{Week 9} Is Worry Making You Weary?

I have a P31 devotion today and want to say hello and “welcome” if you found your way here through it! I’m so glad you stopped by!
I wish we could sit in a coffee shop and chat today

I’d love to talk with you about things that are weighing you down or worries that are making you weary. They always seem to lighten when shared with a friend.

I’d tell you about the year I let my problems pile up and how all that pressure almost took me down. It’s all in chapter 9 of my book including the story about  how I accidentally took my dogs medicine one morning. 

In my devotion, I shared how God has been changing me and rearranging me. I also promised to share three steps to overcome worry and a practical way to physically give God your concerns! Since we can’t chat in a coffee shop today, I decided to share my heart in a short video post.

Message Notes: You can download my “Video Message Notes” in a PDF here or in a Word doc here.  They include the points of my message, verses and blanks to fill in. {If you’d like to watch more FREE Confident Heart videos based on my book, click here.}

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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.


  1. Just read your P31 devotional and oh, sister, you’re singin’ my song! I can totally relate. Thanks for your wise words. Loved them! PS. We’re using your book for women’s home groups this summer. 🙂

    • Loretta Pfoff says:

      Dear sister for you,

      Jesus, Jesus , I am resting in the joy of what Thy art , finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.

      Try this, it works


      • Heather says:

        How refreshed I feel now with God’s word and the steps you provided to remind us to turn to the Lord. I am at the beach and worry started I decided to go online and read my Proverbs 31 devotional. I saw your title about worry and God lead me to it. So refreshed now and full of joy! Thank You

    • Sharon Carrow says:

      What a needed uplift to be reminded that God can help us with all things, especially the daily deadlines and stresses in our lives.

    • I really like the cross on your nightstand. What an excellent reminder to cast my worries to Jesus. Thanks!

      • Erika Bayot says:

        These are 3 great and easy steps. I too think the nightstand idea is great. During really stressful times when it is really difficult for mind to just relax, I think of the following verse; “Be still and know that I am God.” Even if I have to repeat it over and over again, eventually, I am at peace and I am able to hear God.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Hi Renee,
      God has recently pointed out to me that my greatest spiritual struggle comes with spending too much energy rehashing what I’ve done in the past and worrying about the future.
      Your devotion really spoke to me.
      In the Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis has the main character, one of Satan’s “managers” telling his minnion to keep his victim either rehashing the past or worrying about the future, because GOD IS IN THE PRESENT. I try to remember that but I’m not always successful.
      Thanks for reminding me today,

      • Lorian Lindsey-Scott says:

        Oh Karen that was good! Hi Renee! It was a blessing to have found you today through P31. Anxiety and stress is a HUGE issue causing so many problems. I love how your husband told you to make a list, mine says the same. The cross on the nightstand, great idea! Today I am challenging me to “stop talking to myself and start talking to God” Amen sister! I look forward to reading more!

    • Laura Minich says:

      I was looking for a daily devotion and found this site yesterday. Just what I needed with my busy life; 4 kids, husband who works nights, graduate school, etc…sometimes I feel like I am so overwhelmed!


    • I woke up this morning tired. The last two days at work have been stressful; I am a church secretary. When I got to work this morning I decided I needed to take just a few minutes to read the Proverbs 31 devotion I subscribe to. What a blessing it was to be reminded to take it all to Jesus! When I get home today, I plan on revisiting your website to look at the online Bible study and your book, “A Confident Heart:. God lift you up today and give you peace as you minister to so many through your website!

      • Lorri Wright says:

        Oh, Janet, it made my heart happy to read your sentence, “…work have been stressful; I am a church secretary.” I am, also, and people just have no idea just how stressful that can be. I normally do read my P31 devotional’s first thing but today was so busy, I’m just getting around to it.

        It was something I did need today and will try to take the steps with me and use them.

    • I tell my husband all the time not to worry, everything will work out, but actually I worry as much as he does. I often find myself worrying about decisions I have made or things I have said or done in the past. I think about how I should have said or done something different. Then I remember Philippians 3:13-14 and ask God to help me move forward and not stress about things that I cannot change.

    • Beth Davidson says:

      I love the idea of putting worries down on index cards and actually “giving them” to the Lord. I fail so much with this and worry so much. Thanks for your words of wisdom!

    • thank you for the encouragement, about how and why women worry and grow weary. It really help allot to put things into prospective. May God Bless all the women that read this to take the time to rejoice in the Lord, and pray always. love and prayers Judy

    • Renee, enjoyed your video. I am just like you with my worry. I can really relate about worry.

    • Thank you for the reminder of resting in Him. I lost my brother a year and a half ago and my heart has been very heavy and all of life seems to be causing an anxious heart. I needed to hear these words today. I love getting them in my inbox. God always knows when I need to read it.

    • Joanne Riddle says:

      This devotion & teaching is perfect for where I am at!! I listened to the message twice & will download the document, thank you so very much! I am a homeschool mom of 5 (ages 10 yrs – 10 months) and definitely fall into the category of “serving more than seeking” and I am running out of fuel! I plan to implement your suggestion to write my cares down on cards to physically give them to the Lord. 🙂

      Joanne Riddle

    • Renee
      I enjoy reading your posts and videos so much. I’ve been off work d/t an injury and life has so many ups and downs.I try really hard not to worry about bills, my future health,etc.This is trying to take hold of my relationships and every thing. I try to stay up with prayer and good thoughts and words of encouragement from awesome women of God like you.

    • Jesus thank you for sending P31 to me today, just what I needed. Thank you Renee for listening to the Lord and writing Confidant Heart. I am one of those stress-induced depression women. I will definitely be writing down verses on index cards.

    • Miska Varner says:

      I just read the chapter 2 of “A Confident Heart.” That helped me so much with what is going on me. I am in the middle of a big move, two boys that are 10 months apart and a husband. No time at all for myself lately. I definately will start though. I releated to a lot of your life stories as well. Thank you so much.. It calmed a lot of my anxiety down.

      Take care and BE BLESSED !! 🙂

    • Murphmcclin says:

      Thank you for reminding me of my favorite bible verse and to lift all my worries up to god. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I am going to try the note card remedy starting today. Thank you Renee for your wisdom filled words,

    • Thanks for reminding me not to worry. I have a huge tendency to do so and recently heard a great thought in a Christian podcast – that nothing happens to you by mere association. IE: just because we hear of a tragic car accident, loss of a job, divorce of a close friend or family member, etc. it does not mean that something similar will happen to us or our family because we were close to such a situation. I’m going to try to remember this and be more thankful for the blessings the Lord has provided in my life for myself & my loved ones.

    • Hi! Who among us haven’t felt over burdened at points? Last night I had a good cry before going to sleep but I also had a good prayer session with God and turned my worries over to Him.

      I would like to share this with you all. It is called ” Cleansing Prayer ” . This is if you feel you are worried about a person and it is weighing you down…..

      ” Dear Lord ,
      I thank you for granting me the privilege of ministering into ———————–‘s life today. I now want to release both ————————- and the responsibility for his/her healing to you. Thank you , Lord, for your love for ——————-, which is for greater than mine could ever be.
      Where I have become connected to ————-in any way that is outside of your will, I ask you to forgive me and to now unbind the cords drawn between us and cause us to be connected to you in those areas instead.
      Father, please cut me free, by the sword of your Spirit, from any transference, spiritual or emotional, that took place during this session, and nail it to the Cross of Christ.
      Wash me, Lord, and restore me to your original design, and renew me where my energies have been depleted through ministry.
      Seal that which has been accomplished in ___________________’s life today, and protect if from enemy forces. I give all of the honour, the glory and the praise to you.
      Thank you, Lord. Amen.

      I just thought this prayer might help some of you who are burdened in this way.

    • Charlotte says:

      What a blessing your book and your devotions are. I thank God for the the gift He has given you to share Christ and help so many women. I have been going through health issues that have been very diffcult. It is easy to get wrapped up in the “worry” verses the “Faith ” in God that ALL things are possible for those who believe. Thank you for being a blessing to so many women. Your wisdom helps me to be reminded in Christ Jesus the victory has already been won, all I have to do is believe!

      May God use you to the fullest for HIS glory,


  2. Deborah says:


    You are always right on! I have been so down and out lately…so now I am going to sit down and figure out why I am down and out…what I need to change…I printed out the P31 devotional as well as the three ways to overcome worry…

    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and insight!

    Keep up the great work!


    • When we are down to nothing, God is up to something! Praying for you, that God would continue to strengthen and encourage you in Him. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Bless you!

  3. Hi Renee, I just had a day I wish I could do over. Thanks for reminding me to “stop worrying, start praying and keep thanking God for how much he cares and that we can cast our cares upon Him.”

    God is in control and cares about every detail of our lives. Even when we make mistakes. He is there. No matter what! Our God is an awesome God!

    • I had that same kind of day. It was AWFUL, I was awful, I feel awful.
      Let’s pray for each other.
      Love to all.

  4. Renee, thank you for helping me recognize all of the worry on my plate that I have not handed over to God. I am currently going through a divorce, one of my 5 year old son’s friends from school drowned, my college daughter is moving and I am doing all I can to support all of us emotionally, spiritually, physically, and financially. I recognize I can’t change what is currently happening, it is what it is, now I am reminded to take it to our Lord. I do not need to do it alone, He will strengthen me. Thank you for your reminder, God Bless!

    • I am asking God to hold in arms to give you strength. You have a full
      Plate. Taking care of yourself first before others. You will not have the
      Strength for them till you do. Praying for your friend that list the 5 year
      Old also. I am lifting you up to God.

    • Praying for you right now Sonya. Praying for God to surround you with His angels and with friends to walk you through this – to hold your hand, to hug your kids, to carry your burdens with you. I am so sorry. I agree with Sandy, even though it won’t make sense at times or you won’t feel like you have time, pull away and do little things that refresh your heart – a walk in the evening, a long bath, a nap – otherwise you will become depleted and you won’t have anything to give. Let HIM pour His words of encouragement and love into your heart. If you don’t have my book I would love to send you a copy and another book for weary moms. Please email your address to aconfidentheart@gmail.com. You are in my heart and prayers today!!

  5. Jayne Tetley says:

    Thanks so much for your wise words today, they are like cool waters on a dry hot day. Humbling, yet they strengthen my soul. May God continue to make your ministry a blessing.

  6. I don’t believe in coincidences…I believe in God’s Will and amazing timing! It’s 2:30am and I am wide awake with worry although I absolutely physically exhausted. I grabbed my iPad off my nightstand and “wandered” onto your website…wow! My 3 yr old daughter has an appointment tomorrow with a specialist due to some health issues that are stumping our primary care physician. On top of that, we ended up in the ER tonight her after our family pet randomly decided to bite her on the face while they were playing. Her face is going to heal but there will be a pretty intense scar that the dr said could take-up to 3 yrs to totally heal. So I cried…which then make me feel guilty for being ungrateful. All that said….thank you! I totally needed a life check on all consuming worry.

    • Casie,
      I had this happen years ago with my daughter and yes you can still barely see the scar between her eyes, but by God’s blessing she has both of her eyes. Look for the blessing!

  7. I don’t believe in coincidences…I believe in God’s Will and amazing timing! It’s 2:30am and I am wide awake with worry although I absolutely physically exhausted. I grabbed my iPad off my nightstand and “wandered” onto your website…wow! My 3 yr old daughter has an appointment tomorrow with a specialist due to some health issues that are stumping our primary care physician. On top of that, we ended up in the ER tonight her after our family pet randomly decided to bite her on the face while they were playing. Her face is going to heal but there will be a pretty intense scar that the dr said could take-up to 3 yrs to totally heal. So I cried…which then make me feel guilty for being ungrateful. All that said….thank you! I totally needed a life check on all consuming worry and what really matters!

    • The Lord will take care of you and your family. Praying for a quick healing for your 3 year old. With God all things are possible! Praying for you and your family! God bless you!

  8. Maureen says:

    I am often weary and doubt my ability to handle all the things in my life so thank you for the reminder that God does not want me to worry. I want to choose what is better and let go of my worries. I want a thankful heart.

    • I too, find it hard to not worry and to hand things over to God. I have made many changes in my life and I have prayed that where I am is where God wanted me to be ( and I believed this is where he has lead me)…but now I am having doubts because I am still struggling with so many things and I know I need to be patient and everything is in God’s timing not ours. Please pray for me that I can have a confident heart and know that God does have a plan for me. Thank you

  9. Good message, beautifully said. Thank you so much for just what I needed and speaking God’s words into my heart this early AM as I am up with a sick pet and still 4 hours until the vet opens. God sees and cares and is with both of us.

  10. I love the verse Philippians 4:6, 7. It’s such practical instruction on worry. I needed to read that this morning.

    Your blogs are precious. I enjoy hearing them. It’s funny how even though you and I lead such different lives what you say so often can be applied to me.

  11. You are a blessing. I just watched the video and it spoke to my heart as if God planted it just for me. I am sending the link to every woman I love this morning. Thank you.

  12. I am up way too early on a summer morning because I awoke to worry. The P31 devotional led me here, and I just love the idea of writing my worries on index cards to give back to God.

  13. I was encouraged by your words this morning. Thank you!

  14. K Macarthur says:

    Hi Renee,

    Just wanted to say thank-you for your great post today – I received it via proverbs 31 ministries and it was very timely. As a mum of 2 (ages 3 and 6) who is about to start full time work in 3 weeks time (which we feel is God ordained) – worry was creeping into every crevice of my brain!! I could actually feel the tension start to melt as I read the verses you posted.
    So thanks very much… Need to give it to God and stop worrying!!!

  15. God woke me up very early today, and I know it is because He wants me to come to Him! I made myself a chi tea and got the iPad, after I started writing a list on a 3×5 card. As I was writing I thought to myself, I probably already have these things written down on several other lists lying around EVERYWHERE!!! Feeling guilty turning on the computer, I heard God speak to me…go to you’re inbox. Your devotion was first one…thank you! I could go on and on about all that is consuming me, but instead I will do so before Him. I am so in need of his grace and peace! Blessings to all my sisters in Christ everywhere and thank you for this devotion!!!

  16. Really liked the devotional! The stress-relief pak sounds wonderful right now too! : )
    Thank you, Tamara

  17. Good morning,

    From the time listed on the other posts, I can see I am not the only one who looks to the message given through you ladies at 31 to help me start my day. I am constantly having to look at my list and wonder if they are my line up, Gods, or even set up by inappropriate forces.

    Thank you for encouraging me to move forward and teaching me to trust in Gods answers even when my schedule seems a bit too full.

  18. Worrying is what I do best! No wonder I am always so tired. I am going to work today as the last day in a place I dearly love and transferring to a more difficult situation. Consequently I am surrounded by worry. I needed to read your thoughts and reminders today. I put today and those to come in God’s hands and know that all will be fine. Now… If I can just remember that! Thank you for the encouragement.

  19. I am so weary I am in tears most days. I have so much on my plate, mom of 4, foster mom of my niece and nephew, watching 2 other kids to help out people. I lost my job last Sept. and we decided I’d stay home with the kids, but that has me scared as money gets scarce. I have had depression issues all my life and feel like i’m falling deep into it again, i’ve been praying hard but i’m feeling like God doesn’t hear me. I enjoyed your devotional and i’m going to keep praying hoping for some relief from this sinking hole.

    • Stephanie, i can’t relate yet to the stress of children, but I can relate to worrying about money and also about depression. There were times in my life that I lay on my bed and cried to God for what felt like hours, with no relief to my aching spirit. I would rise to go about my business feeling just as sad and lonely as before. God has since used various things to heal me from that, and so I wanted to encourage you:

      He IS listening! Romans 8 says that the Holy Spirit prays for us when we don’t have the words to pray, and that Jesus himself is standing beside the Father interceding for us! That means even when you are or aren’t praying, you are being lifted up to the Father by Christ himself!
      I also have clung to the verse in John 16:33, “Inhave told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have OVERCOME the world.”
      Finally, I have found refuge in the Psalms. David, the man after God’s own heart, lived a life of many challenges and struggles. In Psalms, He pours his emotions out to God, uncut uncensored! Psalm 42 is a great place to start, because in it David expresses his deep discouragement, and then preaches truth to his spirit- a very neat method for beating depression. Remind your Spirit that you are God’s and He does care for you!! I pray you will find encouragement and peace and freedom in Christ!

      • oh Kelli…. AMEN!!! to your response! It is so necessary for us all to remember this… having gone for almost 2 days of no sleep due to horrific pain from inoperable tumors, and concern for a daughter who is with a serious case of pneumonia and has no insurance so the hospital wouldn’t keep her & living a few hours away so I cannot be there to help her in some way, and a teen granddaughter who is going through so much also…. I am with my heart and hands lifted to Heaven 24/7…. Stephanie… God is hearing every word you lift to Heaven… and even those you don’t… What amazing Grace the Lord shows us through what Kelli just reminded us… that the Lord Himself is listening!.. AND petitioning the Father on our behalf!!! Praise God!!!
        Stephanie, I will pray for the Lord to give you both emotional and spiritual refreshment over the days ahead! May God guide you and give your family the rest it needs and supply you above and beyond what you could ask or think!
        Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  20. Natasha says:


    This is such a blessing. I needed to read this. I have been told i’m a worry wart. After reading this devotion, it just helped me to realized, I tend to worry about things I have no control over. Now what I do is write little release prayers in my journal by my bed. It seems to help me release that burden or those thoughts. This was a confirmation that I am on the right path to be worry free and to be wrap up in God and listen more of Him and not my thoughts.

    Thank you for sharing

  21. I’ll admit I’m a worry wort, but I’m trying to do better and turn it over to God. I connect with your suggestion to find a resting spot in his presence. A time when I can unload and let go, if even for just a few minutes, is with Him. Thanks for your email today.

    • Thank you for this devotional!! I resonate with your experiences and those of so many of the women that have written on this blog. I worry so much about the outcome of things instead of giving it to God. Thank you for being so transparent!!

  22. Frankie says:

    I agree with other listeners/readers. We don’t see your messages by coincidence–God is working. This morning was very timely. Like others I was up early wondering where to start and how I can ever make a difference with all the stuff I have to do. Here was your message that I needed to hear. I am going back over it again and jot down some notes. Thank you!

  23. I am willing to work hard and give my worry and stress to The One who can take it away! Thank you for today’s post!

  24. Thank you for your gentle reminder today to take it all to Him!

  25. Thank u 4 this awesome devo. I am in a place where the Lord is wanting to transition me into some new things, and I have found myself fearful as I let go of all that is comfortable. Trusting God into unchartered waters has been a challenge for me. I will be making a list this morning, as to WHY I am afraid to let go!! I will also be spending time consecrating my heart n motives to Him and thanking Him for the provision He has ahead. Thank you Renee

  26. What a wonderful devotion for this morning. Needed the encouragement after a restless night of tossing and turning due to worrying.

  27. Christine says:

    I have been worrying over a circumstance in my life for nearly two years & it has taken a toll on me emotionally, mentally, and physically. I’ve tried over and over to lay my worries at the foot of the cross, but still can’t seem to let go. I thank you for your encouragement to keep trying.

  28. Michele says:

    Thank you for this message. It is what God knew I needed. I have been struggling with giving my worries and concerns to God totally. I find myself in prayer giving them to Him only to find myself taking them back and the process starts again. I want to get to a place where I just totally let them go. With much prayer I know this will happen if I stop getting in the way. Thank you again for letting God use you.

  29. Good morning, Friends.
    I use index cards for all things inspirational and various kinds of lists. I even make cute gift tags out of them. But I don’t think I have ever written my concerns on them. I don’t have a cross next to my bed, but I have a couple on my dresser. I’m going to try it today. Thanks so much for the idea, and for your words of encouragement.
    Love to all.

  30. Vicky Ward says:

    I feel that God used this as a reminder and confirmation to what has already been going on. I used to consistently worry, in fact worry was the only consistency I had in my daily personal life other than things I am required to do i.e. work, household things ….I have found now that I am taking time to get involved in reading His word, a Proverb a day, recently found your devotion, and prayer I find myself not worrying. The times I do start to worry I will begin to pray for others or sometimes about the situation. I have found that praying for others gets rid of the worry quicker than praying about the situation. Thank you for your encouragement through this devotion.
    May God bless you and thank you again.

  31. I definitely just wanted to leave a little thank you for this. I’ve been struggling hard with something I couldn’t let go to the point it was affecting my life in more ways than one, and not positively. My favorite verse is 1st Peter 5:7 but I haven’t been able to get myself to fully cast my fears onto him. I’m such a hands-on person, you’re idea for writing my worries out and putting them under a cross so I could literally cast my fears and worries on him is something I am going to do. Thank you for a hands-on/interactive way to “cast” my fears, this might really hit home for me.

  32. Kimberly F. says:

    Amen Renee! You have described my life to the letter. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. I look so forward to reading your devotions each and everyday. You have been such a God sent. Keep em coming.

  33. Your devotion was truly a “God thing” – even to the detail that we’ve had a trip planned to the mountains next month & I commented to my husband this morning how much I was looking forward to getting away & relaxing. Then I got your devotional. 🙂 Like most women, my plate is full, but the most important thing is my time with The Lord, not the things on my plate. Thank you for allowing God to use you to minister to others.

  34. Rohna Harkless says:

    Renee, that was very poignant, as I slept so poorly last night because of issues with anxiety. Thanks for reminding me what I need to do (and NOT do!).

  35. Melinda says:

    Hi, thanks for the reminder of Who is in charge and how to activate that power in my life. This was just what I needed today. Thank you, God for Renee and always knowing “just what I need.” 🙂

  36. Jeannie says:

    This really hit home.sometimes I don’t even realize I have been deep in worry until I am exhausted and feel burdened down. This bible study has been so wonderful for me and those around me. All 5 of my girls now have this book and I make reference to it a lot. If I could I would give every woman I know a copy. I am becoming more confident in my heart. Thanks Renee for listening to what God put in your heart for all women to read and let sink deep into our hearts how much God loves us so we can become the women He wants us to be.

  37. Some trust in chariots and some n horses, bur we trust in the name is the lord our God. Ps 20:7. That is my power scripture to fight worry. Loved your article .

  38. Natalie says:

    I was lying in bed this morning with worry on my heart. I decided to check email to get my thoughts going in another direction and opened up the email from Proverbs 31. It was just what I needed to read this morning! Thank you for Sharing that!

  39. Rose Mallard says:

    Renee, this was right on this morning. Last night I couldn’t sleep worrying that my daughter and her two boys under 3 would be safe on their first flight by themselves to NC. I am definately going to get a cross and put it beside my bed to put worries under. One friend told me to “leave them at the feet of Jesus” and I have been doing that but the cross beside my bed is a physical act that will help me let them go.
    Thanks again for your encouragement, you help me so much.

  40. Pamela Ackerman says:

    I needed this today. Work has become so stressful and overwhelming. I am trying to trust God and am failing miserably at resting in His peace. I will focus on the scripture you provided today and will work on reminding myself to stop worrying, start praying and keep thanking God throughout it all. Thanks, Renee!

  41. Marianne says:

    Thanks. That was exactly what I needed to read today! I am going to talk to God about my worries and place them in His lap. Just that picture of handing my worries over to the One who can certainly handle them better than I can is comforting. Thanks again.

  42. Today’s devotion was right on target for me…just as so many P31 morning moments are. I am so thankful to know that I am not alone in this walk of trying to be a woman after Gods own heart and being all we can be for our family’s without forgetting our own needs. Thank you! Kendra

  43. How perfect are your words today? I have a huge decision I am waiting on to come in the form of an email and all I can do is worry about it. I have asked God to help me let it go. I will be repeating this verse today so I can give it to Him and focus my time on my small children!

  44. Sherry Smith says:

    I love the visual concept of having a table top cross by your nightstand and then literally laying your concerns and worries at the foot of the cross. That is something that I am going to incorporate into my life.

  45. I am not sure how I first stumbled onto Proverbs 31 website but I am blessed over and over again from the daily devotions and todays message is one I need to hear over and over. Thank you..

  46. Just felt called to take a moment before rushing off to work to read today’s P31 devotion and I’m so thankful I did that, along with visit your site and listen to you speak. I have been particularly overwhelmed with trying to keep it all together and make everyone happy. I have an especially difficult boss who is making work a place I don’t even want to consider going to each day, yet I’m her personal assistant and the office manager so I feel like I’m also in a place where I can greatly impact numerous individuals. It’s so draining but your encouragement has reminded me that God is on my side, he knows what’s going on and he wants me to cast my cares and concerns on him. Thanks! Hoping to apply the “stop and pray immediately” rather than start fretting over how I’m going to get a specific task accomplished principle. Also love the idea of placing note cards by the cross! God bless!

