Getting A Grip {and A Confident Heart Giveaway}

Getting A Grip {and A Confident Heart Giveaway}

Hi Friends,

If you’re stopping by, after reading my devotional from Proverbs 31 – Encouragement for Day, let me say “Welcome!” I am so glad you’re here and I’ve been praying for you!

In my devotional, I shared a story about my first skiing trip to the mountains with my husband. I guess you could say I had some preconceived notions about that vacation and things didn’t quite work out the way I had planned.

Life can sometimes be like that. I don’t know about you but I’m a big dreamer. I can conjure up all sorts of grandiose ideas of how my life should be. Then, when things don’t work out the way I’d planned – which happens more times than not – I can sometimes become a little discouraged. Okay, maybe even a LOT discouraged.

Does that ever happen to you? If so, it sure can take the wind out of your sails, right?

In fact, you might be dealing with some really tough circumstances right now. A situation that is way more challenging than learning how to ski down a mountain. Maybe this season of your life hasn’t turned out the way you planned. Or, situations beyond your control have left your feeling a little weary, discouraged, or even full of anxiety.

I’ve been there. The place that feels so lonely and even unbearable at times. Wresting with struggles that seem unfair. Situations that cause me to ask those messy questions, “Why Lord…”

Can I share something with you? No matter how difficult life may be right now, you are not alone. You are not out of God’s reach nor are you hidden from His sight. Your prayers and cries for help are not silenced from His ear. God sees you right where you are. He hears your prayers. He loves you and He is right there to catch if you start to fall.

How can I say this with such confidence? Because God has made promises to you and to me in His Word. Promises that He will never break or take away. Promises like…

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)

“Do not be afraid,  for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8 (NIV) 

“The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.” Psalm 121: 7-8 (NLT)

“The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 (NLT)

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I’ve given you just a few verses and I pray they will encourage you today. But, I want to do more. I want to give away a book that is filled with God’s promises. It’s A Confident Heart Devotional, written by my dear friend, Renee Swope. This book is packed with encouraging stories and Biblical truths that will give you joy, peace, and hope for your future. Promises that will help you face today’s struggles with what Renee calls “God Confidence”.

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Renee signed this book so it’s extra special and someone is going to win it. That someone could be you!

All you have to do is leave a comment below and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing.

If you’ve never left a comment before and you’re not sure what to write, below are a couple questions to get you started.  Feel free to answer either one or both if you’d like. Or, just share from your heart and leave a prayer request. It would be an honor to pray for you and your family today.

Today’s Questions:

What situation are you facing today that’s causing you to feel weary, discouraged, or anxious? 

Share a favorite Scripture verse that reminds you of God’s faithfulness when your life becomes unsteady.

Leah

Comments

  1. Rebecca Huddle :

    Psalm 46:10 Be Still and Know I am God.
    This verse popped in my mind while going through the collapse of my marriage of 18 yrs.
    It is amazing how it comforted me then and now as my life has taken so many sharp curves.
    I am grateful for the listing of others verses here which also enrich my spirit. Without listing my trials here in the face of others very serious situations, I find myself praising God for what he has bestowed on me.
    Thank you for providing this outler centered on this theme. God Bless you ☝

  2. I’m 36 years old twice divorced. I have one daughter who got pregnant very young who lives with me at the moment. The balance between being grandma and mom is sometimes stressful. My daughter hasnt yet grown into her mommyhood so to say. Actually she hasnt missed a teenage step and I have been the primary caregiver to my beautiful and smart grand daughter. I also have a son whom I have been alienated from as a result of his sister the “sinner” because he has been brainwashed to believe his sister, myself and the baby are working for the devil. Keep in mind the man doing the brainwashing is a recovering meth addict and alcoholic. I have full physical custody of my son but have been unable to locate him. My parents are old beyond their years of only 55 and 60 but they both have terminal illnesses. And then today I found out that my only sibling who has a 2 month old little girl was just diagnoised with advanced prostate and bladder cancer. I feel so completely alone and I fear that Im going to be the old lady who sits in her wheel chair with her baby doll. Spending my final days alone watch out the bay widows at the entrance to the nursing home waiting for my kids and grandkids to visit me but they never do. I havent accomplished anything my other than being a mom and grandma. Im dont have a legacy to follow or to pass down. Im just the quiet girl next door just a plain jane. Growing up my mom often forgot to be a mom spending her days lost in her own grief for the twins she lost before my conception. I feel like I have spent my life searching for someone to love me all of me. I love my kids and my grandbaby unconditionally and I will continue to do so through all lifes ups and down. Where do I go from here.

  3. Kimberly Cleary :

    Philippians 4:7 promises to give us Gods peace which surpasses all understanding and it does! I have to remind myself of that sometimes when I start to doubt. Right now is one of those times
    Please pray for my Fiance Vidal that he will find that full time job and we can still get married this year. Thank you and God bless you. Kimberly

    • Kimberly, sometimes life’s tough circumstances can cause us to doubt. I’m so glad we have God cheering us on every step of the way. I love this verse below and hope it encourages you today. I’m praying for your fiancé, asking God to provide a job that will be a perfect fit for him. Congratulations on your engagement!

      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

  4. Started the book a confident heart two days ago from a post on fb…Amazing how God knew I needed to read A Confident Heart when I didn’t!

