Where Is Your Confidence?

We live in a culture of women who have misplaced confidence. We are either plagued with self-doubt on a regular basis or our confidence is placed in all the wrong things. Either end of the spectrum is detrimental to us emotionally and spiritually.

Friends, where is your confidence? Where is your hope? Where do you find your joy and contentment?

God’s Word tells us that He created the world by speaking it into being. He called it good. He created us, He calls us good and fearfully and wonderfully made. Do we trust Him and take Him at His Word? Or do we keep trying to find our confidence and our contentment in the things of this world?

Dictionary.com says that confidence is full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing. Synonyms for confidence are faith, reliance, and dependence. 

So, who or what do you believe in? Who is trustworthy? Who is reliable? Where is your faith and reliance? Who are you dependent upon?

Putting our confidence in ourselves alone is a scary place to be. But, when we confess our trust in God and God alone, our confidence will never be misplaced. He will never let us down. Our confidence and our hope is secure because He is faithful. 

Because of our loving heavenly Father we can have confidence in who He made us to be. We can know that we are His. We can know that He lovingly created us for a greater purpose than ourselves and for His glory. That knowledge should give us true confidence. 

10 Verses to Remind You of Your True Confidence

“For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5. Lord, you are my hope. You are my confidence. Help me not to place my hope in my circumstances, my material belongings or my standing here on earth. Remind me of my true and only real hope.

“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8. God, You tell us that it is better to trust You than to place our confidence in anyone else. We have found this to be true, yet sometimes, we start to hope in others. May we be reminded daily of the unfailing, never-let-us-down kind of love You offer us.

“For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26. You are my confidence, Lord, you will keep me from slipping. You will uphold me. You are my security.

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26. God, in You I have strong confidence. I have a place of refuge. The world will not offer me lasting hope or refuge. Only in You can I be truly content and confident.

“The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:17. God, You have given me the righteousness of Jesus and the fruit of that righteousness is peace., quietness and confidence. I don’t have to earn it, I don’t have to work for it, it is mine through Christ.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7. Lord, You say I am blessed when I trust You, when my confidence is in You. I choose to believe You. I choose to live fully in the purpose and calling You have placed on my life…that You created me for a greater purpose than myself and for Your glory.

“Such confidence we have through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:3-5. God, THIS is the confidence I have in You: I am not competent on my own, but in You, I have everything. 

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12. Because of Jesus, I can approach You, God, with confidence and freedom. Grow my trust in You, God. Increase my faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. Grant me this faith, oh God. May I be confident and assured of what I do not see because the unseen is the eternal, it is of You, it is my forever, lasting and true hope.

“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6. You are my helper, God, I will not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? I hope in You and You alone!

You Can Do This

“It’s time to agree with God about who He says you are.” Tricia Lott Williford from her new book You Can Do This.

If you struggle to take hold of the confidence we have through Christ, I encourage you to grab this brand new book that releases this month!

“Our culture as a whole, and often the Christian culture in particular, discourages confidence in women. Tricia Lott Williford explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith. She offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Readers of this book will think, laugh, and gain confidence to do what is set before them. They will feel hopeful, courageous, strengthened, encouraged, present, and confident. And finally, readers will be equipped to implement simple strategies to inspire contagious confidence in themselves and others.” description from Amazon

 

5 Reasons You Need a Diffuser in Your Home

My favorite way to use essential oils is in a diffuser. Or two. Grin.

I started thinking about lots of reasons WHY I love having diffusers in our home and thought I would share some of those favorite reasons with you!

I discussed these 5 reasons AND my favorite current oil combos in the diffuser in this video on Youtube. (Click this link if you’re reading this blog post in an email.)

5 Reasons Why We All Need Diffusers

Candles & Air Fresheners are Toxic – I love for my house to smell good. I’m the girl who got a new candle nearly every time I went to store. Those plug ins? Febreeze? Air fresheners? ALL TOXIC. And we light them or plug them in and breathe it in all day long. No wonder we are all sick, right?! You can make your house smell good AND do your body good by using high quality essential oils in your diffuser on a regular basis! I especially like them beside our beds at night so that we reap the benefits of the aromatherapy all night long.

