Tuesday, October 17, 2017

5 Days to Unshakeable Confidence


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In my devotion today I shared:

“There will be times in our lives over and over again when our confidence is challenged .”

All too often, those times are when we silently finish the sentence: “If only …” 

I’m sure you have your own completion to that thought and maybe like me, those inner whispers try to pull you under at times, especially when you step out to make a new move in your relationship with God.

These very whispers are the reason we need to build a strong and stable foundation for our confidence in Christ and Christ alone. When the whispering winds of “If only …” breeze through our hearts and minds, we must be ready to finish this sentence with faith!

Are you ready to get ready, friend?

If so, join me for 5 Days to Unshakeable Confidence, a FREE online challenge beginning Monday, October 30. I’ll be sharing daily live videos in our private Facebook community plus free downloads to inspire you! Sign up below to join the challenge and you’ll receive all the details in your email today.

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Giveaway

I’m so excited today to share with one of you the first copy of my new Bible study for women “Make Your Move; Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures”. In fact, I haven’t even gotten my first copy yet, but when I do, one of you will get it!

Make Your Move: Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures is a six-session Bible study, where I explore how confidence-in-question keeps us from boldly experiencing what God intends for our lives. Dive into six stories in the Bible of not-so-well-known women who found themselves needing confidence to make their move, and how they uncovered the faith to get it. Here I encourage women to leave behind all the unnecessary insecurity this world induces and find confidence in God alone.

Learn from the Daughters of Zelophehad, the Women of Exodus, the Sisters of Bethany, Rahab, Deborah, Abigail and Michal how to:

  • Intentionally build your confidence on the one thing that cannot be taken from you.
  • Recover from defeating decisions to move forward toward a strong self-worth.
  • Position yourself to not lose your poise—even in the worst circumstances.
  • Identify and address the fears that keep you stuck, with practical steps to walk in your calling with confidence.

This study is for any woman who’s ready to dig into God’s Word to find confidence and boldness to do great things. This book includes personal Bible study as well as group discussion questions. The study can be completed by individuals as well as in groups.

Designed for use with the companion Make Your Move DVD (sold separately). It’s all released on November 14th!

Enter to Win

To enter to win a copy of the Make Your Move Bible study book:

  1. Sign up to join 5 Days to Unshakeable Confidence.
  2. Share one person you would like to see join you on the journey to becoming Christ Confident!

U.S. Addresses only please. The winner will be announced Tuesday, October 24th right here on my blog!

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Lynn

Comments

  1. Wanda Butler says:

    I would love to win this series. I have signed up to get started. I am currently at a point in my life where I am not sure what or where I am supposed to do/be. I have prayed and am trying my best to listen to God’s direction. There are times I feel so useless as I don’t know where I am supposed to be.

    • Lynn Cowell says:

      Friend – you are never useless! There may be times when we are in transition or times of waiting, but even those are not wasted! Hang in there … James 1:5 tells us that if we ask God He will give us the wisdom we need. Ask and know that it is just around the corner!

  2. Karyn Robinson says:

    Karyn Robinson

  3. I would love for my sister to join me on this 5-day challenge. And it would be amazing to win that first copy from you, Lynn! Thank you for writing this Bible study; I needed the Proverbs 31 devotion today and the study just fits my life right now.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I would love to win this for myself and daughter. We both struggle with confidence. This comes at a time when both of us are facing new challenges and new expectations and on some days, more blows to our confidence. Thanks for your service and this devotion! It couldn’t have come at a better time! Praise God for His perfect timing!

  5. Sarah Leonard says:

    I would love to win this for myself and my friend, Beatrice. We both struggle to be confident in the midst of new doors opening up in our lives.

  6. I feel that this book and study wpuld be extremly beneficial to me right now. I struggle with self-confidence daily. I have a close friend who also struggles. It would be great if we could do this together.

  7. I would love to have my dauther join me on the journey and my daughter. This sounds like an amazing book…

  8. Beth Ann Hunt says:

    I would love to receive this book and do this study with my daughter. What a beautiful way to connect. Through God’s Word!!

