a “Let God Love You” {prayer} & giveaway


Today I wanted to share with you a “LetGodLoveYou” Prayer written by my sweet and amazing friend Sheila Mangum.

“Lord, you are GREAT and most worthy to be praised. (Psalm 145:3) There is NONE like You. (Jeremiah 10:6) You are the God who sees. (Genesis 16:13) You see Your daughter in desperate need of Your love and attention. (Psalm 121:1-8) Your heart yearns for her wholeness. (John 5:5-7) Your desire is for her heart to explode with Your love. Your love is safe for her. It will not wound. (Psalm 147:3)

Your love heals and delivers. It will NOT leave. (Deuteronomy 31:8) Father, stoop down this minute and give Your daughter the attention she needs today. (Psalm 18:35) She feels alone. She feels weak. Therefore, fill her days with laughter, love, and beauty. (Proverbs 17:22) Strengthen her spirit to receive Your healing love. Even if she feels like running from you, chase her down. Prove to Your daughter You are faithful no matter what! (2 Timothy 2:13)

Give her encouragement when she expects it the least. (1 John 4:19) Give her mercy when she feels the least to deserve it. (Ephesians 2:4) Give her whispers of love into her heart. (Psalm 73:26) Let her taste and see that You are good. She is fortunate because YOU are Faithful and True! (Revelation 19:11) “O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the woman who trusts and takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8 (AMP) Father, wipe her tears today and love her BIG. (Revelation 21:4)

Friend, let’s Let God Love US as we RETURN TO OUR FIRST LOVE today. (Revelation 2:4) In the Mighty Name of Jesus we have prayed. Amen and Amen!

Enter To Win A PRAYER JOURNAL {Our giveaway is over, but I would still love to hear from you!}
 –  CLICK “Share Your Thoughts” below this post and do just that to enter. Isn’t Sheila’s prayer such a gift!? {If reading this via email, CLICK HERE to go to my blog and enter.}

Enter to WIN the “LET GOD LOVE YOU” gift pack {Our giveaway is over, but I would still love to hear from you!} – Did you hear about the VALENTINES giveaway we’ve created just for YOU?!  When you share today’s graphic above, and others like it, you can enter to win: a $50 Gift Card to Amazon or Target {your choice}, plus 2 signed copies of my new Confident Heart Devotional Book and an 8×10 Scripture Graphic from Emily Burger Designs!

After you leave a comment to enter to win the prayer journal “CLICK HERE” to find out how you can WIN all that “Let God Love YOU” good stuff! 


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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. Would LOVE to win a Prayer Journal!! I saw one of these on Money Saving Mom blog and absolutey loved it and wished I had one!!! I love your blog, more like I “need” your blog. You’ve help me more than you know and I thank you for that.

  2. I love the prayer. Thank you so much for sharing! And thanks for the chance to win a prayer journal.

  3. Krystal Kirk says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this prayer! I have been struggling to find the right words to pray over my sister who is battling with substance addiction and these words are just the right ones to say. As I read over each one I couldn’t help but think how they applied to my own personal life but also how they could be so encouraging for my sister.

  4. Such perfect timing! I really needed to read this prayer literally right now. I’m a single mother of 3 little girls who I love dearly, but I am suffering from the nasty lies of the enemy. I’ve been feeling so depressed and overwhelmed that I was questioning my purpose and felt like I’m not worthy to be alive. As I write this it brings tears down my face because I know God truly loves me enough to care about me and my girls. I know He used this prayer to remind me of His great love and constant pursuit of my heart. Thank you so much for sharing Renee… May God bless u and Shiela! I don’t care about winning anything… The Lord has won it all for me already! Please keep me and my girls in prayer!

  5. Miss Mary T says:

    Renee, Sheila writes the most beautiful prayers! I always wait in anticipation for an email of her Three Stranded Prayers! When I first read it I immediately thought of my daughter so not only will I pray this for myself but also for her. I would love to have a new prayer journal, my present journal is filling up quick. Thanks for sharing! God bless!

  6. Esther Brandt says:

    Thank you for your strength and encouragement! I love getting your update on Facebook!

  7. PAM SCHAEFFER says:

    Thank you for this beautiful prayer filled with Scripture. I want to look up the verses and love prayers that use Scripture. I’m just beginning to pray this way more. God’s Word is so powerful.

  8. Lynne Koch says:

    I Love this prayer. I just prayed it for me! I will print so I can pray it over my friends too. I would LOVE to win a prayer journal. Thank you Renee for the opportunity to win one.