  5. Sherri Culbreth :

    Love,
    Sherri

  6. Sherri Culbreth :

    Hi Leah!
    Thank you for such a rich devotion. It really spoke to my heart.
    Loneliness is a feeling I am wrestling with.
    I find comfort in
    Proverbs 8:17
    I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
    I’m praying for you today, Leah.
    Love, Sherri

  7. I am really struggling. My neighbor (in his 90s) is now on hospice and not doing well. I am fighting something so can’t go see him and his dear wife. Sad for them and also the memories it brings back having lost my dad’s parents (95 & 07) as well as my mom’s parents and step dad (all in 12).

  8. Audrey Wolmarans :

    I very recently got a phone call from a hospital, 1500 km away from where we live. They asked if we knew a certain person, who indeed, was my son. They said to come immediately as he was critical and they were transferring him to a hospital with ventilators, as he was not breathing. Pray, she said, that he makes this trip. A bigger shock …. he had taken a drug overdose! Shock and fear wanted to overtake my being, but God is ever faithful in every circumstance. His Spirit reminded me … “it is well with my soul”. With that knowing, love and knowledge every fear and insecurity was banished. Today just 5 days later, he was discharged. A long road ahead, yes, but I know it will be well with my soul.

    • Audrey, it must have been terrifying to receive that call about your son. I’m so sorry to hear about his drug overdose but I’m grateful God spared his life. I’m praying for your family today and have chosen the below verse to claim with your son in mind. Sweet Blessings, Leah

      Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.Lead me by your truth and teach me,for you are the God who saves me.All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
      which you have shown from long ages past.Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,for you are merciful, O Lord. Psalm 25:4-7

  9. Leah, This morning I opened up to a friend that I was feeling incredible anxiety and felt “unglued” most of the time. She sent me your devotional for today and I felt immediate relief from that lump in my throat. The situation causing me the anxiety and discouragement is related to my 21 year old son who I adopted as a single mom. He lives at home but makes choices that leave me wondering how long I can continue to support him. Please pray that I gain the understanding of the difference between enabling and loving him like Jesus. Is has always been my world…but my world feels like it is crumbling. So blessed to have signed up for your emails. Thank you! Kerry

  10. Thank you, Leah, for your words of comfort and hope. I am in the process of filing a medical claim for an illness I had aboard a cruise my husband and I were just on in Dec. I had an attack of gastritis and had to cancel an excursion and see the ship’s doctor. So right now I am in the process of calling insurance companies to see about getting reimbursed for the charges incurred on board the ship. So this email couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!! It is truly amazing how Our Lord knows when we need His help and today He sent you to me!!! For this I give deep and grateful thanks and I know in my heart that this situation will be handled by the Lord and all is already whole, perfect and complete.
    May you and yours have a blessed day!
    Most Sincerely and with Much Love,
    Jan

  11. Crystal Hixson :

    I have survived a bone marrow transplant because of Multiple Myeloma. I am just finishing up with treatments due to breast cancer. Now they are questioning whether I have lung cancer. My fears thst I thought I had under control are actually growing. Please pray for me.

    • Crystal, I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles with Multiple Myeloma and breast cancer. My dad has had several bone marrow transplants so I know they is extremely painful. I am praying Psalm 103:2-3 for you today – asking God to restore you to complete health. I pray that He will calm your fears and provide all that you need to become cancer free. Blessings, Leah

      Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3

  12. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse speaks volumes to me. The Lord, MY LORD, has plans for me. And…these plans are not just any old plans. These plans will bring hope and another tomorrow!

    Praise God!

  13. I am about to embark on a great new journey. I’m a college senior, and in a little over a week, I will leave my small town and move to New York City to begin an internship with Seventeen Magazine. My excitement for the job couldn’t be greater! I know that God has placed me here for a reason, and for that I am thankful. But lately I’ve found myself worrying about the actual *move*–going to a BIG, busy place where I know only a handful of people. My anxiety is silly (this I know!), but I need the extra encouragement to push forward in God’s strength. Nehemiah 8:10b (NLT) has given me a great sense of happiness throughout this time of worry. It says, “This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” With him, all things are possible–even overcoming this anxiety!

  14. Last March, I started my journey back to my Savior’s side. I had turned my back on Him after a miscarriage in 2002 & I’d convinced myself that He didn’t truly love me. I convinced myself of a lot of things, actually. My mom bought me a ticket to a Women’s Retreat in March, & one of the breakout groups was about miscarriage. I struggled, wrestled, & finally tearfully sat through the testimony of an amazing woman of God who had suffered not one, but 6 precious losses. I am still on my journey, but now I’m holding my Father’s hand as I walk.

    • Jessica, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your little one. I’m praying for you today – asking God to mend any remaining broken places in your heart as you continue to heal. Just like that sweet mom of 6 babies, you too will one day love on your little one in heaven. Only this time you won’t have to say good-bye. You will be with him/her for eternity. Blessings, Leah

  15. Initially I was not going to leave a comment to enter this contest because I was thinking “A Confident heart” its something I don’t have everyday, but then I remembered whose I am and my 2014 Life Verse which WILl get me through:

    Phil 4:13
    I can do all this through Him who gives me strength! HA!!!!! Yes indeed hear me roar into 2014 like a lion sisters.

