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Welcome to The 7-day Doubt Diet

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 1: Don't Throw Away Your Confidence
Taken in part from Chapter 1 and 6

Food for thought: So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36, (NIV)

One night I was cleaning the kitchen and threw away this little rubber thingy that was on our counter top. Suddenly I realized it was the power button for our TV remote control. As I dug through the trash to find it, I regretted how quickly I’d thrown it away. Then, as I reached to pull it out, I sensed God showing me that’s how easily I throw away my confidence—without even recognizing it.

It’s usually very subtle. Sometimes I’ll be thinking about something I want to do or sense God calling me to, and a feeling of uncertainty comes over me and whispers to my heart: You can’t do that. You’re not good enough. Out of the blue, I’ll just get that awful, insecure feeling.

Too many times I've gone along with it, tossing my confidence into the trash without even thinking about it.

For the longest time, I didn’t tell anyone about my lack of confidence because I figured if I told them all the reasons I doubted myself, they’d see my flaws and agree with me. Honestly, I was convinced I was the only one who struggled with doubt.

However, I didn’t call it doubt. Maybe you don’t either. Sometimes I called it worry—worry that I was going to disappoint someone, worry that I might make a mistake and get criticized for it, worry that I might start something but not be able to finish.

Other times I’d call it fear—fear that I wouldn’t measure up, fear that I’d look stupid, fear that I’d look prideful thinking I could do something special for God. What I’ve realized over the past several years is that these feelings may end up as fear or worry, but their source is self-doubt.

Looking back, I see a pattern in my thinking that led to the pattern of my doubting.

As a child I thought I wasn’t worth keeping. My insecurity kept me from riding amusement park rides, because I doubted my dad would wait for me. In school, I doubted I was smart enough and avoided some great opportunities because they came with the risk of failure. As a young bride, I doubted my husband’s faithfulness, although he gave me no reason to fear. Our newlywed memories include a lot of arguments about trust.

What about you? Do you ever agree with the whispers of doubt and throw away confidence that should be yours as a child of God? Are you tired of questioning whether you have what it takes to become the woman you want to be, or the woman God is calling you to be?

The first step to living with a confident heart is for us to recognize the power we give to self-doubt, then stand up to it and claim the confidence that is ours through Christ. That is what we’ll be doing for the next seven days as we learn to live in the security of God’s promises in our everyday lives.

To get started, let’s ask God to show us when we throw away our confidence this week, and help us throw off the weight of our insecurities instead.

Lord, I want to become a woman with a confident heart in Christ. Show me how to recognize when I’m tempted to throw away my confidence. And please help me throw away my insecurity instead. I want the reward of persevering in Your truth so that when I have done Your will, I will receive what You have promised. I don’t want to be a woman who shrinks back and is destroyed but one who believes and is saved. When doubt or insecurity tells me I can’t do something, I will remember that all things are possible to her who believes. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (See Hebrews 10:35–36, 39; Mark 9:23)

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Renee Swope’s passion is to lead women to live confidently in Christ. Through Biblical teaching, personal stories and powerful life applications, she shows us how to rely on - and live in - the power of God’s promises in our everyday lives. For more information about Renee and her ministry visit


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EJOY-EVELYN 11/18/2012 9:23AM

    Such great wisdom. This is a prayer I can use as I consistently doubt myself. Love the hummingbirds.

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GRANDMABABA 11/17/2012 11:49PM

    Photos are beautiful, message so true. Thank you.

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NELLIEC 11/17/2012 3:20PM

    I was very shy when I was young since I doubted that I would be able to think of what to say. God helped me to get over that!

Beautiful hummingbird pictures!

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AVANELL 11/17/2012 11:00AM

    Very good blog! Thank you for sharing it!

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MARYBETH4884 11/17/2012 10:50AM

    i never thought of worry and fear really being rooted in self doubt. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I think your right.

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JINLYNN 11/17/2012 3:58AM

    Great blog - Thanks for sharing. And the photos are beautiful!

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EDITOR 11/17/2012 2:24AM

    Good to see you, Annabelle! Thank you for posting something people can sink their teeth into!

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CASTIRONLADY 11/16/2012 10:20PM

    What a great testamony and blog! And such beautiful pictures. Thank you for this and adding me as your friend. This is really outstanding!

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