  9. I would love to have my daughter join me in this Bible study.

  10. Robin Ayers says:

    I would love for my sisters and 2 of my cousins to join me on this challenge. I struggle most with confidence. This lesson is a true blessing for me. Especially after withdrawing from nursing school twice in one year. It’s always been my dream to be a nurse. Lack of confidence, anxiety, and fears of commitment were challenges that overpowered me. Thank you for this devotional and I am looking forward to the upcoming study.

  11. Wow! The timeliness of this book.
    I struggle with confidence so much. I always have.
    When you gave the examples of how to turn our
    Feelings of doubt back around to God praise, it spoke to my heart this morning.
    I would love to do this Bible study with a young mom that I am friends with.
    Some days she asks me for advice. Other days, her beautiful example of Christ’s love inspires me to want to be
    More confident and untouched by others opinions. So, I think that Megan and I would do this together…

  12. Tara Bussey says:

    I’d love for my sister to join me on this journey. We both deal with these fears and I know we can help each other become all that God wants us to be.

  13. lacey poag says:

    You are a wonderful story teller & your words pull me in to learn more. I would love to share this study with a dear friend who is in the deep parts of the adoption process.

  14. I hope I could get a few friends from my bible study group to join me. There are some ladies really struggling in out group.

  15. I would like my sister – in- law Ginny to do it with me.Yes, we are to be confident in the Lord and to trust in Him.We are to give our burdens to Him and know that He will take care of them in His perfect timing. This reminds me of a verse I just wrote down to be kept in my scripture binder Psalm 62:5 : Let all that I am wait quietly before God,for my hope is in Him.”

  16. I would love for my friend Kristin to join me in this challenge. We are going through similar struggles right now and finding more confidence in Christ would be a gift.

  17. I would love for my mom and sister to do this with me. I know we all struggle with who we are in Christ, and this will help all of us.

  18. Holly Kock says:

    I am a proud mom of three boys and, despite what you may believe, it is just as tough for boys to have confidence. I would love to be more confident to show my boys how, in Christ, we can claim our confidence! So excited I found this offer! Can’t wait for the release!

  19. I would like the study for my friend Juli and I. We like to send each other encouraging text messages, videos, articles to encourage each other in our faith. It would be great to do a study together on building our confidence. Thank you for this opportunity.

  20. Lisa Breiding says:

    I would love for my daughter Jordan and I to do this. We both are so broken and need this challenge. Neither of us have the confidence we need to get out of ruts. We are always letting the “if only’s” take us in a negative direction.

  21. Kathy Guzzo says:

    I would love to share the study with my adult daughter, Katrina. our love for Jesus is strong, however we both tend to lack confidence, although it’s in different areas.i truly look forward to the insights in this book.

  22. Dori Sheese says:

    Signed up! I would share this study with my friend Letha

  23. If only I had know better how to install Godly confidence in my daughter! I’d love to have her join me in this study. My one concern is I don’t do FaceBook. Will the FB sessions be available to me online?

  24. I would love to see my best friends join me in this study!

  25. Would love to have this for my youngest daughter and i. Thank you for even offering it, greatly appreciated.

    • I would love for my friend Gail to join me in this. She’s such an awesome soul, but she constantly lets others make her feel less than….she calls me to remind her, but I want her to feel as special as she really is all the time. Her parents and her husband have always made her feel as if she’s not enough as she is…and she’s more than enough….I want her to know and feel this!! Please pray for Gail to feel like God’s chosen child!! Amen!

  26. Celia sharif says:

    10 years ago I’ve migrated to the United States, and after serving at a church for 7 1/2 years the Lord told me to step out and started my own ministry…. I wrestled in my mind with insignificance, But I obeyed God stepped out. I would love to win this Bible study so that it can encourage my confidence and breed the courage I need to go forward.

  27. I did sign up. I hope that my mom can join this study with me. She is going through a lot of non-stop personal issues at the moment, and her faith seems to not shine as brightly as it once did.

  28. Linda Trapp says:

    Loved the devotional you shared; thank you. Would love to share this study with my daughter as she’ll be off to college next fall.

  29. I would love to have my friend and her daughter join me. Her daughter is going through marital separation, and her confidence has been zapped! Thanks for this study!

  30. My friend Bethany is always pointing me towards good books and sharing their poignant passages. I would want to share this with her because she helps me with confidence, and especially confidence in Christ, and it would be encouraging to go through it together and have a long-distance study buddy.