  47. Chrissy Hiers says:

    Thank you so much! I needed to be reminded that Jesus does care about what I worry about! I know you didn’t directly say this, but this is the one thought I wrote down: “You can’t worry and pray about the same thing.”

  48. Renee, your message touches me everyday….almost to tears. It seems as though I always have some “worry” that I won’t get it all done. Full time for all the positions that I fill in my life. Most of the time, I do it well. Then, I fall. Reading your message this morning, reminded me that I’m normal. I live a life just like everyone else. But, with God, all things are possible.

  49. Thank you for your devotional today. I have been overwhelmed lately. After listening the devotional I’m going to talk to God more and focus on thanking Him for what He is doing in my life.

  50. Thanks, I need this. I have always seen myself as a Martha, and have been clueless as to how to become a Mary. I read P31 every morning, and long to spend the time with GOD, but I am constantly overwhelmed at my busy schedule and to do lists, that never get done. After I read that you dreaded coming home from the mountains, I thought, “wow, I haven’t had a weekend getaway like that in my entire 21 years of marriage”. I dread coming home from the grocery store because there is so much to do when I get home. Help!
    I ‘d love to read your devotional. Until then, I will do the three steps ( stop, pray and praise!!).

  51. So many concerns on my mind lately and I am finally coming to Him throughout the day
    In prayer over so many things. I am a natural worrier and today’s devotion was again truly what
    I needed to read. Thank you so much for your messages, your book, your ministry and allowing
    God to speak through your words.

  52. Becca R. says:

    I needed this today. I just was put on bed rest at 21 weeks. I need to give my worries to God and just pray, pray, pray!

    • Lord Jesus, I pray for Becca today. Would you wrap your arms around her and let her feel your presence right there in the middle of her bed rest order? We pray that you would give her the confident heart to trust you with her body and the decisions of the doctor. God bless you, Becca!

  53. Thanks for the encouragement! My favorite scripture for worry is Isaiah 41:10. I kept repeating it while I ate supper last year while 20 tornadoes hit all around us, we didn’t even have hail like most had.

  54. This was exactly what I needed today! I’m so thankful that God uses ladies like you to remind me that the burden is too much for me to carry and that I need to lay it at His feet! And thank you for the reminder that seeking is better than serving. Sometimes I get so caught up in my tasks I can lose focus of what really matters! Praying that God continues to use you and bless you and your ministry. Much love!

  55. Renee, after reading your P31 devotion I felt as if you were writing about me. We just came back from a week in the forest. It was incredibly peaceful there, but as we got closer and closer to home, I started to be anxious and tired. Your message reminds me what I must do to rid myself of the tension and tiredness. Thanks for the wonderful message! Keep on sharing with us so we can draw closer and closer to God.

  56. Thank you so much for today’s devotional…I needed something and was praying for something just like this to correct my prayer life this week. thank you for jump starting my morning and leaving me with something to begin anew this morning in how I want to present my concerns to God in prayer.

  57. Laurisa says:

    Ah…I woke up this morning from a horrible nightmare, was wide awake at 4 am (when I desperately needed sleep), husband texted me at 5:45 am to tell me our account was overdrawn…again…and my computer crashed when I tried to check it. In the midst of desperately wishing I was still asleep (without the bad dreams) I remembered that I had told God last night to wake me this morning when he wanted me to read his word…
    So I opened my Proverbs31 devotion and your words were EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I have decided to sit down and make a list of my commitments, deadline…anything weighing on my heart. Just get it all out on paper…and then see if there is anything that I need to re-evaluate!
    Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement!

  58. Thank you, Renee. For sharing your heart and the truth that only comes through Christ. Worry has been my lifelong burden. It is a thief that robs me of the joy and happiness that is promised through a relationship with Christ and it is consuming me today. I am 13 weeks pregnant and I don’t even want to tell people because I am worried that my husband and I are too old, have been married too long and don’t have room in our house and lives for a child. I am so focused on the worries of motherhood that I can’t even rejoice in the miracle that is happening inside me. I downloaded your book months ago and I want to read it every time I see one of your devotions. I may have to go get a hard copy. Apparently this ebook thing doesn’t work for me. 🙂 Thanks again.

    • Rosemari says:


      Please do not let satan rob you of joy in the miracle God has given you. There are many older women married (and actually even older single women who are still wainting on the Lord) who would LOVE to be in your shoes. Children are a gift…if you were too old God wouldn’t have allowed this to happen. (Romans 8:28) May I suggest that you do not look to the approval of popular opinion but to rest in the knowledge that God took note of you and has given you a divine gift which I believe will give glory to Him. Look to the future with excitement and anticipation of a new path that God has selected you and your husband to journey. Celebrate your miracle! I pray God grants you strength, peace and comfort throughout your pregnancy.

  59. Renee,

    What a perfectly timed post! Your words of encouragement are always timely. Thank you for ministering to so many. Praying for you!


  60. This devotional really spoke to my heart. There are things in my life that I worry about and haven’t given them completely to God to deal with. I want to rest in Him, that He will work everything out.

  61. Candace says:

    Thanks Renee! This was one that was really needed. This morning I didn’t feel like I could put pne foot in front of the other and this lifted me up!

  62. Juanita says:

    Worry has become such a major part of my life for the past 10 to 12 years, it dominates my waking thoughts. I have recently been praying “be anxious for nothing……” Trying to push the anxious thoughts out along with the anger and resentment, but when you have been practicing worry for so long, positive thinking doesnt come easily. I will continue to push thru the anxious thoughts and pray prayers of Thanksgiving. Thank you.

  63. This devotional is aimed directly at me. A direct message from God. I am in the process of changing jobs (hopefully because I listened to God’s directions) and the stress is becoming unmanageable. God will handle all the details, big and small, if I only let him. I need to remember to rest in Him and His word instead of rely on myself. Nothing is too big for God!!

  64. One of my favorite verses in all of scripture is Philippians 4:6-7. I am currently feeling overwhelmed by some family issues and every time I think I’ve given it all to God, something creeps back in telling me to worry about it all over again. Your message is a great reminder of the simple steps I can take to keep on track with God and His plan for me and my family. I typed the 3 steps into my notes on my iPhone so I can remind myself what I need to do when that worry starts to rear it’s ugly head. Thank you so much for your devotion today Renee. You are such a sweet blessing to so many.

  65. Renee,
    I work with a start this morning, worrying about my upcoming day. My daughter is getting married on Saturday, and I admit that this past week I have been consumed with worry–will everything go as planned (probably not)? Will I get everything done? What am I forgetting? Etc. My sweet daughter is grown up, and my husband is sad and emotional, which makes me emotional. I truly felt so drained yesterday, that I couldn’t do what I needed to. I am going to commit to stop worrying today, start praying more, and to be thankful for all that God has done in all our lives. I want to bring peace to others this week, not to be a source of stress.

  66. Veronica says:

    In scrolling through this page to get to the bottom to write you a thank you note, I realized that a lot of other women had the same types of stressors that I do. I’ve never been one to readily share my problems with others, but I have many friends that do. It just makes me realize that women, especially, have a hard time with worrying. The instant I am reminded of God, I feel relief from my worries. Your daily emails help remind me of the Lord’s constant presence, His unending love, and His immeasurable compassion for all of His children. I am reminded that He has a plan for all of us and that all we need to do is trust in Him. Thank you, Renee. You have no idea of the impact that your messages have on us. I am grateful for you and your obedience to the Lord.

  67. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the insight, boy can I relate to the worry and too much going on, but I excited to dwell and cast it upon my Father who can help me handle and stripmy mind from te worry…Thanks for your ministry and faithfulness to God’s women!!!

  68. Cathalina says:

    Dear Renee,

    Thanks for your message today. I really need to understand what is really important to me to focus on. And follow the steps you suggested to stop worrying, start praying and think more about God. I look for His peace every morning to struggle thru the day. I don’t want to come home tired and overwhelmed with all my tasks and worries, I want to come happy because I will see my children, so they feel my love!

  69. The P31 devotionals have really spoken to me yesterday and today. It’s been a tough week as I realize I’m not happy at work, I’m struggling with one of my kids, and I’m not happy with my church (that I love dearly). I’m not sure worry is my issue but I totally relate to the sense of dread and not wanting to return to the real world- or of wanting to escape from it. I’m really intrigued by the idea of making a list of what’s on my plate and praying over it…

    • Bless you! Church problems hit us hard, don’t they? Lord Jesus, Would you be with Liz today? Give her peace in the midst of her tough week and an escape through spending time in prayer with you.

  70. Andrea Blass says:

    These wise words were just what I needed to remember 5 days before we move to a retirement community after 27 years in our community. I will need to commute a very long distance, until a new position opens up locally, while my husband is done. My emotions are on overload. Thank you for reminding me who I need to stay connected to on a daily basis…and PRAY!!!

  71. Thank you for your word today. After a long night of no sleep, worry was winning! I am so glad I started my work day with P31. Now for more coffee.

  72. My husband works in a different state. It’s wearing on me and I just had a good cry session with him right before reading your devotion. God is certainly speaking through you today! Thank you!

    • My husband works away as well. It’s been two years and I see no end with the economy as it is. No children left at home either. Anxiety and fear overwhelm me and wear me out. Then I worry about my health when intellectually I know the problem is anxiety and not trusting God. I guess our situation is becoming more common. Lets pray for eachother to give all to God!!

  73. This is exactly how I have been feeling lately, and I know that worry has been winning in my life. These words are healing, and the verses just what I needed to be reminded of this morning. Thanks for sharing them :).

  74. Thank you so very much for sharing your heart. God is so good to speak to me through much of the same struggles as you have walked through your devotions. Psalm 91 was my grandmother’s favorite daily reading and she encouraged me to do the same. I have gotten away from it. Thank you for your reminder and encouragement. Lord bless you!

  75. I think the devil likes it when we worry–and puts more worry on our minds–because it takes away some of the joy of living. When my kids were little I could become almost immobilized by worry. It’s been an almost continual prayer of mine that God would take away my worry and He has answered my prayers! It’s hard for me to believe that I’m not completely freaked out right now about money, as we’re having some bad financial issues. Of course I’m concerned but thank God I’m not immobilized by it.

    Thank you, as always, Renee, for your wise words!

  76. Thanks for the reminder of giving it (worry, anxiety, burdens)to Jesus (at the cross). I’m going to use your tips in my daily routine. I need to share this with my friends too! 🙂
    God bless you & thank you!

  77. Thanks for your thoughts today. We left our church a few weeks ago and as I listened to your message I realized that I was worried that we will not be able to find a new church that we liked. I have been hesitant to even start looking. Now that I know why I wasn’t ready, I can commit my worries to God and begin searching.

  78. Christie says:

    I am in the final stages of VBS planning and definitely needed to hear this word of stop worrying (as in most areas of my life, worry creeps in often!). I’m trusting God to bring all things together, and after a crazy month of family life and VBS prep, I could use that stress relief give-away! 😉 Thanks for your encouragement this morning, Renee! I am reading your book this spring/summer. And although I haven’t been able to devote the time I wanted to the online study, I am keeping up with the chapters, and I hope to reread the book along with a friend soon!

  79. Kathy Fehr says:

    I am a terrible worrier. We have three children, one an 18 year old son that just graduated. He is my biggest “worry” concern right now but you do look down the road and wonder/worry about the kids’ futures. Guess that’s where we just need to cover them in prayer and know Who holds their future.

  80. The season of life I’m in is real busy and too many times I give in to the temptation of worry & anxiety. Like you siad its such a lie that we think we have a right to these emotions, because if we dont worry who will? ? I want to nip that attitude in the bud and give it all to Him. Such a beautiful promise and invitation He gives….”Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Thank you Jesus!

  81. To God be all Glory, honor and praise!! The first thing I do when I get into the office is take time to allow God’s word to filter through my spirit… Everyday I am blessed with new revelations, and today was no different. I am really overloaded and feel as though the weight of the world is on me… But today’s verse has been on my heart and today is just confirmation that God wants me to put it in HIS “inbox”.. I am going into my closet and will leave it with HIM. I continue to pray all of God’s best for your lives and the lives of your loved ones.

    Stay blessed and encouraged. Remember, you are all God’s Glamour Girls!!

  82. After a series of ‘life’ events, God showed me exactly just how much I did not trust Him & how much I worried. I found many scriptures that I stood on to become life to me. I also found a bracelet that said – Change your thoughts, change your world! I’ve worn it everyday for over 3 years – as a constant reminder! God is the God of peace!!!!!

  83. Lynda Schneider says:

    9 months ago my husband was in a car avccident & broke his back. He is still recovering. I am the only income earner in the family right now. At times I sometimes feel so incredibly overwhelmed and wonder how to keep going but then I go to my favorite verse…Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”. He is in control…He is our provider and I can trust Him. My worry fades And I pick up and go on to the next task. Thank you for this devotion, as I need daily reminders to stop worrying. Blessings…

  84. Leighann says:

    In my life worry and stress is what I have always done best. Life events have always overwhelmed me because I constantly ask is this His will or my will… I’ve made so many mistakes but have asked the ultimate forgiveness.. I’ve nite slept much the pray well because of the constant worrying… I woke up to your devotional this morning and it spoke volumes to me…. Thank you and Proverb 31 for the ministry and great job you do… May God continually bless you

  85. Pam Buchanan says:

    Thanks for sharing. I REALLY needed to hear this today. Our daughter is a recent college grad, looking for work, trying to secure an apartment and be independent – all good but lots of decisions to be made. I will try to follow your suggestions so that this worry does not make me weary.

  86. Monica Williams says:

    Thank you for your testimony. I receive the Proverbs 31 devotionals and after reading one of your devotionals, I received your book, A Confident Heart. Your story is so similar to mine. It as if God sent you ahead of me so that I wouldn’t feel so alone in my journey. While I still worry and struggle with doubt and insecurity, I am becoming confident through your ministry. Thank you for being obedient and sharing your life with us, it helps me and other women see the way out of the the shadow of our doubts. Today, I was overcome with worry and self-hatred and your devotional and video message reminded me that I can lay this heavy burden of pain, low self-esteem, and shame down, I can give this messages the enemy bombards me with to God and I can live in confidence because of Salvation. Thank you Renee and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  87. That message is right where i’m at today and right on time this morning. Thank you for sharing!

  88. Heather says:

    Thank you so much for your very timely words. As with most of the commenters above, your words were just what I needed to hear today. About 6 weeks ago we had a tornado go over our home. We were very blessed in that we had minor damage to our home compared to our neighbors and other storm victims. However the emotional toll has been overwhelming. Our six year old has really struggled with the situation and is up every night in the middle of the night usually multiple times. This has me low on sleep and that is usually when I struggle the most. I have been praying but not totally letting God take the concerns! I am going to really, really, really try to let God have the concerns and look for the peace that I am so desperately missing right now. Thanks again for your words of encouragement!

  89. Angel P says:

    I so enjoy your videos. They help me learn the way I learn best, with all my senses. I can hear it, see you, and write notes. It really helps the message sink in and take root in my heart. I really like you idea for placing your worries at your cross. I am a crafty person and think I am going to make a cross our of wood or maybe cork board so I can “nail” them to the cross. Again it is something tangible I can do in stead of just speaking it to God I can really give it to Him. Thank you for you ministry and service to our Father.

  90. You reminded me that “rest in the shelter of the Most High” is where my peace is –thank you for this devotional! It came at a very difficult season in my life!

  91. Melissa H. says:

    Thanks for this. I love the idea of pushing the pause button on worry. Sometimes that is enough to remind me that He is there for me and He cares about all that is going on with me and the struggles of life.

  92. Belinda Wilkinson says:

    My husband fell 4 weeks ago. He is now paralyzed from the waist down. Today, I asked God if I could not cry today. And this was the devotional. It made me laugh and THEN cry. He has shown us that He will take care of us since this accident but it doesn’t stop the tightness in my chest. Thank you for being his voice today.

    • Heavenly Father, Would you be with Belinda and her dear husband in a special way? My heart aches for them in this accident, but we know You have a plan. You have the ultimate power of redemption and I pray a redeeming miracle beyond what we can even imagine for this precious couple.

  93. I sooo needed this today! I am a worrier by nature. I also have a very stressful life: special needs child, emotionally distant husband, financial pressures, active ministry and volunteer schedule, stay at home mom. The stress has begun to manifest itself in my health. Your reminder to stop talking myself and talk to God and be thankful are exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for your ministry! The number of comments here testify that it has resonated with many women and scored victories for Jeus Christ in our lives!

  94. Michael says:

    Renee – I wanted to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Today I am facing a huge challenge, a test that if I pass could bring me my greatest desire, that if I fail could bring about a big letdown. But knowing that our Lord is there with me and will be there after the challenge is over, brings me a sense of calm and peace that will allow me to stand up and face my worry, give it to Him, and thereby allow His true Spirit to flow from within my heart when the challenge arises. Let us all be given the strength to follow the path of the Spirit and the wisdom to pass our worry and anxiety on to God. He will then allow truth and love to flow.

  95. Thank you so much for these encouraging words that I really needed to hear today!

  96. Debra Copeland says:

    Thank you so much for this!! I have been so tired and emotional lately and everyone says it’s hormones. I know differently. It’s stress and worry!! I so needed to hear this today! Thank You, Jesus that I can give you all my concerns and worries and I can be free from this burden of stress and finally be at rest in YOU.

    Thank you again! I am going to write down all my worries today and leave them at the cross…

    Awesome lesson and testimony!! Thank you for sharing this today! I know many women feel this way time and time again…your reminders of God’s power and love and wisdom is just what we all need!

    Love in Christ,
    Deb 🙂

  97. Stephanie Catalano says:

    Thank you Renee. I needed this today and know with whom I’m going to share this inspired word.

  98. Lesley Mink says:

    Renee, Good morning. I opened my email this morning and there was no P31 devotional. I worried that I’d somehow discontinued them or there wouldnt be one, etc. Then your devotional showed up an hour later about worry. To say I’m good at worrying would be an understatement, not only that but I can “justify” all my worries too. Of course any worry is sin and God asks us to lay it at his feet as you spoke/wrote about today.
    So the worry I have about going back to work and leaving my seven week old at home with my husband and older boys (10 and 12), the worry I have about having to be the one to financially provide for my family when all I want is to stay home with the son I’ve prayed for ten years to have, the worry I have that my husband won’t find work or keep it if he does, the worry I have for my mom as she learns to live alone after the sudden loss of my father this past Spring. . .I will strive to lay them at His feet today, tomorrow and the following days. Thank you for the reminder of His faithfulness and attentiveness to me.
    May He continue to bless your ministry and use you to reach others for Him.

  99. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked my inbox this morning! I was awake most of the night worrying about a relationship God has promised to restore. I knew I was worrying & letting my emotions run rampant. Reminding myself of scriptures & singing praise hymns wasn’t working. I realized I was tired & worn out. Weary to the bone. Thanks for this devotion & your online Bible Study. I am hoping that working through Ch 9 this week will give me some much needed help.

  100. Kerrie Stepp says:

    Boy, did I need that this morning. I love this one… I am a mother of 3 teenagers and there are days I don’t wanna go home…. I now see the reason. WORRY!!! This gave me a new perspective. I love your hit home messages. Keep them coming!

  101. Roxanne says:

    Good morning!
    To be set free from worry and fear is the greatest gift from God…it allows us to be free to live, love and serve Him and be led by His Spirit!

    For many years until just recently, my worries and fears consumed me. My heart actually hurt and it felt as though an elephant was sitting on my chest…then a sermon by a very young pastor went deep into my heart when he said that worry is a sin….it means I are not trusting God…something clicked inside my brain. I had been praying for God to deliver me from this fear and worry for years! His answer came and the words “Trust Me!” kept running through my head…

    Day by day, when the worries start to return or I feel overwhelmed by something that is going on in my life, I say out loud, “I trust YOU!”…..and I feel this peace come over me.

    Thank you, Renee for being real and sharing your faith walk with all of us!

  102. Thank you! This could not have came at a more perfect time!

  103. Wow! I really needed to hear this message! Thank you for your practical advice. I gave always struggled with giving my burdens to God, but I love this idea of writing them down & placing them at the foot of the cross… I’ll definitely be doing that! Have a blessed day!

  104. Thank you for the encouraging devotion today!
    I needed to hear just that! I juggle a busy schedule with 3 great kids, but
    the busy part is usually in my head more than
    on the calendar (and the calendar is full enough)!
    Thank you for your obedience to Christ to write such
    a great devotion for people who need it like me!
    Now, if I only had a stress relief pack to go with it……lol

  105. Since March I have found myself having to remind myself multiple times a day that God is on control, that He loves me and cares for all our needs. Using your idea of placing my worries on a card and giving them to Pur Father while thanking him for all He has done and is doing will give me a physical was to remind myself: I know the plans I have for you, plan to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
    Thank you

  106. Renee, I am a chronic worrier. Two things you mentioned really hit me. First, I am guilty of letting others expectations of me have more influence than praying for God’s guidance in directing my commitments. Also you mentioned serving vs seeking. In my mind if I just stayed busy trying to make sure all the things are getting done then I wouldn’t worry as much. What a trap! All that “doing” left no time or energy for seeking God, his guidance, shelter, or peace. Your tips are so helpful. Prayerfulness and thanksgiving! I will set my heart on these things not the expectations of others. God’s reward way better than anything this world has to offer.

  107. Christie says:

    Reading your post felt like reading a something out of my own life. It was like a light bulb went off in my head and I realized it wasn’t my crazy life I needed to change, but how I handle it. I have 3 kids ranging for 1-8, own my own business from home and I am going back to college this summer, oh yeah and I sell wreaths on Etsy as well. 😉 Some days I feel like my list is never-ending and I am SO weary. At that time, I need to turn to him and find peace. Thank you for your words and for opening up what was right in front of my face, yet somehow I missed.

  108. Thank you. God is using you to help so many. I have been weary with worry for my daughter her some time. I keep reminding myself that her situation is not something I can change to control….but the next hour I’m letting my mind whirl in all sorts of directions. My husband even said last night ‘you think these things all the time? No wonder your driving yourself crazy.’. And he’s right I do drive myself crazy with thoughts and worry.

    Dear heavenly father take this worry from me and hold my daughter close to you for you are the only one that can change and heal situations. I praise your heavenly name!

  109. After my daughter’s ski accident in March, seems all I do is worry about her recovery, whether I could have prevented the accident, if she will ever regain full use of her hands, and if she will ever be able to play volleyball again-she was being pursued by several colleges already at the age of 14. I read so many of your devotions and find strength and encouragement. It’s like you have written them just for me! Thanks for your ministry!

  110. I have been living today’s devotion. Worrying about things is not the answer. If you are right with God, he will make them right for you. I have just been praying about a job that I feel God has called me to do. He has answered my prayers. The job is overwhelming at this time, but I believe I am here for a reason. I am right with God so I know he too will make this right for me. Thank you for all you do.

  111. Kimberly Lewis says:

    As someone who has suffered severe depression in my life, I have [almost…but not QUITE there] learned that worry is a waste of time. I’ve learned to keep my schedule LIGHT and not overcommit myself.l I’ve learned to access my life and not make rash committments. Even learned how to say “NO” to people who want to invade my space with cumbersome tasks. And even if I do commit, if I realize that I’m slipping, I’m not afraid to tell a person that I spoke too presumptuously and will not be able to fulfill the committment or task, I don’t feel guilty at all! Worry causes stress & both are killing our world and it’s a distraction from Satan. Fellow Christians we have to realize that! It causes one’s mind to deviate from GOD and HIS presence & peace. Remember Martha, Mary & Jesus!! My mother had told me several times before she died.’the life you save will be your own’ Please be mindful that if you are sick and/or hospitalized because of stress and worry, you are no good to yourself or others. Also, remember to do things to energize and reinvigorate the mind by having some ‘ME’ at least a few times throughout the week. You need & deserve it!

  112. Jayne Foss says:

    Yes! It is very hard sometimes to “turn off’ my brain! There are times I just have to sit quietly, open His words and let that wonderful peace that passes all understanding rule over my heart and mind. It works everytime….

  113. You have struck a chord in my life today, I have been feeling as if I just had to much to do and not enough time to do it. I have become a perfectionist as I grow older, (OCD) is more like it. I want to be sure all is done absolutely the best and I know God wants us to do the best in all we do and say. I struggle with saying no but lately I wonder if I am saying no to the wrong things. Thank you so much for following God.