  9. Nancy Stepp says:

    I would love to win a prayer journal. Thank you for sharing the amazing prayer. My husband of almost 22 years just had an affair and was unwilling to end it with her and we are getting divorced. This is the man who has told me for the last 22 years “Divorce is not an option.” and “We will always do what it takes to make it work.” I am devastated. And I must admit I fall prey to Satan’s lies when I am so hurt, alone and angry. Especially when I think about the pain our 8 year old daughter is experiencing.

  10. Becca Dowling says:

    Thanks for the prayer. I needed that.

  11. Would love to win and share 1 with my Bible study friends

  12. Phyllis Nichols Gutierrez says:

    I so love prayers that are praying scripture. Praying God’s word over someone is such a blessing. I have been trying to do this more and more each time I pray.
    Thank you for this and thank you Sheila Mangum. Just what I needed today.

  13. Thanks for the prayer. Really what I needed today. Trying to work on my fears but it is difficult when the one doing most of the wounding is the one who is supposed to take care of you. I needed to be reminded that God sees, knows and will take care of me.

  14. Jessica Lee says:

    I absolutely ADORE Sheila’s blog. Her prayers speak straight to my heart & I honestly feel like i can close my eyes & picture her kneeling in my living room with me, her arm around my shoulder, interceding with God on my behalf. I always end up in tears, but that’s a good thing sometimes. 🙂
    I really depend on my prayer journal to help me organize my thoughts, & really pour out my heart to Jesus. To win one from such a huge influence on my life would be very precious to me. God bless you Renee, for being such a beautiful example of a willing & obedient heart. ♥

  15. I love the prayer. I so needed it today.

  16. Wynne Phillips says:

    Beautiful prayer based on scripture! Thank you for sharing!!

  17. mary summey says:

    love it…..I need to pray this every day….except saying her, put me and my in its place….

  18. Thank you for this beautiful prayer, it is what I needed today. I am in the midst of a difficult situation that is very hurtful. This prayer brings hope and encouragement to me.

  19. Would love to win this.
    Robin N

  20. Sandi MacKenzie says:

    I do not know what I would do without my prayer and life journal…I combine the two, for it is how I live my life…entwined in His and His in mine.

  21. Dawn Treece-Smith says:

    I came across this today and thought about how many times that little push has come read the book Confident Heart. It is what I need, to be CONFIDENT IN HIS LOVE. So here goes..a leap of faith. Thank you for your love and faithfulness and words of encouragement. Dawn

  22. I have been doing a Bible/book study on the “A Confident Heart Book for about a year and a half now. Great – great comments from these ladies on how this book has helped transform their lives.

    The prayer Journal would be awesome along with the study.
    Thank you

  23. Mell Moore says:

    God is so amazing. I am going through hurt and grieving and would love to win a prayer journal as journalling to Jesus is a great way to heal and praise Him. This prayer is perfect for me. Thankyou

  24. This is definitely a prayer that needs to be prayed more than once.

  25. I love this prayer and want to share it with other sisters. We all need to hear His love song sung over us. Thanks for sharing your gift

  26. I well print this prayer out and share it with the ladies at my church. I loved how there is a scripture to with every thought. Thank you for sharing this!

  27. I love the prayer. It is so meaningful. Thank you!

  28. “Give her encouragement when she expects it the least” speaks to my heart! I’d love to win this!

  29. Just finding your website, love it!

  30. Thank you for the beautiful prayer Sheila. And thank you Renee for sharing the opportunity to win the Prayer Journal. Blessings!

  31. Love this! I am new in Christ, and just beginning to understand the importance of praying scripture in my prayers, Thank you for sharing!

  32. Hello all, I love writing down my prayers in a prayer journal sometimes it’s the only way I can focus on my prayers. I get too many things popping in my head and the only way to keep that all out is to be more focued on what I am trying to write so if I am writing my prayers I am focusing just on my prayers and not junk.

    I loved the prayer above, when I was young I didn’t feel I was worthy of being loved and I would pray for God to send me someone that would love me and omg he did he not only sent my husband but I now have a son and I also have Gods love more then anything.I always had God’s love I just didn’t realize it.

