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Why You Should Never Have Self-Confidence: Day Sixteen

  • Lori Freeland
    Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
  • 2012 Oct 23
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Dear Maddy,

Confidence is a good thing, right?

Well, yes and no. It depends where you pin your confidence. Other people will always let you down. They can't help it--they aren't perfect, they're human. And so are you.

When you put your faith in others, you are setting yourself up for heartache. When you put faith in yourself, you are missing out on real strength. So where do you turn for strength that will lift you up in the worst of times?

What if instead of believing in yourself, you carried your self-esteem to God and left your fragile feelings in His hands? What if you realized right now at age eleven that everything good in you comes from Him? And the work He began in you, He has promised to finish?

Doesn't that take the pressure off? It's okay if people let you down. It's okay if you let yourself down. Because God's holding you in the palm of His hand and He won't ever drop you. He can't. Failure is not in His nature.

Check out these verses and let's see what God says.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Matthew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Deuteronomy 3:24
“O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?

Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, I pray these verses over Maddy. Your Word brings power. I know that You have a purpose for Maddy and what You are working out, nothing can stop. Even when she feels like her life is impossible, You've assured her she can do all things  under Your strengthen. Thank You for the mighty things You will continue to work in Maddy.

The campaign starts here: Take a Spin Down Intercession Avenue

Prayer Moves Mountains: Day One

Look to the Hills: Day Two

You Must Ask: Day Three

Take Captive Every Thought: Day Four

You Are Not Alone: Day Five

Quit Looking at the Old: Day Six

Revisit Your Blessings: Day Seven 

What Does God Have For You? Day Eight

The Greatness of our God: Day Nine

A New Spin on Purity: Day Ten

You are Not Invisible: Day Eleven

Go After the Best Blessings: Day Twelve

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Day Thirteen

Little Girl, You are Beautiful. Always! Day Fourteen