The Powerful Gift of Being Weak { + book giveaways }

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“Should I be honest?” I wondered. “What if I start crying?  What if she doesn’t really have time to listen?  What if she is just asking to be nice? I could keep it simple and tell her I’m fine.”

There I was, standing in the lobby at church waiting for my husband, when an old friend walked up and asked how I was doing. Our then three-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with a severe speech disorder a few weeks earlier, and I was not “fine.”

I was exhausted. I was overwhelmed. I was afraid my little girl may never be able to talk.

Yet I felt like I shouldn’t be any of those things. I should have more faith, more stamina, more strength and courage to navigate the unknown path of special needs parenting.

Sometimes it’s hard to let people know how we’re really doing because we don’t want to be high maintenance, right? We don’t want anyone to feel sorry for us. Or we fear that if we’re honest, someone might perceive our struggle as a lack of faith.

Other times we don’t let people know how we’re really doing because we assume they’re only asking to be nice and don’t really have time to listen. And what if we’re honest but it gets awkward because they don’t know what to say?

Sometimes someone sincerely wants to know and we just don’t want to tell them. That is the place where things get tricky for me. I will tell people I’m fine even when I’m not, because I want to be.

I don’t want to be weak and broken. I want to be okay. I want to feel strong, resilient, and courageous. 

And that is where I stood that day in the lobby at church. Everything in me wanted to keep my guard up, keep my heart sealed off and my lips sealed tight. But I was tired of hiding and pretending. So I took a risk and let my heart, my words, and my tears spill. I shared the hard parts of Aster’s countless assessments, unexpected diagnosis, and the heartache of not knowing her future.

Although Kelly probably had places to go, she stayed with me and listened. She grabbed some tissue when the tears started down my cheeks, and asked if there was anything she could do to help.

When I wanted to be strong, God showed me the powerful gift of being weak.

Paul describes what happens when God allows struggles that make us feel weak. And what God does in our weakness when we’re willing to rely on Christ. How God’s power comes and rests on us.

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV

Paul had been struggling and asking God to take away the pain. But somehow he realized and accepted that God allowed the hardship to continue to protect him from pride and the danger of becoming self-sufficient.

Tweet: There’s nothing that can hinder community and friendships more than us not needing each other. #CravingConnection https://ctt.ec/x1m0u+There’s nothing that can hinder community and friendships more than us not needing each other. Like Paul, I think God wants us to become more comfortable with our weaknesses because it keeps us dependent on Him and needing each other. 

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We don’t need to keep pretending we’re fine. What we need, to have and to be, is a friend who says “you don’t have to be strong all the time.” A friend who gives us permission to be weak and remind us of the truth we so easily forget: God’s power shows up in our weakness when we’re willing to be real about our struggles and our need for His strength.

Before we went our separate ways, Kelly asked if she could pray for me, right there in the lobby at church. Afterwards she thanked me for telling her what was really going on, and told me that knowing I didn’t have life all figured out made her feel normal.

God is able to work His grace and His strength in our weakness. When we’re willing to be weak, He gets to be strong for us. When we’re willing to be real, others get to see, pray for and get to know the “real” us and the real God we so desperately need and love.


One of our deepest God-given longings is to be known, by Him and each other. I’m so excited to celebrate the launch of Craving Connection, my new all time favorite book about the beautiful, vulnerable, hard and holy gift of friendship. Grateful to have my heart and my story tucked in these pages with thirty other friends from the inCourage community who took turns writing each chapter for you. If you want to invest in meaningful relationships right where God has you, become the friend you wish we had, and embrace the desire God has placed in you to connect with friends, you are going to LOVE this book!

 

BOOK GIVEAWAY: In partnership with DaySpring’s inCourage and Broadman & Holman publishers, we’re giving away 6 copies of Craving Connection!! Three of you will receive t books – one to keep and one to give a friend.