    Blessings Brandy Bunch

  33. Cathy McCoy says:

    I realize now at 53 years of age that for so many years early in my life I was just looking to be accepted and loved. I looked basically to be the perfect little girl, the perfect teenager, and the perfect grown-up girl so no one could see any of my flaws and the fact that I was not perfect. I also had a failed first marriage because I married someone who said he loved me and paid attention to him. What took me so long to realize was that who I was and what I did or how I even looked would not earn me the love I so desired.
    Over the last couple of years I have been earnestly seeking God more and more. To fully realize now just how much he loves me is absolutely incredible. Basically, he loves me in spite of me!
    The prayer you shared is so wonderful. It makes me just bask in the glow of God’s love and how incredible it is to think that he really cares for me, just little old me.
    Thank you for sharing

  34. AnnMarie Dixon says:

    Lovely prayer.

  35. That was an amazing prayer and I’m totally copying that down to share with a few women (hope that’s okay!). Thanks for sharing!!

  36. Brandi Arman says:

    Hello! I am entering to win because I’ve been praying about finding a useful prayer journal. I have looked around but can’t seem to find a good fit. The Lord has a way of speaking to us and sometimes thats thru song, prayer or book.

    Thank you

  37. Beverly Reeder says:

    I thought the prayer was so great . It made me feel the love the love she has for women. All women needs to read that prayer.

  38. Elaine Segstro says:

    What a beautiful prayer of truth! Thank you for reminding us of that.

  39. He is all I need…..I just need to keep that thought in the forefront of my mind!
    Thank you for the beautiful prayer! Would love the prayer journal.

  40. It was an awesome reminder of who God is and how much he cares for me everyday!!

  41. What a beautiful prayer and so needed. I would so love to have your prayer journal. What a blessing that would be to this mama of four boys!

  42. Thank you. I needed to pray this for my daughter who is struggling with some post-partum depression and some PTS.

  43. Danielle Battaglia says:

    How beautiful and powerful to pray His words back out loud!

  44. I am currently reading your book a confident heart and I love it. Thank you for listening to your friends and your heart and writing. You sure have a beautiful heart and way of sharing the love of The Lord with women everywhere. I love this prayer and all of the prayers posted. I have enjoyed learning how to pray confidently and with scripture. I would love to win the prayer journal but know the right woman will win. Thank you

  45. Kelly Goodman says:

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing this prayer! I absolutely love it and it came at such the perfect time!

  46. Thank you for offering this wonderful resource to us. I hope that I will win though I will be happy for all who win.

  47. I love the verses in the prayer. I would love to win a prayer journal. I love you, Renee. I love your book. I needed this prayer. Recently went through a difficult situation. Claiming God’s word was all that got me through. Blessings Diana

  48. Angela Walker says:

    Give her encouragement when she expects it the least. (1 John 4:19) Give her mercy when she feels the least to deserve it. (Ephesians 2:4) Give her whispers of love into her heart. what a powerful statement, prayer, something that I will be meditating on it daily..thank you I needed to read this!!!

  49. He has such an unfailing and unwavering love for us and what a joy that brings everyday!

  50. I would LOVE to learn how to let God love me. For my daughter. I see her young heart hurt-when she feels alone, unlovable, unloved, and sometimes worthless. I can speak truth to her, but honestly, I still have those exact feelings too. And then the words I tell her are hollow at best. I want so badly for her to know fully, truly how God cherishes her and values her, that she is never really alone and that God sees her as beautiful even if she doesn’t feel beautiful or when her peers reject her.

  51. Kathy Rusch says:

    I love reading your stories….they stir my soul. I have always loved Isaiah 54– at a turning point in my life it helped me to survive and I still stand on the truth written here. Thank you for your prayer for those who may have put their expectations in things other than God alone. You seem to have experienced things that help you to encourage and comfort those who need to be comforted. God’s ways are mysterious….thank you!

  52. Kara Hamilton says:

    God’s love never ceases to amaze me! Just when I am feeling the lowest, unloved, and lonely, he sends this prayer in the middle of the night for comfort! Why is it we turn to God as a last resort and not the first resource of power and love?

  53. Mickey Santiago says:

    I would love to experience your prayer journal and would also love to sharing the gifts I will reap from it. God bless you and continue in Jesus Name.

  54. My heart has been battered many times in the past few years. I have been made to feel unworthy in two major areas of my life. Living with an angry and depressed alcoholic has taken it’s toll on my confidence. Not being able to share honestly my situation is difficult. I have also had the “rug” pulled out from under me by those above me several times. I don’t know where I would be without Christ and His word. When I feel like I can’t go on He lifts me up through faithful peaple like you.