  114. Renee,
    thanks for sharing this this morning. I don’t know how much time I waste thinking about all the things on my to do list and trying to figure out how I am going to juggle all of it. I am really trying to get better at planning my days, and then focusing on one task at a time, and not allowing myself to let the other stuff creep in. I knew it was a time waster, but never really thought of it as worry, but I guess it is.
    When I read your paragraph where you described the workings of our mind, it reminded me of a blogpost I wrote recently. It is not on worry, but thought it might give you a laugh today. Thanks for all you do to minister to others! http://springingup.net/mind-commotion/

  115. Melissa Reynolds says:

    This is so good! My family and I are going thru something awful right now and the worrying thoughts can become overwhelming. You’ve helped me to refocus on trusting God and exercising my faith. Thank you!

  116. I am consumed by worry. I am a single mom. I have health issues (caused mainly by stress and worry) and I am stuck in a cycle of horrible, unhelpful thinking. I am allowing myself to be consumed by worry. I worry about my daughter and her situation at her dad’s house, I worry that my own home-based business is not enough-its not, and I am agonizing over going back to work, what job, what hours etc, I worry how the mortgage, bills, and groceries will be paid for and how I can get myself turned around to focus on Jesus. I’ve been a Christian for 3+ years and now, not at first, now after 3 years I’m in this season where I have low faith and constant worry. I’m thankful to God for Godly women who are not giving up on me and are helping me. I’m struggling with making the decision every moment of the day to trust God-I’m being downright stubborn. Its really hard in the cloud of depression. Thank you for your daily devotional and especially this one today. I feel like I’m getting closer to getting my mind right but I still have so far to go. I’d really like to get your book on worry, Renee. Thanks again for your ministry!

  117. Thank you so much for this posting. As others have said, it’s exactly what I needed today. It’s comforting to know that other Christian women are struggling with this also. I have always felt that I was the only one (struggling) and somehow less of a Christian for all my worrying.

  118. Thank you so much for those words of encouragement. It is so hard to remember to do those things you spoke about in the midst of all the rush and worry of everyday life. I have a hard time trusting God 100% because of so many abusive things that have happen to me in my life but I am learning from you and the book that He can be trusted a 100%. Writing things down will be helpful for me, that is a wonderful idea. Thanks for all that you do and wisdom and discernment. You are amazing. Thanks again. Kim

  119. I have struggled with worry all my life! Over the years God has taught me more about laying it at the feet of Jesus but I still backslide into this problem at times. Thanks for your words to remind us how much he cares for us and how we can handle the worry we cannot! I love the idea of “pressing into” our God. I had never heard this phrase but in the last two weeks I have heard it twice. It has really gotten my attention!

  120. I have been so weary lately that all I have wanted to lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing. I can’t seem to function. I have gotten to the point now of being physically sick because of it and I have to remember to call out to God instead of worrying about what is going on. When i was reading your post you said you think so much about what is going on. I do the same thing. I think so much I just can’t sleep, I can’t get things out of my head. I try to make things better, try to think of how I could change things but I have to remember God will help me through it. I can’t rely on myself to get through it. Thank you so much for the post. Means alot.


  121. Karen Johnson says:

    Thank you for seeking & serving God with faithfulness. It is so clear that he uses Proverbs 31 ministries to speak to my heat & street me to seeking him more in my life.

  122. Cheryl Stanley says:

    This post is so right on time for me. I have 4 little girls (my oldest is 8) and I work a 40 hr work week outside of the home. Right now, my drive to work everyday is consumed my prayer that God will somehow rescue me from what has become an overwhelming job. I feel that I have more on my plate than any 5 people could accomplish. Your post has made me realize that maybe part of my problem is the amount of time I spend lamenting over all I have to do instead of actually doing what I need to do.

  123. Thanks for the devotion today. It was exactly what I needed. We’re trying to sell our house and getting ready for vacation – on top of all the normal everyday stress, and I didn’t even realize how much I was allowing it to weigh me down. I’m asking God to help me to put it in His hands.

  124. Mardell Clanton says:

    Girl, you hit me today, I just told my daughter I had to find a way to release my stress. Would love to get your book. Thanks for following God’s leadership in your P31.

  125. Christy Gordon says:

    As I was reading this message today I made me realize for the first time that a decision that my husband and I made back in February, to release worries and give it all to God, has taken so much weight ( literally) off of me! I was working 2 jobs, raising 3 kids ( one of which graduated high school a few weeks ago), being at home to take care of everyone while my husband’s job takes him out of state. I was physically and mentally exhausted, but just knew that if I was to let one of these jobs go that my stress level would only get worse. We prayed about it again and again and God kept revealing to me the healing he gave my body after cancer and that all of this stress was not good for me. I quit one of those jobs in February and gave it all to God, He has provided, as always, and I just realized after reading today’s devotion how very much His promise of peace and guidance if we trusted in Him has been a reality! Thank you for reminding of God’s wonderful promise of everything if we TRUST in Him and let go!

  126. Ernema Boettner says:


    I feel like I have found a kindred spirit in you in so many ways with this devotional. I have been having trouble putting a finger in what I have been going through lately. My situtation is similar to yours as I have felt I have too many commitments, deadlines, etc. This devotion has helped me identify my problem: worry!
    Including being obsessed over a very short haircut after 3 years of longer hair!

    I know it sounds silly but I have allowed the not so important thingsto muddle my thinking. I am so glad I read your devotion today. I pray God to forgive me of my worry and to trust him to give me the rest I need and the direction to manage my commitments.

    Thanks and best regards.

    Bing (Ernema)

  127. Thank you for your timely devotion and your three ways to overcome worry. I especially like your suggestion to write your worries down and give them to God! Prayer and thanking God for the many blessings he has given me and my family has kept me going the past few months.

    May God continue to bless your ministry!

  128. Amy McCrary says:

    Thank for reminding me of God’s promises. I daily, remind myself to surrender to God. Thank you for the practical steps for letting go and letting God.

  129. thanks for the three ideas/steps… simple and to the point….now on a post-it note on my desk at work

  130. Thank you for this mornings devotional. It is exactly what I needed. I know that there are people that are much worse off than me but I get so consumed in my own problems. In the past few years I have been through a divorce, foreclosure of my home, health problems with my parents, lost my church family because my ex continuted to go there and now only goes every other weekend when he has the kids, and I’m raising 2 teenage boys. I now have a fiance who loves me like a newborn baby…..honestly he does. Please pray for me that I will turn my worries over to God. I don’t want my worrying to ruin my relationship. My soon to be step-daughter told me the other day that I was scaring her to be an adult.
    That REALLY caught my attention. I am 41 years old now and starting completely over with my life. Sometimes I think, will I ever have anything again? Will I ever feel as comfortable in another church as I did my own? And you have to make it your own. I had that and I miss it.
    Thanks again and please pray for me and my family and my new marriage.

  131. Thank you SO much for your devotional today….it was just what I needed. I’m a homeschool mom looking ahead to the senior year of my son & all that we need to accomplish to get him ready for college next fall (GED, SATS, college application, etc, etc.) & I feel so overwhelmed. Never mind that I’ve already done this twice before with two older kids……I guess some things never change. 😉 I find myself stressing & thinking about how we need to be doing ‘summer school’ & sometimes I just want to run away & cry. But I KNOW I should thank God for his past blessings (which are obvious in my two older kids) & just cast my cares on Him & do what HE wants me to do one day at a time. God IS faithful!!

  132. Yesterday I experienced a panic attack while beginning the planning for homeschool in the fall. I had to quit planning because of the overwhelming weariness. Your topic today spoke to me in that I don’t need to give up, I need to involve God in the planning.

  133. Ella Kelly says:

    Thank you for sharing God’s word!

  134. Mama Joyce says:

    I think your statement that life IS going to get overwhelming at times is a reminder to me that it’s OK when life IS overwhelming. It’s what we DO when it gets overwhelming that makes the difference. Keeping my eyes on HIM!

  135. A peace that passes all understanding….keep your heart and mind on Jesus Christ. So true!

  136. Worry is my biggest stumbling block so much so that I developed Anxiety Disorder and mild Agoraphobia (afraid to leave the house.) I fear the unknown which causes me to worry about what I’ll encounter so I just freeze and stay home. However, lately a friend from church has invited me shopping and has come up to my house so I didn’t have to go anywhere and she is also understanding if I cancel on her because of my anxiety.
    I have found that if I write down what I am worried about and why, I can put things into perspective and find strength in the Bible showing others who also worried and overcame their fears and doubts.
    It seems that once I get out and do things I realize that my fears were unwarranted and actually have fun but the longer I stay in the harder it is to go out.
    I guess there’s an analogy here in that the more we resist Jesus, the harder our hearts get. But when we let him in, he shows us that his yoke is light and our worry is the only thing holding us down.
    Thank you and God bless you for addressing a very common and unhealthy problem and giving us the tools to overcome it.
    Another thing that I do ‘almost’ every day is to put on my armor of God which is in Ephesians 6:10-18. It is a true weapon that we have at our disposal against Satan. So why don’t we use whatever we can get?

    • Esther Smith says:

      Lori, I can so relate to your post! I have had anxiety disorder since I was a child, and at times it goes into panic disorder and mild agoraphobia. After my dad’s death over seven years ago, I became depressed. I think all along I may have had the depression, but it just hadn’t become bad. I used to go to therapy, but have now gotten well enough thanks to great doctors from our Lord Jesus that I no longer need the therapy, but I do still take medication.

      I can absolutely identify with the “fear of the unknown”. It used to rob me of vacations, and so many other joys that were right outside my door. However there was one therapist, a really bad therapist, that made me fighting mad. He would ask what I would do for this or that in my anxiety, and I would talk about trying to give my fears to Jesus, or talk about Jesus in relation to my anxiety. Well for some reason that got his dander up. He told me, “Jesus isn’t here right now though, so let’s put Him aside!”. I told him Jesus is always with me, He is my life, I can’t “put Him aside”, and I don’t want to put Him aside. Lol, needless to say that was my last day with that therapist! But it made me realize the passion behind what I had said to the therapist. I thought about how much I believed in what I had said that day, so I decided to try and put some action where my words had been!

      You know those awful anxious feelings you get, in your stomach, when you sweat, and your face feels hot, when you feel like you will be sick, or lose it all together? Everytime before when I had gotten those feelings I let them take me over. But since I had decided to try something new, I allowed myself to feel the feelings, and I told myself, “God created this feeling in me, and it’s nothing to be afraid of, He has only good plans for me, so I trust Him, and I would say, “God I am giving these feelings to you”, then I would breathe my feelings out, as if sending them to Him. I can’t say that has healed me, but wow! I felt so much better, and slowly those feelings had less control over me. I was able to do things I hadn’t done before, and while I can’t do all I want still, I have full confidence that Christ will allow me to one day if it is in His will for me 🙂

      I hope you too will be able to go out of your home more and more, know those feeling come from Christ, and He is in control. You are not out of control, He is just in control. Little by little each day try and go a bit further than you used to, that’s what I did it is really working! I would have never thought I could go on a vacation, but I have, and am again this summer! So I went from not wanting to leave my house too much, to not wanting to leave my city, to not wanting to leave my state, and now I can leave my state! I hope one day to be able to do air travel again, and go out of the country! So if it can happen for me my sister in Christ, I know it can for you too! I will be praying for you! Don’t give up! You are doing great with those outings with your friend, and what a blessing to have a friend who understands. (((HUGS)))

  137. Susan Baldwin says:

    Thank you for such an uplifting message. The one thing I am going to do after reading your message is to thank God for what he has done. I am always busy praying and thanking God, but not sure I really thank him for what he has already done, and for what he is currently doing!

  138. Stephanie says:

    I just cried out to the Lord this morning. There are so many things that I hold on to, and I am coming to realize that they are worry and concerns that I do not need to hold on to. My life has been turned upside down and now going down a path I never dreamed I would be on, but I know that my Lord is in faithful and I need to relinquish my control and surrender to His! All this worry makes me weary. I never looked at it that way. Thank you for your devotional. God has truly used it for me.

  139. Karen Seigh says:

    Your message today was truely a God thing. I have been feeling so overwhelmed at work and wondering if I was miserable because he has another plan for my life. This may not be where I belong. I really liked my job until they started adding more tasks to my job. I can’t get my “real” work done for all the interruptions. I admit I have not been in the Word and in pray like I should be. That may REALLY be the cause of my miseralbe mood. I have a tendency to pray about things, lay them at the feett of Jesus then pick them back up again and continue to worry, thinking I can fix them myself. Thank you for letting me vent.

    Blessings to all,

  140. Thank you for sharing. Worry can become such a part of our lives and we do not even know it is there. God gives us a sound mind and no room there for worry.

  141. What a great reminder to cast our cares on the Lord~He WILL sustain us. He does not intend for us to do life on our own. I love the 3 tips you shared because they encourage our thinking to be where it should be. Thank you!

  142. Beth Henry says:

    I loved the suggestion of writing down our concerns and worries on index cards and laying them on a cross to give to Jesus. I will start implementing this today!! Thank you so much for this!!

  143. Breinny says:

    Renee, thank you so much for this devotional today and this reminder! When I read your book with Melissa last year, the chapter where you talk about worry REALLY spoke to me — I truly did not recognize how much my “planning and research and organizing” were actually forms of worry in disguise. And they consumed SO MUCH of my BRAIN activity and TIME! When this truth shined into my life, I began to recognize how much of my energy I was losing by allowing my brain to just run amuk, and God began to whisper to my heart to take my “thoughts captive” and turn myself back towards Him for direction…to let go of the things that steal my energy from Him. 🙂 I believe there is so much freedom and refreshment to be found in the Lord when we let go of these things and rest in Him, but until we even recognize that we are being bound and captive by our own ways, it’s hard to change. I am grateful for your message, and I pray that women everywhere receive it and internalize it — God has VERY different ideas about how we should be communing with him all the time, and this is the first step towards getting there. Renee, I am a “work in progress” and still battling “busy-ness” all the time, but I am recovering! 🙂 Thank you!

  144. I am so glad to receive this email today. I am going through so much worry and stress with my job and my marriage and some days just don’t know where to turn. I am going to do like you said and write down my concerns, my to do list and see where God takes me. Thank you so much for sharing this today, it was just what I needed. God bless you

  145. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! Your invitation to chat over a cup of coffee made me realize how alone i feel. My husband is a pastor, so I am always the one doing the inviting – not being invited. I also work full-time for a very demanding company and have 3 children still at home (our oldest just graduated from college and moved to Pheonix). My husband has an auto immune disorder that causes me to have to pick up more slack at home and church. I have also let worry weave it’s way into my heart and your words were just what i needed this morning. Thank you…..

  146. Cotina Mills says:

    I’m so blessed by this devotional. Thank you so much

  147. Rita Scott says:

    Renee, thank you so much for what you do. I worry too much about such trivial things. I really enjoyed your video and liked the idea of writing the worries on a card and giving them to God. Thanks again you are such a blessing. Love in Christ, Rita

  148. Loved your post today on P31. It really hit home. I, too, often spend as much time fretting over deadlines and things to do as I spend doing the work. Stress has been plaguing me, mostly from a very difficult aging parent, and the lack of time to handle my husband, teenager, parent, household, bills, etc. I’ve gotten so used to the stress, sometimes I don’t even realize that I AM stressed.

  149. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for today’s devotion! It was a good wake up call to drop the worry and focus on the Word. My biggest worries are those that are in the future and typically things I have no control over anyway. I need to turn those over to God and totally trust in His plan for me.

    Each day has enough trouble of its own, right?? Lord, help me to focus on You alone and trust in Your promises!

  150. It’s nice how the Lord works through whatever media needed to get us the messages we need. I so needed the P31 today. Thank you for your insight.

  151. Today’s devo was ON THE MONEY for me. Right down to the running out of fuel and faith part. Thank you for benig faithful to share the words God placed on your heart. As I’m sure they are for so many women, today they were for me.

    My application: “choosing the better thing” by making sure that NOTHING interrupts my intentional time at the feet of Jesus. To “stop worrying” is much easier when I’m face to face with the one who has invited me to cast my cares on Him.


  152. Now that God has brought it to my attention through your devotion,I think that I do stress more over “thinking” about what I have to do instead of just doing it, which then brings about the sin of procrastination. So…….maybe God is trying to get my attention about my issues of procrastination and the worrying will slip away.

    Thank you and God bless!

  153. Chronic illness, disablity for my youngest daughter who is currently homeless, and a mother in law who is suffering from dementia and has had my husband falsely arrested weigh me down. Thank you for reminding me that “his yoke is easy, and his burden is light”… if it’s heavy,I am carrying too much of it myself.

  154. Worry, unfortunately, is something I have lived with since childhood. I wrote a post about it on my blog. If I don’t have something to worry about, I worry about that and then find something. I am so exhausted.

  155. Thank you so much. God was speaking thru you today. I know I am stressed and the stressors can’t change right now. So I must turn to the Unchanging, Constant God. Mark 6:31 “Then Jesus said ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.'”NLT

  156. These past few months I have been on the worry merry-go-round and unable to get off of it (over several situations at home). I am one who cannot let go of a worrysome feeling or whatnot and it comes and goes. Many times, it is set on automatic and I cannot shut the switch off. Even at night I have panic episodes and my sleep is WAY off. I realize that God is there to take what I am dealing with and make it into something beautiful – but it is so hard to actually BELIEVE it and LIVE it when things go awry. I have ALWAYS been a person filled with fear and worry.

    Yesterday, I saw on Facebook not only your messages Renee but there was a video link to one of Joyce Meyer’s teachings about fear and it REALLY got me to take notice and be more aware. Also the book One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp helps too – for me to get re-set into the peace that God wants us to have in Him even when our situations are beyond comprehension and you don’t know what choices to make.

  157. Renee,

    Thank you for today’s devotion. I am the Queen of Worry and found much hope and promise in your suggestions.

  158. Melissa F. says:

    I feel like God was speaking directly through you to me with the words on your devotion as well as your video clip. Yesterday I went to the doctor and basically I have many ailments that are probably the direct result of ongoing stress and worry. Sometimes I feel like I can never change the cycle and already feel defeated before I get out of bed in the morning. What resonated with me was that Satan is whispering the opposite of what God tells us in His word is true. I have printed out the notes and devotion and I am going to ponder and meditate on these truths. Thank you for sharing your heart. I am hopeful that I can stop this worry cycle, but only with God’s help.

  159. Heather S says:


    Thanks so much for today’s devotional! It speaks to me right where I am. For the past couple of weeks I have been feeling like every day I just wanted to cry. The little things were overwhelming me. I am a mom to four kids including one set of twins that just turned three. It’s summer and everyone is home and I want to be able to be filled with joy and not on the edge of loosing it all the time. We have had our share of circumstantial issues (our central a/c was out all last week and we live in New Orleans!) but I just feel so weighed down and unusually teary. I know God hasn’t given me more than I can handle but I wonder if my heart has been convincing me otherwise. I love the practical suggestions as much as the reminder to give God my worries. I don’t usually consider myself a worrier, but my overwhelmed days are giving away my hearts posture. Thanks for shedding light on that!


  160. This was a great message. I, too, am a worrier. Everything you said hit home to me. You are SUCH a blessing to me! Thank you for allowing God to use you to help all of us!

    Would LOVE to win the Stress Relief Gift Pack!!!!

  161. Stephanie says:

    I hate that I worry but I’m trying to trust God more and more on a daily basis as I continue to grow in my faith.


  162. Schona Thompson says:

    I receive “encouragement for today” as my daily devotional. I can’t begin to describe to you how long I have been seeking an answer from God as to how I should “handle” all this chaos in my mind. My mind is a whirlwind of despair, condemning thoughts, loud voices shouting, people pulling me in all directions and God was getting more quiet by the moment. I seriously thought He had left me because I wasn’t being a God christian. Even though His word promises that He would “never leave me nor forsake me”, I still bought into the lies of the enemy.
    I was going crazy. In May I had convinced myself that depression and despair would be the way of my life. That I would forever be saddled with this “mind chaos” because the problem was internally me. I couldn’t be fixed. Also, having a non believing husband, I have nobody to encourage me in the Lord.
    Needless to say, this devotion and video was exactly what I was seeking. HONESTLY, I do not usually listen to the videos and often dismiss what is said because that is for “other” people. For “better” christians than myself. Daily I have to remind myself that “if God is for me, who can be against me”? And that “He delights in me” and that He desires relationship with me.
    Thank you for helping me to get back to the “heart of worship” starting with prayer and praise. That the answer is really that simple.

  163. Thank you for this devotion! I often need the reminder to push the “pause” button, give my worries to God and pray more, while thanking Him for everything. I really like the tangible idea of writing persistent worries down and giving them to Jesus and will definitely use this.

  164. Thank you for today’s devotion. It was exactly what I needed to hear. We are trying to sell our house and move to a different town. It has not gone as quickly as I would like! I catch myself giving in to the devil’s words of worry, starting to doubt decisions that I felt were from the Lord. I am going to use your 3 tips to stop the worry in it’s tracks! Thanks again!

  165. Jenny Mabe says:

    Once again both the devotion and video are on time words I needed to hear. One thing that I took away is that I need to pray more and thank God more. I like the idea of concern card and I will probably need to do that as well. I have been taking take my time reading the chapters and really try my best to make some changes in my life. The things are worry about are just things that I can’t control and I need to let God handle them. I’m so glad I decided to get the book and do this study. Very encouraging. Just pray for me.

  166. I was just reading your Proverbs 31 message today. I makes me feel good know that i’m not the only one that worries. Thank you for the message i printed it out to keep and read over again when I need too. I love the pray that you always put doen for all of us to ready and say to are selfs.
    I also read your Sometimes worry makes me wonder and it was right what I needed at the time.

    Thanks again for all you do.


  167. Rhonda Garcia says:

    I have to sometimes let go and let God. It is ery difficult when I think of all the things coming my way and I think that I need to take charge and keep things moving. I have had to learn that I need to have FAITH. I need to TRUST that God can and will handle anything that comes my way and He is always in control. Just like it says in Jeremiah 29:11.

  168. Renee,

    Once again, God’s timing is perfect. Your words “I’m so busy serving God that I’m not spending time seeking Him,” spoke to my right to the core of my heart.

    Your gift of encouragement is awesome! I follow your blog through email and on Facebook and I admire how often the Lord uses you to speak just the right scripture to me that day.

    Thank you for being obedient to His call on your life. You are a blessing to many.

  169. A great video and reminder of the cost of keeping my worries instead of giving them to Jesus. I love love LOVE your table top cross idea!!! We have one on our piano. I cud keep some paper and pencil by it and anyone in our family could “give” a worry to Jesus. Thanks so much!

  170. Renee,
    Thank you so much for your devotion. I find myself consumed with worry. I worry about things that haven’t even happened yet. I worry about my 15 year old son and the choices he makes and how those choices could create a positive or sometimes negative impact on his future. It seems my days are spent earnestly searching on how to make my days better. I have tried to lay my worries at the foot of the cross but as always I tend to take them back when I don’t see results. I know results are in God’s timing. I know God’s ways are the best. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, God’s ways are higher than mine. I am just impatient. So, I pray today that I will no longer feel weary but will find rest in my Savior. I pray that I can cast all my cares upon the Lord because he cares for me.

  171. Thanks for the reminder to go to God with my anxiety. His yoke is easy and burden is light!

  172. I like the very first sentence! “Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur.” I have the tendency to play things over and over and over in my mind. This chapter has helped me to use a different approach. Whenever satan tries to make me worry or play the incident over and over, I start to quote scripture. Sure enough satan and his lies go away and God’s peace comes into my heart and mind. I’ve resolved myself to memorize even more scripture so that I’m ready to fight satan with my sword (the word of God). Thanks Renee for this study it is truly changing me.

  173. Claudette Lorenson says:

    Thanks for sharing, such a good reminder to rest in God rather than worry. I shared it with a friend this am who is so concerned about issues with her family and she really appreciated it. I again will commit my worry and concerns to the Lord.We have a son in Afghanistan and another making decisions about his work and will totally commit them to the Lord.
    Thanks for the reminder

  174. Renee: Thanks again for your insights and wisdom. Worry has always been a big part of my life and something I must give back to God constantly. Your idea about the index card and physically placing it at the cross is excellent. I think a physical reminder like that will really help with learning to leave things at the cross. Blessings to you and yours.

