk this journey with me. The Lord is so good and all the time.

  142. Susan Lynch says:

    Thank you Renee, needed to hear this today….dealing with some issues with my elderly mother and it is draining me emotionally. Your words and verses you shared reminded me that God us my security and my strength.

  143. Barbara Rhoda says:

    A recent episode of unemployment, coupled with my daughter’s continued battle with depression, forced me into a position to trust God completely for my every need; emotional, physical, spiritual and financial. He never let me down and was there always right on time. I’ve never experienced such peace in the midst of such horrible circumstances. He taught me to not worry through it all.

  144. Spiders scare me more than snakes. I used to dream of spiders falling from the ceiling, thankful I don’t anymore.

    Thankful for a loving God who knows our needs.

  145. JOYCE K says:

    Sometimes I worry. And sometimes I worry about what I am worrying about….and then I worry about that!! Well, I know now that worry is something that needs to turn into prayer. When wor..starts in my mind..I turn it to my awesome God and I pray. Thanks for worry to turn me to God!

  146. God is the calm in all areas of life. We need to see things as He sees things. His perspective makes all things possible. Be still……..and know I am God. I’m forever learning and growing up these days as I lean in hard and trust Him. Thanks be to God.

  147. This book sounds awesome! I struggled with depression for 10 years and alcoholism for about 3. Finally God put me in a better place! I’m now a director of a Christian preschool and am loving life to its fullest!

  148. I’m desperately in need of a fresh touch of Christ, Also need encouragement to carve out time for personal devotion.

  149. Thank you for this devotional. Children are so rewarding in our lives and also very challenging. Strength and wisdom from God is always needed. I would so love to receive this offer. Thank you

  150. I have always struggled to find time with God. Even now that all of my children are grown up and I find myself an “empty nester”. People are still pulling me this way and that.
    Thank you for being obedient to our Heavenly Father and writing this book.

  151. Thank you! Wonderful thoughts! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book!

  152. Felicia Starr says:

    Finding myself single and teenage daughter choosing to live with her dad, I miss her so much. I fear so much for her and her future, but I know God has a plan and I trust him. God has been with me and reassured me to hold on to Him through this. The Proverbs 31 Ministries Books have been a source of inspiration and encouragement for me.

  153. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am someone who has terrifying thoughts of things that will 99.9% never happen, only worsened when I had my daughter. I love my quiet times in the morning, and just ordered the book “Let it go” to help. Thank you so much for the opportunity of a giveaway! 🙂

  154. I would love the chance to win a copy of this book — I sure do need to learn how to press pause!!!

  155. Interesting timing, read this after finding a critter. Definitely good reminder that I don’t need to be afraid. God not only has the present in His hands but the future as well.

  156. When our minds will not “rest” to offer the body sleep, ask God to please take care of the situation. Hand it up to him.

  157. I’m hoping this will be read as I’m not seeing another way to contact you, Renee. I wanted to let you know how much the journal “Come to Me” has meant to me in the past several months. I’ve been separated from my husband for almost a year now. There have been many ups and downs and things look like we are headed for divorce. As I chose your journal for myself back in December. I have been ministered to by the verses and prayers on each page. I fill each one top to bottom with writing so I don’t necessarily change pages every day but it is interesting that the words jump off the pages some days to minister to me right where I’m at. And the journal is beautiful. I love the soothing pretty colors. Just wanted to say thank you and let you know how God is using something you put together to bless me at a very hard time in my life.

  158. Thank you for your inspirations and the hope you give to so many. They have been so helpful, especially during the trying times my family has faced lately. I would appreciate prayers for my daughter, a single mom who is struggling to raise her 3 children alone. She lost her job 6 months ago and has not able to find another. My son is struggling to regain his life and his family after making some bad choices and turning to alcohol. He was fired, arrested for an argument with his wife when his daughter called the police, and facing jail time as well as a hefty fine when sentencing occurs for a bond violation for failing one of the many court appointed breath tests. It has already cost his family several thousand dollars for a lawyer and court fees straining their finances tremendously. The past 2 weeks another son’s wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than 6 months to live. I have no control over these and have put them in God’s care. My husband is not handling the stress well though. Each of these families are also struggling and in great need of prayer to get through these challenges and to strengthen their faith and not give up. Bless you!

  159. Thank you for your inspiration! I would like to ask for prayers a very close friend who is struggling with infertility. I pray she finds peace and strength in this situation. God has a plan and he will take care of her!

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