ENTER TO WIN:  

  1. SHARE this post – on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #CravingConnection and @ReneeSwope.
  2. SHARE your thoughts under this post, and let me know who you’d like to give a copy to.Winners will be randomly chosen next week and notified via email. If you are reading this via email, click here to leave a comment on my blog. All entries must be entered on my blog for participation in the drawing. 

Today’s post is a partial excerpt of my chapter in Craving Connection, a new book written by 30 different women from the inCourage community,

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. Matthew Rogers says:

    I find it amazing how God worked in your mind in being vulnerable to others. I admired how you stated that we can allow ourselves to have friends that comfort us in tough times and how the true power is on God. There are always going to be tough times in life and it is important to understand that God will be by your side. If I had the privilege of receiving the copy, Craving Connection, I would give it to one of my closest friends who I go to church and school with. This is an uplifting blog that will encourage me when I find myself in this situation.

  2. Anne Lipford says:

    Currently a friend and I am going through a lot separately feeling weak. Just this part of the book has encouraged me that it’s ok. I am going to share it with her too. Thank you for sharing your story and I cannot wait to read this book

  3. Kathleen Gardner says:

    This really spoke to me because I fake fine all the time. I think what I feel doesn’t matter and my struggle is not
    Important; others have so much more going on than I do. Thank you for sharing and a definite book for me to read.

  4. Tammy Trietch says:

    So often I feel so alone and no humans to connect with. I cry out my pain to God in the morning asking for His strength in dealing with my anger and frustration. I would share this with a friend who is currently incarcerated.

  5. Jill Kuiper says:

    I have a friend who is dealing with daily struggles of a child with aspergers. She struggles to find a connection with someone from her church. She is real and yet doesn’t feel the support you did from your friend. I’d love to encourage her through this book!

  6. Alice Rea says:

    Alice Rea

    I have a real problem confiding in my friends. But just over a year ago, my husband of 50 years died, and I have many issues that keep me from being content. I would love to be able to share these thoughts with a friend, but haven’t had the courage! Thank you for telling me about your book.

  7. Tracy Hensley says:

    I am currently in a study of 2 Corinthians and focusing on when I am weak then I am strong. Society today pounces on our weakness and exploits it to break us. I feel this book can help me to break downs walls and learn to open up and see that it’s ok when I do. I have 3 friends that I would love to see take this journey with me!

  8. I pray that God will make me into the friend that can graciously say to my friends, “You don’t have to be strong all the time,” and will deal tenderly with their weaknesses, with acceptance and without judgment or fear.

  9. Debbie Jackson says:

    Thank you for sharing the friends response! Often I am at a loss as to how to respond when I ask “How are you?” and the friend needs to peel back layers of “fine” honestly. Words to remember…. Pray with them then and there…. truly THANK them for sharing their heart…. and telling them , ” their honesty helps you feel normal … we all have a story, just some of us are blessed enough to get to hear others!

  10. Jennifer Vore says:

    Thank you for being the vessel for which God reaches us deep in our hearts. I have your book Confident Heart and it helped me grow closer to God in so many ways. This post today has helped me so much in the midst of my pain. Right before Christmas my husband announced he no longer wanted to be married. It’s all happening too fast and there is so much pain. This devotional from Craving Connection is perfect for right where I am. It’s hard for me to open up to others and be vulnerable at a time like this but I know God has a greater plan. I’m resting in Him. Thank you. I’m praying for this book. I also have a sister who could really use the words this book has to touch her life as well.

  11. I have a hard time admitting that I am not fine. That I have issues I struggle with. I don’t want to be perceived as needy or weak. I am trying to work on being connected to others to be able to do this. Thanks for sharing yourself in this area.

  12. Donna Tyler says:

    I am so thankful that you open yourself up to us because it helps us to feel that we are not alone with our feelings or failures. I am always pretending I am fine with the big smile on my face and so many times it is not true. I am enjoying the study with you on A Confident Heart Devotional and I also just purchased the book. I think Craving Connection will help me and if I don’t win a copy, I will purchase one.