  16. thank you for the encouraging word…..God is good!! I stumbled upon this post, Gods timing is always right and good. I am asking for prayer for getting a home of my own for my younger daughter and I, we are living with my oldest daughter due to some circumstances. trusting God for our own home again. Thank you for prayers of agreement. Psalm 91 is favorite passage as well as Deut. 31:6…….He will never leave me nor forsake me. have a blessed day and thanks for the post and give away.

  17. I’ve been looking for a full-time job for 5 1/2 years. Gods providing thru several p/t jobs (work twice as much for 1/2 the pay of previous f/t job). Clinging to Jeremiah 29:11.

  18. Mercy Arellano Gonzales :

    Needed to read this. Life has been knocking me down even before I have a chance to get back up.

  19. Hi, Leah. You hit the nail on the head for me when you talked about setting yourself up for failure by anticipating the way things will go, but when they don’t we are totally devastated! Thank you for the reminder that God is in control, and when things don’t go the way we plan, we need to remember that He is sending something better, in His time! Please pray that my family is able to get back on track from Christmas break, and that our routine is easily remembered! This can be a difficult week! Thank you!

  20. Kimberly holen :

    Oh how i need this…2 failed back surgeries, 7 kids and loss of my professional career. Hope and faith is all I have.

  21. Angela McCall :

    Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God

  22. Trusting God day by day as I thank Him for all He has done for me.

  23. I struggle with self confidence. I am an anxious person yet I am an ICU nurse of less than 2 yrs who returned to school at 40 yrs old. Go figure. But I felt led by God to pursue this major life change so I push on and pray for peace. I get very discouraged and allow others at work to make me feel “less than intelligent”. I am weary from the constant battle. Phil 4:13 keeps me going. I pray for continued strength.

  24. Trusting in the Lord is hard during the midst of the storms. I need to continue to pray so that I’m not doing it on my own!

  25. Love reading devotional and uplifting books that God has spoke through others!

  26. My husband has been having an affair with a married wife for almost a year, before Christmas he said its over between them and just Friday the woman came to see my husband whiles I was at work, she brought him three pairs of men’s shoes and my husband accepted it. I even know what to do now, my husband keeps on betraying me, what should I do

  27. First time reader here

  28. Kolette mclelland :

    After 15 years of marriage & steady faith in God; my world was rocked by foundational biblical belief of ‘husband & wife’! I’ve fought for equality in many situations throughout my life; however I’ve just been humbled by God’s grace & mercy towards me when the enemy try’s to come steal & destroy His word in my soul! I’m leaning on Him for answers to our worlds questions about marriage & NOT on my own understanding or the worlds standards of ‘beliefs’!

  29. I’ve been challenged w fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression. I’ve been off work for just about one year. My dad has been failing. With little support from my sibling I coordinated his move to assisted living. This past month he was hospitalized twice.
    I have a great deal of anxiety, worry, fatigue, question my future, etc.

  30. Trista Clarke :

    I am a mommy of an almost 3 year old little girl who is returning to full time work status this week. After being off work for a year with my little girl I am finding it truest difficult to have my heart in the right place about returning to work. But I know I am doing what I need to do to help my family. Even if it’s not where I want to be it’s where God has placed me and I need to focus on what I am meant to do with these circumstances. I have been eyeing Renee’s devotional for weeks now! Hopefully I will win a copy I would love to have it to encourage me in the weeks to come.

  31. My son is an alcoholic and is going thru a battle with his ex to be able to see his son. He hasn’t seen his son for almost two months. He didn’t see him for thanksgiving or Christmas or new years. And now his birthday is this week and he won’t see him then either. He also has not been able to talk with his son for the past week. Please pray that he will have the strength to get thru these trials and get the durection and help he needs to get his life back on track and overcome his disease. And pray that he will be able to talk to his son soon and see him.

  32. The Lord God is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation- Isaiah 12:2

  33. My heart is breaking tonight. A dear friend/neighbor is in her 4th battle with cancer. She is suffering. She has been with me in my darkest hours after I lost my 28 year old son in 2008. I cannot bear the thought of losing her. Please help me pray for “L”

  34. I love reading these words of encouragement. For the past several yrs., I have had several back fusions & other serious illness. God has been faithful. I’m down right now in another illness. The words He spoke that He will make a way & that He has plans to bless & not harm, ring in my ears. My strength is sufficient in weakness. I know this in my head & heart, bit am weary. This book sounds perfect to be reminded over & over of His promises. Thanks for your encouragement.

  35. In buffalo New York. First blizzard warning/watch since 1993. Very dangerous outside and many warming shelters being opened for those that do not have shelter. Keep in your prayers please. Tomorrow, if I heard correctly, is going to be a windchill of 4o below!

  36. Karis Hiebert :

    Philippians 4:6-7
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  37. I have enjoyed reading the words of encouragement and your blog from today. A verse that keeps coming to me is is. 46:10 “Be STILL and know that I am God”. It’s in the quiet that we can hear God’s still quiet voice. I am still struggling to find stillness and meditate on God to hear his voice in my life and current devastating circumstances, but I am reminded that God is near – He will never leave or forsake me.

  38. Anne Alexander :

    Husbands overseas deployment. Daughter and grandaughters financial struggles, and my own health problems.
    My grace is suffiecent for you, for when I am weak, then I am strong.
    Thank you for this chance to win the devotional book.

