You are My Hope & Confidence

I’ve been praying for each of you that posted concerns last week in this post. I’ve also got two winners to announce, but first I have a special friend I want you to meet. A friend who has needed and experienced God’s care in ways most of us cannot imagine. Her story will truly change your life and perspective forever!

Abby Rike is full of joy and an abiding trust in Jesus that is contagious. Perhaps you remember Abby from The Biggest Loser, season 8. Although she lost 100 pounds, she gained the world’s attention and heart through her tragic story and amazing faith. Abby has lived through what most of us fear most. But Abby has an Anchor of Hope and He is her confidence and trust. Today, I want you to hear Abby’s story. Just click the arrow below and let Abby tell you through her recent interview on NBC’s Today Show: (If you’re reading via email, please click on the title of this post to watch the video on my website.)

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Isn’t she amazing and adorable? Wouldn’t you love to meet her? Well, I know just how you can!

All you need to do is get yourself to Princeton, WV the weekend of August 26&27, 2011 – where Abby and I will be speaking together at my first ever Confident Heart Women’s Conference!

Friday, August 26       6:30pm – 8:30 pm   (Doors Open 5:30pm)
Saturday, August 27   9:00am – 2:00pm    (Doors Open 8:00am)


Abby is an amazing speaker  and she’s the author of  “Working It Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and Hope.” And along with her, I’m so excited that we’ve got Spirit FM’s morning host Linda Armstrong serving as our MC and Melissa Milbourn leading us in soul-filling worship. The event is being hosted by We Believe Ladies Ministries ( and sponsored by them, along with the Chuck Mathena Center, SpiritFM, Proverbs 31 Ministries and Chick-fil-A of Princeton, WV.

A Confident Heart Women’s Conference

Through powerful Biblical teaching, life-changing stories, soul-filling worship and girlfriend-fun fellowship, you will be inspired and equipped to live each day with lasting confidence and hope through Christ as you learn how to:

  • Fail forward even when life or sin sets us back
  • Live confidently in our God-given purpose, passion, and personality
  • Break free from people-pleasing and performance-based living
  • Exchange “against me” thoughts with scripture-based God is “for me” thoughts
  • Trust the certainty of God’s promises in the uncertainty of our circumstances and emotions


Order your tickets before July 25th and be entered to win a “Back Stage Lunch Passwith the speakers, signed copies of our new books and a $25 Starbucks gift card! Purchase 10 tickets, and you’ll get 1 free, plus receive 10% off when you purchase tickets before July 25th! Visit for ticket information or call (304) 425-5128 to order your tickets.

Be sure to let me know if you want to go and when you order your tickets! I’m going to give away an extra set of signed books from both Abby and me for anyone who registers before July 25th, and lets us know about it by clicking on “Share Your Thoughts” below this post.

(If you’re reading this via email, click the title of this post in your email to leave a comment on my website under “Share Your Thoughts” below this post.)

Last week’s winners are: Kari Long (5 copies of A Confident Heart & a Confernece Call with Friends) and Nanci R. ((2 copies of A Confident Heart).


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.


  1. Carol Bruntlett says:

    Thank you Renee for praying for us , Thanks for all you do your encouragement and for loving us.
    Abby that is awesome loved it . May God Bless you Both.
    Congatulations to the winners.

    • Thanks Carol! I hope I get to meet you one day!

    • Debbie Lepock says:

      I have the same thoughts as Carol.. she said everything I wanted to say… Renee I think you are AWESOME!!! appreciate you and your ministry.. always blesses me….. I need to get more info on your conference.. please… like how much it is going to be, i see its 3 hours from me, working on coming….

  2. What an amazing testimony of overcoming such a tragic situation. I can’t imagine what Abby went though…so thankful for a loving God who could heal her in a way that only He could. Best wishes for the conference…I just wish West Virginia was so far from California. Praying for a West Coast conference!

    Blessings to you…

  3. Wow,what a inspiring story and testimony Abby has!Tank you for sharing it with us Renee!I hope you have a great time at your Womens conference.

    Janet in TN

  4. Thanks for sharing Abby’s story. I’m with Audrey – in California and too for from WV, but have a great conference! I’m sure it will be a blessing to many.

  5. What an awesome story! Abby is an inspiration for anyone facing a tragic loss, any loss. To know that God will get us through what ever He puts in front of us!
    The conference sounds amazing, wish it was a possibility.

  6. You so encouraged me today, as I am in tears. Her story of a comeback is amazing. The video really moved me. Great inspirational message for the world to pass along as I have. Thanks. Amazing story!!

  7. Oh wow!! I am so excited! I can’t wait to read and share your book!! Thank you thank you thank you! And for your prayers, what a priceless thing to offer your readers. Praying for your ministry, too!

  8. Lorrie Howell says:

    I just finished watching the clip. Truely inspirational. I am looking forward to attending your conference in Princeton, WV in August.I have already purchased my tickets from the “We Believe Ministries”. It will be the third time I have had the pleasure of hearing you speak. You are a blessing. I haven’t recieved your book yet (I preordered it), but look forward to reading it. I was encouraged by your 7-day doubt diet. Thank you for the encouragement and prayers! Praying for you! GOD bless you!

  9. Brandie says:

    I LOVE Abby! I remember watching her on the Biggest Loser and feeling inspired by her then. Now, she is an even bigger inspiration. Thank you for sharing Renee!