  13. Relationships have been a challenge for me. Sometimes sharing too much and then closing myself off. God is showing me that community is important-I am part of the Body of Christ-I need you and you need me and we both need Jesus. Being vulnerable is hard when there is a pile of past hurts stored up in my heart. Being vulnerable is hard when I’ve already judged myself that I should have more faith by this time in my life, I should be more mature, have things more together….

  14. I have a friend who always asks how I am, but never will share her heart. I think this might help her.

  15. I recently let myself be vulnerable and shared with my small group that I really don’t have any close friends. I have put on that smiling face, but inside craved someone to be deeply honest with. My heart craves connection.

  16. Just before I “LOOKED AND READ” about friends and responses…I noted this..#1 register with Kum & Go app., #2 Swipe your card, scan your phone on every purchase. #3 Track your points at kumandgo.com/rewards #4 Reward yourself with free drinks, free food and fuel discounts with every 250 points. And at the bottom of the instructions it stated..”GET THE APP THAT DOES IT ALL…IT DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER! What IF our friendships were set-up like this = 4 steps w/ rewards? I feel that our steps as genuine friends need our awesome God with us, listening skills, honesty, realness…I have my “ups and downs” as well as do my friends. This book could help me as well as .I am thinking of one of my particular Christian friends who seems to “BATTLE ONE PROBLEM AFTER ANOTHER. I wish for her to know she is a real, honest, strong, loving friend who has power to “GET TO THE POSITIVE REWARDS FOR HER AS WELL AS ME = GOD DOES IT ALL = IT DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER” AMEN AND AMEN!!

  17. This is so timely for me because I made a commitment this year to connect more with other ladies to develop relationships as God directs. We truly do need one another. I would definitely give a copy to my sister because she really craves connection.

  18. Bethany Miramonti says:

    I would share with my adult children, whom I love dearly and am still trying to get the parenting thing right with. Grateful for His Grace.

  19. I would love a copy of this book! I am an open book so everyone knows my situations. I would love to give a copy to my friend. I am praying for her to trust God and to KNOW Him. Maybe reading everyone’s chapter will help! Thank you!😊

  20. I appreciate the reminder that sometimes all we need to do is listen and pray with someone — we don’t have to have an answer. Just stand with them. Just be there

  21. Becky Allen says:

    I appreciate your sharing this book. My daughter is bipolar and 42 years old. She was diagnosed after a full mental breakdown when she was 14years old. From then and until now has been a continuing battle. She has tried to commit suicide three times almost successfully once. She has been married twice, once to a guy who wanted to go straight, but couldn’t pull it off and once to a man with mental problems. My prayer for her is that God will become real to her again. She was kicked out of our your group at age 15 and turned her back on God completely. I lost my best friend to cancer four years ago and it has been hard on me because she was my prayer partner and confidant. I need to find someone I can trust to be my prayer partner and assure me God is still in control.

  22. This is beautiful! How many times have I felt the very same way, thank you for sharing. I would like a copy for my four dearest friends, so we can always be real with each other! Connection is so very important, first with God, then others!

  23. What an exciting idea to have 30 women share their stories! I like the advice you gave about becoming the friend you wish you had, and will share that with others I know who wish they had close, Christian friends. It’s such a comfort to know that when we are weak, God is forever strong and is there for us.

  24. This post was exactly what my husband and I were talking about this week. We put on that mask that everyone wears. You know the one, “the I am fine, nothing is bothering me” mask. I am just as guilty as this as the next person. I have been struggling with some health issues and some PTSD (I am an EMT). It is much easier to say, “I am fine” than to say, “this is my struggle…”

    I look forward to reading this book!

  25. I forgot to add to my previous post that I would give the book to my adult daughter, who recently lamented that she wished she had a close friend like I have.

  26. Debbie Walker says:

    This book speaks to many of us struggling and to others of us who needs to be more aware of the struggles of our families, friends and church fellowships. God speaks to all of us at different times. We need to open our hearts and minds. Can’t wait to soak up God’s grace as I read through this book.

