That’s the only thing I have to say for my husband to know that I’m feeling insecure, frustrated, emotionally hurt, unattractive and generally like nobody likes me. (Maybe I should go eat worms.) 😉
It all stems from the year I moved and became the “new kid” in school, where I was teased mercilessly for a variety of reasons. I hated it.
To make matters worse, later that the school year, someone in our classroom (to this day I haven’t a clue who) decided he (or she??) would write some choice four-letter cuss words on our class bathroom walls. The teacher spent weeks trying to get the guilty party to confess. We had to miss multiple days of freedom (er, outdoor recess) and sit inside with our heads down, on our folded arms atop our desks. I often cried, whispering to myself, “This is so unfair! Why am I being punished for something I never did?”
It was a recipe for disaster for an 8-year-old little girl, and it left me with a deep-seeded fear of rejection. Doubt definitely began to whisper to me, “You’re not good enough.” (I think I was around 30 before I realized other kids were picked on, too. And more than likely, it wasn’t personal. It was just “kids being kids” — who weren’t always the kindest. It didn’t define #WhoIAm.)
This week we tackle Chapter 6 of Renee Swope’s book, A Confident Heart. Chances are most of us at some point have believed “we’re not good enough.” As she writes on page 102, “Our greatest fears can become the reality of our worst nightmare.” She continues: “The deep pain we feel as a result of broken relationships can cause us to doubt that we are valuable.” Oh, that I wish that weren’t true! But sadly, I definitely know it is.
We’re also diving into some pretty deep material in examining spiritual warfare. For some of you, this is nothing new. For others, it’s a bit foreign — so I’ve got a few more thoughts on that to share with you in the video below. (Click HERE, if you’re reading via e-mail, to view the video.)
In the meantime, we CAN be encouraged as believers in Christ that we are indeed children of God, as we read in John 1:12. We’ll take a closer look at this on Wednesday of this week. (And we’ve got some fun surprises coming your way!) Stay tuned!!
STUDY ASSIGNMENT (You’ve got all week to do this!)
- Read Chapter 6 of A Confident Heart.
- Answer the questions on page 116.
YOUR TURN (Share your thoughts in the comments below!)
- As we explore spiritual warfare this week, what questions do you have about it? (For further insights, see Ephesians 6:10-20.)
- Most of us have had experiences, both big and small, where we felt rejected. How would knowing YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD in that instance change your perspective?
- Do you recognize Satan as a spiritual bully who wants to intimidate you? How will you take what you are learning through A Confident Heart and prepare yourself when he tries to steal your confidence as a child of God?
JUST FOR FUN!
Who needs a recipe for disaster, when instead you could have a recipe for success? =D
This has become my all-time favorite bread recipe, as originally seen in Family Fun Magazine. I’ve been making it for about five years now. One loaf makes 10 generous servings. My kids usually devour it, though, so I try to double it whenever possible. Great for gift-giving, too, if you enjoy baking around the holidays. ENJOY!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe
½ c. unsalted butter
1-3/4 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1-3/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
½ t. each; cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg
1/3 c. milk
¾ c. chocolate chips or raisins
¾ c. chopped walnuts or pecans
- Line a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with waxed or parchment paper (or grease and flour it), then set it aside. Heat the oven to 350’.
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter in a large bowl, gradually adding the sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and pumpkin.
- In a medium-size bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- With a wooden spoon, blend a third of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Then add half the milk. Alternate additions of the remaining flour mixture and the milk, blending well after each addition. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake on the center oven rack until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean (except for a little melted chocolate), about 50 to 60 min.
- Remove the pan from the oven and put it on a cooling rack for about 15 min., then remove the loaf from the pan and place it on the rack to finish cooling.