  10. Melody Wilson says:

    I just joined your website and I looked at the video with Abby. It is so touching and it’s amazing what you can do when God is on your side. My mother departed in November of 2002, and if it were not for my faith in God, and the help of my immediate family and my church family, I don’t know how I would have made it. We serve an “awesome” God!! God can take our tradgedy and turn it into triumph…….!

  11. Bridget Wilson says:

    Can’t wait to see you and Abby at the Confident Heart Women’s Conference in Princeton, WV next month. My daughter and I are making it a mother/daughter event! We have already purchased our tickets, as 2 of the ladies from WE BELIEVE ministries are members of our home church. We’re so fortunate to have you all in our city for the conference.
    I’d love to be entered into your contest to receive your book. God Bless You….and we look forward to seeing you soon!

  12. I bought Abby’s book tonight- so excited to read it! Thank you both for the blessings you share. Wish I was close enough to attend the conference!

  13. Michelle says:

    I thought for the last 2 years I have been sitting on a fence not knowing which way to turn out of fear of making the wrong decision. Today’s devotional and then reading the first chapter of your book has showed me it is not fear but self-doubt and the inability to trust in God and follow his blueprint for my life. Thank you for allowing His word to speak through you to us and I look forward to reading more and allow your ministry to be a source of guidance. — M

  14. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers…thank you for acurately naming the sin that has haunted me for as long as I can remember…now that God has pinpointed that area for me, I am trusting that He will begin to perform “laser surgery” on it and show me what I need to do to help with the healing…I am coming boldly to the throne of grace so that I may obtain mercy and find grace to help in this time of need…

  15. Oh wow!!! I just found this on facebook. I have been wanting to hear Abby speak and now a bonus to hear Renee! I am praying that I will be able to come. I am going to pass this along at my church to see if anyone would like to join me. I hope I can get someone to go with me and do it before the 25th. I would love to win a pass to see you!!!! What a blessing:)

  16. Wend but says:

    Thank you for sharing this video. It really struck a chord when Abby said “Everyone is hurting.” Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own lives, feeling down and rightfully so, but it’s important to acknowledge those around who are struggling as well.

    For some reason, I am dumbfounded and amazed at how someone like Abby can smile and find “joy amidst hideous circumstances.” Unless we experience trials, we’ll not know how to relate to others. I don’t wish pain in anyone’s life-especially someone like Abby. But, thank you so much for sharing your story. Your joy and smile radiate and captivate. Thank you for giving me a glimmer of hope today. -Wendie

  17. oops, somehow my name got butchered above!

  18. I’ve learned a lot naming my thoughts of worries, fears, self doubts and all those negative feelings i have. I’ve been living with them and it’s only this time that i realize they are all unhealthy thoughts. Now i know what to pray to God and i am amazed that for every thought i’ve named, God has a response and promise to it. Thank you, to you both for inspiring and enlightening me. I really feel blessed to be part of your ministry (even just through your website) and by reading your blogs and inspirational messages. I believe, God is in control, He’s guiding me towards t he right path. By the way, how can i purchase the books, do you ship in any parts of the world, i’m here in NZ?

  19. Is anyone else having trouble accessing ? I can’t find it online.

  20. Roselyn says:

    Thank you very much Renee for the 7-day Doubt Diet. I was so touched it was as if you were talking about me. I thank God for He has spoken to me through the inspiring messages that i have read from day 1 up to this day which is day 5 for my diet. I am changed now, I know myself better, and I know God created me for a purpose and I am ready for it.

  21. Sharon Chism says:

    Again, I just can’t say thank-you enough for writing these books and devotions. Your not only encouraging but offering hope to us. I too hope someday I’ll get to come to a conference. I hope you’ll plan one close to Branson, MO. I just get so overwhelmed by all the information. Usually I go on overload and then know I can’t keep up and quit, I so want to get better so please pray that I can absorb all these great works of yours and know how to appy it to my life. I never met you but I feel like we’re a kinder spirt that God has brought across my path. Love you and just don’t give up. You have so much wonderful stuff to share and change lives. Love you. Sharon

  22. Sharon Chism says:

    Besides writing just Godly life changing information I forgot to say thanks for praying me. That is one of the greatest gift a person can do for another. God bless you. I do hope I’ll be able to win your book or any of your resources but if not I’ll have to find a way to get it. Being a Senior on a limited income puts you at a disadvantage. I just wish I had found you guys when I was younger so I could have changed the direction of my life earlier. Sharon

  23. D+ Barbinha, ameeeeei :)[] Re:donpeusNovember 16th, 2012 em 3:17 am, Obrigada Linda!!! AMEEIIIIII o BARBINHA []Bárbara Lima de almeida Respondeu:November 16th, 2012 em 12:26 pm, Melhor ser chamada de Babi chará! rsrsrs, adorei tbm, preciso de motivações, a preguiça ta reinando por aqui. bj[]

  24. Estic totalment d'acord amb les dificultats relacionades amb la lògica del màrqueting. Jo, però, estan lluitant amb la sull'Xcode primers passos amb la clara intenció d'escriure la meva pròpia aplicació potser més adequat per Les xarxes empresarials. (També tracte que em pot ajudar a obtenir el certificat de "dreta" …) Espero risentissi! bona sort!

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