  27. This really spoke to me. I have a friend that we can be real with each other. I would love to share this with her, Patricia. Our friendship is growing as time goes on.

  28. Barbara Prince says:

    Renee, I think I need this book. I have been an “I’m fine” woman all my life. I’m afraid to let people get too close to me for fear of rejection. I would love to share a copy with my pastor’s wife. She and I are a lot alike. Plus, she chooses the book for our church Ladies’ Book Study. Either way, I have to have this book. I hope it is a great success.
    #CravingConnection @ReneeSwope

    Blessings,
    Barbara

  29. I would love to share this book with my long time neighbor but short time friend Joan. We connected with each other about 2years(?) ago and have been building a beautifully strong friendship since then. It’s not always easy when your friend is so different from you, but you each learn from each other how to be that better friend.
    That was a much needed email devotional as I have a weakness that may leave me no longer here soon in the future. Praying for each and every of you who left your comments and opened your hearts!

  30. I would share both books with my women’s group. This is a topic that we all seem to struggle with and have discussed in the past.

  31. Regina Vollmer says:

    I have a dear friend that lost her son days before his 19th birthday last year. She struggles daily to be strong for her other 4 children. I want her to know it is okay to be weak at times and let others listen while she cries. This is the friend the book would go to. Please keep her in your prayers while she celebrates his 1st birthday in heaven today.

  32. I feel this is a book that i could use. I am not sure who I would share the second book with, but would pray that God would lay that person on my heart.

  33. Cindi Taylor says:

    It has been 5 years since my MS diagnosis, and I have tried to be strong and courageous by telling people I’m fine when asked. This blog not only gave me permission to not be ‘fine’, but showed me that sharing my weaknesses is being strong and courageous.

  34. It takes a lot of courage to be honest & real. I’m working on it! It’s rare to find someone who listens & doesn’t try to fix it quickly but but truly cares. There is freedom in that.

  35. PS: Forgot to comment who I’d share with…my daughter, cause she’s like her Mama!

  36. This was just what I needed! Dealing with pain and mental illness is hard and draining and I often fear being a burden or accused of being ungrateful or lacking faith. But that is not the case. I found real encouragement in this!

  37. Sherry Smith says:

    I would give this book to my friend, Sandra. Sandra has moved from our little community to a different part of the state but we are still close and she is the one I know I can call on when I am in need of prayer.

  38. NELLY HERRERA RAMIREZ says:

    tengo un dolor en mi corazón porque llevo varios años esperando la prosperidad que no llega, y a veces pienso
    en qué será lo que sucede, pero si he comprendido que mis debilidades se perfeccionan en Dios.
    Espero recibir esta copia por internet para descargarla y regalarsela a una amiga aunque son muchas las amigas que tienen dolores en el corazón.
    Quiero poder descargarlos por internet
    Gracias y Bendiciones

  39. Elaine Segstro says:

    I identified with your devotional Renee! When I am asked HOW I am doing, do I really tell them? It makes me vulnerable and too often those who listen feel uncomfortable, unless they are a close friend. I would love to read the book and would share with my daughter-in-law to be. I am so wanting and praying that she will embrace the Christian faith.

  40. Oh gosh I feel that way all the time that if I open up about how I feel no one really cares or would listen. The thoughts of not wanting to burden anyone with my problems because we all have our own problems. I get that way with GOD as well that if I burden him with my problem I’m taking away from him helping someone else who really needs. This really hit home for me Renee thank you for sharing about this book.

    I work with special needs families and for them especially the Moms the struggle is real and I would love to give one of these books to them.

  41. “. If you want to invest in meaningful relationships right where God has you, become the friend you wish we had, and embrace the desire God has placed in you to connect with friends, you are going to LOVE this book!” These word SO spoke to me as I am embarking on living in a new home, new neighborhood, new state….making new friends while still investing in the meaning friendships from my other home.

  42. Thanks for this Renee.
    Can’t wait to read this book. We can all learn how to be a better friend.
    I would read one book and then send it along to others to read, and the second book will go to my daughter in another state who will also read and share it as well I know!
    Blessings!