  55. God’s word is so powerful and beautiful! Thank you, Sheila for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and reminder. Reading this prayer made me smile on the inside. His love is amazing and so very real. After experiencing what feels like a lifetime of heartbreaks, rejections and fear, God’s love is setting me free. Thank you Jesus for loving me sweetly, deeply and unconditionally. You have my heart and I am grateful.

  56. Susanne Meredith says:

    Thank you for this prayer! It was such an encouragement to me!

  57. What a wonderful prayer! This is my first Valentines alone and this prayer was a great reminder of God’s great love for each of us no matter what we are going through? Thank you so much!

  58. I would love you win

  59. There are so many hurting women in my life right now. I would love to share this with them.

  60. Today is Feb 14 and I am going thru a divorce that has been going on since October 2012. I filed, my husband married my and my children an after a couple years stepped away from our “family”. He would go to church or games nothing “family”. 4 months into the divorce he said he needed to make amends with a fellow deputies widow. A “religious” woman. She prayed with him for our marriage and that is where he is today. This hit me this valentine day. It really spoke to me that I am Gods Valentine and that is where MY worth is. I am still married til our new court date in April and I believe God can heal but my husband has to want that. That is why I would like a journal.

  61. Lori Johnson says:

    Oh how I needed this prayer and oh how I need a friend that knows me and knows and loves God. I have friends that know God, but they do not truly know me. I have one close friend that knows everything about me but does not know God. The one person that a wife should count as a best friend is my husband. He doesn’t have a clue about what my heart and soul needs. He doesn’t know God and has been running from God for quite a while. He doesn’t like it when someone tells him what to do, even God. Lately he has been on Facebook quite a bit. He has been communicating with a man who is Buddhist and has been posting Buddhist quotes. Two days ago he posted a quote with a pic of a statue of Buddha. I flipped out. It doesn’t anger me as much as it scares me and I don’t know what to do…I do know what to do. I should be praying, but I haven’t been praying for a long time. I feel so beat down that I can’t look up. Every time I try, I get hit again. I get it from all directions. Just when I think I can come up for air I get blindsided. When I do try to share with women at church, they don’t understand and they have nothing to say but I’ll pray for you. I am worn, torn, and utterly defeated. I have no one to turn to but strangers.

    • Lori God is with you and loves you and GOD is your best friend and will always be!!!!!! Trust God and remember everything is in his time not ours. Keep praying and try fasting some things prayed for take fasting as well. Pray and fast and trust God’s word he says that trust in him and your family will be saved.

      I was raised with witchcraft and my parents don’t believe but I trust God and have faith that in his time not mine they will come to know him that their eyes and hearts and ears will be open and softened and ready to hear and learn all about him.

      Have faith and know that you have a lot of sisters in Christ praying with you!!!!!
      Blessings to you, Brandy Bunch

  62. Marlene Gouffray says:

    I look forward every morning to “Encouragement for Today”. It’s like my morning vitamin. Today’s prayers were exactly what Jesus ordered, as I have been battling with past rejections and low self esteem. I also have a friend who is battling with fears – the enemy has convinced her that cancer in her life or the life of her loved ones is inevitable. She spends her life in fear, please pray for her healing. I would love to have your devotional – I would have bought it, but I have been unemployed for 8 months now, and certainly cannot afford it. In the interim, I will continue to daily read your messages – they are uplifting, inspiring and very comforting. Thank you for the work that you do!

  63. What a beautiful prayer………….SO WONDERFUL to know that God loves us and we experience it! Thanks for posting this Renee.

  64. This prayer is so awesome! I love that this prayer is all based on scripture!!

  65. Jill Kuiper says:

    Always encouraged by your posts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. I’m recently began copying and printing prayers, collecting them to learn how and what to pray. I went to TJMAXX (department store) and the Tuesday Morning Store yesterday to look for a scrap book or journal to paste my prayers into so I can flip through the book at anytime and find a prayer for what is on my heart at any moment. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I intend to find one. It made me smile to read your post and see that you have this giveaway. Love it!

  67. What a beautiful and insightful prayer for us tobe and feel loved. Thank you for the opportunity to use a prayer journal. Receive peace on the Happy Hearts Day. Marti

  68. Thank you so very much for the uplifting words and testimony of our worth to our Father.
    May we each gather strength and courage and in turn bring that to someone else.
    My Friday is more peaceful for having taken the time to read and reflect on her words.
    Many blessings and hugs, j

  69. Love this prayer….such a wonderful reminder that despite our weakest feeling moments…we are strong because we love the Almighty and He has claimed us as His own! So blessed! And, so happy I have stumbled upon (and signed up to follow your blog)!