  39. Leah –
    I have been blessed by the posts that come across my newsfeed. My life is currently a 3-ring nightmare and has been that way for three years. My marriage died three years ago but my husband decided he wanted to work out our problems so he came back home. However, I have discovered his infidelity habits have not changed. My young teenage son resorted to alcohol and drugs to cope with his father’s infidelity and abandonment of our family. Our financial situation is dire because of the economy, my husband’s choices, and my son’s choices, so I am not able to leave. We have a younger daughter who is wonderful, Christian young lady. She doesn’t deserve to be in this situation. I am weary and tired of bearing the unbearable. I thought we had turned a corner in our marriage and were headed back to a good life. Just this past week, I discovered my husband is still having an online relationship with one of the previous girlfriends and that they have met on occasion since September. I can’t afford an attorney. I can’t afford for my children and me to leave, or stay in our house without him. I am facing so many I can’ts. Please pray for strength and deliverance from the enormous burdens I am carrying. I just want to do what God’s plan is for me. If this is a test I would like to get through it and on to better times. I am approaching hopeless, and that is not like me. Please pray for my situation and family.

  40. Not able to see two of our grandchildren. It has been hard going through Thanksgiving, and Christmas without seeing them. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

  41. kathy shawver :

    I came back to God a little over a year ago–my husband has little if any interest in the things of God and this makes me a spiritual widow so to speak. Also the need for a job that causes less stress on my me and my marriage coupled with the almost impossible task of job hunting when I never know from one day to the next what my schedule will be. Im exhausted all the time, my blood pressure is damgerously high and Im emptionally wrung out. I NEED GOD TO FIX THIS before it ruins my health and threatens my marriage further.

  42. Lori DeFelice :

    There seem to be so many circumstances in my life today that have me filled with anxiety, worry and feeling unworthy. I am 51 years old and never thought I would be where I am, dealing with whether to leave my beautiful
    but alcoholic husband of 27 years due to continual emotional abuse that has broken me down, issues with two of my three daughters, 20 and 18, financial worries as my husband was out of work for four years, thank God now working, and helping to take care of my beautiful brother who has a rare and cruel form of ALS and lives across the street with my Mom who is an amazing human being who gave up her to life to care for him for the past twenty years but is now 76 and having health issues, working almost full time and just have no joy or energy left. I am a fixer…trying to fix everyone, but knowing I am not in control and need to give things to God. I do but then pick them right back up. I was a part of Tracie Mills Stressed Less Living study but even failed at that. I also suffer greatly from panic disorder and anxiety attacks, which are debilitating. I feel guilty for sharing this, seems like I am filled with complaints when I am truly blessed in many ways but I just can’t seem to shake the stress and depression, which are making me physically and spiritually ill. I read my Proverbs 31 devotionals each day, try and read scripture and pray constantly. One of my favorite scriptures I say over and over is Isaiah 41:10 “Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will help you and strengthen you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” I thank you for listening. God Bless you for all you do for others.

  43. My finances are almost always what cause me to feel anxious and weary, especially after the holidays when we are trying to play catch up. Supporting 6 children on 2 blue collar incomes is not easy. I am in school to get a degree in nursing, but working full time while going to school and trying to be a good mom adds to my stress. Some verses that help me let go of my worries about money are Jeremiah 29:11 and 2 Corinthians 12:9. I hear them when I am feeling down and I know God gave me that word when I need to hear it most.

  44. Trust in all circumstances

  45. 1) the path I am currently traveling – life after loss. Our son arrived in the arms of Jesus 2 weeks and 3 days ago. Perfect, whole, no pain. We have dealt with the loss of children in 1st and 2nd trimester, but never at 7 months. Life seems overwhelming and the ache of a mothers heart and tje grief of my 2 girls is at times more than I can bear alone.
    Verse that comes to mind
    “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I”
    Passage — when Jesus’ heart was broken with Mary and Martha over the death of their beloved brother.

  46. We are in a tough season after 24 years of marriage. We need prayer! We are both saved treasure our time and relationship with God. I am a stay at home wife and mother (with my kids at home attending local colleges). I had to give up my car to one of the kids for the past two years. I am home day and night (six days a week) while my husband (a teacher and high school coach) and my children who both work and attend school are gone all day and most nights. My husband is also committed to other activities at church and school beyond coaching two high school sports. He is obsessed with sports, every college football game and every major league baseball team. I have no social life, nor do we as a couple. My only human contact is going to church and doctor’s appointments. I asked this past weekend if he would give up teaching in the youth department (as I did a few years back) so we could attend a couples class together. This has been hard for me these past two years as I feel like I have become invisible. I cook, clean, have wonderful meals prepared, clean up, while all disappear to the sports on tv or leave. I have talked and shared my heart but my husband has never been one to communicate. I am hurt, lonely and feel like I am losing myself (disappearing). My scripture that I have held to after a rare cancer diagnosis 13 years ago that brought me home from the teaching profession was James 1:2-4. Consider it pure joy my brother when you face trials of many kinds, that the testing of your faith develops perseverance and perseverance must finish its work for us to be mature and complete in Him. Through all the health trials of the last 13 years I have always looked for the blessings in the trials. I am having a hard time with this trial as I had a treatment plan with my cancer. My tears and talks seem to get nowhere-therefore, I feel like I have no treatment plan here. I want my marriage and family to be complete in Christ. I want to be mature and complete in Christ!