Aromatherapy is real. Yes. Yes, it is. Studies show that by smelling essential oils, they enter into our body systems and begin working within minutes. And can you guess what essential oils help with the most? MOODS. Hmmm. Well now. I know we can all use some mood improvement in our homes. Grin.

Relaxation & Sleep – There are so many oils that support healthy sleep and will help you unwind at night before bed. Many people love to combine Lavender and Cedarwood in their diffusers at night. I mention my personal favorite oil for bedtime in the video!

De-germify – Yes, I think that is a word. But seriously, help support healthy immune systems in your home by using oils like Thieves and Purification in your diffuser! Smells good + keeps us well = win win!

Mental alertness – We all need a little pick me up now and then! Maybe you’re driving and you are drowsy, put in a “DIY diffuser” by placing a drop of peppermint on a cotton ball and sticking it in your car vents! Put a diffuser on your work desk with peppermint and citrus in it! It’s a great way to wake up in the middle of the day if you’re hitting a slump.

Free Diffuser

Did you know that the premium starter kit from Young Living is the only product they sell for roughly 50% off!! And purchasing the kit gets you 24% off of everything else they sell as a wholesale member!

And this kit includes a FREE DIFFUSER! Oh yeah…

Get started on your wellness journey by joining my team and the Oily Sisterhood today!!

Use my link to sign up! 

Here is a picture of what comes in the starter kit!

You receive: 11 oils, a diffuser, and lots of samples! PLUS entrance into the Oily Sisterhood led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth and all of my precious oily sisters with teaching and support, classes and videos!

 

10 Verses to Pray for your Knight in Training

“Yes, there are problems in our culture. But we do not need to be consumed with fear or fatalism. It is possible to raise boys entirely different from the cultural norm. So be a warrior, not a worrier! Be fiercely loyal and dedicated to raising your boys up.” Heather Haupt from Knights in Training

When we are tempted to fear the world that our children are growing up in, let us remind our hearts that God is bigger than any problem we (or our kids!) will ever face! And let us be more prayerful than fearful.

10 Verses to Pray for your Knight in Training

Let us be prayer warrior mamas for our knights in training. Praying God’s Word has transformed my prayer life. If you want to read more about this way of praying, you can subscribe to my blog for a free ebook guide on how to Pray the Scriptures.

Here are 10 verses that we can pray over our sons, each one correlates with one of the “codes of honor” mentioned in the book Knights in Training.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (Code: Love god)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I give you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of theme when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” 

Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me the grace to love you more and more each day. May my knight in training learn what it means to love you with all of his heart, soul and strength. Help my husband and I to be diligent teachers and doers of the Word in our home, when we sit at home, when we are driving around town and when we go to sleep at night. May your Word and Your love and Your sacrifice ever be on the forefront of our minds and hearts. Only by Your grace and for Your glory!

Ephesians 6:1 (code: obey)

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

Prayer: Lord, grow in my son a heart that delights in obedience. May he know, all the days of his life, what is right and good. May he always follow Your path and when he strays, draw him back to Yourself.

Micah 6:8 (code:stand against injustice)

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Prayer: Lord, You have shown us what is good. You have shown my son what is good and what You require of him. Help him to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with You all the days of his life.

Isaiah 1:16-17 (code: protect the weak)

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Prayer: Father God, may my son learn to defend the helpless, to defend and build up the oppressed, to bring justice to the fatherless and plead the widow’s cause. Grow in my son a heart of compassion for the needy around him. Give him the courage to share your love without fear.

Ephesians 6:2 (code: respect women)

“Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 

Prayer: Lord, grow in my son a heart of honor not only for those in authority in his life, but for all men and women everywhere. May he always show respect and honor to the women you place in his life.

Matthew 5:9 (code: don’t give offense)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Prayer: Lord, You have said we will be blessed when we choose to be peacemakers. Grow in my son a heart that desires peace above being right. Convict his heart when his motives aren’t pure and he wants to pick a fight with those around him. Give him a heart of peace and humility in all things.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (code: speak truth)

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

Prayer: Father God, give my son courage to speak truth. And give him the wisdom to speak the truth in love. Grow him up in You, Lord.