  175. Princess says:

    Thank you Renee for an inspiring devotion from God! I myself struggle with letting go of life’s cares & concerns, when I should “Just Let Go & Let God” take full control because he knows just what to do, I don’t! He knows how to give us that siren peace that surpasses all understanding! Thank God for loving us so that he lovingly invites us to cast all our cares & concerns on him, because he “Constantly Watches” over EVERYTHING which concerns us. Thank God for being so great & awesome to us! His love is so deep & marvelous for us! Blessings on each of your days!

  176. The enemy of our soul wants rob us, above all, of our faith. Your message points out that by hanging on to our worry we are playing into the palm of his hands and not HIS hands. He wants to keep our thoughts and emotions churned up and in a tizzy. I love how you pointed out how that stupid devil tempts us to tell God what He should do then take control when we think He isn’t listening. That does steadily errode our confidence in the Him and we don’t even realize it! I’ll be sharing with many this morning! Thank you for your loving heart!

  177. I just found your blog and I am so thankful I did. I worry ALL the time. I worry that I worry too much. It definitely weighs me down and sucks the life out of me some days. Thank you for helping me feel like I’m not “crazy” or alone.

  178. Renee! Today’s devotion confirmed the very things ( down to the specific scriptures) that God has been trying to get through to me! Thank you! The past two months, I felt exactly as you described in the devotional: dreaded my responsibilities, entitled to a sabbatical, and worried constantly! This message really put things in perspective for me. Instead of assuming I’d taken on too much, I can Stop worrying so much, and take my concerns to God in prayer. I’ll admit, my reading and prayer time had taken a dive at the same time I started feeling the stress rise and tension in my neck. Thanks again for sharing this. I’m on vacation now, Thank God, but this is a lesson I need to remember regardless of what my actual schedule looks like. God Bless!

  179. Brenda Chase says:

    I am facing a really big change in my life and that your words were exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you so much for your inspiration and encouragement!

  180. Talk about a nail on a head. We just got back from an amazing vacation in the mountains last night. The whole flight home I was worried about stepping back into my busy, hectic life. My husband always talks to me about cutting my list and he’s right that I need to do so. So starting today I will whittle it. Even so, I am reminded that worry is part of my problem and can keep me from being productive. Today I woke up and read this devotional and it will surely remind me how to start my day and set the tone. Thank you!

  181. Sally Tempro says:

    I SO needed to read this today. Thank you, Renee!

  182. Thank you again for your honesty and wisdom. I pray Blessings upon you as you continue to touch lives one soul at a time.

  183. Oh, I can relate to this messagte today!. As I read it I was thinking-That sounds exactly like what I’m experiencing today. My plate is so full! Sometimes i don’t know where to get started. I have church obligations, family obligations, obligations that are pending, housework, family visiting. It becomes overwhelming and I just start worrying about how I can get it all done. Thanks for your timely message and insight.

  184. Derenda Shumock says:

    I just finished reading your devotion and I so needed to read it. I seem to worry all the time. My
    Teenage son has seizures and it he had one that put him in a coma and the
    Doctors told us he would not pull through. But Praise God he did. However it left him with some brain damage. We do not know the extent of the damage but he is different then alot of kids and he deals with bullying. This past school yr was really rough and he would come home and talk about suicide because he was so tired of it. On top of that my husband is in the military and I my mom is in a nursing home. Somedays I just feel so overwhelmed with life. Through this devotion I learned to cast all my care upon God because he does care about me. Thanks again.


  185. I woke up at 2:30 am unable to sleep. I was tossing and turning listening the 100 plus voices in my head! I decided to check my email and found your devotion and you were on chapter 9. I surfed a few more minutes and crawled back into bed and began to read chapter 9! I almost laughed out loud! God knew I needed that! What a blessing it was to me. I began to pray and share with God all that was going on and asked Him to help me figure out how to do it all! God gently spoke and said just rest and I’ll take care of it. What peace, I closed my eyes and went to sleep. I keep refering back to that chapter and verses, as I keep picking up my worries, but what peace I get from God. Thank you for this!

  186. Callie Flanagan says:

    Today’s verses are a great reminder, but I still tend to forget this as I get busy throughout the day. I’m thinking I will also write these on a notecard and carry them with me for the next few days so I can remind myself. Also, this reminds me of the story of Eve. Someone compared her act of taking the apple with how we try to take charge of all the situations in our lives instead of just being obedient to God. This is me all over. Thank you so much for your encouragement and your book. It brought out many skeletons from my closet and made me cry in every chapter review, but I have not heard that voice that says ‘what’s wrong with me?’ since I read it. You are a blessing and your efforts are reaching lives that you don’t even know about.

  187. Tennille says:

    As hard as I try to give my worries to God, I don’t. I am aware and acknowledge that it is a control thing, and that if I gave it to God, I would be so much more at peace. But sometimes, the world just catches up with you, and then you grown weary….thank you for the message this morning, a great reminder, and sooo needed today.

  188. Such a good reminder. I am in a season of overwhelm, that is for certain. But worrying only clutters my mind, and drains me of precious energy. Thank you for this…it was such a blessing.

  189. I don’t know why I struggle so much with ‘finding rest’ and ‘being still’… but I needed this reminder today. Thanks, Renee… you are a gift and a blessing!!!

  190. chrissy says:

    HA! God-iva chocolate. that made me laugh. so silly and funny!
    i’m always grateful for devotionals on worry. i’ve dealt with it since i was a child. i remember asking God to ‘take away my tendency to worry’ as a kid. i’ve often wondered why God doesn’t just ‘take it away.’ but, as i grow and learn, i’m starting to realize it is possible that God doesn’t want to just eliminate my tendency to worry. He wants me to run to Him every time it starts and cast all my cares upon Him. as of late, i’ve been reminded that God wants us to boast in our weakness: 2 Cor. 12:9 “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.” God has been reminding me, lately, how much He loves me and how worry is not at all necessary. So grateful that God loves me enough to meet me where I’m at. This devotional has truly set me on the right path today.

  191. Renee,
    Your post really is at God’s timing! I have been feeling overwhelmed the past couple days. My husband has had some major medical problems the past few months. We know that it is by God’s grace that he is has been healed so much thus far. It however seems that it is still going to be a long haul before he can get back to work and to his normal. We have four children that I take care of as well as work part time. This has been such a strain on our family because he was the main provider and we haven’t heard anything yet about his disability. Your message is another reminder to help me keep my focus on God and what his timing and wishes are for our family. Thank you for all the encouraging words!

  192. I loved what you said about serving Him but not seeking him. It is very easy to fall into that trap. That is where I am working right now. Thanks for your wonderful devotion!

  193. I used to worry about so many things, mostly about what could happen to my children and other loved ones. Somewhere along the way, I gave my worries over to our loving Father in Heaven. I learned that worry cannot fix anything but turning it over to God and trusting Him to do His will which is the best and is better than anything I could have imagined, was the cure all for my worries. I still start to worry when things are stressful but I turn it over to my Heavenly Father and He relieves me of stress and it’s just so wonderful to be able to talk with Him and He truly listens. He gives me peace.
    I’ve prayed for wisdom in His Word and He has answered that prayer also. I read Bible passages now that I had read in the past, and get so much more understanding out of them . I used to think St Paul just rambled on & on in his books but now I even enjoy reading his writings.


  194. Thank you so much for this timely message. I have been so worried about finances and a huge trip coming up that I am frazzled and irritable. I am praying that with today’s devotion and prayer that God will guide me to that resting place of His almighty peace.

  195. I am thankful for the comfort of His grace during times of weariness….

  196. Renee… God knew I needed this today more that I realized I did! I’ve let worry and anxiety creep into my life through several circumstances! But TODAY I pray that GOD will help me to lay them at HIS FEET and accept HIS PEACE in return! Thank you so much for your devotions! They are such a blessing to me!!!

  197. yolanda deshong says:

    Thank you for sharing these verses. When I was younger I use to worry about everything and now it seems I’ve really mellowed. Maybe too mellow! I need a little of that energy back to motivate me to stop procrastinating and go forward with what God has planned for me…do u have a verse or thought on that?

  198. Kim Everest says:

    As I drove to work this morning, I prayed God would speak to me about this very thing…I’m so burdened and frustrated with life today. Well, of course He answered me through you! I absolutley love the cross by the bed idea. I intend to do that! What a tangible way to give your concerns to Him. Thanks so much for being exactly what I needed today. I’m reading your book and I’ve learned so much! Thanks again!!

  199. Kimberly says:

    Lord, thank you for showing me that others have walked this same path and lived! I thought I was going crazy, but this devotional let me know I was just going the wrong direction.

  200. What a great reminder to the mama of little ones. Our life is a bit busy these days to say the least. I tend to worry and fret over things that are far off in the future or out of my control. I am still learning how to turn this worry and anxiety over to God, but it is still a work in progress. Your message got me right back on the path where I need to stay. Thank you and Bless you!!!

  201. Barb Kreutzmann says:

    I am the ultimate worrier, struggling my whole life to NOT try to take control and “fix” every situation – for my kids, my spouse, my friends. I hear what you are saying, and it makes total and complete sense, yet I still have such a hard time trusting that God will indeed take care of everything. I love the idea of writing down my worries and physically giving them to Jesus. I am going to pray, pray, pray for God’s help in giving him my cares, and I am going to write them all down and give them over. Thank you for sharing – it’s so good to hear I am not the only one who is struggling with this 🙂

  202. Your post today really hit home. My husband and I don’t always see eye to eye on what I have on my to do list. He doesn’t go to church. I have church obligations, bringing up our two sons to go to church. I also need time for me. My thoughts cut back where?

  203. I needed this today, thank you for sharing. God always seems to answer my prayers for clarification where I least expect it.

  204. I just watched your video. It came at just the right time. My twin boys are graduating from high school today and then college orientation is just a few days away. Working full time and trying to make sure that my family–including my husband–is where they need to be with all the proper documentation, is definitely making me weary. I am going to try talking to God more about all my thoughts and see if some peace comes my way! Thank you so much for your insight.

  205. Danielle HUmberstone says:

    I am so glad that I found you through Proverbs 31 Ministries. The way you relate scripture to daily life is so helpful. Worry is my number one problem, and your words and suggestions will definitely help me to work on worrying less and trusting God more.

  206. Krista Wallen says:

    Thank you for this, Renee. I’m really having a rough year with my daughter having development delays in speech. My worry and anxiety have been terrible and I keep giving it all to God. I like the concern card card and cross idea! I’m so thankful for our loving Father who cares so much.

  207. Linda P. says:

    Oh My!! This was just what I needed to hear today. I fought with my husband last night over all I have to do before we go on vacation – my husband pointed out we don’t leave until the very end of July and he couldn’t believe my schedule was so packed that I couldn’t get things done before then. Of course that irritated me, but I know it shouldn’t have, he was right. I’m just concerned about the fact that we are going on vacation so close to the beginning of the school year and how that is going to impact everything that needs to get done.

    I am currently trying to do your “Confident Heart” study. I can’t seem to find the time to do it, but now I realize that it is probably my thoughts of not having the time to do everything holding me back.

    Thank you Renee for all you do to bring God’s message to the world! You are such a blessing!!!


  208. Judy E. Bartlett says:

    In 1984, suicidal from a physically abusive husband, I finally escaped the horror. Terrified from fear of him bursting in to my new-found life, I fell to my knees with Bible in hand and prayed “Father, please lead me in Your Word, specifically. Give me peace and some rest before I leave this life. I opened my Bible, and I have no doubt, God guided my fingers and my heart to Matthew 11:28. It has been my “Life Verse” from that day forward. I was so amazed how He worked a miracle that night, and I have had many, many since. Life is stil full of struggles, but I am reminded constantly of “Come to Me all who are weary and I will give you rest”… and of God’s hope and grace and mercy. Thank you for this rich reading today, Renee. You are a blessing, along with all of the women of Proverbs 31. Thanks be to God.

  209. Chris Fisher says:

    This is a perfect message for me. Worry and concern because I feel out of control have consumed me recently. I find myself grasping at anything to help me feel like I am worth what God has promised is mine. I feel like I don’t deserve his Grace or his Peace, and the fact that He gives it anyway makes me feel guilty. I recently returned to my Husband of 15 years after choosing to give up on our marriage. He was graceful enough to welcome me back. Now I am striuggling to allow him to forgive me. I have struggled with alcohol and tobacco abuse, and worry that I won’t have the strength to overcome these addictions. I worry that my faith that God can do anything will not be strong enough to overcome my total lack of faith in myself. I recently lost my job and have chosen to use this as a positive force. I am devoting my time to seek God, and be the wife, mother, daughter and sister that he can be proud of. It is overwhelming everyday, but I am committed to tell him out loud everyday that I am struggling, scared and tired. I will also thank him for loving me and believing in me and for walking before me and with me through this.

  210. Today’s post was right on time.At times I feel overwhelmed with the things I have to do.Trying to continue school at my age(43),with the lost of my job recently and having to search for another,trying to be the one in the family thats looking out for everyone else.I don’t see how I’m still able to function.But you reminded me how faithful our God is,and He is waiting on me to just give it all to Him.And I loved the idea about writing down the cares on post cards,that helped a lot.Thank you so much for your encouragement. God bless you!

  211. Connie Boroff says:

    I am thankful for your insights and encouragement! I am trying to work out of a cycle of worry consuming me & effecting my attitude.
    My precious mom had me memorize Phil. 4:6-8 as a child. Those are still my favorite verses!
    I am trying to be more intentional about following Phil. 4:8, and fix my thoughts on
    What is true, good, and right and to think about all I can praise God for and
    be glad about!

  212. Hello Renee,

    Thank you for your words of wisdom. I am going through so much distress in my life. I am past the worry stage and to the “I just want to end it all.” I know that this is not the answer and God is keeping me from making this choice. I know he is the answer. I also know that he can turn “something bad into good.” But after a year of bad I am so weary. Please pray for me and ask God to give me and my family direction and guidance. It is so hard to know what to do when God is silent.

    Thank you for your ministry.

    • Hi Pam,

      Just reading through the posts and saw yours. Thanks so much for your honesty. I understand how you feel and have felt the same at various times in my life. Please know that God loves you and you are exactly where you need to be. He ordained all the days of your life before you were born. No matter how bad it seems to get, He promised He would never leave you nor forsake you. He loves you and He is working it out for your good! I’m praying for you and your family as well as many others I am sure who are you reading your post.

      Thanks so much Renee for the wonderful post. It is a very “on-time” word!

  213. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for putting this on Ms. Renee’s heart and having it for the devotion today!! Thank you, Ms. Renee, for the reminder that it is the devil that encourages out doubt that God can take care of everything when I give it to Him and leave it there.

  214. Marie Roberts says:

    That devotion, especially the choice of Scriptures really touched me today. My daughter’s very abusive father has reappeared after 11 years and he is suing me for joint custody and visitation. At first, I completely fell apart as I began to relive terrible memories. I could barely get out of bed for the first few days as I allowed fear to consume me. I am in my last online class before I finish my degree, I have a family to care for, I teach Sunday School, and I am in the middle of a move to another state to attend grad school. I begged God to stop this, but He reminded me that even faithful Christians (in the Bible it would be ‘especially) suffer. He has been reminding me daily to trust in His protection and stop worrying. Like this morning’s devotional said, I should cast my burdens upon Him. That is what enables a Christian to be a living witness to others while in the midst of something unpleasant. I am realizing that I need to get better at trials and in order to have a New Testament kind of faith, I need to grow in my faith through trials as I learn to lean on Him more and trust Him more. The enemy wants us to worry and be fearful because we stop walking forward and we lose effectiveness when we are consumed with them. The Lord who loves us wants us to trust Him and wants to give us His peace and rest.

  215. Connie J. says:

    This was just too perfect for me today. Just last night I was asking God if things were ever going to start to get better for me. I don’t know if the will, but this reminds me that I need to trust God, that He has good things stored up for me. I will be OK if I can just place my life in His hands!

  216. Thank you so much for your ministry! I have read this scripture numerous times, but haven’t broken it down to 3 steps nor have I considered how the enemy tells us to do the complete opposite of what God says, stop worrying, start praying, keep thanking God. May the Lord continue to minister through your amazing words! God bless you & your family!

  217. Just read your P31 devotional . . . it was exactly where I am today and what I needed to hear/read. I often get overburdened with worry about what all I have to accomplish and let the worry take over.

    Thank you for leading me back.

  218. I am so glad I found this website today! May husband and I lost our jobs where we have been at the same ministry for 11 and 18 years respectively. In spite of the extensive hurt involved, I managed to do and say “the right things” at first knowing the feelings would catch up. Well, after 4 months, I am weary and find myself right in today’s devotion. I take everything to Him, lay out my concerns and then very neatly pick everything back up again. Thank you for the very practical encouragement today. I will begin to pray scripture today. That is something I can pick up and take with me.

  219. Lisa Littleton says:

    Thank You Renee. I have been struggling with worry and have been praying, seeking, and thanking GOD for all he has done and but the devil brings the doubts back and I have to keep giving it back to GOD. I will do the cross and remember Calvary. It is nice to know their are other women going through this and I am not alone.

  220. Margaret says:

    Thank you. Just what I needed to hear today. I need to give my worries over to God and quit carrying them around like I’ve got all the answers.

  221. Elaine Segstro says:

    Thank you so much for your Godly wisdom. It’s always so timely. Often I’m serving rather than seeking. I tell God what He should do, and if He doesn’t listen I take control. He calls me to rest in Him, to stop worrying and start praying and to keep thanking Him. He calls me to cast my cares on Him. Godly peace is what refreshes.

  222. I have so enjoyed reading your devotionals since I signed up for the P31 emails. It’s so easy to get caught up in worry about things, and to depend too much on myself and not enough on God for strength. Thanks for the reminder that He wants me to always cast my cares on Him, not just when I feel like they’re too big for me to handle. 🙂

  223. PAM SCHAEFFER says:

    Thank you so much for your practical insights and encouragement today. I was just reviewing Chap. 8 of your book today during devotional time and was so blessed. “Why worry when you can pray” was a little song I learned as a child. God is so much bigger than our worries and He really does give peace when we bring our concerns to Him. Your message today was just what so many of us needed to hear. Thanks!!!

  224. Thanks for the reminder to let God lead me to the issue instead of me leading myself. With two kids in college, 2 jobs, the bills, the house, etc., etc., there’s plenty to stress over and be anxious about. But, your kind words bring the focus back where it needs to be. On our Lord!! Praise Him!!!

  225. Renee,
    Worry is my middle name. I also find myself worrying all the time. I am a mother of two Middle schoolers and I am married. Several years ago my husband was unfaithful and every day I try to put it out of my mind and make our marriage work. I love my husband and don’t want my children to grow up without both of us. I pray daily that God will help me forgive and and just when I think I am over that hill, Satan jumps in and fills my head full of doubts, resentment, anger and worry. Worry that if I was giving everything I had before and it wasn’t enough to keep my husband from straying, then how is what I am giving now enough. I Worry that if he tells me that it is over I will just break. I talk to God throughout the day but I can’t seem to leave my cares there with Him. I always pick them back up and carry them with me. I want to be able to be confident again and I know that casting my cares on Jesus is the only way. Everyone makes it seem so easy but it is so difficult for me. Thank you for your devotion.

  226. I know worrying is wrong but since God doesn’t seem to answer any of our personal prayers, I think worrying will help. It obviously doesn’t but what else is there to do? I have finally decided to just do what needs to be done and see what happens. Stop worrying? That will take a lot of training and I almost feel to weary to do it. Great devotion, thanks!

  227. Philippians 4:4-7 has long been a passage I read at least once a week, as worry often seems to consume my life. I want to add 1 Peter 5:7 to my “go to” verse! Also, I plan to share this devotion with a friend, who has been experiencing a lot of stress in her life lately. I know it will encourage her as it did me. Last, I love the idea of physically “handing my worries over” to Christ at the end of the day.
    Thank you for your thoughts today!

  228. Praise the Lord for allowing His thoughts to enter in and for your obedience to share them. They were just the words from the Lord that I needed to hear at this very moment this morning.

    God is calling…me up out of a bed that I didn’t want to leave, up out of the doubt and worry that plagues me, up out of the dark thoughts that I have allowed to invade and consume me, up to trust that He already knows my struggles and has them under control, up to simply obey and trust Him.

    Pray I will do just that!

    Thank you so!

  229. Thank you so much for this! I have allowed worry to overtake me. When in my heart I know that God has always taken care of me! He has never failed and he loves me!

  230. This devotion just hit me over the head – because I too have believe God has been telling me it’s not my schedule – work, church, writing – that’s overhwhelming me – it’s the never ending chatter in my mind that’s overwhelming and exhausting. I spend more time worrying how I’m going to get everything done – than just trusting that God is right here with me helping me to do it.

    I spend more time worrying about whether this or that is going to happen (it really got worse after my son’s murder in 2005) than I do trusting that God has never failed me nor forsaken me.

    So thank you for confirmation of what God is trying to get me to see – it’s me oh Lord standing in the need of prayer, repair and love from the Master.

  231. Thank you so much for sharing practical advice from God’s word. Advice that we can put into action!!!

  232. Thank you so much for this video. I really needed to hear this today as I sit amongst the piles on my desk and surrounded by overwhelming to-do-lists. I am so weary from worry all the time and need to take the time to stop and let Jesus take some of the load. I love your bedside cross and idea of leaving your worries for Him!

  233. Hello Renee

    Your book has changed the way I look at myself and the way I look at God in my life! Chapter 9 is one of those chapters that I read over and over again, because like you I’ve done ‘crazy’ things, like wearing different type of socks to work, leaving home without shoes on, etc… because I’m worried about everything..my problems, the World problems and everything in between! Good gave you a wonderful gift and I’m so glad you have decided to share it with us… You are changing many lives with your books, materials and devotions! Thanks so much for showing us a God that loves us not matter what and a God that give us rest in the middle of our crazy lives.
    God Bless!

  234. Renee thank you for allowing God to use you. Your words are a reminder to me that God is there. I need to slow down and focus on what he is trying to say to me.

  235. Christine says:

    I listened to your video and I know that I sometimes forget that God is there for me and he is holding my hand. I have worried way to much about a job and how I am going to pay bills. But recently I have given my worry to him. I read my Bible everyday. I spend every morning with God. I know that he speaks to me and guides me and since I have given my worries to him I feel that I can breath again. In the last couple of weeks I have been happy and content and I know that he has my back. I have read your book and I just love it. I know I have a Confident Heart. Thank you for your inspiration.

  236. Dolores M says:

    Thank you for the reminder to trust God when you feel worn out. I get this overwhelming feeling some days.
    I currently take care of my 94 year old mother who is total care and was looking forward to a little vacation but that is not to be. Financially I cannot do it and am now forced to find at least a part time job because my husband does not make enough on his own to cover expenses. I feel so guilty at the thought of leaving my mother to work but it has to be. Haven’t found any type of work and I keep thinking that God doesn’t want me to work, that I should be here with my mother. Thank you for the works of encouragement and reminder that with God all things are possible.

  237. I don’t know what to do with myself when I DON’T have a pressing deadline. I act as if worry was active problem solving, but I know that it is not. Worry is only an illusion of activity. Worry is lack of confidence that God can or will intervene or help me.

    I read that when you rehearse something in your brain, the neurological chemical response is exactly the same as when the event happens. That explains a lot actually; no wonder stress eats away at our health.

    This is a chapter I’ll need to read and mark up several times. One thing that is an immediate take away is the writing down and laying it at the cross. I think my mind needs that object lesson to let go. Thank you.

  238. Deb Hileman says:

    There are so many times that I let fear and worry take over my day, thank you for your insight, for your daily devotions I needed to be reminded daily of where to take my worries, I wish I could say it is easy to let Go and let God. My faith journey needs a lot of work, thank you for being a daily reminder

  239. Jennifer says:

    God was speaking right to me through your devotional today! Thank you for your insight and willingness to share your own experiences. I have felt so overwhelmed lately that I am physically exhausted. I was just telling my husband this morning that I am so tired. It is the worry that is draining me. Thank you for letting God use you in this devotional. I have gained a lot of peace just by listening to your experiences, the verses you quoted, and the pointers you gave to let go of worry.

  240. I love your idea of writing your worries on cards and putting them at the cross! I will definitely do it! And your devotional was just what I needed and at the perfect time.

