The main reason for this post is that I just started an online bible study for the book, A Confident Heart by Renee Swope & it is being hosted by Melissa Taylor of Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Our assignment for this week was to read chapter 1 & answer the reflection questions at the end. So, for this 1st post, I just wanted to briefly share what I learned from this 1st chapter.
Renee describes how she was wrestling with self doubt regarding an event that she was going to be speaking a the next day as she was putting on her mascara in the bathroom. She also talks about how this wasn't the first time she's struggled with self doubt & described several incidents that happened when she was younger.
She then stated that as she turned around in the bathroom to put away her mascara in her makeup bag, she noticed a huge 9 foot shadow that was so much bigger than her 5 foot 2 inch frame. Then as she bent down to put her mascara in the bag, she sensed God whispering to her heart, You can only see the shadow because you have turned away from the light. Turn back toward the light (page 22). As she stood up & turned back toward the light above the mirror she realized that she was no longer standing in the shadow. She says that was the day she discovered the shadow of her doubts.
The rest of this chapter goes on to talk about what it's like when we decide to listen to doubt's whispers.
I really like this quote on page 22
Self-doubt blocks the promise of God's power and truth to change us from the inside out so that we can live with a confident heart.She goes on to tell us that it's not supposed to be this way & that
God doesn't want us stuck in a cycle of fear or living in the shadows of doubt. (page 23)So, the 1st thing we'll do in this study is the "spend time digging deep in the heart & character of God so we ccan learn to depend on His heart for us" Then "we'll identifly the triggers of our self doubt and the destrictive effects they have on our lives & relationships." (page 24)
It's not too late to join in this online study. We are currently doing one chapter a week, so you can jump in at anytime. All you need is the book, which you can purchase online or any major retailer & a computer. If you click on the word "assignment" above, it will take you to Melissa's website & the 1st weeks assignment post. You can also comment on her post to let her know you are joining in. I know she'll be happy to have you join us. :)