  43. This is correct email address. I saw the error on the above email address (which is incorrect) after I had clicked the submit button…

  44. Oh, how we women sure do crave connection. I would love to use this book in my quiet times! If I won a copy I would like to use the additional book for a giveaway on my blog. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter your drawing! Blessings

  45. Is it pride that keeps us from connection, which we all need?

  46. Is it pride that keeps us from connection, which we need?

  47. Cathy Lentz says:

    Would love this book and would give copy to my sister who just lost her job, has been fighting cancer and has trouble walking #craving connections

  48. Mary Townsend says:

    Renee, I would share a copy of this book with my daughters. They are both going through some challenging times… with children and work… they need to know that even in their weakness, they are loved and never alone! I would love to read it as well!

  49. I was just speaking to a friend today how I wanted to find a new church home in my new city so I could connect to a community. I’m thankful I moved to a place where I have a close cousin so I have a starting point knowing I’m not alone. I would like to share a book with her.

  50. I constantly wear the “I am fine” mask! I would love to share this book with my daughter. We are currently going through some very scary, stressful, and intense health issues with her, and this book would be an amazing book for us to read together as a reminder that it is okay to not be fine all the time. She is so strong, and takes after me when it comes to being “fine” all the time. I want to just hold her in my arms, and wipe the tears as she lets them go! She is headed for a journey of lengthy testing, possible major surgery, and worries of her children as she recuperates. My heart is breaking for her. No matter how old they get, they are still our babies. I feel so helpless, watching her walk through this storm. Of course, I walk beside her, but my momma heart is breaking!

  51. Alice Redmond says:

    Wow! OK, I am ALWAYS fine! The ladies in my Bible study group have been with me for almost five years now and they are just barely getting a peak at the real me who is NOT fine at all!

    Who would I give this book to? After I read it, I would give it to my best and only covenant friend, Karen. After the second time we spent time together, she said “I think God is calling us to be covenant friends” – WOW!! And with her, I can be real, thankfully!

  52. Karen Reese says:

    I would love to read this book! I relate to the I’m fine…It’s hard not to say 🙂
    There are so many I would want to give this book to so I would have to say the Women’s Dorm of Union Mission(Program) at the West Virginia Rescue Ministries.

  53. Mary beth blake says:

    Anytime anyone asks me how I am, I always say “fine”…….I don’t want to burden them and I always feel my feelings are small compared to others. I’ve been depressed and lonely since we moved because I don’t know anyone and I fear driving so I have to depend on my husband to take me anywhere even to get my hair cut! I called an old friend to talk but just couldn’t!!! I would love to have a copy of this book to read and know that I am not alone. Thank you

  54. When you’ve been through the Fire enough, you realize that being a ” Faker” got you where you are. Alone. Deserting ones own heart and God’s Voice to please others is manipulation. The Bible sees this as witchcraft.
    I have a woman in my group whom I’d love to give this book. She’s not a believer, but I believe there’s so much practical wisdom that she could use in this painful season of life.

  55. I’ve gotten to the point where my typical reply when asked how I am is: it could be worse, it could be better. Which part do you want to hear about?
    My real friends say all of it, acquaintances don’t usually know how to respond. There are times I don’t go to church because I’m not up for any conversation. Those are the days I stay home and just talk to God.

  56. Thanks you for your generosity and giving us all this opportunity to win.i would love this book so I could be more intentional in my connection with others

  57. Lynn Capps says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book. I would give a copy to my dearest, longest time (notice I didn’t say oldest lol) friend, Alice. She and I have been friends for 30 years. Sometimes we don’t see each other for awhile, but we seem to pick up right where we left off. I would love to give this to her and discuss it with each other via facebook now that we live in different cities. She was my maid of honor and I was her matron of honor. Our husbands are best friends. We’ve been married 25 years. We’re besties for life.