  241. Cindy Dugat says:

    Thank you so much for this message! I so needed to hear this right now at this moment. I am signing off and going to get a notebook and make my list of things on my plate or should I say my buffet table! 😀
    Thank you and God Bless you for all you are doing!

  242. Renee thank you!! I just got off the phone with my husband after yet another conversation about all my worries, feeling pulled too thin, upset because he’s had a long stretch of work travel, etc. etc. etc.. He said he would be praying for me today and I thanked him as I was at the same time putting in a load of laundry, gathering my work supplies, figuring out what dinner will be, responding to an email, and checking facebook. So I sat down at my home office computer to dive into work and saw my daily Proverbs 31 email; I almost didn’t open it because I felt I didn’t have time!! Obviously the Lord pushed my hand to click that email open and I am so grateful HE did! It was just the message and reminder that I needed. Thank you for your ministry!

  243. Jeanine Boyle says:

    I just finished reading your devotional and watching the msg. video. I wanted to share what I experienced a couple weeks ago while sitting waiting for my husband to get his bloodwork done & fill out a status form at the Cancer Center’s kiosk before seeing the specialist. I was finding myself becoming really impatient with the whole process as well the nurses had called him twice already and he wasn’t available yet. I even went over to the kiosk and asked is this really necessary? Silly, huh. After we got his CT scan results which were such a relief to now knowing he was clear of cancer, I was surprised at my level of impatience. After having been so a peace, at rest, and patient throughout the treatment of chemo & radiation and recovery period (which is still a process), I knew I needed to ask God what was going on with me emotionally. Anxiety! Worry! Fear! Whew! Okay…lay my burdens down! When we got home, I went right to my prayer corner & just confessed, let my hands drop to my side and verbally spoke each burden aloud, giving them the Jesus. The peace flooded my soul like a river! Sharing with trusted sisters in Christ, and my precious husband, really helped to get my focus back on the Sovereign One Who has kept us strong, full of courage, and hopeful every step of the way. Ever Faithful One!! So unchanging! God Bless you! Thanks for allowing me to share..Jeanine.

  244. Rosemarie says:

    O how much I needed to hear this today. In this world that demands so much of my attention, I get so overwhelmed in how I will get everything on my to do list done. Those are times I need to remind myself to just let the Holy Spirit guide me and direct my steps.

  245. Kenya Campbell says:

    Thanks so much for your post, it was very uplifting and right-on-time! I woke up with with a headache and feeling tense. I know that God is in control, and that he loves me. He promises to work ALL things out for my good. Please pray for my health (phisically and mentally), and our finances.

  246. Thank you for your blog post!I came here through the P31 post, and I just wanted to say I can totally relate, especially with the sabbatical part! I know God has plans for me and he showed me some of those plans, but he hasn’t shared yet when the time will be to put feet to those plans. I find myself getting impatient, and saying, “But if I can do this now, it would make it so much easier and better for me and my family!” But I remind myself that God’s timing is best, and to trust Him, even when it doesn’t make sense.

  247. Jessica Ludwig says:

    Thank you for your concrete advice and wisdom from God today! I too,like other women have posted, have just been overwhelmed with worry and really questioning where God is in my life. I needed an activity that I can do to retrain myself from going into the downward spiral that Satan sets off with worry. I am reminded that God is real and can take our burdens from us. I will be keeping today’s devotion close!

  248. This is such great timing! I’ve been worrying about finding a job and a few other really pressing things. I have also been slacking on my prayer life. I needed your message! And love the idea of writing down my worries and physically giving them to God. I also need to finish your book!! It’s great but I lost the time to finish it. I’ll pick it up today! 🙂 thanks!!

  249. Lisa Blair says:

    Hi Renee,

    This devotional was perfect for me this morning! my marriage of 5 years is falling apart and struggle with staying the way things are. My husband Todd is working two jobs 6 days a week because he won’t make a career decision, and I work part-time, he has ocd, our finances are a mess, i live away from home, we argue when we do see each other and there are some Sundays he does not even want to go to church with me. We live in a small apartment, and it is hard for me to watch others moving up who have been married for less time than us. I grew up in a Christian home and learned about contentment, but I also don’t believe the Lord wants us to be unhappy. I am attending a Christian counselor, but she has encouraged me that I have to make changes. I am now working on myself but the enemy is discouraging me not only that but i also have no other women friends of encouragement.

    Sad and lonely,

    • Lisa,
      I will be praying that the Lord places whatever or whomever is necessary in your life at this time to help ease the pain; someone who can share His goodness with you and encourage you to continue to walk with Him and trust Him to see you through. Remember, He is a God of restoration! God bless you and your family!

  250. Ellen Rudomanski says:

    As women we take on so many roles and we expect so much from ourselves. As nuturers we automatically do too much. I realized last night how I think I do EVERYTHING in the house. But who’s to blame if I don’t let the “boys” (includes hubby) know what I expect them to do. While feeling dismayed, I then told myself to count my blessings and be grateful for them and be grateful that I can do and am healthy enough to do these things. And after all it’s me that wants things a certain way. God bless! -Ellen

  251. Thank you for sharing. I have been finding myself awake at night with my mind rushing with thoughts. I know I need to take them to God. Thanks for the reminder.

  252. kathleen ettinger says:

    Our God is so awesome – He knows just when we need to hear from Him through those He has set before us. +
    Thank you, Heavenly Father, for Renee and her words of encouragement and hope that we as women, homemakers, workers in the world can step away and find peace in You! Amen

  253. This was the perfect devotion for me to wake up to. I had a bit of worry, as I had an optional summer nursing program to take which I had prayed about, in the end it worked out that I wasn’t able to get in. I know it is God’s path, as I had prayed about it. I realized reading this, that it was a break I needed and exactly how worried and stressed I am throughout the school year. God has guided me every step through the Nursing program and has helped in my success. As a mom, wife, and nursing student I needed this devotion. Thank you so much for sharing your words (and God’s word) with us.

  254. Sharon Hallmark says:

    Thanks for this wonderful reminder message. I love the look of the cross and the anti-stress comfort wrap! I have placed a note on my desk that says “Today” and it lists the three steps you mentioned – Stop worrying, start praying, and keep thanking God. I’m asking God now to help me remember to do this!

  255. It’s amazing how appropriate some of the devotionals are to my life at that moment. I do feel worry about so many things in life and have not learned to “let go and let God.” It’s a great motto that doesn’t seem to stick in my head long enough to make the difference. Thank you for your words of encouragement and your book. Please pray for me to put it into action.

  256. Thanks for sharing your heart, it is beautiful.

  257. Perfect timing Renee!! Thank you for sharing. Sometimes we forget that others have been there and we think we are the only ones. Deadlines, commitments and expectations of others have really drained me. My family just got home last night from a camping trip and I too was plagued by the worries of coming back to my life. In fact, the whole first day of our trip I couldn’t relax because my mind wouldn’t let go of “all” I have to do back at home. I must confess that I am not seeking or serving God only because the business of life has become more important. I am going to change that. I am going to PRAY about everything! And I am going to apply your index card under the bedside table cross, because I love the idea of placing tangible things at the cross.

  258. Anonymous says:

    I have been having a surgical procedure done now for the past 2 weeks and had one done yesterday. I woke up this morning and was in so much pain and I literally just wanted to die. I have to have these done for the next 6 weeks. I decided to simply move very slowly to my computer and read the devotional that Renee had for us and it was perfect. What I realized is that I am so overcome with worry and it is making me so weary and yes I do wonder if God even cares because I am hurting so much physically. Thank You so much Renee for your words of comfort and for reminding me what worry can do to me. I really do appreciate your words of encouragement especially during this time. This has really touched my heart in a very special way.

  259. Your message was just what I needed to read today. Sadly, you described me when you wrote…”My mind is wired to think a lot .” Praying for his rest and to focus on him instead of my worries! Thanks for sharing!

  260. Linda Ruiz says:

    This couldn’t have come to me at a more perfect time. I lost sleep last night as I worked and churned over in my mind all that I have going on and all the worry in my life. I just couldn’t turn it off. So I got down on my knees and asked God for peace and to help me slowly hand each and every one of those things on my “mental to do list” over to Him for safekeeping. The peace that I felt was amazing and I was able to get back to sleep. Waking today and reading your devotion was God’s way of answering my middle of the night prayer. He was saying to me, “Child come to me for rest.” And he send you as the messenger. Thank you. 🙂

  261. Diane smith says:

    Thank you for your message. Prayer is the key to letting go of our worry. God is faithful.

  262. Chassidy says:

    Renee, you always seem to write about EXACTLY what is on my mind! I thank God for bringing me to your website, book and Pro31.

  263. this is very awersome message now i can say i will case all my burden to God for I know he cares from me. i always keep praying and stop the worrying.

  264. Renee,
    A friend sent this to me with the message that it spoke to her – little did she know that your words were exactly what I needed to hear as well! Thank you!

  265. I have been a subscriber for quite some time, but never posted a comment. But, I must post today. I am a worrier, and this particular weekend, I allowed satan to consume me with worry, and fear. I was almost paralyzed emotionally. I even stayed home from church Sunday (which I never do due to ministries I am involved in), and used the time to catch up on some devotions that had accummulated, and pulled out some Proverbs 31 devotionals I had saved, and spent the time with the Lord. I felt like God gave me just what I needed, and this devotional today, was the icing on the cake!! I have done something similar in the past like your index cards and the cross (which I like the cross idea better); but what I have done is put a basket by my bedside, and wrote across the handle “God’s Basket to Carry”, and wrote my worries and concerns on a card and put in that basket. It was a visual to me to let God carry the load. Sad to say, many times I mentally picked the basket up and carried it myself. Again, your devotional was more of what I needed these past few days; I seem to always need a booster shot to my issue of worry. Thanks very much!

  266. Wow! It’s like this was written just for me. Like you’d had a bird’s eye view of my life and saw how I was responding. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement and fresh perspective. I need to go to God, lay this crazy life at his feet and thank Him!!

  267. Renee, I know exactly what you are talking about. We just adopted two baby boys (8 and 10 months) from Ethiopia. They have been home 2 months and I’m still trying to figure it all out. We have five children. All WONDERFUL, but they take a ton of energy…and often I feel drained. Thank you for this entry. I think I’m going to order your book!
    Blessings; Micah

    • Esther Grace says:

      Micah, I want you to know my heart is with you! I will be praying for you today and everytime the Holy Spirit brings you to mind. God loves you!!! I recently started reading a book called “How to really love your child” and it’s been an eye opener for me. I pray right now that God would wrap His loving, gentle, firm, joyful, peaceful, strong arms around you! He loves you so much!!!

  268. Julie Moldenhauer says:

    I have a lot on my plate also, and this is just what I needed to read today. I had never heard the term “mental mayhem” before, but feel it often. What a great idea to list all that I “worry” about and ask God if I am doing too much.

    Thank you for the perspective.


  269. Thank you so much Renee, I will be using all of your suggestions but especially writing the cards to Jesus. I worry so much it is starting to imbobilize me. I often feel I cant doing anything right especially in my relationship with god and I find myself in deep despair and ready to give up. I know this is where Satan wants me to be, not God, but I get so tired of fighting it. I need yo physically do something to get out pf my own head and give it to God! Thanks agai! Juli

  270. Mary Kellen says:

    It is so easy to worry and not remember to first seek the Lord and tell Him first what is bothering you
    but when we do He does give us that peace that is beyond our own understanding. Philippians 4:6-8
    has long been my favorite scripture in the bible but along with those I think one of the key verses
    in the whole bible is “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all these things
    will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 God is so good and He loves us and wants the very best for
    us but we need to learn to seek that relationship with Him above everything else.

  271. Teri Hicks says:

    When I read this I thought man oh man is she talking about me. I can run down the list of all my commitments but that isn’t necessary. Today I am letting it all go and remembering each time my neck tightens or I just want to scream from the pressure to take a breath and give it to the One who will make it all alright.

    Thank you for the reminder.

  272. Carol Weber says:

    I thank The Lord that He answered my prayer. I was just running around the house, realizing how much I had to do today. As I was making lists, cleaning the bathroom, getting dressed to go to the bank for my daughter who does not have a car, then taking her and me food shopping, still thinking of all I had to do when I got home. I have just recently had 2 surgeries, 1 of them leaving me with a ileostomy, which also leaves me tired. As I was doing all of this, I was praying on the run, “Lord, please help me to learn how to not get so stressed out. I realized, also that instead of praying as I ran around, I should stop and spend some time with The Lord, but did I? No! For some reason, I got the thought to check my email, something I just didn’t think I had time for and found an email from this website on worry!!! I Thank God for Answering my prayer so soon. Reading all that I have read here shows me what my priorities should be. I am going now, into my “prayer closet” and spend some time with My Lord. The bank and the groceries can wait. I am sure my daughter will understand. Thank You!!

  273. Esther Grace says:

    Thank you for sharing the things God is teaching you! God has definitely led me to His message through you! TODAY, I am going to stop talking to myself and start talking to God! I’m also going to MEMORIZE His Word so the Holy Spirit will REMIND me of HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, PROTECTION AND PROVISION!!!

    I love you! Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

  274. With the difficult circumstances in my life I am definitely a worry wort. Your words have lightened my spirit and helped to focus on the lord when I do become worried.

    Just last night for me to calm my nerves and the tightness in my chest I prayed and talked to the lord about my worries and he gave me such peace so that I could enjoy the moment I finally had alone without craziness in my schedule and trying to remember my 3 children’s schedule as well.

    Thank you and God bless!

  275. Jill Schultz says:

    Sister Renee,

    What a great reminder of what we need to do when we are feeling worried and overwhellmed. As a busy Christian women. I haver often fallen into satan’s trap of worry, sel-doubt and being overwhelmed. God always brings me through when I remember to cast my cares on him. What an awesome God we have.

    Thanks for the reminder to pray and seek his peace.

    God’s Blessings,
    Jill Schultz

  276. michelle h says:

    thanks for the encouragement today – I’ve printed out the 2 verses towards the end of the Prov 31 devotion today and am posting them near my computer! work has got me a little buried and there’s “no time” for rest. need to remember that God does offer that in the midst of any storm.

  277. I am really enjoying the Confident Heart book and encouraging emails! I used to worry about everything also, but have gotten much better at replacing my worriers with prayers! I like the idea of writing them on an index card and putting them at the cross. I often write out verses that speak to me, and have a card on the table with names of people to pray for.

  278. Some days it’s just so hard to take time for yourself and to find the stop button on Worry. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  279. Thank you for your insight today on worries. Its crazy how God works, always on time and never late. My husband and I have been going through some issues lately in our marriage and as I tell him the things I’m needing as a wife and him telling me how many things are going on outside of our home etc. I start to worry about all the little things that I feel I need to do more of or not enough of. And with one child and being a stay at home mom I am sure he is feeling the pressure but so am i by not having that quality time and him not being home much. But I loved your idea of writing all the worries down on a card and praying about them and I’m excited to see what God will say to me through that process. With all the stress I’m so glad and grateful I have a God that knows what I’m going through at all times. Thank you for your devotional.

  280. Thanx for reminding me to “choose the best” and pray about everything.

  281. barbara roy says:

    Thank you for those words. I am going through a tough time in my life and that was exactly what I needed to hear. God bless you!

  282. Thank you for reminding me today that my worry makes me weary not the workload. In all I do I do for Christ. From working with my students at home and at work, and for serving in the student ministry at church and adding a week of Children’s ministry to my plate. My priorities are worked out and just enough energy is left to perform without falling over. I needed this today. Thank you!

  283. really enjoyed your book!

  284. What a wonderful message today – I’m sure it wasn’t just for me, but it couldn’t have applied more. I have been very weighed down the last few weeks & I believe you just shared the perfect prescription. Thank you so much!

  285. Sweet Renee,
    You have no idea how much I need this today. Facing a stressful next two weeks at our church with the change in ministers and all my Hospitality Team partner and I have to do for the transitions, plus hosting Bycicle Riders who stay over in our church during all this, has overwhelmed me. I admit, though I know how out of hand my worrying is and how it shows my lack of trust in our Lord, I forget to stop and rest in Him. I thank you for today’s devotion and your video to remind me to “Stop worrying, Start praying, and most of all to Keep thanking” Our Lord. He has truly blessed me all my life, and your reminder came at just the right time. God Bless you…

  286. Hi! This devotion is SO timely. Amazing how God does that! We just miscarried our 4th child. I was like a little over 6 weeks, when I started bleeding. They have done 2 rounds of blood work, and the numbers went way down. Sometimes I feel like my faith is SO small, because I question God on why this happens to families? I know we live in a sin cursed earth and bad things will ALWAYS happen. I have to keep my eyes on Jesus and know that He has a plan in all this and I must trust Him. His Ways are SO much higher than ours. We may never know or understand, this side of Heaven. He is STILL God and STILL on His throne! My sweet Mom died in 2005 at the young age of 55. I can’t help but to think that she is in Heaven holding our little angel. My brother and sister in law lost one a few years back, and maybe my Mom is holding their little one too. Thank you for this devo and for praying for our family in this most difficult time. I praise God for you and your ministry! God Bless! Julie
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  287. Whenever I hear (or read) the verse from Matthew 11:28 the next verses (29 and 30) ” Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” follow in my mind.

    I remember reading somewhere how an oxen or horse would find it far harder to pull the weight if not for the yoke upon its shoulders. The yoke actually places the weight where it can most easily managed. How fitting that taking the yoke of Jesus upon us makes our burdens lighter and makes them easier to bear.

  288. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you for sharing Renee.

  289. Renee,
    Thank you so much for your Godly advice on things that keep us from our focus on the Lord. The Holy Spirit showed me the same thing about myself, and put the same message on my heart just days ago. Your devotion was simply a gentle reminder for me. He is ever-faithful!
    May He continue to bless you, your family and your ministry.

  290. Reyna Ballinger says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! I am dealing with anxiety and your reminder of the practical ways we can cast our worries to God because He cares made me push the pause bottom. As you say about Philippians 4, it sounds easy, then why do I struggle to let go of my worries? I am printing an index card with that verse to keep with me at all times…May the Lord bless you richly for all you do to serve Him…

  291. Thanks so much for the encouragement to trust God more…I especially like the challenge to “seek” God more and not to be overly consumed with “serving” Him. Balance is important! I’m like many of the others…the idea of leaving my worries at the foot of the cross at my bedside, is an excellent way to practice Phil 4:6,7

  292. What a perfect message for me today! I found myself in the worrying mode this morning about a recent situation that happened. I dove into God’s Word trying to find something to help; some guidance. Your video message was exactly what I needed. Thank you! It was a reminder to not worry, pray about it and that God has it totally under His control! Thank you. I pray that God continues to bless you and watch over you in your ministry!

  293. I can so relate to worry and an anxious spirit. I woke up with on my mind today. I am seeking God to show me where this is coming from and seeking his voice and will today. Then I look and see your devotion. It is another way for God to speak to me today. Thanks! I needed this wisdom today. My last 15 years of stress with my youngest son and my last 2 years with my family has been more than one should have to deal with. But these last 2 years and most recently I feel like I am truly walking through the desert of fire!. Please pray for my family

  294. Wow! Thank you so much! As a mom of four (almost grown) children, (youngest will be 18 in two months,) the saying, “Let Go, Let God,” has come to mind more times than I really want to share. It has, however, become easier as each child gets a little older…I don’t know if it’s because I actually DO let God take control or if they are doing pretty well on their own. I know letting go and letting God have control used to be so much more difficult but as I have learned to trust him more and he continues to be faithful, even when I am not, it becomes easier because I see his grace and goodness in all things. Thanks again for your message; always uplifting to hear how others weather the storms of this life.

  295. tiffanney says:

    I so thank you for this..I recently lost my mom and i thought all was okay, but lately i am not sleeping, tired all the time, my body hurts and just really realized I am stressed out. Not focusing on the one that can help me which is God, not realizing that he is where my comfort and joy comes from when I get in his Word. Today I am going to give it all to him.

    Thank you and be blessed,

  296. Renee ~ Thank you so much for the encouragement! I have been receiving them for over a year now. I started sharing them with a few friends, then a few more…now I have a “Daily Devotions” distribution list of 50 ppl (family, friends, and coworkers). The devotions are always something that I need to hear and a reminder of how perfect God’s timing is! I just love your idea of writting our worries down on index cards and giving them to God (I also love the beautiful cross you have on your nightstand)! I’m going to put your idea into action immediately! I can totally relate to today’s message…I have been married for almost 25 years (together almost 29). We have 3 children, and just had our 5th grandchild on 6/10/12. My 71 year old father lives with us, as well as our soon-to-be 24 year old son. My husband has been a truck driver (OTR) for many years and he isn’t home much. When he is home, it’s like I am constantly catering to him and it is exhausting. I am also active in my church (Kitchen Ministry) and have not been able to help out too much because of my family responsibilities. I know I should be seeking God more and asking Him for the strength and encouragment to carry on. Thank you so much for putting things into perspective. May God richly bless your Ministry! 0;o)

  297. Yolanda Johnson says:

    I have worried about things all my life. I am finding out that all I have to do is cast my cares and worries on Him. I also deal with anxiety that seems to live it my chest. I know it does not happen overnight. I have faith that God will make a way in my life because He already has. I pray and tell God that I believe.I need help with my unbelief. Thank you so much for your words and encouragement. It helps me in my time of struggles right now. God Bless you.

  298. cindy shipley says:

    great message i really needed to see this clip thank you so much the putting them on the index cards at the end of the day really a great idea for me

  299. ConnieH says:

    Hi Renee. Boy, this is just the reminder I needed this morning. I am currently studying for a big exam and have worked myself up into such a worried mess about it that I can’t even concentrate on studying for it. I bet I have spent more time over the past few months worrying about learning what I need to know than I have actually studying for the exam. I have turned it over to God several times, but keep picking it back up.

    I love the idea of writing it down on index cards and physically placing it at the foot of the cross as a symbol of turning it over to God. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, struggles, and life lessons with us here.

    God bless you!


  300. Julie Solem says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ve really been struggling with work & home life & I need to remember to give it ALL to Him, not just the things I think He wants to hear. I like the idea of writing out what we are struggling with. I know I have thoughts in my head but to see them written out sometimes puts things in perspective, then I need to remember to give them over to Him, because I know He loves me! What a comforting thought.

  301. Debbie Grace says:

    I am definitely a Martha….no doubt about it….I am a doer, not a seeker. That is much more difficult for me. I know I have a tough time being “still before the Lord.” It is not my nature. This message rang home with me and I need to take it to heart and put it into practice. Thanks for sharing!

  302. cindy shipley says:

    thank you and i really liked what you do at the end of the day if you still worried to write them down and give them to god this week end i going to lok for a table cross

  303. Just what I needed in the midst of a financial storm…thank you. I will be still and lay my burdens at his feet!

  304. Thanks for this today…. I’ve been stressing and worrying about not being able to find a job and the famous statement.. “What am I going to do” and after hearing you simplify this situation by following your three steps is a huge sigh of relief…

    I know its easier said than done but it’s doable…. I will stop worrying (it doesn’t help to worry anyways..) start to pray more instead of of worrying or when I want to worry I can pray instead and of course continue to keep thanking GOD that HE is with me and providing because after all HE is….

    Thanks so much…

  305. Demetria McRuffin says:

    I recently went through troubles in my marriage of 14 years. In the beginning of these troubles I found my self at peace because I was using the the steps you talked in your devotional today, but somewhere down the line I unconsciencely decided to handle things myself. My life began to rock like I was on a boat that swaying and sinking fast. Needless to say thank you for today’s devotional that reminded me to Stop worrying, start praying, and Thank God for what he has already done. I have a Testimony!!!!!!!!!

  306. Kim Brooks says:

    I definitely agree with this devotion today. I will definitely start giving my cares physically on my little table. Good and practical applications. I will write down my worries and wait for God to tell me what I need to cut from my daily life adventures. Thank you

  307. Rebecca says:

    Thank you, this is some I can share with so many friends.

  308. Thank you, Renee, for reminding me that in order to stop worrying, I must relace it with prayer and thanksgiving. My church’s Ladies’ Bible Study group is finishing up your book tonight. I am sad to see this study come to an end. Your book facilitated some great discussions during our times together. Thank you for being a blessing! God bless!

  309. I love the idea of physically turning our worries over to God. I’m thinking about making this a family affair as I can already see my children beginning to take after their parents with worry. I’d love to help them create a lifelong habit of turning it over when they feel worried or overwhelmed.

  310. TTownsend says:

    Just what I needed today. I’m writing my biggest burden on index cards today and giving them to God!