  47. Cindy Roberson :

    I could really use this book right now. I have come to place where I recognize I need God’s healing in my heart & I struggle with low confidence & self esteem. Hopefully I will win it 🙂

  48. I enjoyed reading your blog post!
    Yes, we are all on this journey called life. Some of us are traveling closely with our King, others are on that broad road. I have walked with Jesus for over twenty years. 32 years ago, I married my college sweetheart who happened to be Jewish. I was a young not so innocent catholic girl at the time. Happily we exchanged necklaces..a cross and a Star of David. We entered our marriage united as one without the reality of a real Saviour. A few years and a few kids later, I got saved. My Jewish husband wasn’t happy about this and cheated on me with someone else for two years. After the discovery, I left with my two young sons. Yet, my husband asked me to come back. I told him he needed to remain faithful to me. He said yes and I returned. A year later after my third child was born, he accepted The Lord. He always had issues with Gods word and had a hard time believing what it had to say. We decided to homeschool the kids and added two more to our nest. Actually in that time I had five more pregnancies. My husband began to be a part of youth ministry. He seemed to be growing but we all hit a hard bump in the road when my eldest began using drugs. It was devastating to say the least. Eight years ago, my husband came to me with new news. He decided God wasn’t real anymore! Again another blow. Slowly he went back to his old life. I found he was cheating with someone from church, then work, then I didn’t know who. He came to me last year and said he needed to find his happiness. He was leaving me. Well his happiness was a young girl he had met on the internet twenty years younger. This was a bomb I thought I would never get through. It exploded through my house! My invalid elderly parents are under my roof and my 20 year old son and 18 year old daughter. Jesus is “really” now my all in all! During divorce mediation, the judge asked me what religion I was? I asked why? And he said that crumbled my marriage! Not my husbands infidelity…my faith!!! I am 54 and I’m not sure what I’ll do or where I’ll be in the coming years? I got only eight years of alimony after putting in a lifetime of teaching and training my kids and taking care of my husband. I found a verse a few days ago that I have taken as my own from Psalm 92: “even in old age I will produce fruit and remain vital and green.” I need to keep walking and stepping. It isn’t easy and sometimes my mind whirls with thoughts of bitterness. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you.

  49. Hi Leah! Just want y’all to know that I really loved your devotional and your blog today. They were a true blessing. I loved your ski story. It reminded me when I tried skiing down the Colorado Rockies. No fun. SCARY! Let me tell you. Which brings me to my verse of the day. I wish I could give you the address but I’m sorry that I can’t. But the verse goes as follows: God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power and of love and a sound mind. I sure hope I got that right. Leah I’m not writing to win Renee’s book. If I do great if not that’s OK too. In fact I’ve never won anything in my life. But I’ll tell y’all one thing though, as long as I “won” God’s heart by letting Jesus come into my heart that’s all that matters. Well Leah I also have a prayer request. Where I live it’s just straight up cold right now. Even in my apartment it’s cold. I’ve gotta goofy heater which I won’t take time out to explain but I can bundle up but my Quaker Parrot Poncho can’t. Pray that this deep freeze ends soon. Thank you. Always remember that Jesus is crazy about you and me too.

  50. I am worried about the weather and my job. I live in the Midwest where we have been hit by lots of snow and sub-zero temps. If I don’t work I don’t get paid. Also I have been “written up” for too many call ins, due to chronic depression. We do not have off street parking where I live and the snow plow plowed me in. Because of the temps it has turned to ice. I was not able to make it to work today. Office was okay with it today, she said they had had 45 call ins due to weather. But what about tomorrow? My husband works 3rd shift so he is not here to help me. I don’t want to get “written up” and I do not want to miss a paycheck. I just want to stay in bed under 3 blankets and the space heater on high. Can God melt the ice some way for tomorrow morning? Or find me a way to get to work?

  51. I’m 38 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. My oldest will be 8 on the 25th. I’m feeling very anxious about this birth. You see my daughter was born with a congenital heart defect (unknown while we were expecting her). She under went open heart surgery at 6wks of age and continues to need open heart surgeries in her life. With this pregnancy, our baby has been checked and we are confident he will be healthy but now that I could go at any moment I’m getting anxious. I’m nervous of the reaction my daughter will have that he doesn’t have a “special heart” and the unease it will bring up for her. I know that maybe hard for others to grasp but it’s been hard on her and lots of questions at the beginning of the pregnancy about the baby’s heart and why she has to be different. It’s so hard to have all the right answers for children, especially children who face life threatening illnesses. Hoping and praying everything goes perfectly.

  52. I enjoyed reading your devotional today. Psalm 23 is a big help to me when I am nervous, overwhelmed, and more.

  53. Thank you for your welcoming blog site, post and prayers. I feel so blessed to be here. Today, I was convicted when reading my daily bible reading that I often put things off that I feel the Lord wants me to do. I was already blessed by finding your tips for procrastination on your site, that was an answer to prayer. The thing on my heart that I would love prayer for is wisdom for my husband and I to manage our time, be productive and to become really transformed and confident in Christ. We do a lot of ministry and giving and I think I need to learn, grow and receive wisdom and advice from women who have been walking with the Lord longer than me. (this online blog is already one answer to this prayer). 🙂

    The two verses that I use almost daily or sometimes many times per day when things are difficult are:
    1 Thessaolonians 5:8 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”
    Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes EVERYTHING to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes”

    When I meditate on those verses, it helps me to see how I can thank Him in all things even when I thought I couldn’t, and it helps me to see things a little bit more from His perspective which takes the focus off of me. Also helps me feel super loved and know that He IS working it for my good. :o)

    Blessings to you! We are are truly blessed with His awesome promises to each of us.