  31. Kay Bowen says:

    I have a friend going through tough time in her marriage…this I could share with her.

  32. Katie Spetman says:

    Signed up. I would love for my daughters to join me in this study!

  33. I would share this with my Thursday night gals! We love to get together and learn and grow together.

    • Lynn Cowell says:

      Amy – thank you for sharing Make Your Move with your group! This study has a video teaching that goes with it – perfect for small groups!

  34. I would love for both my mom and hubby to do this study with me. Thank you for giving us a opportunity to win.i signed up.

  35. I would love to share this with my best friend. We both struggle with confidence and making our move.

  36. I would love to win this study, and the person I would want to join me is my Mom. I want her to know how valuable she is.

  37. I would love for both of my daughters to join me in this.

    Guilt -I can’t seem to shake it….I can repeat ( and love) scriptures that affirm: Jesus Paid it all, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus….so why do I feel so guilty over my past sins (and I was a follower of Christ back then… and, some of the things happened in the not so distant past).

    • Lynn Cowell says:

      Tammy – what you are experiencing is condemnation.

      Last week I read Romans 8 over and over and over again.

      “So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit—and this power is mine through Christ Jesus—has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death. 3 We aren’t saved from sin’s grasp by knowing the commandments of God because we can’t and don’t keep them, but God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours—except that ours are sinful—and destroyed sin’s control over us by giving himself as a sacrifice for our sins.” verses 1 – 4

      The enemy knows that if he can keep us hung up on sins – last year, last week and last hour – that he can keep us stuck and that is his strategy. If he can keep us swirling with the thoughts of our past sins, we won’t move on to do the work Christ died to give us. The work of helping others find freedom in Christ as well.

      You are doing the right thing – replacing those thoughts with truth. Remind the enemy when he comes at you that he is a liar. What he is accusing you of is not true – you are forgiven, you are loved and you belong to our Father. You are His daughter, not because of anything you have done, but because of EVERYTHING Christ has done for us!

  38. Cathy Burnett says:

    My sister-in-law is having some serious battles at this time in her life. I love her so much and we are trying to keep Bible Study going because it helps us to remember the truths of God’s love and grace. I keep telling her that God is going to take care of everything. Prayers always.

  39. Mandy Janzen says:

    Thank you for this opportunity!! I just signed up!!! This book sounds absolutely perfect, especially in today’s world. I would love to share this with a few of my fellow mom’s in our mom’s group!!!

  40. Confidence…..something I have always struggled with. Would definitely share this with my two close friends but also my teenage daughter. Thank you for doing this! To win on Oct. 24 would be an awesome birthday present 😉 lol!

  41. Sue Schechtman says:

    I would love to share this bible study with my BFFs in Christ Renee and Joy.
    I am not the shy little girl of my childhood on the outside but that little girl still lingers on the inside.

  42. Paige Stovall says:

    I would love to share this bible study with my friend Denise. She is going through a tough time right now and it would give us some time to share together as friends with God. Making not only our bond as friends stronger, but also our individual bonds with God stronger.

  43. Pam Robideaux says:

    I want to share this with both my daughters.

  44. I would love to do something like this with my friend Vy. She and I were just talking about feeling insecure about ourselves in different areas less than a week ago; so this seems very timely. She actually was the first person I thought to pass this devotional along to as I read it. And one of my personal aims right now in life is to grow more confident in the Lord.

  45. Rosa Debroy says:

    I loved today’s devotional, it fitted exactly what is going on this season of my life… I’d love to share this Bible study with my friend Gaby. She’s been God’s light so many times. I just know she would love to share this.

  46. I would love to share this study with my Mom. We both have a habit of negative self talk that shakes our confidence. It would be a blessing to learn and grow together!

  47. KESHIA HENDERSON says:

    I would like my sisters to join me. I think it will bless us all.

  48. I have recently started attending weekly meetings for people struggling with or recovering from addiction or supporting someone that’s doing either of the two. I would like to have some of those woman join me in this.

  49. I would love for my best friend Charlotte to join me on this challenge. She is such a loving and caring person with some family illnesses and issues. I want to see her get her confidence from God that she can handle these issues and still find peace in her life.