  311. Vanessa says:

    I am in a place right now that seems so overwhelming and I find myself worrying about everything. So thank you for sharing. I need those constant reminders that I have a Heavenly Father that wants to carry my burdens for me.

  312. Thank you. I try to lead by example. However, I have two major worrier’s nearby. They have valid reasons, terminally ill child, etc. I pass on your devotions and lessons. God will take it from there. Bless you!

  313. Katie Kingsley says:

    Thanks for sharing. The devotional and video really helped to reinforce what God has been talking to me about, stop worrying so much. He has it all under control.

  314. I have always been a worrier and full of anxiety. I have found myself struggling with “the how” of casting my anxieties on Him. I really connected to Renee’s advice to write down my anxieties and then give them to God..physically by placing them somewhere on an index card, which will remind me to prayerfully give them to Him as well. My sister is struggling with cancer and it overwhelms my thoughts each day. This disease as well as the state of her soul create a great deal of anxiety. I continue to pray, but look forward to using this advice today! Thanks Renee for sharing.

  315. Erika W. says:

    This was exactly what I needed to hear today…I am walking ball of stress and anxiety and after reading this…I need to give it ALL to God and I need to stop worrying about things I can’t control. I need to remember God has the wheel and He knows what He is doing. I thank you for your words as I know God was talking to me thru you! 🙂

  316. Renee, thank you so much for sharing. I feel as though I just received some much needed admonition from a dear friend. This has been such a hard year. A quick background for the year: I had a baby 5 months ago, had my gallbladder removed w/ complications, another follow-up surgery, and lastly the death of my dearest friend a month ago. In the midst of all that our income was significantly decreased and we are now in danger of losing our house. I’ve justified my thoughts by thinking I had plenty going on and anyone would worry if they were in my position. But I know that’s not biblical. Its been affecting my relationship with God, my husband, and my children. I keep talking to my husband about feeling like I’m wearing too many hats at home in addition to ministry and job-related responsibilities. But at the same time I haven’t felt like removing any of those was the answer, but was coming up empty as to why I felt so overwhelmed all the time if I was doing what God wanted me to do. Thank you so much for your devo today and the video w/ the 3 steps. I needed that reminder soo much. I love the idea of the index cards as I haven’t been sleeping much due to my worries. Worry is such a heavy, unneccessary burden that i get so entangled in before I realize what’s happened . I know it won’t happen overnight, but I truly hope day by day, even moment by moment I can keep my worries laid at Jesus feet and be resting in His precious promises. Thank you, again.

  317. Deeanne says:

    This morning as I am preparing for another doctors appointment in preparation for my surgery next week -worry began to creep into my mind. As I was talking to the hospital regarding records, I began to feel undone. Your devotion was such an excellent reminder of our Sovereign God. How He has it all in His hands. How He loves us so and wants us to cast all of our concerns on Him. Thank you! I love the peace that He provides. Thank you for the reminder to turn to Him in all things!

  318. I always enjoy your video chats…just starting your book today…you are just one more person God is using to remind me that He has it all in control and He loves me…wow…wish I could put this message into my daughter’s heart myself…now…she is bothered by IBS and panic attacks…she has one of those brains that is always thinking…but i will have to wait for God’s timing and not worry in the meantime 🙂

  319. WOW! I needed that!! We are in a new phase of life right now with big decisions to make and some little ones too! I’ve had a knot in my stomach the last few days!! God sure knows what we need and He knew I needed this devotional TODAY!! Thank you for sharing Gods’ heart!

  320. Susan K says:

    EXACTLY what I needed today. I find when worry starts, each little successive thing creates a snowball of anxiety. Because of stress this past week, I’ve created tension with my husband now he’s leaving on a business trip today! Of course, now I feel guilty, which I then add to my worries… Thank you for this timely reminder. I need to give each worry to God.

  321. Chris Davidson says:

    Renee, I thought I was the only person in the world who accidentally took my dog’s medicine! I did it two days in a row though, and couldn’t figure out why I was peeing bright orange! Everyone at school was worried about me. One of the best though was when I accidentally took my sleeping pill instead of my allergy pill one morning. I was pumping in the coffee that day trying to stay on my feet!
    I love your transparency and humble heart. You so often encourage me and I never take time to say it. God has been speaking to me a lot about anxiety and I needed to be reminded again. Thank-you, sweet Renee.

  322. stephanie says:

    This really hit home for me….I have to learn to really place all my life into God’s hands. That means everything!! Even the things I think I can handle. 🙂

  323. Bethany says:

    I need to STOP in the middle of each flurry of worry and ask God to show me how to handle it.

  324. Ronda Byers says:

    Thank you so much for the words of wisdom. I too worry about everything, sometimes I worry that maybe I should be more worried! I love the advice that you are doing lots of good things, but they weren’t God things! I also loved the three steps. I will be doing this starting today.

  325. Good morning girls! What a great devotion today Renee. Thank you for the clip as well in which you shared how to help stop worrying so much. I will certainly be trying to do that with Gods grace and help. I ts difficult when you have many thoughts tying to come and take your peace but I have to try and do it and rest on the Lord. Its difficult to do it but once you do you dont want to get up, you want to keep resting always. I need encouragement about a boyfriend situation but thank you for reminding me Renee that my part is to pray and let go let God doHis part and rest in HIm and thank Him. Great job thank you

  326. The verse Renee shared in the video message from Philippians 4:6-7 has become one I lean on–a life verse of sorts. So thankful that God loves us so much that he wants us to come to Him for all our needs! I once suffered with anxiety disorder–Jesus has used this verse to calm and heal my heart…Thankful for the work He is doing!

  327. Renee,
    Hmmm…looks like there are a few of us women that are worriers! I too love the suggestion of the cross on the bedside table. I am so visual and this is a great way to give it over to God and show satan just where my worries are going.
    God bless you and your ministry!

  328. Dominique says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement and scripture that reminds me to give it all over to God and stop with all the worries. My grandmother is one who worries and gets really anxious about little unimportant things. I tend to take after her, but through God’s word I have learned to rely on Him and trust Him. Now I am also teaching my son, who is also a worry wort, how to do the same at an early age. Your devotion was exactly what I needed to hear today to remind me that I need to quit talking to myself and listening to Satan and start talking more about it to God. Thanks again!

  329. Jenni Mac says:

    Love your idea about the “concern cards.” I would like to create a “Give it to God” journal and write down my worries every night. I pray that God will help me to trust him, pray my concerns to him, and lift the worry from my heart.

  330. Sharon Suen says:

    Life is becoming busier and busier daily. I always feel like there is not enough time in the day, or I used to fee that way. Now I take one day at a time. I have found that when I make time for Jesus, He makes sure I have time for everything else. I love the Lord for that and I pray that when times get hard for each and everyone of us that we know we can go to God and He will be the calm in the midst of the storm. Be Blessed.

  331. I often find myself stressing about finances and making sure my kids stay busy as well as meeting the needs of others, that it has worn me down. This message was right on time for me, reminding me to go to God and seek His wisdom in all of these things and to cast all my cares on Him. Thank you for the encouragement, it was well needed!

  332. Our ladies’ bible study this week just so happens to be on the topic of fear. After listening to today’s devotional, I’ve decided to suggest that together, as a group, we do one of the practical applications Renee suggests. We’re going to write our fears/worries/concerns on note cards and then lay them all (upside down, if desired) at the feet of Jesus (at the cross)!! After a personal time of confession, commitment, etc., we’ll put all of the cards in the shredder!!!

  333. Renee,

    Thank you, this is a big area of struggle for me. As we enter our 4th month of unemployment for my husband and the kids just finished school, worries of dwindling savings, what to do with 2 boys for the summer on little budget and not to give up ministry have been difficult to keep at bay. His word says ..with prayer and thanksgiving.. I will choose today to be thankful and offer prayers rather than try to figure it all out myself. Blessings and Peace.

  334. Barbara Bernhardt says:

    I read your devotional this morning and it is an answer to prayer. I found out yesterday I have to have a knee replacement. The Surgeon told me all that could go wrong and in my normal way I began to focus on them. Last night I prayed God would give me wisdom on this choice and peace on the choice. Thank you also for your wonderful book. I am in the online study group which has also been a blessing.

  335. As a busy, working, single mom of three teenage boys, I can totally relate to this devotion. I tend to worry way too much and have been working on learning how to let it go and give it to God especially about situations that I have no control over but God has control over everything. It’s a daily struggle. I’m one of those people who even worry about problems that may arise in the future. There are many days when I feel overwhelmed with too many things to do and not enough time or hands to get it done but I know that God is faithful and gives me comfort and peace when I need it the most. God bless!

  336. Ann : ) says:

    Just what I needed to read. WEARY could be my middle name.. Have wrtitten down Phil. 4: 6-7 plan to memorize and apply to my life.

  337. Vicki F. says:

    Wow, so me!! Thanks for the words of advice. I wearier than words can say from an overwhelming life rigt now. I think your post will help!

  338. This has been a very challenging year. Dealing with an unfaithful and spouse, a nasty divorce that seems never ending, financial stress, and being w single mom to 3 beautiful children, including a newborn. I would be lying, if I were to say that this past year has been free of worry. However, as I reflect back, we have been provided for. It hasn’t been easy, but we have been blessed in many ways. This journey has made me realize that I really can do anything by taking it one day at time. There are still a lot of uncertainties about what the future may bring, but I am confident that He is in control. I have hope for the future and am so thankful for a loving, caring God.
    By the way, I love the index card idea.

  339. As a new mom to a newborn who must face a major surgery, I have done my share of wondering and worry. I am learning to refocus this worry into prayer and trust in God’s word and rest in knowing He is with us continually. Thank you for your great devotions and work withP31

  340. Thank you! Your words are always timely. I am going to write out my cards now.

  341. Worry and perfectionism go hand in hand for me. I feel if I worry myself through every situation things will turn out okay. What struck my was your words that “worry is Satan’s acid in our hearts”, WOW!. I never thought if it like that but that’s sure what it feels like, a churning in my stomach every time I worry. I have a plaque by my bed, “Leave you worries with God before you go to sleep, he’s going to be up all night anyway.” I can write my notecards and leave them by the plaque. I sure could use the destress worry giveaway today, taking time for myself just isn’t something I ever do.

  342. Once again, God provided just what I needed to hear when I needed it. Having to trust Him not only with my life, but others as well (not sure how I think I can take care of them when we live several hours apart & I can’t drive, but have been). The title is perfect. Worry has definitely been making me weary.

  343. Thanks for your words! I need to be brought back to these thoughts often.

  344. Thank you, Renee. You highlighted an area that I didn’t realize was there. I’m reminded of the verse in Luke 12 which asks who can add an hour to his life by worrying. I believe the danger is that most of us don’t see it as a worry. We’ve changed the word to “concern” or for some we need to have things “all figured out”. It doesn’t help that it is an accepted notion that our brains are constantly “thinking a lot”

    I have a question though,

    How can you separate the need to think on things without overdoing it when you don’t recognize what you’re thinking as a worry?

  345. I always know when its time to slow down and relax; but don’t always listen to what God is telling me. It is nice to know that others feel the same way.

  346. I try so hard to live by the Philipians 4 scripture to ask God for anything, but always be thankful for what he is doing. I like your idea of giving your cares to God by writing it down and placing it at the foot of a cross. I will definitely try that. My pastor once suggested we write down our “to do list” when our minds begin to wander during prayer.

  347. Thank you God for this timely devotion and your promise to be my help and my rest. YOU ARE SO GOOD!

  348. Hi Renee. I am currently reading your book A Confident Heart with a group of girls from church and it has helped me become more vulnerable and open up in ways that I never have before. It was really neat to see that you had graduated from Meredith College because I graduated from there as well. I have struggled with some of the same things you shared in your book. Thank you so much for being so honest and sharing your story. It has really uplifted me and encouraged me to be more for HIM!!

    I read your devotion today as well and it really hit home for me. Especially where you said, “My mind is wired to think a lot so I’d gotten used to the constant flurry of motion in my brain. Yet anxiety had crept in slowly, causing tangles in my thoughts, a tightening in my chest, and tension in my neck. Some days I couldn’t stop thinking about ALL I needed to do.” I have issues with anxiety from time to time and like you describe here, it is something that creeps in slowly. If I do not have my daily quiet time with the Lord, it gets to the point where I feel like it is going to consume me. It is encouraging to know that I am not the only one that NEEDS that quiet time with him in order not to stress and become anxious.I am a thinker as well and if I am not careful, I find myself thinking about things and not praying about them.But, when I have quiet time with Him and get in His presence, it becomes clear that all I need to do is lean and trust in Him and He will take care of the rest. Thank you again:) God Bless! Vicky

  349. Esther Smith says:

    I have spent most of the years I can remember worrying. You see, when I was six years old my life changed in one day. My mom called me into her old room at her parents house and told me she and dad were getting a divorce, and that we would be living there, at grandma and grandpas starting today. I never got to say good-bye to friends, my school, my room, nothing. I felt like the room started spinning, and I ran out of the bedroom and got sick in the bathroom. From that point on I worried if I wasn’t in control of everything, then my world would once again spin out of control. I don’t like the unpredictible in life, I thrive on routine, and feel most secure knowing what will happen. Unfortunately life isn’t predictible, and I can’t always happen. I developed anxiety disorder as a child, and while it stopped for a time, it hit me again in my twenties. I have to try very hard to give my worry to God. I mean really give it to Him, not just in words, but in my heart. It’s hard for me to even let go of things and give them to God, and that makes me sad. I am learning daily to do it more and more though, and it has relieved so much of my anxiety. I don’t think my anxiety will ever leave me, but you never know what God’s plans are 🙂 However, I am starting to understand that it is OK to let those anxious feelings exsist, as long as I have given them to God. If I trust God with the thoughts causing the feelings, most often the feelings will follow. I figure if they don’t, God has a reason for them being there, and that make me feel Good and a bit more at ease too.

    I LOVE your idea of putting a cross by my bed and then writing my worry down on a 3 x 5 card and letting it go, leaving it literally at the cross, and with God! I am definately going to have to do that! I loved your video today. It really hit home! Thanks Renee 🙂

  350. Melissa Larrabee says:

    I have never thought of my stress as my captivity, but seeing that scripture made me realize it is. I am captured in stress! Thank goodness I know who can free me!!

  351. Shannon Steckel says:

    I’m dealing with many things I’m on my mind. Still praying to find God’s will for me. Lately, I feel lost and, alone but I know in my heart God is there I can’t explain it but I know it’s there. Since my injury, i have lost my social life, zumba, and loss of hours at work. I’m so tired of asking for help for assistance but I hold my tongue and do it. I know many other people have it worse. I’m trying to find out how to pay the hospital cost because I’m in the process of switching insurance so hopefully things will work out. Many of my friends are telling me (including my parents) to see if the apartment is covered since I hurt myself there and I should send the bill there. I really do not like doing that but only working 8-10 hours a week is difficult and alos to pay your rent is hard. I’m still searching for a full-time job and also praying because I’m worry that I will have to move out again but trying so hard to trust in God. I know God is in Control but this week has been emotional one more than ever. This study couldn’t be more timing of everything I’m going through..Thank you Renee

    • Donna B says:


      Praying for you …. and when I find myself feeling all alone and lost I look to Chapter 12 of Renee’s book. I love being able to recapture those promises that she shares with us there. I love the promise in Duet 31:6 “The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” And I also love Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Praying that God will wrap you in these verses and reveal Himself to you in new and exciting ways as you lean into Him.

      • Shannon Steckel says:


        Wow, thank you..I have a bookmark that has the verse Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Thank you for your prayers and support..I will be praying for all of you..

  352. Wow. I wasn’t going to hit the link but I’m so glad I did. This blog and video are so telling. I have been completely overwhelmed with worry and trying to solve it all, all by myself. Not only is this helping me to redirect back to God, but I can’t wait to share this with three dear friends who have had more thrown on their plates than anyone needs lately. Thank you. I’ll be heading to the bookstore for the book this weekend!

  353. Mary Huang says:

    Wow! This message really hit home with me today. Recently, I have been very anxious. I have been worrying for no apparent reason. Your story helps me to remember that only God can take this anxiety away and that I should also turn to him.

  354. Christina says:

    I often feel anxiety and failure because I am not able to get everything done in one day I would like. I feel like I fail my daughter by not being a homeschooling mom. She attends a wonderful christian school, one her dad and I struggle to keep her in. I won’t put her in a Los Angeles public school so I prayed and God led me where she is today.
    This post hit home and was a great read and a wonderful reminder of Gods love and devotion to us as His children.

  355. This devotion dovetails the book “A Praying Life” that I am currently reading. The author is Paul E. Miller. I’m learning that God wants us to relate to Him in a child-like way: total and utter dependence on Him, and asking Him for ALL our needs.

  356. Kimberli Fortner says:

    I am so glad God led me to your book (and you!) at this difficult time in my life. As you know, I’ve lost my father-in-law, mom, stepmom, and daddy in the last 5 months. My husband has tonsil cancer and he has gotten mean since his treatment started, in fact he hit me and knocked me down when we got home from chemo today. He has never hit me, I know he’s sick, but that’s no excuse. I’ll forgive him, once. Next time, I’m gone, cancer or no cancer. I’m stressed to the max. I realize reading this book that I really need to have some God confidence. I’m glad I’m learning how to get it.

  357. Amanda R. says:

    God certainly knows when I need to read/hear the right message. Thank you for this today 🙂 Like many others who have posted, I know that the tabletop cross where I can lay my concerns card will be the perfect solution.
    thank you again!

  358. Tiffany says:

    My marriage is in turmoil because of my worrying. I feel like all of the weight is on my shoulders because my husband has a care free attitude. He doesn’t worry if the bills will get paid, or if there will be enough money for food and gas for the week, or the fact that I already can’t pay for my last few college classes to receive my Bachelor’s Degree that I have been working on so hard and so long… and NOW the loans are about to start coming in the mail for repayment! The kids don’t have a sitter for the summer and they are getting shifted around from family member to friend and I’m driving over 120 miles a day to get them to and from and I’m getting 4 hours of sleep if that a night working 10+ hours a day at my job… This list could go on and on and on! But with the help of my so totally awesome co-worker and sister-in-christ I am working very very hard on giving all of THAT to God. I pray all the way to work and all the way home, but I don’t truly ever give it to God. I am all talk and no action when it comes to giving my worries to God to handle. And now my husband has been hurt so deeply that our marriage could be in deep trouble.

    So unbeknownst to me I have had 3 lessons that have popped up that are going to help me stop worrying:
    1. cleaning my mind of impure thoughts
    2. making sure my personal line to God is not shorted out by snakes of sin
    3. trusting in the Lord so I don’t drown in a sea of worry

    It’s amazing how Sunday I didn’t go to church but I watched my pastor, Kerry Shook (Fellowship Of the Woodlands- TX), and his sermon was the sermon he preached on my very first visit to FOTW about what you may ask???? Revving up your life, but more importantly cleaning your tank of impurities.

    Then at work our morning meeting always starts with a devotional and yesterday was about letting the ‘snake’ of negativities like: anger, bitterness, corrupt talk, unforgiving attitutde short circuit our powerline to God and block out the Holy Spirit from our hearts. RE: 2 Samuel 22:37

    And today was about trusting in the Lord. Instead of resting on the promises of God to take care of what burdens me sometimes, no make that most of the time I start panicing and spinning into a downward spiral instead of just looking UP.
    RE: Proverbs 16:20

    I know after reading your ‘When worry makes me weary’ today that I am definitely on the right track to getting my life with our Father back on track! I also know that through God’s promise to never give me more than I can bear that I WILL repair the relationship and spark a new connection with my husband ONLY because I am getting honest with God and not trying to control every little thing that is going on in my life. It’s okay to not know what will happen and trust that the Lord will take care of it.- I can do this!!!


    • Donna B says:

      Praying for you and your marriage Tiffany ….. I love the verses in Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” and Romans 12:12 “12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

      I’m thinking I need to be still before Him and let him deal with the worries and doubts and I need to be joyful in Him, patient, and pray and pray some more.

      Blessings and praying for you.

      • Tiffany says:

        Thank you for the ‘oh so needed’ prayers, Donna! I am going to dive into Exodus and Romans this afternoon!


  359. Jana Payne says:

    Uh.h…..Are you video taping my mind? Thank you so much for the practical help, you spoke right into my heart and blessed me tremendously. I plan to apply your practical help: Stop worrying, Start praying, & Keep thanking God(more than 1 but I need to apply them all!). I also need to seek more and serve less! Thank you again so much, I’m glad God is speaking through you!:)

  360. Christina Lyon says:

    Renee, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I realized that I have been so consumed in worry and stress that I, actually, find myself pulling away from God and engrossing myself in other things that take less effort. As I pull away from God and my family things just keep getting worse. The Lord’s words are so true, I do what I don’t want to do and don’t do what I want to do. Thank God we have an awesome God!

  361. Laurie Moudy says:

    I can so relate just like so many women out there about trying to do so much and worrying about not getting things done. I love the story about mary and martha because so many times I am martha and am slowly learning to be mary! Thank you for being so obedient to God’s calling on your life so you may bless other women!

  362. Karen in PA says:

    Thank you for the scripture references that guide me. With God’s love, care, guidance I can learn to cast my cares to Him. Worry isn’t going to solve anything.

    God is so good, He will take my burdens and give me rest

  363. I used to say that my mom was such a worrier that if there was not really anything about which to worry, she would invent something. I have since learned that all my worries are of my invention because I never learned to take them to Jesus. I like the idea of writing them down on a card and offering them to Jesus, but I would also add tearing them into pieces before putting them into the Jesus basket to give me a visual of destroying and giving up the worry completely [until it hits me the next time ;-)].

  364. Christy R says:

    Really needed this right now. Thanks!

  365. Angela Ecklund says:

    Thanks so much for reminding me to hang out in His presence and let Him be my refuge.
    He totally “gets” us and we need not avoid taking in a healthy dose of Vitamin C-hrist!
    Be Blessed – Sending Prayers your way from Alaska…A.E.

  366. Worry doesn’t necessarily make me weary, but stress sure does! I could really use the give-away.

  367. p31 reader says:

    After reading your devotional today, I can totally relate. I dont have a full time job but yet my day is so filled with deadlines, appointments, getting the kids to the games on time, practices, swimming lessons, grocery shopping, paying bills, taking care of everything and being responsible for everything!..overwhelming..I do have a quiet prayer place I go to talk with God. It has been very difficult this year though, as I loss my super best loyal canine friend, Wishbone. I couldnt speak high enough of him. God knows how much joy Wishbone brought to me and he died on March 17th this year. He used to go to “our special prayer place down back” all the time and this year it’s been hard for me to go to our special place knowing he’s not physically there, but I need to still make that time for me and God. I must tell myself I need time alone with God, as I did before. I try to tell myself Wishbone is still with me spiritually and wouldnt want me to stop going to our special place, neither would our almighty God who knows my busy hectic schedule and the love and joy Wishbone had brought to me

  368. Today’s devotions has given me encouragement I really needed. Burdens have me weighed down. Family problems and health. I needed to hear the words you gave today in the devotion. Thank you and God bless

  369. Chrisine says:

    Thank you for these simple, practical & helpful tips! Love the cross by the bedside idea with notecards. I sometimes get so overwhelmed that I feel almost paralyzed. Looking forward to trying these ideas!

  370. Wow! “Too many good things but not the things God has for me”–this is such a great thing to keep in mind. Also, “serving God more than seeking Him”–that’s the second time today that I have “stumbled” across this idea. I think He is trying to get my attention:) Thank you!

  371. Your devotion was exactly what I needed today. I need to give my worries and concerns to God every day–even multiple times throughout the day. I am a big worrier and get very easily stressed. I have been dealing with this lately and I needed the eye opening reminder to give it to Him and lean on Him for every situation.

