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Join me for a {FREE} Online Study in January

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A new year bring with it new hope. Hope for a fresh start. New dreams. A reset. Time to reflect. New plans to write across a fresh new calendar. 
 
But for many of us, there’s this thing called doubt that makes us hesitant to hope and dream. We’ve been here before and remember how hope can fade into feelings of inadequacy. Someone will get sick, plans won’t go as planned, and we will wonder why we ever thought things would be different. Why we got our hopes us.
 
Disappointment and set backs come and our confidence fizzles. And somehow self-doubt convinces us that it’s all our fault – we’re just not disciplined enough, smart enough, good enough, or _______ “enough.” 
 
But that’s simply untrue and unfair to our hearts. Life never goes exactly as planned for anyone. Not even the strongest, smartest, most organized people in the world have a life without frustration. Life is full of ups and downs but it doesn’t mean we should give up or toss out hope and stop dreaming all together.
 
 With {Christ} all things are possible, and when we believe it hope wins!
 
God doesn’t want us to stay stuck. He created us for a life that isn’t limited by doubts or held back by disappointment. {I’m preaching to myself here!} 
 
All through scripture God calls us to have confidence and hope. To keep believing, trusting and moving forward,
 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11
 
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7
 
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalm 28:7
 
These are just a few of the promises we’re going to unpack and wrap around the realities of our everyday lives as we walk through my Confident Heart devotional together. Yes, I’m hoping you’ll join me!!

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For the past few months I’ve been praying about leading a mini-online study with my A Confident Heart 60-day Devotional book. Then, last week, I found out it’s ON SALE for only .99 cents on AMAZON Kindle! I don’t think it’s ever been this low! It feels like the perfect time to read it together and encourage one another in the beginning of a new year!  

If you’re interested in joining me, you can SIGN UP HERE and I’ll send you more details, and be sure to get a copy of the book while it’s on sale for .99 cents! (I have no idea how long that’ll last)

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DON’T HAVE A Kindle? Download the FREE KindleApp on your phone,
Mac or PC, and then read the eBook there.

I’m praying this is one of your best years ever! And I hope to see a little bit more of you online in January and February!

xox0, Renee 

Don’t Shrink Back: a {FREE} Confident Heart Devotional Online Study + .99 eBook Sale

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We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but to those who have faith and are saved. 
Hebrews 10:39

“Things will never change.”
“My life isn’t going to get better.”
“I’ll never have the confidence I need.”

Those are some pretty depressing thoughts, aren’t they? But oh how easily they sneak into our minds and we go along with them without even realizing it. There have been times in my life when I felt paralyzed by thoughts like these.

Times when deep discouragement laced my emotions with uncertainty. 
Times when I let Satan convince me that my feelings of defeat and discouragement are normal.
Times when I shrink back from changes and challenges, as well as opportunities and open doors.

There have also been times when I’ve pulled back in my relationships—with family, friends, and even God. Shrinking back into a place of unbelief . . . settling for less than God’s best. All because I was tired of muddling through apprehension and indecision.

Has doubt ever convinced you that feeling inadequate and discouraged is normal? Or that living in a place of confident assurance isn’t possible for someone like you? I think we often forget we have an adversary who uses self-doubt against us—an opponent who shouts from the sidelines:

“You might as well quit.” “Go ahead and give up.” “You don’t have what it takes.”

We don’t have to go along with him. Today YOU and I can take a stand and stop listening to the lies. God wants us to know and believe that with Christ all things are possible—even you having a confident heart that lives with lasting assurance in Him.

Otherwise doubt, and your enemy, will win every time and your heart will be eroded by attitudes and emotions of defeat. But it’s not supposed to be this way. All throughout Scripture, God tells us things can change; life can be better. He declares with confidence:

See, I am doing a new thing! (Isa. 43:19)
All things are possible to [her] who believes. (Mark 9:23)
I am working all things together for good for those who love
me and are called according to my purpose. (Rom. 8:28)

What if we stopped listening to our hearts when our feelings aren’t telling us the truth – and instead we chose to believe God’s words more than our fears and doubts? It’s possible. I only know because I got so sick of shrinking back and decided to do something about it. Let’s map out our thoughts and walk in the power of God’s Word together— and learn how to live in the TRTH—no matter what our feelings tell us.

With God’s help it’s possible to have lasting Christ-confidence by choosing to believe Him. Choose to remember today’s truth, in this moment and the next, because you are not a woman who shrinks back and is destroyed—but a woman who believes and is saved! {Hebrews 10:39}

Today’s post is from Day 11 from my Confident Heart Devotional book? If it resonated with your heart, I want to invite you to join me on a 60-day online journey through the book! 

With the eBook on sale for ONLY .99  cents through Amazon Kindle, and January just around the corner, this is the perfect start for a new year!!

SIGN UP HERE if you’re interested in an online study  that will be starting the second week of  January, and I’ll send you more details.

Lord, give me a confident heart in Christ. I want You to lead me beyond believing in You to truly believing You. Help me rely on the power of Your promises and live like they are true. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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