  54. Love your encouraging words &His unfailing wisdom!! :).

  55. Share a favorite Scripture verse that reminds you of God’s faithfulness when your life becomes unsteady…

    A current favorite Scripture verse for me is Genesis 50:20…

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…”

    This Scripture reminds me of “blessings in disguise”. I recently had a negative situation happen to me, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After later reflecting on the incident, I saw an underlining message within, and how I felt I was meant to experience the negative, to inspire others and show how I was able to get through it. I also thought of the story of Job and asked the Lord if He was testing ME.

    I pray that the Lord continues to use me as an instrument to inspire others through adversity.

  56. Thank you for your wise words!

  57. Well… my husband is currently in jail and it has been a really interesting ride. Hopefully he will get an early release, but the situation has forced me to have to move into my parents home with my 7 month old daughter and my 3 other children (they are here part time). I have of course worried about everything from money, to where I will live…. but have been shown time and time again that the Lord is faithful. It is hard living with parents, especially with a little one, but so far it has been fairly smooth. Thankfully, my husband has grown into a very tight relationship with Jesus while in jail…. we just cant wait till he gets out!
    On of the many scriptures I have held onto during this crazy time has been Job 13:13
    ” Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. “

    • Sara, I’m so sorry to hear about the tough changes your family is going through right now. I’m praying God will bless you abundantly as you live with your parents for now. I’m sure they love having their grandchildren within a hugs reach throughout the day. I’m glad to hear that you’re husband’s relationship with the Lord has grown closer. It confirms Romans 8:28 which says:

      And we know that God causes everything {even prison} to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

      Keep your eyes on Jesus, sweet friend and stay in the Word. God will provide ~ He always does!
      Blessings,
      Leah

  58. I read the verse from Psalm 94:18-19 and I had to immediately write it down. Wonderful wonderful verse!

    The verse from Isaiah 41:10 is also one of my favorites.
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    I read all the posts before mine and prayed that God would come to all those who are in need and uphold them, heal them and comfort and provide a future like that spoken of in Jeremiah 29:11.

  59. We moved a couple years ago for my husband’s job and every since then been trying to sell our house at our former location. This is making things very difficult as having two house payments in getting very hard to keep up with.

  60. So thankful for women willing to share their story and imperfections so others can begin to look inward and upward and heal.

  61. I am starting my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and I’m a little anxious about that. I have also been trying to find a nursing job since I have received my RN license in July of 2012. God has graciously provided me with the finances I need at this moment with my old job in a daycare center.

    The verse that has kept me going has to be Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  62. Lacinda "Cindy" Legate :

    God’s calling me, who is so unqualified, into fulltime ministry!

    Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”

    Isaiah 40:31 – Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

  63. Phyllis McKinley :

    Today I face a challenging work environment and I am grateful for your reminder that God is there always

  64. Ann Marie Peterson :

    I should know it’s coming because this is not the first time but I often struggle at the first of the year recapping and reviewing the previous year. Did I accomplish all I could? What could I have done differently? Those kinds of questions. But then I bring myself back to today and tell myself the PAST IS THE PAST. I can’t change it I can only learn from it. Then give it ALL to God failures and success from the past and determine to put my hand is his and MOVE FORWARD. Great blog Leah.

    • Ann, you always have such a positive outlook on life – even with shortcomings and failures. We all fail, make mistakes, and have shortcomings. You’re mindset and positive momentum is worthy of repeating: 1. The past is the past. 2. Learn from it. 3. Give it to God. 4.Move on sista!
      No wonder why I God chose you as my mentor – You’re amazing!!
      Love,
      Leah

  65. My son is an addict. He is 43. He has been in and out of recovery over the years, but he has been using since this past fall. He is out of work and will be evicted from his home on the 15th of January. I have been praying for him and i know God has a plan for him. However, I can’t seem to get over the anxiety and sadness I am feeling about this. Thanks for your prayers.

    • Pam, I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s addition and the possible eviction from your home. I’m praying for your family today, asking God to intervene on your behalf. He will reward you for your faith and trust as you earnestly seek Him. Blessings & continued prayers, Leah

      “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

  66. Thank you for your post this morning. Before my alarm went off this morning, I was praying to God for a relief from a headache, but mostly for a little help in focusing on getting things done this week. I am a dreamer, too, and have almost allowed my dreams to ruin those “perfect” holidays or vacations. Thankfully, God has always brought me around to realizing that I was too wrapped up in “perfect.” One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV),

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    What a blessing this verse has been in my life.

