Book Giveaway: A Confident Heart

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Do you wake up in the morning condemning yourself? Do you feel like you’re never good enough? Does it feel like your life has no purpose or value?

Jesus knows our pain, fears, and doubts. He cries with us. But He wants us to go beneath the surface to understand what is going on in our hearts that is eating away our confidence and security. He longs to heal those wounded places. He desires that we find our identity in Him, not in all the negative voices that bombard and overwhelm us.

One of my favorite books that has helped me to deal with insecurity and to lean more on how special and valuable I am in Christ is Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart.

Renee knows by experience how insecurity can paralyze us and keep us from living a full and free life in Jesus. In her book, she helps us to find our identity in Christ and to see His Word is sent “like love letters from Heaven to fall fresh on our parched and tired souls.”

Chapter by chapter, A Confident Heart will help you:

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

Powerful scripture-based prayers are at the end of each chapter, along with Bible study questions and a chart with thirty-one different promises to overcome our most common self-doubts.

With heartfelt thanks to Renee for her generosity, I am offering a free copy! All you need to do is post a comment answering this question: What is insecurity keeping you from doing in your life? If you are uncomfortable posting online, you can
Email Me, and I can post for you anonymously.

On September 30, I will announce a winner, so please check back!


Self-Doubt and Self Acceptance

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Do you ever feel so downhearted you have to cry? You just can’t understand why, because you’re surrounded by daily blessings. You start beating yourself up, because you feel you should be rejoicing. Yet you feel so sad.

Sometimes when we can identify why we are in the pit of gloom, when we can put a name on it, we can start dealing with it. When I received Renee Swope’s blog post – When You Don’t Know What It Is – I read,  “Self-doubt was making me question everything I thought, felt and said.” That’s it! That’s my problem. I’ve been sinking back into that self-doubt again… I second guess myself 24/7. I don’t believe in myself, and I doubt everything I do, think, say, or write. I don’t even trust my own feelings, my deep-down-in-my-gut instinct. The deep-in-my-heart knowing of Truth. Those negative voices from the past are raging a hey-day in my heart, eating away at my confidence in Christ alone.

God counted us worthy enough to create with a special unique purpose. He counted us worthy enough to die in our place. He values us, and He wants us to value ourselves as unique creations with God-given gifts. I was raised with the belief that self-esteem is connected with self-worship and a form of pride, the kind that God opposes (James 4:6), and I know there are Christians today who think “self-esteem” is self-serving, not God-serving. But I believe God created our mental faculties as well, and He created us to be lovable and capable. When humans do and say things to mess up that thinking, I believe Jesus hurts with us.  He doesn’t want us to feel worthless and unlovable. He wants us to accept ourselves as we are and to believe in ourselves as a worthwhile person, regardless of what we can or cannot do, to believe in the gifts He has given us.

Self-Esteem Helps to Hope:

  • Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence – One of my favorite reminders to focus on who I am in Christ is Renee Swope’s free print-out. In three columns, she lists what our self-doubt says, what God says, and a Bible verse to prove the Truth of what God says.
  • Low Self-Esteem, Satan’s Deadliest Weapon – “Low self-esteem is a gut-level feeling of inferiority, inadequacy, and low self-worth. This feeling shackles Christians in spite of wonderful experiences, in spite of their faith and knowledge of God’s word.”
  • Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? – “Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself — how you honestly feel about your abilities and limitations. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas. You might constantly worry that you aren’t “good enough.” 

 YOU Are Beautiful!