  70. Laura smith says:

    Sheila’s prayer was exactly how I felt and exactly what I needed it helped me to feel our Lord’s presence better

  71. Beautiful, encouraging prayer- thank you for sharing

  72. Susan Smith-Allen says:

    Hi, I would love to win a “Prayer Journal”. Sheila’s prayer was beautiful and heartfelt. I love how she prays straight from Bible verses. Praying from God’s Word is such a perfect way to pray. It’s the only way to find the right words–His Word. It is so effective and encouraging. Susan

  73. This prayer by Sheila was very moving. I cried and I’m not sure why. I guess I would just love to really experience what the prayer is talking about with my Heavenly Father. My dad stopped being a dad to us 5 kids when I was very young and so I guess rejection is what I and my siblings feel. Anyway Renee I read your devotional message this morning in the Made to Crave OBS and you knocked my socks off. I really was deeply affected by your message. I plan to follow (stalk you) No just kidding but I so relate and just want to thank you. <3

  74. There’s just something about praying scripture, the words touch a place in the heart very few words can ever find. Thank you for sharing and offering up a joy-filled giveaway!

  75. Deborah Dennis says:

    After a hard day at work and stressful few weeks reading your prayer was very uplifting..need to focus on God’s love right now and allow it to refresh and renew me as I am feeling overwhelmed and kinda down..thanks

  76. Powerful. {& Beautiful!}
    Thank you. For writing and InSpiriting us …

  77. What a beautiful prayer! Reminding me that God loves me and showers me with His grace and goodness – even when I least expect or deserve it.

  78. Elaine Segstro says:

    What a beautiful prayer of love from the God of perfect love!

  79. Collette Sawyer says:

    What a lovely and powerful prayer. As I read it, I could help think about how amazing our Father is. As He is so faithful to answer this prayer, we too should give others encouragement when they expect it the least, and give others mercy when they feel they don’t deserve it.

  80. I would love to win the Prayer Journal, but even if not, I have found an old journal of mine and am claiming 50 days of blessings and miracles for myself to overcome this deep depression I’ve been in lately. I will be journalling for 50 days, starting today, of positives and answered prayers. It is going to be my ladder out of this pit of darkness.

  81. This is such a wonderful reminder to me that God is always therefor me when I need Him the most. Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer on your blog

  82. Thanks Sheila! What a blessing!

  83. What a lovely prayer to uplift and hold me when I am discouraged. It reminded me that He always cares for His daughter.

  84. This prayer spoke to the center of my heart and what God has been working on in me. TRUST. It is hard for me to “trust” without being in “control.” But this kind of trust is not the real thing. God is trying to show me that only in letting go and surrendering all to Him, can He give me back the Life and Love He intends for me and for my family. He has been very patient with me as I am learning this lesson step by step. Another element of Trust I am working on is learning to Trust that I can and do hear God clearly. I have intuitions and leadings but then I doubt myself. He is showing me, in some cool ways, that I am on the right track and to Trust in my ability to hear Him more!

  85. The prayer Sheila prayed is me too! My prayers are growing and me with it. I’d love to win! Thank you for your ministry!

  86. Annelisse Q says:

    This is such a beautiful prayer. I meet with a wonderful group of women to pray for one another. I plan on taking your prayer to our next meeting to provide encouragement for all of those great women. The prayer filled my heart with hope and served as an anchor for my soul. What a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us. Thank you!