  67. ROMAN’S 8:28–GOD WORKS ALL THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM

  68. Praise God for Girlfriends in God!!!! I asked Him for Girlfriends who can relate to the problems of women and He gave me the miracle of Girlfriends in God. I’m soooooooooo thankful and praise His name. I’ve been layed off after 30yrs. I no longer have finances to support me. My son finished college, has a good job; but, I never thought that he would be using his finances to pay rent and food for the house. He has loans from college to pay and other bills and its hard for him to see me at 52yrs old with nothing left after 30yrs of employment. It hurts me (tears forming) to know that my son, as beautiful as God made him, unable to go on with his life, stay with me supporting me with the little money he has. I can’t seem to find a job and i’m just stuck between a rock and a hard place not knowing what to do but to pray for God’s unfailing love and provision. He’s a miracle worker and a loving father who I believe with work all things together for our good; but, it must say, it sure gets scary sometimes!.
    Psalm 34:19- Many are the troubles of the righteous; but, the Lord delivers us out of them ALL.
    Dear God please make hast to do so. Love you all a bunch a noodles!!!!!!! SMOOCHES

    • Janet, I’m sorry to hear about your job and I’m praying for a new one today! We serve Jehovah Jireh, the LORD who provides. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. I can tell by your words that you’re concerned for your son. As he cares for you, he is storing up treasures in heaven and building a nice long life for himself. So don’t worry – you are a blessing, not a burden. Keep looking up and trust that God has great plans in store for you! Leah

      “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.Deuteronomy 5:16

  69. My youngest son entered treatment for opiate dependence and alcoholism in November. After a month of inpatient treatment, he is now in a sober living residence and just started a new job. I worry about his continued sobriety every minute of every day, but in dealing with my codependency issues I am learning to give my worries to God and I ask him daily to guide and inspire my precious boy. As a mom, it’s so hard to admit there are things I can’t fix for my children. But I know God can make the rough places smooth and I must have faith that He will do so if I ask.

    “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.” Psalm 119:114.

    • Dana, as moms we do want the very best for our children and we never stop thinking about them – whether there 2 or 32. I’m sorry to hear about you’re son’s prior addiction but it sounds like he’s making great strides. As you trust God for your son’s protection, remember he is always on God’s mind too. You can rest and stop worrying because God has your son covered. 🙂 Blessings, Leah

      How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered. I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Psalm 139:17-18

  70. Leah, thank you for your post. It is hard to remember, sometimes, that the Lord is always there for me. Especially lately. In October, I found out that the love of my life (for 11 years) and husband of 7 years has been unfaithful for a very long time. He says he no longer loves me. We are getting divorced… 🙁 In my heart, this hurts in such a physical way that it makes it hard to breath. In my head, I know that this is just another journey I must take, that will lead me where the Lord wants me. In order to remind myself that the Lord gives me the strength I need to persevere, I tattooed my favorite verse on my wrist. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    • Virginia, I’m so sorry to hear about your marriage. Thank you for being so honest about your struggles – I am praying for you today. Philippians 4:13 is one of my favorite verses too. May God hold you close, every minute of every day and remind you that you are loved, valued, beautiful, smart, and treasured by Him! Blessings, Leah

  71. When I feel overwhelmed with thoughts of my past and where I think I need to be spiritually I say “It is written that that the Lord restores my soul” From Psalm 23:3. It reminds me that He does the restoring and my eyes are to stay on him, not my circumstances.

    Thank you for your post today. I loves God’s timing. He always provides us with what we need – and I appreciate the scriptures that you shared.

  72. Virla Neithinger :

    Thank you I needed this. Having financial issues and am worth more died then alive. Havebegged God to take me home. Guess he still needs me on earth. Just tried of living from paycheck to paycheck and not making ends meet. Tired of the phone calls. I know God’s in control.

  73. Leah,
    It seems that the last 6 months of 2013 that my life crumbled. I had just gotten out of a relationship because of domestic violence, my son broke his toe, lost my job, fell and fractured my left arm, lost my car, had 2 abcess teeth on one side of my mouth, and was then evicted from my apartment. During those 6 months I had started building a relationship with God, and had finally found a church where I was able to grow spiritually. Since I had to move back with my grandparents and have no car, I haven’t been able to go since September 2013. I’ve been discouraged and have been feeling spiritually empty. I made a resolution that in the year of 2014 that I would build a closer relationship with God. One of the verses I live by right now is:
    Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.~Psalms 25:4-5

    • Mia, I’m sorry to hear all the trials you’ve been going through and I’m praying for you today. Since you don’t have transportation right now, you could maybe watch some services online. Some of the best preachers (Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Perry Noble, Steven Furtick) have all their messages available online. I think it would really encourage you by watching them. Of course, the perfect situation would be to get plugged into a local church right away, but until you’re able, maybe checkout services online. Blessings, LEah

  74. Stacy Fortenberry :

    Jeremiah 32:17 says:
    Ah, Lord God! Behold You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR YOU!
    This is a favorite verse;reminds me that this is God I serve.

  75. Leah,

    I often feel scared of life. I really appreciated your devotion and blog this am. I love all the positive verses. I often write verses down and read them to help my confidence in the Lord. It also helps me to think of them during the day. I will have plenty to add to my collection this morning!

  76. 3 weeks ago I vowed to have a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ in 2014. With this, I hope to find endless Peace. It’s been an uphill battle ever since!
    I am a dreamer too, and that it’s so unbearable when things don’t happen as I had dreamed. Raising two young children and being a full time mom, I’m exhausted everyday. However, I find my strength in my daily time with God, my devtiotionals and seeking the Holy Spirit. This morning I re-submitted my email to get the Proverbs 31 daily devotionals. I have truly been blessed by your blog today, and have found comfort in the story you’ve shared about dreamers. Is 40:30-31 reached out to me this morning.