  50. Thank you, Lynn! I have signed up for the 5 day challenge!

    I think this would be a great devotional for a women’s bible study at my church. We are a very small congregation, and struggle with ideas for our ladies. Would love to spearhead this for us!

  51. Delores McPherson says:

    I would love to have my friend Darla Faulkner join me in this journey

  52. I would love for my two closest friends to do this study with me. Kim and Carrie. Carrie is in transition because she is out of work but feeling the Lord lead her into a brand new area that reconnects her with some deep routed passions. She needs confidence to step into where the Lord is leading.
    Kim is walking through a cancer diagnosis of her husband and desperately needs to trust the Lord daily among very real struggles and fears. Praying for confidence in Christ for her that he is trustworthy.

  53. Maribel Miranda says:

    I would love for my friend Karen Leonard to join this journey with me!!!! 🙂

  54. Cheryl Louis says:

    I would have my daughters and daughters-in-laws go through the Bible study with me. Four are in their 20’s and one is 14 and I believe young ladies of all ages struggle with confidence. This is a great topic for a Bible study!

  55. Pamela Geren says:

    The timing of this for me and someone I’m thinking about is priceless & perfect. I signed up with my email address. How do we share with another person? By signing them up too or in hear comments? Thank you-looking forward to Oct 30th!

  56. Britt Felix says:

    I would LOVE to see my BFF Kristen grow in her confidence in Christ. And I could use a little help myself 🙂

  57. joanna Kearns says:

    It would be a god send to win we have been through soo much for years trials suffering and hurricane irma please help us out for once god ! and I am still in a very challenging situation still now with the lord it would be a god send to win !

  58. joanna Kearns says:

    the person I would like to join me on this journey is my friend Anita Penna

  59. I would want to share it with my colleague Z. She is in her late 30s now and several times in the last couple of months she has shared with me how absolutely disappointed she is with how her life turned out (professional, but more so personal). She often feels depressed about it and demotivated. I want to encourage her in some way, and find a way for her to see God and His love in the midst of this ‘dark scenario’.
    I also have been going through some hard seasons in my work and personal life in the last 5-7years which has left me even afraid to dare to hope for a ”happy resolution of the circumstances’. Every time I try to be sincerely hopeful something else ”bursts” which makes me think ”but of course. how silly was it of me to hope that it would turn out differently this time”, but I also don’t want to turn into a bitter/depressed person myself.

  60. My dear friend Lynn M comes to mind to share this with. We’ve been friends since our junior high days, and as I’m now a grandmother that’s a long time. 🙂 Not sure how I’d approach her about it, but I’d love to share it with her. Winning it would, if nothing else, force me to figure out the approach, right!?

  61. I am so looking forward to the 5 days! Anxiety and confidence has always been a struggle for me. I would love to have my BFF, Rosemary do this along side me.

  62. Missy Langford says:

    How exciting! I’m signed up and I’d love to do this with my best friend LouAnn.

  63. Bernadette Webb says:

    Dear Lynn,
    I am not sure what to write, I just have the need to do so. Everything around me in caving in. I have been reading about different ministries and how they could help me and my question would be if I get help, how am I to help others when I can’t stop crying and stop being angry because of what has transpired in my life. I don’t take without giving in return. I want to become a better person and I am reaching out to God, praying, or maybe just having a conversation with God. I think having a conversation with God is where I start, or is it? What do I do? Maybe getting confidence would help?

    • Lynn Cowell says:

      Bernadette – healing is a process. For some that process is not quick. The key, though, is to make progress. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’ll go forward and then sometimes you may fall back. Just keep making progress. Get back up again. Interacting every day with the Holy Spirit is the key. The more we spend time with Him, the more we will see our hearts healed and our lives changed. Yes … conversations are the start. It’s not really any more complicated than that. We interact with our cell phones…let’s make it a goal to interact with Christ more than our phones!

      • Bernadette Webb says:

        Thank you for your encouraging words. I am looking forward and not behind to making my relationship with Christ.

  64. Thank you for the message today. I will share this with my friend.

  65. Ellen Nolan says:

    I signed up and am so excited! I’m going to share with my sister to sign up too! I’m going through a really challenging time but I’m praising my Lord and thanking Him for all He’s done for me.