  87. After 6.5 long years of watching my then, 21 year old daughter, recover from a ruptured brain aneurysm…I’ve also had to learn to let go, let God and rest in His abundant blessings, though painful many days yet. 7 years ago, while she suffered not only a sub arachnoid hemorrhage bleed in the brain, she also had a subsequent stroke during her coiling surgery. All this took place just less than one week after completing her sophomore year of her college years. But life changed in that instant that I received that call…”come quickly…we’re not sure what is going on…4 hours later…now we realize she has a horrible condition called a ruptured brain aneurysm and she has less than 24 hours or she’ll rebleed and die…which major hospital would you like us to call to see who has available space…we can’t guarantee anything as to what she’ll be like after the surgery….she has short-term memory loss and lost her speech but should get better with therapy…she won’t ever be able to go to college again….then you don’t serve the same God that we do!….she went to college to finish…she’s not who she was, but we have her…she’s different, not the same daughter you used to have…His eye is on the sparrow, so I know He watches me…focus on giants and you stumble, focus on God, and your giants tumble.” So many thoughts, fears, doubts and unknowns. Now, 6.5 years later, we have her and she’s come so far. Not the same daughter we used to have but WE HAVE HER, and we are grateful Lord for using her to teach us to trust you completely, even when we cannot see, when we cannot hear, nor understand. Today, I want to continue to just rest at your feet, to listen to the call you give me, her, to serve you in ways that glorify YOU, Lord. I need to rest. This mama needs to rest…to write my heart to you though you already know it…to wait on you. Thank you, Lord. I’m waiting…resting….ahhhhh…sweet rest. There IS joy in this crazy journey of life! There’s no one’s cross I’d rather bear….no ones.

  88. Lesley Edwards says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful prayer. I have a friend who needs to hear that – I shall give it to her and also pray it for her. Would love to win a prayer journal. I have been considering encouraging people in my church to start a prayer journal (I’m discipleship deacon and part of my role is to encourage individual and corporate prayer). God seems to have laid this on my heart to do and I have been asking him for confirmations – this prayer and your prayer journal competition seem to be another confirmation that God wants me to do this. Thank you 🙂

  89. Robin Still says:

    What a most beautiful prayer to read…I am going to share with so many others. I have been struggling to be “just so” that I can be “just everyones…” I am God’s and that is all that matters. If I give it to him then I will be the woman of God I can be. A prayer journal would be a wonderful way to put what I think into words and have the thoughts down. Thank you for the opportunity to read, share and enjoy your post. May the Lord continue to bless you in amazing ways.

    Smiles & Blessings,

  90. LeAnne Vincent says:

    I really loved how she put so many Scriptures in her pray and how to put it towards life today. I have always found praying scripture with my name in it as difficult so this pray is so refreshing for me! Would love to have the pray journal to keep track of my family prayers, my Bible fellowship prayer request and my prayer request! I have tried before with just loose paper or with emails but feel a journal would be more cohesive and organized (which I love to be typically) to allow me to be a better prayer warrior ! Thanks for this opportunity!

  91. diana eckler says:

    this prayer spoke into my need! -give her the attention she needs – she feels alone and weak…

  92. Joyce Kaiser says:

    This is a prayer that has struck me right in my heart….I have had some very important decisions to make lately. I finally was confronted by a super friend last night- Joyce are you trying to do everything your friends suggest? Are you trying to please them? And, as I thought about it…she was very right. I need to make my decisions for myself for me and the glory of my awesome GOD
    I would love to have the journal, and I easily, easily identified with Sheila’s prayer.
    Sometimes I pray things from my heart- and then I feel good. It is when I get caught up pleasing my so-called friends that I get my self into difficulty.
    I have a lot to learn and can use resources to help me…..I would be delighted to receive this book. May God bless you. Joyce

  93. Tiffany Roberts says:

    I am fairly new at this and my thoughts might not be as put together as others, but Sheila’s prayer spoke to me because I frequently feel like I am not good enough for God’s love. I have done things in my life that still to this day I think about and they make my heart hurt. Even though I have asked for forgiveness time and time again I still feel that I don’t deserve it. I struggle daily with certain decisions that I have made that haunts me. I had an abortion when I was 16 and did it under pressure. I feel that if I had just stood my ground and would not have been weak I would not have killed an innocent being. I have four children now but have within the last 7 months have had 2 miscarriages and I am struggling with the thought of that’s what I get for killing my baby 20 years ago. Sometimes I have those “Unglued” moments with my kids and feel that I am the worst mom and that “God is so disappointed in me.” I will be printing this prayer and keeping it at arms length. Thank you for sharing that prayer.

  94. You girls are a wonderful inspiration! Thanks for the great give aways this month! What generous hearts you all have.

  95. Thank you Renee for sharing prayers from scripture. Sheila’s prayer touched my heart. I pray every morning, every evening & touch base with God thru-out my day (trying to be like Brother Lawrence & “Practicing the Presence of God” in all I do) – practicing spiritual principles in all my affairs (practice is the key word). I try to journal but have never kept a prayer journal so it would be nice to have a special journal from you that had been played over by you. Again, thank you for your inspirational words.
    In Gratitude,

  96. I love that the prayer says that God’s love will not leave. It’s so easy to rely on people and then get hurt when they leave, but an excellent reminder that God’s love won’t leave us.

