I am so excited to share with you today a book that I have been reading: A Confident Heart by my friend Renee Swope. I’m twice as excited because today I’m giving away a free copy to one of you. Tuesday, a few of us from Proverbs 31 got together to work on editing devotions, so I took it with me and had Renee sign it and put a special verse in it too!
When Renee first described this book to me it felt like her and I were a hand and glove. So much of our messages are similiar: true confidence and secure self-esteem are found when we are rooted and established in Him. The difference – her book is for women as I focus in “His Revolutionary Love” on teen girls.
My favorite passage of A Confident Heart was on page 173 – Sometimes I Have to Boss My Heart Around. Renee describes a time during what she calls her year of “impossible”. Everything and anything was going wrong. Not just small things, but large, life changing things. Renee recognized that her heart was trying to make it’s way down to the “pit of discouragement” when in fact it should have been enjoying spring break with her family. That is when she decided to “boss her heart around”. Renee began to preach to herself: no matter what, GOD IS GOOD. She says, “I bossed my heart with God’s truth and pulled her away from the pit by telling her to “forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2). Then I walked my heart down memory lane, reminding her of the One who:
Forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
(Psalm 103: 3 – 5)
Friends, as we learn to be wise women and boss our hearts around, just think of how we can empower our children by teaching them to do the same. We can teach our children that they do not have to be victims to what their feelings or minds tell them; they can bring direction to their hearts. They can choose to remember that God is good and faithful and direct their heart toward thankfulness and joy.
Sometimes when I share with my girls to look to the good, they don’t want to. They don’t want to shift their emotions and you know what, often, I don’t either! It takes energy and discipline. But we can model the joy and blessings that come when we do turn our thoughts and emotions around and head back to the truth.
When you struggle, tell your kids and show them how you bring your thoughts captive by speaking to ourselves the truth of God’s word instead of listening to the words of an upset heart.
Renee’s book is packed with so many good truths, my friend! I hope you will choose to invest in your heart by getting A Confident Heart for yourself!
For the chance to win a copy and a copy of the September issue of Proverbs 31 Magazine with Renee’s story, please share when you find you most need to boss your heart around by just clicking on “comments” below. Please be sure to leave me your email so I can let you know if you have won.