  372. preetha says:

    Yes I know God is in control of my life ,no job in hand, living in a foreign country at the mercy of the sponsor ,a broken family relationship ,no husband and children ,left at the mercy of the Almighty ,still at peace, because i know my creator is busy working for me ,so i spent my time prayering for others ,while My lord is working for me .
    Praise the Almighty

  373. I spent most of the day in bed, worrying about my son and other things. I needed this so badly today!!! Jesus knows just what we need and in perfect timing!! 🙂

  374. Donna from Honolulu, Hawaii says:

    I so loved today’s devotional & chapter 9… I giggled when you mentioned you took your dog’s seizure medication instead of your allergy medication-oh my, The most I’ve done was take my medicine-but wonder later if I did or not? Thank you so much for sharing such deep and personal actual events they touch me to the core-and that’s a God thing! 🙂 I need to repeat this to myself stop worrying, start praying, and keep Thanking. I wanted to share this with you- I subscribe to “Our Daily Bread” RBC ministries- and my Saturday Devotions just meshed with what you have been teaching & helping us with:
    I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 13:14
    When I was a child someone close to me thought they could motivate me to do better by frequently asking, “Why are you so stupid”? I didn’t know how much this had affected me until I was a teenager and heard someone behind me say, “Stupid!” Ath the word, I quickly turned around, thinking he was talking to me. Knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord helped me to realize that because God created me in His image(Gen.1:27) I’m not stupid but am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps.139:14) God declares that all He has made is “very good” (Gen.1:31) and the Psalms remind us that we are “skillfully wrought” (Ps.139:15) The psalmist David describes how God knows each one of us intimately: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways” (vv1-3) Not only are we wonderfully made, but because of Christ’s death on the cross, we can also be wonderfully restored to a right relationship with God. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ” (2Cor.5:17-18 NIV)

    I just thought this went hand in hand with what I am learning from “A Confident Heart” It’s such a positive feeling-being surrounded by His love, in everything I do, see, and hear… I feel like a sponge-thirsty for more!

    Aloha from Hawaii xoxoxoxo

    • Donna from Honolulu, Hawaii says:

      P.S. I used to be a BIG TIME WORRY WART- I worried for everyone – I carried the world on my shoulders- besides trying to keep the perfect spotless house waiting for guests to come eat off my floors that’s how clean my house was…I’m not saying it’s not clean today- it’s more lived in- You see God helped me- I am a survivor of stage III Invasive Ductal Carcinoma- Breast Cancer- I never looked at this cancer as evil, but a blessing.. I learned to STOP worrying and start LIVING! I do things in His time not mine- those little dust bunnies can wait until tomorrow if need be- and I don’t rush no more either-I get there when I get there (doesn’t mean I’m always late- I just have a better grip on time management) and reading this book “A Confident Heart” and being able to share with all these lovely women from all over, helps me tremendously- Thank you God for showing me the way. Amen!

  375. You have hit the nail on the head! I tend to let Galatians 6:9 beat me up instead of listening to the Lord tell me to slow the pace and dwell with Him in the moments. I hear, “Don’t get tired, must keep going…” like the Energizer Bunny beating in my head instead of hearing the Lord’s calm voice saying, “Don’t try to do it all at once; spend some time with me along the way; My grace is sufficient for you.”
    I am going to try your suggestion of making a list and giving it all to the Lord. I am a list maker – not so much on the checking off, but I am working on this.
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement especially through the video part of your blog. It was nice to have the transcript to keep with me as a reminder of the verses, too.

  376. Aimee Bartis says:

    This is my greatest area of weakness. Thanks for the resources!

  377. What perfect timing…so like our caring Father. I’m living in India and just returned from a small, quiet town on a hill, where I was in language school. It was peaceful, beautiful and COOL. Now I’m back in my desert city, faced with the noise, dust heat and sewing women I’m working with. On top of that, after being gone for 5 weeks, there is so much to do that needs to be caught up on…cleaning, shopping for food and household items (there’s no one stop shopping here, so this in itself can take days), people to reconnect with. Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed and I shared this with a few ladies I pray with. In the evening a mentor asked how my quiet time had been. What? Why that question? I had to admit that I hadn’t had any quiet time for a few days. Leaving me very convicted. And this is what was waiting for me this morning. Thank you. My roommate and I are working through your Confident Woman book, it’s touching me in unexpected areas. Thanks for your ministry.

  378. Hi Renee,

    Reading your devotion today, I felt as if you were talking to me. I saw you at a Women’s Conference in Iowa a few years back and felt I could relate to many of the things you discussed. I too constantly have many thoughts fluttering about it my head and a hard time slowing them down! I’ve always been a worrier and have now had a child who suffers from a severe CHD (Congenital Heart Defect), so this problem hasn’t gotten any easier. Worry is something I’d like to rid myself of. Thanks for sharing this.

  379. After listening to the devotional today, I know the Lord is talking to me. Over the last 2 weeks, worry has taken away my spirit, my hope, not to mention feeling totally drained even after 8 hours of sleep. Your idea of index cards and writing down your worry is a wonderful way to share your worries with the Lord, especially when you do not want to share with other in hope that you will not bring them down too. But for me I think I will make mine a Worry/Blessing Journal.. this way I can write down my worries, continuing each day if I need to, but also I can include scripture along with the blessing in which I need to say thank you for. This way I can be very specific with my Lord, because it will be between us even though He already know all and especially my heart. I thank you Renee for the idea, your dedication to help others grow in their relationship with the Lord. And I will to install in my daily life PPT: Press Pause – to stop worrying, P- to pray, and T to thank the Lord for all the blessing I have….. I pray that each one of us is becoming closer to the Lord with our own relationship, that we have and will be given the opportunity to witness to others and share His love and forgiveness. God Bless

  380. Renee
    I was looking for a good devotional and came across this website. I really needed to hear this! Thank you for your words!

  381. Thanks for the resources you share today! I have been worrying about my two younger daughters. The youngest has been involved with a group of friends who are making poor choices with self hurting behaviors. The next to the youngest has made some very poor choices, took her step-mothers car without permission, yet she got an excellent report card ??? I can only make suggestions to their father on how to discipline the girls and I worried all day yesterday, then I was mad at God because I tried to do all the right things as they we’re growing up, then I started praying.

  382. Dear Renee,
    I feel that God was speaking to me through you tonight. I have been worried so much about surviving next school year, that I can’t even enjoy my days off from teaching this summer. I only have a month left. (Our school begins the first of August). I have been praying to God for energy, strength and wisdom about my teaching job. I love to teach but the job is getting so hard in other ways. Last year I worked 10 hours or more daily and most weekends. I couldn’t figure out how to do the job any other way.
    I am going to try your suggestion and try to write all my teaching responsiblities and duties etc down and ask God to show me how to do eliminate some of it. God Bless you and your ministry. I hope you realize how much your words mean to many of us. rose

  383. You are reading my mail! This is me lately. Worry has paralyzed me so many times in my life. I need to rely on God. He’s been working on my trust in him lately, and I have so much more to learn. I think the cross on my nightstand is a great idea. I think worry banishing scripture would be better;) thanks for the resources… Time for more trusting and less worry! Step by step….
    God bless my sisters;)
    Love ya!

  384. Michelle says:

    I am so glad that I turned on my laptop tonight. I just underwent surgery yesterday and felt God’s presence with me prior to and after the procedure. Today however I had a minor setback and as I lie in bed tonight worry overcame me. I began to doubt whether or not I should have undertake the surgery and started to worry about the outcome. Since I could not sleep I decided to check out Renee’s post which reminded me that there is no sense in worrying and God is in control. I am now feeling like I can go to sleep and rest in that assurance.

    Blessing to all who are struggling with worry 🙂

  385. I love your honesty…that encourages me!

  386. God has been working on me about this very issue!!! I have been hospitalized 3 times and almost died all 3 times over the past 7 or 8 years from the stress of everything and now my husband has lost his job again. Now my daughter has recently been diagnosed with OCD. The only good thing about his losing his job was that it qualified us for a childrens health plan for only $7.00 a month for full coverage and only $5.00 co pays. I could have never afforded to pay for the kind of help she needs when my husband was working as we were barely making it as it was. So I see gods hand in this and I just have to keep telling myself to let go and let god and stop trying to take things back because he does know what he is doing !!!!

  387. Wendy Oswalt says:

    I really needed to read this today. My brain is wired to think, think, think & usually it’s multiple things at once & I’m always going over possible outcomes of this or that or how I’m going to deal with this or that & a lot of things that really just end up amounting to worry. I struggle with finding energy to manage my life & constantly struggle with having confidence and deal with a lot of neck tension (which doesn’t help that I already have TMJ) and I’ve even been stressed out about the neck & back trouble I’ve had over the last week. After reading this article I’m pretty sure that it is truly rooted in stress and worry. So, soon as I finish commenting I’m going to write in my journal and talk to God and find things to be thankful for and give the worrying & over thinking a rest.

  388. Oh boy, you’ve “hit the nail on the head” for me, dear sister! Life has been difficult for the past several months…with 3 deaths (one very close) and major life-changing events coming up in 3 of my four children’s lives…

    There’s plenty to “worry” about…and like you, I think-think-think. Worry does make me weary. I believe I was born worrying (at least it was there when I was small, because people I know mentioned it to me.) It will take an act of God to change me…to renew my mind. But I am willing…because it is SO true that worry steals our energy and keeps us from doing what is important…by paralyzing us.

    As for your message…yep, I get it. God bless us, every one!

    • Oh, and I too like the idea of a cross to put my worries to…I have one that says “TRUST” on it…and I have put the name of one of my children who has been struggling under the cross…Thanks for the reminders to go back to God…to sit with Him like Mary did…I am weary and just need time to rest in His presence…

  389. Joanna Warren says:

    Summer is always a time of potential financial stress and “worry” for our family since my husband teaches at a small Christian school and doesn’t receive his normal paycheck for two months. He and I also have part-time jobs, but they don’t have any guaranteed hours. We have always seen God provide, in different ways each year, and I am slowly learning to release my worry and “I have to do something” tendencies and embrace God’s promises. Thank you for your reminders of His faithfulness.

  390. Wendy N says:

    I just read the Proverbs 31 devotional, right after waking up and beginning the day with worry over work situations. I know this was God’s care in His perfect timing. I was reading through the comments and love how one comment generates another and this seems to be a community of care and concern.

  391. The thing that bothers me about my worrying is the hardness I feel in my heart towards God. After so much worrying and seemingly unanswered prayers, this devo, along with Ch 9 in the book is going to take some real practice. Praying these words, teaching and scriptures will permeate my heart and become a daily reality!

  392. Sometimes I feel I am asking the same thing from God day after day @ the SAme worry. I am going to try & write these worries on the cards & then reflect back on them bc at times I am afraid i’ll forget one. Then I can look back through them to thank God for the ones I no longer worry about. : )

  393. I totally needed your devotion. I read it yesterday & then wasn’t able to comment per the kids, so now I am commenting after such a difficult morning that I sometimes worry about my sanity:) All joking aside, the Lord used your devotion in my life! ~Blessings~

  394. Melinda Smith says:

    Thanks for your inspired words. I’m moving my family from Ga to Minnesota the day after tomorrow and to say I’m stressed is an understatement.

    • Melinda, are you from MN or will this be your first time to the state? Remember, you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you!

      To what city/town will you be moving? I live here and can give you tips if you need.
      Hang in there!

  395. It was no mistake that I “stumbled” onto your devotion today. This is my first time. It was God. For the past few months (more like 6 months) I have been dealing with issues stemming from the loss of my husband’s job 2 years ago, the loss of our house and finally a bancruptcy that has turned our lives upsidedown. It has been a struggle for us to “get back on our feet” and right now we are both working, but part time and it just doesn’t seem to be enough to make us breathe easier. My heart and mind have been full of me and mine that I really haven’t been able to “happy” about anyone or any thing else. The summer months are harder. I lose most of my students (I teach piano) during the summer and my income is cut almost by 3/4. It picks back up in the fall but we really struggle in summer. Your devotion today was no accident. I prayed last night for God to help me get my “happy” back. To help me deal with my stresses in a more productive and positive way. I know it isn’t going to happen overnight. But it will, I know. Thank you for your words today.

    • Donna B says:

      Praying for you Ginger and so sorry for your husband’s job loss and your’s. I love leaning into God’s promise in Philippians 4:19 “And this same God, who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Praying for God to provide for you in such amazing ways that you know it’s all from Him.

    • Monica D. says:

      Ginger I pray your strength in the Lord during this temporary set back. I can relate because we went through some of the same things as you and your family. As a matter of fact, June 26th it will be two years that we have been homeless. Things have not been as I would have hem, but God has been faithful and provided ALL of our needs just as He promised in His Word. I would worry and get anxious about something, God would send an unexpected blessing P31 ministries keeps me encouraged even when I just want to wallow in self-pity. The devotions are always just what I needed for that particular moment. I pray for increase, overflow, and peace in your life and that of your family. I thank and praise Him for all He is doing and about to do in your life! You are VICTORIOUS my sister. Peace, Love, and many Blessings!

  396. I worry about many things. Phil. 4:6-7 is one of my favorite verses. I love the idea of writing own your worries and leaving them at the cross. Thank you so much for sharing this devotional.

  397. I like the idea of giving my worries and doubts to God at the cross. Maybe for me, instead of a cross (I have too much clutter!), I’ll get a journal with a cross on the cover, because Jesus has my worries “covered”. I really do need to start praying more. Oh, I do pray occasionally (“help!”) but I can’t seem to fit in time for real prayers. I’m just not sure how to teach my family to give me some time for it. They all want or need something constantly and it’s hard to carve out any time for myself.

    • Raschelle,

      I don’t know if you work or not, but I pray for about an hour on my way to work every morning. Well, inbetween songs, but you get the point.

      I have 3 kiddos, a hubby and a very very very needy 85lb lap dog- so when I’m at home I pray when I actually get to shower alone, or when I’m swapping laundry in the utility room- cause I’m definitely the only one in that room of the house!

      I feel very ‘me time’ deprived like you and I have began praying more for God to show me how I can get that ME time when there already isn’t enough time in the day for everything else.

      Your sister in Christ,

  398. Phil 4:6-7 is a life verse for me, and I teach it to my kids. Renee, I love your ministry, you are so gifted, and genuine! Thank you for your ever timely devotionals, and for sharing yourself and your heart with us!

    Peace and Blessings to you!

  399. Elaina Willard says:

    This hit home so drastically. I don’t even realize that I worry about EVERYTHING. It is pointed out for me. I have been working on recognzing “my stressers” and de-tangling myself from them. This devotion, showed me where to go in GOD’s word to find refuge. I am new to the Proverbs31 ministries, having found Melissa Taylor’s bible studies. I am so blessed to have stumled upon your ministry. All ready in such a short time I have been blessed. Trying to organize the “inner me” with God’s directions, and blessings.

    May GOD bless each and everyone of you leaders, and you bless each of us in way you don’t even know.


  400. Love this video and is much needed for me today. The past week or so I’ve just been weary… very tired. I honestly don’t do anything to be tired but work. Usually after I come home from work I just sit around and relax the rest of the evening. But God keeps saying to me, Come to me Kim, you are weary and heavy laden… I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart. I shall find rest for my souls. Rest comes from trusting in God and like you said giving all your worries and cares to God. I need your all’s prayers today… But I know God will help me. I am going to apply the writing down whenever a worry comes into my heart or mind… and write it down and give it to God. Easier said than done I know… so I could use prayers for giving it all to God and not picking it back up again. Love this study and it seems to be right on time for me in this season of my life, where my faith is being tested. God bless you Renee and others, and thank God for this study!

  401. Trisha Page says:

    Wow, I’m glad to know that I’m not alone here, but sorry that this is such a common stress-load! In our home, we frequently stop to “count our blessings” when things get bumpy, but I have noticed that I tend to let the load of this world pile up on my lap rather than “giving it to God.” Worse yet, even after handing it all over to Him, I seem to want to take it back. How crazy is that??? Can I do a better job than my maker-certainly not! Thank you for pointing out that time wasted on worry is simply time wasted. My motto for the month (after I make that list!) will be “Let go, let God, get going!” 🙂

  402. Dear Renee,
    The story of Martha and Mary has been the story of my life. I want to try to chose to do what Mary did, but it seems hard to do when life gets very complicated. I pray that by practising these 3 steps I will be able to trust and receive the Lord’s peace for my ever wonder mind, and that I can take time to rest without feeling guilty.

  403. Similar to your index cards, I set up a “God box”, a simple decorative box, where I can figuratively or literally put my worries and concerns. Sometimes just seeing or touching the box and praying will “deposit” that concern in God’s hands, and sometimes I need to write it out and physically put it there. Whatever it takes to remember to take all my concerns to the One who loves and renews me the most.

  404. This was just what I need to hear/read today. I need to be reminded about worry — it is so sneaky!

  405. Crystal says:

    Dear Renee,

    What a timely reminder. Tuesday I was worrying about something, and then it didn’t happen. Wednesday I started worrying about something else, and it did happen, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I try to stop worrying and give my cares and concerns to God, but I need to remember to pray about EVERYTHING and then thank Him. He is always faithful time and time again. Even when my worst fears happen, He is there with me.

  406. Just today I have spent a good deal of time worrying about some rather minor situations at work. Because I am not physically in the office today, I had to rely on others to take care of a couple of things for me and that required several emails back and forth. Instead of just trusting that others could take care of the situations (which they did with a little guidance) and letting them have the chance to show what they could do, I felt this heavy burden to do it all myself even though I couldn’t actually travel there today.

    This message was just what I needed. So often, when I am worrying and feeling overwhelmed, it is because I feel like I have to be in control of everything instead of really turning it over to God. I know I can actually control very little, but the temptation to take all these burdens on myself is strong. Thanks for the reminder to “cast my cares” to Him instead.

  407. Thank you for reminding me who to turn to instead of worrying and wondering why I feel so burdened.
    I love your articles! I get the Proverbs 31 devotion everyday on my work email. I open it up first thing in the morning to give me good start to the day……

  408. Marjorie Tellez says:

    Dear Sister,

    I’m 39 weeks and 1 day pregnant…planning a vbac. Please remember us in your prayers.

    Thank you for all you do.

  409. Perfect chapter, devo, etc. for me this week. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious as I hear about the problems of people in my ministry. So many times their circumstances are beyond anybody’s control. I as well as they need to just let go and lay them before God — He is the only one who can help them. I need to pause more and seek Him, truly casting everything before Him, and not trying to meet needs before my needs are met by Him.

  410. Michele says:

    I can definitely relate to this message. I reallly appreciate the three practical aids. Time to kick worry to the curb and totally rest in the Lord. I appreciate your ministry so much!

  411. I love the easy 3 steps process. When I’m in the middle of the business and worry it’s hard to find a way out. This will be the follow up from my go to verse, which helps to stop slipping down the slope of worry and begin to gain footing and focus on God. Renee, Thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work!

  412. Karen Hanneman says:

    I waste so much time worrying! I make things into a huge deal before they happen, freak out as they’re happening, and then obsess about them after the fact. I’m exhausted just typing that! : ) so much wasted time…thank you for opening my eyes to this, Renee! I find such comfort in thinking about “let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him”…I am moving onward now to apply it to my life! Thanks for your work!

  413. Rachael says:

    This is just what I needed today…very endearing and great wisdom shared. Thank you for that….I like the idea of the indestructible cards……hope to share these steps with my children, family and many to come….blessings to all xo

  414. Angie Rousey says:

    My husband and I are raising two girls and my oldest just turned 16 in April. Needless to say that she thinks she is grown now. We have recently started having arguments about several different things and I have become very weary from it already. I am trying to just give it to the Lord but we all know that’s easier said than done. Thank you for your words of wisdom today. It truly helps to reflect on the understanding that others have been through some of the same things I am facing today.

  415. Thank you for reminding me to click the pause button on my worries and when I do that to start to pray -thanking God for all that he has already given me. What a wonderful reminder on how to claim God’s promises of peace!

  416. Martha ParfaitFelix says:

    Serving Him vs Seeking Him – whoa!! Through this week’s study God put this old hymn on my heart. “God will take care of you. Through every day, o’er all the way. He will take care of you, God will take care of you.”

  417. My worries are out of control – dear Jesus I need your help!

    • I will be praying for you dear. God is our help and our shield. He will help you!

      Your worries may be out of control, but God is the one in CONTROL. He will take care of you!

      Dear Lord,

      I ask that you be with Kim, and that you strengthen her. Lord, help her to cast all her cares upon you, for you care for her. Lord, you say in your Word… “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for you are meek and lowly in heart. You say if we shall do this, we will have and find rest for our souls. Lord, help Kim to rest in you… to rest in you and know that you are in control of every situation and circumstance she is facing in this life. Help her Lord, replace any doubt with confidence in you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen! To God be the glory for ever and ever!

    • Through Christ those worries will be stripped from you and he will take the wheel! I am praying for you sister!


  418. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us, and for teaching these simple truths. Of course I KNOW these things, but certainly need the encouragement and help that you share. I always try to end my day on a thankful prayer, but need to remember to trust and obey throughout my day as well.

  419. Heather says:

    I have totally loved this book! I learned so much last week about my personality and why I do what I do. My next step is to get my Time Out For Mom group to study this book during our fall semester! THANK YOU!

  420. I did the 7 day doubt diet, I loved it, I’m doing it again and again. Life changing ideas to lay the doubt down and find our worth in who God made us to be. Just started the book and loving it. I bought/passed along your book to 3 friends so we can do a study together while we read it. Can’t wait to see what God will do!!

  421. Hi Renee,
    In a few weeks I will be conducting a summer Camp for speecial needs youth. It has been overwhelming at
    times and yes I worry that everthing can be “perfect” Thanks for the devotion and your prayers in this outreach. The Lord has fully equipped us and blessed us with spiritual gifts.
    Thank you for sharing God’s wisdom in such a simple manner. God bless!

  422. Deb Wood says:

    Renee- Thank you for this video lesson. Many years ago, I memorized these verses, but I needed this reminder today. Urgh! I hate how worry creeps into my mind. God is good! Thank you for writing this study.

  423. Sharon Dollison says:

    I sat down at the computer to check my e-mail very discouraged and heavy concerns for my son. I clicked on your p31 devotion and it hit me right in the face about worry, tension, etc. I know these verses, but what a perfect reminder. I will need to cling to these verses and climb into God’s lap. Thanks for ministering to me on June 21st.

  424. Cecelia Saigeon says:

    Hi Renee,
    When I started reading this chapter it sounded so much like me. I work fulltime an hour from home and we are raising three granddaughters, 11, 9 and 4. I have really been overwhelmed at times. IThere have been times when I said I can’t do this. My middle granddaughter was having some major issues. She has been diagnosed with ADHD and a mood disorder. She is doing much better, but still have behaviour issues. I have really had to go to God in prayer for guidance and seeking His peace. They have been with us for 5 years now. My daughter and her husband have moved close and are getting there lives together. They have turned there lives over to God and He is working in their lives. The girls are spending the summer with them and I feel like this is the rest I needed to refresh and renew my realtionship with God. It has also been time of renewal for our marriage. I see the girls 3 or 4 times a week. My daughter lives 5 minutes away. They will be back when school starts. I worry that I will still have moments when I snap at them or I am not making the diffrence in there lives I need to. Through this study I am learning when those thoughts of ” you will fail or mess up” to remember I am a child of God and he will always love me and never leave me. I am going to use my cross and try to write and make a list of my worries and put them there for the Lord to handle. Stop worrying….Start praying…..Keep thanking God for alll He has done and continues to do for me!

  425. Stacey Bernstein says:

    This devotional was just what I needed on a night when I “had” to get the lawn mowed before dark, “need” to call the mechanic about the light that just went on in my car all while just being a single mom. I MUST stop worrying and start praying more! I love the cross on the nightstand idea… such a concrete way to remember to cast my worries onto Jesus.

  426. Stephanie says:

    I have read this chapter twice already. I think I’ll read it one more time. It is so helpful and relevant to where I am right now! Thanks so much for sharing your heart. Every week has been exactly what I’ve needed.

  427. christine lowe says:

    Oh my word….476 comments? I was off line yesterday due to modem madness. I thought I could catch up on comments from my bible study buddies today. There sure are a lot of us worrying out there. Renee, did you know how many women need your bible study? I sure am thankful to be in this study. I know how much has changed for me in the last nine weeks. Just an example: I woke up last Fri with a swollen,painful knee. God was good enough to get me an appointment with a much sought after knee specialist. He gave me a script for a heavy duty antibiotic and told me to come back in 3 days, if the knee wasn’t better he might need to open it up. I went home and followed all his direc tions including staying off my feet until I saw him again. Thanks to my wonderful husband, I kept my leg elevated and let him handle everything. I wasn’t worried. My husband drove me to the office, the doc took one look at my knee and said “That knee is infected and it’s not going to clear up on its own.” If there was ever a time I would worry it was now. Instead we went to the hospital, I had the knee surgery and we were home in time to watch Leno. I knew God would would take care of everything. There was nothing to worry about and in another week the stitches will be taken out. Thank you Renee for so many new tools that make life easier.