  97. Lesley Geer says:

    Thank you for sharing this prayer. It reminds me to be patient and let God do the rest! I would love to win a prayer journal!

  98. What a beautiful reminder to stop striving on my own and to be still and Know that He is God and in control. This a beautiful prayer to remember everyday!

  99. When life gets busy and I take my eyes off Him is when those feelings of insecurity creep and take hold. I need to remember to spend time with Him, keep my focus on Him and let God love me.

  100. Cathy Switzer says:

    God is so good. I will rest in Him and trust in His will for my life.

  101. Loretta Pearson says:

    I love praying God’s word! How powerful those prayers are. So thankful for the encouragement!

  102. Rest…. Hmmm…. That isn’t naturally on my ‘to do’ list…. Even to have that pressing on my Spirit through the week…. Resolving to make this week different! Love prayer journals!!

  103. Bernadette says:

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful prayer. I’m currently doing a bible study about resting in God. Thank you for the opportunity to enter for a wonderful prayer journal. Blessing!

  104. Would enjoy the prayer journal, The prayer calmed my anxious heart.

  105. Sheila’s prayer really touched my heart. May I copy it and print it to put in my journal and my Bible?

  106. I do hope I am not to late to win the prayer journal I love the prayer and love to journal my own prayers thank you for the prayer and a chance to win God Bless You and Your Ministry

  107. I loved Sheila’s words. They spoke to me saying to slow down this week. It told me to keep my eyes on the Lord more this week. Some weeks we let our busy lives lead us but this week my focus is on God.

  108. Sheryl Lynne Smith says:

    Simply beautiful! Would love to have the journal to keep my daily thoughts and notes upon meditation and prayer. Thank you for your dedication.

  109. Such encouragement for all!

  110. “Give her encouragement when she expects it least” speaks to my heart. I’d love to have the prayer journal! Thanks so much!

  111. I would love to win the prayer journal! I love the poem and feel like I am in a place where I need to feel God’s love and care.The poem speaks to the heart and helps calm some storms. Love the poem and what it says!

  112. Thankful that God answers prayer according to His Word! Sheila’s Spirit-led prayer abounds with hope & expectancy! May God bless the prayer of agreement as we all unite in faith before God’s Throne Room of mercy & grace! Be it unto us, Lord, according to Your Word in Jesus’ undefeatable name. Amen!
    Thank you, Renee, for being such a radiant example of God’s Love!!!!!

  113. A prayer journal would be awesome. What a nice way to record the answered prayers or how we feel as we wait for the answer to come.

  114. Love the prayer. It fit right along with a group Bible Study that I am doing right now. Would love to win the prayer journal. Thank you for sharing this prayer.

  115. Such a perfect word for me today & in this season!

  116. It is my prayer that I grow to ‘be” when my nature wants to “do” to accomplish my tasks for the day. Help me Lord, to focus on BEING all that you want me to be!

  117. This prayer is exactly what I need right now. I’m copying it so that I can use it daily. The timing is perfect as is God’s. Thank you!

  118. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    This part of Sheila’s prayer stood out the most to me: Give her encouragement when she expects it the least. (1 John 4:19) THank you! 🙂

  119. There are a lot of people who inspire me daily…Yet Renee you have out-done it again!!! My family and I are visual learners so this blog is going to printed out and placed throught our house as a constant reminder of how God’s love for us bc His love never fails and never gives up.

    I havw scripture note cards through out the house and we hv aeen miracles happen right in front of our eyes.

    Renee (and everyone at p31) has made a major life changing experiences in my relationship with Christ and has strengthen my husband and I’s relationship

    I am definentlt going to put this in our livong room where family and friends and visitors can see that our family has a relationship with God and would make a great conversation piece. Prayin God can uses these tools that yal hv been blessed with to share as a way for someone’s eyes to be opened and see all the bondaged that they can be free of!!! Thank you again for an outstanding way for ideas on leading the lost and incouraging those who are struggling!

  120. the sunday prayer spoke to me as if this was how i need to pray and tell God that i want to run away form this week….. My son is ADHD and every week there is something new at schlool the teacher complains on …. but today sunday prayer and every on i have read so far has given me hope to hold on and know that God is still there at the same place waiting serving and holding my hand ….. these words give me hope every day ….

    i can not start to say thank you as it is so small word ….but still there is no better word then to say thank you for giving hope to a hopeless hard every time .