  77. Thank you for an inspiring post this morning! God bless!
    Kimmie

  78. My mother had a severe stroke and she now lives in adult foster care. I live 4 hours away and make 2 day trips a month to see her. It is hard and I feel on an emotional rollercoaster. I have grown a lot in my faith but struggle to be strong and courageous. It is hard to stand some times. Thankful for a great God and a great husband.

    • Margaret, your story is close to my heart. I too visited my mother in a nursing home for 2 years before the LORD graciously took her to heaven. I know the emotional pain that comes with the difficult process of loving one deeply from afar. I am praying Deuteronomy 31:6 over your situation and hope this verse encourages you today. Walk in His strength, sweet friend, for He is with you!

      “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For the Lord your God will be with you. He will never fail you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

  79. My teenaged daughter is hospitalized, struggling with anorexia and depression/self-harm. We are trying to decide which course of treatment to take to get her on the right track toward recovery. Thank you for your uplifting message and scripture citations, reaching out to God for strength, wisdom, guidance and peace…

    • Lori, I’m so sorry to hear about your precious daughter. I’m praying Zephaniah 3:17 over her today and asking God to clearly show you what steps to take next. May He strengthen you with His love as your walk in faith through this painfully difficult situation. Sweet Blessings, Leah

      “The LORD your God is with you; He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you; he will quiet you with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

  80. Hi Leah,
    Thank you for such an encouraging post! I was especially drawn to all the promises you included from Scripture. This post made me think so much about my dear mother. She is in a very difficult situation taking care of my elderly grandmother. My request would be for her and my grandma. Thank you. I truly appreciate your time and generosity! Blessings to you.

    • Leigh Ellen, thank you for your encouraging words! I’m so glad you enjoyed my P31 devotional. I’m praying 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 over your mother and grandmother today. Asking God to pour out his mercy and comfort upon both of them as your mom tenderly cares for your grandmother. What a beautiful gift of love and sacrifice!

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

  81. Leah, thank you so much for your devotional this morning! One concern on my heart right now is that I’ve just taken on some additional virtual assistant work. My plate is pretty full as it is and I’m not sure how I’m going to fit everything in to my day (I also have three small children at home with me and the occasional babysitter), but this was an opportunity that I felt God was leading me to pursue. Uncertainty and shifting schedules are very difficult for me to deal with.

    • Laura, I know that feeling of having too much on my plate and not enough hours in the day. 🙂 I’m praying Psalm 37:23 over you this morning – trusting God will establish your steps and guide your direction each day, as you delight in Him. Walk in faith, sweet friend, for God will lead you on the path He’s chosen through sovereign care and great detail. He wants the best for you and your family. Blessings, Leah

  82. I feel some general uncertainty about this upcoming year, and God has led me to focus less on my own abilities and more on His ability to provide. Genesis 22:14, “Abraham the name of that place The Lord Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh), as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord, it will be provided.”

    • Julie, thank you for sharing this verse on my blog. I pray that God will continue to show Himself as your Jehovah Jireh, as you trust in Him to provide all of your needs. I’m so thankful God promises to provide ALL of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). We have nothing to fear. Blessings, Leah

  83. My husband passed on 9 months ago and God has used this to pull me closer to Him in faith and trust with his unfailing love. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 41:10

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    • Zan, thank you for sharing this beautiful Scripture verse. I believe God will use it to bring hope and encouragement to other women who visit my blog today. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I’m sure you must miss him very much. I’m thankful that God is drawing you closer and strengthening you through His Word. Blessings, Leah

    • Zan, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you must miss you husband very much. I lost both of my parents within 18 months and it was really hard. But God was there for me and I know He is there for you – guiding you every step of the way and comforting you through His words. #Isaiah41:10 Blessings, Leah

  84. Dear Leah,

    Thank you for sharing your encouraging words. I know that God is in control of my life and will be there for me no matter what. May God bless your ministry.

    Melissa

  85. One of my go to verses in the midst of uncertainty and seeming chaos is, “When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I am.” Psalm 61:2b Just a great reminder for me that I’m not in control nor do I have to be.

  86. My husband is recovering from a stroke. It has been 5 months since his accident. He is 54 years old and has a long recovery ahead. He is in rehab over an hour away from home and I struggle with wanting to be with him, continuing to work and knowing what I should do.

    • Debbie, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s stroke. I am praying for him today, asking God to strengthen his body and restore his health. May God comfort you with His presence and give you His peace as you trust Him. He is able to do above and beyond all we could ever ask or imagine! Blessings, Leah

  87. Our financial situation is making me very feel weary, discouraged, or anxious. or should I rather say the total lack of finances?That would be more acurate. Through cetain circumstances we lost my husband’s pension and at our age their is not musch we can do to make money. We do what we can and God is taking care of us day by day, but we do not know how to get out of this as we are both doing all we can and nothing seems to get us out of this situation.
    Please pray for us

    • Margriet, I am praying for you and your husband this morning. Believing God will continue to provide all of your daily needs and reward you as you earnestly seek Him. May you sense God’s presence and experience His love in ways you never thought possible. He loves you so! Blessings, Leah

  88. MY SON HAS BEEN AT THE STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL FOR THE PAST TWELVE YEARS. PLEASE PRAY THAT HE WILL BE RELEASED SOON.

    • Ruth, thank you for sharing your request with me today. I am praying for your son this morning, asking God to perform a miracle on his behalf. May God comfort you with His loving kindness as you wait on His perfect timing and sovereign plan. Blessings, Leah

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