  58. I am always afraid to share my feelings and am very guarded about myself. I have very few close friends and they are sometimes hard to connect with, I feel a couple of possible new relationships developing but holding myself back. I need to be able to reach out more. thank you for sharing this writing

  59. I loved this. Showing my weakness is so difficult for me, yet I am the first in line to help another when they are weak. God has taken me to that place where I need him and others like I never had before. The lessons learned were amazing. Thank you for your post.

  60. what a great sounding book. I look forward to reading it

  61. I really appreciate your truth and sharing. I struggle with trying, when I really need to see myself focusing on Jesus and seeing myself thru Jesus. I would share this with a friend who is also struggling with confidence. Thank you bless you.

  62. Joanie Warner says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I would give a copy to my dear friend Nancy. She has blessed me so many times by just taking me where I am and helping me to open up and share my heart. She has accepted me weak spots and all. She is one friend who God has blessed me with that I am able to be vulnerable with. It’s still scary and uncomfortable to open up, but I’m learning. 😊

  63. It is hard to be honest with others. I want them to think I have my life together. Thankfully I have a few friends in the same stage of life as me (married with young children) and they help provide encouragement and sanity. It would be great to share this book with them. I want to work towards being confident in my roles in life and for 2017, my word is confident. So, trying to read up on the subject and focus on it as I read the Bible.

  64. Billie Ott says:

    I an enjoying your Bible study on your devotional. I would really love to share the book you contributed to with a friend.

  65. Patty Law says:

    Thank you Renee for doing this live Bible Study. I needed something like this now because I’m stuck at home taking care of my husband that has a lot of health problems

  66. Amy Marcov says:

    I would love to read this book and give a copy to my dear friend Angey. She has brought me back to God and is the dearest friend ever.

  67. Renee, I am so much enjoying our devotional study, I couldn’t hear you just now tonight so I signed off and will watch the other video after this. My prayers still are going out to your family as they look for more answers for your sweet girl and also for your compassion goal…I have no DOUBT God will place 50+ sponsors your way <3 ANYHOW , YES I would love this new devotional, I have shared and I wanna win! haha… 🙂

    • I forgot to add to who I would give it to , I would like to win it to share with the ladies of church , as I am the Women’s Ministry Director! We meet monthly and do devotions each month

  68. Unae Nadia Quainoo says:

    I really want this book for my sister in law and I. I moved to Michigan last month for graduate school. I’ll be commuting an hour 3-4 times a week to Ohio for school. As an international student I’ve hardly ever stayed at a place long enough to create lasting friendships. The hardest part is making friends and having to move to a different city and starting all over again. The saddest part about leaving Missouri after 2.5 years were the friends I’d made through work, volunteering and life groups. I just joined a new church and new study group which meets Wednesday mornings and I’m hoping for connection to help me transition into life in a new state and city. I know this book will be a great help. I’d like to give the second book to my sister in law. She’s struggling with being a new wife and having left her friends and moving to a different city with my brother. She’s not working so I know she gets lonely. We recently had a discussion about how difficult it is at some stages in life to make Godly friends since some people are not willing to bring new people into their fold. I pray I do get this book.

  69. I also have a special needs child. On top of his struggles we are going through a lot. I’ve become better at sharing with friends our struggles but when something is always (I so wish this was an exagheration!) going wrong I worry I’m becoming a bother.

  70. I have a friend that is confident to tell me that I don’t have to be strong all the time. I just struggle with allowing the vulnerability of sharing what is truly weighing down my heart. This book would be good for both us. Thank you for sharing your time with us for the Confident Heart Live Devo messages. Blessings to you & your family!!

  71. I would love to give a copy to a friend who needs to connect with other women. She’s been depressed for some time and I’ve noticed a decline in her in different ways. I pray for her. She’s isolated herself and needs to return to fellowshipping with the church and especially other women. I’m loving the devotional and journaling and being connected with the sisters in our book study group and the live videos. Thank you so much Renee for writing both books and being so transparent and being who God made you to be. Love, hugs and blessings!
    Kathy
    “The one whom Jesus loves.” John 13:23

  72. I would love to give a copy of this book to my friend Jolene. We are both trying to build our faith and it would be wonderful to have this resource and be able to study together. We need each other’s encouragement and support and I love that our friendship has been growing in God’s love. We have been trying to find a devotional to do together but have not found the right one yet. Thank you for all your encouraging words. God bless!

