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!
Many children and teens feel they are never enough. No matter how much they do or succeed at, it’s never enough. The pouring in of their time and energy is like filling a cracked glass. Always thirsty and unfulfilled… Always striving to more perfection instead of believing in themselves as uniquely created masterpieces of God. Instead of believing they are enough with just being who they were created to be, not in doing what others want them to do or feel.
Some “never-enough” feeders are:
- Parents who want their children to fulfill their own unfulfilled dreams and don’t allow their children to find out what their own passions really are
- Parents or teachers who spout off debasing remarks (It takes a lot more positive feedback to counteract the negative.)
- Society who sets high demands on them to be perfect, outwardly flawless like models and movie stars
- Peers who demean and humiliate them because they are “different”
Children and adults alike need to feel accepted just as they are, not as others want them to be. They need to know they are loved, capable, and enough just because they are who they are, not because of what they do or don’t do according to others. “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” (“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect” by Brené Brown)
In Jesus’ eyes, we are enough. He always accepts us just as we are. He counted us enough to be created, enough to die for, and enough to live for and make intercession for us. His love is unconditional. We never have to earn His love. He can fill all the empty places in our hearts and lives.
“Because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:4 NLT)
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
“You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” (Isaiah 62:3)