  428. Thanks Renee, as usual God knows what I need to read, see or hear at just the right time in my life. This is just what I needed to hear! I wake up in the middle of the night and start worrying with increased anxiety about my childs safety and where they are or what they are doing. I have recently found that if sing this song in my head over and over again, it calms me and redirects my thought to His Stength and power. The song is Thy Name “Father, I love you. I worship and adore you. Glorify thy name in all the earth, Glorify thy name, Glorify thy name in all the earth. Jesus, I love you. I worship and adore you. Glorify thy name in all the earth, Glorify thy name, Glorify thy name in all the earth. Spirit, I love you. I worship and adore you. Glorify thy name in all the earth, Glorify thy name, Glorify thy name in all the earth.” I sometimes feel so overwhelmed that I don’t seem to know what or how to pray. Your reminder will be helpful too. Stop worrying….Start praying…..Keep thanking God! Love it!!

  429. This chapter was for me!!! The devotion time with the Lord is so special, it is our lifeline. When I was in North Carolina a friend gave me a journal for my birthday and titled it “Blessings Book” oh what a blessing and encouragement to refer back to some very special times, He is always there.
    You spoke of your devotion chair, we had a “Tea Time with Jesus” tea bags with scripture and tea with our devotions, it’s great tea for two, Jesus and you
    May I add one more scripture to you list in chpt 9, Ps 138 add vs 8 it holds such a beautiful promise
    I appreciated the note on the listening heart vs the listing heart.
    Martha and I have similarities, I need to learn and grow out of.
    By His Grace I will!

  430. Thanks for the remind to not worry! It is wearing!

  431. Thank you for this chapter on Martha and the listing heart vs the listening heart.
    Devotion time is our lifeline and if you’re able to put a table with your Jesus chair.
    Enjoy “Tea Time for two, Jesus and You”
    Put a scripture on the tea bag tag, you’ll be amazed how rewarding and refreshing.
    My journal was a birthday gift from a dear friend, she labeled it “My Blessings Book”
    Oh how right she is, it has ministered to me so many times.
    May I add 1 scripture to your list in chpt 9 you already have Ps 138 but add vs 8
    Oh the promise and comfort!
    Many blessings to you

  432. Melanie says:

    I waste so much energy worrying so I was
    glad to read your devotional today. Thanks!

  433. August Rose says:

    Renee and dear sisters,
    I didnt think I was worrying. I thought I was concerned! What a trick to think that way. I thank you Renae for helping me see areas in my life that I have disguised as not so big of a deal when really they are just that. I now find myself just thanking God for all that I have but most importantly for who He is. That keeps me focused. I realized from listening to your video that I havent had my alone times as much as I used to. I was running from God trying to do instead of being in His presence. Thank you Renee for reminding me that all that I have and all that I am is because of Him and my time alone with Him is the most important thing in my life. The funny thing is I know this and things go well and I strike out on my own just doing a little devotion here and there (like I can do all things well without Him first. Not so!) when God wants my full attention. My daughter makes me look at her when I am trying to do two or three things at once. She says look at me when I am talking to you. She is 15 and requires my full attention when we are talking. So does God. I am realizing that throught his book things that I have pushed back or pushed away are the very things that God wants me to give to Him and our relationship just cant be sometimey. Thanks again Renee for shining His light of wisdom on the secret or hidden places that we miss although they are right in front of us. August Rose

  434. I love this video message. Worry is one of my biggest energy drainers. It is a habit that is like all other habits, in that you start to do it automatically and before you know it. You become weary and hopeless – at least that is what it does for me when I indulge in it. I love the idea of writing worries down and putting them in a bowl to give to God. This is something I will try! Thanks again for another great message!

  435. Jill Kuiper says:

    Being a perfectionist I put a lit of unnecessary worry on my plate. Thanks for the gentle reminder that I need not carry the burden by myself and to look to the One who is perfect to let me go of my own chains. Reading the comments help me know I’m not alone in this struggle.

  436. Michelle Green says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve become more and more weary lately – so much so that it’s affecting my health… I finally realized that what I thought was just “thinking” about things was really “worrying” about them. They were consuming my thoughts and energy and left me with very little to give toward God and others. I’m a list maker and I love your suggestion about writing my worries down and physically/literally ‘giving’ them to God. I pray all the time but I think this might make it more ‘real’ for me. You know, one more thing checked off my list and out of my head… 🙂

    Thank you for this amazing ministry!! It has come at the exact right time in my life… God’s time.

    God bless!

  437. The line “I was serving God more than I was seeking God” is my worry-causing blunder right now. Thank you for the reminder to go to Him for the strength I need to complete the tasks He gives me.

  438. Worry is such a part of who we are as women that we don’t even notice we do it annit does absolutely nothing except perpetuate more anxiety and rob us of valuable time and energy. I love the stop-start and the concern card-I am putting one next to my bed today! 🙂

  439. Lakeeia says:


    I just want to thank you for your obedience. This wonderful gift that God has given you has been a tremendous help to me in so many areas of my life. I thought I knew what deliverance was until I actually experienced. I’ve always loved to read and write (journal), but I’ve never been much of a blogger, but now it is so liberating to be able to communicate with women who are not afraid to share what they have been experiencing. It reminds me how true God’s Word is and how much He loves us. I can’t thank you enough.

    Many Blessings~ Lakeeia

  440. Thanks for the update! Especially living overseas, it’s so easy to get consumed by worry and distracted by the least important things. A good reminder to focus on Jesus!

  441. Thank you for posting this…I constantly need the reminder that I am NOT supposed to carry the weight of my problems, and this was just so timely for me. GOD was speaking LOUD & CLEAR!

  442. I really needed to hear the message about worry. I think I am the queen of worry! I am also very good at giving it to God and taking it back from Him……I have 2graduate classes, a job change, 3 kids, and my husband works out of state! I am very thamkful for it all, but worry seems to consume me. Definitely going to put this into practice.

  443. Love the idea of laying my concerns at a cross at my bedside! I have a lot of trouble sleeping and I think this would help a lot with that issue.

  444. Renee, thank you for sharing your gift of grace with us all. I can do all things through Him who give me strength.

  445. carrie horton says:

    Thank you for this simple reminder to STOP and START… i loved the concept on those two words and to use visual reminders to write down your worries.As someone who faces anxiety on a daily basis, this is a wonderful simple way to help get through the day. Thank you and God Bless you for your ministry!!!

  446. Kristi Stirler says:

    I’m one of many that thinks this chapter was written just for me. A few friends and I get together each week to talk about the chapters, what we are learning, what we are struggling with and how God is working through this study for our lives…this week I said I don’t know what God wants me to give up, all I have is softball and this study? My friends laughed! They said, really??? What about you working full-time, going to at least 3 softball games a week, taking kids every where they need to go, cleaning the house, talking with friends, worrying about your mom, your sisters, worrying about whether your husband gets a job, money issues? You mean to tell me you don’t have a lot on your plate?? I sat there convicted by my friends’ words that I did have a lot going on and I was holding on to all of it tightly, because if I didn’t do it then it wouldn’t get done. Then your words about needing to seek first his kingdom! I can’t say I’m less of a worrier, but I challenged all of the ladies to go to God first with our cares rather than each other. I can say I am going to Him first instead of my friends. I can say I’m still struggling and failing more often than not about relinquishing control, but I’m trying! thanks for the encouraging words!!

  447. I have the opposite problem. I was practically having panic attacks about going on vacation. I don’t like to travel, both kids were sick the week before, and I was afraid I would come down with what they had while traveling. Of course most things we worry about never happen, and of course I was healthy. I prayed for trust, peace, and wrote down as many verses I could find about fear in the Bible. I drove (which helped keep my mind busy) and listened to praise music the whole way. God was my faithful strong tower as usual. Like others, I love the idea of the cross for the nightstand. Cant wait to shop for one! Thanks for all you do~

  448. Susan M. says:

    Thanks Renee, loved the idea about putting our cares at the foot of the cross, I need to find me a table top cross to put by my bedside~~~great idea! Also on page 173 where you talk about Martha bossing Jesus around, I never thought of it like that but you opened my eyes to that and it gives things a different look. Psalm 103 is my favorite Psalm it kind of grounds me when things get out of hand, also repeating that God is my help so I sing in the shadow of HIs wings, which brings me back to reality that I can’t do things on my own and I need to ask for help all the time and be thankful all the time for even the smallest thing like seeing a hummingbird out my bathroom window~~~have a good weekend~Sue

  449. i quickly found an app on my phone for audio Bible reading. I downloaded it just before heading to the gym and listened to God’s word while doing cardio 🙂 Thankful you shared how you sometimes begin your day running while listening to God’s word!

  450. Writing in a journal is new to me, but it has helped me “release” the worries in my head & on my heart…as does praying Gods promises, like the ones you listed in Chapter 9, especially from Psalm 91:1-2 & Psalm 73: 28 & Ps.138…and from what you wrote: “God doesn’t promise understanding; He promises peace in the midst of NOT understanding….He wants to surpass our need to understand with promises that are BIGGER than our problems.” We just have to “boss our heart around” to truly believing that!

  451. With so much over my head I feel like I am barely treading water…I am trying to keep God as my center, but it is sometimes a minute by minute choice…Looking for time to getting things back on track….

  452. Thanks for showing so many truths through the video. Yes, satan does whisper to us to keep worrying and makes us feel that when we worry we are somehow doing something about the problem. I love how you say when worrying thoughts take precedence in our brains, we can press the “pause button on our consuming concerns, stop talking to ourselves and start talking to God.” I love all the practical solutions for stopping worry, —-thanking God, praying and asking God if there are things we are doing that are against God’s will for us and making a list of our cares and actually laying them at the cross. What awesome ideas. Thank you very very much


  453. I am struggling with many things lately and even though I try not to worry, it is easier said than done. I have prayed about and made many changes in my life this past year and have felt that this was where God was leading me and wanting me to be….but I am still struggling. I try to be patient and know that things are God’s timing not mine, yet I still worry! Thank you for this study. It has helped me in so many ways and I pray for strength and wisdom and most of all patience.

  454. Pam Stewat says:

    D.A.T.E Determine a Time Every Day!! I like this achronym Sp?)!!! It will be a great reminder to me to make a D.A.T.E w/the one who made me and can’t wait to spend time w/me. Take a few minutes to let that one sink it-makes me weak in the knees EVERY single time!! I’m so thankful that He cares about me!! PTL!! 🙂

  455. Patti Redman says:

    So encouraged that many times I feel overwhelmed not by having too much to do but a mind that keeps trying to figure things out and worrying. Thank you for the encouragement!

  456. worring has never changed anything…. but reminding each other that He has it all in control… and that if we leave it at the foot of the cross…then the stress will lessen, and peace will take its rightful place. It seems as the days and details get out of control or slowly become chaotic, that’s just the time when we need to remind ourselves to take a step back, a deep breath, and close our eyes , remembering His promises. Thank you so much for amazing devotionals which stir our hearts and spirit to think with Him.
    Blessed and inspired,
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  457. Thanks so much for your encouraging words today. Just what I needed to hear today–stop worrying, about a job, about a place to live, about my husband on his hiking trip–and just stop worrying, start praying, and keep thanking God. So easy! I am going to get by 3×5 card and write down all my worries, and give them to God.

  458. Thanks for this reminder sometimes I worry rather than trusting God and I have found it is because I have always been a people pleaser so now a recovering people pleaser at times it still rears it’s ugly head and the worry of what others think is still at times there . I must instead only be concerned with what God thinks of me!!! Thanks Renee

  459. Esther Smith says:

    I listed to a song called “Say Goodbye” by Mandisa today that I thought said a lot of the things that Renee’s book is. It really lifted me up, and I wanted to share the lyrics, and the song http://youtu.be/UG6Aa3DIg9Q. Or if you just want to read the lyrics here they are 🙂 I hope it will lift all of you up too! 🙂

    “Say Goodbye”

    To the voice to the liar in the mirror
    Sayin you can’t ever change
    To the guilt that’s sittin on your shoulder
    Always keepin you locked in chains
    To the past that you can’t undo
    To the pain that you’re walkin through
    To the small and the big mistakes
    This is what love wants to say

    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    To the one that used to be
    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    Everyday is a brand new mercy
    This is where it starts now
    Everything can turn around

    In a moment, here’s your moment
    You can say goodbye

    There is grace that you can’t imagine
    There is love that you can’t out run
    There is peace that you can hold onto
    When your world is comin undone
    You don’t have give into the fear
    Don’t have to have let your story stop here
    And when the hand tries to pull you back
    You don’t have to back, you don’t have to go back

    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    To the one that used to be
    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    Everyday is a brand new mercy
    This is where it starts now
    Everything can turn around

    In a moment, here’s your moment
    You can say goodbye

    To everything that breaks you down
    It doesn’t have to define you now
    Jesus came to take it all away

    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    To the one that used to be
    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    Everyday is a brand new mercy
    This is where it starts now
    Everything can turn around

    In a moment, here’s your moment
    You can say goodbye

    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    You’re not the one you used to be
    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    Everyday is a brand new mercy
    This is where it starts now
    Everything can turn around

    In a moment, here’s the moment
    Where you say goodbye

    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye

    • Thanks for sharing this song. I have never heard this songs before. The lyrics are beautiful. “Everyday is a brand new mercy hello hello This is where it starts now.” I love it. This is just what I needed to hear today. I love Mandisa and all her songs. I love her song “Good Morning” and “Stronger.” I shall check this song soon. Thank you very much.



      • Esther Smith says:

        You’re welcome! I’m glad it could be of help to you Anna 🙂 It ministered to me just when I needed it as well, so I couldn’t help but share! 🙂 I love Mandisa too. Her songs are so encouraging!

  460. I read your devotion the day it came and have referred back to it mentally many times since. I’m going through a very stressful period at work, and while I didn’t think I was worrying, I am too weary to rest in Him. This reminder is needed so much, and I think I will share this as my devotional this week at my women’s group.

  461. This post hits me right where I’ve been for several years. I have been blindsided by one serious life event after another. I don’t feel angry with God, but I feel extremely disappointed. I feel as if I’ve been left on my own to struggle and tread water. My head is going further down and he doesn’t seem to care. I’ve been barely hanging on to my faith, and what’s left is more like going through the motions than faith. I can’t keep going on like this. I don’t know how I could go from being so close to God during cancer treatment several years ago, to being at my lowest point spiritually. I just want someone to take care of me, and I feel as if he’s left me alone to struggle. I’m behind in the study, but I’ve been saving every e-mail and hope to catch up as soon as I can. I don’t know what made me look at this one today, but I’m going to jump ahead and read Chapter 9. I so need to sense his presence and his healing again. I’ve been struggling with chronic pain after the treatment and it’s all I can do to work my full time job. I don’t have the energy or motivation for much else. But, I’m afraid if I don’t get back on track soon, it will be too late.

  462. Michelle Cornthwaite says:

    Thank you so much Renee
    Right at this very moment as I was just feeling so terribly alone, sad, with a feeling of total dispair your email popped up egzactly as I needed it, thank You for your prayers and your book, thank you for reminding me that I am not alone and I am not lost, thank you for praying Gods word, thank you for reminding me to stay in that place❤ Psalm 91, SHELTERED, God Bless You ❤

  463. Thank you Renee, for the email prayer. I was feeling like I was falling behind w/ my reading and wanting to keep up w/ the study. I had maintained my routine through chapt. 6 but found myself lagging for ch 7 & again w/ 8 which i still haven’t completed. I attended a Restoration Retreat June 1-3, and came home w/ such a new sense of freedom. Everything has had a new approach since. Chapter 8 was a recap of the teachings from the retreat and then some.

    Before the retreat I found time to do what I wanted, but I was shutting out my husband and not being truly involved or available. Now I find it difficult to juggle all that I want to get done and have found myself not able to keep up w/ the study. My pastor has taught on ” relationship is more important than rules ” this week, so I am trying to apply flexibility to my thinking and application for this study as well. The people in my life are more important than a self-imposed deadline to keep in a book study. However, this study was my purposed goal of maintaining me and not getting lost in the process. I pray for the balance and wisdom for application of time to achieve what is to be done and when.

    Thank you for the encouragement regardless of where we are in the book. I REALLY NEEDED it. Several events over the last couple of weeks have presented a growing financial need in various areas for us. I allowed discouragement to creep in and level out my high from the retreat and lost my focus. I know that GOD IS IN CONTROL and HE WILL PROVIDE IN HIS TIMING. I pray for peace while I wait on Him.

    Thank you Lord for the work You are doing in each one of our lives and for the leadership and obedience of Renee. Blessings upon her, her family, and Your ministry.

  464. After reading these posts I feel less alone. I too struggle with worry and anxiety. Just knowing that others feel this way and are also struggling with giving their worries to God, helps me. I think I need to read this chapter again… or maybe a few times. Just need to continue praying and thanking God for his blessings. Thank you everyone for sharing.

  465. I would appreciate prayer support for an important and potentially difficult conversation with my employer tomorrow. Please pray for my husband too who is looking for work, that he would sense God’s guidance. Finally, please pray for a confident heart throughout all this. I remain grateful for this study and your prayers for us Renee. –Grace

  466. Thank you Renee just what I needed. Thank you for your faithfulness & prayers .

  467. Amy Walker says:

    Thank you SO much for your devotions. I am finding myself in a state of worry often, and your message was a perfect reminder that I need to redirect my thinking. GOD has always provided for me and my family, I simply need to trust him. I can’t wait to study for your advice more!

  468. Thank you for these practical tips to learn how to lean into God in our everyday life. When worries come up, I’ll press “pause” and start talking to God!

  469. Hi Renee,

    My email said there is a brand new video devotional but when I check your blog it is the same as the one you posted on Wednesday, June 20. I am scared something might be wrong with my computer and the latest message is not showing up for some reason. In my email I cannot see the images or the video. I can only read the encouraging blog message and beautiful prayer.



  470. Thank you for all the great tips you give and for the time you devote to us.. your readers.. 🙂 We appreciate you and all you do !

  471. Renee,

    Just got a chance to watch the video today. All I can say is Thank You! I sincerely hope, no pray that you can feel all the love and gratitude that I send with those two words.


  472. do not fret (R) —it leads only to evil. Fret reminds me of worry. Ps37 speaks so much on how we can trust the the Lord. Thank you so much for this study.

  473. Jeanie Kelley says:

    Wow, thanks for the awesome video. I have had worries all my life specifically from my dad who was a worrier at heart and put the worry on me. I never trusted God whole heartily and I want to do that right now. I am a Christian and been one all my life, but I do let those worries get the best of me on a daily basis. I will try some of the ideas you gave and start giving my worries over to God and let him handle them and take care of them for me. Thanks again for the video.

  474. Barbara Milburn aka Sunshine says:

    I’m late reading this but I believe that God’s timing is always perfect. Tonight I have more things to do than I have time; ministry commitments, personal commitments, business commitments……. what I really want to do is go home and crawl up on my sofa and read my book.

  475. Thanks so much for this chapter Renee. In a week, I’m moving back to the US after living abroad for four years. I’m getting married in a month and am starting graduate school at the end of August. I’ve found myself worrying about everything. From the details of our wedding to fitting my belongings into two suitcases to spending quality time with my fiancé, I’ve found myself burdened down.

    I read this chapter today and cried. I wrote my worries down on one side of a paper and went through and put God’s promises on the other side. It felt so good to hear God say, “Turn your burdens over to the Lord and He will care for you.” In Isaiah I found “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will God rejoice over you.” Such sweet reminders during this transition.

    Even though I have a ton of packing to do today, I felt God nudging me to just spend a few hours with him and rest. It was so worth it.

    Thanks for your encouragement.

  476. I try to not let worry take over me … but boy it takes sheer willpower when you are working 3 part-time jobs, finishing off coursework for a certification exam, & barely keeping up with the day-to-day expenses.

    I always just have to remind myself of Philippians 4:13 which says: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” and Philippians 4:19 which says: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory which is in Christ Jesus.”

  477. I was going thru a ton of e-mails from the last 10 days from being on vacation in the mountains! How
    ironic I too was begging my husband for us “not” to go back home because of all the stress .Your devotion was the last e-mail I read,and the tears flowed.I worry entirely to much and it was
    very encouraging to read your words and words of so many other christian women across the country
    who do the same thing.
    bless you all for all you are thru all your struggles each day..God hears you and me.Keep looking
    up and seeing the light even in the darkest moments.

  478. Melissa says:

    I needed today’s message! Thank you for your video. It really made me think about what I can do when I worry.

  479. What a timely message this morning! Thank you!

  480. Debbie Rowsey says:

    Thank you so much for your devotion on worry. I was a little behind on my readings and as I was trying to catch up, I found this devotional. You always share things that put sunshine and joy into my day and I thank you for sharing these words of encouragement with me. I too tend to worry, but I have finally come to a point that I have decided that I will turn all my worries over to the Lord, which is what I should have been doing all along. Once again, thank you so much. You are such an inspiration.

  481. Hi there Renee! So my stepmom sent this to me, probably because she knows that I am like, the super supreme queen of worry. I read it and totally loved point #3…the index card thing under the table cross. So neat and definitely something I have to try. I am SO on the go all the time these days and never have a moment to myself it seems. Sometimes the stress level that I feel is just SUPER huge and I end up worrying! Worrying about a new roof, worrying about my mom’s cancer, worrying about the kids, worrying about money. Worry-worry-worry! Maybe if I say it enough, it will slowly leave me 🙂 Ha-ha, anyways, haven’t ever been to your blog but will bookmark it and try to make a point to read your posts when I get a chance. Thanks Renee!

  482. Thank you for this devotional! I am a few days behind on reading, but I believe God intended for me to read it today. I am a single foster mom, and I am considering adopting a 4 yr old that I have been fostering. His case and life have been a mess so far and he comes with a lot of emotional baggage. The last few weeks I have Definately been weary in worry! Your devotional spoke so much to me today, and I realized I need to make some changes in myself and let God take control of the situation! I truly appreciate the Proverbs31 ministry and all the work you ladies put into it! It is definately a blessing to me!!

  483. I’m a few days behind in reading this devotional as well, but I believe it was meant for me this morning! Thank you for encouraging me today through God’s word.

  484. Its 2:30 am and I can’t sleep. I decided to empty out my personal e-mail…searching for some comfort and peace and I came across your post this many days later…thank you. Chaos and maham seem to be surrounding me but I will prevail with God. This post was what I needed to be able to lay my head down and try to sleep. Thank you.


  485. Renee

    Sometimes, I hold on to the P31 devotional emails because I feel like I don’t have time to digest them. However, when I admit that I have cut God from my daily schedule for the sake of my to do list, I find myself longing for something. Crazy thing is I still have trouble recognizing that I am spiritually empty because I have not spent time with the Lord. I just opened this devotional, and it was perfect timing! I was in a panic this morning, almost unable to move because of the weight of all my responsibilities. I have felt the prayers of friends and family who know what I am facing; and God led me to this devotional. He never ceases to amaze me. I am thankful he pursues me tirelessly! And thank you for sharing your own testimony and insight to encourage me and help me renew my mind!


  486. Dear Renee,

    Thank you for sharing as this has found me at a time when too much worry has made me so weary that I am not confident of my ability to function as a human being. Your idea of writing your worries on a card and giving it to God has made me realize that this is something I can do and must do, not just because I do not know what else to do but because I do believe in my heart that God loves me and wants me to be at peace.
    This is God’s way of helping me to hear him when I have thought that he was not listening to my prays.
    Thank you again

  487. laura Glass says:

    Hi Renee,

    I’m a 29 year old worrier! and so I am so sure that you have blessed so many through your blog today. My message though is in response to one of your chapters in ‘A Confident Heart’. God told me today as I was reading about how your dad used to buy you gifts when you were good, (which is what my dad used to do), if I mis-behaved after my dad had bought me something, my dad would say ‘after me buying that for you this is the way you behave?’ Or ‘I’m going to take that … back then, you ungrateful …’ So I have always felt guilty and ashamed when good things come my way, not feeling that they are deserved. This has helped me realise why I have pushed so many good things away. I know that God doesn’t give us what we deserve, but out of the overflow of His goodness and love.

    Also God revealed to me that I have always believed that who I am, comes from what I can do. I realised today that that’s not true, but who I am is a child of the king, I don’t have to be successful in the eyes of the world for me to remain his child, I just have to be His. God spoke to me through your testimony. Thank you for allowing him to use you. I hope message in response to your book, encourages others.

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