  73. Craving Connection, is a desire that God places inside each one of us to build that platform of love, talking and giving, and learning to reach out and trust. I would like to share those thoughts with begin with my daughter, who is now married and honored to bless her as my dear friend who all ways listens, cares and dreams right along side me. And, we have many in our path that could Kleene and lean -in to build together from on others strength and story.

  74. Thank you for sharing your heart. This is an area where I struggle big time because I’ve been taught that weakness is a sign of a lack of faith, so I normally suppress the need and longing to share my weaknesses with others. All of this suppression has caused me to become somewhat of a loner. I very seldom reach out to others for anything. I would love a copy of this book, because it may help me to get over my wayward thinking.

  75. @ReneeSwope,
    I would love to share a book with a dear friend who is wise beyond her years. She blessed me by giving me back my confidence in Christ at a time I really needed someone to have my back so to speak. She is now at a point in her life where she is seeking the will of God and so I really feel #CravingConnection will bring much encouragement. I’m getting a lot out of A Confident Heart, and thank you for doing the fb live posts. Thankful you chose to partner through this journey with us!

  76. @ReneeSwope, (sorry for repeat…had to change e-mail subscription!)
    I would love to share a book with a dear friend who is wise beyond her years. She blessed me by giving me back my confidence in Christ at a time I really needed someone to have my back so to speak. She is now at a point in her life where she is seeking the will of God and so I really feel #CravingConnection will bring much encouragement. I’m getting a lot out of A Confident Heart, and thank you for doing the fb live posts. Thankful you chose to partner through this journey with us!

  77. Renee, thank you for giving a voice to what we as women are thinking! I can think of two dear friends I would love to share this book with – can I win THREE copies?! I always relate with your writing and feel a heart connection to you. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  78. I’d give this my sister in law

  79. Delores McPherson says:

    My Sister and I are wanting to do a bible study together and I think this would be a great one to start with.

  80. I would share this book with a dear friend who always listens when I need to talk. She always assures me things will work out. I hope she she knows I will be a listening friend as well.

  81. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I find that I really have no one that I connect with other than the people in my home, social workers, and therapists. I do foster care and we don’t get to church often enough because one of our littles just can’t handle social situations. I often feel if I need/want to share some of my weaknesses, it will be things people don’t want to hear or that it will be a burden they don’t need. Many of the people we used to hang out with have stopped coming around. If I were to win, I honestly don’t know who I would share it with. I guess whomever crossed my heart and mind as I was reading it.

  82. I would love to read through this book with my friends Tracy and Karen.

  83. Melissa Oldaker says:

    Thank you for this giveaway. This sounds like such a great book. I would probably share with my best friend because we share everything. 😉I tried to spread the word by sharing this post on fb, twitter, and instagram.

  84. This is something I struggle with daily-how much to share, is this showing a lack of faith, is God disappointed in my complaining, am I too much for people, etc. I would share this with a friend who never shares anything, who always comes across as perfectly together. Thanks so much for this book and opportunity to win the giveaway!

  85. Guilty! of “being fine.” Sometimes I just don’t have the emotional energy to share; sometimes I just don’t take the time – mine or a friend’s. Or sometimes the person I would share with moves away – & that’s with whom I would share the book – my good friend I see too infrequently!

  86. Love your Honesty!! I struggle a lot with insecurity I’m trying to live who God created me to be!! Your book has been a tremendous help to me!! I’d would share this book wth abspecial friend Annie who means a lot to me!!

  87. This a beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing. I would love to read more of your work and look forward to hearing you speak this summer in MN. I would give a copy of your book to a friend who is struggling with be hospitalized when she is such a social person.

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