Psalm 112:4-6 (Code: Be generous)

“Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.”

Prayer: God, Your light dawns in the darkness for those who live upright lives. We desire to be the light of the world to this lost and dying world we live in. May my son be gracious, merciful and righteous. You have told us that it will go well for the man who deals generously and that is our heart’s desire for our knights in training. Make them generous to all they come into contact with and in every situation they face. May he always conduct his affairs with justice.

James 1:25 (Code: Persevere)

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

Prayer: Lord, may my son persevere in looking to You and Your Word, which brings freedom, and may he persevere. May he not be a hearer of the word alone, but also a doer who acts. We know that he will be blessed in the process.

Colossians 3:23-24 (Code: Pursue Excellence)

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Prayer: Lord, may my son be a hard worker. May he know that you created him to work. Remind him that he works for You and that he will receive the beautiful inheritance you have for him as a reward. May my knight in training serve you all the days of his life.

Knights in Training

My friend Heather Haupt has written a fabulous book for moms of boys and it releases TODAY. This book, Knights in Training, has 10 principles for raising our modern day knights to be honorable, courageous and compassionate.

40 Day Challenge: Praying the Scriptures for Your Children

We will never be perfect parents, but we can be PRAYING parents.

Parenting is, by far, the most difficult calling I’ve even been given. But one thing I am learning, time and time again, is that when any kind of thought or emotion from the enemy enters our minds: fear, confusion, anger, resentment, rebellion, ungodliness – we must combat with God’s Word and prayer. Only through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit can we have PEACE in the most difficult of our parenting seasons. Only Jesus can replace that fear with faith. And we must turn to Him, continually, to receive His gifts of love, mercy, peace and joy.

I want to challenge you to spend the next 40 week days praying God’s very Word over your children. Through the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer, we can leave a legacy beyond compare for our children. Not only that, but through prayer, God also changes our hearts and continues making us into the parents He has called us and equipped us to be.

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What to Expect

After you have signed up, each weekday morning between 7-8am, you can expect a short & sweet email from me. This email will contain these 4 things:

  • Scripture passage
  • Short prayer
  • Graphic of the verse that you can save or share
  • An “extra resource” with some of my favorite posts, articles and resources for praying for our children!

This series isn’t intended to be a dissertation on prayer. This series isn’t intended to be a teaching series. This series isn’t intended to be a thorough study of the Bible.

The main goal of this series is to get each of us PRAYING.

When/if you are tempted to feel like you don’t know how to pray, you can’t get prayer right or you just want to give up, I want to encourage you to JUST PRAY. The best way to learn to pray is to just do it. The more you talk and listen to God, the more your prayer life will grow.

You can start this anytime!

I am thrilled to offer this challenge to anyone who finds it weeks or months from now. I have it set up to begin sending you emails the very next day after you sign up! So, if you find this series on Pinterest months from the date of this blog post, go ahead and sign up, you will start receiving the challenge emails when you sign up!

It’s never the wrong time to begin praying daily for our children!

Why I created this challenge

So, before you think I am a super spiritual prayer warrior who spends hours on her knees daily for her children, just stop right there. Grin. I am a normal mom like you, I battle fear, I struggle with knowing how to parent on a minute-by-minute basis, I need all the help I can get.

So I created this challenge for me. But it would be awesome if you decide to join me for the journey.

Sign up here

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10 Verses to Pray for your Tweens

I’m sure most of us can recall awkward and painful moments from our middle and high school years. I’ve heard many people say that middle school years were the worst years of their lives. Sometimes it’s just as hard to be the parent of a teen or tween!

As a mom of three children in the teen and tween category, prayer has become a greater weapon than ever before. We will never be perfect parents, but we can be praying parents.

Praying God’s Word has been a journey for me. It started in a dark season of depression when I had no words to pray. It turned into transformative prayer that has changed my relationship with God over the years. Praying the Scriptures is for all of us because it helps us to pray the Words and will of God. His Word gives us words when we have none. His Word strengthens us in our weakness. The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to convict, encourage and inspire.

What better way to pray for our children than to pray the very Word of God?

I want to share with you 10 verses that can be powerful prayers for our teens and tweens!

Please click here to read the 10 verses…