  121. I love the prayer. I’m going to copy it and carry it with me and share it with others. I know so many women who need those words today.

  122. Thank you so much for that encouraging prayer! How true and good it is to pray TRUTH from God’s word! How powerful of a reminder that we have a Heavenly Father who LOVES us SO much, NO MATTER WHAT!

  123. This comment is in regard to the prayer and journal. I subscribed to Shelia’s posts a bit ago and God used it in a big way. Her prayer encouraged me and gave me hope b/c I have to confess I had almost lost hope my situation could change but last night & today(Monday) a breakthrough in my marriage situation occurred. There is chance for hurt and a long uphill climb for my husband & I BUT there is now a small flame of hope and for the first time in months my husband asked me to pray with him-I think the prayer revived hope and faith in God and soothed some of my hurt and its like after I confessed my hopelessness God came and answered-this is kind of a rambling comment but I think I just mean the prayer meant something to me AS nd was a huge help and enjoy encouragement-so thanks to all at P31 and praise to my Great God and of course must continue to have faith b/c I have a bruised hear and healing takes time so please pray for my marriage if you read this and pray that the breakthrough we had will really be just that-a break in the wall and a pushing away of Satan so that are marriage will survive and not just survive but flourish for the glory of God.

  124. Encouraging! How great is it that God promises such blessings on his children!

  125. Thank you for your words!
    I am trying to learn to have a heart confident enough to learn and know what God wants me to be used for to further His kingdom

  126. Thank you. I am learning to be more thankful and praise our Lord more. My heart is not where it needs to be and am praying that God will continue to change me into who I need to be.

  127. Thanks for the prayer. I need to let go and TRUST HIM.

  128. So thankful for our perfect refuge in Christ. What a blessing to be reminded of this. Thank you.

  129. marina Webb says:

    I really needed that prayer. I’ve been havin a rough time for the past year, I have been away from church and trying to handle things on my own.s When I pray sometimes I wonder if God hears my prayers. I need him so badly. Thank you for helping me to stop and listen to Him instead of trying to figure it out alone.

  130. Brittany B. says:

    How comforting it is, knowing how loved we are, and with such an unconditional love.

  131. Jen Griffin says:

    Wow – this would be so wonderful. I recently realized I found it easier to pray if I wrote out my prayers, when I’m saying them in my head, my thoughts start to wander. so I got a pad of paper and started writing, prayers that wouldn’t even last a few minutes, lasted much longer as I wrote about what was on my heart, and people to pray for. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to do more for God!

  132. Jessica Repp says:

    This prayer is such a blessing. I felt that God was telling me to read over my lunch hour, but I wasn’t sure what He wanted me to read… I opened my browser and saw Renee Swope’s blog as a bookmark, and felt a whisper to click. From Renee’s blog I found the link to this prayer, and God is SO GOOD for leading me here today. It’s the drink of water I needed in this moment. I am going to share this prayer with my friends! Thank you so much!

  133. Kelly Smith says:

    Oh please God answer all our prayers Lord, and grant us Peace as you do. God is making changes in my life, I’ve always considered myself a prayer warrior, but now I have a morning prayer I dedicate to Him, and I’m changing to want to be more obedient, I’m facing confusion, and I pray about it. God brought the answer to my door last night, a group of people from the church down the street, that I have been thinking about visiting came to invite me to tonight’s service. Me and my son went to attend. I’m sure we will go back and attend and check it out some more. I know God wants me in the fellowship so that I can be of service. I’m just not sure which church to attend. I always had a personal relationship with Christ, I’ve just never been a churched person. There’s a lot of turmoil and confusion and fear in opposition and pain in my life right now, I need help, and if I look at it the Lord is helping me, but it feels so distant. I have to remember feelings are just feelings.


  134. Scott's wife says:

    I! Need! This!

  135. Karen Loper says:

    The prayer is beautiful….Prayer journals are wonderful. Would love to win one…..Thank you

  136. anna marie advincula says:

    oh, how the Lord calls me to come near Him in my circumstance ryt now…to lay doqn my qorries and fears for tomorrow, to trust in Him day by day.

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  138. Am really blessed this morning when I read that prayer. Really felt the Love the Lord had for me!!!!!!.. which I had forgotten. What a blessing deep in my heart. May you Prayer continue to inspire more people through their daily trials.
    Thank you!!!…


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