  66. Shelley Slagle says:

    I would like my sisters, mother and niece to join me in this study. im going to share this link with them!!!thank you for teaching about a topic that has impacted myself and my family for years!

    • Lynn Cowell says:

      Thank you so much for sharing, Shelley. I am excited to share some incredible treasures and truths about confidence that I’m discovering in God’s word.

  67. Sharayah Arnold says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! I would love to use this study with my friend Liz.

  68. Darlene Seifert says:

    My sister Virginia and I both need to get our confidence turned up a notch. I would share this with her, she’s also my best friend. Thank you so much for speaking on this.

  69. Hannah Taylor says:

    WoW! Unshakeable Confidence, that is exactly what I need! I’m a public school teacher, shining
    God’s light and life daily is tough in today’s world. I have some teacher friends that could for sure use this confidence in Çhrist builder as well. It would make all the difference! Thank you for taking the time to pen words of encouragement.

    • kimstewart says:

      Hi Hannah, you won the Make Your Move giveaway! Please check your email for more information. Enjoy!
      Kim Stewart,
      Lynn Cowell Ministry Team

  70. Thank you for the chance to win! I would like to study with my sister.

  71. I wouldn’t love to have my niece join me!

  72. Martha Swenson says:

    Too often I’ve let satan & his ‘what ifs’ defeat me!! I am working on shutting him out & focusing on GOD’S Grace!! Thanks for sharing!!

  73. I would love to do this study with my friend Carole.

  74. Holly Robertson says:

    I would love to have my sister do this with me. We are at a weird place in our lives. Both empty nesters (me for a few years, her just this year), and our beloved mom passed away this year. We recognize that we both have alot to be grateful for, but we would both like to move into this next phase WITH CONFIDENCE-that we are doing the right thing and to have the confidence to do it well. Thank you!

  75. I would love to share with my daughter. She has been through a lot in life and is turning into an amazing young woman who trust God.

  76. Thank you so much for doing this giveaway.This study is very much needed for so many of us women. !! The one person I would like to see become more confident would have to be my very strong willed wise beyond her teenage years daughter who is about to turn 18 and go on her very first mission trip. Shannon Hoopaugh.

  77. I am sharing this with my 3 daughters. Having grown up with an alcoholic father, they each have areas in their life that a growing confidence in their relationship with Christ would help.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  78. Cari Adams says:

    This is such an important topic. I’d like to do the Bible study and gain confidence as well as learn how to listen to God and act out his wisdom in my life.

  79. Julia Smith says:

    I need all the help I can get! There are several women I know who will greatly benefit from this study.

  80. Cathy Dresen says:

    I’d love to do this with my daughter!

  81. I really need this in my life right now…recently, my husband confessed having cheated on me about 10 years ago. I am so lost and confused…I feel like I no longer know who I am. Was everything in my life a lie? What was actually real? What did I do wrong? We have 3 beautiful children and went to church together every Sunday…yet somehow I couldn’t keep my marriage together! I suspected something at the time; but thought, “No! My husband is a good Christian who adores me. I’m being paranoid.” Now I spend day after day wondering what I should have done differently. I am defeated. I have no faith in myself. And I feel so far away from my God and His comfort.

    Thank you for listening.

    • Lynn Cowell says:

      Oh Allison, my heart breaks for you. Your husband’s actions were his choice and are not a reflection of the beautiful, God-inspired woman that you are. The confidence we gain in Christ is not built on someone, some place or something. On Him alone. I know He has completed healing and confidence restoration for you!

      • Thank you, Lynn…I have to remind myself to look inward and upward to find my strength. I realize now that a lot of the reason I feel so lost is because I’ve built my life around a person (my husband). And not that he’s not worthy of love or our relationship didn’t need dedication; but I was too focused on “worldly things.” Even now I’m turning to him (my husband) for explanations instead of turning to HIM for strength.

        “Greater is He than is in me, than he that in the world.”

        Thank you for your comfort and prayers…God Bless!

  82. Tammy Terry says:

    I would love for my cousin Ashlee to go thru this with me as we both have a lack if confidence at times.

  83. I need to do this study! I would like to do it with my aunt.

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